Sunday, November 20, 2011

Quest for a nice work tote: Goyard St Louis vs Marquises

For the past few years, I've been a happy user of the Longchamp Planetes Tonal tote for work and travel. It's lightweight and water-resistant (a must for Boston), perfect for hauling around my daily burden of clunky work laptop, heels, wallet, small makeup baggie, and snacks. Refer to my old Longchamp post for a review on these bags in all sizes, as well as this travel outfit video for a brief feature. 

Lately, however, I've been looking for something new. I do a lot of thinking on what to splurge on vs. what to save on (posts to come), and decided that a nice work tote - used every single day, seen by clients and coworkers - is worthy of a splurge. The Longchamp is undeniably functional (and I still highly recommend it), but is more casual, and is seen on the arm of almost every college girl and working woman in Boston.
20080411goyard Enter, Goyard. I first learned about this French company while interning in northern CA. Goyard was founded in 1853, one year before competitor Louis Vuitton, and has a rich history of award-winning luggage and bag making for royals. The only Goyard boutique in the US is in San Fran (though they can also be found in 3 Barneys and at Bergdorf's).

Their coated canvas with leather products are all handmade in France, and their signature chevron pattern is hand-painted (goodness!) onto the canvas. Owners of Goyard pieces can get them personalized with initials, graphics, and stripes.

Although I was enamored by this lesser-known company and it's striking chevron, I didn't buy for a few reasons:
- The price.
- A very limited pre-owned market. As many of you know, I like to save on bags by scouring secondary markets.
- Their most popular bag, the St. Louis shopping tote, seemed impractical for me.
- Their more structured bags (a better value) were a bit mature for my style. I seriously contemplated the Jeanne satchel, before spending a fraction of that price on a pre-owned Louis Vuitton Speedy 25.

Alas, for years I admired these colorful bags from afar, and pointed them out excitedly every time I saw one on a stranger (this happens maybe twice a year). When Nick surprised me with this blue St Louis PM tote last month, my heart skipped a beat.
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Sweater: Old Navy 3/4 sleeve crewneck sz S   Shirt: Gap  Skirt: YesStyle  Pumps: CL simple 100s
Same outfit as from this post, Tote: St Louis PM (medium sized, 19"W x 10"H)

After an hour of coddling it, I regained my senses and started evaluating the bag. Designed as a shopping tote, the St. Louis has thin handles and no zipper (rain pouring in? eek). The canvas was paper-thin to me, and did not hold it's shape very well. I put my 10lbs of laptop and other crap inside, and knew that this tote would not be able to sustain the weight in the long-term. Although I was immensely touched that Nick came up with this gift, I knew that the bag was not practical for my lifestyle...


During a sad trip to Barneys to return the St. Louis, I caught sight of a very polished woman with a red Goyard tote on her arm. I had never seen this style before. It looked smaller in size than the St. Louis PM, had a structured frame, AND a zipper. What could this be? I creepily followed her around the store, before learning that it was a relatively newer style - the Marquises tote. And even better? This lady had just returned her black on black one.
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The SA pulled this tote out from behind the counter, and I gasped with joy. After asking for permission, I unloaded all of my junk from my Longchamp tote into this purse, and carried it around the store in deep consideration. At $1560, it'd be a very big splurge (50% more than the St. Louis), but it would be something I'd carry every day. The Marquises is still light like the St. Louis, but felt much sturdier, and bodes features I need like a zip closure, structured base, and metal feet. I felt the overall look was strikingly clean and classic, with over a century of embedded history. I loved it!
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Goyard Marquises Tote, black on black, 15"L x 11"H x 5.5" W, with a 7" handle drop

The size of this bag is borderline too big for a 5 feet tall gal, but it's necessary to fit my daily haul. In comparison, my Lonchamp was similar in size, measuring 18" across the top, 11" across the bottom, and 11" in height. In an upcoming post, I'll show more photos of this bag against a petite frame and the different ways it can be carried. Also, since Goyard is often compared against Louis Vuitton, I will be sharing some of my thoughts on how their coated canvas products stack up against each other.

Readers - Please share any other recommendations for sturdy and nice-looking work totes : )

144 comments:

  1. I think it looks great! Your second choice was much better.. more mature and structured which matches you quite well. :D Congrats! Also props to Nick for choosing out a Goyard piece for you.. very sweet!

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  2. The pattern is very sophisticated, and I love structured bags that are big enough to hold a couple of folders and even a netbook or an iPad. Great choice!

    I've been eying the Lodis Audrey Satchel Brief in both black (love the red outline) and red (cannot resist a red bag). I also like the Lodis Audrey Zip Top Tote. I got a Lodis patent leather wallet back in 2009, and it has held up OK, so I am hopeful the bags will as well.

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  3. I'm so happy for you, I know how hard finding the perfect work tote can be (I'm still on the hunt!) This is a beautiful choice. My husband is very used to me returning gifts lol - can't wait to see you modeling this more! Can you fit in a standard size paper file easily?

    I've been working on a splurge/save post for forever but can never really get it together because my closet is such a jumbled mess - can't wait to read yours!

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  4. Jean, you look fabulous with the Marquises!! Great choice!! I've also had the chance to examine the St. Louis in person at both the HQ in SF & Barney's in Beverley Hills and it is excruciatingly underwhelming and incredibly overpriced!! The Marquises looks much better and I think is perfect for what you've stipulated that you need in a bag. Congrats again and can't wait to see more pics with it.

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  5. I think the Marquises tote looks great on you! perfect choice :))

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  6. Congrats again on your new work tote, Jean! Very beautiful. Thank you for educating us on the history of Goyard vs. LV. When you mentioned 10 pound laptop it got me interested. May I ask how heavy exactly and the measurement of your laptop?

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  7. I love your final choice, it's classic and elegant. Love the trench coat, too! :)

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  8. @Vicky Lol! Oh gosh, my laptop is not 10 lbs. I meant the entire content of my bag is 10 lbs (laptop w/ charger and case shoes, food, makeup). BUt out of curiosity, I just looked and weighed it for you. It's a clunky HP, 15" and weighs 5 lbs on my scale.

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  9. The second one is a lovely bag, but is it really necessary to spend THAT MUCH on... a bag? It blows my mind. Please tell me you have the income to afford this and still save properly for retirement!

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  10. I really like your blog, but wow, that much money for a canvas bag, money that is enough for more than one month rent for most people living in the US, just blew my mind away. I make a good living myself and can easily afford such a thing but it never comes across my mind that I should spend that much on a bag.

    I must be a minority here. You look lovely as always but it is not worth it.

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  11. Sorry Jean, but the bag is ugly, especially the patterns. It aged you by 10 years! You are young but you try so hard to dress a lot older. You might think dressing older is good for your career but that is just trying too hard. You should embrace your youthfulness.

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  12. It seems like serendipity that the woman returned the black on black tote. :)

    I love my Longchamp totes, but they're so ubiquitous, especially in Europe, so I've also been looking for something new for an everyday bag. Goyard is iconic but I can't bring myself to pay over $1000 for coated canvas. I recently bought the Burberry checked tote from Bloomingdales, which comes with a little removable wristlet as well. I use that separately as a clutch. The bag retails for $695, but I got it 20% off during their Family&Friends sale. It's a bit big for my frame, but I love it.

