Saddle Bag


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 💕. 



Yet Another Note on Scheduling

Good evening, everybody! This little update is coming to you late(r) at night (than usual). 

And that’s sorta because it’s the only time I could fit it in. 

Which is kind of the reason behind this post. 


If you remember last year at this time, I put something out there called “A Note on Scheduling”, and proceeded to not blog for 6 months. 

I don’t really want a repeat of that!

What there may be a repeat of is the time-crunch insanity. School started again, and I am pretty much booked Monday-Friday from 6:45 in the morning until at least 8 at night, homework and projects and practices all factored in. Saturdays are eaten up, too, so that leaves Sunday afternoons for blogging (Sunday mornings are spent at Church). 


You see my dilemma. 

I don’t have a complete plan all figured out yet, because I don’t have all of the information yet. What I do have is a promise that I will try my hardest to keep blogging, and whether that means dropping SLBW for now (I know 😦 ), or only updating once every two weeks (I know D: ). I’m not sure. I love this little corner of the interweb a lot, so I’ll keep posting…but there will definitely be some post irregularity. I’ll keep you guys updated (I promise!) and will definitely continue to stay active via Twitter, Instagram (maybe I move SLBW to Insta? Thoughts?), etc. 

There’s a muffin recipe in the works, FYI. 😉 

See you guys soon!