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Personalize The Iconic Louis Vuitton Leather Goods

When you buy a fashion accessory, nothing is more thrilling than being able to personalize your item to suit your style and make it a unique piece.

I am a long-time fan of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods. For years, the only kind of personalization I have done for my handbags was hot stamping them with my initials. But on my most recent trip to Las Vegas, I did something I’ve never done before; which was to customize a new handbag with colorful patches of my choices.

What do I mean by customizing a handbag with colorful patches? This is actually a new personalization service Louis Vuitton offers recently (Summer 2017), called “My LV World Tour”. This personalization service is available on Louis Vuitton’s iconic Monogram Canvas items and can only be ordered in some designated Louis Vuitton stores.

(Front of My New Monogram Neverfull Noir)

The process of ordering the “My LV World Tour” leather goods is all done electronically in the designated Louis Vuitton stores. The SA (Sales Associate) will bring an electronic pad and ask you to pick a Monogram Canvas item you’d like to get. Then, you can decide on which of the “My LV World Tour” patches you’d like to put on your product.

There are five different patch groups: Cities, LV Heritage, Grand Hotels, Make It Your Own, and LV Pop. Each patch group has twelve patches. (See the patch sample in the bottom of this blog post.)

You can choose up to ten patches to put on your Monogram Canvas product: five patches on the front and five patches on the back. Each patch you choose can only be used once. If you already choose a patch on the front of your product, you can’t use it again on the back.

After you finish designing your personalized “My LV World Tour” leather goods, the SA will show you the markups of your product. Once you finalize the order, it may take up to six weeks for the product to be completed. The finished product will be sent to the Louis Vuitton store you order the item from, and the SA will contact you for pick-up or shipping.

(Back of My New Monogram Neverfull Noir)

For “My LV World Tour” personalization service I chose a Monogram Neverfull Noir. This Monogram Neverfull Noir design is kind of like a hybrid of the Neverfull in the classic Monogram and the Neverfull in the Damier Ebene. The classic Neverfull Monogram comes with natural color leather handles and trim, but the Neverful Damier Ebene comes with brown leather handles and trim. Based on my years of experience using the Neverful Damier Ebene in the past, a brown leather handle and trim is essential.

(Interior of My New Monogram Neverfull Noir)

The only thing I have to do now is to wait for my personalized Monogram Neverfull Noir bag to be done!

My LV World Tour Patches


LV Heritage

My LV World Tour - LV Heritage Patches

Grand Hotels

My LV World Tour - Grand Hotels Patches

Make It Your Own

My LV World Tour - Make It Your Own Patches

LV Pop

My LV World Tour - LV Pop Patches

5 Things to Try This Month – March 2017

March is the transition month from Winter to Spring. If you haven’t thought about updating your wardrobe with some light hue silhouette and accessories, it’s time to start!

Below are some of my preliminary suggestions for the month of March. I hope they will give you some inspirations for your Spring wardrobe makeover project !

Green Color Nail Design for St. Patrick’s Day

If you like green, March is a great time to get green nails for the St. Patrick’s Day. For my March gel nail design, I have some green stones on my greenish blue sparkling nails. Not only is it a fun alternative to my usual red nail color, it also prevents me from getting pinched if I forgot to wear green on the St. Patrick’s Day!


Pamper Yourself with New Lip Beauty Product

I am a big fan of lip glosses. In March, Dior released its new lipstick beauty product, Dior Addict Lacquer Stick. This has a glossy formula; it’s almost like a lip gloss on a lipstick. I ordered it in a few shades and I can’t wait to try them on when I receive them!

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick

Fun Mini Shoulder Bag

As we are transitioning out of the Winter, it’s always a good idea to add a new handbag in a light color for the Spring season. Try something like the Valentino Garavani Lock Mini crystal-embellished shoulder bag! This is a perfect addition to your outfits on a sunny day as well as for a night out-and-about.

Valentino Garavani Lock Mini Crystal-embellished Shoulder Bag

Sweatshirt for March Madness

Who says March Madness is for basketball fans only? This time of year, some of my friends would be picking their brackets and anticipating the college basketball games. Although I am not a sport fan, I sometimes join my friends for drinks in the bar and watching some of the games. I won’t be wearing any school logo shirts, but I will be wearing my Kenzo cotton sweatshirts!

