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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Thoughts on designer handbags, specifically the Stella McCartney Tiny Tote, written at 3am when I should have been sleeping but couldn't because I was too busy thinking about the joys and uncertainties of frivolous purchases.


Beginning my early teens wearing tracksuit bottoms and baggy jumpers, eventually shunning trousers in my late teens and early twenties in favour of floral dresses and pastel cardigans, I now only ever wear black jeans and plain tees so it's clear to see that I'm no fashion connoisseur. Despite this however, designer handbags still seem to have a certain allure for me that I can't quite explain. Over the years I've found myself looking at the usual suspects; Saint Laurent, Chloe and Chanel, but my desires for them always seem to have been nothing more than passing phases.

For now my intrigue is currently set firmly in the direction of the Stella McCartney Falabella Tiny Tote. On paper it's perfect; it's small, it isn't made from leather and, although certainly expensive, it's not wildly unattainable. It would take a fair amount of time to save up for something so frivolous and yet, when the day finally arrived, I know myself well enough to already know that I would like seeing that number in my savings account too much to hand over my card.

Perhaps a mixture of feeling that I don't deserve it, although I don't think I believe we have to earn something beyond completing the physical act of saving for it because that in itself is surely enough, and concern that the allure is firmly situated in the feeling of longing and not actually in the experience of owning and enjoying something that I didn't need but, for some reason, wanted to have.

Alas, perhaps one day I'll fight my urge to overthink everything, walk into the shop (aka buy online) and leave with my frivolous purchase to see where the allure lies. Until then though, there's plenty more overthinking to be done...

xo

16 comments:

  1. Stella makes the most beautiful handbags, they are incredibly understated - I think anyways. I'm like you though and won't part with that amount of money for a bag, I'd rather put it towards a house. Because that's the brain of a 27 year old. Yeah. They make great dupes of this bag, I just picked up a smaller one from TKMaxx for about £20 and they also sell them on eBay. It's the fake territory but I say if it makes you happy then why not:) xx

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    1. I think a house totally wins out against a handbag, no matter how beautiful it is!

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  2. haha omg love the title of this post. Also the end of that second paragraph is so #relatable :P There are tons of things I see that I want, but if I'm still thinking about it a month or two later, I start to really consider actually buying it for myself :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. I agree, it's always good to think about purchases before actually making them!

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  3. There's a lot of psychology behind capitalism, retail therapy, and materialism, so it's quite a good thing that you think a lot on such a big purchase. It just makes you a more conscious consumer!

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    1. I think I'm just a bit cheap (!!) haha. No, it's always a good thing to really consider any purchase, I think. Most of the time I end up realising that I actually don't need it and am perfectly ok without it!

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  4. It IS a beautiful bag and a real classic - I wish I was as thoughtful as you when it comes to purchases, maybe then I'd be richer haha x

    Sick Chick Chic

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    1. Haha as long as you're buying things that make you happy that's all that matters!

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  5. I'm exactly the same - I save for things and then decide I like having the money more haha! It is a gorgeous bag though xx

    Toasty

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    1. At least it stops us from buying things we don't really need!

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  6. I don't think I could spend that much on a bag. But everyone needs to decide for themselves of course what's worth spending what on!

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  7. I totally feel you. I admire handbags from afar but I've never been able to bring myself to get a designer one!

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  8. It's certainly a very cute bag but I suppose I feel the same way as you! I've never owned a designer bag - maybe someday :) xxx

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