Monday, May 27, 2013

Confessions of a Bagaholic : Longchamp addiction and more

Most of my friends know me for my addiction to flat shoes. The excess income from my freelance works will surely be devoted for a pair of flats. I'm very particular with flat shoes because of all the members of the female populace, I'm the lone member who never learned to wear heels. Yes, I've been living a flat life since birth.

Aside from flats, another evidence of my shopaholic hormones is my growing collection of bags. I used to think that I only have a few pieces. Turns out, I found 20 bags in my cabinet when I did some decluttering last year. To my defense, I never owned any of those signature brands. My most cherished bags are from Lacoste, Girbaud, and Mango. But being a female shopaholic, I guess its natural for me to envy the LV collections of my blog friend, Zigrid (Hihi Hi friend!)  Though recently, my bag addiction leveled up when I discovered Longchamp's Le Pliage series.

I can't remember when did I discover the Le Pliage. If I'm not mistaken, I saw an embroidered or designed version of the Le Pliage from a lady boss at the workplace. The bag looks simple but I find it very elegant. I googled and was led to add another item in my unending shopaholic list. I even dropped by Rustan's to check our their prices. And Dear God! It was exaggeratedly expensive. Oh well, what do we find cheap in Rustan's in the first place? ;)

Upon further research, I learned that Le Pliage bags are sold cheaper in my neighboring Asian countries. When I went to Taiwan, I was tempted to buy from their Duty Free shops. But since it was my first trip abroad and I was all alone, I was afraid to splurge. Months after, I went to Hong Kong with my friends and there. I was able to fulfill one of my shopaholic dreams. I took home my first expensive bag.


Blue Le Pliage in long handle
I bought a medium long handle Le Pliage in blue. It has to be in my favorite color! Since then, I have abused this piece.

As compared to other expensive bags in the market, the Le Pliage series looks so simple. Some would say that it doesn't commensurate the price. Regardless of everyone's opinion, here are my own selfish and weird reasons why I love the Le Pliage.

1. It's lightweight. The Le Pliage is made of light nylon that is surprisingly sturdy. It gave me a break from my heavy leather bags.

2. It can survive the extreme weather conditions in my country. It's water proof so it's safe to bring it even during the rainy season. Since it's made of nylon, the material will not worn out or chap during the summer months.

3. It's surprisingly spacious. This medium Le Pliage can store my iPad, foldable umbrella, kikay kit, large wallet, mobile phone, coin purse, iPod nano and my monthly dose of hopeless romantic paperback.

4. It's stylish in my eyes. I find the Le Pliage fitted for every member of the female populace. It's elegantly simple, despite the fact that it's not the bag for formal ocassions. Since I rarely attend events and all those hotel gatherings, my Le Pliage fits my everyday lifestyle.

All the while I thought that I was already contented with my first Le Pliage. I failed to remember that I'm a full pledged shopaholic so one bag will never be enough. ;) I now have three Longchamp in my collection.



I bought my second piece from a trusted local reseller.



I decided to try the medium short handle in loud orange or Mandarin. This one is the cheapest since I bought it through a deal.

My recent piece was my gift to myself. I bought this from my trip to Singapore.


Black Metallic, still unused ;)
I moved away from the simple Le Pliage. I have to confess that this is my most expensive bag ... so far. Oh well, I just manifested that I have plans of purchasing a more expensive piece. hihi

If there will be more freelance works this year, I might acquire another Longchamp again. But if I will really be blessed this year, I wanted to try other brands. In particular, I'm eyeing another nylon bag. This time, I wanted something from Tory Burch.




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Me thinks making this post is a bad idea. Haha

I have to work harder to acquire them. But if someone will be generous enough to give me any of these, you will forever be blessed for making me the happiest. Haha

106 comments :

  1. So thats the name of those bags! Le Pliage. Been seeing them around. I'd pick the navy blue + rich brown one too. I like the color combination :) How expensive are they?

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    1. Hi Shayne! If you will buy them here, it's really expensive!!! Prepare a budget of 6K+ I never dared to buy here. Local resellers, online shops, Duty Free shops and Longchamp boutiques in SG, HK and Macau sell them way below PH prices :)

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  2. I like seeing your pretty bags and getting the idea of your enthusiasm for your growing collection. When I bought a new purse recently I gave the old one to a charity shop; I don't collect them, but I think my collection is plants in my garden :)
    I spend money I earn freelance writing on garden items; my best purchase was a concrete statue of the Virgin Mary, to set under my rose bush.

