Saturday, June 15, 2013

May Little Black Bag

My May Little Black Bag was a let down; the purse I got was defective.  I've only gotten one other item that I suppose could be classified as damaged, my Olivia and Joy Swanky Structured Satchel in my October bag, but those were more minor damages and I ended up keeping the bag.  This time, I loved the purse I got but I had no choice but to send it back.

I got four items this time around, and I think it cost me something like $35.  I opened with the Raj Imports striped blue scarf and also had a referral credit, but the referral items are always crap.  It helps for trading though because you obviously start out with one more item you can trade or combine into a multi.  I also used the "add to bag" feature for the first time ever with this bag.  Overall, I'm disappointed with this bag because I had to send the purse back.  If it wasn't defective, I think I would have been pretty happy with it all considering what it cost.

I'll start with the Lionel Francis Satchel.  This became available during the Memorial Day sale they had, and I really wanted to get a purse in this bag.  I had six or seven items in my bag, and they were all jewelry and things that I had no interest in keeping, so I made a whole bunch of multi offers.  No one was biting, though, and I was getting bummed because I didn't want to get stuck with a bunch of items that I didn't want.  Finally, on my second-to-last day of trading, someone accepted my offer for this satchel.  Even though it was a sale item, I really liked it and was happy to get it.  I didn't have any white purses, so I figured it would be good for summer.  Unfortunately, it arrived with a defective zipper so I had to send it back.  As you can see in the photo above, it did that thing that zippers sometimes do where it doesn't actually connect the two sides, therefore rendering it useless.  LBB's customer service team sent me a pre-paid label to ship it back and promised me an exchange value of $98.  Normally a sale item exchange would give you the sale price (to keep people from adding sale items for $10 to their bags, sending them back, and unfairly getting to exchange it for a $50 retail item, etc), but they promised me the full $98 due to the fact that this bag was defective and that was out of my control.

I added the Hello Kitty I Love Nerds Composition Coin Bag to my bag because I didn't want to mess around with trying to trade for it and I just really wanted it.  The retail value was only $20, and the add-to-bag price was $12.95 or something like that.  I know that a lot of people on LBB and in general think Hello Kitty is juvenile, but I really like her and I think this is so cute.  I got it because it's actually a pretty functional wallet and a good size for when I use smaller crossbody purses.  I have more photos of what it looks like on the inside at the end of this post.

My final item is this pair of Robert Rose Stone Burst Earrings.  I like them, but I haven't worn them yet because I don't really know what to wear them with.  They're more vibrant than anything else I own, so I'm not sure what color to pair them with.  Their retail price was $22.

I also received a Pixi Nail Polish in Evening Emerald in this bag, which was considered a bonus item.  I love nail polish, though, so it's a more substantial item than a 1 oz. shampoo bonus or whatever.  The shade is pretty and it applies nicely, but I don't have any photos of it to share (other than the first one in this post).

Bottom Line: I really wish the Lionel satchel wasn't defective because it was such a perfect bag!  It was just the right size for me and the detailing was really pretty.  Hopefully LBB will provide me with some good bags in the exchange gallery once my exchange is processed, because I don't want to end up with some ugly bags that no one actually wants.  My experience thus far with the exchange gallery is that they only put items that don't trade well in there because they want to get rid of them.  But oh well, I guess I'll find out!

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

See more photos of my items after the "read more."

Inside of the Hello Kitty coin purse 

Detailing on the Lionel Francis Satchel

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