#CraftyBrunette: How a $30 purse and I fell in love, broke up, and fell in love again

Hi y’all.

So, we need to talk about the Coco Quilted Large Handbag from Dailylook.

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 7.03.42 PMThis bag is my recent obsession. Of course, it is a shameless dupe of the iconic Chanel Classic Maxi Double Flap Bag, which is my dream handbag of all time.

As it turns out, not all dreams do come true, at least not for $4,000 — not for me anyway! I’m a sassy brunette on a budget. When I have enough disposable income to blow $4k on a bag, you won’t be hearing anything from me because I’ll be too busy partying on my yacht to do any blogging!

In the mean time, this little designer inspired knockoff from Dailylook has been my best friend since the moment I laid eyes on it, and it’s $22.95 price tag. I have owned this bag for two months and it holds all of my assortment of random crap and looks dang cute while doing it. Seriously, I’ll have to do a detailed “What’s in my fauxnel bag” post one day, but off the top of my head I can tell you I’ve got two sets of keys, a full size hand lotion, a pair of headphones, literally 30 pens, my giant wristlet, a makeup compact, 5 or 6 lip products, a mascara, AND my giant iPhone, with room to spare. OBSESSED. If I try really hard, I can even shove my entire GINORMOUS Plum Paper Planner in the back pocket — but that’s really pushing the limits.

That being said, a $25 bag is a $25 bag, and you’re definitely going to notice a difference in quality when you compare to a $4,000 designer bag. So, as much as I love this purse, my one huge gripe is this:


UGH! Can you believe?! Only two months in and I was devastated to see that whatever nonsense paint Dailylook slapped on this thing was peeling and fading off EVERYWHERE on the bag. The corners and sides of the bag were the worst parts, as you can see, as well as the fabric running through the chain strap.

I was so upset about how worn and faded it looked, that I went back to using my stupid old backpack for every day/work use. Fun fact about me: when I wear a backpack, I look like a legit 8th grader. I am a grown up, damn it! So I try to avoid backpacks if I can.

I’ve been getting more and more into crafts lately, though (blame the aforementioned ginormous planner), and after some internet research to boost my confidence, and some hunting at my new mecca, Joann’s Fabrics, I decided to take matters into my own hands and save my $25 bag from inevitable ruin.

I picked up a small bottle of Leather Studio Leather and Vinyl paint in black, for $2.09. I grabbed a handful of small makeup wedges. I laid out some paper towels on my workspace. And then, I went to town on this bag.

Using some barely dampened makeup sponges, I dabbed into the black paint not very carefully, and just went at it, covering up all the faded parts. I was worried the paint wouldn’t quite match, but it was actually a perfect match. I used 1-2 coats depending on how badly faded the area was, and was completely finished within 2 hours. It was dry to the touch within an hour, and I let it dry overnight just in case. By the morning, it was ready to use!

Look at this newly restored beauty! I even fixed up the straps, which was more difficult than I care to remember, but worth it in the end.


I am indeed so impressed with how my little $25 bag looks, that I am excited to see what other projects I can create for myself! Is this the beginning of the crafting addiction? Is there a helpline I can call in the future in case I get buried under a mountain of glitter and foil paper in Joann’s? Let me know.

I am feeling so confident, that I am ready to take on this ridiculous project of decorating my own dang water bottles. Maybe I’ll blog that when I get around to it sometime later this month.

At this rate, I’ll be starting my own homemade soap shop by the end of the year! Then I will make so much money off of my specialty soaps that I will have enough disposable income to buy a REAL Chanel flap bag and/or a yacht.

It all comes full circle.

#WEDNESDAYWHIMSY: Popstars meet giant flying bugs

I’m getting in just under the wire on this Wednesday blog! To be honest, I’m not sure what my theme should be for Wednesdays, so I just kinda threw this at a wall and we’ll see if it sticks.

Originally, I was going to write another post inspired by a Buzzfeed video — 3-ingredient Nutella Brownies — but SPOILER ALERT: 3-ingredient Nutella Brownies are disgusting. Apparently you can’t just save a crappy recipe with Nutella. You need the good stuff like butter and sugar and real chocolate to make anything resembling a brownie. Thanks for nothin’, Buzzfeed!