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    1. Hi Terra! So nice of you :) I would love to see your growing garden collection

      Have a great day!

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  3. Yes, I aslso love the Longchamp bags too. I have a bigger brown for my travelsw and a blue small one for everyday life, lol.. I don't ever wear flats caz I'm small, (5'3)and somehow I don't feel thin with no heels. I mostly wear wedgies, small heel and evening high ones..I love them! Happy Memorial Day.
    FABBY

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    1. Hi Fabby! One reason why we get along well ;) we both love Longchamps :)

      Have a great day!

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  4. Oh, I love the black metalic you haven't used, lol...
    Fabby

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  5. When living in Switzerland, every other female person was carrying a Longchamp or Louis Vuitton!

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    1. It would be like candy in my eyes haha :) The most that I can afford is a Longchamp though.

      Have a great day!

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  6. Uy kahiya naman konti lang ang bag ko,, alam mo ba ung 2 LC binigay ko sa mother ko at mother in law ko, kaya wala na akong LC. Ipon pa ako ulit para makabili, gusto ko din ung 1st picture mo ng Tory Burch. Ingatz palagi. God bless. : )

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    1. Ang swerte nila mothers!! Naka LV pa, naks! haha I'm sure bukas makalawa naka Hermes ka naman na haha

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  7. We would both to love to get one to do a review on, wouldn't we? Beautiful handbags are my weakness, too. I don't have one of these but I love Fossil bags and I have a couple of them. (they are a little more affordable! But they are all worth the price! So well made and the style never goes out of fashion! Sweet hugs!

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    1. Fossil bags are so expensive in my country. Do you know that each costs an average of $250 here? They almost have the same prices with that of Longchamp.

      I definitely agree with the review. Let's do it! But I guess it would be more fun if these companies would send us free samples haha

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  8. Hi Diane! Nice collection you have there (and I understand it's still growing hehe!).

    You know what, I was supposed to get the orange one (that's Mandarin ba?) for the latest Longchamp that I bought but another office mate got that Mandarin color in the same size as mine so I got the green one nalang. Ayaw ko ng may kapareho kse haha!

    The Tory Burch bag is also nice - I like the blue one better (maybe because I am not much into big logos in bags hehe).

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  9. What a nice collection you have there, Diane! I love the orange Longchamp, too (is that the Mandarin color?). I'm actually supposed to get that color for my last bag but another officemate beat me into it and since ayaw ko ng may kapareho na kulay (hehe!) I opted for the green one instead =)

    The Tory Burch bag is also nice, and I like the blue one better (maybe because I'm not much into big logos in bag).

    I'm back reading on your blog posts and I love them! Keep on writing!

    www.leahdeleon.com

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    1. Yes it's Mandarin :) I just like to call it loud orange because it never fails to catch attention haha Ayoko din ng may kapareho ;)

      Thank you for the visit. I always appreciate new people here, especially if the visitor owns one of my fave blogs :)

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  10. These bags are all so nice! I really need to go purse shopping. All of mine are looking a bit ratty!

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  11. You really love blue, don't you? Hahaha. Try other colors too. Tory Burch has a nice collection of pastel colored bags. Or if you want to be on the safe side, try beige. It goes well with outfit of many colors like pink, yellow, orange, green, white and black. :) If you're looking for a not-so-expensive bags, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade are okay. O mahal ba sa atin yun? My flatmate has a Kate Spade collection and she usually buys the simple, neutral colored bags na hindi naman latest designs and she said she got those for not more than SGD200 online. There are tons of resellers na trusted naman here in SG. :)

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    1. Mahalia pa din ang Kate Spade dito 'teh! Same as with Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs... Hindi worth it i-buy dito. Mas mura ata kapag online tpos Johnny Air. Pagbalik ko sa SG, I will try other brands.. yun eh kung may pera na ulit ako hahaha Saka natutuwa ako sa refund eh haha

      Beige can work for me.. (wag lang sana akong maging clumsy at matapunan na kung ano) pero yung tipong hot pink, ay d bale na lang haha

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  12. Hi Diane! I stumbled upon your blog and loving it. I want to ask how much is your le pliage? The first one in blue? I have a friend selling around 2-3k and she said it's authentic. I just want to canvass and see if it's a reasonable price she's offering. Thank you :)

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    1. Hi Gen-zel! I replied through email.

