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Bags, Bags, Bags

I’m excited to talk about my bags since it’s definitely a topic a lot of you ask me about! I was never really a bag girl until I really got into blogging. After a few years of shooting outfits, I noticed how much they really contributed to a look. I started buying a bunch of trendy bags over the years and it wasn’t until I had a baby that I realized how silly it was to spend so much money on a trendy bag that I’ll only wear for a year. I went on a crazy clean out a few months ago and I sold all of my trendy designer bags. I made a deal with myself going forward that the only bags I’ll splurge on are ones that I know will never go out of style and to me that is and always will be CHANEL.

I would never in a million years sell one of my CHANEL bags, I want to be able to pass them all down to my girls. The other bag I’ll never sell is my Hermes Birkin that Brandon bought for me. It’s such a classic and special bag that I always dreamt of owning one day. My mom used to always wear them and she’s well into her late 50’s with three girls and still won’t hand any of them down to us!

Another bag I love and have zero interest in getting rid of at the moment are my Mark Cross box bags. I love how simple and chic they are with no logo jumping out at your face. I wear them so often and to so many occasions, they were so worth the investment in my opinion! I’m also a huge fan of The Row Ascot bags. I bought a red silk one and a navy velvet one. I wear them to evening events but also love how they look for a casual dinner out. The quality is incredible as most items from The Row are so I genuinely believe they were also a great investment.

Each bag of mine has a story behind it and I love that. I love that I remember what was going on in my life or that day when I purchased one of my bags. The one that has the most meaning would be the color blocked Chanel sweater material bag. It was the first Chanel bag I ever bought for myself. I went to Bergdorf looking to buy myself a Chanel bag because I got a big check from a blogging job. I think this was in 2014. Because of the material of the bag, it was on the more affordable side (when it comes to Chanel) but still a steep leap for me.

The bag I wear the least would probably be my Red Jumbo Chanel. I wanted that bag so badly and it was probably the most expensive one I purchased but at the end of the day, it’s jumbo and a big piece to carry around. I do want to make it a point to incorporate it into more of my outfits since it is incredibly beautiful and I’m pretty sure I bought the last one in NYC in that color.

A question I get a lot from all of you is what would be the best designer bag to splurge on for your first piece? Again, to me, if you’re spending the money and it’s your first time and maybe your only time for a while, I would go with a classic CHANEL bag. You will never feel the urge to sell or get rid of it, you can have it for life and it makes the spending less painful. If you’re going for trendy, I’d stick with something that’s not full of logo’s and an obvious trend.

If you have any other bag questions, I’ll be at my computer for the next few hours and I’m always happy to answer! Just write them in the comment section and stay tuned. x





Photography by Tawni Bannister.

By Arielle Charnas

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