My first Chanel bag ... black caviar GST with gold hardware

Everyone has goals and benchmarks set for themselves, and for me, one was to own my own Chanel handbag.

Stipulations of this said benchmark were that I would purchase the bag with cash after I had been placed into my first "big-girl job." So, true to my own word, after earning a place at a company, I saved up and bought a Chanel Grand Shopping Tote.

I chose mine in the black caviar leather with the gold hardware as I believe it is both timeless and wearable. The GST is a functional choice from the Chanel Classics line and I honestly can't believe I got my hands on one before the prices went up ... AGAIN.

Though it won't be a bag I use and abuse on a daily basis, it is a proud addition to my purse collection to be brought out for vacations and special occasions ... OK ... and the occasional shopping trip.