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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Céline Medium Cabas Phantom

A good variation in my handbag collection is key, so when I sold my red Céline Trio (since I also have it in black) I knew which bag had to take its place. Being a full-time student and often needing to carry around my laptop and camera for blogging duties, a tote was more than necessary. I've always loved the simplicity of Céline's designs and I knew the Medium Cabas Phantom with Belt would be the answer to my tote bag prayers!

ABOUT THE BAG:
The bag stands at 13"H x 8"D x 11"L with an 8.5" drop. Made of soft grained calfskin, it's perfect for everyday use. The lining is suede with one zip pocket and two smaller open pockets, perfect for easily accessing my cardholder and business cards. The tote comfortably carries my 13" MacBook Air, some notebooks, and even a full make-up bag and some clothes. Whether I'm just off to school for a few hours or carrying some necessities for a weekend away from home, it's amazing what this bag can fit, especially when the belt is untied.

WHEN NOT IN USE:
As with any of my bags, getting it to stay looking like new is very important. This is crucial if there are any chances for the bag to get resold at a decent price point later on. When the bag isn't in use, I stuff it with tissue paper, place it back in its dust bag, and make sure my room maintains a cool room temperature. I also treat all my bags with Leather Spa Water and Stain Protector Spray before the first use to avoid any chances of getting stained.

THOUGHTS:
Concerns with this bag would be the sealed edges, as I've noticed some slight fraying and peeling, although, it's nothing too significant and isn't noticeable unless you really take a close look at it. The base of the bag doesn't droop much when carrying my laptop or other heavy equipment such as my camera so its ability to maintain structure is good despite carrying a lot of things. I prefer wearing this bag with the belt tied and the sides folded in, just to give it a more vertical/taller appearance.

All in all, the bag is a great investment. I've gotten a lot of use out of it after only having it for about two weeks and I know I will only get more use out of it in time. When you have a hectic schedule, that "throw-everything-in-there" bag is definitely a must in any on-the-go girl's collection. Shop my other tote bag picks below!





23 comments

  1. Beautiful bag! I have been eyeing the Celine Trio for months and I think it may be time to go ahead and make the purchase.

    Best Wishes,
    Allison Jones
    www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Allison! I've also reviewed my Trio which you can find here: http://www.alyssa-lenore.com/2014/11/trio.html

      It's one of my favorite bags!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  2. Ahh this is such a beautiful bag! I feel like it's so versatile and will work with any outfit.

    xx, Diane || http://www.dizined.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Diane! I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of this one!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  3. Okay... total bag envy! It's gorgeous dear!

    Xo,
    Michelle
    www.mash-elle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Michelle!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  4. Such a cute tote! So versatile to go along with a variety of outfits.

    oxox,
    Lesh
    LivingLesh.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely! It's why I didn't have to hesitate when purchasing it. Such a great everyday piece!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  5. This is such a gorgeous bag! It is certainly a classic that I'm sure you will enjoy for many, many years to come - always a sign of a good investment.

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Annessa!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  6. No girl can ever have too many black bags! I love this one - I've never seen this Celine style and it's gorgeous! A great mix between a bucket bag and a tote : )
    xo Adriana - Daily Dose of Design

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agreed! I love the way top cinches! :)

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  7. I'm so glad you decided on this bag instead of the other tote. I love how celine designs their bags. They're always so classy and elegant.

    Oh and Adriana is right, it does sort of resemble a bucket bag with the belt at the top. c:

    xo, Janeese
    xo.Janiecy.xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Janeese! Céline always gets me!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  8. This bag is perfect! Love the simplicity of the style and the convenience of the size. If I could afford to splurge to buy this bag, I totally would! <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Meliza! I actually originally wanted the smaller size but I definitely love the bigger one better!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  9. Gorgeous! I've always admired your taste in bags, and this one is no different. Although I'm going to miss your red Celine Trio in your photos!


    http://simplydianaa.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love that bag! I love your style. All your bags are so cute. Xx

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great review, this was a Céline model that I've never seen before. Very intersting and a lovely bag! x

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hey alyssa, thanks for the review of the bag as I've been hesitant to buy it.. Definitely a beautiful bag (: I was also wondering what the price of the bag is as I have found a price any where xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Whoops just found the price within your other options bar, thank you xx

      Delete
    2. It retails for $1850 brand new + taxes! :)

      Delete

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Céline Medium Cabas Phantom

A good variation in my handbag collection is key, so when I sold my red Céline Trio (since I also have it in black) I knew which bag had to take its place. Being a full-time student and often needing to carry around my laptop and camera for blogging duties, a tote was more than necessary. I've always loved the simplicity of Céline's designs and I knew the Medium Cabas Phantom with Belt would be the answer to my tote bag prayers!