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  13. Beautiful! I don't think it's overly big. If you have to carry a laptop and all the other essentials, there isn't too much you can do about it. I didn't think "WHOA, that's BIG!" LOL. But I do prefer my bags on the larger side anyway.

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  14. I like it! Only thing is... can it fit over your shoulder? :)

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  15. @Anonymous@Erica

    Haha, oh Erica, my parents read my blog and I'm sure they're echoing your sentiments. As readers of my previous blog probably know, I'm a huge advocate of saving and investing, but I also believe in happily spending what is left over. I'm pretty intense with my financial planning and tracking, and save well over half of my income each month. Growing up in a family that stashed away every possible penny because we had to, I learned the importance of saving and living within your means. But in all honesty, it's about balance - saving and planning for the future, and enriching your current-day quality of life (and what that entails is different for every single person) with what's left.

    Anon - I hear ya, it's a ton for canvas. I even thought about not listing the price, but I post such information for reference (just like the measurements) and want my posts to be informative and transparent. I see this decision is opening myself up to the floodgates : ) Nevertheless, I stand behind my beliefs that with "leftover" hard-earned income - people should be free to spend on whatever makes them happy. Some people spend on vacations, some people spend on a car, and some like myself buy a canvas bag.

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  16. i always enjoy this blog.

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

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  17. Love the bag! (= Would want one for myself as well, maybe later in life. Hahaha. How is the weight compared to the Longchamp?

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  18. I would never judge you or anyone on how they spend money. I know the importance of saving and investing for the future and try to spend sparingly myself, but every fall..I just can't help it. I spend way too much during fall, but rarely spend any other season unless I really need it. Personally, you know yourself better than anyone else and if purchasing that bag was worth it for you, than so be it. Do what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place. You should never have to justify your purchases to anyone, but yourself.

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  19. Of course you made the right choice! Sometimes it just takes a little more out of your wallet for a great investment. If you haul that much daily, it really is worth the size. I'm sure Nick understands that if it were just a tad bit more practical for your needs it would have been perfect! And you seem very appreciative of the thought :)

    I can't wait to see you model this much more! Great post.

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  20. i like the name st. louis :) i definitely think that the black one looks better. how sweet of nick to notice and get the bag for you nevertheless!

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  21. I have not been able to find a sturdy work bag...but being a teacher really doesn't give me room to spend too much money on a bag...I recently saw a marc jacobs tote I was willing to buy...but then I realize that I always need a black and brown bag to match my shoes/coat..I am still looking..:-) For now I am just carrying my work laptop in a lap top bag...:-(

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  22. My mom is a business woman and she always told me how important it is to have a nice bag and nice shoes to meet customers. I've read your blog for a while now and you seem to be reasonable with your purchases (always looking for coupons and not buying thing because they are on sale).

    I think the bag is beautiful and classic. Though it's not something I can afford to buy for myself, I will definitely recommend it to my mom and her friends. Thanks, Jean!

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  23. That colorful sweater is just gorgeous, I love it =).

    Btw, I have posted something about fashion on my blog that I'm sure you'll like. If you want, you can take a look at http://bloobreyplace.blogspot.com

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  24. You made the right choice. The second bag is absolutely stunning! very professional and timeless look! Hate the thin handles of the neverfull-like shopping tote. I also invest a lot on my designer bags which i find worthy. It really depends on where you want to save and where to splurge, and what can make you happy!

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  25. I love that the brand is relatively unknown! Usually I stay away from ubiquitous patterns (like LVs) bec I feel I may as well don on a shirt with a huge label across the front. But Goyard's chevron pattern is now on my radar. :) I'm very impressed that as thin as the straps are they can still carry a laptop and then some.

    My thrifty Asian mom loves to "save" nice things by not using them. She's let dozens of leather planners go to waste. So I definitely do by best to strike a balance between saving and splurging occasionally/wisely. The discretionary part of someone's hard-earned income deserves to be spent on things they enjoy.

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  26. I love the one you ended up with. The more structured look seems more doable. : ) This is such a great investment! I wasn't really able to tell that it was canvas! The pattern is very unique and I know you thought about it and will use it for years.

    I've been on the hunt for a good tote as well. Something for school, but can also take me into the workplace in the future. My eye is on the Celine luggage tote. I'm still searching for a good deal! The taupe is gorgeousss. Have you ever considered that as a work bag?

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  27. I think it's a great investment! It looks classic and pulls off the work professional look perfectly!

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  28. I've been waiting for this post! I've seen Goyard and have been a fan from afar. I think the bag looks great on you! A very chic work and travel bag.

    In regards to spending on investment items, I'm not the type to judge anyone on their spending habits or lifestyle. In the end, I think everyone is intelligent and reflective enough to understand their own needs and desires. Most of my wardrobe budget is dedicated to handbags and shoes because I truly think they make an outfit. For my own personal budgeting system, I always think about selling a handbag in my current collection before buying a new or new-to-me one. That way, I can fund new purchases without overindulging. I think everyone should live life responsibly and happily. I think saving is great and splurging once in awhile is healthy.

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  29. I think the bag is worth the investment, Jean. It's not like you're spending $1K on something that would only last you one season. I've watched enough What Not To Wear to know that it's important to spend more on classics that will last you for years. Besides, one might view something as "expensive" while another would see it as an "investment" and yet another, "affordable." It just depends on one's situation.

    As for looking "too old" - it's important for a petite woman, especially one who looks younger than she is to try to look mature. It's about being taken seriously.

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  30. Jean, what a gorgeous bag! I really love the colour of the one nick got you, but I do agree your final choice is more practical. I was skimming through some of your comments and although this is a style blog I would love to hear some of your financial tracking secrets!

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  31. jean, nice choice in the bag. if you're going to use it often, spending a little more is worth it. in the long run, it's a great investment. by the way, thanks for the info on goyard. :)

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  32. I need to new bag too, and I love the one you chose. Beautiful

    I did tell you

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  33. I have to admit that I gasp at the prices occasionally. However, I also agree that it's a balance between preparing for the future and having a good quality of life now. Can't really complain if Jean's banking half her salary. Jean, do you ever feel guilty about your purchases? My parents are super frugal and I also bank half my salary. I'm a dining out person, and I feel guilty whenever I go out and spend +$20 on dinner. Never mind the few times a year when it's +$100 w/no alcohol! I truly enjoy those meals, but I feel like I'm spending money very frivolously.

    On a separate note, is there anything truly spectacular about designer bags in general? I'm super picky about my one purse. It takes me forever to find a purse that I like. I'm considering getting a designer bag but remain unconvinced that PVC, canvas, or even leather bags should command the prices that they do. The quality can't be that good, can it? Maybe you can do a post on things you have noticed between cheap and pricier bags? Maybe some ways to tell if a bag is of high or low quality?

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  34. Hi Jean, first of all I apologize for posting anonymously but it seems the only option available if you don't have a google account or a blog. If that isn't the case, please educate your readers! I want to congratulate you first for returning your boyfriend's gift if it wasn't the right bag for you, as it would've been easier to hold on to something sentimental. I really liked the bold blue color of the St. Louis, and thought it added a nice dose of color to your outfit--I admittedly am less a fan of the black. Re: the new bag, I am witholding judgement until I see more pictures--I will say that in the one you posted it does seem a tad too big for your frame. I find as a fellow petite large bags that are longer vertically as opposed to horizontally elongate and are more flattering. My ten cents. --April

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  35. If you want to stick with functional, durable, yet fashionable nylon, go for JPK Paris. They sell them at Nordstrom.

