Louis Vuitton Jeanne Wallet – First Impressions and Review

For readers of this blog, I’m sure it’s become apparent to you that I’m a big fan of Louis Vuitton. As you’ve read on my other reviews (Speedy, Neverfull, Coin Purse) I find the brand to have products that are both good value for money, as well as being highly durable. So when I decided that I wanted a new wallet, I knew that it was going to be a Louis Vuitton. But as the brand has over 30 different designs, with countless other colours/fabrics etc, I knew that this was going to be a hard decision.

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I was originally going for the Caïssa wallet, as I liked the design and the slimness, but then I realised that all my cards/cash wouldn’t fit in it. I’m definitely somebody who carries a lot with them in their wallet. I carry stamp cards, pictures, handwritten notes and receipts on my day to day basis, and I’ve done this for years. So I thought that I may have to save up more for something like the Insolite organiser.

But when I stumbled upon the Jeanne wallet on their website, I knew that this was the one that had caught my heart.

And upon purchasing it in the Nice boutique in the South of France in May, I fell more in love with the practicality of it, and how it feels so different from anything I’ve ever owned before.

The Wallet – Size/Design

The Jeanne Wallet is definitely a lot wider than some of the other designs – easily spanning the width of my hand and has an envelope design, as opposed to the accordion design of something like a Zippy. So if you’re wanting a slim, small wallet that will easily fit inside a narrower bag like a Chanel Boy or a Gucci Soho, this may not be the one for you.

With a metal button holding the wallet together (I preferred this design against the leather button of the Josephine, as I’ve heard that can get quite badly worn after multiple use) the wallet opens to reveal a-shaped slot in the front in which a card holder sits very snugly.

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Now, this is the beauty of the wallet for me. The wallet comes with one large open pocket along the back (this is where I’ve put my paper stamp cards and train/railway tickets) and inside it has 6 in-built card slots and one large open section.

Within this interior open section, a detachable zipped coin purse sits very snugly, with a V-shaped cut out design that is perfect for quickly putting a bank card or ID if you just wanted to put your cards/money into a smaller bag.

For my wallet, I have the Monogram print with the Fuchsia interior. You can also get it in the very popular Rose Ballerine colour, and I’ve even heard you can combine colours to make a trio of different colours for your wallet if you visit the right Louis Vuitton.

But I have mine in one whole colour. Although I’ve heard the Rose Ballerine is very beautiful to look at, it apparently marks very badly. And when you’ve got coins or notes rubbing up against the lining, this could very quickly become an issue.

Durability/Usability

For me, I love that the wallet features a detachable card holder and coin purse – as it offers a huge selection of choice. You can take out the card holder for a night out (the card holder has one slot in the front, and can hold two extra cards inside) or you can put your card in the coin purse etc.FullSizeRender (3)
Or, if you just wanted to grab your coin purse (perfect for car-parking/meters or public transport), you don’t have to carry your whole wallet out. Everything is completely detachable and sits very nicely together when completely full. The wallet is fairly heavy when completely stuffed – at the moment, I have quite a lot of coins and cards, so I can vouch for how weighty it is.

Like all Louis Vuitton products, this has the signature Canvas/Leather mix, so it is very durable. I’ve spilt suncream, makeup and toothpaste on my wallet, and all it needs is a quick wet wipe clean. The button closure at the front feels very secure and never pings open, but I am very cautious about completely overstuffing it.

What I have noticed about this wallet is that when you do fill it up, you have to be aware that the pockets stretch. I’ve noticed it particularly on the back open section, as it really has stretched a fair bit, and I’m not sure that even if I take all the stuff out, it may not spring back to flatness. So far nothing has fallen out of the stretched sections, but I will make sure I update this page if something has happened.

I know a lot of people don’t like this when it happens to their products, as they want them to remain fairly pristine, so you’ll have to bear it in mind.

Price 

Louis Vuitton prices range from fairly low to quite high in their luxury goods sections, and wallets are no exception. Online, the Jeanne wallet retails (as of June 2017) for £355, but as I bought my abroad, I paid £331. Now, whether this is because of the Euro-Sterling exchange rate at the time, I’m not sure. So definitely check your prices when you’re abroad.