ABOUT THE BAG:
The bag stands at 13"H x 8"D x 11"L with an 8.5" drop. Made of soft grained calfskin, it's perfect for everyday use. The lining is suede with one zip pocket and two smaller open pockets, perfect for easily accessing my cardholder and business cards. The tote comfortably carries my 13" MacBook Air, some notebooks, and even a full make-up bag and some clothes. Whether I'm just off to school for a few hours or carrying some necessities for a weekend away from home, it's amazing what this bag can fit, especially when the belt is untied.

WHEN NOT IN USE:
As with any of my bags, getting it to stay looking like new is very important. This is crucial if there are any chances for the bag to get resold at a decent price point later on. When the bag isn't in use, I stuff it with tissue paper, place it back in its dust bag, and make sure my room maintains a cool room temperature. I also treat all my bags with Leather Spa Water and Stain Protector Spray before the first use to avoid any chances of getting stained.

THOUGHTS:
Concerns with this bag would be the sealed edges, as I've noticed some slight fraying and peeling, although, it's nothing too significant and isn't noticeable unless you really take a close look at it. The base of the bag doesn't droop much when carrying my laptop or other heavy equipment such as my camera so its ability to maintain structure is good despite carrying a lot of things. I prefer wearing this bag with the belt tied and the sides folded in, just to give it a more vertical/taller appearance.

All in all, the bag is a great investment. I've gotten a lot of use out of it after only having it for about two weeks and I know I will only get more use out of it in time. When you have a hectic schedule, that "throw-everything-in-there" bag is definitely a must in any on-the-go girl's collection. Shop my other tote bag picks below!





23 comments

  1. Beautiful bag! I have been eyeing the Celine Trio for months and I think it may be time to go ahead and make the purchase.

    Best Wishes,
    Allison Jones
    www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Allison! I've also reviewed my Trio which you can find here: http://www.alyssa-lenore.com/2014/11/trio.html

      It's one of my favorite bags!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  2. Ahh this is such a beautiful bag! I feel like it's so versatile and will work with any outfit.

    xx, Diane || http://www.dizined.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Diane! I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of this one!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  3. Okay... total bag envy! It's gorgeous dear!

    Xo,
    Michelle
    www.mash-elle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Michelle!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  4. Such a cute tote! So versatile to go along with a variety of outfits.

    oxox,
    Lesh
    LivingLesh.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely! It's why I didn't have to hesitate when purchasing it. Such a great everyday piece!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  5. This is such a gorgeous bag! It is certainly a classic that I'm sure you will enjoy for many, many years to come - always a sign of a good investment.

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Annessa!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  6. No girl can ever have too many black bags! I love this one - I've never seen this Celine style and it's gorgeous! A great mix between a bucket bag and a tote : )
    xo Adriana - Daily Dose of Design

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agreed! I love the way top cinches! :)

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  7. I'm so glad you decided on this bag instead of the other tote. I love how celine designs their bags. They're always so classy and elegant.

    Oh and Adriana is right, it does sort of resemble a bucket bag with the belt at the top. c:

    xo, Janeese
    xo.Janiecy.xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Janeese! Céline always gets me!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  8. This bag is perfect! Love the simplicity of the style and the convenience of the size. If I could afford to splurge to buy this bag, I totally would! <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Meliza! I actually originally wanted the smaller size but I definitely love the bigger one better!

      With Love, Alyssa

      Delete
  9. Gorgeous! I've always admired your taste in bags, and this one is no different. Although I'm going to miss your red Celine Trio in your photos!


    http://simplydianaa.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love that bag! I love your style. All your bags are so cute. Xx

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great review, this was a Céline model that I've never seen before. Very intersting and a lovely bag! x

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hey alyssa, thanks for the review of the bag as I've been hesitant to buy it.. Definitely a beautiful bag (: I was also wondering what the price of the bag is as I have found a price any where xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Whoops just found the price within your other options bar, thank you xx

      Delete
    2. It retails for $1850 brand new + taxes! :)

      Delete

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