Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Learning Love

"Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself."

Learning love...

...learning what is love. We are observers. From a young age we watched and we learned. The people around us taught us and influenced the basis of our perception and interpretation of the world we live in. A lot of what we learned were abstract concepts - joy, contentment, desolation, loneliness, peace, exuberance, and love. Without words we learned the difference between like, lust, and love. We took this knowledge into the world to find our own loves - in friends, in significant others, in places, in moments, in experiences, and in careers. We see how others love, we see the love that other people have in people, in places, in things, and we seek to find that same kind of fulfilling love in our own lives as well because a life that is lived in love and for love is a life that was well-lived.


INC Top - similar here and here || O2 Denim Jeans via LuLu*s || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Sam Edelman Shoes || Sunnies via Amazon

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chanel Medium 'Le Boy' : A Review

Chanel Old Medium Le Boy in Black Lambskin with Ruthenium Hardware

Hello, and happy Thursday! Back with another review for you all {finally}. If you follow me on Instagram you know I teased awhile back about a new Chanel purchase, and if you've been keeping up you would've seen this baby featured many times already. I reviewed my Chanel Classic Double Flap back in June, so if you're interested in reading that post follow the link. For a full review on this bad boy {pun intended} keep on reading!

So as always...a little background on how this particular bag came into my possession. I had every intention of purchasing a lighter colored Chanel next and had my sights set on a light colored boy bag in caviar leather and in the new medium size. Clearly, I came home with none of the above...go figure. If you know me, you know I am extremely OCD about my handbags so the idea of lambskin gives me heart palpitations. But after looking at probably five different bags, speaking with four different SA's at two different Chanel locations, and getting the input from some of my closest family and friends, I realized I couldn't leave the store without this bag. Despite having the medium classic flap in black already, I felt like this bag did something completely different and the lambskin was absolutely beautiful.

I like to break down my reviews into a few main sections so I cover all the major questions:

1) Price: This bag retails for $4700 right now + tax. For comparison purposes, the New Medium size is $5200 and the medium classic flap is $4900. For it being relatively the same price as the medium classic flap, I do think it is quite a hefty price tag solely because of the fabric lining. The classic flaps are made entirely of leather and seem to require a lot more workmanship than the boy bags, which are single flaps that open up to just one large compartment lined in fabric.

2) Quality: I finally understand why people love Chanel lambskin - it's gorgeous. It is probably the smoothest, most supple leather I've ever felt on a handbag. However, it is extremely susceptible to everyday wear and tear - it will scratch if you accidentally run a nail over it, the corners will definitely show signs of wear as you use it, and the leather will dent if you don't store the chains properly. But despite all that I still think the lambskin really compliments the style of the boy bag. It's a great juxtaposition with the tougher style of the bag, just like how the caviar is a great contrast against the feminine design of the classic flap. The only reason why I would choose caviar over lambskin for this bag is because it is a much more casual style, so the caviar leather will let you use the bag more freely without worrying about destroying the leather.

3) Size: This measures 5.7" x 9.8" x 3.5". For comparison, the medium classic flap bag is 6.2" x 10.2" 2.8" and the new medium boy is 7.1" x 11" x 3.5". I felt like the boy bag in new medium was a little bit big for my frame {though if I ever bought a second boy bag, I would go with the new medium size} and thought the old medium size was a better fit for my stature taking into consideration my intended end use for the bag. Even though the old medium size boy bag measures smaller in length and width to the medium classic flap, it actually fits a lot more!! This is probably one of my favorite parts about the bag. And also, because it is lined with fabric, I'm a lot less weary about what I throw inside my bag because there's no fear of the interior leather getting scratched!

Overall, this bag is a dream and I am so happy to have finally added it to my collection. I was pretty hesitant on this style for a couple of years because I wanted to make sure it would become one of Chanel's more "classic" styles before I dove in and made the purchase. Even though Chanel does come out with new fashion variations of this bag each year, they do continue to restock the classic iterations of this bag - this particular one included. The SA did tell me it is a bit hard to get your hands on the black quilted boy with ruthenium hardware, so I feel like I completely lucked out and it was, once again, fate. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and leave me any questions in the comments below!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

To Be

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

To be.

Our lives are a collection of actions - to be born, to grow, to learn, to achieve, to become, to love, to teach, to give, to exist. Our body functions naturally on a list of "to do's": to breathe, to see, to smell, to taste, to hear. We were born with the instinct to do and to be. But the greater parts of doing and being are the adjectives and nouns that fit in between our actions. How did we do and how are we being? All of us will exist as long as our bodies continue to do the job it was created to do, but life is greater than simply existing. The ultimate goal of life is to have lived


Loft Tee || Longline Tank {unknown} || IRO Jeans || Chanel 'Le Boy' Bag || Sam Edelman Shoes || Sunnies via Amazon