Kenzo Cotton Sweatshirt

Swap Out Your Wool Accessories with a Silk Scarf for Spring

The first day of Spring is in March. It’s time to switch out your wool scarf with a silk one. I recommend something with flowers in the design to spice up your attire. Try Gucci’s silk scarf below.

Gucci Silk Scarf

2017 Valentines Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming up, soon. Are you still struggling to find the perfect gift for your significant other? Below are some of my gift suggestions for this Valentine’s Day. Of course, they can also be ideas for yourself!

Leather Shoulder Bag with Red Hearts

Nothing expresses love better than red hearts. The Saint Laurent’s Classic Small Kate Monogram Embellished leather shoulder bag is covered with small red hearts, which might seemed a bit girly. But the Saint Laurent’s signature monogram and the tussle on the bag balance out the girliness with the classic look, which make the bag one of a kind. It’s worth the money!

Saint Laurent Small Kate Monogram Shoulder Bag

Valentino Tan-go Leather Pumps

Red is one of my favorite colors when it comes to accessories. In my opinion, a pair of red shoes is a must-have for every woman. If you  want something that is easier for you to walk than a four-inch stilettos, I suggest you try Valentino’s Tan-go Leather Pumps in metallic red leather. They go well with both short skirts and mid-high dresses.

Valentino Tan-go Leather Pumps

Small Jewelry in Heart Shape

If you are looking for a piece of jewelry that is more affordable for this Valentine’s Day, try this Dear Medium Necklace by Swarovski. This necklace is made up of a rose gold-plated metal heart with a crystal pave heart. The design is simple yet full of love!

Swarovski Dear Medium Necklace

New Lip Balm with a Kiss

Nourishing our lips on daily basis is a must-do! I like to keep different kind of lip balms in stock and rotate them based on my daily mood.
Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Balm

Whether you are celebrating the Valentine’s Day or not, it never hurts to treat yourself with something pink and fun!


Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather Shoulder Bag

Are you a big fan of polka dots? If you love polka dots as much as I do, you are in luck. There are many clothing items and accessories with polka dots for Spring 2015.

When it comes to polka dots, I usually prefer them on cloth (such as a blouse or a dress) or accessories (such as scarves or jewelry). But this season Dolce & Gabbana launched the Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather should bag. This totally caught my attention when I shopped recently at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Las Vegas.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Polka Dot Floral Textured Leader shoulder bag is not  just an ordinary handbag with polka dots. I love the prints and the mini-trunk-like design. The black dots over the red carnations on the white background leather makes it a classic and stylish bag for Spring.

Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather Shoulder Bag
Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather Shoulder Bag

I think it would look great to pair this bag with strappy leather sandals, such as Manolo Blahnik’s Beaded Leather Sandals. The red stone beads on the shoes will complement the red carnations perfectly.

If you are looking for a unique bag to add to you Spring wardrobe, this Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leader should bag is the ideal one!

Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather Shoulder Bag - Back View
Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather Shoulder Bag – Back View
Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather Shoulder Bag
Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leather Shoulder Bag

Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Floral Textured Leader should bag – $2,895 via Saks Fifth Avenue

The New Louis Vuitton Alma PM in Cerise Red

Red is a funny color. There are so many different shades of red, and even the slightest difference in color can make a huge difference in perception.

In August 2014, LV released a new color for the Vernis handbag and accessories. It’s a stunning new red hue named Cerise. The Cerise color is very difficult to describe in words. I’d say it is a bright red with hints of orange.


(* The photo above shows my Cerise color Alma bag next to my Pomme d’Amour color wallet and key pouch.)

When I first saw a picture of an Alma PM size handbag in Cerise color in the Bellevue, Washington LV store, in late June, I just had to ask my favorite sales guy Dean to reserve one for me when the store received their first (and only!) one.

As it turned out, the Bellevue LV store received a single Cerise Alma PM handbag a few days before the official launch date of August 1, 2014. So Dean called me when the bag arrived, to alert me that the bag was there. I wasn’t able to go to the store in person, so Dean sent me a photo he took on his cell phone.

I was pretty sure I liked the new color, but I wasn’t completely convinced I had to have it. I showed several of my friends (both male and female) the photo, and they all loved the color!

