March 14, 2016

I was actually reluctant to share this story with you guys at first because generally speaking, I like to reserve this site for good things only. But upon further consideration, if it might serve as a cautionary tale and possibly save someone from finding themselves in similar circumstances, then at least something good will come of it!

So, as I am writing this post, the Loewe bag pictured is no longer with me. It was stolen roughly half an hour after this shoot. My friend and I came to a cafe, I placed the bag on a table next to me, turned around to move the chair closer to the table we were going to sit at and when I turned back, the bag was gone! The first thing I remember is being in a state of complete shock, that ugly wave of panic running down my spine and complete and utter inability to accept what just happened. I am not exaggerating when I say that I say I turned around for 3 seconds at most. In fact, it happened so quickly that it took me a while just to realize that my bag was stolen. Like an idiot, I obsessively kept looking for it under the table and on chairs, thinking maybe I placed it somewhere else.

It took me a while to regain what I would call a normal brain function, it was difficult to speak and my hands were shaken a little, but once I did, the grim reality set in. Sure, I mourned the loss of the bag, but though I quickly cancelled my credit cards, locked my phone and scheduled an appointment to replace my driver's license, I've made a crucial mistake of carrying important travel documents with me. Those of course were now gone with my bag and the prospect of getting home to LA was looking a bit grim.

I saw the first ray of sunshine when I realized I left my passport in my room, which by the way was a complete and total fluke. I was changing bags that morning and simply didn't take it with me! And so, after consulting with US Embassy, because I had my passport with me, I was able to get home alright.

Thinking back on what happened, I still find it difficult not to blame myself and imagine scenarios where I didn't put my bag down or turned around a bit more quickly or did something differently and my bag would still be with me. But that's the worst part of when something is stollen from you, isn't it? You blame yourself! Yet we should not! The blame lies completely with a person who, took something from you, fully realizing I'm sure, how divesting the outcome would be!

So, since this is rather a cautionary tale than a whiny story:), I'd like to end this post on a good note, saying that I'm back in LA safely, thanks to US Embassy in Paris and the nicest gentlemen at US Customs, planning on leaving all my important documents in a hotel safe from now on and thinking about my next trip to Paris! Because, nothing, and I say absolutely nothing, will ever ruin going to Paris for me! :)

DIOR blue denim ankle boot | ADRIENNE LANDAU Mongolian lamb fur jacket | CO Ruffled crepe blouse | FENDI crystal 52mm tipped cat eye sunglasses | FRAME cropped slim-leg jeans { similar here } | LOEWE small Puzzle bag & trip-color leather knot key ring | ELIZABETH COLE geometric earringsRACHEL ZOE Set of 5 rings | JULES SMITH crystal claw ring | VITA FEDE Grape crystal ring 


Liz Lauren said...

love that coat

Amparo Pérez Pascual said...

Stolen bag? Welcome to the Mediterranean. A big huge from Spain.

Polina Sutin said...

So sorry to hear that you had this unpleasant experience! I think we are a bit spoiled in the US since street theft (even though it still occurs) is not all that common. Europe, unfortunately, always keeps you on your toes in that regard. Leaving the documents in the room is definitely an advise I would subscribe to!

Glad to hear you are back home!

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Francesca Cristini said...

so cool!


Natali said...

Oh wow... I can't even believe that something like this is for real possible in a finer places and esp. so unnoticed!! I feel sorry for you but you had great luck that your passport was in our hotel room. Being "robbed" in any way, even for the smallest thing feels absolutely horrible... Sorry that you had to go through that.

Su nd Chris said...

What an awesome look! Love the color combo!

xx Su

Monika Sanguinetti said...

That is so awful :( I'm sorry that happened to you, not a cheap item either!

Huong said...

I follow you, Annabelle, but rarely comment on here. I'm SO sorry that happened! You would think that you at least would see the person running out the door with your bag if it was 3 seconds, geez. You know all about karma, so they'll get what's coming to them.

Aleksandra Skorupan said...

gosh, I'm so sorry to hear that :( I can totally imagine how you must have felt... you look gorgeous though <3

Getri said...

Looking fabulous as usual!

Julia said...

I can't even count how many times my wallets (with all my cards), handbags, expensive sunglasses was stolen. I lost my passport twice... In the year. And one day I just left my Dolce Gabbana wallet in a phone booth. Fortunately I left some money in the hotel room. It happens sometimes :)

Monika Basiaga said...

Fantastic outfit! :) Very original!
Love it!

Shea Calleri said...

Oh this hurts my stomach! I am so sorry you had to experience that. Thank you for the cautionary tale

Desirèe D'Aloia said...

beautiful fur coat!

