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Ed Meek
CEO/Investment Advisor

Edge Portfolio Management


State: IL

At Edge, a low client to advisor ratio allows for personal and customized service for each individual.  Our goal is to work as a team for each client to provide not only portfolio management but wealth coordination and financial planning.  We make every effort to have frequent communication with our clients and to provide timely response to calls and emails.  I also enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids, playing and following basketball, playing golf, and participating as an advisory board member for Breakthrough Urban Ministries.

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Heather's Couture Corner - In Depth Review of the Chanel French Riviera Flap Bag

| BY Heather Kiely

SO, I kind of have this love affair with the French Riviera Chanel bag that I must share with you!!! I know that the most popular bag to acquire from Chanel is the classic 2.55 Flap. The 2.55 is the most beautiful handbag ever; I must say, and if you can afford the almost $5,000 price tag, I would encourage you to buy this timeless piece to add to your collection. The Chanel French Riviera is a version of the 2.55 and is made of caviar leather, different from the original lambskin. I love the durability of the leather and how it wears over time. It is definitely an everyday bag but elegant enough to be used at night! The French Riviera Flap comes in two different sizes. There is the smaller version at 11"x 7" with a depth of 3". The gorgeous silver chain strap threaded with leather has a drop of 16" single and 9" double. This is the first size that I purchased in a stunning cherry red. What I have to say I love most about the French Riviera is the surprising amount of room that I had to carry my everyday belongings. What I can fit into my smaller French Riviera are my Louis Vuitton Sarah Wallet, my iPhone, my Louis Vuitton checkbook wallet, and a few lipsticks.

The larger size French Riviera is bigger; however, but not by much…..It measures at 12"x 7" with the same depth of 3". The chain drop is 17" single and 10" doubled. When I take my larger dark navy blue bag, I can fit in all my essentials plus my sunglasses and a snack :)

I love both bags so much for all their versatility, and my number one reason I love to tote this bag is it is very light weight! If you follow my blogs, you know I have a love hate relationship with heavy handbags. I know the "new" trend is gorgeous suede lining, but it does add sometimes up to three pounds of extra weight. My Celine had leather lining, and I would rarely use it because I hated how heavy it was!!! I ended up selling it on Ebay and looking for a light couture option. The lining in both my smaller, red French Riviera and my larger navy is a grey durable nylon. There is a zipper pocket in the back of the bag on the interior as well as large leather pocket on the front on the exterior. The exterior leather pocket is so amazing!!! It it perfect for storing my iPhone, coupons, a checkbook, etc….

Overall, the French Riviera is an amazing trendy alternative to the classic Chanel 2.55 Flap. The smaller French Riviera $3200 can be purchased at Chanel Boutiques nationwide; as well as, its big sister for $3400. Instead of heading to the French Riviera, save yourself some money and purchase the Chanel French Riviera Flap and meet with one of our financial advisors to invest the rest of your savings! Check out our "Best Advisors" listings at I'm Heather Kiely reminding you to keep your investments where you can see them; in your French Riviera bag, of course!!!!