But I still hesitated to buy it, because I already had a Vernis bag in red. However, it was a slightly darker red called Pomme d’Amour. Anyway, to make a long story short, I finally made up my mind and bought the Alma PM in the new Cerise color!

I think I made a good decision. I love my new Cerise bag and have gotten quite a few compliments while carrying it in Las Vegas and everywhere I go. The bright color always brighten my mood!

The New Burberry Versatile Handbag

What do you think about Burberry? Some of my friends like Burberry a lot, but some are not fans of Burberry at all, and think it’s all fashioned. To be honest, until recently I only like Burberry’s trench coats and cashmere scarves.

For Spring 2014 Burberry debuts a new Petal in Deerskin with Transparent Flowers handbag. It can be used as a clutch or a small crossbody handbag if you wear it with the strap. What is unique about it is the 3-D flower design on the upper part of the bag.

The bag comes in four interesting colors: light green, light yellow (Dandelian), light purple, and white. My favorite out of all the colors is the light green. I can see myself wearing it as a crossbody handbag during the day, with a white sleeveless top and my True Religion jeans, with a nude Manolo BB pump. This outfit would be perfect for a leave-work-early-Friday afternoon happy hour.

So, if you are a person who thinks Burberry is old fashioned, I suggest you give their new 3-D Transparent Flowers handbag a close look.

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Alexander Mcqueen Red and Blue Knucklebox Clutch

Are you looking for a new, unique, and interesting clutch? If so, you might want to take a look at the Red and Blue Knucklebox Clutch by Alexander McQueen. It’s hard to explain, but I like this clutch 80%. What do I mean by that? On the plus side, I think it looks very elegant with its signature skull handle. The only minor downside, in my opinion, is that there’s a hint of old-fashioness about it. By that I mean I can see myself using it at a formal event like a classical music concert or ballet, or similar occasion. But I can also see a older, elegant women using this clutch on a less formal events, like dinning out at a high-end restaurant.
In conclusion, this clutch has a bold design which may not be for everyone. If you are someone who is willing to take a style chance this clutch could be for you.

Available at On sale for $1,330.08 (originally $1,900.11)

Alexander McQueen Red and Blue Knucklebox Cluth

Alexander McQueen Red and Blue Knucklebox Cluth
Alexander McQueen Red and Blue Knucklebox Clutch




Louis Vuitton Alma BB in Rose Angelique

The Louis Vuitton Alma BB has been very popular since it was introduced in several lines (such as Vernis and Epi) and colors (from yellow, red, to blue) more than a year ago. My latest favorite is the new Alma BB in Vernis in a new shade, Rose Angelique. Rose Angelique is a light pink color; it’s almost like something in between a subtle pink and beige. The hue looks different based on the light in the environment.  The first time I saw it in the Louis Vuitton store, it totally caught my attention. It’s petite and shinning, especially when placed next to my other favorite Vernis color, Pomme D’Amour (red).

The Vernis in Rose Angelique reminds me of the Rose Florentin that Louis Vuitton debuted in the Winter of 2010. Both colors are light pink (lighter than the Rose Velours that came out a while ago). Without looking at the color of Rose Florentin, one might mistakenly think that Louis Vuitton has brought back its discontinued Vernis color.

Luckily, I have a French Wallet in Rose FLorentin Vernis I bought in 2010. I compared it with my new Zippy Coin in Rose Florentin. It turned out that both colors are very similar. Rose Florentin is just slightly darker than Rose Angelique. (See the comparison pictures I took below for the color difference.)

Now, we know that the new Venis color is similar to the one-time offering Rose Florentin Louis Vuitton had in the past, but how does it benefit you? Well, if you missed the chance to buy the Alma PM bag (bigger than petite Alma BB) in the fancy Rose Florentin three years ago, here is your opportunity now. Rose Angelique is available in both Alma BB and Alma PM. Also, in 2010, Alma BB wasn’t available in Rose Florentin. If you really liked the Alma BB and Rose FLorentin back then, you were out of luck! Now, you are in luck. You can have the combination of both Alma BB and Rose Angelique. Who says that you can’t have your cake and eat it, too!

