Recent (Justifiable) Splurges

5:30:00 PM mandy 16 Comments

Before anyone moves forward with reading the rest of this post, I am fully aware of how much I spent on just these two items alone. But as the title says...I can justify them! Let me share...

I received an e-mail from Racked NY's report on the Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale on Monday and thought nothing of it. I always wanted a cute designer bag that I could call my own, but I never actually looked into it any further because of their prices. You know, those "ah I wish I had that, but can't afford it" moments!

Out of curiosity I asked Bestie C (who is a huge coupon user and recently bought a Mini MAC on sale from Bloomies) how much she was able to get her bag for and also told her I wanted to go Friday (the second to last sale day) to just "see" for myself. But after she made a pitstop at the sale Tuesday and told me her report, I had a sudden urge to go ASAP. Which is exactly what I did.

I literally spent 2 hours (more or less) there Wednesday, pacing around the MAC area/samples area/one particular mirror trying to make up my mind. (Luckily I didn't have to wait on a line to get inside.) Right when I walked in, I was overwhelmed by all the colorful and different textured MAC's/MAC Daddy's/Mini MAC's. Yet nothing really caught my eye. There were a few purples that looked nice but nothing that I was really attached to. Nothing 'calling my name'. For now my logic toward expensive bags is I'd prefer a safe colored (black, brown, tan, navy, etc.) bag that I can continue to use for a long time as opposed to a louder color and/or bolder design bag that can fall in/out of trends.
Maybe half an hour or so after I went inside, I held onto a magenta/purple MAC and dug around the samples table. (This was really one huge mess; at least the other tables were regularly reorganized.) I finally found a brown MAC! I was thrilled. I LOVED the studded look. But then I noticed the strap was a completely different color than the bag, it was missing a dust bag, and the strap's hardware was a shiny silver versus the bag's hardware which was more of a darker matte silver. EEKK! After some inquiring, I was told it's still being sold as is for $175 since it didn't have a pink sample tag on it. I didn't know what to do...If I was to spend $175 for a bag (even if it is heavily discounted), I should really love it. Plus, if I did get it and others do notice the discrepancies they would probably think I'm carry around a fake...no?

So I spent the next one and a half hours deciding. Pretending to look at things at the tables. Then walked back to the mirror to try make a decision. I overheard one of the staff say he was going downstairs to check if there were more MACs, so I stuck around for a while longer. Every now and again, I saw a new color on the tables. I spotted and liked a mint colored M.A.C. that they put out (I only saw 1 of this) but again not the color I really wanted.
Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Clutch in brown with gold hardware
Then toward my second hour inside, I saw this! I don't think I could have been any happier...It was just sitting there, still with it's straps and hardware wrapped up. I immediately speed-walked (sped-walked?) to it and grabbed it. Being indecisive actually paid off for once...! That's a first and probably the last hah. I was still pretty conflicted though. But after bombarding Bestie C with texts and e-mails, her input steered me toward this one. I cannot thank her enough because secretly I thought this was the better choice...even if I did really like the studded detailing of the other.



This is the only flaw I found on it. I'm not even sure what it is. Perhaps a glue residue of some sort? Nothing too heartbreaking, of course.
Justification for the bag?
  • Retail Price: $295
  • Sample Sale Price: $175
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I ordered this lens from Best Buy the Wednesday (11/7) before the Big Bang concert with intentions of using it during the concert. I love that Best Buy has a pick-up option, which saves on shipping fees and time. But I was very disappointed by their service. I picked a store very close to where I live thinking I could pick the lens up the next day because that is what they had estimated on their website. However, I never received the "You can pick up your order now" e-mail the next day; only to later find out by myself through Google and Facebook that the location I chose was "closed indefinitely" due to Hurricane Sandy. I completely understand why they were closed and I guess I should have knew better. But BestBuy.com could have at least said something on their website or stopped me from picking the store to begin with. Don't you think so?

Friday night (after the concert), I saw their 'Order Canceled' e-mail citing a system error. Since I was afraid that I would miss the sale and that I might lose the Rewards dollars my mom let me use toward this lens, I reordered it right away. (I was still at Penn Station!) Luckily, the price was the same, I still had the Rewards money, and I was able to get free expedited shipping (thanks to my parents and their big purchases at Best Buy). *Funny thing, the following Saturday night I checked the Facebook of the store and they said they were opening Sunday! I think the term 'trolled' seems appropriate here...*

Fast forward Wednesday evening (same day I went to the Minkoff sale), I had a huge panic/mental breakdown when I thought my package was lost or shipped to the wrong address. That would have been a huge disaster! Especially since UPS didn't require a signature for such a small package. Thankfully, I happened to run into the UPS delivery man for my neighborhood and he assured me it was where he (literally) dropped it off.
Canon EF40mm f2.8 STM Pancake Lens

