Well, my last Little Black Bag came, and it was my biggest one ever. I usually have pretty small bags but I got a little bit carried away with some of the sales and added to bag a few items!
Overall this was a great bag, though there was a dud or two. I had one item go missing- the Stephen & Co. Sapphire/Gold Bar Stone Necklace. Normally I would be upset since it is one of the items I was really looking forward to and had been eyeing for awhile, but in light of all of the chaos with the Pose merger, I’m just thankful only 1, low-priced item was missing. I have contacted LBB about the issue but frankly I’m not expecting anything at this point!
Here’s what I got:
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Nila Anthony Mint Lace Barrel Satchel- RTV $76
This is the item I opened with, and I was extremely surprised how much everyone seemed to want it! Trades got really high for the first few days I had it, and I almost traded it once but someone accepted the trade before I did. I was a little hesitant about it even though I absolutely love the mint color and the lace because it certainly isn’t a purse that will go with everything, but ultimately I’m really glad I shipped it. The bag is much better quality than I expected from the picture, and I’m relieved that the lace seems very sturdy. I’ve had other bags with lace overlay that were a sort of stretchy, cheap material that snagged on everything and started pilling in a short amount of time.
I know a lot of people seem to stay away from Nila Anthony bags, but this is my fourth one and I’m continually very pleased with the quality. My only complaint has nothing to do with the bag- it was crushed on the bottom of the box and as you can see the bag is quite wrinkled. I stuffed it immediately after and I’m hoping it will straighten out, but if it doesn’t it isn’t something that matters to me all that much.
Me Too Black Paxton Pumps- RTV $100
I lucked out with these pumps- someone offered them on a pair of flats I got during one of the shoe sales that were extremely unpopular and around $40 below the RTV for these! I always have trouble with shoes but I lucked out and these fit me perfectly. The heel height is perfect and they look very professional. You can tell these are good quality just by running a hand across them, and the inside is pretty well cushioned. Very comfy, the perfect work shoe!
Rouelle Chevron Head Chain- RTV $79
I’ve wanted a head chain for awhile and really didn’t think this one was going to happen. I’d already given up on my bag and was shocked when I got my closing email summary that someone had accepted a multi I’d offered at the very last minute! Thanks who ever you are! I got this with the intention of wearing it to Bonnaroo next month, and it will be absolutely perfect :)
Jules Smith Seven Spike Necklace- RTV $69
Paid $3 for this in a jewelry sale! Probably my favorite piece of jewelry I received this bag. I can’t emphasize enough how beautifully shiny this is. The photos don’t remotely do this piece justice. I think I will get a lot of mileage out of this and already have whole outfits planned around it! The spikes are the perfect length, not too short to be noticeable but not so long that they look ridiculous. Feminine & edgy, my favorite. I have two other Jules Smith pieces and think I’m becoming a fan of this brand.
Amrita Singh Gold Leaf Earrings- RTV $50
I am extremely disappointed in these earrings. I knew they probably weren’t that great since they hadn’t been trading well for a while, but these look NOTHING like the picture at all. They are huge, extremely thing metal, the pattern of the leaf looks different, like I do not believe that photo shows these earrings at all. I can’t believe these would have been sold for $50, they look more like $5 quality. I asked someone in chat whether I should trade for them or not because I knew they weren’t trading well but I love leaf earrings and they told me that they were very thin metal but very shiny and pretty in person other than that. Sorry person! But I disagree. I MIGHT wear these in a costume party or something like that context, but seriously? LBB what were you thinking with that photo? I guess it’s my fault though, I didn’t bother to check the length/width. Oh well. I only traded for them after getting a way higher trade on something else, so I guess it evens out.
**EDIT** Okay I just compared them side by side with the computer screen and I suppose I was exaggerating. But I stand by the fact that Amrita was nuts to sell them for $50.
Betsey Johnson Black Adjustable Belt- RTV $38
Another $3 sale item. Great quality, works great, love the little heart detail. I’ve never had a good quality belt before, I always just use those little plastic ones that come with some dresses, this and the other belt below are a much needed wardrobe upgrade.
Rebel Luxe Hemetite/Clear Linear Spike Earrings- RTV $34
These were not very popular and I have no idea why, I guess the RTV does seem a little high for them, but they are pretty unique and GORGEOUS in person. I will wear them every day. Well, every week. If you have these in your bag keep them.