Viktoria said...

absolutely stunning!

Marta said...

Beautiful and very stylish outfit! Lovely boots!

Harry said...

I absolutely love everything about this outfit!

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Monika Wlodarczyk said...

I feel so sad for you! It is an awful feeling having something stolen from you. Having lived in Paris, you have to really watch everything because I have seen so many attempts of robberies, especially in the metro. Thankfully in the metro there is a possibility that someone else will warn you because everyone is just standing there. Have a lovely day and don't blame yourself!

ALikeAnita said...

oh my god that's horrible !

Andrea jueong said...

This look is phenomenal! You look amazing!

Stephanie said...

Love your look sorry your bag got stolen. What a horrible thing to happen. :(

Dylana Suarez said...

This is stunning!


Carolyn said...

thank you for sharing with us! that is so violating to have something stolen. but it does remind us to be more careful and alert.

monic sutter said...

That is so sad! It could have been worse =) live and learn !


anna said...

It's awful when you have your things stolen, especially during traveling.

Kelly said...

I love your earrings and that gorgeous bag!

xx Kelly
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Teah said...

I am so sorry to hear about your bag being stolen. I'm so glad to hear that you still had your passport at the hotel and was able to make it back home. I think it's great that you're not letting this unfortunate incident ruin your love for Paris!

Lucie Shoesmaniac said...

love your look :)
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Trendencies Blog said...

Love the white fur coat and the boots are gorgeous too!

Camille said...

People are just su dishonest it's freaking annoying ! I feel really bad for you because more thann just stealing the bag I feel like it's awful when someone has access to your intimacy


Great look and nice bag! xx

Nissi Mendes said...

I'm really really really in love with your jacket!!

♥ Nissi
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Michelle Joseph said...

Sorry to hear about your bag, but good to know that all is well.
Looking lovely as always.

Mich x

Louise Chen said...

Interesting choice to pair denim heels with denim jeans! And wow, denim heels are so cool!!

Stella Compiseno said...

The worst feeling in the world is losing something or having it unknowingly taken/stolen from you. Just thinking about it gives me that awful feeling in the bottom of my stomach. I'm glad this story had a happy ending -- bags and their material contents are ultimately replaceable as annoying and frustrating as that may be!

Glad YOU'RE ok.

XO, Stella

prudence yeo said...

The coat is such a statement making piece and those denim boots are absolutely gorgeous! Glad everything turns out well despite losing you bag!


Gitta Witzel said...

So sorry to hear that. It is unbelievable that people do that to others. Also happened to me and my friends lately. My camera with a lot of pictures on it plus a new lense were stolen. Well the damage is done, even though you always blame yourself for it ... a bit. But it is a shame that you have to look out for your stuff all the time like your afraid of someones bad behavior.

All the best.
x Gitta I

Amanda said...

Sorry to hear about this misfortune but glade you shared the story so people can learn from it. The outfit and bag are beautiful by the way!
Have a great day



Beautiful photos :)
Maria V.

Paulinette said...

Welcome in France.... It's very common sadly to have the bag stolen, especially if you let it on a chair next to you, i'm very sorry for you because it's always very unpleasant :-/

Nicoletta De Luca said...

What stunning look, love the boots!

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Angie Wilson said...

love this look. That jacket is incredible!

xx Angie |

Linda Tran said...

Lovely outfit!

Julie "JUURI" R said...

Thank you so much for sharing this honest story. I hope it'll inspire people to be careful traveling and not have "vacation brain." (How great that you can share that with so many readers!) BUT I'm also inspired by your great attitude not to let it get you down or ruin your experience. Great job, and glad you are safe, which is the most important thing!


Nikki said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your horrible experience!! And I'm glad you managed to get home safely!

Your outfit is gorgeous (as always)!!

Cristina Astol said...

Love the coat! Nice pics!

Maike said...

Oh no, that's horrible!! Sometimes I can't believe how rude people can be... but good to hear that you made it home safely! All the best for you, xx Maike

Fay Kay said...

Great article as usual!

Alyssa Hartwick said...

I am so extremely sorry to hear that this lovely bag was taken! Such a bummer, but thank you so much for sharing to remind us all to be more cautious with out belongings when traveling.

Very lovely look.

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Sofia said...

If I wanted to steal something from you it would be your amazing booties.Just kidding.That is a very ugly thing to do and a very unpleasant experience for you.But... it's not the end of the world.You will grow stronger and smarter from this and new good things will come around.

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Sandrine Calme said...

"Never ever leave your bag unattended" How many times have I heard and read that one in airports,train stations,churches,etc? You live and you learn. This story reminds me of that saying.

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