Day 426. The others have still not realized I am not one of them...
That narrator above would be, of course, my 'Celine Nano-inspired' tote from Charles & Keith, hiding among actual Celine handbags. Crouching handbag hidden Celine hahaha.
I bought it last year as a treat for myself when I started working for Harper's Bazaar Malaysia in February. I have so much love for C&K, it's my favourite Asian high-street label and they do fantastic 'inspired' versions of designer 'It Bags', perfect for a frugalista like me who likes experimenting with trends but just can't commit what I think is a ludicrous amount of money for a design I have only a fleeting interest in.
Digressing. About the real Celine handbags...they're mama bear's. All my designer bags are either gifts or hand me downs from her. Thanks mum! I've only ever bought 2-3 designer bags with my own money, but even those were cheap because they were preloved (vintage CHANEL and Pucci from the '70s-80s, yay!). I'm far from my parent's spending power so casually dropping £7k on a handbag is but a distant dream.
If I like a designer handbag---for the aesthetics and it's design---I'd never buy something for the sake of carrying a brand, why would you? It's so pointless and...aspirational, in a cringy way---I make do with an 'inspired' version. I don't get the concept of buying designer things as aspirational symbols to elevate your perceived status---you buy something because you love it, regardless of how middle-market or highbrow it is---and I'm not afraid to say so.
Charles & Keith no longer sell the 'Celine' bag but Taobao sell Celine fakes for 1600 yuan (£160), here. I love the colours! The pink and yellow are my favourite, and I'd buy them in two, maybe three colours but I just don't like that they've got the Celine logo on. That's no longer an 'inspired design', that's counterfeiting. It makes me uncomfortable...more than just the ethics of it (ie trying to trick people into thinking I'm carrying the real deal) I'm pretty sure it's illegal. And also embarrassing, why pretend to be something you're not? My little C&K will do. That, and my mother's (real) Celine handbags. Mum, if you're reading this I swear I have no idea how they ended up in my apartment. Really.
Today's going to the library to work outfit;
Topshop "Apudne te vel me" (Your place or mine) jumper
ASOS skinnies and kicks
Charles & Keith Celine inspired tote
No makeup, glasses, and messy hair out of practicality (and laziness). Ain't nobody got time for that!