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Louis Vuitton Pochette W

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Louis Vuitton Pochette W

Just launched on 1 January, 2014, this pochette by Louis Vuitton is the perfect way to start the new year! Retailing at $1,000USD, this stunning pochette is an extension of the W bag, which has been a recent hit among Vuitton collectors and handbag enthusiasts.

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The W tote retails for over $4,000 and has two options in most styles--the PM or the GM. For the price point and the practicality, I highly recommend this piece for your accessories collection.

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With similar design to its bigger brother, the W tote, this style has Chocolate Veau Cachemire calfskin and monogram canvas.

W interior

The interior is practical and spacious for a pochette. Its calf leather lining includes six card slots and a pouch inside, perfect for receipts and cash. The pochette easily turns into a wallet, and is large enough to fit an iPad mini inside the main compartment. It can easily fit an iPhone inside. I would only recommend fitting one device inside as to not stretch the pochette.

W side view

As you can see from the side, even when filled with an iPad Mini, credit cards, tissues, cash, and receipts, it is comfortable and not overly stuffed. It is quite the chic and practical accessory, with a loop to carry it on the hand. The W Pochette measures at 10.6" x 7.1". It is perfect for running errands and also for a night out with friends!

W modeling pic

Getting this W Pochette was a great start to the new year! I've already used it a bunch of times for both errands and a night out in Manhattan with a best girlfriend of mine. I must add that it particularly came in hand whenever I had to carry two Starbucks lattes out of the store along with a hot pretzel--the pochette just dangled freely from my wrist, making the task so simple. I'm not a clutch kind of gal, but this pochette converted me! I'm usually one to go for big bags and totes, but I've been trying to downsize. And the W Pochette is my favorite new small accessory!

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Everything's Coming Up Roses: Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Roses Speedy 30

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Everything's Coming Up Roses: Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Roses Speedy 30

I've been trying to wean myself off of the Vuitton monogram for a while, but I still hold some styles near and dear. Unfortunately I wasn't "in" to Louis Vuitton in 2009 when they released their limited Stephen Sprouse Roses collection.

My favorite limited edition collection to date, Vuitton Roses is a classic style that is perfect for the spring and summer. It is a fun, casual look that is coveted by many Vuitton collectors (I should know... I've been drooling over this fun print for a very long time!) I found this Speedy 30 on a reputable online consignment store and had it authenticated by two different parties before purchasing.

When it finally arrived in the mail, I was ecstatic. The roses have more of a colorful pop than in the photos I viewed and it is in very good condition.

When cared for properly, Speedy bags can mature beautifully, leaving a honeyed patina on the vachetta and the canvas becomes smooth and flexible. Compared to my first Speedy, the blue Yayoi Kusama, which is stiff with virgin leather, this aged bag is a welcomed piece in my collection.

Stay tuned for an upcoming article about buying pre-owned luxury items and a look into the consignment business with a professional!

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Who Styles It Better: Loeffler Randall or Louis Vuitton?

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Who Styles It Better: Loeffler Randall or Louis Vuitton?

The Loeffler Randall Rider Bag is an It Bag for the person on-the-go. Larger than the Louis Vuitton pictured both below and above, the Rider bag is fit for your tablet, small book, wallet, and other essentials. I absolutely love the Rider's look. Because there are so many colors available, I think the bag can appeal to men as well, as a cross-body portfolio option. One of the really neat things that the Rider bag can do is that the bag can be strapped onto a bicycle using the posterior belts. Super cool!

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One of Louis Vuitton's newest gems, the Monceau BB is a retro cross-body to die for! If you're into Vuitton, this bag is worth getting because it is gorgeous and has the craftsmanship and quality care that every Vuitton bag includes. I also think if you're looking to invest in Vuitton, buying a non-monogram bag is your best option. Typically bags that have discreet monogram or have none at all are more expensive than the monogram canvas pieces--and in my opinion are better worth your money.

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To be honest, I want them both. Of course in different colors... But they both are wonderful, different bags. The vernis leather of the Vuitton is absolutely gorgeous, but there's also something special about the pure, vachetta leather of the Loeffler Randall. And I love how the Rider bag is larger (as I'm a carry-all sort of person, this is important). Price-wise, you could buy three Rider bags for one Monceau. So if you want the look but want to be more economical, definitely go for the Loeffler Randall. However if you're a patent leather lover and have the funds, I'd recommend the Vuitton for sure.

My opinion:  To a handbag lover like myself, they are two different beasts. I'd find a purpose for both of them. :)

What do you think?

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Woven Wonders of Spring/Summer 2013

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Woven Wonders of Spring/Summer 2013

Look at these beautiful bags! Some of the most iconic trends of this upcoming Spring 2013 season are jacquard and woven prints and textures.

The classic Fendi Peekaboo bag is reinvented in a woven style, available in orange and navy. Completely iconic, this slouchy bag is beautiful and fresh for the spring (but can definitely take you through the fall)! Definitely a head-turner in either color.

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Louis Vuitton put out a bright, classy yet funky line of handbags and accessories. They revamped their Damier in a variety of bag styles--mostly smaller top-handle bags that are variations on the Speedy, some clutches, and small square luggage-style purses. The pieces in the cognac brown are my favorite; with the perfect outfit (this being my ultimate favorite), it is appears to be a delicate piece with a dose of practicality, too. It's certainly big enough for an iPad, magazines and your extra essentials.

Marc Jacobs additionally contributed to this spring trend with his Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Marc'd & Check'd Printed Satchel. This particular style also comes in a larger size, if the Mini isn't your cup of tea. Other pieces in his SS13 collection are vaguely reminiscent of his work in his Marc Jacobs line and also in Louis Vuitton.

These are just a few examples of this skyrocketing spring trend. See any other designers invoking this trend? Post it below!

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Louis Vuitton Kusama Pumpkin Dots Stole

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Louis Vuitton Kusama Pumpkin Dots Stole

When I finally fell in love with this stole, there were only two left in the country! This Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton stole is perfect to tuck into a nice fall jacket to keep you warm while also staying chic. Available in blue and green, this "pumpkin dots" pattern from Kusama adds a great dynamic to an outfit--especially for a professional look. When spread to its fullest, the fabric is delicate and thin, but together it is resilient and full. I'm so excited for fall to come into full form!

Kusama Stole

Are you excited for scarf weather?

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