Review: Vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy 25

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an eye for luxury and a burning desire to own a Louis Vuitton handbag. With the influence of an article found on Pinterest, about luxury pieces every person should own, and a realization that I’m a financially responsible adult with a steady stream of income, I decided it was time that I got my hands on my own little piece of luxury.

Initially, I had planned on purchasing my first Louis Vuitton handbag for my 25th birthday in November and I would spend the months leading up saving and doing research to decide which bag to buy first. That obviously didn’t go as planned when I laid eyes on a vintage monogram Speedy 25.

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Why I went pre-owned vintage

When day dreaming about my first Louis Vuitton handbag, I envisioned blinding light leather handles on a monogram piece and the smell of a brand new bag, but when I thought about the patina process and the hit my bank account would take, I started researching pre-owned bags. I was never fond of the idea of pre-owned because most of the bags I would find were very used, with cracked handles and ripped leather tabs, for practically the same price as a brand new bag. There are also a lot of replica bags on the market, so I really didn’t trust any pre-owned listing. So I thought, I’ll keep saving and I’ll keep looking. Then I came across this gorgeous Speedy from a reputable seller that needed a new home.

I ended up going pre-owned because I’m not one to baby my handbags. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take on the responsibility of taking vachetta leather from white to the beautiful honey color of a well-loved handbag. In addition, since I’m still new to owning Louis Vuitton pieces, I wasn’t exactly sure which bag I wanted to own first. I wasn’t entirely comfortable with spending well near $1k on a handbag that I wasn’t going to like or use.

Once I started opening up to the idea of pre-owned, I realized that a handbag that has been well taken care of is a piece of history. The handbag I ended up buying was made in France in 1994, so it’s already a lot more cultured than I am and it’s nearly as old as I am. It’s incredible how well the bag has maintained its’ shape and how long the leather and hardware has lasted. It has truly stood the test of time.

Why I choose the Speedy 25

There are a few different reasons why I went with the Speedy 25 and the first being that I wanted a new everyday handbag. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I don’t carry around too much and generally like to travel light.

Initially, I wasn’t completely bought into the Speedy for the simple fact that it is a top handle bag. I’ve been carrying shoulder bags and cross body bags for at least six years now, with cross body bags being my favorite because they’re hands free. Before making the plunge, I started carrying my every day Longchamp by hand and in the crook of my elbow to see if it’s something I could get used to. It wasn’t bad, but my Longchamp is definitely too big for that. I ended up choosing the Speedy style and I haven’t looked back. It makes me feel very feminine and put together.  It’s also such a timeless and classic piece that never goes out of style. I mean how could anyone go wrong with a bag that’s been toted around by women for decades and was spotted on the arm of Audrey Hepburn.

I was also debating between the 25 size and the 30 size for the longest time, but when watching reviews on YouTube and looking at photos, I really didn’t like how the bottom of the 30 sags. In addition, from the photos I’ve seen, the 30 size looks more like a small piece of luggage rather than an everyday handbag. With some use, I’ve found the 25 size is perfect for me and the small amount of things I carry on a daily basis. I was actually surprised when I could stuff a light sweater in there when I went out to dinner a couple nights ago!

First impressions

I was lucky enough to find a reputable seller who included the original box, dust bag, and lock and key with the handbag. She was very gracious to answer any and all of my questions about the handbag and sent me photos from every angle, inside and out.

I received the handbag the following week day – I ordered over Fourth of July weekend. When I opened the boxes and removed the bag from the dust bag, I immediately fell in love. There’s something about Louis Vuitton that makes my heart flutter. The patina is gorgeous, the hardware is beautiful, and the canvas is in such great shape. One thing that wasn’t so pleasant was a storage scent. The seller said she hadn’t been using the bag a lot, the reason why she was selling, but I aired it out that night and placed a cotton pad inside lightly sprayed with my own perfume. It hasn’t completely eliminated the scent, but it definitely helped. That is one thing I was wary about vintage pre-owned items.

Overall, I absolutely adore my vintage Speedy 25! I’ve used it every day since I got it. The size and style is so practical for my lifestyle right now and it’s been extremely well taken care of. Although I wasn’t fond of buying pre-owned, I definitely got lucky. I already love the heck out of this bag. It has truly stood the test of time and I know it still has many years of use ahead.

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SLG Saturday!

When I go somewhere I rarely ever take a purse (and if I do, it’s my trusty Kate Spade cross body bag, courtesy of my wonderful boyfriend) so small leather goods are super important to me. I love running around and not having to carry my life in a suitcase – I’d much rather carry my life in a small compartment. These are four of my most used small leather goods/wallets/wristlets.

