Chanel Mini in Pale Blue with Glitter

Chanel Mini in Pale Blue with Glitter

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I got a mini!!!

Finally!

I have chronicled my Chanel journey from WOC to Jumbo to Small Flap and the latest update is… I have added a mini.

And it’s the best mini. 

Gold hardware — check.
Caviar leather — check.
Mini size — check.
Non-black color — check. (The Jumbo and Small Flap are both in black with GHW, so I was long overdue for some color.)
Blue, my favorite color — check.
Iridescent leather, AKA subtle fine glitter in the leather — CHECK!

If you guys watched my latest Youtube video, you’ll know about my insatiable love for glitter. The glitter is very subtle, and no one notices until I point it out and then suddenly they see it. Which is the perfect amount of glitter, right? 

I first saw her cousin in Hawaii — a medium flap in a khaki green, with the same subtle pretty glitter. They had sold out of the pale blue. I almost took the green one home (very excited about the glitter, you see) but I knew khaki green was a color I would just never use. So I went home empty handed, but a couple weeks later this bag popped up on my Instagram feed! (Big Brother, is that you?)

 A close up of the subtle glitter

A close up of the subtle glitter

It was being sold by an Instagram personal shopper. Apparently the “Instagram Personal Shopper” phenomena has been going on for a couple years now, where fashion savvy ladies around the world find and pick up interesting pieces to sell. The most interesting thing about this would be that you’re no longer limited to what Chanel decides to sell in your country vs. other countries. For example, I think we’ve all heard Aussies complain about never receiving enough / the same range of colors as the US market! I personally have envied the Asia collections a few times. So this is a new solution!

Don’t get too excited about pricing, though. I paid a little bit more than retail for my mini — though not much, because my shopper was in Canada and right now the CAD - USD rate is favorable to Americans. So in the end I did pay higher than retail but as any veteran luxury shopper will tell you, finding the EXACT piece you want without having to HUNT IT DOWN (internet research, finding a patient sales associate, calling all the boutiques and department stores trying to find it, transferring it to your local boutique, etc) … is well worth it. At least for me, because I’m lazy. Lol.

So yeah, that was a good February! Every time I look at her I feel giddy. I mean, when it comes to luxury shopping… how often do you get the EXACT configuration you wish for?? Still feels like magic.

Let me know if any of you have used an Instagram / social media personal shopper before, and your experience!

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