The Louis Vuitton Speedy vs The Leather Backpack

Burberry Trench Coat+Louis Vuitton Speedy+Tom Ford Anouk Sunglasses+silk scarf

Burberry Trench Coat+Leather Backpack bag+Tom Ford Anouk cat eye sunglasses

What I’m Wearing
* Eryn Brinie silk sleeveless shirt dress from Gilt. I’ve had this for a couple months now actually, hanging on the back of my closet door in its plastic bag. It claims to be black but it came with a black ribbon tie belt and against that, it looks navy. So I’m going with navy. And I swapped the belt it came with for this brown studded skinny belt which I found at a thrift shop ages ago. {seen here on my wrist}
* Vintage silk scarf knotted around neck
* Burberry Trench coat …never did I think I’d need a coat in July but it was FREEZING all day until about 3:30 …then chilly again at dusk.
* Via Spiga lace up wedges …and I would have almost preferred a flat lace up oxford {which I don’t have in a brown leather but is now on the “need to buy” list} or even a sandal may have worked but the weather prevented open toes and bare legs. I chose legs.
* Tom Ford Anouk – cat eye sunglasses
* Leather backpack …mine from the 90’s

I bought this leather backpack in or around 1995 for $75. I remember the price because at the time I was 18 and thought $75 for a bag was outrageous {my mom still thinks $75 for a bag is outrageous}. It was one of the first things I splurged on really that wasn’t necessary and I also remember how good it felt to buy such an item and carry it proudly. I actually had quite a bit of a bank account at the time because 6months prior I had done a Burger King commercial {@ 2:40} and residuals were pouring in …every Saturday to be exact. I would so look forward to Saturdays because my mail box would be full of envelopes with checks in each of them. It was a fun time to say the least.

I’m not sure if it’s the 90’s vibe in the air or what but this backpack has been popping in and out of my mind for a while now so I was giddy when I randomly found it the other day while unpacking the guest bedroom. Admittedly, I can’t decide which bag I like better with the outfit …they both give off a different quality: Louis Vuitton being expensive and a bit snooty & the backpack, well I’m just not sure. What I am sure about is that many of you will turn your nose up at it. But just wait. In a couple of years, you’ll probably want one too 😉

Burberry Trench Coat+Louis Vuitton Speedy+Tom Ford Anouk Sunglasses+Via Spiga wedges -2

Burberry Trench Coat+leather backpack+Tom Ford anouk sunglasses+scarf

silk shirt dress+skinny studded belt+leather backpack+burberry coat+tom ford sunglasses

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leather backpack from the 90's

* I’m loving this one by “They’ll Fight Over When You’re Dead”

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Tugba

    July 7, 2010 |

    I love backpacks 🙂 and urs is just gorgeous. Great that you kept it. Nowadays people chuck away things 🙁 I love the wedges 😀

  • Black is the New Black

    July 7, 2010 |

    LOVE the speedy – so versatile and classic, and it can really take a beating. great photos!

  • minnja

    July 7, 2010 |

    I love love the speedy !!! LV is the best <3

  • Erika D

    July 7, 2010 |

    I love navy and dark brown and something about the back pack just works with this outfit! You can ALWAYS grab an LV speedy to accompany any outfit, so why not quirk it up about!


    July 7, 2010 |

    Love your wedges babe! x

  • Becca

    July 7, 2010 |

    Isn’t it funny how certain styles come back like that? Can’t say I’ll be rocking my scrunchies any time soon, but the back pack is gorgeous – I love the brown leather!


  • Ashe Mischief

    July 7, 2010 |

    Nice leather backpacks always remind me of the sophisticated traveler–the one who knows there’s practicality behind a good backpack, but doesn’t want (or NEED) to sacrifice style for it.

  • Hollywood

    July 7, 2010 |

    Love Them both, The backpack look Amazing with your outfit.


