weekend recap & handbag-shopping reviews (Chloe, Celine, Chanel)

australian labradoodle puppy beacon hill boston 670

J.Crew coat (old color), Sole Society scarf (color sold out), Ray-Ban matte aviators

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! It was a beautiful one for Boston standards, and I loved getting to do plenty of cooking at home with Nick and also catch up with girlfriends. The fluffy little one up above is my friend’s labradoodle puppy – he LOVES being picked up and cuddled (or maybe it was just the Polka Dog Bakery treats in my pocket…)

afternoon tea potluck girlfriends activity

Every Christmas my friends and I get afternoon tea & champagne at the Taj hotel, but we figured why not try to make it ourselves potluck-style? We split up some menu items, and our collective homemade spread blew me away!

mansur gavriel bucket bags barneys 2016

Mansur Gavriel mini bucket bag vs. regular (also in-stock at Bergdorfs), Chicwish gray trench jacket xs (sleeves shortened), J.Brand Maria jeans (hemmed), Nike Free 5.0 sneakers sz 6 (on sale!! runs small), Lou & Gray sweatshirt

Later while running errands, I stopped by the mall to try on some handbags I’ve been eyeing. All photos here are from my Snapchat story (username: extrapetite) yesterday, so please excuse the curt captions with typos. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much Mansur Gavriel in stock! Their bucket bags are almost always sold out moments after they become released, but Barneys had a whole wall of ’em and I see Bergdorf Goodman has several online. I love their minimalistic bags, which actually fit a lot inside. My favorite size was the mini bucket (left); I see they have a beautiful rosa pink mini in more scratch-resistant saffiano leather, available for pre-order. The regular bucket has a leather pouch inside that can be removed and used as a little clutch.

Celine Drew Bag small medium Barneys

Chloe small Drew bag in Motty Grey vs. regular Drew bag (color unknown)

This was my first time trying on the Chloe Drew bags, which are certainly adorable and petite-friendly. My favorite color combos have to be the motty grey or cement pink leather with gold chain. The leathers felt soft but durable in a pebbled texture, which I personally prefer to smooth ones. The chain strap did not seem to be adjustable, but a good cobbler can make it shorter if needed. I was told I’m trying on the small (left) and medium / regular size (right), both of which I thought suited someone my height well.

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Celine box bag (strap tucked in), Celine luggage tote (unsure of size) in navy

The Celine box bag is high on my list of forever-classic purses, but I was usually deterred due to the signature smooth leather that it comes in. I am klutzy so can see any super smooth surface getting scratched up in no time. This was my first time seeing a textured leather box bag in-person (I believe it is goat leather lined in lambskin) and it was really lovely. The box is a style I wouldn’t mind buying pre-loved (some of the vintage editions are my favorite), since pre-existing scratches would make me feel a lot better about giving it additional marks of love!

chanel boy bag medium white clutch

Chanel boy clutch (?) vs Chanel boy bag in “old medium” with chevron

Last but not least, this was also the first time I tried on a Chanel Boy bag since it came out nearly 5 years ago! I’ve always liked the design but recently found myself really loving it, each time I saw it on a passerby (which is not very often in Boston). Out of all the bags I tried on, this one immediately felt the most my style, and I know given the cross-body design it’d get tons of wear like my wallet-on-chain bags. The strap can also be worn just on one shoulder, or doubled-up as a shorter-strapped purse. Current retail is $4700 for the “old medium” I’m trying on the right, and $5200 for the larger “new medium” size. This is less than their classic double flap, but hefty considering the bag is fabric-lined instead of leather-lined. I was surprised to see most Boy bags on the secondhand market actually being listed for more than current retail. The clutch above was a narrower and slightly longer version than the medium Boy…I wish they made the chain strap longer so it could be worn cross-body.