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  1. Coach Card Holder/Key Pouch: I bought this little raggedy SLG when I was back in high school. I had saved some money that I was supposed to spend on a homecoming dress, but this called my name instead – such great foreshadowing… I ended up using this all throughout high school and well into college to hold my school I.D.’s, driver’s license, cash, coins, basically anything I could fit. It was just so easy to tote around in my bag during school, take to the gym and anywhere else. I finally retired this piece a couple years ago and now it sits in a dust bag in my closet.
  2. Woven wallet: I have no idea where this wallet came from or what brand it’s from, but I love this wallet as a sturdy clutch for going out on dates. It has credit card slots, an I.D. area, as well as a place for cash and pouch for coins. I believe I got this sometime in high school and I use it off and on.
  3. Michael Kors Wallet/Wristlet: I received this as a gift from my dad on my golden birthday last year. It’s the prettiest little wallet I’ve ever had! Once I laid eyes on it, I loved it. My dad really knows the way to my heart. This wallet is a beautiful blush pink, I believe it’s called “Ballet”, and gold toned hardware. It also has a blush pink interior with credit card slots, an I.D. area, with a place for cash and coins. It can fit my iPhone and it has a wristlet option! I did put this away for now because it started to get dirty.
  4. Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette: Last, but certainly not least, is my latest obsession, my LV key pouch. I’ve had it for a couple months now and I’ve used it every single day. I keep my driver’s license and credit cards inside, and my keys are attached. This is super practical and so convenient for when I need to quick run to the store. I absolutely love this, and unlike my other love, the MK Wallet, this hasn’t showed any wear yet.

Small leather goods are the love of my life because they’re so light and easy to carry, and so convenient if you’re the type of person who makes frequent runs to the grocery store!

If you’d like a further review on any of these items or a wear and tear on my Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette, leave a comment below!

4 Reasons to Invest in a Luxury Handbag

Women and handbags are an endless love affair – at least I think so. Some women buy handbags for practical use, while others buy handbags simply because of aesthetics. No matter what the reasoning is, handbags make up a large portion of the fashion industry and make great investment pieces.

Personally, I’ve had a long love affair with handbags. In my youth, I always dreamed about having a huge collection of Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags. My first “designer” purchase was a Juicy Couture handbag that I saved up for while working at my first job. In high school, Juicy Couture was all the rage – everyone had a velour purse! I then moved on to Coach and Michael Kors as I moved through college. I even worked at a Michael Kors store. I just recently parted with my favorite Michael Kors cross body bag that I used practically every day for six years.

Now that I’m older, I classify designer and luxury bags a little bit differently. Like my cross body, handbags should classic and timeless. They should be neutral in color, making them extremely versatile, and have a classic look.

In my previous post, you already know I’ve finally taken the plunge with Louis Vuitton and I’m already excited about my next purchase. If you’re also looking at purchasing a luxury handbag, here are four reasons why you should go for it already!

1.      Spend less on your clothes.

By spending less on clothes, you can save that money and spend it on a luxury bag. I’m a big fan of mixing up high end and low end pieces – like basics from Forever 21 and higher end accessories like Steve Madden shoes.

2.      A luxury bag dresses up any outfit.

Luxury bags really help dress up any outfit. You could be wearing a really simple outfit to lunch with your girlfriends, let’s say jeans a simple t-shirt, but once you don a designer bag, your outfit is immediately dressed up.

3.      You can pass designer goods down to your kids.

When kept in good condition, you can easily pass down your luxury items to your children and grandchildren. Luxury bags are timeless pieces and with time, they’ll have great stories behind them.

4.      Stop wasting money on fast fashion.

Fast fashion comes and goes. You may think buying a cheap fashionable bag every few months saves money because you’re not spending a lot, but when you think about how quickly it will go out of style or fall apart you might change your mind. You could easily save that money to spend on a bag that will last you a lifetime.

Fashion and handbags are personal choices, but these are some of the reasons why I’m choosing to invest in luxury handbags.

What’s in my bag? May 2016

For the past four years, I’ve carried around the same bag, a navy Longchamp Pliage. I got it back when I transferred from a school in Iowa to a school in Chicago. I wanted a bag that was classic, timeless and durable. My Longchamp has survived through so much over the past few years, with its function changing constantly. I’ve used it as a school bag, an overnight bag and now an everyday work bag.

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Here’s what I currently carry in my handbag every day, minus a water bottle and my keys.

  1. Gum – because fresh breath is always good!
  2. Michael Kors wristlet/wallet – This was my favorite birthday gift this past year. It’s pink with gold hardware, has numerous card slots, coin compartment, a bill compartment and it holds my phone! It’s so functional.
  3. Snack – I literally eat all the time, so I always carry one or two snacks.
  4. Marlowe Hand & Body Lotion – I tried this lotion on a whim and absolutely love it. It’s a thick, non-greasy formula which has been great for winter. The smell is really pleasant, too, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is…
  5. Emergency kit – this is just a mesh pouch where I keep earbuds, chap stick, mini lint brush, hair ties, mirror, tennis grip tape (I’m always ready to play), and other miscellaneous items.

Nothing too exciting, but at least it’s a little peak into my life!

What are some of your essentials?