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9 January 2021

Why I Made My First Designer Purchase

We have all longed for that bag, pair of shoes, top, coat, jeans, car, sofa, hoover, coffee machine or slow cooker which is deemed expensive. Well, according to our bank accounts anyway.


But when you read five star reviews of the product or if you deem it to be an item which you will use for years to come, you will scrimp and save until you can officially say that you can afford the item. 


Well guys, I'm here to tell you...


I made my first designer purchase!




I bought this beautiful Marc Jacobs bag which was reduced in the sale from £425 to £260. Bargain. I have a little confession to make - this wasn't the first initial Marc Jacobs bag I first had my eye on. I had my eye on a smaller version of this bag but that went out of stock on the website I was planning to buy it from. When scouring through a different website, I spotted this one that I had bought and realised that it was a bigger option but it was cheaper than the smaller one. That made the bargain even sweeter. 


I'm happy that I went for the bigger version of the bag I originally wanted because with everything going on with Covid right now, I knew a bigger bag would be more practical as I'm carrying more items around with me now eg hand sanitiser, latex gloves etc. 


Before making the purchase, I read Victoria from InTheFrow 's post sharing tips on how to make your first designer purchase. I'm so glad that I did take the time to read Vic's post as it helped steer me towards the right decision and I felt I was making the right choice in terms of making my first designer buy. 



I made a little pinky promise to myself that when I would buy something a little more expensive, I would always aim for quality. I would always aim for practicality. I would always aim for something which could be worn with most outfits. There is absolutely no point in buying a designer item which can only be worn with one outfit or can be used once or twice before being shoved at the back of the wardrobe. 


Now, this designer buying business isn't something I'm going to make a habit in doing. I will not be encouraging you to do the same. I made this purchase way back in November when things in terms of money were ok and I had saved up or months for this bag. Financially, things aren't great for a lot of people right now and I would NEVER spur or pressure you into making that purchase. Don't get yourself into debt guys, it's seriously not worth it. Only make that bigger buy if you're financially comfortable to do so.  


In terms of buying more designer buys, I will only be spending a little more on bags in the future, purely because bags are something I do not buy very often. In fact, I buy a new one once or twice a year at the most. I've never been one to have a gazillion handbags in the wardrobe, I just don't see the point. 


This new Marc Jacobs bag is being kept in it's dust bag right now until I can go out properly again. There's no point in swapping bags when I'm just sat in the house doing naff all. I want to enjoy the purchase I've made. 


Let me know what you think of the bag!

90 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous bag, and an amazing deal! It's always a nice feeling when you come across a bargain, especially that the price was better than the smaller version you initially wanted!xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    1. Absolutely Hannah, you cannot beat a good bargain! xx

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  2. hat is such a stunning item. I am a sucker for everything high end. I think it is super important to treat yourself every now and again!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.thereluctantblogger.co.uk/

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    1. I agree Danielle, it doesn't do any harm to treat yourself every now and then! xx

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  3. I love this Marc Jacobs Bag! It is beautiful and I am so glad you got a great deal on it. I don't buy bags very often either so I don't mind spending a bit more on them, especially if like this one they are practical and big enough to hold all of my things.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Yeah I don't see the point of buying endless amounts of bags, it's just not necessary! That's one the reasons why I bought this one in particular, it's more practical!

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  4. Such a gorgeous bag! I've never bought anything designer as I feel like I'd be too scared to use it in case I got it dirty or ruined, haha!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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    1. Haha I feel the same too Tash, there is that fear of getting it dirty or ruined!

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  5. Gorgeous bag 😍 I have always believed in quality over quantity. I don't buy designer often, but notice how much longer they last over high Street versions. 💜

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    1. Thank you Fiona!
      I totally agree, quality over quantity is the way forward now, not fast fashion!

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  6. Ah I love this bag! Investment pieces are defo the way forward! The style is really timeless too. I love it so much! x
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. Thank you Lexie! Absolutely, investment pieces all the way! x

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  7. Oh I loved this post! I've never bought anything designer before but I've got my eye on a couple of designer handbags that one day I'll treat myself to! I completely agree with you that practicality and versatility are essential for a designer purchase - I'll definitely be going for something stylish and wearable whenever I treat myself to a designer bag! x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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    1. Thank you Faye! Yeah I think practically and versatility are key factors in knowing what type of bag you want and are looking for! x

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  8. This looks amazing! And I've made a bit of a pact to myself for this year to spend a little bit more on my clothing! Quality over quantity and all!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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    1. Quality over quantity does win every time!

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  9. Well done girly! This bag is beautiful, I'm so glad you were able to get a bigger bag for less, what a bargain!

