Friday, 21 June 2013

Buying and Reviewing Designer Items... My Thoughts

I really hope this post comes across in the right way but basically I'm going to start reviewing some of the designer items I buy or am given as gifts for my birthday, Christmas, etc and a review of a Mulberry purse coming up later today will be first one.  I asked on Twitter whether you would like these kind of reviews and the answer was a resounding 'yes'.  

Whilst I have featured some designer items in my posts previously, these have only been as accessories to my WhatLauraWore outfit posts and I don't go into detail about them or mention them to any great extent.  The reason why I haven't reviewed designer items in the past is that typically, they're expensive and either, quite understandably, out of some peoples price range or they're just not interested in spending a larger amount of money on one thing regardless of whether or not they could afford to, after all  the hard earned cash could go a lot further on other things.  I also don't want people to get the wrong impression of me- I don't buy designer items often, they are a very rare occurrence for me as I have to save up and I don't lead a very flashy lifestyle.  The designer items that I buy are typically the cheaper end of the designer spectrum- I doubt I'd ever be able to afford to buy a Birkin bag and even if I could, I don't think I ever would as there are so many other ways that that amount of money would benefit my life that I couldn't justify the expenditure.  The cost of the purse I'll be blogging about later would go towards paying a good chunk of my bills for a month so I wouldn't spend something that would be a decent house deposit!

Everyone is different, has different budgets and has different tastes.  From a being a teenager, if I were given a budget for something, like say Christmas presents, I would rather buy one thing than lots of cheaper items that add up to the cost of the one item.  I'm very lucky and appreciate everything that I buy or am given and look after it impeccably- I still have the first Gucci watch that I got for Christmas when I was 15- it looks as good as the day I got it and I wear it all the time.

Choosing timeless items is really important to me too.  Since I don't have a large disposable income, I like to save to buy a classic item that I could wear in ten, twenty and thirty years time and then when I finally have enough to buy it, I look after it as though it were made of solid gold- keeping it clean and putting it away in its dust bag.

I have decided to start reviewing some of the items that I have now and may get in the future.  The reason for this is because I think it will be really helpful for others, particularly those with the same mindset as me.  When I'm buying an item, regardless of whether it costs £5 or £500, I really look into it before parting with my hard earned money.  I'm not one to waste any cash or to buy things on a whim.  The trouble that I sometimes have is that I like to really look over something and decide if it is right for me but that is often really hard when standing in a designer store because the sales staff are always stood with you and I feel really rushed to make my purchase.  This is completely my own perception but it is how I feel.

I can always remember going into Louis Vuitton in London to buy my first Speedy handbag.  I'd looked at them online on the Louis Vuitton website but I wasn't sure as to whether I wanted to buy the 35 or 40 size as I wanted to use it as a hand luggage bag when I travel.  I saved up for AGES in anticipation of my trip to London and I remember standing in the shop with the sales assistant rushing me so much and looking as though she couldn't understand why I would need to decide between the two and whilst I knew as soon as I saw it that I would prefer the 40, I don't remember it being as special an experience as I would have liked.  I've actually stood in Primark longer agonising over a pair of £12 shoes.  To me, spending that amount of money on one item in Louis Vuitton is A LOT of money and A BIG DEAL but I felt like this tiny fish in a huge pond as spending what I did was very insignificant to the larger sums that shoppers splash in London's Louis Vuitton everyday and I think this came across in the way that the sales assistant served me.  This isn't the same service as I have received in all designer stores.  Selfridges in Manchester have a fantastic Louis Vuitton section and the service in the Leeds store is impeccable.  Anyway, I'm digressing and becoming a victim of the ramble...

In a nut shell, I think it would be really helpful to read a review of a particular item for those considering buying something that they'll need to part with quite a bit of money for.  Perhaps you're looking to buy the same item as me or you're agonising over two and can't make your mind up which one to go for- I think these kind of posts would come in useful.  When I was looking to buy one of the Furla Sunset Candy Bags, I looked online for weeks for a review of one and for some real life, home taken pictures but I couldn't find any reviews at all and very few pictures to help me to make up my mind as to which colour to go for.  If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know all about me going on about this bag.  When I went to London a couple of weeks ago, I went to the Furla store, saw the gorgeous bags but decided against buying one as they were incredibly heavy to carry and smaller than I needed for the purpose I'd be using it for (as a gym bag).  Had I read a review before hand, I doubt I'd even have gone into the store and that's why I think these posts will be helpful.

What are your thoughts on buying and reviewing designer items?  Would these kind of posts be helpful to you?

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  1. I would love to see posts on designer items, I am the same and have been eyeing a mulberry purse for months, can't wait to see yours!!! lots of love xxxxx

  2. You don't have to explain yourself babe, if you want to share those things you totally can without justifying. I think your attitude in this post is so refreshing! focusing on saving and choosing one special treat as oppose to heaps and heaps of not so expensive things. Its all the same really, we should all be able to treat ourselves! xx

  3. I like seeing designer posts. Granted I think with some bloggers when they repeatedly post them (I'm talking every item) it can get a bit much and you tend to get 'green' syndrome and sometimes stop reading their blog. Occasionally is good, especially when its something you do save for and want desperately. I remember my first ever designer sunglasses, granted they were only £125 but I saved for months to get them and a lot of friends couldn't understand it was about the whole 'treating' myself and not a 'status' item.
    You are a very level headed, down to earth girl hun and I don't think people would take such posts as you bragging, or being better than everyone else - hope you know what I mean by that :) Keep up the good work, M x

  4. I think it's very sweet of you to explain why you are posting about them. I love reading about expensive things, (even when I'm skint) and reviews are so helpful. I've bought desginer things in the past only to be disappointed, so it's great to have reviews out there from people who really appreciate things.

  5. My first Vuitton was an perfect experience, Copen hagen.
    The sales guy was perfect and i felt special.
    my next one, stockholm almost felt the same way, but i too also have to say , london was downhill.
    felt like one in a line, chose pay, bag, goodbye.,..
    see u never...

    have a nice weekend,
    will be looking forward to your next posts ;)

    Sinserely Linn, Norway.

  6. I completely agree with this post! I too felt rushed, and uncomfortable in Louis Vuitton! I just wanted to say yes i'm indecisive but lets face it.. the shops hardly heaving! xx


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