  • Fashion Butter

    July 7, 2010 |

    I have been thinking about pulling out my leather backpack too now for a while … but everything I look it, I remember that line from swingers

  • MalibuMara

    July 7, 2010 |

    i LOVE the backpack,
    crazy how you did that commercial!
    thats so cool

  • Gwen

    July 7, 2010 |

    While I’m partial to the LV I do love your backpack with this outfit. I think it’s funny that your first splurge was this bag. My first splurge was a drawstring brown leather bag. It wasn’t technically a backpack but I sure wore it that way more than once. 🙂 XOXO

    P.S. Love the name of the backpack from Amazon. 🙂

  • Catherine

    July 7, 2010 |

    Not turning my nose up at all. I really like that backpack. I always prefer things without logos splashed all over them.

  • Lyla's Mom

    July 7, 2010 |

    I really like the backpack with that outfit. It looks more laid back were as the speedy, though classic, looks a little stuffier.

  • Chicago Mom (Heather)

    July 7, 2010 |

    Love that backpack!! I think my first splurge bag was a Kate Spade purse. Remember those ugly black boxy ones? lol

  • Deborah

    July 7, 2010 |

    I just picked up a white leather cross-body bag for every day throwing around in my Wrangler (it’s cute – got it at Marshall’s – I think it’s B. Makowsky and I got it super cheap, about $69.

    My girlfriend nearly had a heart attack. I kept to myself what some of my other bags have cost. Good grief!

    I love your Speedy, but really like the backpack with this outfit. I’m totally envious of your trench.

  • Katie

    July 7, 2010 |

    I love the backpack 🙂

  • anhesty

    July 7, 2010 |

    j’adore the backpack! i have a leather and crochet one that i pulled out and started to use too!

  • ediot

    July 7, 2010 |

    hi darling!
    looking so very chic and stylish!
    hope youre having a wonderful summer.

    xx ediot

  • Niki Asimakidis

    July 7, 2010 |

    I love the shoes ;D

  • Anonymous

    July 7, 2010 |

    I love the outfit except for the shoes – just not very flattering to your legs or the lovely outfit as they seem to dominate the look.
    Maybe with a longer skirt or slacks the shoes would be cuter.

    I love both the backpack and the bag. The backpack give it a much more casual look and the bag classes it up.

  • theanthropologieconnoisseur

    July 7, 2010 |

    LOVE the shoes! The dress is cute too! I also like the backpack because it has a sort of timeless quality to it. I’d say it was well worth the $75!

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    July 7, 2010 |

    Couple of years??? NO WAY!!! Backpacks are so back!!! But I do prefer Ms. Speedy! 😀

  • Nadine

    July 7, 2010 |

    BACKPACKS! <3<3<3

    Can’t believe you still have such a gorgeous one – every backpack I’ve ever had has been loved to death.

  • RaceforProsperity

    July 7, 2010 |

    love love love that backpack!

  • Amanda

    July 7, 2010 |

    i like the backpack better…less obvious, and a bit unexpected…
    …oh, and *YES* to the neck-scarf…perfect color & compliment.

    that’s all she wrote.

  • TheBeautyFile

    July 7, 2010 |

    I have to say, I ADORE the backpack with that look. It is so classy and refined. Almost unexpected, where the LV bag is kind of….expected? Is that wrong to say? I think the backpack just brings a lot to the entire outfit. Love the look!

  • Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    July 7, 2010 |

    I like them both! I think it just depends on what you’re feeling that day…but then again, that’s probably why I have a whole closet filled with bags. lol!
    XO Piper

  • The Owl's Closet

    July 7, 2010 |

    i love ur dress! oh man, i loved wearing the mini backpacks back in the 90s:) just saw ur burger king commercial. that’s awesome!

  • Closet Fashionista

    July 7, 2010 |

    LOVE the wedges and backpack!! 😀

  • Joi

    July 8, 2010 |

    I vote for backpack!

  • Patricia

    July 8, 2010 |

    I pick the backpack!! Just completes the look with something you wouldn’t expect and yet seemed to have always belonged.

  • Tigerlily

    July 8, 2010 |

    I vote backpack. Have never been a big LV fan.

  • Anonymous

    July 8, 2010 |

    Love the coat and entire outfit! (Heard there was an earthquake in Palm Springs area….hope everyone is o.k. and no shaking in your area.)

