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.

celine box bag green luggage tote navy

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)

  • Reply Anonymous February 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    you definitely save buying from europe

  • Reply mybeautrip February 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    All those bags are amazing!!


  • Reply 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

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

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

  • Reply 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.

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

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

  • Reply 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.)?

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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,

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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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