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.

Besos,
RC






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!

Besos,
RC






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

Besos,
RC








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

Monday, September 12, 2016

Washington Mews

“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. Some may say, they don't teach you anything worth knowing.” 

Where life begins.

It's been a couple years since I graduated college now, and even longer since the beginning of my freshman year at university. I can't help but to look back with nostalgia every year when September hits and a new school year begins. Though it doesn't feel so long, it isn't until I start talking to those who are still students - whether they're just starting out at university or some ways into their education, that I realize how far away it feels and how much you learn once you leave the the bubble of an academic institution. The real world is vastly different than the picture you paint for yourself as you're growing up; it's not the world you thought you caught a glimpse of in your college internships. Because the real world... it's beautiful - it's messy, it's complicated, it's ugly, it's freeing, it's eye-opening, and it's infinite. No matter how hard you try, it's not something you can prepare yourself for. The real world will beat you down and build you right back up, it will teach you what you love and who you love, who you are and what you're not. It teaches you compassion and forgiveness, it teaches you humility and endurance. You learn to find your voice if you hadn't found it yet, and if you already had a voice, it teaches you to speak louder. Your life won't move at the timeline pace you set for yourself, and that's okay. As long as you keep moving forward you will end up, eventually, at the right destination. 

Besos,
RC









Madewell Top || Loft Bottoms || Vintage Silk Scarf || Jay M. Bag || Tory Burch Shoes || Covry Sunnies

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Forward

"There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose."

To be brave.

Bravery comes in many forms, as does fear. I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I feel like I've been having a quarter life crisis. In the past few months I've come to realize some of my own fears that I never even realized I had. I realized that I'm afraid to fail, I'm afraid to feel like I'm behind in life, I'm afraid that I'm not moving in the right direction in my career, I'm afraid of not being able to reach the level of success I've always imagined for myself. I've made some pretty big decisions in the last few months and a lot has changed. For a bit of time, I was very unsure of my decisions - I was unsure of my past, my present, and my future. I let my fears take over, and I lost sight of a big part of who I am...the part of me that has always been driven by a passion to find what I love and do what makes me happy; the part of me that values happiness over anything else because happiness is something that cannot be priced. But this week I realized that the decisions that I made, the ones that scared me, were actually acts of bravery. I took myself out of my comfort zone by not settling for just okay. I didn't leave any questions left unanswered for my future self to look back on and wonder, "what if"? I didn't leave any room for regrets...I simply took the plunge and threw my fears out the window. If you are always afraid to lose, you will never move forward and life is all about moving forward and pressing on. 

Besos,
RC






J.Crew Sweater {old} || Club Monaco Culottes || Sam Edelman Shoes || Prada Sunnies || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Kapten & Son Watch

Monday, September 5, 2016

Acorn Street


"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Unexpected.

A couple weekends ago I went on a short trip up to New England with two of my oldest girl friends. I've known both of them since elementary school, and despite the both of them living on opposite coasts we eventually all ended up crossing paths in college and the two of them quickly became friends. We had thrown around a bunch of ideas for places to go on a girls trip, and we somehow started out in the Caribbean and ended up in New England. Most of our plans for the weekend got derailed for one reason or another so we made a lot of spontaneous decisions along the way. We didn't end up in the places we had intended to go {i.e. Martha's Vineyard became an actual vineyard...in Newport, Rhode Island}, but it somehow still made for the perfect weekend away. With each of us coming from all different directions in life, it was almost like a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by people I don't see very often spending a simple weekend away without many expectations of doing anything over-the-top or extraordinary. It was, somehow, exactly what I needed to do in exactly the place I needed to be.

Besos,
RC





Madewell Dress {sold out} - similar here || Covry Sunnies || Bag & Shoes from Greece