  • Cortney

    July 8, 2010 |

    I am kind of loving the backpack. It’s very Ralph Lauren, safari chic! And how are you wearing a trench right now… we are melting in southern oc.

  • Style Porn

    July 8, 2010 |

    My vote is for the backpack! Goddamn you have no idea, I’ve been looking for one just like it on ebay foreeeever. Thrifting your closet is the best.

  • Mara

    July 8, 2010 |

    that backpack is SO awesome! It really stands the test of time too

  • Pauline

    July 8, 2010 |

    Wow the backpack is in such good condition! I actually prefer the backpack it gives off a completely different look. Love your entire outfit!

  • Schnelle Couture

    July 8, 2010 |

    great outfit. the speedy and the trench are classic and timeless but the backpack makes for more of a fun look.
    that must have been so much fun- being in a commercial. you took great care of that backpack!

  • Fashionate Girl

    July 8, 2010 |

    What’s funny is that I’ve been searching for the perfect affordable leather backpack for basically going on a year now! Anyway, obviously loving the backpack & your blog!

    XO, BOOTS!

  • Annie Spandex

    July 8, 2010 |

    LOL @ your commercial! How cute! “Welcome to Burger King.” That is so funny. 🙂

    I do love the backpack. I recently got a set of mini ones similar to yours on eBay. Very cool. Also I love your wedges! x

  • Iva

    July 8, 2010 |

    I LOVE the backpack. I love the LV too, but I am totally digging the backpack. I actually have an old backpack too {probably from around the time you got yours as well!} that I love. It’s a black Armani and wore it to death for a few years straight. I love that things always make their way back around full circle.

  • Allison

    July 8, 2010 |

    They are both beautiful, but I love the backpack with the outfit most.
    I think the first thing I ever splurged on was a pair of Steve Madden’s. I was 18 and moved to a big city.. You can’t buy anything nice in the small city where I’m from.. so I thought it was just sooo cool haha =)

  • inge luciana

    July 8, 2010 |

    the backpack looks great.. and I love the coat that you wear.. very match with your fabulous dress.


    July 8, 2010 |

    very elegant trench and great trench! Love this look! <3

  • Lexy

    July 8, 2010 |

    Though the speedy is classic, the backpack looks best, in my opinion. It just works! (with the trench especially, which I ADORE). Hopefully this will be the year *I* get a Burberry trench. 🙂 Great pics!

    Lexy of Beautylicious Fashionista

  • Jean V Pratt

    July 8, 2010 |

    Watching all those 90’s commercials was hysterical! It brought me back to the Melrose Place days – how fun.
    I almost didn’t recognize you.

    I agree with a lot of the ladies – the Speedy is great!

  • nickie Frye

    July 8, 2010 |

    I’m not a huge logo gal, so I’d go with the backpack. Super cute! Now, Burger King??

  • Laura Elaine

    July 8, 2010 |

    Backpack for sure. Gives the outfit more flavor 🙂 I just bought one myself over the weekend. Guess I’ve jumped on the bandwagon…

    By the way – watched your commercial and man – Fox used to be “so gay.” 😉

  • J-Diggety

    July 8, 2010 |

    I personally prefer the backpack 🙂 I like it because it’s different – lots of people carry LV bags 😉
    xoxo J

  • Jac

    July 8, 2010 |

    I’m using my Speedy today as well, but I’m leaning towards the backpack with your look. I just like that it’s unexpected.

  • Ale

    July 9, 2010 |

    I have to say that backpack is “super cool”, and I think it los perfect with yogur outfit. Btw, those wedgesvare perfection, love them!

  • style-haus

    July 9, 2010 |

    love the look especially those killer shoes!

  • alyssa

    July 9, 2010 |

    so pretty!!

  • duckalicious

    July 9, 2010 |

    if you’re reading your comments, you know my opinion about the LV already. =) I’m not a fan of leather, but that backpack is so much better words can’t express it!

  • Daša

    July 12, 2010 |

    Your outfit is amazing <3
    I love reading your blog, if you have a chance you can check out my blog and if you want follow as well: 🙂

  • martha

    August 25, 2010 |

    Wow!! I love these
    leather backpacks
    , It is very simple and stylish, completely suits my personality.

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