All the Boy bags in-store were in either lambskin, patent, or some exotic material. I was told by the sales associates that Chanel hasn’t made that bag in caviar leather (pebbled and more durable than their classic lambskin leather) for over a year, and was unlikely to this year. To my surprise, they said the US was one of the only markets that likes caviar leather, while shoppers in other countries prefer lambskin for how it gains character while it ages. The medium size for me was love at first try, but finding the right leather/chain color combo and my preferred material will be a journey in itself!

What is your current favorite handbag? Which is your favorite out of the options above?


63 thoughts on “weekend recap & handbag-shopping reviews (Chloe, Celine, Chanel)

  • AKA, me February 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    What website do you recommend for purchasing used designer purses ?

  • Keri H February 21, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Such beautiful bags. I have to say, I am loving the ones in that gorgeous pink shade!

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

  • Catcat February 21, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks for the post! im looking for a chanel mini but it is so difficult to find the combination that I really want. would you get two chanel bags of the same color or would you prefer different colors?

  • Manisha February 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    My Céline box in goat skin and the black chevron calf skin Chanel boy are my most used purses, so I vote for either one of these.I think both of these purses are timeless and classic. Although Chloe and Mansur looks great on you, I think they are more of a trendier purse which isn't really my style.

  • Jean February 21, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I haven't bought a pre-owned bag in a really long time so I'm not sure, because there are so many fakes out there these days. The sites that come to mind which claim to guarantee authenticity are Fashionphile, Portero, The Real Real, Malleries, Trendlee, and Yoogi's Closet, but I have not bought from them personally. Would love to hear others weigh in on this and recommend sites they've had good experiences with!

  • Jean February 21, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Hopefully patience will pay off! I would do two of the same color if it's one that is very versatile within my wardrobe, and if the bag styles are different enough for serving different styling purposes. I have several Chanel bags in black, but with different hardware and in different shapes and sizes.

  • Cindy Kao February 21, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    My favourite(s) are the Chanel coco and Chanel boy. I prefer the lambskin, they look so much more luxurious than caviar, for me they don't scratch that easily either. Looking at your pics I'd definitely recommend boy, it's versatile you can do long strap or short strap, it's a good size for going out, goes with all styles as long as colour permits. For my boy I got the burgundy with oxidised silver chain, loved it. Silver chain looks much better on boy than on coco. I also love you with the Celine luggage, it looks like nice size for work.

  • Anonymous February 22, 2016 at 12:20 am

    The Celine box is very elegant and classy in my opinion. Honestly, I never like the boy Chanel. I love the brand but never like this style, too me it looks edgy and not elegant. Beside I prefer bags that with all metal chain or all leather strap but not half way like the boy chanel .

  • Cindy February 22, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Here in Toronto, Chanel caviar leather is popular!

  • Anonymous February 22, 2016 at 12:58 am

    HI Jean

    Have you come across the J Crew tweed crop jacket with zippers at all? I'm curious about sizing and want to order online. I'm too scared to bite the bullet as returns will be hard for me living in Canada. I think I'm about the same size as you but bigger in the waist a little. thanks

  • carmitive February 22, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Uh looks like you had a great shopping day! xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  • concun February 22, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I bought pre owned from both fashionphile n real real, both Celine n Chanel. I have gray shopping exp with them.
    Fashionphile: I only look for excellent quality. They have great photos and return policy, free shipping so I don't mind pay a little more.
    Realreal: no return and shipping of $12, so I have to zoom in/out a lot n sleep over few days before I pull the trigger. Also once the item is in ur cart, u only have 15' to purchase.
    With that said, I hot great items n they become my go to for pre owned items, including shoes.

  • Mai Lowe February 22, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Wow Jean!! What a shopping trip!! So fun to try on all these bags in person. There is nothing like it, no matter how much you fawn over them online first. I also am head over heels for the boy bag, but hesitate as it's quite a hefty price tag. I also think it looks the best on you among all the above options, most of which, outside of the Celine box bag, I feel are trendy vs classic. The medium you mention for the boy bag you tried on – is that the "new medium" or "old medium"? did you try on both? Is there a big difference b/w the two? Wld love your thoughts! Also, I am SO CLOSE to getting your YSL WOC :). You are quite the influence! 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  • Avanti Gomes February 22, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Such gorgeous handbags! I am personally a sucker for the Chanel Boy and anything Céline.


