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Coat – Mango. Trousers – Topshop. Shoes – Nike. Sweater – Zara. Bag – Chanel Resort ’14 (on loan, don’t be silly). Rings – Monica Vinader. Photos from help from Abi, thanks!

It’s borrowed, don’t ask. I’m flattered though, that anyone would assume I have enough speech & debate skills to convince my husband, to whom Tommy Hilfiger is couture and Tom Ford is the CEO of Ford – the car company – that spending three months’ rent on a bag (a transparent one at that) is reasonable. I can’t even convince him to shower when he’s Shrek-green. My usual tactic is throwing self down in the middle of the aisle/kitchen and crying hysterically but this only seems to work up to a certain price limit, it being £40 for sock yarn. Truth is, deep inside I don’t believe we (I say we, but I mean me) are not yet in a junction in life to warrant a brand spankin’ new Chanel boy bag. I’ve always seen luxury goods as sex: the right person, the right time. Admittedly, this blog did place me in a bit of a ho-bag tangent with some of the generous gifts, I still want to work towards a stage in life where I can afford a Chanel/Hermes/LV bag without disrupting priorities. So please forgive me if, for the time being, I can be a little cheeky and seize the opportunity when the press office allows me to borrow to ‘play with’. Play we did, generally by me wearing it under a big coat and treating it like a secret, walking around town like Aladdin stealing bread: sartorial equivalent to ‘bubble-wrap it and place in safe’.

Disclaimer – this is not a sponsored post, by any means, nor do I frequently borrow items from brands to feature in this blog. On rare occasion that I do borrow, it is enclosed so readers are fully aware.

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  1. Omg! I need that bag :3

    http://www.OntoMyWardrobe.com

  2. Yummy yummy.

    The bag is all sorts of gorgeous. It looks super fresh and modern paired with the sleek pinstripes and leather trousers (speaking of which, I REALLY need a pair in my life). I normally associate clear PVC bags with Hello Kitty and 13 year olds but when done a la Chanel it takes on a new sort of life indeed.

    Lovely as usual. xx

  3. I love your chanel boy, it’s different and chic

    DIY ON MY BLOG
    http://www.thestelstyle.com/diy/diy-dots-in-your-cups/

  4. £40 for sock yarn indeed. Kx

  5. It’s obvious I love the bag, but I also love your coat, Shini! Those pinstripes look so chique…

  6. I’m so happy you shared this with us! Not gonna lie, it’s a bit intimidating to see bloggers with all these chic new Chanel, LV, Burberry etc bags. Love that we are told little secrets like these :) x

  7. How lucky to be able to ‘play’ with Chanel goodies, I bet giving these little loans back is hard! I’m not sure I could ever constitute spending so much on a bag, it is stunning though :) x

  8. I’m laughing out loud! It seems that we are married to the same man!!!
    And I loooove this bag…

    http://katerinaloves.blogspot.gr/

  9. honest and great writing!
    I think non of us would criticize the fact that the bag is being borrowed, nor would ever feel offended by that. As i see, posts like this, with goreous style and amazing statement pieces, are just the ones that allow us to daydream about someday owning this pieces and being inspired by them…

    http://mancinasspot.blogspot.com/

  10. That must have been fun borrowing it. I don’t even know anyone who can afford a shiny new Chanel boy bag.
    & your photos always remind me of the photos you see on korean websites where they’re selling korean fashion, or stationary or just showing a bunch of cute pictures because they’re pretty.
    It’s probably because you’re Korean though. I like it.

    The Fashann Monster

  11. Jasmine Alvarez

    hahahaha I always love your writing

  12. Gorgeous look!

  13. you’re so lucky to borrow boyfriends – kidding :) I mean boyfriend bag!
    Which one is your favorite?
    TOP 10 BEST BAGS OF 2013▶ http://www.themilanomode.com/2014/01/top-10-best-bags-of-2013.html

  14. This bag is gorgeous, but it hurts a little to imagine three months rent in a small see through bag, so it´s a good thing it is borrowed!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  15. nice coat and beautiful bag.x

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

  16. Nice that you’re so honest! I’m always slightly confuzzled as to how some bloggers can afford a consistent stream of new designer clothing, I never know if it’s borrowed or otherwise. I’m pretty sure that if I were earning megabucks, I’d be buying property.

  17. It’s beautiful, and I like the way you styled your outfit, but I’m just like you, I would never spend so much money on a bag (especially since my best friend, who owns one, told me that the chain broke 3 times!)
    Mafalda ❤
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  18. All about the Black Free Runs for me.