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    2. Thanks for your reply! Got it! :)

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    3. I also have the same question. And can you send me the link of your trusted reseller? O want one too!

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    4. will reply to you through email :)

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    5. Hi Diane, can you tell me who your trusted seller is? thanks :) ryza0516@gmail.com

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  13. Hi, i may be incorrect or maybe not. But doesn't the second orange longchamp bag seem fake? The little dog at the end of the zipper is supposed to be seem as made out of gold. In your picture it seems as if it's made out of plastic. Maybe that's why is was such a deal.

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    1. Hi Stephanie! The color of the mandarin (orange)'s zipper is metal pewter. The color of the LC le pliage's zipper is not always in gold. It depends on the size of the bag. Lea has actually explained it better in this post http://leahdeleon.com/2011/09/10/loving-my-longchamp-le-pliage-bag-and-how-to-spot-a-fake-one/

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  14. Hi! Who is your trusted local dealer? Thank you! :)

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  15. Hi :) Can you share with me who your trusted local dealer is? Thank you :)

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    1. Hi Maryanne! Replied to you through email :)

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  16. Hi, Diane! May I know who your trusted dealer is? Thank you. :)

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  17. hello! may i ask who your dealer is? thank you

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  18. Hi! I see that your first purchase has long handles. Do you know how much Le Pliage "M" with short handles cost here in the Philippines? I googled its price and its 54 Pounds in the UK. But you said that it's way more expensive to buy here. So I'm just curious how expensive it goes.

    Thank you so much!

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  19. Hi Diane can I have your email also. I have a handful of LC and Tory bags that I needed to dispose and I wanted to find out from u if you know anyone. I am in US right now and can send it thru balikbayan box or Johnny air.

    Claris

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    1. Hi Claris! Here's my email address dianewrites15(at)gmail(dot)com

      I can't understand you mean. Are you seeking my assistance to look for resellers who can sell your bags? Unfortunately, my experience with the Lacoste Concept Shopping tote bag (I blogged in another post) gave me aversion to resellers. I only transacted with two resellers, one for my LC in Mandarin and the other is a navy blue bag Lacoste.

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  20. hello happy new year can you pls email me the contact details of your seller? i already sent you an email. i hope you got it. thank you so much

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  21. interested in your online seller too!can you email me your contact? thanks!

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  22. hello ms. Diane
    Can you share your online seller? can you email me your contact? thanks!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I sent my reply through email. Thanks

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  23. hi may i know who your online seller is? thanks!

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    1. It's cherry.marasigan@gmail.com. thanks diane!

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  24. Hi, may I know how much was the one in Navy Blue? Thank you

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    1. Hi! Replied to you through email :)

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    2. Hi Ms Diane pls let me know your online seller.

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    3. Hi Michelle! Send me an email thanks

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  25. hi Ms. Diane, may i know your online seller? thanks much!

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    1. Hi! Please send me an email. Thanks :)

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  26. Hi. Where in HK did you buy? Are there differences in prices in the many stores there? Like if it's more in-season or cheaper or is it the same in all stores? And can you also tell me how much you got yours? Thanks a lot!

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    1. Nuance Watson Duty Free in Terminal 2... I'm not sure if there are differences in prices among HK stores. I would like to believe they have universal pricing. I bought my bag around HKD 1,000.

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  27. Hi Diane! I'm looking into purchasing my first Longchamp bag. I couldnt decide whether to get the long or short handle. Can you also send me your trusted online store for LC? Thank you so much and hope to hear from you soon!

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  28. hello.. trusted local dealer please.. thanks..

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  29. hi can i have the details of the local reseller, thanks

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  30. Hi please email me as well the trusted local reseller :) Lia here of GMA7.

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  31. Pls email me too the trusted reseller :)

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    1. Hi Lia! Please leave your email address here or email me : dianewrites15(at)gmail(dot)com

      Thanks

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  32. Hi Diane :) Can you share who is your trusted Longchamp local dealer? and can you give me estimated price how much can i buy a Le pliage LC in HK?

