Once upon a time, there were two girls who became best friends at University. They were both bright and beautiful and they both studied dentistry but had secret aspirations. One of the girls wanted to be a famous writer and the other girl wanted to be a famous actress. However, in order to achieve these dreams, they had to earn some money being dentists for a few years before quitting their jobs.
One day after work, whilst dining in a lovely restaurant, they were chatting about one of their favourite topics. No, not teeth…but hot guys. They were giggling about their dating stories and flirting shamelessly with the waiter. When Writer Dentist reached over to get her purse from her handbag to pay the bill, Actress Dentist stopped her.
Actress Dentist : OMG! Seriously, girl! You need to get yourself a better looking handbag! You are a dentist, darling!
Writer Dentist : Oh, but you know me. I’m a cheapskate and I don’t like all that “Look at me, I’m carrying a D-E-S-I-G-N-E-R handbag!” nonsense. I don’t want to be a walking advert!
Actress Dentist : Oh come on, darling. Look at my precious Dior. It’s classy, not trashy.
Writer Dentist : Hmmm…well…to be honest, I did quite fancy a Chanel 2.55 in black or that new Chloé in white…
Actress Dentist : So what are you waiting for? Let’s go shopping!
Writer Dentist : But…but…no, I can’t! It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to earn money.
Actress Dentist : Darling, you’re so
anal Asian! Okay, how about this. Let’s do a challenge…
Writer Dentist : I don’t think I like the sound of this…
Actress Dentist : Okay, how much on average do you earn a month?
Writer Dentist : I don’t know. Around £XXXX (4-figure-sum)… You?
Actress Dentist : Oh good, I’m not far behind. So, the challenge is – if you earn over £XXXXX (5-figure-sum) next month, you HAVE to buy yourself a designer handbag because you deserve it!
Writer Dentist : Uh… £XXXXX is a LOT of money! I’ll never be able to earn that much.
Actress Dentist : Wanna bet?
The following month, on pay day, the girls met up again. There were plenty of squeals all around as Writer Dentist had worked her cute little ass off and somehow managed to achieve that 5-figure-sum. Of course, they had to skip dinner and go shopping for THE handbag.
Actress Dentist was a regular shopper at the designer handbag stores because the sales assistants recognised her. Writer Dentist, on the other hand, entered the store awkwardly and looked like she couldn’t afford a single thing in the store and was there to steal the sweets at the counter!
They purred at Chanel (“Oh, Chanel!“), touched Chloé, stroked Miu Miu, flirted with Balençiaga and glanced at Louis Vuitton. In the end, Actress Dentist chose herself a lovely Gucci handbag whereas Writer Dentist had a mini heart attack at the ghastly price tags…which may I add, are not always very well displayed so one would have to open the handbag, rummage around and look for a sometimes-non-existent price tag!
So what happened next? Writer Dentist did buy a handbag that night. Indeed she did.
Was it Chanel?
She chose an Aldo. Not to be confused with Aldi. Like puh-lease! It was a cheap and cheerful yellow Aldo. She also splashed out and bought the matching purse too. And that is the story of the yellow Aldo handbag.
Moral of the story : Life is much more than any designer handbag, but when you have the money and opportunity and desire to buy a Chanel handbag, do it. The opportunity may never arise again and Chanel handbag prices increase every year so it is worth the investment.
*This is a true story based on real events but names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved. But it doesn’t take a genius to work out who the Writer Dentist is. Hmm…??
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