Big Buddha Red Hammered Adjustable Belt- RTV $28
More $3 sale! I had added the above belt and then decided I needed an upgrade for my cheap red belt too! This is beautiful, I love the hammered metal. I didn’t adjust it quite right in the photo, ignore that haha.
Catherine Stein Designs Gold Toggle Sphere Necklace- RTV $28
This is another item that everyone was going crazy over. I actually traded this away for a great, really high trade. I was worried it was a mistake but I checked in with chat and the person who offered wasn’t online and never came looking for me after I accepted, so I guess they meant it. I ended up trading just one item from that trade to get it back later, and I’m glad I was able to. It’s great quality, very shiny and will go with everything. The only thing I don’t care for about it is that in my opinion the chain is just a little bit too long, but that can be fixed.
Catherine Stein Designs Gold Linear Drop Earrings- RTV $24
I only traded for these because I was having trouble getting rid of something I hated, but now I’m glad I did. They are really nice in person. I was worried that they would be too long or heavy for my ears, and they do seem heavy when you hold them in your hand, but once I put them on I was pleasantly surprised. They’ll look great with the Toggle Sphere Necklace. Both of these CSD items seemed to be much better quality than what I would have expected for the RTV, I’m very impressed. I had one other item from them that arrived broken…but maybe that one was LBB’s fault?
Michael Marcus Jezebel Lipstick- RTV $24
On the website this looks like a shimmery, deep red but in person it is more of a…mocha-berry-red?? It’s a difficult color to pinpoint, but very nice. I’m not disappointed in the least because it’s a very “me” color and someone in chat let me know that it didn’t look like the photo! I wish my photos came out better so that I could show you all better swatches, it looks more red in this photo than I think it really does! Maybe I’ll take some with my real camera when I get it back from work. Michael Marcus is great quality though, very smooth application and stays on all day. I’ve been wearing it since I tried it out earlier today, and I also have another MM lipstick.
Bindy Black Crystal & Bead Bracelet- RTV $22
I had so many bindy’s and then traded them away and got them back again. Really couldn’t decide whether I liked them. Wrap bracelets are not usually my style, but I wanted to branch out a little, and the black and gold fit my color scheme and looked a lot less casual than the others so I know I’ll be able to find something to wear it with. Very nice in person, don’t have anything bad to say though I’m still on the fence with how much I will actually wear it!
Zad Gold Tree Bracelet- RTV $22
Very pretty, maybe a little smaller in person than the photo? Only just. This bracelet opens in the front, it’s hidden by the tree. I wish it opened in back instead. I have another bracelet that opens in front and is fine, but it really doesn’t work well for this one. The tree extends on the one side and makes it difficult to slip your wrist through the opening without getting a scratch.
All the Rage Gold Anchor Bracelet- RTV $20
This was another disappointing item for me. I saw a pic of someone wearing it and it looked great but they must not have had tiny wrists, haha. It’s a bit too big for me. Also, the quality of the metal is very cheap, it’s extremely thing and the circle is bent kind of weird. If you have small wrists stay away from these bracelets, I’m glad I traded the owl when I had it. I have to say to me the quality isn’t even as good as $20. I’ve had plenty of cheaper jewelry items that were a lot nicer.
Punch Brown Triangle Pendant Necklace- RTV $16
This necklace actually looks exactly like the LBB photo for once. The only thing I’m perplexed by is the “Brown” in the title. There’s no brown. It’s gold with clear stones.The quality is decent but not amazing as expected. I wish the chain were longer, it’s sort of an awkward length that hits right on the neckline of a lot of my outfits. I’ll probably buy some links to extend it and break out my handy jewelry tool kit.
Punch Silver Crystal Spike Earrings- RTV $11
These are very nice. The crystals are quite eye-catching and I love the length. I got these to replace some similar earrings that I lost so I’m glad that I wasn’t disappointed. They do not look cheap at all.
Whelp, that was my last little black bag! If you would like to see any more pictures of anything or have questions, feel free to let me know! I only spent $70 on this stuff, which I feel like would’ve been worth it for the purse and shoes alone, so I’m glad I went out with a bang!
Are you going to use Pose when the transition is complete? I don’t think I will, but I’ll never say never.