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    1. In HK, the bag retails for around HK $ 900 or Php 5,000. Please send me an email for your other queries. Thanks

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  33. hi diane can u send me who is your trusted local resseler ?.. thanks..

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  34. Hi sis ask ko lang po ung trusted local reseller po nyo sa online..thanks

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    1. Hi! replied to you through email. Thanks

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  35. Did you purchase duty free in hk or a store outside

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    1. Hi Angelina! The blue le pliage was purchased from Nuance Watson Duty Free in HK. The metallic version was purchased directly from the Longchamp store in Ion Orchard Singapore.

      Thanks.

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  36. Hi may I know the local reseller from where did u bought ur second one?
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Dhimphy! I already received and replied to your email. Thanks

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  37. Hi Diane! May I also ask who is your trusted local reseller? I'm planning on buying one kasi. And how much does it cost? Is it way better than Lacoste? Thanks in advance. Please email me at rosegcruz@ymail.com

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  38. Hi! May I know your trusted seller? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Rizza! Pls send me an email. Thanks

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  39. Hi Ms. Diane,

    Can I have the name of your trusted local seller?

    I love your blogs:)

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Kaye! Please send me an email. Thanks

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    2. Please also email me the name of your local dealer/reseller. Thank you so much. :)

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  40. Hi Ms. Diane! Can you also email me who's your trusted online reseller?

    Here's my email: yhetzhamie@gmail.com

    Thanks a lot! :D

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  41. Hi Diane.. Can you email me your trusted seller of LC? I'm planning to buy one.. Here's my add feigh_ryzk17@yahoo.com..

    BTW love ur blog.. Very helpful..

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  42. Please email me your trusted seller sis.. Drowningat3ft@gmail.com thanks much..

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  43. Hi can I know the name of your local online reseller?tnx:)

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    1. Do you have any idea about Le Pliage that was made in China, is it fake or what? Or mostly le pliage nowadays are from china? On instagram there's a seller namely longchampph claiming it's authentic, the product comes with carecard and paperbag for. A price of 2800. It is much lower than mall price and it's free delivery nationwide. Thanks!

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    2. I'm not sure about this. However, when I checked the inside tags of all my Le Pliage... all are Made in France. Thanks

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  44. hi dianne...am interested in LC ...kindly send me ur trusted online seller....ty soo much

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  45. hi Dianne..ilove LC too..kindly give me ur trusted online reseller...ty so muchhh

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  46. forgot to put my email...rhamhenna2013@yahoo.com...I was asking for ur trusted reseller of LC....thanks....

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    1. Hi! Please be the first one to send me an email. Thanks

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  47. Hi! Does your trusted local seller also sells Le Pliage Planetes? And may I have its contact info or atleast online acct? Thank you! :)

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  48. Hi! Could I know who your trusted local seller is? Thank you!

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  49. hi! can you send me contact details of your trusted local reseller. im interested :) thank you. jensmichelledelara@yahoo.com

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  50. Hi!

    After reading your blog, I asked myself..."is that me talking?"...we have the same collection, brands as well as the ideas on our collection. I too am buying from duty free (most of the time taking advantage of the PESO power sale). I'm a fan of online shopping too, but just recently, I became a victim of online fraud. I still love doing my window shopping online and as much as I would still like to buy, I'm having second thoughts already....doubts on all online sellers. Perhaps...rather...is it possible for you to share your trusted local / online reseller?

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    1. Hi CoDee! Please send me an email thanks

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  51. Hi, pwede ko po malaman local reseller niyo? Thanks..

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  52. Hi, was wondering where you got your bag in SG? Thinking of getting there kasi.. not sure lang if duty free or dun sa real outlet :)

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    1. I bought mine from the LC Store in Ion Orchard. Thanks

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  53. Hi Ms. Diane! Can you please send me the contact details of your trusted local seller? :) And also the prices of your LC bags. Here's my email: patring_03@yahoo.com Thank you so so much! More power! :)

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    1. pls be the first one to send me an email thanks

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  54. Hi Ms. Diane! Can you also send me the contact details of your trusted seller? And I would like to know the prices of your LC bags. Here's my email: patring_03@yahoo.com thank you in advance! More power! :)

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  55. Hi! I'm interested of your reseller because I'm planning to buy one. Thanks! =)
    dnasaari@gmail.com

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    1. pls be the first one to send me an email thanks

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