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Blouse: Forever 21 | Pants: Forever 21 | Oxfords: Don’t Remember | Necklace: LOFT (Giveaway win on For Lauren and Lauren from Head to Toe Chic) | Belt: Target | Bag: Chanel

All throughout high school and college, I loved buying handbags.  However, I never really had enough money to buy real deal designer bags.  I got a HUGE thrill from bargaining in the Taiwan night markets and in New York City Chinatown for the “close to reals” or knockoffs.  One of my friends and I got it down to a real strategy, where we pretended we weren’t really THAT interested in the bag, said that other vendors sold their bags for cheaper, walked away so that the sellers would come chase us down again to lower their price, we did it all and we were good.  The most expensive bags I ever bought for myself were Coach bags.

For my bachelorette party a few years ago, my sister-in-law bought me my first black/white Burberry bag and I was ecstatic and later on bought me a pink one too.  And since then, I’ve gotten many bags as gifts and bought a few for myself.  I’d like to own a bag in every color, is that too much to ask?  It’s like owning a pair of colored skinnies or striped shirt in every color too, not too crazy of a want.  ;)

But anyhow, today I’d like to introduce you to my newest designer handbag, given to me by my AMAZING mom for an early 30th birthday present (really early, isn’t she amazing)?  The medium sized Chanel classic flap in black caviar with gold hardware.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  I’m so scared to take her out of her dust bag in fear that she’ll get ruined haha.  But I know I need to get over it and start using her more often, because what good would a handbag do if it sat in its dustbag all day?

Oh and by the way, this outfit was inspired by Two Birds Inspiration Monday picture of Lauren Conrad!

Thank you to all that have voted for me so far! There are only 3 days left of this contest, so please please continue VOTE for me (again) today!!

57 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Alissa
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Your mom is an awesome gift giver! That is such a lovely purse!!

  2. ilene
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    Loooooove the bag! So classy, friend!

  3. Marisa
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Lucky girl! Your mom is the sweetest and truly amazing. The bag is beautiful and you’ll wear it forever. Enjoy it!


  4. Cindi
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    Love the new bag! She’s a beauty!

  5. Aime
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    ::gasp:: beautiful bag! I love those classic Chanel bags. =) And moms are the best.

  6. Meanz
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    This is such a gorgeous bag Sandy! Your mom is pretty amazing! Also, love this outfit!

  7. Et tu, tutu?
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    So cute! The bag is lovely and I’m a huge fan of your jeans too!


  8. thehautecookie
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    so happy with what you chose and congrats on it again! so timeless ;) ps- i just got back into town! im soooo excited to respond to your email asap!!! ;))))

  9. Just Another Shopaholic
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    Lovely bag girl!!

  10. Neris
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:26 am

    WOW! your mom definitely knows how to pick an amazing gift :)


    Fashion Fractions

  11. Nancie
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    I love her!!! What’s her name ??? :)

  12. Jenn
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Whoa is that bag beautiful or what!
    With Luck

  13. Celeste
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    She is a beaut! A true classic, use and enjoy her!

  14. Always Maylee
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    LOVE this classic bag, what a wonderful gift! You will be able to use this forever since it’s such a timeless piece!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  15. Ginny Mossman
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    I love this white and ox blood combo on you, it looks so great with your hair. How exciting about you handbag. I’m a Coach fan, but that’s as designer as I get :)

  16. Emily Beth
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Amazing outfit and even better bag!

    Emily Beth

  17. Katie
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    love your purse! and love that you won that necklace. :)

  18. Teresha
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    you are so lucky! That is a classic bag that will never go out of style. I love the entire outfit

  19. Rachel
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Gorgeous outfit and I LOVE your bag! :)

  20. Kezzie
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    Hey there! Lovely to meet you. I popped over via the Two birds linkie! You look great in this white shirt and trousers combo! The new handbag is nice, what a thoughtful present! I’ve never been into designer handbags myself but I love seeing them on other people!!

  21. two birds
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    yay, we’re glad you joined us today! that bag is amazing…what a great gift! and no, it’s not too much to ask to have a bag in every color!

  22. hannah
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    OMG, this bag is stunning !!
    wish i could own a chanel

    wanna follow each other on Instagram and Facebook ?

    Elegantesque Blog

  23. Anu
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    wow the bag is gorgeous! your mom is amazing kk

  24. Chioma
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    cute look! love the colors :)

    C’s Evolution of Style

  25. Jenny
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    There it is. . .it’s so gorgeous! What a fabulous choice. I think you’ll soon find that you want to wear it all of the time! I love how you styled it with such a chic outfit too. You look so great.

    xo Jenny

  26. Jenn @comebackmomma
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Wow, that is one amazing gift. Voted for you again today too!

