LBC: Little Black Chanel

Do you have a go-to item that you always wear for important occasions? Something no-fuss that you naturally gravitate towards when you’re getting ready for that big meeting, or moment.  For some, it’s a little black dress. For me, it’s my LBC: my little black Chanel jacket.

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Although I love every item in my closet, there are very few items  that I would actually CRY over if I lost them.  As someone who religiously subscribed to the Carrie Bradshaw school of thought for more than a few years (her famous line still resonates, “I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet”) much of my wardrobe is self-funded, and hard-earned. Additionally, my careful closet curating has made special items just that much more sentimental to me.  Of course there’s family heirlooms, but typically those aren’t worn as regularly.

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During the summer of 2005, right before I graduated college, I was offered an internship at the Chanel boutique in San Francisco. Although it was a short internship, I can safely say that I learned more about myself, and my career aspirations in that summer, than I did during the majority of college. (sorry Mom and Dad!) Everyday, on the way to Chanel, I would fantasize that San Francisco was actually New York City (a game I’ve been playing in my head since I was six years old) and that I had a high-powered, glamorous fashion industry job. I would pop in my earphones as I jumped off the BART train,  blast “Freedom” by George Michael, and supermodel-power walk the four blocks to Chanel. No lie.

I would  take my lunch break in Union Square, and eat $5 street vendor hot dogs while basking in the sun.  When my ex-boyfriend of three years broke up with me on one such lunch break, I calmly marched into the nearest Macy’s bathroom, cried for exactly one minute, and told myself that this was precisely why I would never give up my career for a boy.

I returned to Chanel that day stronger, and more determined than ever to pursue my Fashion PR dreams. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that Chanel got me through my breakup; it empowered me in a way that I had never experienced before. In short, I loved every minute of my experience at the French fashion house, perhaps even more than I loved the fabulous employee discount that I received at the end of my internship. What did I want to commemorate my upcoming graduation, my parents asked? Something practical, like a Chanel jacket, was my obvious reply. But you know what? It’s still one of the best decisions that I ever made.

*THE APPAREL*

Dress: H & M [similar variations here and here]

Jacket: Chanel

*THE ACCESSORIES*

Sunglasses: Bulgari

iPhone 5 Case: Toola

Booties: Forever 21 [sold out, but similar here]

*THE JEWELRY*

Necklace: Tiffany & Co.

Pearls: Chanel

Watch: Kate Spade

Ring: David Yurman

*THE PHOTOGRAPHER*

Taylor Cole Photography


“I’ll never forget that afternoon, coming down the rue Cambon – my last afternoon in Paris for five years…I was so depressed – leaving Chanel, leaving Europe, leaving all the world of…of my world.”

*Diana Vreeland, “D.V.”


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      October 4, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much! Appreciate you reading!:)

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