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  36. I think you made a great decision! For my "nice" work tote, I purchased the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Stresa in the PM size. I love it, but it is quite limited in terms of what it can accommodate. I like this Goyard bag and I think you made a great decision. It is slightly on the larger side but if it fits what you need then it is perfect for you!

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  37. it's a gorgeous bag but for 1500 dollars you can get a Prada executive tote that also allow you to carry everything to work and it's calfskin and classic!

    ps. what's the made of your watch you are wearing in the first pic?

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  38. I think it's a very nice-looking bag. :) Would I have ever paid that much for a bag myself? Probably not, but I don't have your job and I don't have your tastes. You clearly have been wanting a bag in this line for a while, and it does seem serendipitous that you went to Barneys at JUST the right time to snap up this return! Given that it was a relatively considered purchase, you're not spending "beyond your means", and and that you believe the bag will get a lot of use, you rock on with your bad self.

    The one thing I will mention, because you have said that you commute, is that I too used to schlep (NYC subway) in a big shoulder bag, because I was conscious about how I would appear to my mostly-male coworkers and clients. And then I noticed that my male AND female coworkers mostly schlepped their laptops in backpacks, so I caved and joined them. Less stylish, certainly, but SO MUCH BETTER FOR MY BODY to be able to spread the weight over both shoulders and my back vs only one arm/shoulder, even though I tried to alternate shoulders. My clients never seemed to bat an eye and no one ever said it was unprofessional -- most of us have come to realize how bad for our bodies laptops in shoulder bags are.

    Now, the day that I can commute with just an iPad... :D

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  39. sorry I meant vitello daino calfskin tote! And it's a convertible and used as a crossbody!
    http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446389713&afsrc=1&site_refer=GGLBASE001&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=8034101212484

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  40. You look great as always. :) I don't like the bag though... not because of the price, but the pattern looks too busy to me. I prefer solid color handbag for everyday use. Just my two cents.

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  41. I'm not a handbag connoisseur at all - I bought a satchel from an Army surplus store in 2006 and take that with me everywhere, causing some rude store ladies to tell me to get a better bag - so I can't say that I can appreciate your choice of bag at all. They are all the same for me.

    What I do appreciate is your transparency and good sense and politeness when it came to explaining to those of us who aren't handbag fans that you're not making a crazy, rash purchase but are spending carefully on something that is important to you. You're right - we should definitely use our spending money to buy things we enjoy, so good on you :)

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  42. gorgeous! those bags look great for work!

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  43. great choice on the second bag. I don't think this ages you at all, if anything it resonates great taste. You don't see too many of these bags walking around town. And $1500 is a lot to some, but that number is also relative to how much one makes. You work really hard and you should spend your money how you please.

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  44. I love the bag! I use my LV Neverfull GM everyday and it's so worth it to have a bag that not only fits everything, but one that is a good looking workhorse. I get a million compliments from my clients - I just wonder how you can let the Goyard of your sight, because even at half the price "Bad Louis" is never left alone, as I'm terrified someone will make off with him!

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  45. Wow--your new bag is lovely, Jean! Personally, I like the black-on-black and the shape of the Marquise more than that of the St. Louis. I use a Longchamp Le Pliage large tote for work and have been considering getting something a little more upscale, but I haven't decided on anything yet. This post was very helpful!

    I have been reading your blog for a while now as I'm also a very petite professional and can relate to the challenges we face when trying to find appropriate and fashionable attire (I'm just under 5' and about 93 lbs.). I recently started my own personal style blog and plan to discuss petite fashion issues, as well.

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  46. Jean, I loved the Saint Louis tote because I honestly believed that the color would compliment any outfit, but reading that it had no zipper was a major turn-off. Also, I've seen this bag on some women and the thing that irked me the most was that the bag had no structure. If you're going to invest on a designer bag you definitely need something that will stand the test of time. That being said, I believe that the Marquises will be one of the soundest investments you have ever made! It will hold anything and everything you place inside. I can't wait to see more pictures of you with your Goyard.
    On a side note, I firmly believe that if you work hard for your money and properly allocate your earnings you are more than entitled to spend your money in any way you wish. As my mother says, "You can't take your money with you into the afterlife."

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  47. Jean, I discovered your blog this spring and have been hooked since. This is the first time I've commented on any blogs, but I wanted to say that you are fabulous, strong, and simply a class act :)

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  48. i like the second one much better on you, great choice! i love designer bags and i definitely think they're worth the splurge, especially since most of them have a good resale value anyways. i like leather and think celine and chloe make pretty good work bags, but they're a bit more plain, imo.

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  49. love the bag, better choice than St Louis-more structural & professional and at the same weight, definitely worth the investment!
    as an Asian petite professional woman myself, I believe dressing up to look more mature and actually more of my "real age" is extremely important in the work place, to avoid situations where colleagues/clients mistaken me for an intern (it's happened before). Cheers to you!

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  50. I carry a Jack Russell Malletier "Jardinier 52" leather tote for work. The straps are long enough for a short shoulder and it's big but not too big. I have the same tote in black canvas with gray straps for rain/winter weather.

    I found them in Paris and they're just appropriately whimsical for a 24 year old but still very professional and fashionable.

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  51. Also wanted to share that Tumi & MZ wallace also have great waterproof light nylon/poly women's handbags with zippers, perfect for work!

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  52. I love Ivanka Trump Alexandrite Satchel (you can get it on endless.com) or Ivanka Trump Madison Satchel. They are both big enough and have structured shapes.

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  53. I'm a long time follower of your blog but am a bit shy to post my current opinion through my name - sorry! This is the only one of your picks that I don't like. You have a very classic style and while the Goyard print is timeless, the shape and details of this bag are not. The contrasting tan on the handles, the boxiness and inelegant shape makes it an unworthy investment ...it doesn't look expensive and classy like your other accessories. I could see a Celine luggage tote fitting more into your style....still, at the end of the day- if this makes you happy, that's the most important thing. Am only offering my opinion in case you were undecided still.

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  54. Wow the price of that makes the Longchamp bags seem like a bargain! It does look gorgeous though, very sophisticated. As an art major, I can't even imagine hand painting that pattern so perfectly! I would probably charge that amount if I was the one doing the painting!

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  55. I think it's beautiful! Congrats :)

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  56. Ohh! I love that purse! It looks like a great carry-on bag, too! That was so thoughtful of Nick!

    I have been using the same bag for work since I started teaching in early 2006...a Cole Haan purse (about the same size as your bag) that my in-laws gifted me as a graduation present. It has held up so well!

    And...I love that Old Navy sweater on you!! I was just showing my husband your purse when he asked me to "go back up" to where your sweater was...he likes it too! :)

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  57. Thank you everyone else for sharing your suggestions with us! Well Heeled Blog - the red lodis is quite striking!

    @Lesley W. Gao The watch is Michael Kors "Jet set" style in tortoise : ) The Prada tote you linked to is beautiful. When I was in Toronto recently, I noticed many women looking very sharp in their business wear and black Prada leather totes. I'd be too afraid to put my laptop in a nice leather bag, and I'd be especially worrysome of a nice leather bag being in the rain and snow. In the last week alone, the Goyard had to withstand two commutes in the rain when I forgot my umbrella.

