The Chanel Wallet On A Chain: My First Impressions

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So, yeah… I purchased a CHANEL bag. Something that I never thought would happen, but I’ve dreamt about since I witnessed Lauren Conrad toting around a classic flap in literally every single episode of The Hills. Years later and I have still haven’t given up on the ‘Please can I be L.C when I’m older?‘ thing. How it happened was a combination of a few factors including the fact that I had Ruth and Lily egging me on, we were in the south of France with CHANEL themselves on a press trip (I know, is this real life?! When is that ever going to happen again?), champagne and the fact that I did the maths in my head and worked out that if I didn’t buy any makeup, clothes, shoes, bags, anything for the next couple of months years then it was sort of feasible. I asked if you lot wanted to see a mini review/first impressions and the majority said yes, so here it is…

I knew that if I was going to take the plunge I wanted it to be something classic; a black bag with gold hardware that I could wear everyday. So when I saw the Wallet On a Chain in black with grained calfskin (apparently the hardier of the fabrics you can get it in) with gold metal and a burgundy lining, it was love at first sight. It might have been the champagne talking, but I’m pretty sure that I swooned. Out loud. It hung over the shoulder at the perfect length, could be worn across the body and doubles up as a clutch if you tuck the chain inside. A fab little multi-tasker if you will. It was also surprisingly roomy enough for my everyday essentials. Total all of this up, add a glass of champagne into the mix and there I had enough solid justification to make a purchase.

For all pricing and sizing info, I’ll link you up to this handy post that contains it all, but what I will say is that it seems a bit of an injustice to call it a wallet because inside is a maze of pockets and slots and card holders. When you open the popper flap (which contains a pocket itself that stretches down the back of the bag), there’s a smaller pouch on the front, followed by a zipped pocket which I tend to put my pennies in, then another pouch that’s great for cash. The bulk of the bag is where I throw most things and then there are six card slots at the back. Oh and there’s a secret pocket stitched onto the back of the bag too – that’s my Oyster card home. I do decant out the contents of my normal purse into the zipped pocket, pouch and card holders, but in the bulk of the bag I can easily fit my phone, keys, a lipbalm and any other knick knacks I need like tissues or headphones. The only issue comes when I need to carry around my camera as well, but hey – vlogger problems, right? Basically you have to make a decision and let’s face it, the phone always wins. There is a slight squeaking in the chain that I tune into sometimes, but I’m guessing that’s something that eases with frequent use as the leather chills out a bit.

So far, so good with my WOC and like I’d hoped I’ve basically worn it most days. I take it everywhere; from trips to the Post Office where I’ve secretly got my pyjamas on under my coat to trips up to London where I actually have to wear proper clothes under my coat. There are no scratches, have been no spillages and things only got hairy when I accidentally shut the chain in the car door (after extremely careful examination there’s no damage – PHEW – maybe I should check the car door too?). Basically I apologise now that this bag will feature heavily in most of my OOTD’s for years to come.

Next on my shopping list? Beachy waves, eyeliner and a pair of pumps. The L.C dream lives on.