Friday, 6 June 2014

A Handbag

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a lady in the middle years of her life, must be in want of a good handbag.


Or is that just me?


Maybe it's because you're never too fat for a handbag? It wouldn't matter which designer I chose or how much money I spent, I'm still going to look like a pig in a frock in most of them. Not even once has a handbag made me look chubby. And I am very old and have had a lot of handbags.




I am looking for the holy grail of handbags, I want something that will be big enough to carry all my stuff. I have a lot of stuff, I know from past experience if I leave any of the stuff out, I will need it and be peeved with myself all day for leaving it at home. I want it to look smart and business like ( because clearly I need all the help I can get with that one) I want it to say "Look here, you young things, I am a serious lady with a serious handbag, I may be getting old but with that I am gaining gravitas. And I have a lovely handbag"


 I have spent a fair bit of time on my handbag quest. I have even joined a handbag forum ( courtesy of mumsnet, of course, I can't do anything without mumsnet approval)  I have decided upon the handbag for me.


It is a lovely handbag.


It is a thing of beauty.


It is expensive.


Click HERE to see my object of my covety covetousness.


Oh I can do all the nice lady things justification maths, cost per wear blah blah blah, I know I will use it , I know it is good quality. I know I could sell it if I got bored and still get some money back.  But can I really spend that kind of money on a bag?


DISCLAIMER - if the nice PR people at Mulberry wish to send me a free handbag to play with, I will blog the live long day about them, I will stop people in the street and force them to admire the Bay, truly I will, there will not be anyone who knows, reads or has contact with me that will not hear the joys of Mulberry. Promotion has no impetus like a middle aged auntie with a free handbag.


I just cannot bring myself to hand my card over, it seems obscene just to pay the money. I really, really want this bag. My lovely husband has said he'd buy it for me  but I can't let him. I could take the money out of my wee nice lady things savings account but it seems like I haven't earned it, despite the fact that any money going into the account has been earned by me.


So I have come up with a cunning plan, in this plan I get to buy the handbag but I have to earn the handbag. I can't do any more hours at work so I have to give up something and then save the money for the bag. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.


So, suggestions welcomed for what I can do that will leave me a spare £1000 ish in my account but won't get me arrested or divorced.


PS - I am completely aware of this being a #firstworldproblem, I am completely aware that people are starving and homeless and really struggling and I have the luxury of even thinking of buying a handbag. I know, I know... mea culpa





14 comments:

Andy said...

I'm pleased to see that, according to the link, it 'goes well with: trousers'.

auntiegwen said...

Andrew - clearly by the time you've bought the thing you can't afford the blouse to wear with the trousers

Mac n' Janet said...

You're right, it's gorgeous! If your children were younger you could rent them out to childless couples to encourage them not to procreate. Grow your hair and sell it. Take in a lodger who likes to clean. Sell everything in the house that isn't nailed down.
Hope I was helpful.

Looking for Blue Sky said...

A petition? And I feel so much better now about writing about which mobile phone I should buy next...

libby said...

I've told you already....naked ironing will do it.....you have the equipment........ps I was thinking of that bag for my 'treat yourself 'cos you will be 60' later in the year....but have decided to go with the 'good watch and ring' combo....xxx pps buy the bag.

auntiegwen said...

M & J - oh it's like you've met my children :) I love it

LFBS - I know, I'm shallow, it's not been a happy few weeks for me so am trying to avoid facing up to reality xx

Libs - ooh I am excited, what watch are your going for? xxx

Gigi said...

It's a BEAUTIFUL bag...and I understand. Bags, shoes and accessories ALWAYS fit. I'd say buy it...but I also understand the reluctance to indulge as I currently have no less than SIX different gift certificates (received between 2-3 years ago!!) to spend but can't decide whether to treat myself to a luxury item or if I should use them on sale items to make the money go further.

auntiegwen said...

Gigi - the big one everytime, especially with free money xxxx

Mrs Worthington said...

Do what makes you feel good!

auntiegwen said...

Mrs W - ooh that's a dangerous notion...

Working Mum said...

I actually gave an audible sigh when I saw that handbag, and I'm not really a handbag person.

You could go without food for a few months to pay for it and have a size 0 body as a bonus!

Trish Burgess said...

I do like a challenge but this is a toughie. It's funny what we feel we can spend money on and what we can't - I buy cheap handbags but expensive cars, balk at buying bottled water but happily spend dosh on holidays. It comes down to guilt: would you feel guilty holding it or would it make you feel fabulous? If it's the latter, it's worth saving for.

I hear people these days are making a mint having their own YouTube channel. Have you a talent you could expose on there?

auntiegwen said...

WM - yep, except I am a piggy kind of an auntie and LOVE my food

Trish - not come on Mrs B, you've been reading here a long time, you know I have no talents!!!!. Andrew has a fear of spending money but like you, travel is okay, I mean I nearly died when we had to pay for Sri Lanka and the Maldives but I am quite chipper about choosing next years holiday, maybe when we've done it once, it's easier, oh Lordy, how many handbags will I end up with!!!

Nana Go-Go said...

Cheaper getting on a flight to Dubai and buying a knock-off!