If you haven’t already seen, last week I was in Paris to celebrate my birthday and whilst we were there I treated myself to a little gift. Well, perhaps not so little? I bought my first ever designer item, the classic black leather Gucci belt which seems to have taken over Instagram in the past few months.  I became obsessed with this the minute I saw it on my favourite blogger and knew instantly that I needed one in my life. I wanted to share with you guys the little story behind it, the story of buying it and a bit about my morals when it comes to designer purchases. I have always been quite lucky when it comes to clothes and fashion – being able to buy the latest new in items from high street stores – but haven’t been brought up owning designer items. It is a luxury like most people that I just haven’t been apart of, which in a way I think is a pretty good thing. 
I have always kept on track of what items are on trend and being worn the most at the moment, so have always admired key items that to me are classic and never going to go out of fashion. 
About two years ago I completely fell in love with the Valentino Rockstuds and told myself that one day I would own a pair. I started saving but obviously there was always something else to buy or something that needed to be paid for, so the desire to own the shoes kept becoming more and more unreachable. When I started working full time after finishing sixth form I then had more money coming in and it became more manageable to save properly. I set aside a portion of money every month, in order to treat myself to the shoes I wanted so so badly. When I knew I was going to Paris for my birthday, in my mind I instantly knew that this would be the time to buy them. I mean where better than the fashion capital of the world? 
As it got closer to my birthday, I started to think more and more about actually buying these shoes, but something in my head just told me it wasn’t right. They are so so beautiful and will probably be the classic shoe from Valentino for generations to come… but realistically when was I actually going to wear them? I don’t wear heels much anyway and would be so worried every single time I did wear them just about them getting marked or ruined. My love for the shoes gradually became less as the prospect of buying them became more and more of a silly idea. 

About a month before Paris, so five or six weeks ago now, I made the final decision not to buy the shoes and that I was going to buy this beautiful belt instead. I talked to quite a few people, a lot of which were older than me and could actually give me good advice. Not only was the belt something I wanted because it is so beautiful, but it also can be worn pretty much everyday with every outfit for so many different occasions. It is an item which will last me forever and will always be a classic piece that will never go out of fashion. I had made up my mind, and was so excited to get my hands on it. 
10.03.2017

Waking up in Paris on my birthday was just one of the most magical feelings in the world. I felt so blessed and so happy to be in one of my favourite places. I was also pretty excited because I knew later that day I would be heading out to the shops to buy my new baby. After hours of lazing around the city, eating, drinking and people watching we walked to one of my favourite areas in Paris, Madeleine. My grandma and I walked into Gucci and I have to say it was a pretty surreal place. I don’t think I’ve ever actually stepped inside a designer shop before? In a way it was a pretty intimidating feeling, so I tried to stay poised and fit in with the surroundings. We found the belts instantly and I didn’t even really need time to think about which one I wanted. Luckily, they had two left in my size… I hadn’t even thought about the prospect of it not being in stock! I overheard a British girl behind me talking to another assistant discussing how it isn’t in stock anywhere in London… good job I was in Paris eh.. 😉 I tried the belt and knew I wanted it straight away. There was a small part of me that thought I might not even like it on me! The man put it in its dust bag with the box and beautiful ribbon, ready for me to take it home. I have to say, I think that is one of the things I loved most about buying the belt.. how much care and attention they put into helping me and packaging it up ready to take home. I bought the belt, with serious butterflies in my stomach just thinking about how much it was costing me. I don’t spend money like that, nor do I earn a wage that allows me to do that all the time so it was a huge deal for me. 
When we got back to the hotel I obviously took it out straight away and tried it on. I can honestly say it was one of the best feelings in the world. Not only does it look so so beautiful, but it was also a sensational feeling knowing that I earned the money and was able to buy myself something so special on my birthday. If someone else had bought it for me I think I would still love the belt just as much, but perhaps not quite in the same way as I do knowing it’s all thanks to me! 

I can honestly say that buying this was the best experience, but has not given me a taste for more. I don’t want to turn into one of those girls, or bloggers, who has a wardrobe full of designer items and always want to be able to treat myself to things when I really want them. I thought when I got home I might regret the purchase a little, or feel sick about the money, but I really really don’t. I have worn it every chance i’ve got, which has been quite a lot, and felt so amazing every time it’s been on. It is the most versatile belt in the world. I have worn it mainly with jeans and loose shirts or tops, as well as with skirts and even a dress. I can honestly say that I think this is going to be money well spent and will get so much use. I am also going to have to make sure that I look after it so well! Get prepared for plenty of outfit photos featuring the baby!! 
I am so glad that I bought this for myself, and am also so glad that I didn’t buy myself the shoes. I am now in a  position where I have something I love, as well as savings set aside for a rainy day. All I can say if you are thinking about buying a designer purchase, really really think about it. I spent over a year thinking about the shoes and wanting them so so badly, but in the end I just knew it wasn’t right. Nowadays there are so many things in life to spend money on and other priorities to think about, so I am so glad that I waited and really thought about it properly. 


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