Handbag Advice Needed

sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
Hello to all,

So I was in Macy's yesterday taking back a pair of gifted jeans when I noticed they were having a sale on Michael Kors handbags. I've never had a fancy purse, just whatever cheapies I can find at Marshall's that have been marked down.

While I know this is more like the economy brand when going for fancy, lol, it's in MY budget and I probably won't be buying Chanel or Prada in my lifetime.

With the 20% discount and my $40 gift card (from the jeans), it makes getting a $200 purse easier to swallow because I'm a very frugal person. Here's my dilemma: The bag that I am drawn to looks like a Louis Vuitton dupe. I know the sales lady won't be honest with me, but would you own a purse in another brand that's trying to look like a luxury brand?

I love the colors and the fact that it will go with virtually everything I own. I have no girlfriends that care about this kind of thing so I'm hoping for your help and insight.

Here's the purse, BROWN is the color that I think I want. Thanks!
MICHAEL Michael Kors Signature Tote - Handbags & Accessories - Macy's

I like this one too. I can get it for 1/2 price on eBay, so for about $170
MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Large Logo Tote - Michael Kors
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  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,157Registered Users Curl Novice
    I say buy what you like. :)
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I don't think it looks any more like a LV knock off than any of the others, like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Kate Spade, etc. that do a signature. Even Gucci had a signature bag.

    Personally, I'd choose a solid-color leather bag (Michael Kors makes nice ones). But if u like these, get one of them.

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  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Haha, thanks sixelamy. I tend to over think and analyze every little decision when it comes to clothing and accessories. I'm not confident in making decisions any more. Plus, I always seems to have buyer's remorse when I see someone with a different bag that I like even more than the one I have. Obsess much? lol
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  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,157Registered Users Curl Novice
    sheilacurl wrote: »
    Haha, thanks sixelamy. I tend to over think and analyze every little decision when it comes to clothing and accessories. I'm not confident in making decisions any more. Plus, I always seems to have buyer's remorse when I see someone with a different bag that I like even more than the one I have. Obsess much? lol

    Totally understand! I used to be a purse whore and I would always see a new one that I love even more. I gave up on fashion a long time ago, now I just buy what I like and what looks good on me. All these fashion "rules" are exhausting.
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  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    I like the first one (maybe for the reason that you don't). I had the neverfull (knockoff) and I LOOOOVEEEE the shape of that purse. I say go for A
  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    scrills wrote: »
    I like the first one (maybe for the reason that you don't). I had the neverfull (knockoff) and I LOOOOVEEEE the shape of that purse. I say go for A

    Thanks scrills, I absolutely love the shape of the first one also!
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  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    I was so sad when my cheap one broke. i still take it out and look at it here and there. I hope you are happy with it :-)
  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hmm, I was thinking...scrills, couldn't you take your bag to a leather repair shop?
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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Just chiming to say I love the word "handbag." Also "pocketbook."
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,231Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I don't think the first one looks like an LV dupe at all. However, I've seen many bags that look like that so I prefer the 2nd bag because it's more unusual and original.

    But cardinal rule: BUY WHAT YOU LIKE. And enjoy it. Treat yourself to this little luxury - life is short and full of bumps! That amount of $ for a really good handbag is worth it.

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  • ashlyndmarieashlyndmarie Posts: 211Registered Users
    I like the second better, simply because white gets dirty easily. Plus how the second is structured allows it to keep its shape.

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  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    sheilacurl wrote: »
    Hmm, I was thinking...scrills, couldn't you take your bag to a leather repair shop?

    It's a cheap, fake knock off, not real leather, but I'm sure there is a way to fix it.
  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Ashlyndmarie, I don't want the white one, I want the BROWN one, lol. The one that has similar colors to a classic Louis Vuitton handbag. That's why I called it a dupe earlier :D

    CP, thank you, that's so true. Great advice. I just have a very low confidence problem. I used to be quite fashion savvy back in HS but that seems like forever ago now! Friends were always borrowing my stuff. Now, it takes me forever to make a decision and when I finally do, I feel very unsure of myself. Shopping is usually very anxiety inducing for me.
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    NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
    Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
    Detangler: KCKT
    Leave-in: CJ Repair me
    Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
    Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

    iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Huh, it just clued in that neither of these are made of leather.
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    NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
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    Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

    iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I has the first one. I liked it but I needed something bigger for school. MK is a nice brand on it's own so it wouldn't matter to me if it looks like the LV one. It's better than a LV bag from china town lol
    Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity :shock:
  • kasdenkasden Posts: 1,045Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    My niece has the first one in cream. Fabulous!!!! Glad you're going to splurge on yourself!
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  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sKorpio1190, thank you for your comment. It made me feel good about wanting to get that brand :D

    Kasden, thanks, what a nice thing to say!
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    Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

    iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,231Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sheilacurl, you are right the colors are reminiscent of the famous LV bag. If that's what makes your heart go pitter patter, that's the one you should get! You'll never be satisfied with 2nd best.

    Why do you think you lost confidence? Obviously you have excellent taste - both bags are super great looking. I sold Prada bags in Barneys, so I'm an authority on taste where bags are concerned (don't split your sides laughing). ;)

    Here's a little pixie dust to beef up your confidence {{{*+*+*+*+*+*}}}.

    ETA: Is that your hair in the picture? Your curls? It won't matter what bag you buy, everyone will be envious of your curls.
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  • mustangbunnymustangbunny Posts: 1,033Registered Users
    I have the second one in solid brown. I love it, but it's huuuuge. It is like a Mary Poppins carpet bag.


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  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    curlypearl wrote: »
    Sheilacurl, you are right the colors are reminiscent of the famous LV bag. If that's what makes your heart go pitter patter, that's the one you should get! You'll never be satisfied with 2nd best.

    Why do you think you lost confidence? Obviously you have excellent taste - both bags are super great looking. I sold Prada bags in Barneys, so I'm an authority on taste where bags are concerned (don't split your sides laughing). ;)

    Here's a little pixie dust to beef up your confidence {{{*+*+*+*+*+*}}}.

    ETA: Is that your hair in the picture? Your curls? It won't matter what bag you buy, everyone will be envious of your curls.


    Oh my goodness, curlypearl, you are so kind, sincere and caring. The timing for your very touching message was perfect. I got the notification for it literally while I was waiting for the lady to go and get the key to unlock the rack holding my future purse! Thank you, you made my day ((((curlypearl))))

    I guess the saying, "If you don't use it, you lose it" might ring true for me? I've been shopping by myself for so long now that it's just not fun. I usually end up leaving the mall/store frustrated and empty handed and if I do buy something, I end up returning it.

    I need to get rid of my limiting beliefs and negative thoughts about shopping and try to enjoy myself more.

    Those are my curls in the picture. Thanks for the compliment :toothy10:

    By the way, I bought the first bag :D
    Upper Michigan Dews
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    Leave-in: CJ Repair me
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    Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

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  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have the second one in solid brown. I love it, but it's huuuuge. It is like a Mary Poppins carpet bag.

    HAHA, Mary Poppin's carpet bag. I tried that one on in the store and you are right, it is huge! It's really nice though!
    Upper Michigan Dews
    3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

    NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
    Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
    Detangler: KCKT
    Leave-in: CJ Repair me
    Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
    Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

    iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sheilacurl wrote: »
    sKorpio1190, thank you for your comment. It made me feel good about wanting to get that brand :D

    Kasden, thanks, what a nice thing to say!

    Np :) they make nice things! Good quality IMO too
    Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity :shock:

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