Coco Chanel Inspired

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As I’m now on my blog sabbatical (but still here to reply to comments) and these are all scheduled posts, my normal chat about the weather is out the window.

I’ve got to talk about clothes! And nails! And shoes! The whole point to my blog, in other words 😉 I had way more posts to schedule than I expected, so you’ll get a new post every two or three days. I don’t know where all this inspiration came from…?!

The idea for this outfit came about quite simply because the lovely Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a Budget) announced she would feature Chanel inspired outfits for her joint How I Wear My feature on the first of the month. Being a bright colours girl, black and white is always a challenge for me, but I knew I had the basics needed. I drew inspiration from this Pin of Coco herself (or at least I think it is) and this Pin of Kate Moss in a classic Coco Mademoiselle ad. The bowler hat and long beads were the first things I thought of, and the rest went from there. Nothing that’s actually Chanel or even vaguely designer here – cheap beads, £7 trousers and a very old tank – but there’s something about this look that makes you feel a million dollars…!

Happy First of August everybody. That’s nearly Christmas… (sorry that’s not funny is it)

Not Dressed As Lamb
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Bowler hat: ASOS, Beads: Unknown (old), Tank: Warehouse, Palazzos: F+F at Tesco, Wedges: ASOS, Flower brooch: Miss Selfridge (part of necklace), Sunglasses: Red Herring at Debenhams, Watch: Fossil, Ring: ASOS, Nails: Models Own Hedkandi Beach Party

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  1. August 21, 2012 / 7:39 am

    Le swoon, cherie Coco(pretty bad French, eh?)! I'm pretty sure I repinned this look the second you pinned it 'cause you are too fabulous for words!!! ~Sarah

  2. August 6, 2012 / 8:05 pm

    I adore this outfit. I am a black and white fan anyway, but this is really smashing. Wish I had it. Mind you, I would not dare to wear the hat.

  3. August 3, 2012 / 12:30 am

    Catherine this is a beautifully inspired Chanel look, you could be her in a movie…wow! dawn suitcase vignettes xo. Great idea for a link up…i'll check it out.

  4. August 2, 2012 / 9:38 pm

    Catherine, this is such a darling outfit! I found your blog through the Chanel outfit challenge and love how your accessories totally brought it all together. This black ring is a showstopper.

    Cable Car Couture

  5. August 1, 2012 / 11:54 pm

    INCREDIBLE, my dear. Very amazing look. I am so impressed by teh Chanel styling you've managed! And you look so gorgeous, one of the most lovely outfits you've worn. This could be straight out of a lookbook or fashion shoot somewhere.

    <3 Cambria

  6. Gray Skies
    August 1, 2012 / 9:37 pm

    You look stunning, Catherine! I love all your bright outfits, but you look fantastic in black and white, too. Very classy 🙂

    Loved your Christmas comment – it does start kind of early in England, doesn't it?! At least here we have Thanksgiving to stave off the Christmas madness, but I remember when I lived in Oxford, they started decorating for Christmas in October!

  7. August 1, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    Love this look my dear!! So chic, I especially love the touch of your bowler hat and build up of necklaces!! 🙂

    Take care, Daniella xox

  8. August 1, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Catherine, you look amazing! Love the whole outfit (and the nails!)


  9. August 1, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    The hat + beads = Fantastic! Love this.

  10. August 1, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    That is such an elegant look, lovely patterned trousers and fantastic shoes! Coco would have been proud!

  11. Adrienne
    August 1, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    You look absolutely stunning, Catherine! I adore this look on you. Thank you for participating this month. You really nailed your Chanel look.
    Enjoy your sabbatical!
    xo, Adrienne

  12. August 1, 2012 / 3:12 pm

    wow! the hat and those amazing trousers! amazing! hope you're enjoying your sabbatical!xx

  13. August 1, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    Hi Catherine, thank you for stopping by and introducing me to your blog. I'm linking this look-very Chanel indeed. You look like you just poped out of old Hollywood glamour mag. Stunning

    Ivy (newest follower)

  14. August 1, 2012 / 2:04 pm

    Catherine you look stunning in this outfit! I love everything about it.

  15. August 1, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    Just love trousers like this! Don't mention Christmas yet – I'm still waiting for summer! XXX

  16. August 1, 2012 / 11:46 am

    Aaack! to the Christmas thing! : > You look gorgeous, a very fresh take on Chanel. The black wedges are so fab.

  17. August 1, 2012 / 11:26 am

    Wow! =) I like this a lot. Thanks to you I am buying more rings 😉 inspired me.

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