Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Once Upon A Time

I saw a Christina Aguilera interview where she talked about how awesome her shoe collection was because its filled with Louboutins. After some research, I decided $600 Louboutins were absolute heaven. Too bad they were so expensive. I used to go to BNY during my lunch hour and just pet and sigh at the Louboutins on display (I'm 100% serious). Then one day, I decided to show a co-worker some of my favorite Louboutins online. Clicked on BNY and OMFG...LOUBOUTINS ON SALE?!??!??!!! I rushed there after work (I miss working in Century City...) and bought my first three pairs. The rest is history - most of which has been documented on this blog :)

I remember after my first pair, I told myself that I would only get new ones during sale season. As the addiction grew, that rule went out the window. I also used to limit myself to $700 and under. I've now crossed over the $1000 mark and would put my new limit at $1500 (for exotics - esp ostrich and lizard and I can only dream of one day owning a pair of croc CLs). Then comes the number of CLs. At first I bought with no goal in mind. Then I got it into my head that I should have 25 by my 25th bday. I still have about three more months to go and my goal has now grown to 40 CLs by my 25th bday. I think after I hit 40, it'll go up by increments of 10 until 1. I grow sick of CLs (not likely) 2. I become completely satisfied with my collection (also not likely) or 3. I run out of money (somewhat likely).

Like any newbie, I used to buy just based on aesthetics. Fast forward to current day and I am well versed on all the styles ever made by Louboutin, how sizing varies between the different styles, what makes seemingly identical styles and colors different, the different colors and styles that come out each season, and which stores/boutiques are carrying which styles and colors. At any one time, I could probably tell you immediately what style and color someone is wearing. My addiction has become very technical and at times I wish it could go back to the mindless shopping that it once was but then again, my collection probably wouldn't be as extensive and well-rounded.

Rolandos defined Louboutins before I started buying and after 38 pairs, they are still my #1 choice. I love my CLs completely and entirely and would probably never sell any of them. Even if I dont wear them. I have worn all of them at least once. Some have never been worn more than once but at this point, its more of a collection rather than "just shoes".

A big thank you to my buddy DZ (fellow CL addict) and all the wonderful girls on the TPF CL forum for helping me with my addiction. By "help", I mean helping it grow :)

PS: I love my purse collection just as much but it takes A LOT more work/money for a purse collection to grow than a shoe collection - spend $400-800 couple times a month for new shoes vs. spend $1500-3000 couple times a month for new purses.

9 comments:

litlstrawberry said...

Hi, Jenny:
Congrats. on your continuing growing shoe collection. :)

Yup, it is really "expensive" to collect bags vs. heels. This year, I slowed down on my bag purchase as I want a Birkin in the future and don't want to be so impulsive in front of my kids. (Now my son knows Chanel, Marc Jacobs and he can pronounce every brand correctly.)haha....

In your case, the heels no longer serve as just shoes for you and you are so lucky to find all the fab. shoes too. :)

Purse Addict said...

Thank you!!

I always tell myself that I should save for a birkin but then I always get distracted :( Hope you get yours soon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heather said...

WOW... I am in awe.... 38 pairs, what a collection.

Thanks to the purse forum I now own 11 pairs and all in the span of about 5 months. Before tpf I never knew I could get them on sale... I always thought they were one of those things that never went on sale like LV.

Purses were my first love too but I have to agree they take much more work/$$ to grow the collection.

Some day I'll save for my Birkin... that or a car, lol.

Purse Addict said...

Thanks Heather :)

TPFers are great...a wealth of knowledge!

Between u, me, and litlstrawberry - we should pile our resources together for a birkin and just pass it around...HAHA :P

cheeky_deb said...

don't lose hope for Columbia yet! HAHAHA...

cheeky_deb said...

ps..I want those red shoes in the pic!

Purse Addict said...

Oh yah...DO IT FOR THE BIRKINS!!!

The shoes in the pic were ones he designed for the wizard of oz exhibit :)

Bon Chic Bon Genre said...

Amazing collection dear! Congratulations! Do you have a family picture of all your CLs? I would love to see it and drool! It must be breath-taking!

I know exactly what you mean about being "technical" on CLs. I'm so much like you in terms of Chanel coz I'm so technical on Chanel as well (I can actually memorize color codes, style names, style number and so forth for the styles I like...LOL!!)

Hahahaha...I know how addictive it is for collecting CLs. I originally just want to own 2 or 3 pairs, now I have like 14 pairs of CLs which I bought in May/June. All because of the massive info on tPF! LOL!! What an enabling forum!

I also told myself that I will be satisfied with only a few Chanel bags....but as you probably know, I ended up to more than 50 Chanel bags now in a timeframe of 1.5 years and also a bunch of costume jeweleries and shoes too. I am crazy! LOL!!

Can I join the Birkin club too? I plan to own my 1st Birkin end of this year or next year. Hope I can slow down on my Chanel purchases and save for Birkin!

Enjoy your shoes and hope your collection will keep on prospering! Wear them in good health!

Cheers,
Mia

Purse Addict said...

Hi Mia!

I plan on doing a family post of my CLs sometime soon :P Its so time-consuming that I've been putting it off esp cus I'm swamped with other stuff.

I LOVE your Chanel collection...I would DIE if I had 50 Chanels. I try to keep up with Chanel but its too complicated! Esp with the codes...

And from all the comments I'm getting...its pretty obvious we need to band together and form the "We Are Saving For A Birkin" club :)