TWO PINTS OF YOUR BLOOD FOR A PAIR OF LOUBOUTINS MADAME!

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I am literally and genuinely bursting at the seams to write out this article not only because it hits close to home on so many levels as I am the textbook definition of a fashion, style and beauty enthusiast but also because on many occasions this topic has brought about heated debates.

First off, let me ask this…Where does one draw the line between fashion enthusiasm and just plain mental slavery? We all have the fashionista friend who is fully committed. One time you found out she used her college tuition to buy that Hever Leger dress retailing at $1000, you still don’t get it right? It is afterall just A DRESS! Or the time she raced to Harvey Nichols to indulge in some Emilo De La Monroe skirts, you swear the price tags fit buy your whole future and change go remain. Fashion enthusiasts clearly understand the logic behind such purchases, like when I found myself shelling out money for a Chanel classic purse or making sure that by fire and by force I was in Paris for the Louis Vuitton exhibition show.

I remember fasting and praying and commanding the holy spirit to take total control of my life and showering me with blessings of a plane ticket and a credit card to go crazy with at the show. And let’s not forget me going out in the snow to buy a Givenchy purse, if you know me then you know my phobia for snow and how many times I have sprained my wrist while falling down on ice. It is safe to say I got to Givenchy with an excruciatingly painful sprained wrist and a blurred vision.

As guilty as I am of blind and almost extreme dedication to fashion, my point is simple; there is a thin and almost blurry line to not cross in pursuit of all things luxurious and fashionable. As admitted by ELLE magazine’s Head of Accessories Olivia Palermo; “I used to spend all my money on designer jeans and then live on canned beans for months, that was me at my least extreme”. While girls in Lagos might not be willing to live on beans in the name of a designer purchase, one night with Chief or senator is a fair enough sacrifice.

We are females and are genetically programmed to lust after those Yves Saint Laurent Trib Too heels and even throw a drink at our friends when they fail to notice our wardrobe upgrade, and yes we break the bank, starve ourselves, suffer from sleepless nights and do all sorts. But the line is drawn when dignity and self respect is involved. A pair of python snake skin shoes cannot and should not purchase your dignity. Neither should we mistake dedication for plain idiocy.

Take it from a girl who has been there and back, if you must flex your fashion dedicated muscles then buy the classics which you can use for the next two decades and pass down to your daughters. Yes walk with all your toes cut off if possible to Hermes and buy the Kelly bag which has been celebrated for decades, or the Alexa Chung Mulberry satchel. Google is your best friend at this point, research on the history of a luxury item before you make your purchase you’d be surprised that most of them do. After this calculate logistics, how much longer can you wear that piece before it becomes “SO LAST SEASON”?

While I applaud enthusiasts like myself, my advice is apply clear logic, think long and hard over your purchase and ensure you leave the store with your face off the floor and your dignity still very much with you.

Lucy

Lucy

Make up artist, wardrobe stylist monster. Addicted to the trends, living for fashion and beauty AND lipstick with super powers, faithful blogger who's obsessed with stuffing her face with gummy bears. I personally love people that always have a beauty question for me to answer.

36 comments

  1. Na wa! Don’t lump all girls into this category o. Last time i checked, i’m a girl and don’t indulge in this madness. Are you really a fashionista or a label slave?

  2. Thanks madame sting, being a fashionista doesn’t mean breaking the bank or breaking your wrist. I shop in aldo, topshop, forever 21 etc and I still get pple who tell me I look good…so I really don’t know who this article is targeting

  3. You can equally get these shoes in the picture from new look honey! We all love fashion, but everything has a substitute.. Why bother?

  4. My take is cut ur coat according to ur cloth. If like me u can’t afford louboutins abi kilon pe won’t u rest? No one died from wearing atmosphere or montego bay. U can have an eye for quality stuff that’s not designer made. Abi no be so?

  5. As for me,I believe any chick dat spends witout a budget is a ‘MUMU’….if its hard earned money,it should be spent wisely!

  6. Yeah! Everyone gets to indulge in that one must have item but then it would be silly to become a fashion spendaholic!
    Sacrifice with one night with Senator…that’s an insult to girls in lagos!

  7. sweety….u have a personal problem and you want to believe or imagine that everybody feels the same way you do…all you did up there was roll out names of labels…..and try your best to sell us a ‘trying to hard’ version of the movie ‘confessions of a shopaholic’……everyone likes a quality piece but just you and a few others live this fairytale drama your talking about…’louis vuitton exhibition in paris’??? SMH….u might want to pick your dignity off the cold floor it fell on….

    1. Guys!
      Give it a rest already, you need to calm down…
      Its her opinions, I get that expressing your but there is no need to get personal….

    2. Guys!
      Give it a rest already, you need to calm down…
      Its her opinion, I get that expressing your but there is no need to get personal….