  • Ellya Aisyah February 22, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I really really like the two Celine bags in this post. The classic box bag is the only bag that is on my wish list. But like you, I'm debating the durability of the bag. But it's just so pretty and chic 🙂

  • prudence yeo February 22, 2016 at 5:26 am

    All these luxurious bags are such classics and easy for mix and matches, thanks for sharing!


  • Sasa Zoe February 22, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I totally agree with you on this. Most of my Chanel bags are caviar leather. Lamb skin is too delicate:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Lana February 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I think my favorites from above are the Celine Box and the Regular Drew Bag.

  • damieco February 22, 2016 at 9:12 am

    http://www.vestiairecollective.com/ Is a great option. They're based in France and have a wide variety of pre loved items which are authenticated before sent to the buyer. Bought 4 bags from them.

  • Linda Tran February 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful bags! Thanks so much for the review! It was really helpful!


  • Thuy | Dress Up, Chow Down February 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

    My favourite from the ones you were checking out is the Celine box. I feel it has the most classic and timeless shape. I don't think I'd get tired of it. While I love the Drew and Faye from Chloe, I might get tired of those versus the Celine Box.


  • Genevive n February 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

    They are all so beautiful! I love the classic celine luggage bag!! But I also really love the chloe small drew bag on you!

    xx Genevive

  • Anna February 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hi Jean! Love you post as always. I thought I remember a post from awhile back about you talking about signing up for deptartment store cards to get a slight discount on handbags. Can you send me the link to that post? I searched and can't locate it. I think it was when you were shopping for a YSL purse but I'm not sure. From your experience, would such discounts apply to Prada? Thanks so much!

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  • Emma Sales February 22, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Vestiaire Collective is a great website, I would recommend it! Everything goes to them first, so they can check the condition and authenticity before it comes to you and before money is taken from you.
    precious-needs.com xxx

  • ZeeZee February 22, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Celine box hands down.

  • Julie Hiller February 22, 2016 at 11:08 am

    This post makes me want a new designer handbag so much. They're all so pretty!

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • ayme nicole February 22, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I think that Celine you have is the micro which is such a great size but I hate how it doesn't have a shoulder strap, which, I mean I haven't carried a bag on my wrist/elbow in so long.



  • Anonymous February 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    This is unrelated but Nordstrom Rack has J Brand jeans on sale right now.

  • Fernanda Pereira February 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Hi, Jean. Thank you for the review. I've been eyeing the chanel boy for a while now. I'll be going to Paris next month and I was wondering if it's worth to buy there or here in the US. From your last trip, what do you think? Thank you! (Fernanda, Newport, RI)

  • Sofia Papastamelos February 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    The "mini mini" size from Mansir Gavriel is great for petite frames. I have it in the black/flame and it fits all of the essentials even though it looks small. I find that the other sizes look kind of big and bulky. Similarly, Celine nano and micro are good options with similar space for petites.

  • Maggie Zemanek February 22, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    My eye is on the Fendi peekaboo, but my bank account does not approve! haha. I'm trying to find a quality dupe or used purse.


  • Sharan Kaur February 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Love all of these bags! My favorite is the Boy Bag and the Celine.


  • Barbara M February 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I love the Chanel "old medium" boy bag, but it is way too expensive for me. Luckily my second choice is the Mansur Gavriel mini bucket which is much more reasonable. All are lovely and it is nice to see so many bags scaled for petites.

  • Vera February 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Love the boy medium.

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Anonymous February 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Look up for the "liege" leather for celine box! It's a little bit like the Louis Vuitton epi leather – should be very durable/scratch resistant.

  • Blossoming Lotus February 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    All the bags looked good on you, Jean! However, I heard angels sang with that old medium chevron boy! It looked soooo good on you. Caviar looks great on classic flaps only. It looks like too much is going on with the boy bags. At first I thought I wanted a boy bag in caviar but then they didnt really have any so I got the calf skin one. It looks lux and is very durable so no worries there!

