Monday, May 23, 2011

Vogue Inspiration

Cynthia Smith carries a mini Chanel bag and a Céline tote. Photo by Marko MacPherson.

I love my baby Chanel bag, believe me I do, but it can only carry a small wallet, keys, cell phone, and lip-gloss so it hasn't been getting as much play as I'd like. I saw that Vogue Fashion Assistant Cynthia Smith, in a recent "5 Days, 5 Looks, 1 Girl," a feature which I am growing increasingly attached to for all its fashion-insider tidbits, has a bag close in size to mine and compensates for its smallness by also carrying a Céline tote, so I thought I'd try a similar look.

My tote is from openhousenewyork, part of the swag my husband received when he attended their annual benefit last week. openhousenewyork promotes all the great architecture and design in New York City. I like this tote because it's roomy and its bold graphic works great with my black and white Chanel. I'm taking this combo for a road test next time I head into the city.

18 comments:

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a delightful blog and I am in awe of your fashionista style. Plus, you interviewed "Harold," took photos of Anna, and have mastered the small Chanel bag paired with a chic, larger tote.

Thanks for your visit to my blog and I hope that you will be back often! (I have more shoe-shots from Paris!)

Bises,
Genie

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I always throw everything into one large tote...but I like the idea of this...I might have to give this a try!!

sacramento said...

I rather have your original version than the first one. Good luck with the ride.
Besos from my last day in berlin...(sad, but ready to go)
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Veshoevius said...

Have to say that as a big bag kind of gal I am safe from the temptations of the tiny CC bags. I'm always carrying the kitchen sink around with me so I think a Chanel bag would just frustrate the living daylights out of me, even if I was carrying an additional tote, but they are indeed very very chic!

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

I like your take, too...we've got to work with what we've got, you know!

PS: Thanks for your last comment on G&G. I would so love to come to NY for the exhibit…but mama wants me to take her to Vegas soon, so I’m not sure I can swing both.

However, I AM coming to NY in September for the next IFB Conference. So I’m hoping we can get together then!

Tria Zaluska said...

very lovely inspiration :)

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I like the inspiration and the way you interpreted it. I like having more than one bag- as long as I don't forget the important one somewhere! The strong graphic of your tote is also pretty cool.

Paula said...

When I was changing from a large bag to a small one, I toted all my crap around in a large bag. I finally realized I didnt need all of it! I love just having a small bag. It wont cripple you.

Cloud of Secrets said...

I have often wondered how so many women get by just with their little Chanel bags, stylish clutches, small crossbodies, whatever. I do now think that many of them must also have a big tote of gear in their desk drawers, in their cars, or slung over their arms alongside their little purses when they've got real business to attend to.

I like your bag combo for the reasons you mention -- the graphic, structured black and whites layer well. Cynthia Smith's combo doesn't work as well for me; there's no unity in the shapes, textures, or colors.

jill815 said...

Hi Genie, thanks for stopping by! I am now coming to your blog quite often for a little hit of Paris. The pictures you post are wonderful.

jill815 said...

Hi Pam! I like the big tote too but then that means my little Chanel stays home a lot. But I've noticed more women in the city carrying two bags, one big, one small. It's worth a try!

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I hope you had a great time in Berlin. Cynthia Smith's bag combo is terribly expensive if she bought those bags (one Chanel, one Celine) at retail. On my budget I have to stick with one vintage Chanel and one free tote!

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, I loved all your pictures from France! I'm dying! You are so very lucky. Mostly I carry around this beat-up old black leather DKNY cross-body messenger bag. You should SEE the looks I get when I bring that thing into, say, Hermes. Which just makes me laugh. I am still bringing so much kid stuff with me for my 4-year-old girl I need a bag with a ton of room and kid-friendly too.

jill815 said...

Hi Vahni, I love that you are taking your mother to Vegas. If you do end up in NYC over summer, McQueen exhibit or no, the drink offer still stands!

jill815 said...

Hi Tria, how are you? Thanks for stopping by, I will come over to your blog and see what you are up to.

jill815 said...

Bella my dear, you hit it right on the head--with two bags and my memory starting to go I'm a little worried I'd leave one of those bags behind. However, I can guarantee you it wouldn't be the Chanel!

jill815 said...

Hi Paula, I'm with you, sometimes I just love carrying the smallest, most pared down bag with only the most essential of essentials, even better if I don't have one at all, which is ironic coming from somebody who routinely lusts over handbags!

jill815 said...

Hi Sarah, it's so interesting to me that you feel like I do--why is Cynthia Smith carrying those two particular bags together? Just seeing the pairing makes me feel I will never understand fashion--some of these girls do the anti-matching thing and I just don't get it. Sometimes it works and other times I'm like, What? And yet other people will think it's so cool. Another mystery of style and taste.