- 12 May
Happy Birthday to me!!! Celebrating with some Chanel!
I’m turning 40 next week!!! Yes, it’s true. Even I had to stop for a moment and do that math…how did I get this far, this fast??? Most importantly, I made it. Now that’s something to celebrate!
So to ring in my 40th, the spirit moved me to indulge a bit. I’ve actually made it a point to indulge myself each month in some way that I normally would not have. February, I had my eyebrows micro-bladed. March, I consulted a hypnotherapist. April, I joined a fitness studio. This month, I adopted another doggy. Woo Hoo! Now that one, I didn’t even see coming, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! (don’t worry, more on that one later. wink.)
The older I get the more I get to know myself. Of course, there’s good and bad to that. I’m realizing I can be more spontaneous, receptive (ie. the dog who totally stole our hearts- and it’s not even a hound dog), and go-with-the-flow (rrrrr, but I always want to know what to expect next!) .
And there are some things even I can’t change- about myself- that I wouldn’t mind some changing. So just surrender and accept what is (as in, those things you don’t really want to). It’s hard, but now that I’m in my 4th decade, It’s becoming more and more crucial that I need to put my health and well-being (and more play) first.
One of my most indulgent ‘Happy 40th to myself’ gifts was a Chanel bag. I’ve been eyeing the wonderful magical world of Chanel for some time now, but had not one piece to call my own.
Of course, with all the high-end consignment sites out there now, I knew consignment* was the way to go.** Of course, it’s best for the environment, and I can’t say I minded saving a little bit of change on purchasing a pre-owned bag vs. brand new.
Welcome to the wonderful world of investment shopping on consignment! Not too long ago, I finally started to realize that investment shopping is actually a quite sustainable way to shop- for me anyways.
The more I spend on an item, the more I have to love it [to spend that money]; the more I have to be committed to take care of it, to use it, and to enjoy it for a very long time to come.
For instance, this Chanel purse. It is the most I have ever spent on any one item of clothing/ accessory. And possibly the most I ever will (maybe~). I knew it was an investment piece and something that I would own forever, or that I could resell for a pretty penny when and if I was ever done with it. (not a bad deal)
Something to note on designer items, such as a Chanel purse. Even on consignment, you’re not saving all that much money. Reason being, these types of designer items hold their value, which is a really beautiful thing.
So, why buy secondhand?
Well, for me it’s kinda like adopting (adopt don’t shop) a pup or rescuing an item that may otherwise be discarded into a landfill. It’s a personal standard for me. It is better for the environment. And I seriously love the opportunity to give a new life to a life.
I get to give this beautiful purse a new home. And I’m quite sure it’s happier being displayed on my closet shelf than on a display in a store.
And ironically, something wonderful happened. I’d call it a synchronicity- a magical occurrence. A consignment store that I recently started working at just so happened to have that very Chanel purse available for purchase.
There it was, without a home, collecting dust on a shelf. A coincidence? I think not. That purse was meant to be mine. Maybe it was even waiting for me, as much as I’d been waiting for it…
For now, this beautiful purse, which I really do love so much, and goes with nearly my entire wardrobe, is my biggest 40th birthday indulgence/ investment to date. If I happen to find another one to surpass it, I’ll be sure to report.
Although- as much as I LOVE this designer purse, I can hardly wait to tell you all about the sweet little pup that now has a new home, a whole new life, with me!
Every purchase is a vote. Make yours count. Dress in clothing you love and that have a positive impact on you and the rest of the world.
*The items featured on this blog are what I consider sustainable fashion and/or are items I have owned for a very long time- which I would then consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.
Get involved. Become part of the movement for a healthier, more sustainable fashion world. I believe that together we can change the face of fashion. Wear what you love and wear what empowers you. Also consider where your clothes were made and who made them. Your purchase may empower the person who made them (or not). Shop wisely.
photography by Jessie Cagliero