    @AnonymousHi there - thank you for being a longtime reader, and there's absolutely no need to be shy to post under your name. I welcome and value all honest opinions, and I never expect everyone to agree with my personal taste : ) I think the Celine luggage tote is gorgeous and I've been admiring it on many bloggers (I have yet to see any on someone in Boston). When I went to return my bag, you betcha I tried some luggage totes on at Barneys. One thing I noticed is how weighty it is, and I've heard from fellow bloggers that it gets very heavy when filled. And for the same reasons I mentioned above, a nice leather bag is currently not functional for me as an everyday tote, so alas I have to stick to nylon or canvas and admire the beautiful leather ones on others! One day, if I no longer had to carry a laptop nor commute in New England weather, I'd love a mini luggage tote in taupe.

    @Anonymous Hi April! If you enjoy reading blogs on Blogger, I think it's fairly easy to create a blogger account just for commenting. It helps us put comments to a name/face : ) And thank you for your opinion re: size. Ideally, for someone my height I'd recommend sticking to 12" wide bags or smaller. Having a 15" laptop is a bummer.

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  58. oh boyyy, i also recently invested in a work bag and i'm afraid to post it now lol. i really admire women who live a balanced life...whether it is with material goods or whatever. i share the same philosophy with you, jean. i have a set amount for spendings and savings so i happily spend whatever is left. but i understand why others might not see it that way though. my bf knows damn well how much $$ i save each month yet he still raises an eyebrow every time i invest in something "nice." i applaud your "frugal-but-knows-when-to-splurge" lifestyle so rock on! :)

    now, to this beautiful bag. i haven't seen too much of this brand but i definitely adore the fun prints. you look so classy in that last shot, i love it. i had slightly different requirements in a work bag because thankfully, i don't have to lug around a laptop every day. congrats on finding this beauty and ending your long search. i can imagine your co-workers & clients loving (envying) your style :P

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  59. Jean - I think your Goyard is classic, beautiful and sophisticated. I've never seen that new style. I love how you can have fun with your clothes but you elevate the outfits with quality accessories. I recently was able to score a YSL tote bag on sale so a Goyard tote will have to wait until I've saved up again. :) I am inspired by your low/high fashion style and love how you share your sales and honest postings of high end purchases (I really appreciate you adding the prices). Thanks!

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  60. Looks perfect on you! I love how the structured style will hold a crisp shape! I heart the classic Goyard style and hope one day to have my own!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  61. Looks great on you and match the outfit! Just one question, is the material flimsy ?is it durable?

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  62. You are always so beautiful and stylelish<3 I was really glad that you note my post <3 :)
    Love your style!!:)

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  63. I like the St. Louis' color - it is a fun blue color. But I like how the Marquises has a more polish appeal to it.

    And there's nothing wrong to splurge once in a while.

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  64. Jean - your choice of bag definitely does not age you. It's unique, timeless, and classic! Definitely an investment. I believe you're in finance, since you're going for your CFA. My brother is a CFA in the east coast (CT, now in Manhattan) and I know how conservative that field is, especially in conservative Boston! (I've been downtown in your financial district and have seen how professional
    women dress there). He handles accounts for other corporations, so his clients are mostly CFO's and the like. I can imagine that you meet with similar high-profile clients as well. You dress the part with your sophisticated work wardrobe + accessories. I love how you round up your wardrobe with fun weekend wear. 

    BTW  I finally enabled my Blogger account so I can post comments. I've been following you and other petite bloggers since early this year. It's still a pain to leave comments since I'm on my phone a lot when I do my blog-reading - that's why I usually resort to Twitter to connect with you guys!  ~Jen E.

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  65. Kelly @stilettohardwreMonday, November 21, 2011

    I think it looks great on you, Jean. It's functional and classic! And, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself once in a while :)

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  66. I love your choice and it's sweet Nick has been paying attention to your likes. I still can't believe they are hand painted!!

    www.fashionofmysoul.blogspot.com

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  67. I have seen the st.louis bag all over New York when I was visiting and was wondering what the brand is "now I know thanks to you" and its style reminded me of the "never full" LV similar style "I thought the st.louis pattern must have been an LV cruise collection or something".I lived in Boston for over 5 years and recently moved to Louisiana and never saw a st. Louis bag carried anywhere in Boston,as you said longchamp was always a winner.
    I do like the st. Louis casual look but the marquises suits your style better and more classic.I wanted to know what would you recommend for a more budget friendly classic everyday bag, and what do you think of Michael Kors the Hamilton large tote?and what you think of Tory burch "especially her small evening bags vs. a high end brand small evening bag such as dior?would you get a Tory bag or wait til you can get a small dior or chanel?
    Thank you for your wonderful blogs.

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  68. Great bag!!! I'm a fan of Goyard but sadly, doesn't own one (yet). I'm looking for a pre-owned one but there doesn't seem to be much around. I've been eyeing the Goyard Sac Vendome PM but when I found out how much a new one costs, I almost fell out of my chair!!! And in my dreams, I want a burgundy one but apparently, Goyard charges much more for other colors aside from black, red and tan. Oh well, I hope they come out with a smaller Marquises (with a smaller price tag).

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  69. "I creepily followed her around the store" hahaha this line made me laugh so hard (i am sitting in a room by myself at my bfs place reading ur blog..his family probably thinks i am crazy!!)

    Anyways, onto the topic at hand. I don't think the bag is worth it imo longchamp is better in terms of looks AND price.

    However, u look lovely :)

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  70. The bag is stunning, and you look incredible with it. As for the price, yes it is expensive but it is absolutely fine to splurge once in a while. Don't let anyone guilt you into thinking otherwise. There are bags that are considerably more expensive than your bag - it's not like you went out and spent $5,000 (and even if you did, that is your decision and not deserving of criticism). And as for the bag being too old for you (again, I am referring to a few negative posts), totally ridiculous. You look young, chic, and elegant with that bag, especially paired with your beautiful trench. Very European. All in all, a magazine-worthy look. Good job!

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  71. Jean, I hope your readers have your best interest in heart when they commented on your spending habit, making sure that you have money left over for other things - wedding, family, babies, college, you name it (not hinting anything..) Keep in mind though being judgmental is just part of human nature trying to justify their own lifestyle. So, take it with a grain of salt. I also want to share this article with your readers shared by Janelle on twitter. I think it's a fantastic read:
    http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/judgmental-money-spending/

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  72. Jean, I think you made a great choice with this bag. When I saw that last picture of you with the bag I thought, "That is SO Jean." It suits you perfectly. I love hearing your reasons for why you make the purchases you do, whether it's a Target item or a Goyard tote. Thank you for your transparency. I (a non-luxury) buying woman have never heard of Goyard so I appreciate you posting the price you paid as I was hoping you would while I was reading the post leading up you posting the price.

    Great article recommendation Vicky! I get a lot of comments from coworkers and friends alike based on their perception (only) of my wardrobe. Yes, I love to shop, yes it seems like I never wear the same thing twice but I buy pieces that I know go with my current items so I can mix and match and it looks like I'm never wearing the same thing. And yet, I don't have thousands of dollars in credit debt and I don't ask for anyone's help in paying for my lifestyle. Matter of fact, my husband and I actually make enough to support ourselves, two kids and my in-laws who live with us, in addition to helping out other family members when they can't financially support themselves. I definitely know the work that goes into every dollar earned, have known since I started working at age 14! I even worked long before that alongside my parents. You work hard for your money and it's no one's place to ridicule you for it. You deserve it and kudos to you for finding yourself the perfect, sophisticated tote to match your style!

