Showing posts with label Chanel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chanel. Show all posts


The Chanel Flap Bag...Classic Never Fades

Dating back to February of 1955, the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, has grown in notoriety and fame.
According to Wikipedia, "In the 1920s, Coco Chanel became tired of having to carry her handbags in her arms and decided to design a handbag that freed up her hands. Inspired by the straps found on soldiers’ bags she added thin straps and introduced the resulting design to the market in 1929.  After her successful comeback to the fashion industry in 1954, Chanel decided to update her handbag. The resulting design was called 2.55 after the date of creation, February 1955."

Whether you’re a your a West Coast Celeb, a Southern Socialite or a  Upper East Side Ivy League Graduate, Chanel has a place in your closet and on your arm. Ladies who lunch philanthropic crowd wear the bag as a badge of honor the way a Dot Com Exec would style it, showing she has arrived.  If you prefer the mini in pink or the Maxi in black, Chanel ups your cool factor without being trendy. You are immediately included in a special girls club limited to only those who can pay to play.

With the varying sizes, shapes and colors, women from age 18 to 100, from the upper East Side to Downtown will find a Classic Flap that fits their specific style. Many designers have been inspired by the chain strap, quilted leather exterior and refined flap. But the original Chanel Flap has remained the top style and design. Why buy the inspiration when you can purchase a vintage version for a similar price? To many longtime collectors dismay, Chanel has regularly increased its prices to the point their bags tend to hold their value better than any other bag in the market place including the coveted wait listed Hermes Birkin or Kelly.

Although most plan to pass it to their daughters as an heirloom, if you buy one preowned and carry it with care, you can more than likely sell it to recoup most of your investment.

Additional details according to Wikipedia,
  • The lining’s burgundy color represents the color of the Nuns' uniforms at the convent where she grew up.
  • There is a zippered compartment at the inside of the front flap. That is where Chanel is rumored to have stored her love letters in her original bag.
  • The backside has a back outside flap for storage of money.
  • Chanel, recognizing modern women needed to have their hands free while attending social functions, designed a double-chain shoulder straps.  The chains were attached by leather-threaded chain inserted though eyelets.The caretakers of the convent where she grew up held the keys at their waist dangling from the same type of chains as the 2.55 shoulder strap chains.
  • The bag originally came with a front lock called “the Mademoiselle Lock” (in reference to Coco Chanel never marrying). Since the 1980s, versions can also be supplied with a lock in the shape of a double CC logo. These are called “Classic Flaps”.
  • The bag has a quilted diamond or herringbone pattern on the exterior. Using a running stitch, this gives the bag shape and volume. The pattern is believed to have been inspired by several sources: by jockeys’ riding coats, by the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, as well as by the cushions in Chanel’s Paris apartment.[4]

The Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Sizes Available: Extra Mini, Mini Rectangular, Mini Square, Small, Medium, Jumbo, Maxi


6.7" W x 3.9" H x 3" D | Current Retail $2,400 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


7.9" W x 4.9" H x 2.8" D | Current Retail $2,900 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather  


6.7" W x 5.2" H x 3.1" D | Current Retail $2,700 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


9.3" W x 5.7" H x 2.6" D | Current Retail $4,700 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


10" W x 6.3" H x 3" D | Current Retail $4,900 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


11.8" W x 7.7" H x 3.9" D | Current Retail $5,500 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather

Chanel Jumbo Flap 34cm


13" W x 9.1" H x 3.9" D | $6,000 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather

LAMBSKIN - Soft & Luxurious
CAVIAR - Ages Beautifully 
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What to Wear in Winter to Shop & Dine in Vail, Colorado

Mountain Casual Chic

1. Choose a Cross Body or Messenger handbag. 

Here are two we really like. 

2. Choose a large tote to carry all your gear. 

Featured: Louis Vuitton Neverfull

3. Wear All black with black vegan leather leggings.

Featured: Fur Stole

4. Mix Faux Fur & Real Fur.

For example, mix a faux fur hat with a real fur coat. 