So instead, for today’s #WednesdayWhimsy, you’re going to enjoy this video of a bug flying into Jade’s hair from British pop group Little Mix. These girls can do no wrong, in my book. I kinda always want to dislike them, but I just can’t. They’re so cute and nice. And to be honest, I would have also run off the stage if a giant bug was threatening to fly into my hair. I screamed in terror just this afternoon when I was caught in the middle of a tornado of dragon flies!

Internet, what is your reaction when you see a giant flying bug headed your way? I’m going to learn how to karate chop them towards the direction of my enemies.

PS – Do we want to theme this day as WednesdayWhimsy, or is WeirdWednesday more appropriate? Bugs in your hair are pretty weird…. Let me know in the comments!

#SASSYOVERTHIRTY: In memory of my Nokia 3300

I’m back! Posting two days in a row whaaaaatttt?! I know. It’s crazy.

Yesterday while playing in my favorite playground, the internet, a Buzzfeed video caught my attention. It featured a bunch of teens using flip phones for the first time, you can watch it below. This comes hot on the heels, by the way, of my friend telling me that she works with a bunch of children who don’t know anything about JNCO jeans. SCUZE ME? A 90S FASHION STAPLE. But that is for another post.

Seeing these little kids not knowin’ anything about the joys of a flip phone got me thinking about my favorite pre-smartphone-era cell phone. I have lived happily and with loyalty in Kingdom iPhone for almost 8 years now, but before the original iPhone took over my life (DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN IT DIDN’T HAVE AN APP STORE??), my best friend was the Nokia 3300!

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 9.19.11 AMThis little beauty had a full QWERTY keyboard which made it easy to rack up those expensive text message bills of 2004. It also had the at the time unheard of feature of 64 MB (yes, MEGABYTES!) of storage which I used to store 5 whole MP3s.

In fact, I am pretty sure those songs were:

  1. In This Diary – The Ataris
  2. This Year’s Love – David Gray
  3. Seven Days a Week – The Sounds
  4. Faded – Soul Decision
  5. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

I only remember this tiny playlist because when you only have 5 MP3s on your phone, you listen to them A LOT on the long cross-town bus ride to class.

Anyway, while technically not a flip phone (I wouldn’t know the joy of the amazing Motorola RAZR until 2005), my little Nokia was the best phone in the entire world. I kept that thing for like three years. THREE! YEARS! Nowadays, if I make it 13 months without upgrading, I feel accomplished.

I also really appreciated the durability of these pre-smartphone phones. I could throw the 3300 across the room at a wall and it would be just fine. And I did throw it across the room at a wall. Many times. I was a teen! These days, my iPhone never leaves its protective Kate Space Contour case. It’s beautiful gold facade has never seen the light of day. I am too afraid of smashing it’s delicate little body. You could take a lesson from the phones of yesteryear, iPhone!

My little baby Nokia finally kicked the bucket in 2005 when I took it to China and somehow shorted it out. It never turned on again. I was devastated. But ad astra per aspera, I upgraded to the aforementioned RAZR which finally gave me the satisfaction of being able to slam it shut to end a phone call, which somehow felt even better than throwing it across the room at a wall. Thanks Motorola for helping to curb my violent teenage tendencies!

Here’s the Buzzfeed video for your viewing pleasure:

Kids these days, I swear.

Nick MIller

Fabulously Mediocre

I’ve changed the theme on this abandoned blog like 6 times in the last two weeks. I think I like this one the best, so maybe it’ll stick around. I think the header is off center. Fabulously mediocre indeed, yeah?

Anyway, welcome back to Sassy Brunette! A blog all about the things I love: the internet, having unpopular opinions, and probably makeup. I really like makeup. I hope to update at least once a week but no promises. I’ve been an on-and-off blogger for about 15 years now and if my track record is any indication, you may not be seeing much of me by the end of the year, but I’m going to try to make an effort!

After what feels like 100 years of urging her to do so, my friend Julie over at pinkydavis.com finally started her blog and has been going strong for two whole weeks! I’m inspired by her newfound determination. Also we both want to be internet famous one day and that’s not possible if we have no content. Just bein’ honest!

So, there you have it. A small re-intro to my world of mediocrity. See you on the internet!

Justin Timberlake at the Fillmore Miami Beach

In the spirit of actually using this blog that I pay for every month, I’m going to nonsensically post about what I did last night. That’s what blogs are for, right? Is this thing on? Am I internetting correctly?

