The best gifts are the ones you buy yourself

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When I hit 90 days at my first job out of university, I bought myself a Tiffany necklace to celebrate. In a sense, it was also a 21st birthday present for myself, a rather late one, and a congrats on making it into the real world, from me to me. When I finished university, I was 20 with no idea what I wanted to do in life. Armed with a computer science degree, I went out and somehow got a job in the industry with an employer that treats me well.

A lot of it was luck, being at the right place at the right time, being turned down from jobs that lead me to this one. But a lot of it was also my hard work, adjusting to a new lifestyle, learning new things from scratch, all the work I did during university. So when I hit three months, I wanted to buy something to acknowledge it.

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There was something special buying a gift for yourself, with the money you earned on something you truly want. When I first got the necklace, I wore it for a few months straight, and every time I looked at it, it reminds me of my first few months at work, learning, being confused, growing up.

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When 2015 started, I was about to turn 22. Been out of uni for a year already, and almost been working for a year, I decided that I wanted to buy myself something nice. I have been looking for a wallet for the longest time, and when the SA at Prada told me that prices were going up very soon, I decided to talk the plunge and buy a wallet. And while the purchase was slightly impulsive, it was still a birthday / congrats on surviving one year in the adult world type of gift, from me to me.

The thing about buying gifts for yourself is that no one else knows you best, so you always know you’ll enjoy the gift. It doesn’t even have to be something designer or expensive, but it is the sentiment behind it that makes it meaningful.

What have you bought for yourself lately?

Handbag Wish List

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I don’t believe in the whole ~you can never have too many bags~ thing. Maybe because lately I started to understand the whole quality > quantity idea, and the concept of actually getting use out of the items you own. What is the point of spending 3000$ on a bag that sees sunlight once a year? I believe that all you need is a few bags for different situations (work, night out, casual day, fancy event..etc).

If I had all the money in the world……

  1. LV Alma BB in Vernis Leather  (or Epi) – I love how small and cute this bag is. To me, this looks like a casual brunch out with friends type of bag. It carries all the essentials while still looking cute and sophisticated.
  2. Prada Double Zip Tote – A perfect work bag because it is structured and carries a lot of stuff. I love how it also has a strap that you can attach to it. Prada bags are classic and elegant, which would make it my ideal work bag.
  3. Balenciaga City Tote – Kinda edgy and super casual, the balenciaga bag brings out the edgier side in every outfit. It looks especially great after being worn in a bit, especially since the leather is so soft.
  4. Hermes Kelly – The most expensive and luxurious bag out of the bunch, you can’t simply rock up to Hermes to buy one of these. At roughly $10,000, this bag is at the top in terms of quality and name brand. This would be a great bag for a formal work event, or even just casually on a day out when paired with the strap.

 

Work Wear Essentials

A huge part of the transition between university and work life is the change in your wardrobe. In a world where hoodies and jeans are not considered appropriate in the corporate workplace, it is hard to imagine how to even begin building your professional wardrobe. With items being quite expensive and a budget straight out of college, it isn’t easy.

 

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The items I have chosen are items that you should invest in if you have the money. Most of the items I have chosen is black, because it is a versatile colour that can be worn with anything so it is good as a base to build your professional wardrobe on.

 

Tops

 

A white blouse is an essential for a work wardrobe, because it can be worn with a pencil skirt and heels to be dressed up, or tucked into black pants and ankle boots for a more business casual look. I prefer blouses with a softer silky fabric, instead of the more structured shirts. A few patterned blouses are also nice to have.

Peplum tops or structured tops is not an office essential, but is something nice to have in your wardrobe. It can also be easily worn outside of work.

 

Bottoms

 

Pencil skirt and straight leg black pants are office essentials. These will never go out of style, and can be worn with blouses, knit jumpers or even a casual t-shirt tucked in.

 

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A nice winter coat will last you years as long as you take good care of it. Dry cleaning is essential for outerwear, and outerwear is where I like to spend my money on. A black blazer is a must for any young professional. Wear it with the typical blouse and pencil skirt for a classic put together look, or with a white t-shirt and jeans for a dressed down, but still chic look.

 

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I have chosen three different type of shoes. Ankle boots are good for days when it is cold and raining. Flats are nice for everyday wear, and you can never go wrong with a black closed toe pump.

A nice structured bag is a lot more professional looking than a slouchy one in my opinion. A bag is also something you should be willing to spend on. I am not saying go drop a few thousand on a Prada bag, but if you can, invest in a good quality leather bag.