#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 anythingΒ 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:

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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 wearΒ 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.

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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.

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