Is it Worth it?

As you can probably tell, I’m a big Louis Vuitton fan. So I think that the whole brand is worth the money. If you’re wanting to dip your toe in the world of luxury goods, a wallet is a good way to go, as it’s not a huge investment like a bag, and one that you could probably resell for a little loss on authentic preloved sites.

What I love about the Jeanne wallet is that it’s almost customisable. You can take out what you want for the day, and know that it will always come back together well. So it works for both big bags and small bags. And for the price point (bearing mind its only a little bigger than a Zippy, and the wallets start at around the £500 mark), you’re well worth trying it out.fullsizerender-1.jpg

Jeanne Facts and Figures 

– 19 x 11 x 1 cm (length x height x width)
– 7.5 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches

Check out Louis Vuitton’s website for more information.

Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote – First Impressions and Review.

When it comes to designer bags, I think I’ve invested wisely in particular brands/styles. If you’re curious about the pieces I’ve bought, then please take a while to look through my Neverfull review and Speedy review posts. However, recently I found myself at a bit of a loss when it came to deciding between my two Louis Vuitton’s. Due to the ever-changing nature of British weather, I needed a tote bag (for University and workimg_4073) that wouldn’t be as open as my Neverfull, but was both waterproof and smart. I also needed something that could double as an overnight bag, but wouldn’t look too oversized.
Through my research, I kept stumbling upon the Longchamp Le Pliage bags, and was intrigued by all the positive reviews that I found. For the price point (around £75) this line of bags has had devotees from the Duchess of Cambridge to It-Girl Alexa Chung, and was on the rise in popularity in my town.

So, after deciding upon a colour (Blue Mist – currently in stock for anyone curious) I had my sent from Selfridges to my work address, and I instantly fell in love with the practicality of such a well-constructed bag.

Made out of water-resistant Nylon, with a wipe-clean exterior and interior, this bag is incredibly roomy. I can easily pack my laptop, University books, change of clothes and my everyday essentials for a night away, and still have room to spare. With only a small inner pocket (big enough for some loose change and cards for ease of access) it is a real tote bag in all senses of the word. The Le Pliage also comes with beautiful cowhide snap closure and straps. At the moment, these straps haven’t lost their rigidity, so I do find that they can slip off my shoulder as I’m carrying it, but I’m sure that once they get a little more worn in, they’ll be fine. The straps are a lot thicker than that of the Neverfull, but I don’t find this an issue.

With a zip along the length of the entire bag, along with the snap closure, I feel quite safe carrying belongings in here as I think it’s quite secure. I’ve used this bag as a day-to-night bag, and even from University to date night, which is something I’m pleased that it can accommodate with. So far, it’s proved quite durable, and has dealt with some pretty horrific weather without anything getting wet, which also impressed me.

The Longchamp also has this nifty trick of being able to fold up to the size of a paperback book, which will be useful for the travelling that I intend on doing in the next week.

img_4069All in all, I’ve found no faults with this bag so far, apart from the slight grievance about the rigidity of the leather straps. However, I’m not sure over how durable it’ll be in the long run, but we shall have to see. For £75, I would definitely purchase again.

I bought my bag via Selfridges, and found the delivery and packaging quite satisfactory (you get a tracking number and necessary documentation) and my bag is in the colour Blue Mist – a choice so I could transition this bag from winter to summer without any clashes.

But if you’ve got a Longchamp or anything similar, I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment!

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Louis Vuitton Mini Speedy BB Coin Purse – Review

When it comes to SLG’s, I’m a fairly new to that territory. I currently carry my money around in a Cath Kidston purse, and have only seen Chanel wallets and Balenciaga clutches through luxe-bloggers on YouTube.