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  73. what lipcolor are you wearing here? pretty!

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  74. I love the bag you exchanged it for! And I love the colorful sweater you are wearing in the first picture too! I can't seem to find it online at oldnavy. Did you get it in store? Thanks!!
    <3

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  75. What was your previous blog? Is it still posted somewhere?

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  76. Jean: I like the bag (structure, shape, size). The bag may seem a bit mature but it looks great on you. It is something you can use for the years to come. I personally love coated canvas for an everyday work bag. I use my Dior Panarea for months and couldn't be happier, very low maintenance and classic looking. I highly recommend if someone is looking for a large tote bag.

    I am much older than you and I always admire your choice of clothes/bags/shoes and accessories from afar because you have great style. I didn't have any of the high end designers pieces until this year. You are a strong, smart and beautiful young lady so I say screw the people who judge you with no good intention. No need to explain to the world how you spend or save cuz they will still judge. You work and save to buy them, not rob the bank. Judging is a human's epidemic.

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  77. The blue print is young and fun, whereas the black feels more classic and work-appropriate to me. Great choice in exchanging for the second bag. Can not wait to see it with future outfits!

    Sometimes I wish talking about money isn't such a taboo topic. I find it interesting to hear about other people's spending habits. Sure, I judge others, but I also know I get judged. I feel it's almost human nature to be judgemental, but the intention behind it all is what's important. Are you judging because you use it as a resource to see how your spending/saving stack up against others, either to keep yours in check or pat yourself on the back so to speak? I think that's perfectly fine. Or are you judging because you're truly worried that some aren't living within their means and you want to help? I also think this is okay, but they may not necessarily take your caring as such. Or are you judging because you're jealous that others have the means to spend more than you? This one is trickier because it's harder to know their circumstance. Ie: they may have gotten lucky and have family money, or are they working harder for their money? If the latter, perhaps it's time to work harder yourself. I'm a believer that as long as you have good intentions behind all the judging/curiosity, it's all good.

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  78. Jean, I admire your etiquette for taking compliments and criticism so graciously. As much as you are welcoming everybody's own personal judgement and tastes in material objects to be shared, I wish for you to receive the same courtesy back.

    I'm lovin the color of the bag very much. Do enjoy your lovely bag in good health :)

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  79. Following her around the store, how hilarious - maybe you can get the video from the store's security cameras and show us?! :-)

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  80. My first comment on your blog : ) and even I'm a big big fan of wendy's lookbook, I like your blog very much too. It's different but very informative.
    What a heated debate about that bag! I like the Goyard very much but- don't take it amiss- I really thought you forget the point somewhere on the price. LOL. Although this bag would almost devour my monthly salary I think as long as we don't forget about the basic commodities in life- like humanity, helpfulness, thankfulness... everyone should spent/waste as much money as he likes to for anything he wants to. OMG my English is a real mess.
    Enjoy your beautiful tote as a daily companion ; ) I would if I could do so too!
    Love from Hamburg, germany

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  81. I keep coming back to your blog because it's very thoughtful- the posts, the honesty, and your gracious answers to as many readers as possible. (Even when comments become prickly and judgmental!)

    I remember that you posted about how you budget your fashion spending, and it tied in very nicely with the article Vicky posted. You're justified in your choices... and that beautiful Goyard can be passed down to the next generation- how's that for value?

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  82. If I had the income, I'd invest, esp if it's an investment for work, at which most ppl spend 1/3 (or more) of their day. and it's part of a gift, so enjoy!! As far as retirement, never worry - isn't that what kids are for? hahah i joke.

    thx for the intro to this brand. Last picture is classy! I love jet black hair w/light skin & red lips.

    (omg, i think my work blocked my capabilities to comment on blogs.)

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  83. Even though I'm completely bag-ignorant, I love the bag, it's utterly beautiful. The pattern reminds me of MC Escher.

    I wouldn't ever presume to judge you for your purchases or spending habits (as I probably spend as much on my pets, hobbies, etc), and I completely agree with the philosophy of "spending and enjoying what's left over." However, I do have issues with the internet culture surrounding designer purchases on blogs (not yours) and places like ThePurseForum-- sometimes I think the "supportive" rhetoric at those places builds up the items to a horrific degree. People always "congratulate" each other on a purchase, or say they "need" such-and-such bag. I've always thought that congratulations were for genuine achievements/ hard-work (maybe if you've been saving up for the bag for ages, but then the congratulations should be for the saving, not the bag-obtaining). They also almost never mention the retail price. All the language ultimately creates this massive consumerist, spending-obsessed group mentality.

    I was once linked to a thread on TPF where a woman showed off what was probably a hundred or so Hermes orange boxes, some filled with little key chain things and some with bigger bags and whatnot. It was one of the scariest things I'd ever seen-- more money than I spend in five years, all in orange boxes-- and everyone was congratulating her and telling her she was amazing! It doesn't take much skill or talent to spend money indiscriminately at Hermes (perhaps to earn the money in the first place...), but I feel like the culture builds designer-shopping up to be some sort of extreme sport, complete with adoring spectators.

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  84. Have you considered buying a celine work tote? The work tote is gorgeous and is made of genuine leather instead of coated canvas. I think your goyard tote, through beautiful, is too expensive for the material it is made out of.

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  85. Lovely bag Jean! It's beautiful, functional, and you love it. Good find! I like the black much better than the blue, and the shape is much better suited to you.

    I find it interesting how many people tend to spend their "fun money". Some people invest in where they live (you know the types, their house is immaculately furnished and gorgeous at all times). Some people invest in vacations (the types who are always counting down to their next exotic trip). Some people invest in food (foodies who ONLY eat at the best restaurants). Some invest in their closets (this is me...I usually live in cheap apartments, eat cheap food, rarely take vacations...but you can find all my "fun money" in my closet). This is just to name a few (beauty spenders, child spenders, too many to name)! Each type thinks the other is crazy for spending so much in any other area. Again, I said most people, because I also know there are spending-phobes who sock away EVERYTHING.

    Along a similar line, I also know a lot of people who invest in things they "live in". Such as in Los Angeles, lots of people live in crap places, but own nice expensive cars. For the amount of our lives Angelinos spend in traffic, commuting, etc., it's a worthy investment for us. In your case, living in a city where you walk everywhere or take public transport makes it more likely that you'd want to invest in a bag that you can stylishly and safely schlep your life around in.

    It's all fascinating! And I'll admit to feeling sheepish about bringing my expensive handbags and shoes around friends or co-workers who don't spend the same way. However, most of these people are foodies or vacationers, so they're spending just as much as me...just in another way. But of course, we all think the other is nuts for doing so. =)

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  86. I know it's not "stylish" but I would highly consider using a laptop backpack instead of a tote because you carry around a work laptop everyday. I used to carry around a Macbook and thought THAT was heavy for a public transit commute. (One recommendation: MacCase premium leather top flight).

