It’s Mine! Balenciaga Mini City Bag

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I caved in and got a Balenciaga bag! 😀

It’s a Mini City bag in Rouge Cardinal with silver ‘giant’ hardware.

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First I had a plan to try and get one of these for less than retail, perhaps on the secondary market, or wait until I’d come across a discounted one somewhere..
But this didn’t really work out.
On ebay new Balenciaga bags cost approximately same as in stores and you can never be 100% certain whether you’re getting a real one or a knockoff.. (I know I’d spend my whole life wondering).
Even secondhand Balenciaga bags go rather high, unless they’re completely trashed.. but I wanted a new one either way.
In US they cost more or less the same as in UK, (almost everything is cheaper in US by 20% vat which they are lucky not to have, but Bal bags seem to be an exception. Depending on the currency fluctuations, they might cost even more in United States), so there was no point in attempting to purchase one in US and smuggle it to UK without paying the duties either.
Just one time I saw them slightly discounted on BrandAlley but there were no colors I wanted anyways..

I set up an account at Balenciaga.com, and after saving some of the bags to my wishlist I noticed there was only one red mini city left.. which is basically my ultimate Balenciaga bag.. I’m not one of those girls who like to carry their whole life in their bags, so I do like its small size, silver is my preferred color of hardware and even though I love many colors they come in, red is my favorite so I found myself in a now or never situation..

And I got it:)

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Yep, the most expensive bag I’ve ever owned, but it was easier to part with money knowing I’m buying something very sought after with a decent resale value. I’m sure I’ve spent much more on ‘affordable’ clothes I’d wear once and throw away, now that’s the case of money completely wasted..

Messy Eclectic

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Just a basic tshirt&jeans look

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(Yep, it’s my first time using the curling wand, now get off my face:p)

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What I’m wearing: Top: New Look, Jeans: Nobody, Shoes: Kurt Geiger ‘Debbie’, Jewelry: Bracelet with crystals – Juicy Couture, Asos Statement Articulated Ring, Bangles – Asos. Mint green wristband – no idea), Purse: forever21, flower: real deal.

My Tiffany & Co Diary

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Yes, this notebook is identical to one of Gossip Girl Blair’s diaries (as seen in S05e24) and yes, I pretty much had been brainwashed by the show into getting one.

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These journals came in 3 colors, tiffany blue, red and platinum, price tag – $175.
It was a pita to acquire though.. The official Tiffany site doesn’t ship internationally and even if you have a shipping address in US, they wouldn’t accept a non US-issued credit card.. And then it sold out. So at first I went for an alternative. I found the very identical notebooks by Graphic Image, they just came in different colors than Tiffany ones. Bought one in red with golden hardware for half the price of the tiffany journal, but in the end I still wasn’t completely satisfied..
So eventually I ended up hunting one down on ebay and now I am actually happy

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Graphic Image vs Tiffany:

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The difference is that Tiffany’s has slightly nicer quality hardware and more matte finish to the leather and obviously, it comes in nicer packaging. Stuff like measurements, paper etc is identical. I just like them both.

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