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.

Winter Wardrobe – Adore Me and My Top 3 Outfits.

With the winter months closing in, and the glint of Christmas on the horizon, there is no doubt in my mind that my favourite time of year is officially here.

Now, my life is pretty hectic at the moment. I’m a full-time Masters Student, who has two other side jobs, along with maintaining time to see my friends/boyfriend. So, when the lovely sleepwear team at Adore Me reached out to me and invited me to do a flat-lay piece (something I’ve always wanted to do, but never tried it yet) about some of my favourite lingerie/outfit ideas, I thought it would be a great idea to incorporate three of my typical outfits all in one post.

So here are my three go-to looks for the big areas in my life:

Work/University

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When I go to University/Work, I find that I want to look smart but ultimately be comfortable. This navy dress is knee-length, so I usually pair it with some tights and a cardigan, and with the statement lace collar, I find that that’s enough of an accessory to make my outfit complete. For a smarter look you could dress it up with a blazer and heels, but I usually go for flats. These black ballet pumps are always going to be classic, yet the sweet cat face gives the shoes a quirky touch to dress it up. For lingerie, this bra is a go-to for me. I love it so much, I have the same design in a number of colours. With minimal detailing on the cups, it doesn’t show through the fabric of the dress, yet gives me enough boost and support to make it ridiculously comfortable.

Date Night

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Like most girls in relationships, I love dressing out and going out with my boyfriend for dinner/dates. For date-night outfits, I try to keep it quite simple, and let my heels/jewellery do the talking. This simple LBD is a really tried-and-tested favourite of mine, and with the simple neckline but statement cutout sides, I feel it gives the dress some edge. My heels are these gorgeous lace-up booties, which are ridiculously cute but always quite comfortable. If I want to make this into quite a fancy night out, I may wear some statement tights, or even fishnets to make it a little sexier.

This bra is the ultimate thing in padding and push-up. The deep red colour makes it feel quite saucy to wear, and I always feel at my fanciest whilst wearing it.

Loungewear.

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With Christmas fast approaching, I love digging out some Xmas jammies and getting cosy for a night by the fire. These pyjamas are new, but I can really see myself living in them for the next few months. The Grinch is one of my favourite Christmas movies, and I just couldn’t say no to them in the shop. This polka-dot bra is another really cosy piece of lingerie that I love wearing. With minimal padding, it feels almost like a bralet/sports bra, which is perfect for those lazy evenings. I also find the thicker straps to be really comfortable to wear.

This was a super fun post to do, and I really found it fun to think and pair my outfits together.

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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?

 

Winter Wedding Ideas!

A few weeks ago, TheBlackTux.com asked me to write my thoughts on a ‘Winter Wedding Ideas’ blogpost. Now, despite being a 21-year old single student, I love planning and thinking about weddings, and I adore winter as a season for fashion and clothing.

So I thought I’d share some of my personal favourites if I were planning a winter wedding, and what I would love to include to make the big day as special as it could be.

1: Faux Fur Wraps.

With winter bringing the cold weather and the chill wind over the UK9101289947166.jpg, I think a white faux fur stole or wrap would be the perfect touch to any festive wedding. To me, faux fur looks so classy if done right, and there isn’t anything better than being wrapped up in a fur jacket on a icy day. So why not incorporate into your big day? Perfect for outdoor shots, and adding a little something to any strapless dress, these wraps keep your shoulders warm but let your arms and movement be relatively free.

At the moment, Monsoon are doing some beautiful wraps, and I adore this Addilyn Feather Cape, as it does add a bit of vintage/showbiz glamour, and could easily be reworn after the big day. Also, with the addition of a embellished brooch, and fine-knit fabric lining, this won’t snag or damage any  bridal dresses. And retailing at £129, I think this is a steal for your big day.

2: Irregular Choice Shoes.

Now, these are definitely a very personal favourite. Some may call them garish, tacky, and some people wouldn’t touch these shoes with a barge pole for their wedding day.

But I adore them. Irregular Choice is such a unique shop, and I adore how each shoe looks like a work of art. No matter what pair of shoes you’ll get, they will be made well and be comfortable, and they’ll definitely send out a statement on your wedding day.

