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A Night with Chanel Beauty & We Love Coco

When I received Chanel’s invitation for their “We Love Coco” party a few weeks ago, I was in awe and very excited. Being a part of the Chanel community means more to me than lipstick and glamour. As I mentioned on my Instagram a few days ago, it means a certain closeness to my grandmother (who first introduced me to fashion & all things Chanel) and making her proud…which means the absolute world to me.

The party was held in Los Angeles a few days ago and was in celebration of Chanel’s Beauty House and newest Instagram handle, We Love Coco (or @welovecoco), an interactive U.S. community on Instagram for Chanel beauty and all people that love Chanel!

It was a joy and honor to be there and was so much fun to run into a few familiar faces. Merci Chanel, merci We Love Coco, and of course, merci to my dear friend Jordane Crantelle.

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Here is my little Chanel recap!

The Invite

Inside of this box was the most fun invite I’ve ever seen, a black Chanel view-master with a reel wheel of Chanel’s invite hidden inside (you can see one of the reels in the second image!)

The Prep

Fast forward to a few hours before the event. I first went through my beauty routine and applied my makeup, using Chanel & Glossier products (two of my favorites for makeup!). Here is what I used:

Rosewater Face Mist

Moisturizer “Merveillance Expert” Correcting Cream by Nuxe 

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

Soleil Tan de Chanel (as a bronzer & eyeshadow)

Boy Brow by Glossier (in blonde) to brush the eyebrows up

L’Oreal mascara (I wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite though, so any mascara!)

A little tap of Chanel’s Rouge Coco Mademoiselle 05 (on cheeks & lip!)

A tap or two of Poppy & Someday’s Organic Peppermint Herbal lip balm (for yummy hydration)

Glossier’s Haloscope highlighter (in Quartz — the BEST!)

Voilà!

I then slipped into a beautiful heart-embroidered Zimmermann dress, a pair of vintage earrings, a pair of Manolo Blahnik‘s and off I went— as nervous as can be. (So nervous, I had to call Scott mid-Uber for a few words of wisdom and love.) It surprises me every time how ill I become when I go to events because, on the flip side, I thrive on set — even when there are 30 people watching! But events are a whole new rodeo for me, I suppose. As a total perfectionist, immersing myself into unknown territory is often daunting and anxiety-inducing.  Who knows what’ll happen at an event? Will I see people I know? Break a heel? Know where to go? But maybe that’s the absolute beauty and wonder of it all; maybe I should learn to embrace the unknown. Because most of the time, the unknown turns out to be…well, a lovely time. And not so scary after all.

The Party

The moment I stepped out of the car was the moment I felt alright (as always). It was also the moment that I saw some familiar faces, like Taylr Anne and Courtney Halverson, two incredibly sweet women who are also powerhouse bloggers. We’d been in contact for a few years on Instagram, so finally meeting was delightful! In addition to seeing those two lovelies, I was delighted to be able to spend time with a new friend, Loan Chabanol, whom I met a few weeks ago at the launch of Laure Dubreuil’s line LHD. She is a French actress and painter living in Los Angeles, and she is intelligent, elegant, kind, humble, and all things lovely. Together, along with her (equally kind and lovely!) friend and brow-master Jimena Garcia, we had a wonderful time.

The Chanel Beauty House’s interiors were transformed into a house-like structure, with five different, interactive rooms. When we first walked in, the lights were dimmed to red and all eyes immediately went to a neon red, glowing outline of Coco Chanel on the wall. The red hallway then flooded into a four-way fork, each leading to different rooms. One room was filled with Chanel perfume & products on display (with adorable little bags to match), another had a bathtub filled with pearls to pose in, another with a swing set in front of a bright pink wall (also to pose in, video below!), and another with a neon-like atmosphere, complete with a queen-size bed and ceiling mirror to match (crazy!).  Loan first showed me around the Chanel house, and I eventually followed the music towards the outdoor garden, where, of course, Tove Lo was playing. I caught her right as she was playing her last song, “Habits”, and it was awesome! She had a really great presence and a killer voice. Everyone was having a great time dancing and singing along. I was soaking up the moment, telling my mind, “please remember this! Please!”.

Loan, Jimena and I ended the night mingling, taking photos, munching on sweet potato fries and a heavenly butterscotch pudding.

All in all, it was a beautiful, exciting evening with some great people. And, as usual, I was questioning why I was ever nervous to begin with. After all, we are all human and more alike than we think.

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We Love Coco by Chanel x Alex Noiret

 

We Love Coco by Chanel x Alex Noiret

We Love Coco by Chanel

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