Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Totes Amazeballs

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I honestly believe I have taken leave of my senses.  It has been 27 years since I last left my house carrying a "cheap" handbag, I blame it on the first Gucci I ever owned, a sweet little black monogrammed number that drew so many comments I was soon hooked on high end arm candy.

Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi etc etc followed over the years and such is my obsession that I actually get quite annoyed with myself when I fall in love with a high street number because I often want them, but know I won't use them, yes I am a crazy cat.

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Last week I had a client who walked in with the most adorable tote.  I loved the nude/blush colour, the size (I am a huge fan of massive totes) and the shape which reminded me of Celine.  I couldn't help but enquire as to where she had made this purchase and it was no surprise to find that it was from Spanish Fashion Supremo's, Zara.

The day went on and I couldn't stop thinking about her damn handbag and come evening I was straight on the Zara website trawling the last knockings of their sale, which was pretty abysmal by anybody's standards, but they did have the said bag, although only in black.  I toyed with the idea of the black one although with a Givenchy tote, of similar mammoth proportions, I didn't really want or need black and worried that it would look cheap.  A short while later I added it to basket and checked out, convincing myself that I could easily return it or use instead of a storage basket in my ensuite or something equally ridiculous! Maybe plant something in it, I don't know.

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I text my client to tell her of my obsession and subsequent order and got a reply saying that I was such a snob! Now if you don't know me, here is where you have to trust me, because I am so far removed from being a snob it's a joke! Then I thought about my feelings for bags from the High Street and thought maybe she did have a point and if I were snobbish in any way, shape or form, it was to do with bags.

Cheap shoes, yes I can do them, and easily.  Of course I prefer designer "Rhythm and Blues" but if I see a pair I love on the High Street I don't think twice about purchasing. Bags, not so much. I bought one from Reiss about three years ago which is still sitting in my wardrobe and the Zara number made famous by Olivia Palermo? I sold mine to a friend.

So the email arrived saying my Zara parcel was ready for collection instore and as I walked to the desk to pick up, there she was in all her nudey, blush coloured glory, the last bag left in the colour I really wanted!  I scooped her up quicker than a magpie could nick your wedding ring from the kitchen window sill, made my way to the till, and told the Sales Assistant I had come to pick up a package containing a black one of these but didn't want it, I wanted THIS one!  She completed the return there and then, black was so going back and nude was coming home with me!

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The day finally dawned when I planned to take her out, on a trip into town last Friday.  I twitched with nerves when I entered Thomas Cook to a chorus of "I love your bag, who's that by?".  I toyed with the idea of lying but was scared a) my tongue would go black or b) I would end up with a Pinocchio  nose like June Whitfield in the Birds Eye Chicken Pie adverts from way back in the 70's, so with great embarrassment parading itself as gay abandon, I fessed up and told the TRUTH - wow that is really is Totes Amazeballs!

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18 comments:

  1. GREAT bag! I always forget about Zara for bags because my love for TK Maxx bags wins every time!

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  2. Hi my dear! Well scored, the nude one was just destined for you to take home-it looks amazing too! I also prefer a designer bag, but happily do have a mix of expensive, cheap, thrifted and high street-they all come in handy at some point!! xxx

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  3. It's lovely - I really, really like it. And I don't really 'do' non-designer when it comes to handbags, either! x

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  4. Hilarious post! Loved it .. I'm a bit of a bag snob too, so I totally feel your pain:) The Zara bag looks great though, and the colour is perfect. I think you did the right thing buying it ... although I also think you need to report back at the end of the summer and confess as to how often you wore it!!

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  5. As a fellow 'bag snob' love that post and I ♥♥ love the bag !!!!!

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  6. Very funny. And the bag in the nude obviously had your name written all over it. It's lovely.

    Well you know me - I'm no bag snob - I just go with what the heart wants and desires and what I genuinely like - designer or high street.

    So tell me ... is this a turning point or do you think it will be a one off?

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  7. I was in Zara today but didn't see your bag Sharron....lovely colour and great style:) I love your outfit too!
    ~Anne xx

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  8. It looks lovely. I have had some great bags from zara.

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  9. It looks great! Hurrah for sneaky last minute sale items :)

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  10. Funnily enough the 13 years I lived in Spain I never bought an item of clothing in Zara, but did buy a few bags. Love the color you eventually chose. I agree with the above comment-report back and let us know how often you used it or whether you did actually end up using it as a plant pot or something equally hilarious :-)

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  11. I have never done designer bags - for me Zara is designer!!

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  12. I love the bag Sharron - the colour is fab! It was only ever going to be the nude wasn't it - lets face facts! I'm a complete non-snob when it comes to bags - don't care where they come from as long as the price is right and they hold all my rubbish! xx

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  13. I think we are all snobs with an area of fashion - mine is sunglasses and I wouldn't wear anything from the high street - only designer - see so now don't feel so bad! as for bags I have my share of designer and will buy from jigsaw but I haven't bought yet anything that isn't leather - recent purchase was from zatchells for their saddle bag and have to say it was liberating! 50% off and down to £37! think i'm getting in to the swing of this ;-)

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  14. Lovely bag S....So bummed Zara don't post internationally. And you look fab!

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  15. Love it! Now don't you dare plant something in it! We are all a secret snob in some area or another - bags is a good one to pick. You have class I would say.XXX

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  16. I cannot tell a lie, I am a bag snob too!

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  17. Lovely bag, I've also stopped using high street bags and have so many in my wardrobe! this zara one is such a gorgeous colour and shape, you picked the right colour! x

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  18. That's a very versatile bag in terms of size and colour. I'm sure you will get plenty of use out of it. I haven't bought a bag from Zara - maybe I should have a good look next time I'm in there!

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