Whilst I haven't been too impressed by this year's Christmas sales, I did treat myself to a little something...And that little, well technically 'oversized' something is the Mulberry Oversized Alexa handbag in black. Women tend to be either a bag or shoes kinda gal - I'm definitely one for the bags. Shoes are obviously more essential than bags, however as I commute to work everyday my bag is important for carrying around what seems to be my life - which I know I definitely need to cut back on if I want my back to survive...
As soon as the sale landed, I loaded it on my mobile and the website went down for a good couple of hours. The mobile site never worked on my mobile from that point on so I waited until I got home to shop the Mulberry sale. I wasn't expecting the black version of this bag to go into the sale as classic colours rarely do and if they do - they're usually gone within seconds. Case point this year's Selfridges sale - the 'sale launch' email went out on Christmas day at 7:38am (you can tell I work in email marketing) - I was awake just before 8am, whacked my laptop out and typed in the URL as quick as my fingers could do so. There was literally nothing left. I'd checked the site before I'd gone to bed at around 12:30am and the sale hadn't launched - so I must have been unlucky in missing my opportunity there. And since I'm not willing to get up any earlier than that time on Christmas day it was my loss. Plus I live in the country and always do family things on Christmas and Boxing Day so by the time I got to town, it was slim pickings - the best stocked sale shop for bags was House of Fraser which I wasn't expecting.
I digress...I saw the bag and saw the price tag. I'm a renowned saver and love getting a bargain and only spending when I can justify it. So it took me a few refreshes of the page before I made my purchase. It was a lot of money, but I figured since I've had my 'first real job' since university for over a year, had some Christmas money and loved my bags, it wasn't too bad. Plus I spend over £1,200 a year on commuting to work - which is £1,200 more than what I'd want to spend on trains (#COMMUTERPROBLEMS), I wanted to spend money on something I actually will enjoy. And I already do.
It's a beautiful soft leather and the rich gold finishes set it off perfectly. It's roomy enough for all of my junk - I definitely couldn't have gone with the regular size - and I love having the option of two straps. It has an inside zip for all the stuff you don't want lose in your bag - like keys or your phone. It also has a card holder where I store my work/business cards and travel cards.