My Birthday Request

Today’s my birthday. Yesterday was my wedding anniversary.

I’m not telling you this because I want your adoring Birthversary wishes (although, I kind of do), I’m telling you because I want free reign to talk about something completely materialistic and shallow in peace.

(This coming from the girl who talks about hair all day.)

I’m sitting here, completely present-less and it’s all my fault. I know some lovely people (namely, my husband) who would very much like to bestow a gift or two, but I can’t make up my mind. Meh, meh and MEH.

I need a new purse. Okay, I want a new purse.

Here’s the deal. When it comes to handbags, I guess you could say I like classic ones. I’m not the type to switch out my bag on different days, so the bag I choose is relatively important due to the fact that it will be on my shoulder for the next couple of years. Plus, the KICKER. I want to be able to pull it out of a dustbag in ten years and still think it’s cute. (Updated to add: I also occasionally sell my bags on eBay, and LVs have a great resale value.)

This is my current bag:


Oh, my trusty Louis Vuitton bag. You have served me well, my friend. It’s not you, it’s me! I swear!

(Have I ever told you about my fabulous boss who called my Louis Vuitton a “Vicki Lawrence”? I would walk into a breakfast meeting and in his fiercest voice, he would croon, “Girrrls working her Vicki Lawrence today!” God, I miss him.)

Well, Vicki, it actually is you…you see, the wide strap falls off my shoulder when I bend over to pick up Wito, and considering I am constantly picking up Wito, this is a problem. I need straps that will stay put. So, I’ve been putting in some time at the local Louis Vuitton store. (And when I say “time”, I mean the sales associates run for cover when I walk in, whispering “the girl with the baby and ALL OF THE QUESTIONS is here. Again.”)

I’ve tried every single bag, pulling the stuff out, putting weight in it, bending over to pick up Wito, looking in the mirror, rinse and repeat. Like a hundred times, but I’m SORRY people! We’re talking a hefty amount of cash here- I want to make the right decision.

After much hemming and hawing, I decided on this style:


The straps stay put, it’s not too big, not too small. Yee haw. *yawning*

I thought my decision was made until I saw this yesterday:


Sure, it’s not the most “classic” style, but I think I’m in love. Plus, my adoration for gray leather knows no limits. And do you know what? I’m only 33 years old – I have the rest of my life to carry a Vicki Lawrence! Plus, did I mention my lovely parents gave me this bag for my birthday a couple of years ago? Do I really need another?

People, I’ve looked everywhere. I don’t like lots of hardware, grommets, etc. I don’t like black. I don’t like LOTS OF THINGS. I think this gray bag and I were meant to be together.

Do you like the gray bag? If not, do you have any other suggestions for me?

It’s my birthday, damn it. Halp!

  1. Karly

    November 6, 2007 at 8:20 am

    As much as I love the LV, I’d probably go with the bag. Love it.

  2. Megan

    November 6, 2007 at 7:41 am

    I love the gray bag. LOVE. My vote is for the gorgeous, sexy, adorable gray bag. Really really love the gray one.

    Plus, maybe its just me, because I don’t have the Louis Vitton love like most people seem to, but I think one Louis Vitton is enough. Especially when they are as similar as those two purses.

    The gray one. Really.

    Happy annivirthday!

  3. Michelle

    November 6, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Happy Birthday, Sarah – I vote for the Louis Vuitton…sorry, but I love LV :o) If you are in a position to purchase an LV, I say go for it! Have a happy day, and happy anniversary as well. – Michelle

  4. Michelle

    November 6, 2007 at 7:50 am

    PS – What is going to become of the old LV that is in the first pic above? I know a girl in Cincinnati who would love to buy it from you and give her a loving home :o)

  5. Allison

    November 6, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Happy, happy birthanniversiday! You too are about the most gorgeous people, just bee-tee-dubs.

    I, too, am a ginormous fan of the gray bag! Whoa – that makes me sound like I’m saying I’m ginormous… not really what I meant. I mean that I lurv the gray bag. LURV it!!!!

    I’m with you on not liking a lot of “stuff” on my bag. And there are too too many bags out there now with all the stuff.

    Go with the gray bag! It’s fun and different! We all need a little variety in our lives!

  6. Sadie

    November 6, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Get the gray bag. It’s more versatile than the LV because of its color (gray! goes! with! everything!), plus it’s just infinitely more attractive to me. I am sorry, but I think most LV bags are fucking hideous, your Vicki included. That is not a bag, it’s a POCKETBOOK. Like my grammy has.

    Also, another cool thing about the gray Anthropologie bag is that it’s simple but unique – you won’t see 14 other people with the same bag each day.

    Wow. Thanks for those lovely birthday wishes. *banning your IP address* ;)

  7. Allison

    November 6, 2007 at 7:52 am

    you *two* — I meant TWO! Not too! I hate it when I do that!

  8. Rhonda Federici

    November 6, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Get the grey one. It’s lovely! And totally original. LV’s(I like the one you had picked out however) are boring to me – totally done to death. Yes, they are a status symbol, but to be honest, they’re boring and stuck-upish! Go for the grey! (And the LV too maybe?)

  9. Keri

    November 6, 2007 at 8:06 am

    I say go for the gray purse – it’s so pretty! Happy Birthday.

  10. deb

    November 6, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Happy Birthday! I love the gray, but then again, I’ve never had a thing for LVs.. Have you seen this? I’m having trouble resisting its tractor beam….

  11. Annika

    November 6, 2007 at 8:15 am

    Get the grey bag! Vicki isn’t going anywhere. You can get that bag next time.

    Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary!

  12. whoorl

    November 6, 2007 at 8:19 am

    You know, I never really had a thing for LVs either. That is, until I moved to Orange County.

    That’s just plain depressing, isn’t it? The OC is turning me into a Stepford Wife.

  13. Sadie

    November 6, 2007 at 8:19 am

    OH! and I did mean to say Happy Birthday! sorry I forgot that part, though I doubt it would have softened the blow I delivered to Vicki. :P

  14. Angella

    November 6, 2007 at 8:27 am

    I think you have great taste. I would be torn. Go with your gut ;)

    And Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary!

  15. Kristen

    November 6, 2007 at 8:28 am

    I am a die hard Louis Vuitton fan. I love mine (classic! pretty! love!), so of course I say stick with the Vicki Lawrence. I love a bag that never goes out of style. Have you considered the Damier style? Also a good choice.