I admit it. I’ve had a crush. The object of my desire has been a bag so rich in color, made of the most buttery leather, and monogrammed in gold. My obsession with the GiGi New York Olivia Shopper began when I caught my first glimpse of it on Pinterest. I’d never had a nice handbag, except for the Coach that came from the very bottom clearance rack of the outlet store. I never loved the Coach. I bought it because it was on sale and later sold it at a yard sale for .50 cents. That’s what I thought of it. Never one to care much for bags, I found that I couldn’t stop thinking about this GiGi. I told myself that I would NEVER spend that much on a bag. NEVER. EVER. There were starving children in the world! However, I compulsively pinned GiGi pictures to my Pinterest at every opportunity. Every week for months, I visited the site and put the Olivia Shopper into my shopping cart. I liked to imagine that I could purchase it, however, I could never purchase something that costed more than my car payment. Or could I? I had a bonus coming in June. The more I thought about the bonus, the more I realized that buying the GiGi would be the perfect way to spend that extra money. I am a teacher. I have cleaned up disgusting bodily fluids and have had my name called, relentlessly, thousands of times this year, all while keeping my sanity in tact. Did I not deserve to buy this bag for myself? And so, I did the unthinkable. I ordered it.
Anxiously, I waited. For days, I tracked the package. I watched as my GiGi made it’s way from New York to Pikeville, North Carolina. When I arrived home from school yesterday, it was on my front porch.
The opening of the box was definitely an occasion for champagne. I am a believer that you MUST celebrate all of the good things in life.
I sat on the floor, in front of the box, and savored every moment of opening it….It’s not everyday that you make a purchase like this!
It was exactly as I had imagined. Had I not considered this purchase for so long, I would not have been so excited. The best things in life are worth the wait!
My GiGi was outstanding in every way! It didn’t hurt that it came with a bonus wallet, wrapped in an envelope of fabric. The bag came with it’s own signature protective case, as well.
Without a doubt, my GiGi is the most fabulous bag I have ever owned. Do I feel guilty for spending that money on myself? Absolutely not! This bag is a physical reminder of the amount of work I put into my job every day, every year, as a teacher. Many times we spend our lives doing things for others and making sure that everyone else is happy. A reward can be something as simple as a glass of wine, or spending time doing something you truly enjoy. I have learned that, sometimes, you have to do something nice for yourself. You are worth it!