Okay so anyone who knows me, or follows me onInstagram, knows that I’m a sucker for a designer brand! Ever since I was about 13 I always wanted a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag and after trying out a plethora of other designer brands and bags, I finally gave in and bought myself one!
At first I was really skeptical about buying a Louis Vuitton Speedy as it’s one of the most highly counterfeited bags across the world, so why would I want to invest my money into something that someone else has the exact same as for a minuscule of the price? So of course I did my research before making my purchase and found this really good article on how to spot a fake! It really helped me make up my mind that the bag was definitely worth my investment and would distinctively stand apart from all the fakes that were around. ( If you’re not one for reading you can check out this great YouTube videohere.)
So after making up my mind and setting my heart on the bag I finally set out to go and buy it. I purchased my bag from the Louis Vuitton store in Leeds City Centre and was served by a lovely store assistant called Angela, who was so helpful at helping me pick all the specifics of my bag, and here’s the end result:
I thought that making the choice to buy the bag was my hardest decision, but boy was I wrong! It is, of course, not as simple as just waltzing into the store telling them the type of bag that you want and waltzing out again - there’s a lot of important decisions to be made! The first of which was selecting the style of the bag, for me this was easy as I wanted the classic Louis Vuitton look, which was of course the traditional monogram pattern - but the bag is available in a variety of other patters, so that choice is down to you! The second choice I had to make was size. Now of course because I’d done my research I already knew a little about what size would suit my life style best, but I was torn between the 30 and the 35, of course the bags are only 5cm in difference ( and £15 in price), but to me this was a major decision! I decided to go for the 35 as for me it just looked like the better option, it had a little more room just to throw things in whilst I was out and about and seemed a little more practical. If you’re thinking about buying a Speedy and aren’t sure of the right size for you, hopefully this photo should give you a little guidance!
Once you’ve decided on the size of your Speedy, you then get the option to customise it with hot stamping, and better yet, it doesn’t cost a penny. Now, I selected the hot stamping option as I love giving things the personal touch, but selecting hot stamping is actually another great way to make your bag stand apart from the fakes. Fake bags obviously don’t have the personal touch (probably because they’re mass produced from plastic in some factory somewhere) so if proving your bag is authentic is important to you, this is a great way to go. There are lots of different options to choose from when you decide to hot stamp your bag, you can select the size and the colour of the embossing as well as whether or not you would like to include the dot between your initials. I was advised that Gold was the best colour to go with as it complimented the bag more and that was what most people selected, so I chose to go with that with my initials in a medium sized font, but of course if you’d rather have hot pink or electric blue that it completely fine too! I’m very fortunate that my local Louis Vuitton boutique offers the in store hot stamping service, so I could have my bag hot stamped and ready to go on the day of purchase, unfortunately not all boutiques offer this so don’t be surprised if you’re advised that you will have to send off your bag to be stamped, but in my opinion it’s totally worth it!
Now my beautiful bag was ready to use! I couldn’t wait to take it out of the box and start using it, but again I had another fear - what if it got damaged? Of course I didn’t want to spend so much money on a bag that was going to get battered and damaged and fall apart in a matter of months. I had so many questions - Will the leather scratch? Will the rain damage it? Will the hot stamping wear off? All of these questions rattling around in my brain whilst my beautiful little handbag stayed safe and sound in its box because I was terrified to get it out! Again I did my research on all of these questions that were eating away at me and read endless amounts of posts and yahoo answers questions before I got my answer. After what felt like weeks scouring the internet to find the answers on how to keep my bag safe before I came across this articlethat really was the answer to my prayers! ( and yes, of course I bought a shaper and an insert after reading this, but that’s a post for another day!)
Now I take my Speedy everywhere with me every day and I can safely say that it is the best investment I’ve made! So if you’re debating with the idea of whether or not to get one, I say do it - you won’t regret it!
I’ve been embracing the leather leggings that are out in full force. If you follow me on Pinterest (which I think maybe all of two of you do), you’ve probably noticed I’ve been devouring all the leather legging pics I can as outfit inspiration.
Super great jewelry finds today! (not to be worn together at one time unless you’re me of course)
-I went to meet these two midwestern girls, one was here visiting the other. My sister works with the one visiting’s sister. The one visiting wants to move here and perhaps get into fashion PR/Marketing. Since I’m in fashion my sister thought it would be beneficial for the visitor to meet up with me to ask me some questions. I said “why not, I like to help a fellow midwesterner out when I can.”
-Then we met up, had some margaritas and mexican food. And since my ‘hood is full of hipster stores I thought it was best to show them just what they’re all about…the girl that she was visiting just moved here a few months ago so this was all new to her as well.
-From Buffalo Exchange, to Monk, then onward to Beacon’s Closet, these girls bought lots of stuff. I opted for these 4 jewelry items (from Beacon’s Closet) and a wide mesh slouchy tank from Buffalo Exchange (because mesh is in incase you aren’t IN, trend forecast as its happening,right here folks! So not really a “forecast” at all, moreso me just telling you what to wear if you’re into that…but let me be the first to tell you not to follow trends, just wear what you like, and it’ll look better on you than any soon-to-be fading “fad”. That’s what I tend to do, with a trend item or two thrown into the mix, eh why not?…its NYC, if ever there was a place to wear nonsense and get away with it, its here.)
A good shopping day it was! And the midwesterners got valuable info from me, as well as new concrete exploring under their belts. My good deed(s) for the day have been accomplished.
Humans have a tendency to categorise everything. From words in the dictionary to types of photo files, so inevitably, we categorise ourselves. This should come as no shock to you. In the sixties there were the mods and rockers, in the seventies there were punks and in the early beginnings of the twenty first century the emos and scene kids began to delve out of the shadows. Hipsters, however, have been ever-present since the nineteen forties with their ability to be on trend and in the know.
I have this jar in my bedroom, and it’s a fairly new addition, and I’m emotionally attached to it. My boyfriend gave it to me for valentines day, with flowers in it; now the flowers are dead and I’m left with a glass jam jar that I don’t want to throw away because I’m too attached to it.
My point is, I’m rubbish at throwing things away (geddit?!), and because of this my room is a total bomb site. From where I’m sitting I can see: two empty cardboard boxes of medium size (which I might one day need for something); an A3 piece of black card (that might be useful for my textiles book at some point); a large red gift bag (that my valentines day present came in); a large plastic bag stuffed with other plastic bags (which are always useful); an A3 size cardboard bag (that my prom dress came in); a hideous and empty photo album (that I may one day suddenly want to fill with photos); the printout I was given if my school’s Ofsted report (I might want to read it at some point)… I think you get the picture.
My argument is that it’s totally not my fault. It drives my mum crazy, but my dad and I are exactly the same in this habit (although I don’t have huge and totally random collections of stuff like he does) so I reckon it’s hereditary. Which follows that there’s nothing I can do about it so I shouldn’t try to change my ways, right?
The problem with this train of thought is that my own hoarding habit drives me totally mad - but I still can’t throw anything away! I can’t wait to go away to Uni simply because it will mean a fresh start without all the crap I surround myself with… And yet I know myself well enough to know that nothing will change when I move away and not only will I compile piles of clutter once I’m away, but I will also probably bring stuff with me that I. will. never. use.
I wish I could tell you that there was light at the end of the tunnel and that I’m re-making myself and that starting last week I make a point of throwing one thing away every day or something like that, but I can’t. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.