Added to the Collection: Chanel Camera Bag

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Alright, this is probably the most shocking post I’ve ever written because I never thought I would buy a Chanel bag. Ok, well maybe not never, but I certainly didn’t think anytime soon nor did I think it would be brand new. Unlike most people, I’m a fan of pre-loved Chanel’s and honestly, that’s about it.

I’ve done a ton of research on Chanel and how great of an investment they can be if you buy classic bags, and while having an investment piece appeals to me, I buy purses that I’m proud to wear and that fit my lifestyle. The classic puffy pattern just isn’t something I love, the boy bags are too chain heavy, the wallet on a chain is just too expensive for the size and practicality… and therefore, I put it out of my mind that I would ever find a Chanel that fit the bill for me. Every time I’m in store, I see a whole lot of the same things- classic flaps, boy bags, backpacks, totes, etc. and I see them all online, too. The same bags are everywhere and that’s totally fine if that’s your thing, it just isn’t particularly mine.

The other reason I never thought I’d pull the trigger was because Chanel boutiques seem to be a bit rude (or maybe it’s just me?). I feel like you walk in and nobody asks if you need help, nobody greets you at the door, nobody really cares to exert a bit of patience. And yes, I know that they prefer to operate by scheduling appointments and etc. but I’m a busy mom with a toddler, to ever schedule a time to shop is nearly impossible as is. So I never really felt valued as a customer which is an important part of the experience. In my mind, whether I spend $10 or $10,000 customer service plays a huge roll in whether I buy something or not.

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So as for how I came to buy this… on a rainy day in Orlando, we ended up at The Mall at Millenia, which is the only indoor mall we could find in the area. There was just about every store you could imagine, from basic stores to high end designers. My mom and I decided to browse in Chanel for fun and I was amazed at the customer service right away. We had multiple people ask if we needed help, which was shocking because they had a decent amount of people shopping in the store. Our awesome salesman, Eljohn (for anyone in the area), pulled out so many bags to try on and have fun with. They asked if we wanted a drink, asked what styles of bags we were drawn to, they explained a lot about the collections that were in stock at the moment, etc. It was far different than anything I've experienced at their stores in the past. They were so kind and understanding, even when I walked out and said I had to think about it. I even saw Eljohn during his lunch break in the mall and he stopped to talk to me for a few minutes. Honestly, the Orlando store knows customer service and they really drew me in to make the purchase feel right.

 

As for the style I chose... The camera bag. In the past I've been close to pulling the trigger on vintage camera bags but even at 2nd hand pricing, they’re still expensive. It's no secret that I love a good petite crossbody. All of my most loved purses are pretty much the same size and style. This version of the Chanel camera bag is definitely a tad smaller but it fits all my essentials with room to spare, so it works for me! I do feel the need to baby it because it's goatskin but I love the detailing on it, it has the look of the classic quilting but without the puff. They said that this version of goatskin goes through a process to make it slightly more durable then regular lambskin, but not as strong as caviar. It's got light gold hardware, the chain runs down the side, the top of the strap is leather with no chain (which was a must for me, my hair ALWAYS gets caught in chain straps) and the front and back have a flat quilt pattern design to give you the classic feel without the bulk. I love that the bag can be dressed up or down and is so versatile.

 

It's definitely a pricey bag and I feel so overly grateful for everything this year. I've been working long hours (with a whole lot of mom guilt), have had a lot on my plate & had a few ups and downs this year so it's nice to be spoiled a bit. Designer things definitely do not make my whole world go round, but they remind me that hard work does pay off. I enjoy building up a collection of things I love and am happy this little beauty made it’s way into my closet.

Today marks one year of blogging and I can’t think of a better post to celebrate this day! I want to thank everyone for the love, support & following along with me.

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