But before I do, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of the process that went into buying said handbag, which means another epic transcript into the way Shannon thinks/acts.
Walking to the store:
Me: Ooo, look honey--they have a Prada--I don't have a Prada bag yet.
My Wonderful Husband: Would you rather get Prada than Louis Vuitton?
Me: No. *Shakes head* I want a Louis.
MWH: Okay, then we need to go to Louis.
Me: *Glances longingly at Prada* *Nods* Ooo--look, Tiffanys. *Grabs husband's arm* Tiffany Baby! Do you see it?
MWH: *sighs* Yes, I do. But we're going to Louis right now, remember?
Me: Right. *Follows husband into Louis Vuitton* *Eyes widen and rove around shiny store* Ooo, pretty! *Salivates*
MWH: So, do you know which bag you want?
Me: *Waves arm around store* Definitely one of these.
MWH: *Sighs* Okay, let's get a sales person. *Drags his wide eyed, drooling wife toward an available sales representative*
Chipper Sales Girl: Hi, can I help you?
MWH: Um...my wife is here to buy a bag to carry her laptop, but she doesn't know which one she wants.
CSG: Okay. *turns to me and smiles* Do you want a shoulder bag or a briefcase?
Me: I don't know.
CSG: Okay. Do you want Monogram Canvas or Damier Canvas?
Me: I love them both!
CSG: Okaaaaaay. Well, let's start with some of our most popular. *Leads us into the less sparkly, less crowded professional/unisex section*
Me: *Stares longingly at the pretty handbags behind me*
CSG: *Takes down a Damier Messenger Bag* This is probably our most popular because it has the most pockets and can fit more than just a laptop. *Explains a bunch of other features I'm not really listening to as I stare at the shiny, pretty gold zippers and lovely Damier print* What do you think?
Me: Pretty! *Plays with zipper* Do you have any others? I'd like to see all my options.
CSG: *Takes down a smaller Monogram Messenger Bag* This one is a little smaller, and only has one pocket, but it's another of our best sellers because... *Explains a bunch of stuff I don't hear as I play with the fancy gold, latchey thing* What do you think?
Me: Pretty Latch. Any others?
(I think you can see where this is going, so I'll just summarize the next half hour and say that I sent her all over the store, made her get ladders and tall security guards to reach bags on display so I could take a look at them and then ask to see more until I was surrounded by similar but different bags)
MWH: Any you don't like that she can take away?
Me: Umm...they're all so pretty!
CSG: Why don't you try them on?
Me: Ooo, fun! *Trys on bag* I like this one! *Tries on another* Ooo, this one's nice too!
(And repeat with all the bags without getting anywhere.)
MWH: *Starts pointing out a bunch of practical points about wear and tear and pocket organization and strap adjustability--blah blah blahbity blah*
Me: Look--they have scarves! Scarves Honey!
MWH: Shannon, don't you want to get a laptop bag?
Me: *Blinks* Yes. You're right. *Tries on each bag again* *Hems and Haws for another 20 minutes* *Drives everyone crazy* Okay, I've decided!
MWH and CSG: *Phew*
Me: I'll buy this one!
(Which, for the record was not only the most expensive--yay me--but also the first one the Chipper Sales Girl showed me. Yep. I'm AWESOME to shop with!)
Okay, so, the picture doesn't totally do it justice because you can't see all the awesome pockets and organizational elements inside, which were the reason I picked it. It wasn't *quite* as pretty as some of the others I looked at--and it's certainly not a pretty as a fancy new handbag (like the gorgeous Sistina Bag I'm STILL coveting)--but it's PERFECT for what I need (yes, NEED) it for, which is to be a professional yet fancy way to carry around the most important things I own: my laptop, notebook, iPhone, etc. at the Writer's Conference and ALL those trips I'll be making once I land my groundbreaking seven book deal and take over the publishing world Mwahahahahahaha! (Hm...I may have gotten carried away there).
Basically, I decided to be practical and get the one that was the most functional, because all Louis Vuittons are pretty so I really couldn't go wrong. (Don't you love how I can label buying a ridiculously overpriced Messenger bag as me being "practical?" *giggles*)
But I need your help now.
This is my first Louis from the professional/unisex section of the store, so it's the first Louis I own that doesn't have a fancy name. (All my others have cool names like Priscilla and Speedy and Hampstead and...well, you get my point) but I don't think this one even has a name and if it does I'm sure it's something unexciting like Damier Messenger Bag, large. So help me name him. (Yes, it's a him--he's from the unisex section of the store and my Louis girls could use studly guy to flirt with while they're stored in their dust bags between usage). So please, if you have any good ideas, post them in the comments. Right now, my editing-fried brain is drawing a blank so I just keep calling him Louis.
Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!
Oh, and PS--for those of you who are observant and noticed that I am in fact carrying a Tiffany bag in the picture above--yes, my husband also took me to Tiffanys and bought me one of the Tiffany Key's I've been coveting and a new charm for my charm bracelet. But before you think I'm spoiled (which I am, by the way) let me remind you: I bought the Louis with my cash stash (which is seriously depleted now) so it doesn't really count as a purchase because it's money I saved specifically to use on frivolous things. :)