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Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote in Gray

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Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote in Gray

I've been CRAZY about this bag forever! I never thought I'd have the possibility of getting one for ages, having to save up for my accessories, project after project. With my Chloe Marcie debacle still unsolved, I finally had the chance this weekend to return the bag. I decided against ordering another Chloe, since I was really worried about the hobo strap. I thought I would feel comfortable with the hobo style, but in all reality, I wasn't. So why get something that I will be afraid of using? The Chloe was a graduation gift from my parents, and I was reluctant to return it but since it was marred by defects there really wasn't another choice. I decided to make a switch!

Cabas Chyc

After exchanging the bag, I walked away with the medium YSL Cabas Chyc tote in gray! The store's stock had been quickly depleted and the YSL Cabas was the last medium in the store; I was told they weren't going to replenish anytime soon. I was on the fence about returning the Chloe for a Proenza Schouler, but for such a trendy, casual bag, I didn't think it was worth it. The Cabas is definitely an iconic tote that will be timeless. The Proenza overall was too casual for me, and I haven't heard good things about bag integrity--a MUST for me after this poor Chloe experience.

I had always considered a large in the Cabas, but it is a little too large for me, despite my love for big bags. The medium is the perfect size for a chic tote. Maybe it's not the bag to tote around my work and school materials, but there are other bags in my collection suitable for that task. A bag for every occasion, right?

This graduation gift disaster made a 180-turn into a beautiful, new piece in my collection--of a bag I lusted after, no doubt. Do you have any bad-bag to good-bag stories?

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Givenchy Large Pandora Messenger in Black Pepe Leather

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Givenchy Large Pandora Messenger in Black Pepe Leather

Let's face it--we're all working hard for the beautiful accouterments in our lives!

After a few freelance jobs and ruthless saving, I managed to snatch up one of these gorgeous Givenchy Pandora messenger bags. It was the last one in my local Neimans, and my boyfriend was kind enough to phone days ahead and save it for me--super sweet, yes? I've been pining over this bag for over half a year. It was time to make a move!

Givenchy Pandora messenger

I was looking for a bag that would be an alternate to my trusty Balenciaga and serve me well for IFBCON 2012 (Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference in New York). The bag needed to be large and sturdy enough to fit an iPad or a small laptop, appropriate chargers, and the essentials. I also wanted something that was both discreet and luxurious. The black pepe, textured leather is both thick and gorgeous. Its integrity is amazing and the look is timeless.

It's rare that I buy a bag that I can use with the top handle. While using a bag on the elbow is undeniably trendy, to me it isn't comfortable and ends up being more of a burden than practical. Since I don't have the smallest of arms (I blame it on the tennis I played in high school), the Pandora is able to fit on my shoulder using the main handle and when used, I have no doubt that it is going to hold my items. For the strap options of this bag alone, the purchase was worth it.

After my Chloe mishap, I needed an experience like this to turn everything around. I couldn't be happier. I'm in bag-love!

Fashion bloggers, are you headed to IFBCON, too?

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Chloe Large Marcie Hobo in Dove

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Chloe Large Marcie Hobo in Dove

Super-psyched is what you'd call my reaction when I brought my Chloe Marcie Hobo back to my home. It was a bag that was on my wish list for the longest time, and my parents got it for me for graduation from graduate school--so generous, right?! One of the reasons why I was drawn to the bag was the iconic leather stitching on the front of the bag. The leather is soft, pebbled and luxurious, and the interior is spacious.  The Marcie is unmistakeable and a certified, subdued stunner! The bag fits comfortably under the arm and looks amazing!

Chloe Large Marcie Hobo

NB:  I usually write positive-centric reviews about items. To be fair, I rarely have issues with my purchases. Luckily. But this time, I've been disappointed. And I couldn't write this without being honest with my readers.

Long story short:  I've experienced a defective bag and way-less-than-satisfactory customer service at my local department store. Speaking only of the bag, though, the integrity of my singular *large* hobo bag handle is weak. I emphasize the bag size because I've felt and seen that the smaller hobo handle seems to have more durability. Within days of initial purchase the handle started to break. I didn't even have a lot in the bag. Heck, I was just trying it on at home. All that was in there was just my iPad, wallet and a few other essentials. Nothing incredibly heavy. Then after repair from the department store, the handle still pulls. I'm frightened to take it out of the house; it seems sure to fall apart eventually. I'm sure there are lots of lucky Marcie Hobo owners, but sadly I'm not one of them.

Having never even left my house wearing the bag, I'm definitely returning this. Perhaps I'll pick up another Chloe but I'm not feeling too positive about it. Perhaps a Proenza Schouler? I'm still in love with Chloe and the Marcie Hobo, but I'm incredibly hesitant to get another one. Enjoy your Marcies, but please be extra careful that your bag's handle isn't defective!

Do you have any bag-nightmare stories?

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Blast from the Past: Chloe Saskia Flap with Multi-Color Gray Patchwork

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Blast from the Past: Chloe Saskia Flap with Multi-Color Gray Patchwork

I'm excited to share the new "Blast from the Past" series with my readers! Sporadically, I'll be including old beauties from previous seasons. This week's blast from the past is the Chloe Saskia Multi-Color Flap!

I found this at Bergdorf's a few years ago, and I must say it was the best purchase I could've made. I remember I was deciding between this and a pretty boring black evening bag. Like a typical New Yorker, the SA was incredibly upfront. "Are you really going to get that bag?" he said, pointing to the thin, black evening bag.  Holding this Chloe up by its wide shoulder strap, he said, "This is clearly the better choice," with a drawl in his voice not unlike Professor Snape's. So glad I listened to him.

Seen on celebs like Kate Bosworth and Blake Lively, this Chloe is definitely a keeper. It looks amazing with jeans and also ties together a black evening ensemble with a pop!

What are your old Chloe favorites?

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