5 Days of Chanel Rouge Coco: Take Me to 31 Rue Cambon

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Makeup

Paris seems light years away from my computer screen in California, but La Ville-Lumiere gets a oui bit closer with Chanel Rouge Coco in Cambon 31 ($30) on my lips.


Named after Coco’s Paris apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, this creamy pinkish red exudes the confident elegance of an impeccably cut Chanel tweed suit.

My closet may never meet a real suit crafted by Karl and Co., but Cambon makes me feel like the lights of Paris are right outside.

A spritz of my favorite Chanel perfume, Coco Mademoiselle ($95), and I slip into my favorite black dress (belted shift from H&M, $35)…

I can almost hear Coco whisper in my ear, “Oui, oui.”

“Mademoiselle,” I say, “it’s made from jersey.”

She raises an eyebrow.

“Just like the revolutionary clothes you made for women.

I steal a glance in the mirror — almost, but not quite. It needs something more…

A few layered strands of costume pearls (necklace by H&M, $18)?

A cropped boxy tweed jacket (also H&M, $35)?

I turn to Coco. “Is good, Mademoiselle?”


Oui,” she replies. “Is almost like Chanel.” πŸ™‚

For more fun with Chanel Rouge Coco ($30 each; available now)…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Haley says:

    Must purchase this beautiful lip colour.. My favourite of the five. You look stunning by the way! Wonder if I could pull off red though :/…

  2. Rebecca says:

    Ooh, so bright *.* I love it, but I’m in the same boat as Haley – not sure if I could pull it off. I’m really pale and reds tend to wash me out πŸ™

    Okay, this post totally inspired a trip to H&M for this weekend. You are rockin’ that dress, girl! I hope H&M was paying you for this post xD
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Why I will buy something from MAC Tabloid Beauty =-.

  3. shivotra says:

    I’m heading over to Chanel tomorrow. I am gonna get two – not sure which ones. Its gonna be fun.

    this color is really fab. wearable for the day in a total imadiva way.
    .-= shivotra’s last blog post… Celina Jaitly is a TOTAL bitch. =-.

  4. this is hands down my favorite out of the 5. it really pops! I love your tweed blazer πŸ™‚
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… Delicious Hand Creams =-.

  5. Paris B says:

    Ah this is the one I”ve been waiting for and its well worth the wait! Methinks I’ll be picking up Mademoiselle and Cambon when they get here πŸ™‚
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Are you tossing oranges for Chap Goh Meh? =-.

  6. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    I really want that lipstick…and I told myself I wouldn’t buy anymore because I own so many tubes already! Grr.

    Also, that dress is adorable!

  7. Pansy says:

    I just watched Coco Before Chanel the other day too! Your outfit seems very COCO.

  8. Alice says:

    I’ve got the same dress, so cute….and cheap! That lipstick is faboulos!

  9. diane says:

    Great look, Karen, you really nailed the Chanel look-a-like πŸ˜€

    .-= diane’s last blog post… Red lips – hot or not? =-.

  10. gio says:

    That’s a beautiful lip color, but I’m not sure I could pull it off. I love your outfit too, vey classy!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Gilty Pleasures Weekly Blog Tour, 21/02/10 =-.

  11. Marina says:

    Love it! Who cares that the dress is only $35 when you look fab in it! I am impressed by your creativity and would love to see more posts of such kind πŸ˜‰
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Richesse de Diacolor Conditioning Colour by LÒ€ℒOreal Professionnel: My Impression =-.

  12. Fie says:

    This is by far my favourite “photoshoot” of you. So very chic and classy! πŸ˜‰ I’m sure Mademoiselle Coco approves of the choice of lip colour and so do I!

  13. jen in Va says:

    Karen! I’ve been loving these daily posts of chanel and your different look; really cool blog. All tthe lipsticks are great so far, but I think my favorite is still Pausa.

