So I don't think it would be an overstatement to say that I didn't think I'd ever be writing this post. Me and designer goods, it's been a bit of a labour of love. I'm the gal that has had a Net A Porter wishlist as long as her arm since I was a teenager, and let's just say there was no thrill quite like pushing that button, and realising that something I had dreamt of owning for quite so many years, was now mine.
I knew that I wanted my first piece to be from one of my three favourite luxury designers, so it was always going to be between Chloe, Saint Lauren and Gucci. I originally had my heart set on the Chloe Drew, but after religiously researching a whole bunch of reviews, I decided to opt for the Gucci Marmont Mini.
I fell in love with the YSL mini 'Blogger Bag' last year after seeing it on In The Frow but just wasn't in a financial position to start investing in luxury pieces at that point in my life. So when i saw a bag of a similar size and style with with classic Gucci statement gold hardware, I kind of just knew that it had to be mine.
Splurging on luxury purchases I have to say is a very strange feeling for me. Despite the outset of what my life looks like now, I am not another middle class blogger. I grew up on a council estate in a single parent family where money was very tight. We really didn't have a lot, I can remember the stresses over money, the high tension arguments, and the constant scrimping and price checking.
So to actually click that 'Add To Basket' button was probably one of the most exciting and liberating moments of my life to date. So anyway enough of this lil sob story about finally being able to afford that bag - let's talk about the deets, that's what you want really isn't it?
The bag itself is made of a really soft, cushioned leather (fast forward to me doing SO much research about protective leather sprays that Google might think I'm about to open up a new business.) I was originally debating between getting this bag in the pink, but eventually decided on the black as it was my first piece, and black would ensure that it would go with pretty much everything, making it a great all rounder that I would get the most wear out of.
Something I found so many influencers referring to as I did more research into investing in designer pieces was your CPW (cost per wear.) The basic idea is that if you get a drop dead gorgeous statement bag for £600 but only wear it 3 times as it doesn't go with the majority of your outfits, your cost per wear for that item is £200. As you've only gotten very limited use out of it, it probably wasn't the best investment idea.
If you're like me and v new to this whole idea of spending a hefty amount of your salary on one item, then it's something you want to keep in mind. It's generally better to invest in items that are minimal, block coloured, and ones that you think will not only match several outfits in your wardrobe right now, but in years to come.