In my very first blog post I touched on how I discovered vintage bags and why I love them. I talked about my many escapades to Portobello Road with my patient mum and naughty little sister. Where I would run ahead to marvel at the vintage stalls and shops lining the historical Portobello Road. In that post I talked about bags but I didn’t mention how I acquired my very first piece of Chanel.I purchased my first piece of Chanel legacy from a stall on the iconic Portobello Road owned by a eclectic woman with long thick bone white hair. She wore floral vintage dresses which swished as she walked and stroked the dusty market floor. The dust would puff up around her as if she was walking amongst the clouds. All worn with vintage ferrigamo slippers in blue suede. Her name I can’t say incase anyone who reads this knows her so for the benefit of this post let’s call her Selina. Selina used to hug me every time I visited her stall enveloping me in an air of spicy woody scents Jasmine tobacco and rich chocolate. She sparkled like a mythical creature in my young eyes a unicorn maybe or a exotic princess. You see I have never or have ever met anyone as vibrant or as colourful as Selena. As a dreamy 14 year old she was everything I wanted to be. Especially as she owned and ran the most beautiful store on Portobello road full of the most amazing vintage treasures.
One day on a visit to her magnetic store I noticed in the glass cabinet by the window a set of gold and leather earrings. It was the black etched CC that really caught my eye. Please I asked can I see these I said pointing to the cabinet. Selena carefully opened the cabinet and took out the earrings and passed them to me. They were beautiful! How much I asked while rubbing the CC indentation in the centre. £40 she said. £40 was a lot for a poor 14 year old. I have £5 I said can I pay you every week with my babysitting money. She said yes and put them inside a drawer. 6 weeks later and they were mine. My first piece of Chanel. I was hooked the addiction cemented.I purchased another set a beautiful round gold disc pair with the classic raised CC logo with a rope style pattern around the edge. While hunting at a car boot sale I picked up a single earring which I then attached to a long gold chain and wore around my neck like a Chanel medal of honour.More recently I have began collecting Chanel brooches I like to wear three of them clustered together on a denim jacket for that relaxed luxurious vibe. I have even pinned one to my denim ‘Le Boy’ bag. A bag that is now totally unique to me and representative of my style.
Excitingly in April I purchased a pair of Chanel earrings oversized with matte gold discs they were a naughty purchase because I used my replacement coffee machine money on them. But well worth it. I love coffee but I love Chanel more.And lastly I stricked lucky in the Chanel sale and purchased a brooch for half it’s retail price a brooch which shouldn’t have been in the sale in my opinion and a brooch that now perfectly matches my most recent Chanel purchase the circular dangly earrings. And works so perfectly with my other Chanel brooches as a cluster on my denim jacket.
I still don’t have a new coffee machine but coffee machines come and go but Chanel will last a life time.
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