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    1. Thank you Kelly, I couldn't believe how much of a bargain it was!

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  10. This is such a beautiful bag. I definitely think you made the right choice getting the bigger bag.

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    1. Thank you Kelly, I just love it! Yeah I definitely made the right choice, a bigger bag always fits everything in!

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  11. That's a beautiful bag! I usually don't mind spending money on designer bags because honestly the quality to them can't be beat!

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    1. Thank you Charity, I agree lovely, the quality of designer bags is second to none!

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  12. This is a stunning bag so i can see why you went with it! I have two designer bags and the price is normally worth it because the quality is incredible! X

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    1. The quality is so good with a designer bag isn't it?! That's why they last for years x

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  13. I love the bag, and so good it was reduced. Definitely need to treat yourself as often as you can :)

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    1. Absolutely Lauren, it's important to treat yourself once in a while!

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  14. Gorgeous bag and good for you for treating yourself! I think it's so much better to save up for something that costs more as you know it's made out of top quality materials and will last longer rather than frequently buying cheaper items - it's more of an investment then xx

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    1. I agree Della, I would rather save up and buy something top quality than just buy something that will only last a little while xx

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  15. I love that people like yourself work hard to save up and then treat yourself, because it is such a nice reward. However, I do not like spending my money unless I know I really want it etc. I am not personally interested in bags but I can see why people love them. Also I don't have any particular interest in anything majorly expensive right now :) x

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    1. It does feel like a reward! I can completely relate to that lovely, I never spend my money now unless I really want something, I don't buy bags often as I don't see the point, but this one will be with me for years now as it's top quality and I won't feel the need to buy another one x

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  16. Love this bag! I feel like it'll work with so many outfits, which means you're going to be able to get lots of use out of it. Whilst designer clothes and accessories aren't my thing, I love splurging on high-end makeup and skincare sometimes. If you've done your research and have the money, I say go for it!x

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    1. Yes definitely Sarah, I wouldn't want to buy a bag which couldn't be worn with so many outfits as it would be a waste of money to me. I do like buy good makeup and skincare once in a while, but I haven't so much lately in terms of makeup as I haven't been wearing it much! x

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  17. What a beautiful bag and even better you managed to get it on sale! I love how versatile it is, I'm sure you will get a lot of use out of it xx

    Violethollow.com

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    1. Yeah it's really versatile and so practical and stylish also xx

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  18. That is such a gorgeous and versatile bag - enjoy it, babe! Good for you for treating yourself!

    xo, Andreea || https://www.budistyle.com/en

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  19. This bag is so lovely! I love how versatile it is. I'm the same I don't buy many bags so I would definitely buy a designer bag eventually that would last me many years like this one!

    http://dianamariaandco.com

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    1. I just love it Diana! Yeah I think it's the best way to go about buying bags!

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  20. You made such a smart decision to get something you could wear with most things, your criteria for spending money is so spot on. I don't buy bags that often either as I prefer classic styles that can go with lots of things. I got a Coach tote for my birthday last summer and I honestly can't remember the last time I bought a new bag before that. I hope you're enjoying your new purchase! x

    Sophie
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    1. Aww thank you Sophie, I'm glad you think that!
      It's not necessary buying umpteen bags just for the sake of it, I'd rather just have a select few than thousands jammed in my wardrobe! Oh I'd love to buy a Coach bag, they look stunning! x

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  21. Such a gorgeous bag!! Love that it’s a neutral colour so it will go with anything. I’m thinking about buying a new bag but so undecided on what I want - too hard to pick haha!xx

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    1. Yes I love that it's neutral as it will go with so much! I hope you find you one you like soon Hannah! xx

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  22. Ooh, lush! I really hope that you enjoy. Such a gorg bag xx

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  23. Oh dear! This bag looks so lovely. I love the color too. Just like you, I don't buy too many bags, I can't even remember the last time I bought a bag lol but this bag looks so cool! Enjoy your bag Lucy, definitely doesn't hurt to spoil yourself! xxx

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    1. Thank you Ruth, I just don't see the point in buying too many bags! xx

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  24. Such a nice bag Lucy! I agree; quality is so important when choosing your accessories and clothing-I can recall how embarrassing it is when your clothes start to unravel four days into wearing them! 🙈

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    1. Thank you Winnie! Oh god that was a nightmare at one point!

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  25. Oh Lucy!! *Big heart eye emoji*

    This is such a gorgeous bag, let's hope you can soon give it a good outing. Great post as well. I know so many of us would wince at the thought of buying something designer but in the long term spending more can be beneficial.

