May Shopping

Earlier this month, I did a little bit of shopping – some of it was for myself (let’s be honest, most of it), but I also had to buy some gifts. I just wanted to share some of my recent purchases in case you’re looking for a gift for someone special or if you’re just in the mood to shop!


This month, I had to shop for two very important people in my life – my mother and my boyfriend. I had a lot of trouble trying to find good gifts for them within my budget. Obviously, I’d love to give them the world, but we have to be reasonable here.

For my mom, I ended up gifting her the Daisy Rivet Coach Tension Bangle for Mother’s Day. I had debated between getting her a watch or jewelry, but I ultimately chose jewelry. I had previously gifted her a watch for her birthday, so I didn’t want to be repetitive, and I also wanted to give her something she wouldn’t necessarily buy for herself. She loves the Coach brand and was ecstatic to get this rose gold bangle.

My boyfriend’s birthday is also this month. It was so hard to shop for him this year. I always thought men were easy to shop for, but now that we’ve been together for a while, it’s getting much more difficult. In the past I’ve gifted him a watch, clothing, golf equipment, etc. This year, he hinted that his wallet was kind of falling apart so I got him a wallet from Leatherology. I had come across some really nice leather wallets from Ralph Lauren and Fossil, but I really wanted to make the wallet more personal. Leatherology came to mind because they give you the option to monogram your item – so shopping with them was a no-brainer. I ended up choosing the Thin Bifold Wallet in Chocolate Brown with his initials blind monogramed. His birthday is actually toward the end of the month, but he visited this past weekend, so I gave it to him then.

I’ve never shopped with Leatherology before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was blown away with the presentation and leather quality. My boyfriend was extremely happy!



I bought quite a few items for myself during these past couple weeks. The weather has been warming up here in Chicago and I’ve also been working out a lot, so I felt like some things were missing from my closet.

One of my purchases was from Abercrombie & Fitch. I’ve shopped there for the longest time, since before I worked there as a teenager. I’ve gone from wearing their logo shirts and hoodies to wearing their jeans and basics. In my opinion they have great quality clothing at really good prices – and they always have sales or clearance available. This time, I just bought two items online: flip flops and a sweatshirt. I always have at least one pair of A&F flip flops, but I somehow lost my last pair (maybe during my last move, I’m not really sure) and my pair of Havaianas are at my boyfriends house in Florida, so clearly I needed another pair of flip flops for Chicago. Their flip flops are my favorite though. They’re soft, comfortable, and literally mold to the shape of your foot. I also bought a half-zip sweatshirt. I’ve been looking for something casual, soft, and lightweight to wear to the gym with leggings or shorts. I have a lot of zip-up sweatshirts and hoodies, but not enough quarter-zip or half-zip. 

Another A&F item I recently bought I actually found at Marshall’s. I was in search of some jean shorts because I don’t have many, but the ones I do have are in Florida. I ended up finding a high waisted pair of cutoffs that are super cute and the price was even better – only $11.99!


Since I’ve been working out a lot recently, I realized I prefer to wear loose, somewhat oversized muscle shirts and cut off shirts. I don’t have many shirts I can cut into the shape I like simply because most are size small so they fit a little bit tighter than I like. While looking for some cute muscle tanks, I thought of BirdieBee, which is a brand started by two WWE wrestlers, Nikki and Brie Bella. I’m huge fans of them, so I decided to give their brand a shot and I purchased the Bee Happy Power Tank. The brand offers really cute clothing and most have great, inspirational messages. I’m going to start with the tank top, but I can definitely see myself purchasing more from BirdieBee.

This has easily become my favorite tank top. Again, this was something where I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the quality is amazing. I ended up ordering a few more items that’ll be in later this week. I’ll do a review/haul for BirdieBee at some point in the next couple weeks.


The last item part of this clothing category isn’t so much clothing as it is an accessory – I ended up purchasing the Louis Vuitton 6 Key Holder in Monogram canvas. I’ve had the other key holder, or cles, for about two years now and I absolutely adore it, but I had way too much on it. I felt like my keys were getting tangle together and it just seemed messy and annoying to me. I really like how my keys have their own hooks in the multicles and I can still carry everything I need. I’ll probably end up doing a review or comparison post about the cles and multicles. 