However, I recently came into contact with this little denim Louis Vuitton coin purse, and I must profess, it’s love. img_3879

Now, as this denim beauty was given to me as a present I’m unsure how much it would retail for, as it is quite difficult to find. The Monogram Denim line was debuted in 2005, and through some internet searching, you can find similar ones for around the $500/£400 price point. Mine came in good condition and certainly has been a fabulous addition to my Louis Vuitton collection.

The coin purse is quite tiny, with a pale gold suede interior. The outside is a fairly deep navy, with the Monogram in a lighter blue. The identification code is tucked quite discreetly inside the lining, which is another reason why I love Louis Vuitton products as, despite the Monogram print being so identifiable, it is these little touches of authenticity that matter.

The purse also comes with a good length chain and a keyring, which makes it useful to attach to the D-Ring inside my Speedy and Neverfull. The zip also secures with a press lock, so it cannot open and spill the contents into your bag. This is a very handy piece of hardware, especially if you decided to use it as a coin purse.

I personally use it as a mini emergency kit for things I need. Depsiimg_3881te the measuremnts only being 4.7 x 2.8 x 2 inches or 12 x 7 x 5 cm, it can hold quite a lot.

In my coin purse, I carry:

  • A mini perfume bottle
  • Mattifying shine wipes
  • A hand mirror
  • A memory stick
  • A Vaseline tub
  • A concealer
  • A Nyx lipstick
  • Earplugs
  • Hairbands

This is carried all without the bag losing shape, which I consider a huge achievement.

I use this purse everyday, and it always gives me a thrill of pleasure whenever I see it. Due to the nature of my job, along with going to University, I can’t carry my Speedy or Neverfull all the time, so just to tote around even the smallest piece of Louis Vuitton makes me very happy.

The next piece I’m saving up for will be a wallet, so watch this space for reviews.

If you have any Louis Vuitton SLG’s then don’t hesitate in letting me know.

 

 

Top 5 – Favourite Lipsticks.

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If there’s one thing I have a lot of, then it is lipsticks. Lip sticks, crayons, liners, pencils, paints. I’ve got them all and more. So today, I thought I’d share my top 5 favourite ones. Some are old favourites, some are new discoveries.

1: Nyx Soft Matte in Prague – £5.50

6da2b99b9b46a4150be806c1cc65f2e4Now, this was a really hard decision. I’m a big fan of Nyx products, and own quite a few of them, but when I had to choose between either Cannes or Prague, I just thought the bright pink colour piqued the title.

Prague is a total deep pink Barbie pink that is such a statement look. I’ve gone through a good few tubes of this colour, and always reach for it if I want a pop of colour.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream’s are such good lipsticks if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but want a good moisturing liquid lipstick. And with a range of colours, they can appeal to a wide variety of customers.

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2: MAC Velvet Teddy – £15.50

41e95e17351c714631c56355898cd43bThis is my go-to colour for the days I want to just slap on the makeup and go. As a fairly matte texture, it does require just a dab of lipbalm underneath, but this lipstick lasts well throughout the day and can really be paired with any makeup look. From what I’ve seen, this shade is a combination of hues, and can look completely different on a variety of skin-tones. I usually pare this with my trusty MAC ‘Soar’ lipliner.

A brilliant staple for your makeup bag.

Image credit  -Polyvore on Pinterest

3: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush – £6.9979d643ab384fab3de291613280dcc0b8

This is quite a new addition to my collection, but I’ve found myself using it more and more. This Vivid Matte line is quite similar to the Soft Matte’s from Nyx, as they provide a good balance between the matte effect, without really drying out your lips. Nude Flush is quite a subtle shade, and it has been rated as a good dupe for the Kylie Cosmetics ‘Koko K’ lipstick and for £6.99, you really can’t go wrong!

 

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4: No7 Classic Rose – £9.95IMG_1011

I’ve preached about this lipstick in my My 9 Staple Beauty Products, and through that review you can read everything about it. But this is such a beautiful pink colour. I find it flatters my skin-tone a lot, has good pigment and despite being mattifying, it doesn’t massively dry out your lips.