So I had the opportunity to go to a private event at the Fillmore in Miami Beach last night, to see Justin Timberlake as a Priceless event for MasterCard cardholders. Jay Z and Justin had their last show for the Legends of Summer Tour at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, and this Priceless event was an aftershow.

I have to say, I am old. I am ALMOST THIRTY. That is ancient, in Celisse years. Celisse years are kinda like dog years. Anyone more than a year younger than I am is a child, and anyone slightly older than I am is a fossil. Don’t ask questions, just love me for who I am.

Being old, staying up past my bedtime of around 12:30AM is a rare occurrence but, let me tell you, IT WAS WORTH IT to see Justin Timberlake in all of his glory.

The Fillmore is a pretty small venue to begin with. Coupled with the fact that it was being marketed as a small, intimate event, and the fact that I got there ridiculously early, I was able to grab my drank (a margarita, natch) and camp out pretty close to the stage.

Unrelated anecdote: Even though the event was 21+, I still got carded at the bar. HILARIOUS, AND AWESOME. The old turd behind me in the line yelled at the bartender, saying, “They checked our ID’s at the door! You don’t have to card her!” I just yelled back, “BUDDY I AM ALMOST THIRTY HE CAN CARD ME ALL HE WANTS.”

I am the most charming person alive. *hair flip.* ANYWAY.

J.Tim arrived fashionably late due to the Legends of Summer show being delayed, but there was a DJ at the show keeping the oldies dancing and the rest of us from falling asleep. Seriously, there were a lot of elderly couples making out at this show. It was a little awkward. Whateva, get it get it, I guess.

THREE SEMI-AGONIZING HOURS LATER, Justin finally went on stage around 2:30AM. AHHHH.

It was as magical as can be expected. Actually, it exceeded all expectations. I have to say, although I adore Justin Timberlake and have been a fan since his MMC days, I have never had much of a crush on him. I’ve just always wanted to be his very best friend and hang out on his yacht. Yeah. But A PARADIGM WAS SHIFTED DURING THIS SHOW, PEOPLE. I FELL INTO HIS TRAP. We must have made eye contact like, 3 or 4 or 18 times and, well, SWOON. I’m officially in love. Sorry, Jessica Biel.

Justin played all my favorite songs, which is mostly a whole bunch of stuff from FutureSex/LoveSound and Justified, and some from 20/20 as well. Overall it was just a super fun set that everyone could sing along and dance to.

Apologizing in advance for the quality because I am NOT a videographer by any stretch of the imagination, I’ll let the videos do the rest of the talking:

So, yeah. Great show and I’m so excited I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a legend. THANKS, UNIVERSE!

An Introduction, and a Birthday

Okay, listen. I started this blog up in January, and I must admit that 90% of the reason that I have, until now, not posted a single thing onto it is because I am useless and cannot come up with a cute header. Sigh. I am about thisclose to doodling something on the Paper app and just throwing that up there.

Anyway, HELLO. My name is Celisse and I’m a sassy brunette.

Sassy brunettes are in right now, guys. I know you know it. We’ve all been watching New Girl and The B In Apt 23 (omg Dawson!) and Girls and reading Hello Giggles (in an ironic barfy way, right?) and listening to The Dum Dum Girls. 2012 has been the year of the sassy raven haired ladies to stand up and start blogs and write tv shows and get book deals, and NOW IT’S MY TURN.

…right? Whatever.

The point is, listen, it was my birthday week this week and I am ready to get this ball rollin’. You will read about some things here. They will all be about my life and the ridiculous things I love and hate and that happen to me. In addition to personal topics I will also cover entertainment and some sports (hello ~*~*the Olympics~*~* is starting soon) and other pretty lady things like beauty because I like to spend all of my money on sushi and nail polish.

You will also probably read a bit about my ridiculous job and co-workers, because my job and co-workers are so ridiculous, you guys. Also, let’s be honest here, I spend 50+ hours a week working and if not for the hilarious work-related happenings of my life, I would have no content for this blog. That is a fancy blog way of saying I have no life outside of work. Sigh.

In any case I hope you will enjoy my sassy ridiculousness, and here is a photo of my birthday cake upon which was emblazoned a photo of Ryan Gosling: