Remixing H&M chunky knits with Anthropologie classics + vintage Chanel

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H&M sweater (current), Anthropologie dress (similar), vintage Chanel flats, Kendra Scott bib (similar)

I bought this dress in college and at the time, it was one of the most expensive purchases i’d ever made. Plus, the tight fit and short length made it completely out of my comfort zone, and began my pushing boundaries of fashion for my bodytype. Now, it is one of my favorite pieces for Fall or Spring and I love mixing and matching it with beloved new pieces. I paired it with my H&M chunky knit sweater for a fun remix on this classic sweater.

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A bold lip and a gold bauble to punch up this outfit even more.

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I chose to remix this sweater with a tighter silhouette on the bottom to balance out the heaviness of the top. I love the look of tone on tone and added these gold vintage Chanel flats for a monochrome look of sorts. The gold bib and poppy lip draw the eye upward.

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What do you think of a chunky sweater on top with a tighter silhouette? Do you remix your dresses like this?

Neon lace and a boyfriend “loved” top

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LOFT top (similar), Banana Republic jeans, Kendra Scott necklace (similar stunner), Chanel WOC clutch, J.Crew flats

Last time I pegged these jeans like this I wore a peplum style top with heels. On this particular day I was so not into wearing wedges or heels and just really wanted something easy, but that also felt like Spring. It was a nearly 75F day in Charlotte and this lace top provided the exact compliment to the weather I needed. And, the best part about it, my boyfriend gave me a resounding “you look amazing” when I walked out of our closet that morning!

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If I wasn’t going to wear heels I was going to at least not cut off my leg line even more and stick with gold metallic, unobtrusive flats.

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Picture taking faux pas: string hanging out of undershirt! Gah, embarrassing.

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And a smiley face for your Thursday.

P.S. if you follow me on Twitter you know that I have some suuuuper exciting news coming next week! Stay tuned!

A mod look

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ASOS sweater (similar), Zara dress (similar), boutique old sunglasses, SPANX tights, J.Crew boots, Chanel WOC bag

I wore this outfit last Sunday to brunch with some friends. In the spirit of continuing to be risky with my dressing, I decided to layer clothing items I typically wouldn’t. This full sweater from ASOS and skater dress from Zara are adorable alone but even cuter together. While this outfit somewhat hides my body shape, I felt sexy and flirty with the short length of the skirt and fun outfit details.

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These are the first sunglasses my boyfriend has EVER loved. He loves how they compliment my face and the interesting color. Who would have thought with a cheap $10 pair from a SF boutique?!

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Would you wear this outfit? Do you think this way of layering is flattering enough?

Shopping Chanel: Vintage vs. New

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A few days ago I gushed about a new purse in my life. I cannot tell you how in love I am with her and how happy I am with my decision. Chanel is a timeless, classic brand and I know this bag will be something I carry for many years, and will pass down to future generations.

After deciding on the bag I wanted (more on that in a later post), I spent a good year researching and determining where to actually purchase the purse. I listened carefully to Jean and Tiffany‘s advice about shopping vintage, and wanted to share my thoughts about the process:

The vintage resellers I perused (like a madwoman…):

Malleries (pictured below): This online vintage reseller is sensational. With a site of hundreds if not thousands of pieces, there is surely something for everyone. Almost daily I would visit this site and search “chanel woc” to see if any new treasures appeared. The site gives details of every bag including measurements, year the bag was manufactured, and information as to any defects. They also supply some tidbits about the reseller the bag originally came from: how long it has been on the site, the number of bags this particular reseller has sold, etc. Like most resellers, they have an “all sales final” policy, another reason I chose to buy from a store.

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Portero Luxury (pictured below): This reseller is known for upping their prices. With a more limited selection of items they often showcase more unique bags + jewelry. One thing I appreciated about Portero was the detailed “rating” they gave their bag. They use a Good, Very Good, Excellent, Pristine rating scale and give details as to what each of these notations mean. They also tend to provide more detailed and specific pictures of the bag itself which I found helpful. Also non-refundable, I felt slightly more comfortable purchasing from this reseller as I saw many more pictures of the bag.

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A Detailed Price Comparison of Vintage vs. New:

Vintage bags: I saw vintage WOCs range in price from $1300 to $2400. More unique colors and textures (patent, snakeskin, etc) were more expensive in price while black tended to be less expensive. However, on occasion I did see a black caviar WOC priced well above retail price. This inconsistency in pricing and the huge shipping charges (Malleries was often about $30 alone in shipping), the prices of these bags hovered around $1600 to $1800 after all was said and done. To top it all off, as you can see in the Portero picture above, a basic black caviar WOC was priced at $1330 + $30 shipping + $7% taxes AND was only a “very good” rating, meaning the bag had some serious wear and tear.

New Chanel WOC purchased from retailer: Currently the Chanel WOC retails for $1500. I purchased it for this price about 3 weeks ago, though I have heard that another price jump is coming in March. I bought the bag from a Chanel Nordstrom boutique over the phone and had the bag shipped for free. After paying North Carolina tax the bag came to a total of $1625 and was never touched, worn, tried on, etc. It was completely 100% new and absolutely stunning. It also came with the box, authenticity card, in its original packaging.

My Decision: For about the same price as vintage, I got a brand new bag that had never been touched and had a 100% guarantee that it was authentic. It was shipped to me by a retailer I trust (Nordies for the win), and got all of the fun accessories like box and card that come with it. Finally, the process with Nordstrom was entirely seamless. I called a few Nordstrom Chanel boutiques around the country and put my name on some wait lists, and three weeks later I was called by the one in Topanga, CA, paid for the bag over the phone, and it was shipped to me within 3 working days.

This was just my personal experience and choice in purchasing Chanel. I would love to hear your stories! If anyone has any questions please leave them in the comments below.

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