My two favourites are:

7129-1-lThe ‘Grin & Tonic’ vintage style boots.

With the gorgeous lace detailing, oversized bow at the front and moderate heel, has the perfect blend between outrageous yet sensible, and the flash of blue on the sole which could be classfied as your ‘something blue AND new’.

Retailing at £115.00

 

Or:

The ‘I Love You’ heels.

Now these are so unusual, gorgeous and statement-ish, you’d struggle to find more unique and quirky shoes for your wedding. With wedding-character heels depicting a bride and groom, brocade style and applique of ‘I ♥ You’ across the toes, these shoes are genuinely a mixture between art and footwear. Also these shoes come in a ‘Mrs and Mrs’ style as well.

Retailing at £149.00

 

3: Bandelettes 

Now, I’m going to be writing my own blogpost reviewing the Bandelettes Beige 1004 Bands, but I thought I’d include them in this. For curvier girls, or people with just bigger thighs that can rub together and cause irritation, Bandelettes are godsend. In a nutshell, they artrio-back-2014e  5.5 inch Lace Bands, secured with two strips of non-slip silicone that sit on the upper parts of your thighs and give that added protection and stop skin-on-skin chafing. And for a wedding day, when you don’t want to be wearing tights, Bandelette
s provide a discreet and comfortable way to wear that beautiful gown of yours without any chafing or unneccessary pain. They come in a variety of colours, including nude and white, and are reusable.

Shipping from the US – Retailing at $15.99/£10.55

4: Book Confetti.

As this is a literary blog, I had to do something with books. So why not combine two of your favourite things, and have book confetti! To me, there would be nothing moil_570xn-673572676_3ti2
re romantic than exiting the marriage venue and have Shakespeare sonnets rain around me as confetti. A quirky touch to any wedding, and completely DIY and money-saving if you wanted it to be. However, PaperHeartCreation on Etsy has a wonderful shop full of different types and styles of confetti, for relatively cheap prices.

 

5: Bridesmaid Gifts – Silver or Gold Snowflake Necklace.

In my mind, picking bridesmaids will extremely difficult. These are the women who help you on the day, keep your nerves down, tidy up your dress and just be the best people original_gold-and-silver-rhinestone-snowflake-necklacea woman can have on her bi
g day. So naturally, you’d want to thank them for all their time and effort. And whilst pursuing notonthehighstreet.com, I found the sweetest, wintery present for those special ladies. These snowflakes necklaces would be a touching memento from your big day, and with the option of a personalised star initial charm, they can make every necklace feel entirely unique to the person. A wintery goodie for your bridesmaid!

Retailing at £15 per necklace.

So yes, here we are! These are my top 4 picks for my winter wedding inspired blogpost. A huge thank you to Sam and everyone at TheBlackTux.com for influencing this post – head over there if you want to see a good suit and tuxedo rentals.

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Thank you for reading!

 

Autumnal Fashion Favourites – Capes, Shoes and Handbags.

So, the nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air, and the leaves have dropped and are brown underfoot. Autumn has officially arrived, and this season has given rise to a change in fashion, a change in taste, and a change in what I find enjoyable. Like spring, autumn is one of those transitional times of years where you can certainly feel a change in the air. Halloween is fast approaching, I’ve already seen the first Christmas advert, and I find myself steering away from the kimonos and maxi dresses of this past few months, and back into thick tights and warm outerwear. So I thought I’d give you a quick overview of my autumnal favourites.

