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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 Damier Ebene Zippy Wallet Illustre

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Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Zippy Wallet Illustre

Perhaps the coolest accessory I found last fall was this beautiful limited edition Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Zippy Wallet from the Fall 2011 collection.

Louis Vuitton Zippy Wallet Illustre

Its "Illustre" style is gorgeous with a set of travelers running to catch a train (not unlike Marc Jacobs' recent Fall/Winter 2012 runway show) that is inspired from an original 1909 sketch. Perhaps the best thing about this Zippy is the absolute POP you get when you open the wallet.

The brilliant lavender graces your eyes with its regal hues. Vuitton's Zippy wallet has eight credit card slots, a coin pouch and a few areas suitable for bank notes and receipts. The wallet is made of calf leather and is outfitted with elegant brass hardware. Truly practical and sophisticated, you're bound to have others ask about your wallet when checking out at a store!

What's your favorite 'pop' piece?

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Louis Vuitton Epi Electric Zippy Wallet in Amande

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Louis Vuitton Epi Electric Zippy Wallet in Amande

It's been a while since I've posted--the crazy part of the spring semester has begun! But I haven't completely let fashion lay by the wayside--that's never an option.

Refreshing and sleek, this beautiful Louis Vuitton Epi Electric Zippy Wallet in Amande (a beautiful pastel from the Rainbow color collection) is just perfect for the spring and summer seasons. This color looks great with lighter-colored bags like the Damier Azur Neverfull for a full summer look and feel. I've been using this since its launch on March 3, but have changed wallets whenever I use a bag that has no zippered pocket. It's important to keep the Epi leather protected since it is possible that prints can transfer onto the material. Epi Electric pieces are exquisite but do require a lot of attention and love! My next coveted piece is the Alma MM in Epi Electric Amande to match the Zippy Wallet...it will be one of the "it" bags for the summer!

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