Letters to Coco and Reflections on a Chanel Summer, Part 1: Orange You Glad We’re BFFs With Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour and Sunny Glossimer?

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Chanel Collection Reflets D'Ete De Chanel Summer 2014

Wearing the new Chanel Collection Reflets D’Ete De Chanel Summer 2014

Letters to Coco

Introducing part one of a three-part series of posts titled “Letters to Coco,” a series of letters written in the summer of 2014 from me to my best friend (in my head), Coco Chanel. In this first letter, which features summer collection standouts Mirabella Nail Polish and Sunny Glossimer, we’re planning our upcoming summer trip.

My dearest Coco,

Orange you glad we’re BFFs!? Because, seriously, how else would you get the inside scoop on happenings in the crazy cat lady community? You’d be lost without me, LOL!


I miss you so much! It’s been forever since we hung out. How has your summer been so far? Mine’s been nothing short of epic. EPIC!

I’ve been traveling a lot for work because of Tabs. He’s had a ton of modeling gigs lately and, lucky for me, most of them have been in tropical parts of the world.

I’m actually writing this to you from the Four Seasons in Bora Bora right meow.


I was thinking about you because all of the fancy fashionistas here keep asking about Mirabella, that luscious orange nail polish from your summer collection.

Chanel Mirabella

Chanel Mirabella

Chanel Mirabella swatch

Two coats of creamy orange Mirabella

It hasn’t left my tips or toes once this trip, and everyplace I’ve been, at least one person has stopped to ask me about it. “OMG! What are you wearing on your nails!?” I raise my chin proudly and proclaim, “It’s from my BFF, Coco. It’s part of her summer Reflets D’Ete de Chanel summer 2014 collection.”

Then, while their brains are still frozen, I add, “It’s so pigmented that you only need one coat.” 🙂

Chanel Collection Reflets D'Ete de Chanel Summer 2014 All

Eight pieces from the 16-piece Reflets D’Ete de Chanel Summer 2014 collection

I’ve been wearing it with Sunny, the sheer jelly orange Glossimer also from your summer collection.

SUCH a good idea to mix and match the nail polishes and glosses in this collection, Coco! I love that if I want I can match my lips to my nails.

Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour and Sunny Glossimer

Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27, limited edition) and Sunny Glossimer ($29.50, permanent)

Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour on my nails and Sunny Glossimer on my lipa

Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour on my nails and Sunny Glossimer on my lips

I know that some of the so-called “style mavens” out there pooh-pooh the idea of matching lips and nails, but I don’t care. I think it kinda rocks. Plus, orange is totally having a moment right now.

You’re so good at being trendy! That’s something I’ve always admired about you. That, and your ability to put together a fierce outfit. 🙂

Chanel Sunny Glossimer

Wearing Glossimer in Sunny, a jelly orange

Anyway, though, because the gloss is so sheer and shiny, it’s not a full-on match, ya know? It’s still a little different than the nail polish.

Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour on my nails and Sunny Glossimer on my lips

Additional makeup worn in this look: that’s MAC Warm Soul Blush on my cheeks, and Chanel Vert Khaki Eyeshadow and Santal Waterproof Eyeliner on my eyes

Gah! My phone is blowing up again. The boss wants me to get him lunch and book him a massage, so I should probably get back to work.

Write back soon! We need to start planning our trip. What do you say about surfing this time? San Diego? Or maybe Hawaii again? I could possibly visit you on your side of the pond, maybe the South of France or Northern Italy, but I’ll need to put in my vacation request ASAP if that’s going to happen.


Let me know what your schedule’s like, and I’ll put together a couple of itineraries.

Love ya, always,


The 16-piece Chanel Collection Reflets D’Ete de Chanel Summer 2014 collection includes…

  • Le Blush Creme de Chanel in Cheeky, a rose with bronze tint ($38, limited edition)
  • Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage, a bronze ($36, permanent)
  • Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Utopia, a luminous Lavender ($36, limited edition)
  • Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in New moon, an iridescent copper ($36, limited edition)
  • Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Violet Touch, a purple with golden shimmer ($30, limited edition)
  • Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Orange Touch, a orange with golden shimmer ($30, limited edition)
  • Style Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ambre Dore, a gold ($32, permanent)
  • Levres Scinteillantes Glossimer in Hello, a jelly light rose ($29.50, limited edition)
  • Levres Scinteillantes Glossimer in Sexy, a jelly light fuchsia ($29.50, permanent)
  • Levres Scinteillantes Glossimer in Happy, a jelly coral ($29.50, permanent)
  • Levres Scinteillantes Glossimer in Sunny, a jelly orange ($29.50, permanent)
  • Le Vernis Nail Colour in Eastern Light, a white beige ($27, limited edition)
  • Le Vernis Nail Colour in Sweet Lilac, a lilac ($27, limited edition)
  • Le Vernis Nail Colour in Pink Tonic, a fuchsia ($27, limited edition)
  • Le Vernis Nail Colour in Tutti Frutti, a soft coral ($27, permanent)
  • Le Vernis Nail Colour in Mirabella, an orange ($27, limited edition)

Chanel Summer 2014



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  1. Teri says:

    Absolute love for this colelction! It’s so bright, fun and pretty! I really love the nail polishes and the eyeshadows are so grgeous too!
    Teri recently posted … Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

  2. Agata says:

    A beautiful collection and the nail polishes look stunning. And so do you, very summery and sexy!

