Monopoly Cratte Mini Office Leather Backpack: First Impressions

A little backstory! I have been trying to find a mini backpack to serve as my everyday bag/purse for quite some time now, for it’s easier on the back. I originally wanted to purchase an Anello Backpack but it was very hard to find a reliable seller, style and color I was in love with. I wanted a bag that would compliment my new Kate Spade wallet that I purchased at their outlet store in Camarillo Outlets–which was such a steal at that price. Since was the wallet was black with gold hard-wear I wanted a bag also had those accents. It’s actually not too hard to find a backpack with gold hard-ware, it’s actually quite popular. But, the bags I liked  were out of my budget. Then I discovered a site called MochiThings and found backpacks from a brand called Monopoly. I was really happy with the way they all looked. I noticed one was very similar to the Anello backpacks but just a little more trendy looking. The best part is they have a black backpack with gold hard-ware. Unfortunately, the Anello backpacks did not have that style (they had one with silver hard-ware only) so I decided to go with the Monopoly backpack instead. Okay, I know it’s an obvious dupe of the Anello backpack, which I think could be possibly a touchy subject. I understand some people might think I shouldn’t support a company that copied. But, the backpack had everything I wanted and I’m happy with my purchase.

To those who believed in me

Thank you for trusting your faith with me. I don’t know how I can ever repay those who stood by my side. My friends, family and loved ones are my lifeline. Without them I can I’d probably be dead by now. I would not be the person I am today without their love and support. High school was hell for me and I am still getting over those wounds. These deep flesh cutting wounds. I can honestly say I would be not here if not for them. To be honest I am grateful and blessed for these special individuals in my life. I love each one of you with heartfelt graciousness. To my mother thank you for raising me for so long, you deserve all the riches and love and support in this world. My father thank you for being my everlasting protector. I have to much to learn in this world. If I didn’t have parents like the two of you I would never been this strong-willed. I’m still working of getting a tough outer skin. The real world isn’t as easy as I thought it could be but that has never stop me from doing what I need to do in life.

SHP-PEP 06 class where you at?

“We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.”


I’ve always wanted to be the strong one but sometimes I feel like crying like a angel that had wings torn off. But I done crying, it’s too much to feel all this suffering. My coping mechanisms are not working as best as I wish they would. But I feel the support of my friends, loved ones and family. I’m so grateful to be this blessed in this life even though I made so many mistakes in life and sinned. I feel as though I did my best and I realize it made have not been enough. However I feel though I should move on and realize life is too short to feel bad about yourself. I think that positive spirit of mine is what is what kept me going in life. I so sick of suffering for the sake of suffering. I rather stick close to those who do love me and never take from granted ever again. I’m back and hindsight is really a BEACH. SooothingSista shout out to you. Congrats on engagement! Anways,I’m expressing myself through my writing!

See ya later, space cowboy!

Also. J.Fla keep up all the great work you’ve done!

Welcome to, Here For The Pretty!

After weeks of researching and designing, Here For The Pretty is ready for an initial launch.

My name is Marissa and I am one of the blog’s owners. Nice to meet you all! I have a background in Graphic Design and I absolutely have a passion for web design and development.  My ideal career would be as a UI Designer (User Interface Designer).  I love that you can create something out of practically nothing or as seen as nothing.

I started this blog with my dear friend, because we always had our own opinion when it came to the fashion we wear and the make-up we try and also use on a daily basis. Since these experiences happen to us, we figured that it might also happen to other individuals. So, we thought, “Why not let others, know what our experiences were for [insert product/fashion item here]?”

Hence forth, Here For The Pretty was born. Does anyone get the name? I’m quite curious is anyone got it, because we wondered if it would.

My interests in fashion can be described as Classic with a Twist. I love using classics, such as the little black dress and make it a day look for work using a blazer, for example. But easily translate such a look into nighttime. My typical makeup look would be neutral browns for the eyes, a swish of intense black mascara, classic winged eyeliner and a berry red color for my lips.

Anyway, not to drag this any longer than necessary, I hope you’ll forward to our reviews and such in the future!

Sincerely yours,