 5. Pretty in Pink.

Pink sweater, Printed vest, pink scarf, pink Handbag. Everything Pink

6.  His/her Rolex Watches, Cartier love bracelets accessorize with MCM Leather Gloves. 

7. In the winter, leave the spike heels at home and instead, opt for rubber bottom boots with a wedge.  

For the Boys

1. The Louis Vuitton Duffle Keepall is great for travel or holding all your gear for skiing or Apreski.

2. Accessories pull it all together. 

Hermes Belt

Rolex Watch

What to Wear in Vail during Winter on the Ski Slopes

1. Bright Colors are the rage on the slopes. Colors such as pink, orange, purple, & turquoise are all popular choices. 

2. Choose a jacket with a fur accent on the collar.

3. Custom fit boots from Beaver Creek Sports

Ask for Greg @skibootfitting on Instagram. 

4. For the kids, we recommend renting skis, boots and poles for a full season. 

Go to Base Mountain Sports before Thanksgiving and rent for a full year for the same price for less than a week rental.

Activities for Kids in Vail During Winter.

1. For intermediate children's Snow Skiing, we highly recommend Ultimate 4 Lessons and recommend reservations. In peak season, classes fill quickly. 

2. Ice skating in Vail, Lionshead, & Beaver Creek. Call ahead for availability but reservations aren't necessary. 

DOBSON ICE ARENA, indoor, located in Lionshead.

For the recreational skater, Dobson Ice Arena hosts open skating sessions for all ages and abilities. The arena also offers a wide array of hockey options for youth and adults, beginners to seasoned players. Call 970-479-2271 for more information. Skate rentals available. Click here for online information.

BLACK FAMILY ICE RINK, located in Beaver Creek Plaza.

Located in the center of Beaver Creek Village, Black Family Ice Rink offers endless family-friendly fun. Skate and helmet rentals are available at the walk-up booth located next to Base Mountain Sports.


Nottingham Park ice rinks will be open to the public for ice skating seven days a week, weather permitting. Skating is free to anyone who has his/her own skates. Skate rentals are available to children and adults at the Recreation Center. Click here for information.

ARRABELLE OUTDOOR ICE RINK, located in Lionshead.

Open daily during the winter season and located in the Lionshead Village surrounded with fire pits! Ice skates available for rent.

SOLARIS OUTDOOR ICE RINK, located in Vail Village.

Open daily, located at the Solaris in Vail Village. Skate rentals available next to the bōl restaurant in the Solaris.

3. Bowling at Bol in Vail Village at Solaris. We recommend making a reservation. Click here for information.

4. Vail library is a great place for story time and visiting authors. Bella and I hosted a book reading of The Vintage Contessa & Princessa. 

5. Ice cream at Rocky mountain Chocolate Factory.

6. Watch a Movie and Dine at Cinebistro at Solaris. Reservations highly recommended. 

7. Watch TV8 for Local News, Activity and Weather.



Gold Chanel Mini Bag Just Arrived at The Vintage Contessa

We just added this pretty little piece of vintage Chanel to the website

chanel vintage gold quilted mini bag at the vintage contessa

It is a super sweet bag, perfect for parties or for those days when you need some golden sparkle in your life. The best part? It is only $600

chanel vintage gold quilted mini bag at the vintage contessa close up

chanel vintage gold quilted mini bag at the vintage contessa full shot

chanel vintage gold quilted mini bag at the vintage contessa side shot

chanel vintage gold quilted mini bag at the vintage contessa back shot

woven leather chain on a chanel vintage gold quilted mini bag at the vintage contessa


Vintage at the Brits

Stars wear Vintage Norman Norell at the Brit Awards.

Two artists showed up at the Brits on Wednesday night looking stunning in Vintage Norman Norell, this 1960s fashion designer from Indiana made a name for himself first as a costume designer on Broadway, then branched out to fashion. Norell's lines through his career were truly visionary. He was one of the first designers to produce couture ready to wear clothes, which was unheard of at the time. His death in 1972 put an end to the era, but now and then celebs pay tribute to this fashion pioneer.
Lily Allen in Norell's most popular style, the mermaid sheath dress. Navy sequins heads to toe, Allen looks sexy, but still modest, and with her vibrant locks to contrast, this look is fabulous. And we don't hate that yellow Chanel either!

Singer-songwriter, Sophie Ellis Bextor also rocked a vintage Norell on the red carpet on Wednesday, going for a very classically 1960s ruffle black mini. Paired with black pumps, and a shiny clutch.