    • Karen says:

      Happy Friday, girlfriend! I wish it was hot enough for us to go to the beach… I could use a beach day.

      What are your plans for the weekend?

      • Agata says:

        Happy Friday! I am getting a new phone today so that’s always exciting. Then work of course and tomorrow I am going to work on pictures and posts for my blog. How about you?

        • Karen says:

          Tomorrow I’ve got a few errands to run and then I’m leaving for a trip on Sunday! I’m telling myself that I’m going to pack today so that I won’t be doing it at the last minute (yeah right).

          How’s the weather out your way? Is it spring yet?

          • Agata says:

            Oh how exciting, where are you going? Maladives, lol?

            It’s sunny and in high 50s, supposed to be 70 tomorrow so I am happy but no signs of spring on the trees yet, nothing is blooming, the grass still looks drab. Spring here is so beautiful, I hope I won’t miss the trees blooming while I go to Poland.

          • Karen says:

            I wish, LOL! I’m going out your way. Kindasorta! Heading to Nashville for a few days.

            Oh gosh, 70s on a Saturday sounds PERFECT. I hope you get to go outside for a bit! And that you don’t have allergies. Mine are crazy right now, achoooo!

  3. Sunny says:

    Hahaha that gloss is called Sunny? MUST. OWN. IT.
    Sunny recently posted … Flower Power! Clinique Ginger Pop

  4. Vineetha says:

    Loved the Nail color. I like the shade of the glossimer but love glosses a bit more pigmented. 🙁
    Vineetha recently posted … Sephora Collection 10 Shades Of Samba Waterproof Eyeliner Set Review, Swatches

  5. Allison C says:

    I’m beginning to get psyched for orange, the more I see of it. Maybe I’ll mix it in a mani with hot pink like one of your pix. And just gotta try an orange lippie but probably not in Chanel for something I won’t wear all that much. They are gorgeous though
    Allison C recently posted … Zoya Nail Polish, Tinsley: More Rose Gold for Spring

  6. gio says:

    The gloss is too sheer for me, but I love the nail polish. It’s so pretty and summery.
    gio recently posted … 5 Best Drugstore Eyeshadows

  7. Shanie says:

    Great post, the nail polish and gloss look fantastic on you, not sure my skintone could pull em off. I always feel a little guilty buying Chanel, not a fan of Coco as person.

  8. Fancie says:

    That polish is so pretty! I wish the gloss was more pigmented. It would have been perfect!
    Fancie recently posted … NARS Black Valley Eye Paint Review

  9. Sherry says:

    I love love love your blog and the humor that inevitably happens when I read it. Oh and the crying wallet that happens too 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you, Sherry! I’m glad to bring a smile to your face. And to help you fill your makeup bag with great glosses, LOL!

      Does anything from this launch catch your eye?

  10. Chelsea says:

    This was a fun read! Can’t wait to see the rest of the series, I loves me some Chanel.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Chelsea. Chanel sisters for life! I’m actually heading to the counter tonight if I have time (fingers crossed). Need some retail therapy, desperately!

      TGIF, by the way. What’s the plan for the weekend?

      • Chelsea says:

        I have aerial classes tomorrow, so that should be fun! I have a return to make to Blue Mercury (item unused), and I want to get some retail therapy too! Need some warmer-weather clothes for work! I like to wear a top layer like a cardigan or blazer, but I get overheated easily in the summer, so it needs to be lightweight!

  11. Katie says:

    This is the 3098103958th time I’ve said it, Karen: orange is *your* color. This post is making me crave bright colors…

    And that’s the thing I dislike about spring: it’s a wimpy precursor to the SUMMER! Let’s organize that Hawaii trip.

  12. Iris says:

    I like the Hello lipgloss. 🙂

  13. Sylirael says:

    This collection is so fresh and summery and pretty! Although we’re going into autumn here, the Summer weather is lasting well, and it’s nice reading this post with the sun shining outside 🙂 Love your stuff as always, Karen!

    That orange nail polish too… don’t have that colour in my collection yet… 😉
    Sylirael recently posted … A Toxically Beautiful Kiss: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom

  14. Rhea says:

    I’m digging these nice fun orange summer colors!
    Rhea recently posted … Lancôme L’Extreme Mascara

  15. Lydia says:

    When will the collection hit the stores?

  16. Erin says:

    Hmmm, I wonder how that jelly orange would look on me, it’s no sheer!
    Erin recently posted … Cool Stuff Roundup

  17. Kellie says:

    Mirabella is gorgeous. I wonder if there is a less expensive dupe out there.

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