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Céline's (Not-so) Nano


Céline's (Not-so) Nano

It took a while for me to fall in love with the smallest version of the luggage that we all know and love so much. Photos of people gracing the Nano--whether they were celebrities or simply stylish in the street--caught my eye.

I'm usually not one for small bags, but I decided to give the bag a chance. And between the stunning pictures I browsed and rave reviews online I read, my heart fell fast for this chic, little bag.

Celine Nano

I found this beauty on a quick day-trip to New York with a wonderful friend of mine. We explored Madison Avenue and ate at Bergdorf's to cap off our shopping trip--though I do admit we did sneak in a few more stores on Fifth Avenue, post-noshing.

This black, smooth leather cross body, though small, is both very spacious and chic. If you can believe it, it fits all of the items below.

Items pictured are: Louis Vuitton zippy wallet, pen case, change purse, sunglasses (with sleeve), tissues, keys, and lip gloss. I'd like to note that in addition to all of these items, the Nano can also fit an iPad Mini comfortably.

Nano Items

Despite the bag's size, Céline does not skimp on quality. It still comes loaded with the attention to detail that the larger Minis have. This is a smooth black leather Nano and like other smooth leather bags, the entire interior is lambskin.

Empty Nano

The Nano comes with a handy pocket in the back (also, all-leather), perfect for receipts, etc. Though I have noticed that if you put something rather heavy or angled in the back, it can protrude out from the back of the bag. Because I'd like for the bag to age well and retain its structure, I ceased placing bulky items in the back pocket.

Nano Filled

Even though the bag is smooth leather (keeps its structure better than pebbled or drummed leather), there still is possibility for damage since the leather is so supple.

I've owned this for almost a month now and have been using it near-constantly. It is a well-made bag, for sure. But it isn't immune to scratches or marks. If there is makeup on my hands, it tends to leave smudges that I have to remove often. But overall I love my choice of color. Because it's black, some imperfections are harder to see.

Nano with Items

As far as Célines go, this is my most-used bag, closely followed by the two Mini Luggages. I recall wanting to use either my Almond or Linen Mini to go out to get coffee and do errands, but I always found it so large and cumbersome for such small tasks.

The Nano is just perfect for the casual outing or a dressier date.

Nano Mod Shots

Here's a mod shot for good measure. It's perfect as a handheld bag but even better as a shoulder bag or crossbody.As you can see the Nano isn't really so "nano" at all. It can fit so much!

It's funny how a bag you originally weren't a fan of becomes something that you can hardly put down! I don't regret purchasing the Céline Nano at all.


Easy Come, Easy Go: A Story of Bag Lust and Indecision


Easy Come, Easy Go: A Story of Bag Lust and Indecision

First off, I'm incredibly privileged to even have this "problem", and I'm sure many of you accessories collectors are just as fortunate, too. Have you ever found a bag that was extremely amazing, and you had to get it? But when you got home, there was something that just made you a little unsure about keeping it?

Do you ever navigate to a website that either sells or blogs about bags to just drool at the pictures? About six months ago, I did just that as I scoured the web for my next handbag purchase. Usually I know when it is "The Bag" when over two months pass by and I'm still opening the bookmarked bag page whenever I have free time. In the past, I've made too many mistakes with impulse purchases, and I vowed never to put myself in that place again. Though, I will admit some of them were fabulous...

After saving for a good while and then purchasing the Balenciaga Papier A4 bag, I was ecstatic but also incredibly skeptical. I was yearning for a piece that would satiate all the bag-wants that I've had for a while.

A nude or creme color? Check. Soft, buttery leather? Check. Minimalistic? Check. And it didn't hurt at all that it smelled like the inside of a new car. Just amazing. In fact, I would walk around my apartment carrying the bag to see if I really liked it. Back and forth, back and forth from mirror to mirror. And I did a lot of bag-smelling. It was clear that Balenciaga uses the finest quality leathers. I can still think of the smell if I close my eyes and recall hard enough.

But carrying it around didn't help the fact that there wasn't something right about it. I didn't have totally good vibes about the purchase. The bag handles were a little too short for my muscly arms, fostered by a little too much tennis. And one of the handles kept slipping off, even when I had the bag filled with my laptop and other heavy accouterments.

In addition, I was very hesitant about purchasing a soft, light leather bag. The leather was so smooth that it could easily get scratched. I'm very careful with my bags, but I know that even the slightest mark (whether it be from pen or from some other source) would bother me. I tend to purchase darker bags because of possibilities like this.

Though I have those reservations, I do enjoy the experience of an aging bag. For instance, I look forward to the patina that will appear on my Vuitton bags (Speedy, Neverfull, etc.). After all, it is all about the journey of the piece itself.

I look forward to purchasing an all-leather Celine Mini Luggage in the future, and as much as I know I will baby it, the bag will get scratches. As Céline Creative Director Phoebe Philo stresses, it is all part of your bag's story.

I promised myself to not let light hues deter me anymore, but I will need to purchase some sort of hardened or pebbled leather in order to minimize potential damages.

For one week, I went back and forth between keeping and returning it. I still had that feeling in my gut that something wasn't right, so it was clear what decision I needed to make.

The most important thing is that you are in love with your bag, and that you have no buyer's remorse. That, by far, is the worst feeling. No one should be spending that much money on a bag with which they are only half in love. And that was my case with this beautiful Papier tote.

On a positive note, one thing I don't have now is returner's remorse.

Do you have a bag lust-and-loss story? For anyone that owns lighter bags, what advice would you give to others that are hesitant to buy because of the maintenance? If you've ever gotten anything on a light bag that you own, how did you clean it?


Bag Twins:  Roberto Cavalli & Oscar de la Renta for Target


Bag Twins: Roberto Cavalli & Oscar de la Renta for Target

Okay, so while these aren't exactly the same, the color and shape of both bags caught my eye. They vastly differ in price, so I knew this would be an interesting comparison!

Oscar + Target 5

The Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2013 Studded Florence Bag is a white-hot bag for the spring. Made of 100% calf leather, it has a southwestern flare with its swirly studs and an urban appeal with its gilded python-motif lock. There are two top handles and an additional shoulder strap for carrying ease. This Florence bag is a great addition to a bright, spring outfit--I'm thinking: bright blouse and white skinny jeans... While obviously fabulous, this will put you back near $3,000USD. But if you are in love, then what can I say?

Cavalli Florence Bag

This is the Oscar de la Renta Tote from the Neiman Marcus-Target Holiday Shop Collection. The bag is quite structured. It's constructed with floral printed coated cotton canvas and on either side of the bag there are snaps to either make the bag wider or tighter. Unlike the bag previous, it's not as detailed in construction and is rather simple, but what can you expect for a price point under $100? And with the Oscar brand to boot? Though the collection wasn't particularly successful, this bag's price is incredibly reasonable, though not a showstopper.

Oscar de la Renta for Target

The Neiman Marcus-Target collection is no longer available for sale at Neiman Marcus, Last Call NM, or Target, but there are plenty of these available on eBay both under, at, and over the original price of $59.99. I do own this bag, and it's perfect for a spring/summer school tote. You can definitely fit notebooks, some textbooks, your essentials, etc. Just try not to get it dirty!

Did you like anything from the Neiman Marcus-Target collection?