OK - so if you have been a long-time follower of my blog you will know that I am not a 'designer' girl. I'm an ordinary mom and often a frugal one at that, Matalan, M & S and occasionally Next are my go-to clothing stores. In fact I really quite enjoy finding ways of being frugal, it's a challenge and I feel good after hooking a great deal.
The most 'designer' place I visit is TK Maxx. My girls love visiting TK Maxx to see if their favourite make-up brands might be had, they often get great deals. Last week we were in Plymouth as DD1 had a day off work and wanted to go and do some shopping. So off we went. TK Maxx was on the 'hit' list.
The girls headed upstairs to the make-up section and I strolled on over to the handbag section. I've been looking for a black handbag for ages - I'm a bit funny about handbags, by no means do I mean designer wise, just - it has to grab me. I've been looking for ages and - NOTHING. Until my eyes alighted on this little baby...
OH - MY - WORD! Love at first sight is an understatement. I picked it up had a look and fell further in love. I gave it a little hug right there in the store LOL. This was it! This was the bag that I've been looking for! I had a look at the price tag, the blood drained from my face and I sadly put it back on the shelf. *sniff ~ silent sob*
It was at a great price - half it's regular retail price, that's what TK Maxx is famous for after all. But.... still 3 times the amount I would ordinarily spend on a bag.
I turned away slowly and started looking through the less expensive brands. Behind me I heard, " squeeeeeeal!! Mum, this is the most DIVINE bag!!" I turned around and there was someone holding MY bag!!!
" Get your filthy mitts off my bag!" I screamed silently at her in my head. :)
"Well lets go have a look at the TK Maxx in Exeter", said the very wise mum.
"Yes - go look in Exeter", I agreed - again silently in my head.
The girl put the bag down and they walked away.
I snatched up the handbag before someone else could get their paws on it. With my other hand I was calling my husband to see how mad he would be if I bought it LOL. (We pass everything with one another)
To my very happy surprise he gave me his blessing. So I did it. I bought my beautiful Kate Spade handbag - my first, and probably last, designer handbag. But look how pretty it is, look at the pink polka dot interior, and how my pink Filofax looks so great inside - LOL.
Us girls are funny creatures aren't we? Something out of the blue can turn us into that 5 year old little girls who wants to be a princess all over again - I thought that girl was long gone and far too sensible for such thoughts. But I guess there's a little bit of 'princess' in all just waiting to pop out at the most unexpected moment.
Hope your week is off to a great start :)