Bags! - Goyard St. Louis PM Spotlight + French Toast Turkey Sandwiches

Right behind shoes, I think bags are really important accessories to completing your outfit. Surprisingly, I don't think I have that many bags when compared to the amount of shoes and clothing I own and I'm going to try to keep it that way.

Top: Venus Faux Leather Sleeve Sweater, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple 100mm Pump, Bag: Gryson Skye in black pebbled leather
My very first big bag splurge was on the Gryson Skye in black pebbled leather over six years ago, which I fell in love with upon first sight but did not purchase until much later when it was on sale. The store I purchased it from didn't keep it in the best condition, but I love it and still continue to use it very often on weekends.

Top: Venus Faux Leather Sleeve Sweater, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple 100mm Pump, Bag: Goyard St. Louis PM
Though I love the Gryson Syke, my favorite purchase out of all my bags is the Goyard St. Louis PM bag, which was a big splurge for me and quite impulsive when I asked my cousin to help me purchase one when she went to Paris last year. I had been looking for a simple black leather tote bag but couldn't find one that fit what I was looking for until I fell for this one, which was simple yet not too plain with its intricate hand-painted neutral colored pattern. I was stressing over whether the bag would be too big for my small frame but I love it now! The canvas material has softened over time so the frame doesn't stay as structured and wide as it was at first and it's really lightweight yet sturdy so I'm not afraid to fill it up with things such as my lunch, gym shoes and clothes, and book that I always have to have when I commute to work. It's really been worth the splurge for me.

Top: Venus Faux Leather Sleeve Sweater, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple 100mm Pump, Bag: Longchamp 'Le Pliage - Small' Shoulder Bag
Although I have several bags to choose from, I find myself grabbing my brown Longchamp 'Le Pliage - Small' Shoulder bag almost everyday for work, mostly because it's so lightweight, is a convenient size, and can withstand the elements. Even though it's a nice travel piece because it folds down and is lightweight, I don't see myself purchasing another one of these bags again because the corners do tend to wear down with holes, which disappoints me since I expected more life out of it because of how much it costs. My first one was a light beige color, which I gave away because the corners wore down and it was stained with dark smudges that wouldn't wash out. I replaced it with a darker brown color, which has held up nicely aside from the issue with the corners.

Below is a summary of pretty much all the other bags I own:

Bags from left to right: Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Shifty Satchel, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini Satchel, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC bag, See by Chloe 'Rise & Shine' Satchel, Tory Burch 797 Medium Satchel
The only bags that I am coveting now are the Chanel 2.55 Classic (Square) Mini Bag in black caviar leather and of course, a Hermes Birkin bag in 30cm, though I doubt I will ever purchase the latter. The cost is just so high that I can't see myself justifying it. As is the case with sports cars and men, maybe I'll finally buy one when I have grey hair. :)

Dream bags: Chanel 2.55 Classic Mini Bag + Hermes Birkin Bag

Here's a yummy twist on the usual french toast that you can make for a quick brunch - french toast turkey sandwiches!


Total time: 20 minutes

4 teaspoons canola oil
5 large eggs
8 slices whole wheat toast
4 tablespoons honey mustard
8 ounces lower-sodium smoked or roasted turkey breast
1 loosely packed up baby arugula
4 ounces reduced-fat Swiss cheese, thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and set aside.
2. Heat 1 yeaspoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Beat eggs with 2 tablespoons water ina shallow baking dish. Dip 2 slices bread in egg mixture and flip to coat.
3. Swirl oil to coat skillet. Transfer bread to skillet, allowing excess egg to drip into baking dish first, and cook until undersides are golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Flip and spread with honey mustard (about 1 1/2 teaspoons per slice), then top 1 slice with a quarter of the turkey, arugula, and cheese. Cook until undersides are golden brown and cheese begins to melt, 1 to 2 minutes, then top loaded slice with second slice, mustard side down. Transfer sandwich to rack and place in oven.
4. Reduce stovetop heat to medium low and repeat steps two and three with remaining ingredients.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

Nutrition facts per sandwich:
415 Calories
34g Protein
30g Carbohydrate
19g Fat (5.4g Saturated)
3g Fiber
792mg Sodium

Leaving you with the fortune cookie quote, "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."


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