Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly - Epictetus

19 May 2011

Taa Daa!

Apologies for the slight hiatus I was buried under a pile of work and once I managed to dig my way out I found myself hit by a wall of uni assignments. Fun. For some demented reason, after writing my Honours thesis I thought that doing my Masters was a good idea. I am still trying to remember why. At least I had the presence of mind to choose to do course work instead of a dissertation. *Sigh.* Still not out of the woods yet – two assignments left for the semester – but at least work has calmed down a little… for now.

I have recently found myself lusting after a Celine Nano bag with such force I am rather glad there are no stores in my city - the closest is Singapore but I refuse to stoop to begging my brother’s girlfriend to go and buy me one. I had the chance to buy one in London but I had just, only hours before, purchased this eye searingly bright baby:
image source: (the colour on screen does not do it justice)

So I thought I should slow down. Besides, they only had green or black and I want one of these perfectly formed little honeys:
image source: tumblr
Now, the rational side of brain is telling me that I in no way shape or form require this bag. However I would at least like to see it and try it on before I decide which way to jump. I find that, often, holding a much fantasized about item is enough to kill the lust especially when it doesn’t live up to expectations.

I am also slightly worried about myself. Part of me wonders whether I really want it because I like it in terms of design, form, function etc or because I have seen it being lugged around by various fashion editors and hangers on. Don’t get me wrong, I am in love with the colour scheme (case in point: I am currently wearing these exact colours) but I could just as easily get a bag from a cheaper brand in the same tones, I’ve definitely seen a few hanging around. But it wouldn’t have those handles… or that strap… or that neat gold lettering. The price tag isn’t so much an issue, I am in the blessed position of having not progressed into the world of full adulthood (perhaps another reason I chose to remain at uni…?) even though I work full time and contribute to family expenses, so I would be able to save up after a few months of frugality (re: no more iced chocolate lattes or impromptu yum cha dates or trips to the Southern Highlands). And then there is my slightly demented desire to leave a fabulously curated stash of designer items for my future daughter (yes, singular. I want one girl and a stack of boys) and granddaughters. Odd I know, but once J and I get married it will be a hard slog of house buying, child rearing and career maintaining, so the desire to treat myself now, while I can afford to splurge, is pretty intense.

I really hope this doesn’t sound too selfish but I also really want to be the cool stylish mum for my kids rather than one of the one-tracksuit-wonders that seem to populate the school where my mother teaches. A horrible statement I know, seeing I have no idea how hard it is to be a mother – I will witness it first hand soon enough as my very close friend is due in a few months – but I have always worked hard to carefully maintain what I see as a classic style and I hate the thought of being too tired to maintain my own appearance as well as my children’s.

Is it wrong that I see this bag as the epitome of my desired future mum-style even though it will be at least five years until I procreate (touch wood)? And, honestly, I need some opinions here ladies: do you think this bag is worth it?


  1. Hi there! I found your blog via Prêt à Porter P, and I just finished reading the whole thing. I love it, and it looks like we share a few favorite bloggers as well. I will keep following you via Bloglovin' :)

    (I don't think my blogger account sends you to the right blog - mine is

  2. It's sold out in Singapore, in case you are thinking about it :) I think it's very cute but it's also very very small. I haven't been able to examine it in person so I can't vouch for the workmanship but I was quite keen on this bag myself because I've been looking for a small bag for day. The design and shape is quite distinctive and it definitely stands out from the usual bags in such sizes and colours.

  3. I love this post. I know there are a lot of people who feel that in your 20s you don't know what your future will hold, but for your blog I can see that you have a very clear and concise style. Therefore I don't see the problem with splurging now.

    I love that you mention wanting to have great clothing to pass onto your daughter. I think about this all the time even though it's very far away. I definately want to be the chic mom at the playground:)

  4. Oh, it's so lovely, the colours are beautiful, and so is your Mulberry. I feel just like this about my dream bag, SC for Louis Vuitton. I'm afraid it wouldn't live up to expectations if I saved up for it! I'd also love to give my daughter something like this when she grows up. I have two young children, and my interest in fashion and style hasn't changed at all since I became a mom, so no need to worry about the tracksuit!

  5. Oh my god I just wrote an essays worth of replies and blogger deleted them??? :S Lets see if I can remember...

    Maja: Welcome :) Nice to meet you, I checked out your blog, love the cartoons! Too cute.

    Lin: I thought it might have (you lot are way stylish over there) but I was holding out hope. I don't mind small bags at the minute but not being able to fit my wallet into my Chanel is irritating... maybe a Celine wallet is in order? Haha. Let me know if you get a look at one, I'd be interested to know what you think of it.

    Lindsay: Awww thanks :) I can't really say my style is effortless so its nice to know people have noticed me slaving away ;) And you definitely don;t have anything to worry about, you're going to be the chicest mum at the playground for sure!

    Garderoben: I read your post about the SC bag, I really liked it too but had been put off by comments I'd read about the workmanship of the range and then I saw the nano and fell head over heels. Haha. And can I just say that you are one of the most stylish mothers I've ever seen. Your daughter is going to love your IM collection when she is older... better lock your closet from now ;)


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