Y’all, I got my dream bag, the Céline Luggage Tote, finally!
I have had my eye on a Céline bag for quite some time (just like every other girl)… About 4 years now… Last year, when I went to Paris, I really wanted to buy this purse, but it wasn’t the right time for me. I knew that I for sure wanted a color that was unique and I definitely wanted the grainy (pebbled) leather so that it would wear better.
I was hesitant towards getting the smooth leather because I didn’t want to scratch it up as I used it everyday. I can be kind of rough on my shoes and bags, so smooth leather was not really an option for me. I wanted a unique color like navy or tan because A, I’m not much of a “black” color gal, and B, aren’t unique and seasonal colors just so fun?!
I told my mom before I bought this purse that if they had the Céline bag in navy in the grainy leather, I would 100% buy it. I waited and waited and it finally was made and released!
When I first arrived to Paris, I went into Bon Marché into the Céline boutique to check out their luggage totes (that’s the style of this purse). On that first day, I almost bought the black Céline tote right then and there, but I decided to just wait and think about it. There was something holding me back from purchasing it. I was unsure if the black purse was really “me.” I knew deep down that I wanted a color that was more “me,” but the salesman told me that they didn’t have navy!
The next day, we went to another department store, Printemps, and went into their Céline boutique just to check. Voila! They had the navy luggage tote in grainy leather. MY DREAM! I immediately fell in love with the bag and I knew it was the one! I put it on hold, got it transferred to Bon Marché (we have a loyalty card there), and purchased it a few days later!
I am so happy to say that I purchased this purse completely on my own, without any help! I have been saving my money and while yes, this is a huge investment, I saw it fit as I have a fashion blog and I have been wanting it for about five years now.
I am so excited to wear this purse with a variety of outfits! The navy color is truly beautiful. It is so rich and blue! If you want the exact details, this is the Céline Micro Luggage Tote in Marine Blue. In Europe, the prices are lower than the prices in the United States, too.
Above all, even though I just invested in a new purse, nothing changes. I am not any better because of this purse. I am not “more cool.” I am not any better or worse because of this bag. In this world, it can be hard to have a separation of material things, but I have been trying to learn that material goods are the things that make me happy. Only God can fill me with joy, not some silly purse that is so worldly. A purse is fading, it is not eternal.
Yes, I do love this purse, and it is the biggest purchase I have ever made, it doesn’t compare to Jesus. I was honestly a bit hesitant when buying this purse because I think that in the past, this purse has become an idol for me. Silly, right? A purse being an idol? Yeah. All of the bloggers had it, but I didn’t. Therefore, I only thought I would be enough or be enough to call myself a blogger if I had this purse. That is so not the case.
I prayed before buying this purse that it wouldn’t consume me , it wouldn’t distract me from Jesus, and it wouldn’t distract anyone else from Him. It is just a purse. Nothing more. This purse isn’t any greater than Jesus and it’s not even in the same comparison field as Him.
It is just a purse.
I am very thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity to purchase this purse. I have worked hard to buy it, and I am proud of my purchase! Above all, this purse doesn’t define me, it doesn’t define you, and it doesn’t change me at all. It just a material in this fading world. Heck, I’m not bringing this purse to heaven with me- I won’t need it!
I hope y’all have a great day today and remember that no material or worldly thing in this world makes you any better or any worse. God is enough, more than enough, to satisfy you and fill you up. A purse can’t fulfill that role for you!