Monday Muse

Monday Muse: Jackie Onassis


Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: One of the greatest style icons to ever be born. Her taste was a model for women in the sixties and seventies. As Jackie Kennedy, she was known for clean cut Chanel suits, complete with triple strand pearl necklace and pillbox hat. Jackie Kennedy was the first woman to give the public a glimpse into the personal lives of the first family, and she was a idol for more than a few American women. Her style during her reign of the white house was timeless, from pregnancy, to mourning, Jackie was always the epitome of simple elegance. Post-first lady, she remarried, and developed her style even further. Opting for a more updated look that included casual pieces. Her white jeans and black turtleneck trend was in every American Closet, and lets not forget an Hermes Scarf and oversized sunglasses, most well known of the Jackie O trends. Above being just a style icon, she exhibited grace and confidence at all times. Showing that she was more than just a well dressed socialite. Jackie was a dedicated philanthropist, book editor, mother and wife.


Wendnesday Trendsday

Neiman Marcus fashion Director, Downing, has made up a list of the hottest trends coming for 2014, and we are going to be showing them off every Wednesday. Get ready to shop! 

Week One: Think Pink

One of the major standout trends is Pink. From couture to casual, designers have given us a lot to love.


Here we have a bold pink dress, that has the hint of classic Chanel that we love. This dress has the structure, and the modesty, all the things we want from a Chanel piece, and with pink sneakers. Let's hope this trend picks up because I would love to wear this to work.
This blush color is so soft and delicate on its own, but Dior has it made into a beautiful ruffle gown that just looks classy and edgy at the same time. Maybe its the 90s cut of the dress? Maybe its because it reminds me of a bandage dress? Don't know, don't care. Love it.
Ellie Saab
The sheer bottom half trend came upon us last year and it has only gotten more popular. Ellis Saab has taken the exposed skirt and mixed it with the blush pink trends to create this soft yet sexy couture lace gown. And its just plain wonderful.
Couture gowns featuring pink this year covered a range of looks from soft and dainty to bold and bright. This Schiaparelli gown takes the cake for number of heads turned.

Work Attire
For the casual woman, pink is a perfect way to brighten up your work wardrobe. Although it may seem cliché, pink is so hot right now, so go for it. (Photo credit: Pinterest)
Ted Baker
Hello, beautiful. This blush pink peplum coat by Ted Baker is gorgeous with distressed jeans and silver heels. I would wear this every single day.
Chanel (yes, again)
We cannot wait for things to warm up so that this dress can have it's day. Its large tweed print with lots of colors is anything but subtle. And we love anything that goes with a hot pink Chanel double flap. We are having major spring fever for this outfit.
If you're on the fence about the pink trend, start out slow. Go for a rose colored item piece that looks very professional, and still very chic.


The Vintage Contessa on Vaunte

Now you can shop my closet on  I have a little of everything, from Louis Vuitton to Chanel to Zac Posen.  Vaunte is the product of three entrepreneurs with impressive backgrounds all wanting the same thing "revolutionizing editorial fashion, celebrating the stylish set, innovating charity, and being socially responsible (recycling amazing closets)".


The Bags of London Fashion Week

The street style at London Fashion Week is always one of my favorites, but for now I want to point out the bags that complete the street style looks.  A great way to top off any outfit - is with the perfect handbag.  These street style veterans definitely know how to pull of the best looks. 
Check out our Fall Essentials page for the perfect pieces to get you through Fashion Month and the Fall. 


How to add Designers Accents to your Home

All Hermes Designer Accents

An Hermes throw to casually dress up a couch.

Louis Vuitton Trunks used as a side table and a holder for all of the controllers 

My personal collection of Bracelets and Cuffs from Hermes to Dior. 

Can you tell I love Pink?  These are three of my newest bags.  Chanel Wallet on a Chain, Hermes Birkin and Celine all in the brightest pinks.  Hidden in the corner is the Judith Leiber Strawberry cupcake clutch as seen on Sex and The City.  

Two of my personal Hermes bags are standing next to the entrance.  The pillow on the chair is a blown up pixelated print of my louis vuitton trunks, designed by my good friend Lucinda Loya.