    Buckets & Spades

  19. chan

    love the outfit

    fashionandleather.blogspot.co.uk

  20. Loving the little transparent bag!
    However, I wouldn’t pay 3 months worth of rental for it either…well unless I could afford it :)

    Amazing combination of outfit for a dark day !

    http://hourglass-style-and-fashion.blogspot.co.uk/

  21. amazing casual ensemble!
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  22. I think I love that boy bag most of all, even though it invites robbery on so many levels.

    I’d totally risk it.

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  23. LOVE the overall look of you here! Yeap, it’s definitely not just about the bag. :D

    http://www.bloglovin.com/carolinemayling

  24. perfect outfit x

  25. borrowing should be like the new buy or something.

  26. Monyale

    Love your honest…you sure rock that Chanel bag!

    Xx

  27. u look incredible!

  28. ollyvia laura

    SUPER LOVE THE OUTFIT :)
    love reading your blog, It’s very refreshing and genuine and I really appreciate that :)
    anyway, would you like to follow each other?

    SOMETHING REAL SERIOUS

  29. I think there’s nothing wrong with you borrowing this for a spin :p A bit of a road test I’d say. I do agree with the husband – three months rent is just a bit too much! :p That’s about half of what you’d spend on an engagement ring right?! And the fact that it’s so small AND transparent – boys just won’t get the concept!

  30. hhaha about your husband and i love your simile of luxury goods and sex
    gorgeous outfit and photos as always
    x
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

  31. amazing!!!

    http://www.inmydreams.ca/

  32. Cute pics and mix :)

    Bisous ♡
    BecomingTrendy

  33. pallawi jain

    Me too. I too cannot afford a bag like that. But can only daydream about it. Its really cool.

  34. Photos are stunning!!

    XO CHAMA FASHION
    http://www.chamafashion.com

  35. Haha, I see! And here I thought you guys buy stuff like this all the time. Did you feel rather scared, though, wearing that purse out? Granted, you probably didn’t intentionally walk into a bad neighbourhood right after. But a transparent purse looks a lot like an invitation (or provocation) for pickpockets and thieves. So maybe, you’re husband’s right.

  36. It’s gorgeous, your lucky you even got to borrow one
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  37. Gorgeous bag!
    http://www.theavantguardian.com

  38. Tam Do

    OMG the bag is amazing! Love your sense of humour too!!!

  39. Love your transparent bag- though no idea how it would work if one had to carry tampax around….:-)

  40. @Bivi, I guess if you buy. Transparent boy bag, you always take the limo, or a taxi…. Cool though! Sooooo cool!

  41. Amazing coat! X

    http://www.jussstfashion.blogspot.nl

  42. Rachel B

    My favorite post from you yet.

  43. love this outfit !
    La parenthèse Enchantée.fr

  44. Hahaha always love your post. Can’t say the Chanel ain’t cute tho.

  45. The bag looks gor-geous!
    I love the subtle tints of blue and purple in the pictures and the different textures.
    Great look as always :)

  46. Estelle

    Your entries are really a joy to read!

  47. Lena

    Thanks so much for this post! Most readers nowadays realise that a lot of product is borrowed from brands but it’s great when a blogger can openly joke about it (and the financial side of real life!), instead of only constantly presenting the image of an unattainably lifestyle. Your honesty has always made your writing more compelling and hilarious.

    I can’t imagine ever spending that much money on a bag without “feeling” it, even if technically you could afford it, there are more important things in life. I mean, it’s only fashion :P

    Gorgeous photos as always, Shini.

  48. That see trough bag is amazing :)

    Dress To Cook

  49. what can i say but JEALOUS.

    becky,

    accooohtrements.wordpress.com

  50. 33

    OK, I admit that when I saw the photo I was green with envy regardless you paid for it or were gifted by Chanel.

    It’s a cute bag but not worth 3 months of rent. To be honest, I am a bit turned off by seeing the boy on every or every other blogger.

  51. I have ever never seen that kind of bag. Really such kind of bag like awesome one.And we can say that all stuff like clothing and accessories are cool even her style its killing me.

  52. that coat.

  53. OMG! I love your bag! Even if it is borrowed, I love resort collections. I have just got my first Chanel bag and guess what… it is the Boy! :)
    Have a lovely day!!
    xx
    Mónica from MESVOYAGES A PARIS