    I know lots of older working women who suffer from years of working (heavy) shoulder bags...and now that have to carry their bags by hand, instead of their right shoulder. Be careful about how heavy your work totes are, whether it's $5 or $5,000 :P

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  87. Wow! Congratulations on finally convincing me to stop reading your blog. This post about "needing" to have a thousand dollar, ugly bag is just bananas and I am not following your blog anymore because of it. Where are the posts about showing fashion to petite women?? Id rather spend $150 on the J brand jeans you were unsure about about than spending that on a bags like that. Trust me, it's not worth it, nobody cares. Really.

    Hold on a second...aren't you in finance? Lord help your clients, I sure would NOT get advice from you. You don't need a degree to know that any material thing that you purchase, that DOES NOT give you more money in return, is not my friend, an investment. Shame on you. I'm telling my daughter and her friends to stop reading your blog too.

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  88. @Pepper It's a shame you have decided to stop reading Jean's blog. You will seriously be missing out ;)

    Jean laid out her personal reasons for buying this bag. She isn't forcing you to buy anything or advocating that we all go out and spend our money on this Goyard bag. She is simply providing a helpful review on a bag she saved up money for to purchase, so stop judging her.

    Also, no need for personal attacks. If you don't like what Jean blogs about you are of course welcome to voice your opinion, but there is certainly no need to insult Jean's intelligence.

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  89. @Pepper There is no need to bash Jean... people work to be able to spend their money as they please. Some of your comments were absolutely ridiculous. Jean has nothing to be ashamed of, as a matter of fact you do. We're grown ups... this isn't high school... there is no need to demean someone the way you did simply for not agreeing with them. By the way, pointing out that no one "cares" was obviously a lie, because you sure seemed to care a whole lot.

    Jean, the bag is gorgeous. You wear it beautifully.

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  90. @Pepper: Jean will be better off without a reader like you =).

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  91. @pepper
    you're a mother and you act like this? talk about narrow-minded. jean is just sharing her experience and info she researched on the bag, she didn't tell us to go out and buy it....i'm not sure what your problem is but she has splurged on other things yet you've never said anything before which leads me to think there's something else going on here.....

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  92. Hi Jean - Thanks for another thoughtful and informative post! I also really appreciate that you included the price because I believe that knowledge IS power, and there is no reason to include as much info as possible - it's so helpful! I hope you ignore any judgmental and negative comments about money that have been posted on your blog. You are awesome!! Thanks again!

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  93. - oops I meant to say there is no reason NOT to include as much info as possible!

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  94. Hi Jean! I'm a regular reader but don't normally comment. Your bag suits you perfectly! Congrats on finding something that you love and will use for years to come. You've really done your research and have given us an interesting bag history lesson. Ha ha! I do love knowing the story behind a bag. I also love that post with the pictures of you trying on bags of different sizes - so helpful! Anyways, you seem really happy with your new acquisition and I hope that a few peoples' negative comments do not detract from this!

    @Pepper, I know it must be quite a shock to read that someone spent so much on a bag when you are accustomed to reading about the super good deals that Jean shares with us. Please consider, however, that the tone of your post comes across as disrespectful, and is likely to invite negative comments towards yourself. It is perfectly fine to disagree with Jean's opinions/actions and even her sense of aesthetics, but there is no need express yourself in such a hurtful way. I hope the internet can be a better place than that. : ) Jean has always been very diplomatic and sincere in her communications with her readers, and I think that her behaviour towards people is a classy example for your daughter, or anyone.

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  95. Jean, I think you mentioned that you used to have a blog on finances but stopped working on it cause some people thought it was a real snooze. I love reading articles on how to save money and would love to hear what you have to say about it.

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  96. @Pepper
    Pepper, you should read this articled titled "Attention annoying hypocrites: Stop being judgmental about your friends’ money habits". This might tell you a few things about WHY you're judging Jean's spending. This post is simple: She bought something, and now she's sharing it (like she does with most of her items).

    I can't believe you would unfollow someone's blog because of something they bought. Don't you think Jean put a lot of thought into this? This post IS still about "petite women" as she compares the bag sizes against her small frame. And trust me, thousands of women care about carrying expensive handbags.

    One more thing: we all know you're gonna continue lurking her blog whether you like it or not.

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  97. @Pepper - haters only hate the things they can't have and the people they can't be

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  98. Nearly 100 posts- wowwie kazowie! Go, Jean, go! Your past posts have shown how frugal you are with most purchases- stackable coupons, ebates, thrifting, and selling unneeded things. What a well-thought out purchase. What do people say in these situations? Whatever floats your boat. To each their own. What's good for the goose (may not) good for the gander. Okay so maybe not the last one, but you've certainly opened the flood gates to some interesting conversation! It has also been a quite respectful. Thank you for modeling and for keeping the peace.

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  99. I agree that the bag looks very clean and classic. I think that how a person spends his/her money is up to him/her, and if you thought that the Goyard was a worthy investment, then there you go; people may agree or disagree w/ you, but your purchases aren't up to them.

    For what it's worth, I really enjoy reading your blog -- it's fun seeing how you style pieces, and the way you write is really personable, too.

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  100. @pepper - assuming you have any friends.

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  101. Thank you for writing about work bags! I have been on a 5+ year search for the perfect work bag. My perfect work bag is structured enough to hold my laptop, files, and other items, has wide enough handles to comfortably sit on my shoulder, looks professional and stylish, and is relatively lightweight. I have not been able to replace the Coach tote that I received from my company for my five year work anniversary. It's outdated and a bit worn, but it is a workhorse! I love leather, but I cannot find a large tote that doesn't feel too heavy to me. Congratulations on finding a very attractive work bag! Please be on the lookout for other options for me. :)

    @pepper is correct (but lacking class in her delivery) that purchasing a handbag will, in most cases, not create a monetary return on investment. The term 'investment' is commonly misused (by many, including myself). when referring to purchases of 'luxury' goods, like high-quality handbags and shoes for personal use. However, in this situation and obvious context, everyone 'gets' how the term is being used. Assuming that the product is not only expensive, but of higher quality, I argue that there are 'non-monetary' benefits that must be factored as well.

    For one, as the owner, you are more likely to take very good care of this item, extending the life of the product. Second, you are more likely to be purchasing an item that is not ultra trendy and will stand the test of time, which again, will allow you to enjoy the item over a longer period of time. Finally, consider the possibility that an investment purchase could allow you to avoid purchasing lower quality products that have to be replaced more often. These non-monetary benefits are not easy to calculate, but they are certainly worth considering when making a large purchase.

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  103. Jean, I read a lot of blogs but none of them keeps me coming back like the way yours do. You are very sincere in what you write and you are honest with your readers as well. I'm sure that most people buy clothes only to realize months later that it's something thy'll never wear. What I love about your blog is that you show your readers why you like or dislike an item you've bought and return those you don't like. This helps us reader to always reevaluate the things that we buy before we let them sit in our closet only to realize later that they're collecting dust in our closets. I believe that spending money on bigger ticket items with high quality and more cost per wear is a smarter choice than buying a lot of clothes/items at low prices just to find that they are hardly worn/use.

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  104. (I copied the wrong link above- hence the deleted post. oops!)

    Jean, how about some more posts from Nick like this one! http://www.extrapetite.com/2010/12/extrapetites-2010-gift-guidefor-guys.html
    I don't have a topic for you guys though. Hope you have a nice holiday.

