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The New ‘W’ Monogram Tote by Louis Vuitton


‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’ – Coco Chanel. Do you agree? My style changes daily and from year to year; either way Coco wouldn’t appreciate my public display of hoodies and stretchy pants. Speaking of Chanel, I can count my ‘designer collection’ on one hand. My wardrobe has always been 90% budget friendly and 10% designer splurges for statement pieces like heels, sunglasses and the occasional handbag that can take a look-for-less to the next level.

To my surprise last week, my husband walked into the kitchen on our 1 year anniversary (we met Halloween 2012) carrying a chocolate brown gift-bag. My initial response was ‘Gulp…uh, what’s that?’ He saw the smile on my face and admitted he’d been planning the gift since summer and I feel like ‘It’ deserves an introduction since this over-the-top monogrammed pistachio tote will steal the spotlight of this post regardless. Here’s the new W Tote by Louis Vuitton on a lakeside stroll in Switzerland, plus my top 3 secrets for upgrading all of my budget-friendly outfits…

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Meet Pistachio ~ I named her after the color itself, but this LV tote is part of the new W bag collection that came out last summer.


Louis Vuitton in the News ~ There has been so much talk this week about LV confirming that Nicolas Ghesquière from Balenciaga will take over as Marc Jacob’s replacement. The Purse Blog has plenty of recent articles after LV’s value dipped 12% compared to last year because the ‘ubiquitous’ logo bags are everywhere. So they’re making changes, but is it too late? Now onto the style tricks…


Trick 1: Vintage Jewelry ~ I came across Sweet & Spark Curated Vintage jewelry based in San Francisco (and featured the CEO, Jillian, in yesterday’s Behind the Brand post.) This 70’s tassel necklace was one of my faves and I’ve always loved altering vintage dresses making them 1-of-a-kind.


Trick 2: Reconsider the Little Black Dress ~ There is something about navy blue that is rich, and still looks formal day or night without being the typical LBD. Avoid crazy patterns which tend to look less expensive than solid colors.


Trick 3: Ponytail Upgrade ~ Try adding your own version of a high-fashion hairstyle. To take my pony from gym time to going-out, I added extensions and wrapped a strand around the hair tie securing so it’s covered, then secured it with a bobby pin.


<DETAILS by Dale> bag ~ ‘W PM’ Tote by Louis Vuitton in Pistachio, dress (recent) ~ Zara, necklace c/o ~ Sweet & Spark, watch ~ Michael Kors, sunglasses ~ Prada, heels (old) ~ Zara last seen here, post location ~ Lake Zug in Switzerland

Are you excited about the new designer taking over Louis Vuitton for Marc Jacobs or are you over LV?

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  1. Wonderful, it’s a gorgeous shade too 🙂 Such a sweet gift!! I hope you have a great weekend doll x

  2. Hello!
    You ve got a great blog and style
    This bag makes me crazy jaja
    Would be great to follow each other?
    Just let me know and I follow back 🙂


  3. Happy anniversary to you and your hubby, Dale. And OMG! That’s the best present ever:D

  4. I LOVE your LV bag. I like that its so different than the LV bags we are used to seeing around. Beautiful color. And stunning necklace too. 🙂


  5. What an awesome anniversary present Dale! The outfit you wore is perfect with your beautiful new statement bag!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  6. HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLO GORGEOUS! ok. you too dale. jk!!! you know you’re gorgeous dale.. but OMGGG your new bag!!! congrats on your anniversary hon 🙂 and your man has some seriously good taste! i love it! it’s so chic the color is so unique and gorgeous!

  7. Wow this bag is so perfect! I love it. Thanks for visit my blog, I follow you now

  8. such a gorgeous bag!

  9. nice and very classy!

    we follow you on bloglovin!

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  10. You look beautiful. Your tote bag is gorgeous and goes great together with your little black dress. Love it! Xxx

  11. Stunning bag!


  12. Hi, Great outfit, I love the bag!! We would like to follow each other?

  13. How sweet of him! The tote is marvelous Dale and definitely suits you. Looking very classy and chic, I really enjoy your style tricks and find them really useful. Im the kind of person that rarely splurge on expensive items but if I do it, for sure for accessories, bags first. I’m so curious to see the work of Nicolas Ghesquiere and how he will change the brand. Happy weekend dear, kisses! xo

  14. That bag looks amazing! It’s a lovely colour =)

    Corinne x

  15. fantastic bag 🙂

  16. I love the little black dress you have on… the tote goes well with it, great shade 🙂

  17. He sure knows you well. Very clever of him to pick something you love! This bag suits you so so well. I like this color. Definitely outstanding when matched with a darker shade and I’m sure it’ll go well with white or cream too =D
    I think I’m excited to see what LV has to offer. Sometimes changes can bring some freshness into the brand. I have hope for LV =)

  18. Happy Anniversary Dale! What a fabulous gift doll! It’s gorgeous and I love the trim. Very nice!!!

  19. Your hair looks so pretty up like that! And I love the bag. 🙂

  20. Little black dress is very beautiful, and your hand bag is also very nice, very well with other clothing, awesome

  21. that bag! so gorgeous


  22. You look amazing in these pictures. I couldn’t agree more about little navy dresses. You are so lucky to have a husband who would splurge on an amazing gift like that LV handbag!

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  23. That bag is amazing! I love it!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!


  24. Heck no! I am not over LV. I only have one LV bag…but still. LOL!

    You are one lucky lady. That bag is beautiful. It has got to be one of the best looking bags I’ve seen all year. Your hubby has good taste! Speaking of good taste…you look incredibly chic and classy in these pictures. That dress looks perfect on you. Even your hair and makeup is perfect! 🙂

    xo Azu


  25. Wow what a gift! He’s done well and you’ve done well too Dale hehehe! ;o)


  26. You look so beautiful and elegant! I love the pop of yellow in this all-black outfit. The bag is amazing!


  27. I I am in LOVE with that bag! Love the color too! ~Tameka @ http://www.thefashionkuhlt.com

  28. love this outfit.. black and yellow FTW!

  29. Wow, this handbag is so sweet. Do you have some other colors?

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