There were MANY things I loved about the Chanel 2013 Resort collection, but I’ll have to admit at first glance the clear shoulder bag wasn’t one of them. I think it took me back to me retail days. When I worked at Saks the Asset Protection department had all employees put our belongings in a clear bag. It was to prevent employees from stealing, but I was always weirded out by it. However, the more I got to thinking about it the more I remembered how easy it was to find stuff in my clear Saks work bag. I never lost my cell or my keys. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed to get me one of these clear bags for the Summer. Let’s be honest, I play the ‘find the key at the bottom of your purse’ game at least twice a day.
Materials: Clear Travel Bag (available at the Container Store), Chain, Suede, Grommets
To give your bag that classic Chanel look you’ll have to weave your suede material through the chain. The amount of chain you’ll need depends on your personal preference. Just remember that you’ll need double the length of suede to be sure you have enough to weave through the entire length of your chain.
This weaving process takes some time so don’t rush it. Do it during your favorite TV show or while chatting on the phone to your bestie. It took me about a hour or so to weave the suede through about 2 yards of chain. After you finish you’ll never question the price of a Chanel bag again! All of their bags are handmade and boy do they take some time to make.
Now it’s time to add your grommets. You can pick up grommet kits from your local fabric or craft store. First, cut a hole in your bag where you would like your grommet to go.
Then use a hammer to apply the grommets
Repeat the same process on the opposite side
Once you’ve added the grommets, slide the chain through the bag. Use a pair of plyers to connect the chain and tie a double not in the suede to secure your strap.
The clear shoulder bag is the perfect accessory for Summer.
The woven chain strap is a great detail
What I got in my bag (from L to R): iPhone and charger, BCBG bronze mini notebook, Swarvoski crystal pen, keys to the Beamer, Cynthia Vincent make up bag (which hold a few of my fave products), gold glitter H&M wallet, my business cards, my sunnies from TOMS
Shout out to all my PR friends that invite me to event and hook me up with amazing gift bags. Besides the iPhone, make up and the keys to the Beamer everything else was gifted! #ThanksForTheSupply