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  105. Hi Jean, I think that's the first Goyard bag I've seen that I've actually liked. I personally couldn't spend that much money on a canvas bag, but it seems necessary in wet/snowy Boston where you commute by T. Congrats on finding a great work bag! Also, thank you for sharing the personal financial details - it helps me think about the pros/cons if I'm considering a similar purchase. You seem financially responsible so it's your personal business how you want to spend your disposable income.

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  106. @Pepper. Your tone has opened you up to a lot of criticism and it is well deserved. Jean shares her items so that we as petite wome (and non petite!) may learn from them. Will I be purchasing this type of bag? No. Frankly I don't care for the design. I don't care for the majority of LVs either. But Jean seems to have a good handle on wha she likes and what she can afford. Can I afford her new purse? Yes. But as I stated before I don't aprticularlt care for the style. If Jean has shown me anything it's how to have a discerning eye with everything I own. Will this last years or will I replace it in a few months? Just because it's cheaper doesn't mean it will last as long. Will I love it so that I will not try to replace it.

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  107. Also pepper perhaps instead of being worried about Jeans post and your daughter reading it, you should be worried about sounding like a bully online. You weren't very nice to someone who simply wanted to share something with others. No one is forcing anyone to buy anything and there are plenty of people who didn't like the bag and have said so.

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  108. Luv ur new Goyard purse! Btw, Amrita Singh Jewelry is having a 50% off sale site-wide! Use code "BLACK11" + 5% Cashback on Ebates! Ends Friday 11/25 @ midnight! *Minimum order $50* http://www.amritasingh.com/​BLACK11

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  109. It's great to see that you found a great work bag that's functional in the way you need it. I hope to one day find mine as well.

    In regards to @pepper's comment, that's just foul. Her comments were absolutely disrespectful. If you're going to disagree with someone, there's a constructive way to go about it. As for your bag having no investment "value", value is not just in monetary terms. I'd strongly encourage @pepper to read a book on basic economics before making such rash and mean comments towards another on "value".

    And back to my lighter points.. I live in NY and see the St Louis everywhere and love it. It's got such a great understated elegance to it. You definitely made the more practical work choice though and I look forward to your future posts featuring this bag!

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  110. I loved that article on being jugdemental of other's spending habits!! I think it really speaks to fact that money is a personal thing and there's never one way of handling it. Same thing goes for style; there are infinite combinations out there to make something right for you. This choice of bags clearly screams Jean -- unique, classic, well thought out and very functional! That's what I love about it. As much as fashion is about personal style, there is also some element of fitting in that we have to account for. You wouldn't wear a suit to work at a construction site (it'd be too expensive to dry clean every day!) and you have to wear professional clothes if you work in a financial district. If a certain item boosts your attitude and confidence, makes your clients relate to you, improves your organization, etc., I think it will honestly improve the quality of your work and get you farther in your career. I'd also argue that some of the most successful people have been those who took risks in the things they believed in/loved. I'm pretty sure Jean is one of these people. :)

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  111. i'm just now getting caught up on posts and am shocked at the statements some people can make. i really love this bag that you picked out and think it suits all your needs that you listed out perfectly. i also think that shoes are bags are worthy splurges as they get lots of wear. i wouldn't take these negative comments too personally. people will always judge other on their spending regardless of the situation. stay strong, Jean and don't let them get to you!

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  112. Besides Pepper's comment, I didn't think the comments were that bad? I've seen much nastier comments on other blogs. And it looks like you have a wonderful group of people who will stand up for you and support you. :)

    Thanks for posting. This sparked a great discussion on saving/splurging as well. :)

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  113. Hi Jean! As for the comment that you dress too old, I'd rather see women in their twenties dress the way you do (classy) than see them dress in see through shirts, too short skirts with massive heels, and cropped shirts that barely covers their belly.

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  114. I would have never anticipated that this post would ignite such controversy.

    @Pepper: Good grief! I generally take the diplomatic route but your rudeness is uncalled for and I feel the need to address it. Learn some manners. Did you not see that Jean had already explained she saves well over half of her paycheck every month? Do you? Think about that before you start lecturing someone on fiscal responsibility.

    Jean - Don't let some random internet stranger get you down. With the hundreds (thousands?) of people who visit this blog, at least one of them has to be a bit wonky but many more appreciate your thoughtful posts and find them very helpful. It's your money and you should be able to spend it as you see fit. You should not have justify anything to us readers. Period. End of story.

    On a lighter note, enjoy your new tote! It's a beauty and I'm glad that it can be worn in multiple ways. Big hugs from me and the little ones :)

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  115. Your choice was definitely more suitable for you. The style of the bag is better than the St. Louis style.

    Funny how I went to the mall after reading this post and then I saw someone wearing on of these bags haha

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  116. Great final choice!I'm also looking for a tote bag and do some research. I love the canvas of lv damier neverful and goyard st louis but I think I will never be satisfied in purchasing them for the same reasons you've tell in your post.

    So making further research I'm coming to consider Goyard Sac Hardy Pm measures 15.5, 12 height and 6.5 base and with zipper too!So she's on my list now. Maybe if I'm decided that's the time to consider the color.Thanks for sharing!:)

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  117. I am not fond of logo bags, so my view is biased on whether this bag worth the money or not. :-) How do you like carry laptop on any shoulder bag everyday? It would give me back pain (from years of carrying) no matter the bag is $10 or $1000. I carry laptop in a laptop bag and bring anther bag for other stuff.

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  118. I am in love with the Marquises tote. Seeing the Marquises tote made me change my mind on getting the LV Neverfull tote. Well, just for a second,then I remember its way... over my bag budget. Its going on my wish-list for sure:)

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  119. oh, can it fit over your shoulder?

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  120. I agree with what a few others have said: 1) I think it's way too much money, even for an "investment tote" 2) I think it makes looks too old and matronly.

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  121. I agree with what Kelly of AN said. I feel the same way about the subject.@Alterations Needed

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  122. I like both bags Jean and feel that the one you finally settled with fits with your style/lifestyle best. My go to bag is my LV Neverfull MM Monogram for work and etc., but for laptops, I just carry my backpack for comfort and convenience.

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  123. Handbag is the easiest target for people to make judgement on. If she is making the $, she has the right to spend it on whatever she likes. She can burn it for all your care. People voicing concern on how she is savings and investments should pay attention to their own accounts instead.

    That being said, I don't like the Goyard print. I don't care if it's hand painted. The print does nothing for me. And a handbag is not an investment, once it's bought & used it loses its value in the re-sell market. If you are talking about cost per wear, that's a different story.

    I love handbags, I don't think of it as an investment though. It can make an outfit (just like shoes!)

    Nothing wrong with dressing your age sometimes. You are young and pretty. Embrace it. You know that saying "Youth is wasted on the Young."

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  124. I like the look of the Goyard better and it's definitely better to have the zipper.

    I would echo a few other posters about carrying the laptop in a backpack, though. Ergonomics are important and you don't want to spend a fortune at a chiropractor later to fix your spine from the off-balance.

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  125. Love love love your blog!

    @pepper, you are one bitter woman

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  126. At the moment, I think the bag is just a tad big on you, and shrinking your petite frame further. The handles don't look very sturdy, but having read that you did a careful inspection, that's negated.