 

 

 


5: MAC Russian Red – £15.50

macrussianred1When it comes to red lipsticks, I always go for MAC. Now, for this blogpost, it was a real toss-up between Ruby Woo and Russian Red. However, recently I’ve recently favoured the latter shade just to the slight change in colour hue. For me and my skin-tone, Russian Red is a real, true Marilyn Monroe red, and isn’t as drying as Ruby Woo. I’ve worn Russian Red on nights out, and have been eating, drinking and kissing and there’s only been slight colour loss. MAC lipsticks are mid-range in the price point and I think they are so worth the money.

Image credit – LittleMissChickas on Blogspot

 

If you’ve got any lipstick shades/brands you like, then please let me know! I’m always in the market for buying and testing new ones out, and I’d love to hear your opinions.

 

Wintery Favourites – Getting Me Through the Festive Period

Ever since October hit, autumn has been fast on our tail and it’s inevitable that winter is coming. With the cool weather approaching, I’ve had to change what I carry around with me on a day-to-day basis, and I thought I’d do my ‘Wintery Favourites’ as
a beauty blogpost today. Also, please bear in mind, this is all products I’ve bought or been given as gifts by friends/family.

So, in no particular order:

Burberry Cashmere Scarf – £335

Now, I was very lucky to have this as a hand-me-down from my mother from her younger days. This vintage Burberry scarf has been a staple in my handbag, and although its certainly been well-loved throughout the years, it’s still gorgeously warm and soft. This scarf is a classic, and I’ve worn it with pride over the years, and will continue to do so this winter.

Eos Strawberry Sorbet Lipbalm – £751a7fzyczjl-_sl1000_

A fairly new product, but definitely a favourite. This cult beauty product has been recommended by all who try it, and I love how moisturising it is, and with the nifty packaging and bright colours it doesn’t get lost in the depth of my handbag. Over the change of season, I’ve been really suffering with chapped lips, so I use this before my lipstick and throughout the day, and it seems to have really cleared it up.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – £3

A really intensive hand treatment. A little will go a long way, and you can really feel the nourishment that it gives you. On my skin, I’ve not noticed any stickiness from residue, and I also like how subtle the scent is.

Touch-screen gloves – £2.50

I hate having cold hands, so really love my winter gloves over the cooler months, however with my iPod Touch and iPhone, it used to be annoying if I had keep removing them just to text/change songs. This simple pair of black touch-screen gloves from Peacocks does the trick until I can get into the warmth.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser – £4.99272810011_0_640x640

Over the years I’ve gone through loads of different day cream/moisturisers, but I seem to keep coming back to this one. As someone with combination skin, and a particularly oily T-zone/forehead, I really need an oil-free moisturiser for my day-to-day, and I found with this one, a little goes a long way and I love the scent.

J by Jasper Conran Winter Checkered Coat – Estimated £100

I’m not a big coat person. I run quite warm, and really can’t stand the bulkiness of coats unless it’s very cold outside, but for the last couple of years, I’ve been returning to this Jasper Conran coat. With a huge hood, good length and waist belt, I think it looks quite stylish every year, and I find it warm enough to keep me toasty through the winter months. I bought this coat ages ago as a new one from a charity shop, so I’m unsure of the price, but by looking at the Debenhams website, I can only estimate around £100 new.

Woollen Headband – £5

I am not the biggest hat fan, as my head gets unseasonably warm, but in the winter months I need some protection around my ears. A woollen headband can keep your ears warm, along with being a natty accessory. I also use it for bad hair days, and for the price, you can’t go wrong. I bought mine a couple of years ago, and is perfect for just slipping in my bag.

 

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière – £925IMG_1825

I’ve done a big blogpost about my Speedy on here, but for the cooler and slightly wetter months, I prefer using my Speedy over my Neverfull as it has a zip. I’ve got this bag caught in so many rainstorms, and because the bag is treated canvas, water just runs off it and dries quickly. The Speedy 30 is a great bag for everyday goods and books, and with the addition of the strap, I can just toss it on and not worry too much.

 

 

 

So these are my Top 8 Wintery Favourites. Let me know if you’ve got any products that you’d recommend for the colder months?