Sunday, January 27, 2008


Most of the time I am completely content with many aspects of my life. Not every aspect mind you, but most. I like where I live, I love my family, the people I know from church, my daily routine is good - mostly, there is nothing to complain about. So 90% of the time I am happy with what I have, secure in my choices and desire little beyond my current material possessions. Every once in a while though I like to think about what sorts of choices I would make if I were a less responsible person and a wealthier citizen. When that 10% has the time to dream, these are some of the choices that version of me would make:

I would buy Diane Von Furstenberg Clothes, and that is all I would wear (this 10% version of me is thinner as well - you know because if we're dreaming, may as well be thin) so my clothes would look like this -

(retailing between $295-560 per dress)
While I am at it, I may as well have a Hermes Birkin Bag to go with my new wardrobe: (retails for approximately $55,000 for this diamond clasp version - $15,000 without diamonds)

In addition I may as well have some Christian Laboutin shoes:

(retailing between $800-1,000 per pair)

Maybe an Hermes Scarf or two (or three or four or five) would also be lovely:

(retail $345 each)

Or while I am at it, maybe an Hermes watch: (retail $1495.00)

And while I am at it, maybe some jewelry from Tiffany (plus, LOVE the little blue boxes they come in):(this one I can actually afford were I so inclined $195 - Frank Gehry Fish Ring)
(Paloma Picasso Sugar Stack Ring $4550)

My taste in cars is not crazy expensive, I'm not really a Mercedes or a BMW girl and I certainly wouldn't go the crazy route of a Rolls Royce or something equally silly. Realistically, if I didn't have to worry about the part where I have my kids in the car with me most of the time, it would be:

An Audi 424 (around $40,000) or
A Crossfire Convertible ($40,000) or

Saturn Skye ($26,000)

But really, I'd be content with a dorkier car, like the Toyota Prius

(I know, this seems an odd choice if fantasizing, but after I drove a hybrid in Utah for 10 days I am TOTALLY SOLD on hybrids - retail: $21,000)

But also, I could just go for a Vespa in the fantasy version of my life:
(retail, $5,500)

So in my fantasy life I might look like this:

And instead of being a bandana mom who looks like this: (this by the way, is not me but roughly represents the concept of how I might look on the days I opt for the bandana)

I could look more like this:


Shando said...

You know, I too could go for a Birken, or at least a Burberry bag. The problem with that is just about the time they could be had by little ol' me they are WAY out of style!

I love the idea of the vespa. Lets get us some Vespas and them maybe a couple of jet ski's and we can spend our winters(if you can call Phoenix in January winter)crusin around on scooters and spend the summers on a lake!

Bandanamom said...

I really must update the Shando blog...perhaps in the morning. I've been neglectful in my duties as Pat.

I love the idea of a Vespa in theory. Practically, I might fall down and get a big owie or something.

You have no idea how seriously enamoured I am with Hermes after I read a recent book on luxury companies. I'll review that later. But in the meantime...I have to admit I've been haunting ebay looking for a deal on one of those scarves. So stupid, I know but...even the $10,000 purse doesn't seem totally unreasonable after you find out how they make those dang things! Crazy.

Bandanamom said...

OH...AND the good thing about a Birken (or a Kelly for that matter) they NEVER go out of style! Never!

Cynthia said...

Well, I was with you momentarily. The dresses? scrolling down the photos . . . comfy, comfy comfy. The dream was over at the shoes, not so comfy. Is there such a thing as a beautiful, hard-to-pronounce designer, little-more-flattish shoe?
I'd kind of like to be invited to your dream version fantasy trip on the Vespas though. I like that idea.

Bandanamom said...

I know. I too wince at the idea of actually wearing those shoes. In my fantasy version I have the foot bones of my youth - when I was between the ages of 15 and 21 I wore heels all the time. Sometime after starting to have children my use of heels greatly diminished. But this is my fantasy life so I'm allowed to dream that those shoes wouldn't kill me.

Anonymous said...

Birken-smirken; what are all these brands, anyway? If it's not at Walgreens, what's the point? I've seen some pretty "tight" scarves there next to the cosmetics or by the pharmacy window....maybe it was next to the about being thin...

A couple days ago I found 2 pairs of shoes under my bed that I had totally forgotten about. That was a fashion plus moment. Oh, did I mention they used to be my mother-in-law's shoes? What? They fit.

In my fantasy world I look like Heidi Ogao.


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