Sunday, April 07, 2013

"A DEGREE ON THE WALL, WITHOUT LABELS ON YOUR BACK IS NOTHING"

 Yeah right! Easy for you to say.....



 I heard this quote when I watched the the trailer for Tyler Perry’s new film: ‘Temptation – Confessions of a Marriage Counsellor’, starring my style crush Kim Kardashian.

Now I consider myself to be a sensible, level-headed and educated girl, but even I took a split second thought to question why, after all those years of hard graft at university, do I still have an extensive list of designer fashion items on my wish list instead of in my wardrobe. I mean, I took out this large student loan, moved away from home out of my comfort zone, studied hard (with not a lot of playing hard to be fair) and revised until I got headaches, so surely I deserve to be reaping the rewards now and donning designer labels everyday, right?

Hhhmm, it’s easy to think like this and I’m happy to proclaim that I certainly don’t, as I believe there is more to life, happiness and education than wearing designer labels! However, my concern is that there will be many young girls out there that take heed to quotes like this and begin to devalue the benefits of a good education and instead solely focus on aspiring to be a Big Brother contestant, or become the next star of The Only Way Is Essex or a footballer’s wife.

Anyway, it’s funny because I heard this quote the day before my trip to Bicester Village, which is a glorious cavern of outlets, selling designer clothes and accessories with enticing discounts.  I haven’t been for years, but I remember there being more high street outlets when I last visited, so disappointingly most of the fashion apparel was out of my reach; nonetheless I had a great day perusing the designer fashion and occasionally chuckling to myself about the quote I heard the day before. Have you been to Bicester?


BICESTER VILLAGE DESIGNER OUTLET 












Alexander McQueen -  as if you couldn't tell!

This New Year's resolution to stop spending isn't working very well!

After all that shopping I had to replenish my energy reserves in Carluccios

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I indulged in a neon Kate Spade bag -  at least it will add a splash of colour to my otherwise black/monochrome wardrobe.

What’s your view on designer labels?

A -  Gotta have ‘em – I love wearing designer labels

B -  Make ‘em stop – I’m happy just wearing high street thanks

If your answer was A, you really need to take a trip to Bicester Village - less than an hour from London!

Later x

38 comments:

  1. funny enough, i go to bicester to get my creuset cookware! clothes not so much, i got a nice trench from amanda wakeley so if you are lucky you can get a bargain. But did you know bicester is makes more money apparently than westfield in london!! tourists make it their must go before the tower of london.

    Funny you write this because i have been thinking about this a lot recently - even before my trip!

    I think I love quality and because I dont get think custom made then i go and find a label that i trust and depend on but necessarily to give myself a psycological boost perse.

    I think the issue is that now - even t shirts have to be a label for the younger generation and therein lies the problem.

    I have both designer and primark. my grandmother who had been through wars etc always said to me, eat it drink it wear it live life! so there is truth in that! :) x

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    1. That outlet looks amazing and I fell in love with your new bag!! so awesome!

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    2. hey Naomi - what an interesting fact about its level of tourism. Fashion is clearly taking over history and sightseeing then?

      I agree, labels mean a lot, perhaps too much to the younger generation unfortunately!

      A wardrobe with a mix is definitely my preference too - nanny is right! x

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  2. love this recap of fashion stores!!! and your obvious shopping spree! can´t wait to see what you bought! ;) xo, Alma
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  3. These stores are really a paradise!!! Dear, what about following on facebook too?
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  4. Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I want ot go there! I am so jealous! I love that bag!
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  5. i want the red bag.crying.
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  6. I wld always pick out designer labels against high street end cloths but it's money guess one has to work harder fredaidehen.blogspot.com

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  7. I have been to Bicester years ago and I love it. I got the most amazing Ferragamo top and a DKNY dress I wore again this Christmas. I believe you can find designer labels in super good prices, especially in London, if you are dedicated. Quality designer items last for years.

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    Nina
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  8. A, I can live with low cost, but if I find a good deal I prefer to invest in quality ;) I think this place is a little like the Outlet of La Vallée Village in Paris, at least on the building style.

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  9. Wowwww great article, i would say i love wearing both high street and designer labels and vintages of course my fav, its good to mix and match, visiting designer stores can be quite tempting, you gonna have hormonal fashion disorder lol if you visit a designer shop and you don't buy wow it's simply a ''Fashion curse'', i have felt silly,sick,stupid and strange when i visit all these shops and end up buying nothing haha :) i think i will def visit Bicester Village.
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    1. You won't feel like that in Bicester - it's definitely more relaxed and informal than somewhere like London's New Bond Street.