Louis Vuitton Vernis in Rose Angelique and Rose Florentin
Louis Vuitton Vernis in Rose Angelique (left) and Rose Florentin (right) – picture taken in natural day light
Louis Vuitton Vernis in Rose Angelique and Rose Florentin
Louis Vuitton Vernis in Rose Angelique (left) and Rose Florentin (right) – picture taken in darker setting

Louis Vuitton Alma BB has been so popular since it was available in various line (such as Vernis and Epi) and color (from yellow, red, to blue). My latest favorite is the new Alma BB in Vernis in the new shade, Rose Angelique. Rose Angelique is a light pink color; it’s almost like something in between a subtle pink and beige. The hue looks different based on the light in the environment. The first time I saw it in the Louis Vuitton store, it totally caught my attention. It’s petite and shinning, placed next to my other favorite Vernis color, Pomme D’Amour (red).



How will the Departure of Marc Jacobs from Louis Vuitton Affect Me?

One of the biggest news in the fashion world recently is the departure of Marc Jacobs (Creative Director from 1997 to 2014) from my favorite luxury line, Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs is leaving the fashion house, so he can focus on expanding his own lines. This doesn’t comes as a surprise, since he recently added a new makeup line under his Marc Jacobs brand. However, I am not so sure if his departure from Louis Vuitton is a good thing for me.

The fact that Marc Jacobs will no longer be the creative director for Louis Vuitton is not surprising but is disappointing. For the past seven years I’ve been completely fascinated with the Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer runway collections that Marc Jacobs designed. Each year I looked forward to getting their limited-edition handbags for my own personal collection. Marc Jacobs had the ability to transform the classical LV designs into trendy seasonal items, without losing their traditional elements. The best examples would be the “Lockit” from Fall/Winter 2011, and the “Speedy” from Fall/Winter 2012.

The “Lockit” was a reinvention of the design from the classic Louis Vuitton style, when women used to zip up their handbag and lock it up. The “Speedy” is one of the iconic designs that Marc Jacobs reinvented into many runway collections. Although it was released numerous times, it always looked refreshingly stylish and eye-catching. For example, the Speedy from Fall/Winter 2012, which has sparkling sequins Monogram over wool texture, and the Speedy from Pre-Fall 2013 that has sequins on the Damier canvas.

I can’t image what I am going to do after Marc Jacobs’ last season (Spring/Summer 2014) with Louis Vuitton. In my personal opinion, Marc Jacobs’ success in leading Louis Vuitton wasn’t only beneficial to the fashion house, it was a big gain for handbag lovers like me. I get to own the unique items he designed for the runway shows. And the joy of collecting those bags and holding them in my hand is priceless.

Marc Jacobs will be replaced by the former Balenciaga designer, Nicolas Ghesquière.

Speedy from Fall/Winter 2012
Speedy from Fall/Winter 2012
Lockit from Fall/Winter 2011
Lockit from Fall/Winter 2011

Louis Vuitton Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30

LV Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30 -Black
LV Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30 -Black

For the prefall 2013 collection, Louis Vuitton launches the Damier Paillettes  (limited-edition) line, which is a reinterpretation of Louis Vuitton’s iconic Damier canvas design. Paillettes means “sequin” in French. This new line is available in Speedy 30 and comes in three colors: red, blue, and black. Each has sequins embroidered on its checkerboard pattern and has matching leather trim. The sequins on the checkerboard are slightly off-line to create a sophisticated appearance, see

By looking at the surface of the bag you can see that there are 20 small sequins in each individual square. What you won’t be able to see is that each sequin has two extra layers of sequins sewn tightly underneath. In my opinion, this subtle work of art emphasizes the design and makes the bag really stand out.

When it was first launched in June, I knew I wanted it the moment I saw it. But I couldn’t decide on which color to get (red, blue, or black). I think the red is very pretty, but the leather trim seems a bit closer to the brown leather on Louis Vuitton’s original Damier Ebene Speedy bag. I thought about getting the blue color. The color is very refreshing and eye catching. But I wondered how versatile this blue would be.

I chose the bag in black in the end. I think black matches well with any of the colors of almost all my outfits. The black sequin is a bit less flashy during the day and it’s glamorous at night. It was the perfect choice for me!

Louis Vuitton Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30
Louis Vuitton Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30
Louis Vuitton Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30 - Red
LV Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30 – Red
Louis Vuitton Prefall 2013 Speedy - Blue
LV Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy – Blue
LV Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30 -Black
LV Prefall 2013 Damier Paillettes Speedy 30 -Black

(Retail Price: $2,360, Louis Vuitton)