My mom and I are walking inside of Dillards and I spy the cutest Betsey Johnson clutch purse. What makes it so adorable is the fact that it looked like an old school camera. If you know me, I usually like to purchase clothing and accessories that make me happy when I see it. There has to be something special about it. It has to be a beautiful print or color and unique, so it’s no wonder I was drooling over a camera looking clutch.
I immediately scurried to the nearest a mirror and started posing with this quirky clutch hanging next to my right hip. My mom slowly walked her way over to me with her eyebrows raised and her arms crossed. I couldn’t help but notice and turned around to face her. This is when she said a little something like this:
“Don’t you think you have too many quirky things like that? I think it’s time you started investing in grown-up bags…”
I was confounded by her response. Clearly she did not think that this camera purse was all that great the way that I did. I want to blog about a transitional time in my fashion selection. Yes, it’s true what my mom said. I really do need to start investing in more professional bags. I really do need to start buying more blazers and slacks instead of skirts and quirky accessories…but what she said to me was such a killjoy and I honestly didn’t feel like my chirpy self the rest of the time we were at the mall.
I am 22 years old which isn’t old at all. Even though I love to look my best each day, I try to find fun ways to do it so that I never see it as a chore. When I can inspire someone else to dress up, it makes my soul insanely happy. I am not a fashion blogger that looks like she is ready to go to the office. I am not a fashion blogger that buys the latest styles and trends as soon as they come out. I look for what makes me happy and what is affordable. Often, the “grown-up” handbags that my mom wants me to buy rarely go on sale. Oh, and even when they are on sale, it is still outside of my budget. I have lots of purses, but I do not have a purse that doesn’t have at least one detail that makes it stand out.
If any of you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I sold some name brand purses to NTY Clothing Exchange and you’re wondering why I’m making a post of not having grown-up bags, when I clearly had a Guess and Michael Kors bag in my possession. The truth is, those bags were not originally mine. They were given to me by my boyfriend’s boss’s wife who was cleaning out her closet. You may think that I’m pretty dumb for giving them away, but that’s fine with me. The truth is, I can’t hold on to something that I know that I will not wear. Ever.
I knew the value of these purses and as NTY’s brand representative, I knew that selling it to them was the best thing I could do. NTY Clothing Exchange is a reseller store that invests in name brand clothing and accessories and they sell them at 70% retail price. I was happy to help them receive new additions to their hand bag family. Was my mom sad to see me give these bags away? Yes. But that’s okay. I will stick to my quirky purse collection. I am not saying that I will never invest in a bag that is more professional, what I’m saying is that I will one day find a bag that both my mom and I can come to an agreement on. For now, I will continue walking the world with my lightning bolt, cookie, calavera, fringy, and crazy printed purses!
Be happy with what you have right now and don’t forget about the things that make you YOU! I hope you all are having a great weekend. Stay Stylish!