It all started when my husband and I went on our usual Thursday night date in the city after work a couple of weeks ago. We had our usual sushi-go-round at Melbourne Central then we would walk around for a bit across to the Emporium to check out the Robinson’s bookshop, (I would go to the Style and Arts Section for inspirations while my husband would go to the Sci-Fi Fantasy) before we have tea and dessert.
I was so happy when I saw they had my favourite illustrator, Megan Hess’ new book about an extraordinary woman, Coco Chanel. I love illustrated books. It’s like children’s book, but for adults. I’m not sure if I’m making sense, but if you know what I’m trying to say, then, we should be hanging out more. It ignites my creative side that’s why I adore Megan Hess so much. I don’t know if its the amazing illustrations on each page but Chanel’s story captivated me. I actually finished the whole book in one seating before I went to sleep. There wasn’t much writings on the book, it’s just a summarised version of her story but it’s more than enough to fall in love with Coco Chanel’s hunger, determination, creativity and persistence. It’s amazing how she came from the orphanage and became the most legendary icon in fashion. And how she used everything around her as an inspiration for her style – her white blouse and black pleated skirt uniform that she used to wear in the convent which influenced her trademark silhouette and signature tweed jackets to her rosary beads, crosses and chains that served as a foundation to her style. And how much does she love her ropes and ropes of pearls? The things that she went through weren’t easy but she has a vision and she knows what she wants. What I love most about her is that she didn’t live her life to copy, but to be copied.
The next day, I couldn’t stop talking about Coco (yes, we’re on a first name basis now) with my husband on the way to work. Chanel this, Chanel that – wait, let me get off the topic for a moment and brag about my husband. I love how I can share little stuff like these to my husband. He’s always willing to listen to all of my interests (and they change every season) and is actually, genuinely interested in my stories ’cause he would actually ask questions, encourage, make suggestions, or even argue with me about it. Either way, I love how he wants to get involved with whatever I’m into. One of the many perks of being married to my best friend.
After work, I bought a more detailed biography book about Coco from Vogue so I can read more about her. My husband decided to spoil me a little and took me to a Chanel store at Highpoint to buy me a Chanel perfume called Coco Mademoiselle. Who am I to say no to a little luxury? I let my husband choose my scent ’cause he will be the one smelling it everyday anyway. Thank God he’s got amazing taste, plus how could anyone go wrong when choosing from a range of Chanel perfumes? I love the scent so much. It felt like spraying myself with a fresh bouquet of delicately scented flowers so it’s like wearing flowers everyday.
Chanel bag next? I wish. But not anytime soon though. My philosophy is, “If I can’t wear it on a regular basis, then it’s not my lifestyle.” Even Coco once said, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” And the lady knows what she’s talking about so I’m going for that. Besides, I’m pretty comfortable with my leather handbags and vintage suitcases. I don’t have to worry about getting them scratched ’cause they only get lovelier and more distinguished the more I wear and tear them. I’ll probably get a Chanel handbag when I’m in my forties, or even fifties or better yet, when I have a million to spare? Hey, a lady can dream.