    You have a few wocs and small flaps so the box or drew bags would be a bit redundant for your collection I would think. The luggage looked fab on you so did the bucket bag. I think they would really diversify your collection lol Anyways, good luck and let us know what you choose 🙂

  • Mei Liang February 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    These are definitely my favorite handbags! I've recently just heard about the Mansur Gavriel bucket bags and they're already becoming my favorite.

    Pieces of Mei

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Hi – sorry I have not tried it personally : /

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Good to know, thanks for sharing!

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Hey Mai – I believe it's the old medium. I just looked up the measurements for the new medium and it would look a lot bigger than the one in my photo. I did not even try on the larger size because I knew it'd be too big for my liking for a crossbody. Btw I LOVE that YSL bag…would highly recommend it, as you know!

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Good to know, thanks!

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Anna – I think I mentioned it in a really old video but I don't think it's something the stores do anymore. My bag was from Bloomingdales and I was told years ago they discontinued that promo.

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Fernanda – during my last trip the Chanel boutiques were so crowded, I was just focused on buying what I needed and didn't even look at the bags. So unfortunately I wasn't able to compare pricing and calculate the VAT, etc. I think it's really hard to find the exact color and material you want at a store though unless you are lucky. Every store may have different stock, so I'd suggest figuring out the exact bag you want first and then comparing prices if it's available.

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I love the Fendi peekaboo more and more, esp the Selleria ones which are definitely a pretty penny for the brand.

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    That must've been what I saw, because I thought to myself it looked like Epi!

  • Jean February 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Lucky you! I looked at the calfskin in person and it definitely did seem more durable than lambskin. I think I'm still going to hold out for my personal favorite caviar : )

  • Anna February 22, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    That would expin why I couldn't find the post! Thank you for your reply. 🙂

  • tellmeyblog.com February 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Thanks so much for doing this review!


  • Anonymous February 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    you definitely save buying from europe

  • mybeautrip February 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    All those bags are amazing!!


  • H Li February 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Jean I just want to let you know that Saks is having $200 off $800 right now and works on Chloe. Also eBates is having 8% cash back for Saks today

  • Mlle Coconath February 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Fab bags! Loving the classic Celine box bag!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • FW February 23, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Are you a big fan of the Mansure Gavriel bucket bag? My husband surprised me with it last year but I'm just not in love with it and it's just sitting in the box.

  • Fernanda Pereira February 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you for the reply, Jean! Thank you too, Anonymous! 😉 (Fernanda)

  • Anonymous February 26, 2016 at 9:24 am

    This is a fantastic post. Can you please do one on designer shoes (Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, etc.)?

  • Jessica Bethel April 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Jean! I know you mentioned that the mini bucket Mansur Gavriel was your favorite size, did you also like the large or is it too bulky for someone with a petite frame? I'm 5'2 and have no where to try the bags on in person. Thanks for your input!

  • Unknown May 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Jean, i'm 5'2 and i would like to hear ur thought on the size of the boy bag. Do you think i should go for small or old medium? Thanks,

  • Kblossoms June 1, 2016 at 12:04 am

    My favorites are the Chloe Drew and the Celine box bag, I own both in medium and the Chloe Drew can fit more things than the Celine. http://www.kblossoms.etsy.com

  • Sunitha S June 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Jean, love all the bags… my fav thou is the celine micro. i bought the navy micro exactly a week after you posted the picture. I have been using and i must say – its a beautifully crafted bag and holds a lot and perfect for petite frames. (i am 5'2")…
    How do you like the nano? i have started looking for nanos after i saw it on you!

  • Bess June 8, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Jean,
    I've had really good experiences both buying and selling on the RealReal and buying on Yoogi's Closet. Both sites have the most conservative descriptions of condition and consistent visual images. Best to all, Bess.

  • Stacy February 22, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Jean!
    What's the color of the Celine box in your picture? Is it the peacock color?

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