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Hermès Narrow Balcons du Guadalquivir Enamel Bracelet

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Hermès Narrow Balcons du Guadalquivir Enamel Bracelet

Hermès never ceases to impress. In addition to scarves, my other favorite collectibles are enamel bracelets!

The fun thing about collecting the narrow enamels is that they are easily stackable to create a classy, eclectic look. And they seriously stand up to daily use. I wear my Brandebourgs enamel daily, and you can't tell its age (almost one year old).

Hermes Balcons

Part of the Fall/Winter 2012 collection, the Balcons du Guadalquivir bracelets are on their way out. So if you love this pattern and see it in the boutique, I'd highly suggest pulling the trigger on the purchase.

This piece matches a scarf and handbag combo that I've been trying to further accessorize. Points for any readers who can point out the designer/collection that the bracelet rests upon in the comments!

It was nearly a story of love and loss, because I almost waited too long! It was the last in my size. Without flinching, I said to my wonderful SA, "This was meant to be!"

What are your favorite accessory collectibles?

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100th Blog Post: Louis Vuitton Monogram Kusama

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100th Blog Post: Louis Vuitton Monogram Kusama

If you can believe it, it's The Shoulder Strap's 100th blog post! It's not even been a year, and I'm happy to say that I've had a fantastic time so far with this blog. It is such a release--a fantastic outlet to throw creativity into, and I am driven everyday by my readers and the beautiful accessories that come onto the market.

What I'm writing about today is the absolutely beautiful Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection. Since the summer, there have been two launches--one in July and one recently in September. The earlier collection was mostly vernis patent leather with various colors of polka dots, as seen below.

The later collection, just released on September 7 in the US, is primarily focused on the Monogram Town Square pattern, which is highlighted by original pictures in this post. The Monogram Town Square pattern was overwhelmingly more popular than the initial collection. Often compared to a Mickey or Minnie Mouse kind of pattern, there are lots of items still available from the first collection at stores nationwide. These new monogram town dots, though, are flying off the shelves!

I was lucky to grab a few pieces to add to my collection before they go away forever. To me, the red stood out the most. As I was incredibly lucky to add a Monogram Rayures to my collection, I decided to stay away from the white even though I loved it. Money doesn't grow on trees, or I probably would've grabbed a blue Kusama Speedy as well! :) As you can see above, the interior of the Zippy Wallet is red leather. It's a simply beautiful piece that is both sturdy and gorgeous! I would definitely recommend the Zippy wallet over the Insolite. The leather zipper pulls quickly curl (and stay that way!) and doesn't look as "new" as a Zippy might after a few months. I say this because my Monogram Rayures Insolite wallet isn't aging as well as I had thought. Only using it a few times, it doesn't hold well in the dust bag. Definitely consider this when purchasing an Insolite!

Perhaps my favorite part of the new collection is the Neverfull. Not having any red accessories (surprisingly), I decided to choose this gorgeous bag. Another reason is because it is notable that most if not all of the limited Neverfull bags are made with a stronger, more durable canvas. The Monogram Rayures has the same integrity of product. One of the best things about the bag is the interior! Peeking out of the back, if you can see, is this beautiful red and black spotted fabric lining.  Something certain to be a great collector's item today and years from now.

What do you think of the newest Kusama collection?

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2012: Gloss Sandal in Rose Clair

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2012: Gloss Sandal in Rose Clair

Perhaps the most comfortable pair of sandals I've recently tried, these Pre-Fall 2012 Louis Vuitton Gloss flat sandals are beautiful for the summer and begging to be in the sun!

Louis Vuitton Gloss Sandal

Available in Cognac (brown), White, and Rose Clair (pink, shown here), the sandal is sure to turn heads. And you'll walk in comfort, too. The padded insock really provides support and softness as you walk. Two iconic flowers from the classic LV Monogram are superposed on each other to form a beautiful shape, cusped together by a giant Louis Vuitton rivet.

They're perfect to wear for next spring as well; can you think of a better shoe to greet the long-awaited warmth of spring?

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Happy Memorial Day! TOTeM Salvaged Vintage American Flag Clutch

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Happy Memorial Day! TOTeM Salvaged Vintage American Flag Clutch

Before I delve into this post, I'd like to honor those who have fallen for the freedom of our country. Thank you to those families who have lost their loved ones for our freedom and thank you to those who continue to serve us!

Celebrate Memorial Day with this fun clutch by TOTeM Salvaged! Even if you didn't get this in time for Memorial Day, it's perfect for the upcoming 4th of July.  TOTeM Salvaged is a very interesting company which works mainly from vintage fabrics they collect globally. What's really cool is because of the vintage fabrics that they source, each piece is unique!

Happy Memorial Day from The Shoulder Strap!

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Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Softcase in Orient

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Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Softcase in Orient

Nothing is more elegant than soft leather--especially Louis Vuitton's Monogram Empreinte!

This beauty in Orient is just ready to be your phone's protector this summer. Incredibly durable for a soft leather case, I never feel like my iPhone is chancing it by donning some Louis. One of the more "affordable" LV pieces, the iPhone Softcase is perfect if you feel like splurging for an everyday piece to add to your collection.

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