...In truth, the only factor that should dictate your buying something is how much you adore it right then.
Take away such distractions as a magazine article telling that a bag is "essential this season," any photo you have seen of Kate Moss carrying or wearing said item, or any brain-fogging hang-overs, boredom, or breakup pain, and ask yourself, Will the pleasure of owning this outweigh the guilt of paying for it? Will you actually be excited when you wake up tomorrow and see it in your wardrobe, or will it be like the morning after a bad one-night stand without the mitigating factor of being able to get it out of your flat before breakfast? If the answers are yes, yes, no, and if you can afford it without taking food out of your childrens' mouths, losing the roof over your head, and inadvertently funding some hideous Chinese sweatshop, then, what the hell, just buy it. Life if too short to spend it in bankruptcy, yes; but it is also too short to spend the next decade regretting not having bought that Cacharel dress which would have worked for every single party you have attended since.
--Hadley Freeman, The Meaning of Sunglasses, And a Guide to Almost All Things Fashionable.
All of this in the way of an introduction to my new cross-body bag, which I spotted and immediately went to head-over-heels territory. It's a smaller version of the Miu Miu Coffer. I am dizzily infatuated with this bag. The size is perfect, it has outside pockets, it can be worn either on the arm or cross body, the leather is baby-bottom soft, and it's visually a knockout. And yes, it was more than I had originally intended to spend.