Capes/Blanket Wraps

(New Look Fur-Trimmed Blanket Wrap – £24.99 (Discontinued online but available within shop)

How excellent are capes?! With  the wind getting cooler, and a definite touch of frost nipping at my arms as I walk to work, I’ve found myself dragging my cape over my shoulders. And for me, capes or blanket wraps are the perfect fashion must-have for these colder months. Not only have they been the favourite autumn/winter staple for the last few years, they seem to be the perfect finishing touch to a variety of outfits and styles. You can dress them down with jeans, jumper and boots for the day, and then use it as a stylish cover-up over a dress and heels for the night. Also what I love about capes is that, as somebody who runs quite warm throughout the year, I sometimes find winter jackets and hoodies restricting. I usually find myself ripping them off throughout the day when I get too hot, but their bulkiness makes them difficult to carry. So the brilliance of capes are that they can be easily tucked away in some moderate-sized handbag. Also, if you add a belt, you can transform this sometimes, shapeless design into a gorgeous waist-flaunting piece of fashion. And for all us curvy girls, who sometimes find the coat-over-chest size an issue, the cape is comfortable and wide enough to cover these areas without appearing too shapeless.

And what I love about my particular cape is the fur collar. Because no matter when I wear it, I feel like a Russian princess!

Handbags

(Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 30 in Monogram Canvas – £790)


Now, this isn’t a typical young adult piece of fashion. This is high-end and with a matching high-price. But I have been blessed with this bag as a graduation present, and it definitely had to come in my Autumn Favourites. The Speedy 30, originally designed in the 1930s, has become a staple bag for wannabe handbag collectors, and usually one of the first pieces that they own. And I was no different. With the monogram canvas design, calfskin handles and beautiful design (honestly this bag can hold so much!) this bag can seamlessly move between day-to-night, and even as an overnight bag. Also, with the Bandouliere design, this comes with a strap that can be adjusted to be shoulder-carrying, or even cross-body, so for that added comfort and security. As well as being a fashion classic, this bag is perfect for autumn as it has a muted colour scheme that fits in well with the typical autumnal colours of browns, reds and purple, and it also is sturdy enough to survive being rained on, strong winds and probably even snow. I just love this bag. And there will be a proper blog post linked here.

Shoes

(Black Over-The-Knee Block Heel Boots – New Look £44.99)

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(Cat face ballet shoes – George for Asda £8)

So, with winter coming, the shoes that I’m now veering towards are quite different from my summer flipflops and lacey flats. And recently, I’ve bought two pairs of shoes that have completely revolutionised my wardrobe.

The first are these over-the-knee block boots from New Look. Now, as a girl who has been blessed with significantly musclear calves and thighs, I find buying boots on the high street a very difficult and limited task. Either they have to be built for people with wider calves – and these completely swamp my thinner ankles and make my boots sag – or I have to just go for ankle-length ones, which is completely fine, but isn’t what I want in a winter boot. But recently, after a random trip into my local New Look and having a peruse around the shoe department, I stumbled upon these boots that miraculously fit snugly over my calves without any zippers or stretchy panels, and even went up to my knees.

These boots are faux-suede, and very cosy for these colder months. With the over-the-knee design, they offer that little more warmth and protection for your knees and lower thigh, as well as making you look a little like a super-hero. The block heel isn’t too high that it looks out of place for a regular boot, and they can easily be worn over jeans for a casual day look, or with tights for a dressier nighttime. And for £45, it isn’t too high a price. So I’d definitely recommend these boots! And for all those girls out there who don’t know whether they’ll fit, go in and try them on! I have worn mine to death, as they look and feel good, plus they fit over my calves and flatter my legs. So click here if you want to buy them.

And the second pair of shoes I bought are these adorable cat-face ballet shoes. Now, I have lusted over the Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats for a long time, but at nearly £400, I just couldn’t afford them. But when I was flicking through a fashion magazine and stumbled upon this £8 supermarket alternative, I just knew I had to have them. Despite being labelled as a ‘slipper’, these are perfect for the crisp autumnal weather, and with a subtle cat face design, and a gorgeous velvet exterior, these shoes may not be suitable for wet days, but are an adorable alternative to the staple black-ballet pumps that should be in every girl’s wardrobe. And for £8? Absolute bargain.

So, these are my go-to autumnal fashion favourites. Links to items will be listed below if they are available online, and if not, try in your local shops or through catalogues. But let me know in the comments if you have any autumnal fashion favourites!

-Alice x

Links to accessories!

Cape – (Alternative Colour Online) 

Handbag – Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 30

Boots – Over the Knee Block Heel

Ballet Pump – Out of Stock