    My Mum was a big Radley fan and had SO many bags, when she passed away we shared them with family and I know have a handbag for every occasion! Mine all stay in dust bags until I need them as well x x

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    1. Oh I hope I can give it an outing soon Claire!
      Aww that's great that you all kept your Mum's Radley bags after she passed away, I bet she'd have loved that xx

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  26. Congratulations! You absolutely deserve it, and this bag is a true stunner. I'm glad you were able to treat yourself to something so beautiful and of such high-quality.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! I think it's definitely ok to treat yourself once in a while x

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  27. That's a gorgeous bag! I'm glad you got a great deal on the bag!
    xoxo
    Lovely
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  28. Wow, that's a beautiful bag, Lucy. I'm so glad you got the right one for you - when you've had your eye on something for ages and saved up for it and then you get it, that's just the best feeling - congratulations on your first designer purchase!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Yeah I think it is the best feeling when you save up for an item and you can finally buy it!

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  29. That's such a gorgeous bag! What an absolute bargain as well! I invested in one last year and it was more than I'd ever spend on a handbag but the quality is amazing and I'm so glad I did it! X

    Amy | sassycatlady.com

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    1. Thank you Amy! The quality is amazing and it is always worth the investment! x

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  30. Great choice for your first purchase, I hope it brings you plenty of happiness! :)

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  31. I absolutely love your bag! It's so pretty. I have only bought a select few designer items myself, as like you I want to make sure it's something I'm going to use and not just chuck in the back of the wardrobe. But such a lovely bag! x

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    1. Thank you Chloe! I agree lovely, only buy items that you know you are definitely going to use! x

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  32. When I first graduated I had a bit of a spend up in that first year of getting a decent salary - I didn't go nuts - I got a Michael Kors bag (looked like the Celine one - I absolutely love that bag but 3k or whatever it costs? no thank you). I also got a Ralph Lauren Tote bag...guess what, that was now 5 or 6 years ago and I still use them. You can buy cheap things and then they break over a few months later - you would probably end up spending the same amount of money in the long run. I'm glad I got my spendy habits out of the way back then, my perspective has completely changed now - I still value quality, however, I have a much more minimalistic approach.

    Hayley || hayleyxmartin

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    1. I like your approach to purchasing the more expensive item Hayley, I like that it's a more minimalistic approach x

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  33. I love this. So beautiful and what a bargain!

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  34. I have never owned anything so luxurious but I would so love to. This bag is gorgeous! A bargain too!

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    1. Thank you Abbey, I hope you get buy something like this of your own one day lovely!

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  35. Yay congrats on your first designer bag. It's beautiful... Have fun styling it!

    www.fashionradi.com

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  36. Love the bag! It's simple, but still elegant. It goes great with the outfit!

    https://chansonetteblog.wordpress.com/

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  37. Wow.. Its looking gorgeous! Wonderful and Lovely Post dear! xoxo
    Allurerage
    Thetrendybride

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  38. Wow that really is a bargain, and it's absolutely gorgeous!
    Well done :)

    It suits you x

    Ana, www.adreamersland.com
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  39. This bag is gorgeous! I love the colour! Ruth https://ruthwrites.blog/

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  40. Sometimes you just need to treat yourself! I have a habit of buying cheap clothes and accessories that wear down too easily. This year I decided I'm only going to buy higher quality clothing, and I'd love to be able to have a couple of statement designer pieces like your bag. It's gorgeous.

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    1. Absolutely, it's always good to treat yourself! Yeah I'm like you, I'm trying to buy less into fast fashion this year and go for the more quality, high end pieces!

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  41. What an absoluelty stunning bag and what a deal you got on it too! You so deserve to treat yourself, Lucy. The colour is just perfect as well x

    Samantha | https://samanthajblogs.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Samantha, I absolutely love it! x

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  42. This bag is stunning! treating yourself is so important! Now I am super eager to go window shopping haha!

    Amber | The Unpredicted Page | https://theunpredictedpage.com

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    1. I adore it Amber, I agree, it's so important to treat yourself once in a while!

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  43. Very cute bag! I haven't made a designer purchase in ages! I think the last time was my Michael Kors wallet which I love dearly. Thank you for sharing x

    Lynn | www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. Thank you Lynn! Oh that sounds like a lovely purchase! x

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  44. I absolutely love your choice. It's so classy and elegant. That'll never go out of fashion. I think it's important to treat yourself and with something as timeless as this, you're onto a winner!

    Rosie

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    1. Thank you Rosie! One of the reasons I bought it is that it's so versatile and can be used for years to come! x

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