Friday, June 13, 2014

A Little Bit of Travel Math, and a Book Winner...

So this morning when I woke up (late...) I decided, for no apparent reason, to check prices on plane tickets to Paris... (my next trip, in September, is already booked, but I like to see what's available!)

Then, just for the sake of comparison, I looked for one amazing personal style purchase that cost almost exactly the same amount:


Anya Hindmarch bag

This is a bag that would last the rest of your life, even if you're a newborn infant...


But Paris... sigh...

These are the kinds of decisions that define our lives.

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Love,
Janice



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12 comments:

  1. Although the bag might last the rest of your life, as life changes you'll likely find yourself needing something different so where's the 'investment' then? I'll go for a (much) more reasonably priced bag and take those tickets!

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  2. I purchased a second hand botttega veneta several years ago. So not Paris but certainly a ticket cross country. I find real joy in the daily use of something so beautiful and functional. The quality of the leather and weaving. How it keeps getting smooshier with daily wear. How I can look forward to carrying it for years to come. So I don't think of it just in terms of tickets vs bag but rather a concentrated sort term dose of happiness vs a lower dose longer acting injection of happiness into my daily life. One isn't better or worse than the other.

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    1. A perfect explanation of the choices we face - neither are better or worse, they're just different, and sometimes difficult.

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  3. Ah Paris trumps a handbag!
    Congratulations to Madame La Bas...I really enjoy reading her blog too.

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  4. Paris trumps the bag for me, too. I've always been more about experiences than things.

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  5. Although I understand @Eileen's rationale above, I'm all about spending money on experiences. I'm all over the trip to Paris. In fact, I might actually be going there in August/Sept. Haven't decided yet.

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  6. Even within a choice like the one you pose, there are other possibilities. While airfare to Paris may be a given, one's accommodations are not. Ditto for food. If you downgrade your hotel or rent a small apt and eat, say, half your meals in the apt or in a park, you can have both the trip and the bag.

    Written from Paris, by the way. We passed by your beautiful hotel and I thought of your wonderful anniversary trip.

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  7. Experiences over stuff (most of the time - I make an exception for very occasional pieces of jewellery). Also, to me that bag looks booooring! I like to be able to change my wardrobe and accessories every so often, not be stuck with the same (excellent quality) thing forever.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree. Life over possessions. I love things BUT not so out of my financial reach that I would have to forego experiences. The hand bag may be of exquisite quality but... Even worse, though, is to fritter a bunch of money on a bunch of insignificant items that end up cluttering our lives.

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  8. I always look at choices with this same perspective Janice. Every 'yes' is a 'no' to many other options. I try to choose the 'yes' and follow it joyfully and without regret. Sometimes it is the experience (today my husband and I will spend the day in the city - Chicago - holding hands, eating, relishing in each other and the day) other times it's a purchase or giving to someone in need. Choices make us who we are and reflect us.

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  9. Hmm. Bag/Paris, Bag/Paris? Paris/Paris!! No competition, I will make do with un sac plastique rather than not go to Paris.

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