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The absolute final thing I bought recently were two tickets to Fleetwood Mac in Chicago this October. I’ll be going with my mom to this concert – we’ve recently started getting tickets to big names. Last year we saw Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie, and this weekend we’re seeing Shania Twain. Going to shows has just been a really fun bonding experience for me and my mom. We both love Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, so we’re super excited for this show.

Those are just a few things I’ve bought recently for important people in my life and myself, because treat yo self. Hopefully you enjoyed this post – let me know if you’d like any details about any of these items. Thanks!


WIMB: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

I recently pulled the trigger on this bag around Easter this year, so I haven’t had it for very long, but it has easily become one of my favorite handbags. Since this isn’t a review I won’t go too much into it, but it’s my ride or die and I can’t believe I went so long without it in my life.


Moving on to what’s in my bag, not much changes day to day, but here are my current necessities:


Currently I’ve been using my black Michael Kors Jet Set wallet. My boyfriend gifted this to me this past Christmas and I’ve been using it ever since. It makes a great clutch if we go to a nice restaurant or if I have to quickly run into the store to grab a couple things. I used to use my cles as a wallet, and I still do, but this allows me to carry around cash, coins, checks, insurance cards, etc.

I also always keep a catchall type of bag to hold extra and random necessities. This helps keep my bags clean and makes it super easy to switch handbags. Lately I’ve been using this black Ipsy bag. It holds extra headphones, a charger, Advil, tissues, gum, Chap Stick, a compact mirror, oil blotting sheets, Emergen-C, and so much more. Sometimes I carry extra allergy medicine for my boyfriend and even a travel eye glass cleaning kit – you get the gist.


During the week, I never leave home without my agenda. I love Lilly Pulitzer agendas – I’m currently using the medium sized agenda. I use this to schedule my work day and keep track of meetings and appointments. I’ve been using these agendas since college – they’re super sturdy and make staying organized so fun and colorful.

I usually carry some sort of hand cream in my handbag. Lately I’ve been a big fan of the Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails. This lotion has been great for our long Chicago winter. It’s super moisturizing, has a light and pretty scent, and it’s not greasy.

This umbrella is a new addition to my bag. I actually had my old umbrella taken from my doorstep last year and haven’t bought one since, but I came across this one at Marshall’s for half off so I decided why not. We just had snow in Chicago last week, but when those April showers happen, I’ll be ready.

A few items that aren’t pictured, but are an absolute must are a water bottle, my key cles, and my phone. I have multiple sized Blender Bottles that I carry around so I won’t be dehydrated and I can waste a little less when it comes to the environment. I also always have my cles – my keys are attached and the cles usually holds my driver’s license and a few cards so if I’m just running to the gym or to the store, I can just grab this and go. Lastly, I always have my phone, I think everybody does. I’m currently using an iPhone 8 on Sprint’s network.


These are the things I usually carry around at least Monday through Friday for work. Depending on the day, I might have my work laptop or a scarf, but my Neverfull is never full. I’ll probably do a review on my new tote in a few weeks for those of you who might be considering adding it to your collection. Please let me know if you’d like to see a full review on any of these other items and feel free to share any must haves you lug around on a daily basis!

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.


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.

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.


  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!

A Love Affair in Paris: Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette

Okay, so it didn’t happen in Paris, but I am in love with my new Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette (otherwise known as the Key Pouch). I finally took the plunge and visited my local Louis Vuitton store this weekend.

If you didn’t know, I research everything – from how to cook an egg, to how do dogs sleep all day and whether making the splurge on Louis Vuitton is worth it. After a couple weeks of research, I went for it. I had always wanted an LV bag, but my parents never understood and would never buy me any of it. Throughout my teens, I usually saved money for Coach and Michael Kors. It wasn’t until recently, when I got my second raise, I realized an investment in a luxury handbag was within reach.

I decided to start with the Cles Pouchette simply because of the following reasons:

  1. I’d probably end up with one in the long run.
  2. I recently retired my 10 year old Coach “key pouch.”
  3. After all my research, it makes a great starter piece and gives you a feel for the brand and materials.

I’m so excited to have this piece and I can’t wait to make my next purchase!


Do you love Louis Vuitton? What’s your favorite piece? Let me know if you’d like me to share any other information about it!