  8. lmao @ nelly… “I personally love people that always have a beauty question for me to answer”.. i dont think any sane lagos girl should cos your answer would force them 2 spend 7 nights with a senator instead of 1..All u had to sacrifice was going out while it was snowing(giving urself the ajebutter status) and then u ascribe the ashewo status to the average lagos girl..my conclusion:i think u have lost touch with the reality on ground in naija,look for a site filled with dumb white chics they’ll enjoy ur writeups better…..

  9. lmao @ nelly…. “I personally love people that always have a beauty question for me to answer”.. i dont think any sane lagos girl should do that cos your answer would force them to spend 7 nights with a senator instead of 1..All u had to sacrifice was going out while it was snowing(giving urself the ajebutter status) and then u ascribe the ashewo status to the average lagos girl..my conclusion:i think u have lost touch with the reality on ground in naija,look for a site filled with dumb white chics maybe they’ll enjoy ur writeups better…..

  10. LMAO… is the writer for real. you clearly have an addiction, u want to go to paris and buy a givenchy purse n co but u have to pray and fast for a ticket and credit card. you must be having a laugh. my dear! cut your coat according to your size.

  11. Lol..I prefer 360nobs to bellenaija. There are a bunch of wusses on the other side. Now that’s what I’m talking about(my high opinionated naija sisters). Btw no offence 2 the author, but REALLY!

    Ha!I almost thot it was Noble Igwe writing abt Louboutins

  12. seriously i dont think the author is exagerating. i know a coupla of girls who wuld do anyting to be fashionistas.you wont want to believe wat dey do to buy the so called luibitons n co

  13. It seems in d name of trying to be an “I MUST BE WHO” blogger/writer, pple just write a whole lot of BullShit. If @ dis point in ur life these r ur issues, wen ur mates r setting up businesses all over d place, ur a wat? A WEIST. Even pple dat can afford to live large put deir priorities right. “Kokoro toh jabo sinu Sugar” is wat u r. Pls we’re waiting for ur nja movie version of ‘confessions of a shopaholic’ since dem don do “Blackberry babes”

    1. Look, who are YOU to call someone a waste? Did you actually invest mental energy into this comment? My friend, stop being inconsiderate and keep ur comments to yourself if you have nothing helpful to say! You are right to correct the writer but it is NOT ur place to call her names. People waste things but you can’t call someone a waste. And why are you mocking her, talking about how ur waiting for her to release a movie? Honey if you want to correct someone, leave the insults at home.

  14. Hmmm…for every luxury item out there (especially in fashion), there is a knock-off of equal (sometimes superior) look and quality. I have never and will never break the bank for the sake of fashion. Wearing those Louboutins (or any other designer label) is doing nothing but paying to advertise and gain more business/profit for Mr. Louboutin. I don’t see the sense in that.

    I agree that women have that lust for sexy dresses, nice shoes, and hot handbags…but i am fully content to look at not touch unless my back account is fat and shapeless- which it isnt.

    1. Serzly dude? Doubt u read the article. Plus it is not ur place to say hu ‘gucked/gawked’. And she got 809 views so far n over 30 comments! Only Nobs here can lay claim to that kinda ‘interest’.

  15. You guys that are insulting the writer need to stop that rubbish. The insults are highly unnecessary and if you spent a little more time thinking about what she wrote, you would realize that she did not break her wrist on purpose, neither did she spend her tuition on a dress-someone else did. Even if she did, does that warrant all your stupid insults? I’m talking to Nelly and yemi and all the people who approve of their senseless comments! sheesh louise!

  16. Na wa for una o. The whole article is about the lady castigating her own attitude of desiring every designer label; and that of people like her, so why the hate? Some people have the resources to acquire these things, if you don’t it’s not an indictment on you! Guys stop being so envious, Jeez!

  17. Y’all should take it easy on the lady,guess she was offering HELP, some unnecessary details tho,but this isn’t a ‘Weist’.

  18. Well, damn. Do we really feel this strongly about the article? I don’t know how many Naij babes would do all that for a red sole when other hot shoes boku, but hey…she might roll in different circles. Personally, I’d recommend a li’l rehab ’cause those are some pretty extreme lengths, but I’m not gonna bash her..because that’s already been done, and really rudely too.

    Lol @ Nobs…”Nnamdi, I hope this is not you sha.”

  19. Girls una wahala too much abeg,she didnt mention anybody’s name in this article except herself,una de here de yarn dust.

  20. @franque:u r nt sure its nnamdi/n6 yet,so chill o.
    @ nobs:if its really N6 pls fire him,’poor sport’
    @N6: dude r u 4real.abeg grow up

  21. Okay!
    Now am ready!…
    I personally like the finer things of life, some I can afford now, some I believe as I make more money I will buy..
    Here’s my take, if you can afford it buy it.
    There is no need buying a Knock off.
    Just shop high street till you can afford designer duds if that’s your forte!
    The amazing thing here is there are a lot of hypocrites passing through these pages.. You need to first understand that It IS NOT YOUR LIFE. Who died and made you judge!..
    Above all we all know that a good closet is filled with something old, something new, something expensive and something cheap!
    Have fun with it!

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