It looked quite a bit of researching before I decided to buy this. The price just made the decision that much easier. The only thing I was afraid of was that this newly released lens wouldn't fit my 'old' DSLR (T1i). Luckily, it fits just fine. Unlike my basic beginner lenses, that came with the package I bought my camera with, I had to give this lens a good turn for it to click into place. It looks so delicate, I was almost afraid to do it. Have a fixed focal length is very new to me and the (relatively) quiet autofocusing blew my mind! I can't wait to play with this as soon as I have the chance to. It also makes it so much more compact and light. I think it would definitely be a great family vacation lens, especially since I don't use a point and shoot camera anymore.
Justification for the lens?
  • Retail Price: $199.99
  • Sale Price: $149.99
  • After Additional Rewards Money: $119.99
Numbers speak for themselves, yeah?
Plus, I'm definitely going to get good usage out of both of these. I'll make sure of it! In the end it'll all be worth it. Needless to say, this is the last of my designer and big camera purchases for now. Must stop myself now before I really develop a problem and find myself in too much debt...heh :)

**I'm curious, do you guys mind reading these lengthy/wordy posts? and Does anyone find all these details unnecessary?**
***I'm still working on the Big Bang concert post! Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about it.***

16 comments:

  1. Great finds! I love the bag you found and the color combination is perfect! When I went a few months ago there were literally no Mini Macs and I did not have the patience to be waiting around. Even though designer bags are expensive and honestly jacked up in price because you're paying for the brand, it's usually quite economical in the long run since they often last longer and look good after many years ^^

    That lens looks really interesting. I honestly am ashamed at how little I'm learning about my dslr :( I want to invest in a macro lens sooner or later though because I think it would help a lot with the kinds of photos I take. Please share some of your shots with this lens when you get the chance :D

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    1. I remember you saying that! If they didn't have MACs I probably wouldn't have went to the sale at all.
      I'll definitely try to take and share more photos :] I just recently really started to want to learn my camera more hah!

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  2. I love the MAC you got! Brown is definitely a statement and staple color :) I was sad about the Mini MACs but I love the color. I saw it there but I couldn't decide until I saw the sample bag I got. But I'm glad you got something out of it. I know there's another one in May! :)

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    1. WAIT.... A MINT MINI MAC?! OMG :'( I would have loved that color. And don't worry all of the bags are authentic. The sample sale is set by Rebecca Minkoff and Rebecca Minkoff employees! :)

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    2. I really like the one you got! I didn't see anything like it when I went.

      Nono! I didn't mean I thought the bags at the sale were not real. I meant others who would recognize the bag say on the street might think it is not authentic since the colors and hardware didn't match each other.

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    3. Yup! I did see a mint one. But not a Mini MAC. It was a regular sized MAC.

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  3. Hey! I think you got that bag for an incredible price!!!!!! =) I wouldn't justify spending on a regular priced bag (LOL). And it's so gorgeous!!!!!!! Really nice details and such a classic shape/look. You'll be so happy w/it for years and years :) I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Same! I think I'm going to try to get good deals through sample sales from now on (unless the company doesn't have them...then I'd save up xD) I saw quite a lot of shoppers buy more than 2 bags! I didn't pay much attention to the prices of the other styles but it must have been pretty good deals :D

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  4. Pretty good deals you got there! The Mini Mac is too cute. Love the rich brown leather. The pancake lens is too cute. The fixed focal length can get a little frustrating sometimes, but it's worth it cause the photos almost always turn out so beautifully! :)

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    1. The one I got is the reg. MAC, I thought mini mac was too small for my liking :X
      Do you have a fixed focal length lens? Any tips? :D

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  5. Yaaay congrats on your first designer bag! The colour is perfect for everyday use yet it feels more special than your typical black bag too.

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking :D
      Although, who knows, maybe if/when I get a good paying job I'll decide to be more adventurous in the bag colors I choose? haha

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  6. lol your MAC story is epic. Indecision really did pay off XD I like the one you got much much better than the studded one :D

    I don't mind reading lengthy posts when I have the time (I usually read them when I have time anyway XD) but sometimes if I'm in a hurry I'd just skim it :P

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    1. Same for me! When I type posts out I end up including so many things that sometimes I even think it might be too much info xD in the end I only keep it because that's the kind of style my blog has been all this time anyways lol

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  7. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! i love your MAC story!!! it's like you conquered and won! hahaha i love love the one you ended up getting.. the first one is cute with the studded detail.. but the weird color strap is NOT cool! the 2nd one is so pretty it's that rich buttery brown color so perfect for fall ;)!!!

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    1. Puahaha! I didn't even realize that xD I went, I saw, I conquered! Makes my MAC all the more special LOL hmm that's for the fashion tip :) I'm usually terrible with coordinating colors and seasons :x but the brown should still be ok for spring time too right?

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