Affordable Every Day Designer Handbag

I want to invest in a durable every day designer handbag. What do you recommend and where can I find a durable authentic designer bag for under $500? I’m ok with pre-owned, as long as it will hold up.

Great question! When the supple leather of my Valentino Rockstud Medium Leather Tote started showing signs of wear, I too invested in an every day bag I could beat up without feeling guilty. I’m REALLY hard on my handbags.

I scored a vintage Louis Vuitton Saumur 35 saddle bag for $325.  You can find all sorts of deals at online consignment stores that guarantee authenticity.

My Favorite Online Consignment Shops
LXR& co.
The best deals on pre-owned Louis Vuitton bags.  Join now and receive a $25 gift card.

The code ENJOY20SEPT will get you an extra 20% off; however, I only purchase from this site when they offer 30% off.

Louis Vuitton Saddle Bag

This particular bag is from the early 90s and is STILL in great condition. I love the broken-in feel and vintage look. Also, since it’s a saddle bag, it has two separate compartments, one I use for cosmetics/beauty and the other for my wallet/paperwork. if you’re looking for a durable bag that you can one day hand down to your daughter, I highly recommend a pre-owned Louis Vuitton from one of my favorite online consignment shops.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Saumur Vintage Saddle Bag

As far as new bags go, I usually purchase new bags, like the Valentino mentioned earlier, from:  RueLaLa.  However, Kate Spade frequently offers handbags for 70% off via invite-only private sales.  Sign up to receive Kate’s emails and check out her next sale.  Scroll through some of Kate Spade’s regular sale items, which are affordable, durable and great for every day.




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Trend Alert: Slip-On Sneakers


I opened the latest Victoria’s Secret catalog today and slip-on sneakers adorned all of the models’ feet. It’s still a thing. It wasn’t MY thing… until I found a pair of quilted sequin slip-ons for $20 that spoke to me in a way that their $175 Ash counterpart did not.  A little known fact:  Women can wear girls shoes by ordering 2 sizes down.  For example, I wear a size 8.5-9 regularly. I ordered a size 7 from Justice, thinking Justice offered these babies in kid’s sizes.  I even called customer service and asked for sizing advice; the woman suggested I order a size 8.  Thinking I knew better and couldn’t be tricked, I ordered the size 7 (pictured below), which were a tad too snug.  I ordered a pair in my normal size (9) and gifted my mom this pair.  For the best fit, order the size your regularly wear or 1/2 size down.  They do stretch out… I could definitely get away with wearing the 7, but want them to feel broken in immediately.  Justice offers free returns/exchanges, so you really can’t go wrong.

Also, take a look below at the luxury versions of these sneakers!  I adore the steal!

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Shop Designer Slip-Ons


Amuze is an exclusive, members-only shopping site where you can get insider access to discounts on authentic designer labels. Joining Amuze costs nothing but gets you access to discounts of up to 80% on exclusive designs. Sign up and get $25 off your first order.  Super fast shipping and on-point customer service as well.  Enjoy!

Retail for $840.  Purchased for $150.

Retail for $840. Purchased for $150.