Back in September, mere days before Fashion’s Night Out, news of a collaboration between accessories designers Charlotte Olympia and Olympia Le-Tan broke. The two had teamed up on a Charlotte’s Web-themed collection that included shoes and a clutch. Having been a huge fan of the book as a child, I knew I had to get my hands on the limited edition, hand-stitched book clutch.
This would turn out to be a feat easier said than done, since the mini collection was being sold exclusively at the Charlotte Olympia boutiques in New York and London. Yours truly was nowhere near either of those cities, though I refused to let that fact get in the way of me getting my hands on that clutch.
Because some shopping secrets are better left unshared, suffice to say that with a little determination and luck the mission was accomplished. The whimsical clutch arrived on my doorstep shortly after the collection launched, and I became the owner of #8 out of only 16 created. I daresay that Charlotte and Wilbur would be proud.
Five years ago, I spotted Rihanna on the cover of Seventeen‘s December 2007 issue sporting a lovely Chanel camellia necklace around her neck. I knew immediately I had to have it. Chanel’s camellia is iconic, and this particular piece would add just the right amount of sparkle to any evening look.
The search for it, however, would take me much longer and farther than I anticipated. It wasn’t until the Mister and I took a trip down to Hawaii several months later that I would happen across it at the Chanel boutique at Ala Moana, one of my favourite places to shop in the world. There was only one left, sitting all by its lonesome in the back of a jewelry drawer, as if it had been waiting patiently for me to come rescue it all those months. It (along with the photos of me surfing on Waikiki beach!) was the perfect souvenir from my one-year wedding anniversary trip.
In fact, I loved the necklace so much, I managed to track down its matching bracelet in Houston, TX a little while later. Whomever warned against too much of a good thing obviously never came across a Chanel camellia.
What’s this? A new blog series! We’ve dubbed it ‘A Peek in the Backseat’ and, well, it’s exactly that: a look at some of our closet favourites and how they got there. First up? How about a little red-soled goodness from Christian Louboutin, one of my earliest designer shoe acquisitions.
Introducing my beloved “C’est Moi” booties, purchased back in 2008 from saks.com. They may seem a tad under-designed compared to Mr. Louboutin’s more recent offerings, but their simplicity is what I loved most about them. Three geniusly placed buttons on an otherwise plain black bootie made for one very chic fall shoe indeed. It was my very first pair of ankle booties, in fact, and I’ve been addicted to them ever since.
These babies sadly haven’t seen the light of day in a few years, but writing this post has rekindled my love for them. They deserve to be taken out for a spin, wouldn’t you say?