  14. Shadowy Lady says:

    You look absolutely fantastic! Cambon was one of the two Rouge Coco I bought last week. I think it’s a gorgeous colour on every skintone πŸ™‚
    .-= Shadowy Lady’s last blog post… Friday’s Look – Chanel Rouge Coco in Teheran =-.

  15. Alyssa says:

    Get it, girl! Coco would’ve demanded you be the spokesmodel. I have a question…with these lipsticks, what are your thoughts on liner? I’m wearing Mademoiselle with bare lips (well, except for my UD Lip Primer I intend to try out today) but was curious on if you thought it would be good to pair a Chanel lip liner with it. The SA recommended Rose Tawny. Would this change the look up too much?

  16. sara says:

    I Love your outfit!

  17. Jian says:

    Wow Karen, you look SOO chic!! And absolutely loving the lipstick!
    .-= Jian’s last blog post… NOTD: Dented polkadots with silver sparkle & Monkey Madness =-.

  18. nina says:

    The tweed jacket is so Chanel-esque! Perfect with pearls and that awesome lipstick!

    I think im turning into a lippie junkie …. πŸ˜€

  19. Eileen says:

    I’ve really been enjoying your 5 Days of Rouge Coco. I love the humor and how beautifully you’ve created outfits to fit the image behind the name. I wish you could do all 30! Rock on!

  20. K says:

    lol I love your imagined conversation!
    .-= K’s last blog post… Losing Your Voice =-.

  21. Glosslizard says:

    Magnifique post! πŸ™‚

  22. Anna says:

    You’re so adorable hahaha the pictures are fabulous.

  23. Basak says:

    Great post Karen!! So elegant!

  24. you are too cute. love the color, and the whole post. hilarious.

  25. Stephie says:

    Aw, love this post. And your little dialogue with Coco πŸ˜›
    .-= Stephie’s last blog post… Boobs are fantastic, even the plastic =-.

  26. Janelle says:

    LOL, this is too funny! My ex got me Coco’s Mademoiselle for my bday last year by accident (I’d been wanting another perfume instead), so I didn’t like the scent at first, but it seems to work well with my body chemistry, so after a few hrs of wearing it, I would like it. …but at the same time, the smell reminds me of my ex, so hopefully I’ll get over that. :0/

  27. Lexi says:

    You look beautiful and your figure looks absolutely fab! I know we all have insecurities, but try to see yourself the way we all see you- as a stunningly beautiful, talented, funny, inspiring woman!

  28. amy says:

    I love Cambon on you, the red looks gorgeous with your completion. The Coco Chanel photo shoot is adorable.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland 16 Eyeshadow Palette Product Pictures =-.

  29. Marian says:

    Tres chic madamoiselle!

  30. AO says:

    Ok. The aquisitions have begun. I just ordered Rivoli, Legend and Lune Rousse. Also Crazed Rouge Allure. Didn’t want the Rouge Allures to get jealous from all the attention the new gal on the block Rouge Coco is getting. πŸ˜‰

  31. james says:

    nice clothes, luvin it
    .-= james’s last blog post… A-jay =-.

  32. lexi says:

    I have that dress in gray – unfortunately i gained a few pounds since i’ve last worn is so i’m afraid to even put in on (massive sad face)

    Buuuut….i did score the last tube of Mademoiselle at my Nordstrom counter…c’est vrai…it was meant to be! I’ll need to save up for another tube…I’ll check this one out next time I’m ready. This looks like it can be a very chic statement color for me!

  33. Alice says:

    I absolutely love the jacket! And I have the same pearl necklace by H&M, it’s super cool! πŸ˜€

  34. Andreea says:

    Thsi blogpost is GORGEOUS! Great idea!
    .-= Andreea’s last blog post… Verlosung: Ein Jahresvorrat AXE Dry Deoroller! =-.

  35. Carrie says:

    I can’t decide…Cambon and Legende or Cambon and Mademoiselle…Any suggestions? I hope to get both eventually, but I can only choose one for now. I’m NW15 for reference.

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