  27. Amor
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    What a lucky lady, that bag is gorgeous! :)


  28. Jen
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    What a fantastic gift!!! My favorite anything Chanel.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

  29. Krysten
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    Okay that bag is STUNNING. Beautiful.

  30. Jenna Wood
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    Have to love Chanel- but the outfit looks high class too!

  31. Anngelik
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    I love the outfit and those pants are gorgeous!


  32. Amy
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Wow, I am so jealous! I love the color of your pants too!

    xoxo Amy

  33. Nuha
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    How sweet is your mom?! Definitely a great gift – and one that you can pass on to your daughter one day! So sweet! xo

  34. Tiffany C.
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    Wow! That’s a fabulous gift. Love your new bag. It’s classic and will go with everything. Congrats.

  35. Erin @ Loop Looks
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    That is the perfect 30th birthday gift! You will be using it for years to come.

    Also, I really like the red jeans on you. Very flattering!

  36. Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    It’s absolutely gorgeous, Sandy! Mine was for my 40th. Wish I had a mom like yours! :)

    Hope you’re doing well! xoxo

  37. Janine
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    I love those jeans :)

    Janine xx

  38. mel
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Love the bag so much. I have one just like it!

  39. Dawn
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I love those red pants. And that fence makes a very cool background!


  40. Journey Son
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    This is an adorable outfit.
    You can never go wrong with Chanel classic…and I love the gold HW.



  41. Silvergirl
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Love the red and white combo here
    The little bag just makes it extra special

  42. Jadey Sam
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    Your mom is such a sweet person!! My birthday is coming up -can she adopt me, I want a Chanel bag too :P LOL!

    Advance Happy birthday!

  43. Kathleen
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    Such a classic stunning look – I love the red and your necklace completely ties everything together! You look wonderful, I love it!

  44. Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers)
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    I used to do the same thing. I went to college in NYC and while I didn’t go down to Chinatown to do my shopping the sellers in Midtown got repeat business from me. Though my favorite purchase was not in the US at all but the Ladies Market in Hong Kong. I got two (out the back door supposed to be destroyed) Juicy Bags. One I still have and one I used until it was destroyed. I have a few real bags but I prefer using fake ones because I am not exactly easy on them.
    The Chanel bag your mom got you is perfect though and I would love it too!

  45. Ivy
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    LOVE the handbag! It’s actually my dream handbag. I’m waiting for when I have enough money for it!

    Happy birthday! :)

  46. skippee
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    The bag looks perfect on you!!! Such a classic! Happy that the Burberry bag has a fabulous new buddy! =)

  47. Sheila
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:58 am

    Awww happy early 30!! Your mom is so sweet to get you your Chanel! I love it! I was torn between the medium and Jumbo and ended up getting the Jumbo (thanks to hubby) and I love it! But I’m the same way as you… I’m too scared to take it out all the time. I only take it out on some occasions or when it’s not raining. And since I live in Seattle.. that’s a lot of rain so it’s rare when it gets to see the daylight. haha.. I’m just protective over my purses. ;)

    xo – Sheila

  48. Alison
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Now, that is an amazing 30th birthday present! The Chanel quilted is on my dream list:)

  49. Jessi
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    You totally nailed the look. I love that you wore burgundy pants! And that bag is gorgeous! What an awesome mom you have :) I’ve yet to really get into the handbag thing, I guess im more of a shoe girl.

  50. Jennifer
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

  51. Franziska
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Lucky lady! I started a special savings account on my 25th birthday and put $25 in it every paycheck. I’ll have enough on my 30th birthday to walk into chanel and buy one. i’m already excited :)

  52. Glamamom
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    It looks great on you…enjoy it!

  53. Emily
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    Ahhh I’m the same way! I grew up such a purse girl, and was obsesseddd with going to Canal Street in New York to find knockoffs. I was so proud of myself when I got my first real job and could afford to buy an actual designer bag on my own :) Love love love your new Chanel, it’s such a classic!

  54. Connie | Daydream In Color
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    So beautiful! Love the outfit too. So classy.

  55. HollyDolly
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    AMAZING. My mom gifted me a Chanel bag years about 5 years ago. I don’t show it off on the blog too much, but it is still my baby. I just sit there and admire it sometimes haha :)

  56. lisacng @ expandng.com
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    What a lovely gesture from your mom!!!! How did she know what you wanted? I know there are so many combinations of size, leather, and hardware. Nevertheless, it’s gorgeous! So chic and timeless, of course.

  57. Kristin
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    Best 30th bday gift EVER!

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