    I'd be really interested in seeing it in action with several other professional outfits when you get the chance.

    I do think you should be careful, as another reader noted, with your shoulder (and I'd add wrist). I lost a lot strength in my right wrist from putting on and taking off my shoulder bag. The angle the wrist was in did some damage. I couldn't push a door open for the longest time. =/

    Financially, I think inputs and worries are nice from readers, but it's pushing the line when said readers feel the need to dictate your life. You clearly work very hard, why shouldn't you indulge yourself in life's joy?

    Do what makes you happy. We're here just to enjoy the ride, and maybe live vicariously through you with things we didn't know existed. =)

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  127. ditto the other numerous comments already - you work hard for your money and can spend it as you see fit. everyone has their own splurge-worthy items - whether it's bags, shoes, trips, etc.

    that being said, i'm definitely guilty of overspending on bags/shoes/clothes. i'm not as good about reselling as some people (hmm - perhaps a 2012 new years resolution? :)

    over this past year, i've really evaluated my purchases and stopped impulse shopping as when i look in my closet, i feel a bit like carrie bradshaw and see $$$ that definitely could've been better spent elsewhere or saved.

    in any case, you know what you are doing when it comes to your own spending/saving habits and shouldn't have to defend your purchases.

    love your blog (definitely one of my faves!) & styling tips.

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  128. Yesterday, I had a design meeting with the client for the first time. I typically just sit behind my cube and code all day. I was freak out in the morning because I didn’t know how to dress. Then I thought about you and this post. Knowing how to create a good first impression is just as important as your job.

    No one has the right to judge other people’s purchases in anyway, shape or form. You work hard for your money. There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending your money on things you really want. You deserve it! Don’t let those haters bring you down. Keep up the great work! Wishing you and Nick a wonderful Thanksgiving <3!

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  129. I agree with everyone who says that it's your money and you work hard to enjoy it. I'm sure you'd rather purchase a very nice purse/bag for your needs than splurge on a TV - everyone has different priorities. I mean, look at all the people who own tons of Apple products. Those are just as expensive, and more of a premium cost than other brands, but people still buy them. I don't think people should tell you how to spend your money, and I know you spend your money very wisely =)

    On a style note, I do think the purse looks beautiful and I hope it can withstand all the stuff you'll be certain to put in it on your daily commutes to work!

    There sure are a lot of Graces out there =) do you ever get confused ? :P

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  130. I've always loved Goyard bags, ever since my very stylish cousin's girlfriend carried one. She had the St. Louis ,which I loved the look of, but when I went to Barney's to look at it, it seemed way to flimsy for the 4-digit price tag. I do love the Marquis that you got (I didn't even know it existed). I was wondering, I've never bought a high end bag before, which one would you recommend? I love Goyard, Chanel etc.

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  131. I'm echoing a question others have asked: Does the 7" handle fit comfortably over your shoulder? I recently returned a tote because its 6" handle wasn't comfortable on me (though my own measurement showed 6.5").

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  132. This is such a gorgeous bag and a much chicer choice for work compared to the first bag. I do not know how I could ever spend that much on a bag though, even for a life time investment. Do you have any other good recommendations (besides Longchamp)?

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  133. Jean, the Marquises tote is absolutely a winner! I live in Manhattan and actually see the St Louis fairly often. I have NEVER seen the Marquises before and now it is on my list of bags that I MUST own! This is the first time I have ever seen that style. So GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  134. "...and is seen on the arm of almost every college girl"

    lol, I work at the University bookstore on campus. A girl came in with the same Goyard bag! I chuckled to myself as I thought of your post. Hopefully college girls don't take to them en masse!

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  135. Just out of curiosity, why can't one leave their blog information here?

    I have several Goyard St. Louis GMs and love them all. I've become addicted to them, and need more like you would a potato chip! :)

    I've seen people call them incredibly overpriced for flimsy feeling bags. The bags are all hand painted, don't for a second think they are overpriced.

    I love that you can reverse the bag as well. The bag isn't meant to carry laptops or heavy items. You read about a few people complaining quality, I'd say they are much better made than any of the designers I've kept in the back of my closet. On par with Hermes in my honest opinion.

    I would rather pay more and keep it exclusive. It's what makes the brand more desirable while they already do a fantastic job with exclusivity.

    IE Coach, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, those design labels are all over the place and become tiresome. The appeal is lost when a bag is carried by so many. When you see advertisements and
    magazine ads trying to entice you over to their fashion house, you know Goyard has done something right. Goyard has a loyal following with 0 dollars spent on spreading the word.

    It's next to impossible to see the bag In Real Life if you aren't in San Francisco area or near Barney's and Bergdorf that carry Goyard.

    Goyard doesn't have catalogs to view their products and you can't find them online showing their merchandise. The only way you can learn about their products is visiting a store or searching the internet.

    I think you have to be a real committed person to the brand, because they certainly don't make it easy. I'd say after working so hard to learn about the label, you do feel a sense of being in a secret club that many want to get into, but either don't have the patience, time or money that is required.

    I would highly recommend this style to those that are in a casual business environment. However, I'm an attorney and have had people stop me in court and on the street inquiring about the mysterious purse, tote.

    I love that I can go from court to court (tennis) and the bag instantly transforms into gym wear. It does depend on what colour you purchase. A classic colour combo is what works for business and pleasure. Whereas the fun colours ie green, limited colour pink, yellow, orange, blue, baby blue, are more of pop and wow shades that get you noticed!
    Those hues are reserved for either play or school.

    I love that you can put so much into the St. Louis and it always looks smart yet elegant at the same time!

    Extra Petite, you look beautiful with both the St. Louis and the Marquises. I'm glad that you found a style that works for you. You have a very sweet man by your side. All the best of success, health and love for 2012!

    Melissa

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  136. The Goyard is beautiful! Here is another lightweight beag that is LOCALLY MADE in Boston from remnant boat canvas... and water resistant!
    The Savorii New England Nautical line has fabulously fashionable bags for work.

    http://www.savorii.com/bags-satchels/

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  137. This is my first visit to your blog via the Goyard post. I have a Navy St. Louis that I purchased two or so years ago and use it everyday. Goyard may not look the most durable, however I can attest it is. Either bag would have been a winner. I love mine, and I know you will continue to love yours as well! P.S. My husband is a CFP and we maintain a strong balance between saving and spending....and my Goyard was a treat well worth the money. Enjoy!

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  138. I was doing research on the Goyard St. Louis bag and came across your blog. Thanks for sharing your own experience and opinions. I picked up a red PM and absolutely love it! Impeccable workmanship and I think it looks stylish for everyday.

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  139. What a sweet boyfriend you have! I love the Marquises Tote you have. It suits you and looks great.

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  140. Sorry I did not like Goyard bag when I first saw my mom carried this to her yoga class, and I gasped on how much she spent what I thought an ugly looking bag. But after readng this post I started to appreciate it a bit more, it is indeed very light weight, but still I probably will spend my money on other bags

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  141. Hi Jean--I love this post as there are so few about the Goyard Marquises bag. I've been eyeing one for some time and wanted to know how it's held up over time? I'd likely carry about 5-10 pounds in it day to day and don't want to worry too much about having to "baby" it. What are your thoughts now that you've had your bag for a while now? Thanks so much!

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  142. Love this bag! Apparently they have increased the price to $2250 this year...

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