MY FIRST CHANEL

IN CLASSIC FLAP, LAMBSKIN LEATHER

American Apparel shirt, Levi’s Made & Crafted boyfriend jeans, Vince suede “paulette” pumps, Chanel classic flap bag in lambskin leather and gold-tone metal
Ever since I was little I dreamed of owning a Chanel yet never thought the day would come. My parents immigrated to the states from South Korea in the early 1980’s and restarted their life in America barely knowing how to speak English to live the American Dream. With my dad working 2 jobs and my stay-at-home mom, we grew up very budget-conscious and practical, where purchases were based on needs not wants. The thought of owning a designer piece worth more than 4 digits was far beyond my reach. Yet when I discovered that the classic flap bag was also my mom’s dream bag, I knew I had to get it. I’ve always aspired to be successful and have always had an extremely self-motivated mindset where I set goals and don’t stop until I reach them. This Chanel flap bag is another depiction of that. After purchasing my Chanel flap bag I realized that at the end of the day, a bag is just a bag but it’s the meaning of this purchase that made this moment so special to me. My parents sacrificed everything to raise me and my brother to live our American dream and I am now successful enough to afford the wants not needs. This timeless Chanel will always remind me of my humble upbringings and that you can literally do anything you set your mind to. 

I was debating between the caviar and lambskin leather and thought I’d prefer the caviar, but when I saw both bags in person the lambskin just spoke to me. The touch and feel of the lambskin leather was one I knew I wanted to own and as my first classic flap bag, I wanted the more classic material of lambskin.
I purchased the bag spontaneously on a Wednesday night at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. Although it was late, I wanted to make sure Josh could share this special moment with me so I waited past midnight to unbox it with him. It suddenly became real to me that I actually own a Chanel. 

As my first #ootd with my Chanel, I wanted to accompany it with other timeless classics including a simple white tee, a pair of black pumps, and Levi’s denim. 

Thanks for reading and sharing this special moment with me! I’d love to hear what some of your dream purchases are! 

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