Saddle Bag

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similar bags here & here // vinyl monogram

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be able to go to NYC with my mom as an early birthday gift. While that amazing trip could take up a few posts in and of itself (which you’ll probably see sometime in the future 😉 ), I’d like to focus on something inspired by the trip, if not directly from

I’m talkin’ about this purse, which has been my go-to ever since we got back from NY way back in February. When we were there, we spent a day in Soho (I could have spent an entire week there but, sadly, we had only two and a half days 🤗) despite it feeling like it was ten below. 😛  We popped into the Coach store, and while a very nice woman was showing us around the store, this particular bag caught my eye: 

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Coach bag

Perfect, no? Love at first sight. The bright contrasting trim, the soft cognac leather, the little embossed NYC–I loved (and still do!) everything about the bag. 

That is, until I saw the price…(c’est la vie, oui?) 

Of course it had to be fabulously out of my price range, even with my summer job. So we nodded at the salesperson, smiled, said we’d think about it as we ducked back out into the freezing cold, and prayed for sales in the future. Later that day, however, in the cab ride back to our hotel while stuck in traffic, I Googled the purse and searched around on different sites, looking for something similar. And, as you can see, I found a pretty suitable replacement that was under $50–Target, what would I do without you? 

To mimic the NYC-monogram feel that the Coach bag had, I went to a local shop (although there are plenty of Etsy stores online that can do the same for you!) and got some gold vinyl monograms that adhere pretty darn well to the faux-leather.

I now use the purse as my everyday, as it fits a pack of gum, sunglasses, my wallet, and my phone without any issues, and I could fit a lot more in there if I needed to! Since it’s a smaller bag, too, it’s easy to reach and find what I’m looking for quickly. There’s also a small pocket on the front, a zippered pocket on the inside for the smaller things you want to keep track of, and a pocket in the back that’s the perfect size for your phone. I love this bag even more than the Coach version because it’s just as cute, but at a fraction of the cost. Couture on the cheap, y’know? 

Sadly, when I looked online again the same bag I bought was not on Target’s website, but there were a few very similar bags that I linked above.

That’s all I have for you today, loves! Have a wonderful day 💕. 

–Grace

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