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  10. I was in London the whole month of February but I didn't know about that amazing village... Damn it!! ;-)
    I would love to dress designers labels, but my budget doesn't allow it to me... :(
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    Patricia

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  11. I like Designer labels but try to buy their in sale. But I also wear low cost clothes.
    I would like to see what tou bought
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  12. Wow girl.. it's heaven for fashion freaks like us:) So jealous!!!! Amazing new bag, I am sure it's going to one of those things that you constantly going to put on...

    And yes.. designers labels or there transformation for a more affordable brands!

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  13. I feel sad now not visiting this place when I was in London.They are so beautiful.I love Alexander Mcqueen's.
    And about your post,there's definetely more to life than buying designer labels or anything you want.But the truth is in a human's life there's no limit.When you're easily get those label items,it still wouldn't be enough.There will be always something you want when you can't reach it out.The point is,confine yourself and you can be happy in life then.Just think about people who can't buy these clothes or even don't have anything to eat.When I think of it this way,I see myself as a greedy person.
    And you still bought lots of things from stores.Trust me,I can't even buy that much at once.You're lucky :)
    Hope my comment isn't too long.

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    1. It's so true! the more you have, the more you want; it's easy to complain about what you don't have than what you do have. Loved your comment, thank you.

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  14. That Kate Spade bag is amazing!
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  15. interesting post...I have to be honest, I love to buy designer labels without breaking my bank...so mostly I am buying from on-line sale or from outlet sale...it is obsession,

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  16. When i read your posts it's like you're saying what's in my mind! I totally agree with you (and i study until headaches kiil me too)...
    I live in italy near a famous outlet called Serravalle Outlet where lot of foreigners comes with empty lugguages and come home with them full of designed clothes and accessorizes! It's in the north of Italy so if you will come, let me know, i'll show you the paradise ;)
    kisses

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    1. So it wasn't just me then ha ha. aaaw thank you for the invite, that would be amazing!

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  17. Hahaha, love the photo of you and your shopping bags. Yeah, that's what happens every time I resolve not to do so much shopping...
    Looks like you hit a great place to do some retail therapy!

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  18. In this economy, I'd be happy to be able to get a job since I studied hard and got my diploma too.:D Ok, I have a job, but it pays next to nothing so designer labels are definitely out of my reach. And to be honest, I don't crave them so even with a hefty paycheck I'd still shop in H&m and on eBay. I really wouldn't feel good spending an insanely colossal amount of money on clothes or shoes or accessories. But you know what I'd love?:) I'd love to put on a pair of McQueen's heels one day, just to see how I'd walk in those.:)

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  19. I visited Bicester a few years ago but it certainly looks like they have many new outlets now. The Lulu Guinness store front is cute! Your bag and was an excellent choice and the strawberry tart too!
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  20. My sister goes to Bicester village and loves it! I've been meaning to go for years but haven't got around to it yet.
    as far as designer clothes go (and as a student!) I think any outfit benefits from a good mix of both high street and designer. I tend to like good quality bags and shoes but clothes I love the high street!
    That Kate Spade bag is, by the way, AMAZING!

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  21. Oh my all of these stores are perfect! This is dangerous for me haha, that red handbag is stunning!

    -Vogue&Heels
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  22. Wow amazing stores!!!! I love your bag!!!
    Thank you so much for your comment!! I'm very addict to them..JaJaJa!!!
    Have a good week, dear Colleen!!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

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  23. Great stores! I do believe though that education is much much more important. You got both, education and fashion. Fab purse BTW

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  24. Congratulations for your degree!! Wooow and that outlet looks amazing, so many good brands but please tell me: is there an Alexander McQueen outlet there?!!!! OMG I could faint if your answer is yes!! :D

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  25. Wow babe,stunner;-)
    xx
    B.
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  26. Awesome post and you have a great sense of humor I must say. Wow It was a delight to read. We all follow designer labels insanely and yes to some extent its the measurement of our success in our minds or better tiny minds.

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    1. aaah thank you and that is a very interesting point you made about 'the measurement of success in our minds'!

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  27. that quote is the worst ever and sounds like it comes from an uneducated person! no disrespect to Tyler, it sets such a bad example

    carol
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