Expensive Handbag, Yoga Pants and a Mani-Pedi……. Oh My!

I am going to apologize up front for this one because I am bound to offend someone.  Please understand that I really don’t mean to, I just don’t get it. There are 3 trends (dare I say fads?) that boggle my mind.  They are like dangerous viruses that cause bizarre behaviour and turn people into mindless robots.  So far I had escaped infection, but I am staying clear of outlet malls until a vaccine is available.

Oh for the love of an expensive handbag, yoga pants and a mani-pedi……. Oh My!

Disease # 1 – The Expensive Handbag Illness 

More and more, I am noticing people carrying fancy branded handbags.  Don’t get me wrong, they look great and I am sure they are of the highest quality and will last a lifetime. I confess I carry a bag that cost all of $39.  I have received lots of compliments on it and I really love the design.  It is not leather and based on the construction I should get about 12-18 months use before it wears out.  If I bought one of the mid-priced designer handbags, I would need to carry it for 8.9 years to get the same financial return as my “cheap” bag.  Who wants to carry the same purse for 9 years?  I don’t. I also must confess that I have these despicable thoughts when I see a woman carrying one of those bags.  The first thing that comes to my mind is that I imagine them wearing a sandwich board that says,  “Ask me about the giant credit card balance I am carrying.  My latest bill is unopened in my beautiful designer bag. ”  I also imagine that they will eventually pay double the retail price of the outlet store bag in interest payments. All of this because they just had to have the same overly expensive bag as everyone else.  I hope I am wrong.  Can someone please explain?


Disease #2 – Yoga Pants Syndrome

You know the ones I am talking about. Those yoga pants that retail for between $80 and $100 dollars a pair and made from a futuristic synthetic fiber mixed with unicorn hair.  Maybe the unicorn hair part is not true but as far as athletic wear goes they are on the expensive side.  I don’t own a pair of these miracle pants, and that is probably a smart move since I don’t practice yoga.  My husband and his friends are huge fans of the yoga pants trend but unfortunately for them, we are seeing less and less of these pants in public places these days.  Maybe immunity is developing in the general population?  Am I missing out on the joys of this athletic wear?

Disease # 3 – The Mani-Pedi Disorder

For those that are not familiar with this term, a Mani-Pedi is a beauty treatment comprising both a manicure and a pedicure.  According to my research the average cost is about $40 a visit.  When did the mani-pedi become a necessity? I didn’t get that memo?  I like to have nice nails and toes but I take care of it myself and they look fine.  Maybe one day I will treat myself or ask for one as a gift, I just can see jumping on the mani-pedi treadmill.  I know people who are financially strapped and would rather give up oxygen than their beauty appointment.

Am I immune or just unenlightened? 


  1. I don’t do designer handbags but I have some knock-offs from when I was in China, does that count?

    I do Costco yoga pants, but rarely in public unless it’s the grocery store (don’t hate me)

    I don’t do a mani… but I do like a pedi once in the spring and again in the summer. Sandals without nicely painted toes is scary for me.


    1. I understand the pedi – I see a Chiropodist because it is covered under my health plan at work – 100%. She does a great job but you have to do the polish yourself.


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