I Think We Need A Bigger Boat

Handbags: It’s been on my brain for a few days now. I don’t know if this blog is going to help me redefine my wardrobe or send me into a panic attack thinking about all the things I can’t afford.

I happened to have dinner with a friend last night and she owns so many lovely and expensive things and always looks fabulous. She has 9 Prada bags! She even told me she worked and saved for a really long time to own a Birkin and after reaching $7000 she changed her mind. When I asked her if she came to the realization that it was “just a bag”, she told me “oh no, nothing is ever ‘just a bag'”. Help! I’m in unchartered waters!

Maybe it’s because I’m new at this whole thing, but the amount of blog/support groups for women who own expensive things is a puzzle to me. I’d love to know if they live in debt over an accessory. Do they sleep at night because of the amount of money they owe to Visa because they carry a fabulous handbag? I just spent 4 years crawling out of credit card debt and I am living by the rules, “If you can’t pay for it in cash, then you can’t buy it”. My purse, or handbag, as I’m learning the proper terminology, sits on the floor next to me. If I had an expensive bag, would I sit it on my desk so the three guys in the shared basement workspace could “oooh” and “aaahh” over some leather?

One of my co-workers and I were chatting over my new found obsession of owning a Birkin Bag and she asked me, “Which size do you want?” My eyes almost shot out of my head. So now there are different sizes? And how does she now this? She then went on to tell me about the different Louis Vitton factories in France and Spain and what it means to own different bags from different factories. Useless info, she said, but she knows these sorts of things. Fascinating!

I think I’m going to have to refine my initial goal a bit. And I never did say that I was going after the most expensive stuff, but I know that quality is better than immediate satisfaction. Stay tuned.

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