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. Erin

    November 6, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Ok – I will be the outlier here and vote for another LV. I have the cabas mezzo and it fits EVERYTHING and doesn’t fall off my shoulder. I also have the lockit horizontal (both in monogram canvas) and that one you can wear on your shoulder or on the crook of your arm, so its’ good for toting baby stuff and for going out.

    LV is classic and will never go out of style. I’ve had my Speedy for years and still pull it out all the time.

    Oh, and happy birthday!

  2. amy

    November 6, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Happy Birthday to a fellow scorpio…i just had my 29th on Saturday! And….happy anniversary.
    Oh how i love handbags…and would much rather discuss them then hair…or anything else in this world, for that matter. So i have a few suggestions…but first i must say…i think its a must for you to have two straps…preferably flexible fabric/leather in order to hug your shoulder and the shirt/sweater you are wearing as to not fall down while picking up wito. My bag would be a nightmere for you….one thick strap.
    Ok so this is my opinion…love the gray anthro. bag BUT…i do not think its timeless…i think you might be sick of it in 6 months and resort back to your trusty louis. But i do like it.
    How about Gucci? Oh how i love thee. This leather definitely wears well (that gucci cloth gets filthy) and oh the timelessness (is that a word?)…


  3. Fiora

    November 6, 2007 at 8:40 am

    I’m ALL for unique bags, and Anthropologie is always full of unique! (Although I am biased as I have a few bags from there as well) The grey bag has personality! LV? eh, not so much :)

  4. andrea

    November 6, 2007 at 8:42 am

    A tough choice, but I have to say go with the grey bag. So simple, yet so stylish, not to mention it will go with absolutely anything.

    Happy Anniversary and Birthday. I squeeze both holidays in a few days apart from one another in October and last year made the same gift request and had the same amount of trouble with the decision. Finally picked out a bag I loved and am still very happy with it a year later.

  5. sizzle

    November 6, 2007 at 8:43 am

    go for the gray!

    and happy, happy birthday. :)

  6. Lindsay

    November 6, 2007 at 8:43 am

    My vote is definitely for the gray bag. So pretty!
    I don’t have any real opinions one way or the other about LV in general, but that new LV one you pictured is just not doing it for me. It’s just kind of a weird shape that makes me think of old women and diaper bags. And while I love both old women AND diaper bags, I would guess that’s not the look you’re going for? You are far too gorgeous (and I mean that in the least creepy stalker-ish way possible) to be carrying around that bag.

    Oh, but please tell me you’re keeping the other LV bag, which I LOVE (in all capitals) for use when you’re done with the bending down all the time stage? It’s such a nice shape.

    I’m definitely keeping that one. I still love it! :)

  7. erin rae

    November 6, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Love, love, LOVE the gray bag. It would be my choice.

    I’m not going to bash the LV, since I have a vintage LV that was my grandmother’s. I adore it, and regularly travel with it (it’s a larger sized bag) as my carry-on. However, I love the individuality of the gray bag.

    I’m a total bag whore and have started to switch them out much more regularly, so as to actually get some use out of the $$$ spent on them!

    Go for gray!

  8. erin rae

    November 6, 2007 at 8:45 am

    And… happy birthday and anniversary!!!

    I’m so rude…

  9. megan

    November 6, 2007 at 8:50 am

    this is the bag that I would ask for (a little pricey, so maybe a joint gift from husband AND parents)


  10. BethanyWD

    November 6, 2007 at 8:51 am

    I vote gray bag. I might have to go get one myself! Happy birthday and anniversary!

  11. Jora

    November 6, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Happy bday and anniversary! By the way, I LOVE that gray bag! Where did you find it? I have a bday coming up too….

  12. Nilsa S.

    November 6, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Though I’m not a fan of gray, I like the gray bag for you … because, frankly, you wear anything well, so I’m sure you’d rock the gray bag!


  13. Kristie

    November 6, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Oh! The grey bag is gorgeous! Black is waaaay too boring. Go with the grey!

  14. Jennie

    November 6, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! (I hope there was some good food ingested on one or both of these days!)

    I love the gray bag. Looove it.

  15. Dad Gone Mad

    November 6, 2007 at 8:58 am

    I don’t know nuttin’ about no purses, but happy annibirthdayrary anyway.