What would you spend £100/£200 if you had to spend it on yourself?

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MickleMe Sat 04-Jan-14 22:39:33

My dad has very unexpectedly decided to give me £200 after he had a small windfall. There is only one catch, I have to spend £100 of it on myself on something nice and not on the kids or on paying a bill.

Any ideas? I could in theory spend all of the £200 on myself but I feel a bit mean doing that. I really like Vivienne Westwood and have always coveted a brooch or a small handbag. My DH thinks I should put some money to and buy this... but it's not even leather blush

www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/shop/womens-accessories/womens-bags/new-chancery-bag-6318-rossetto-19548/

I also like this
www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/shop/jewellery/jewellery%20gifts/bas-relief-brooch-463/

I welcome any ideas, what would you spend it on?

bunnymother Sat 04-Jan-14 22:43:29

I think I'd buy an Alexander McQueen scarf in the sales. Really beautiful prints.

bunnymother Sat 04-Jan-14 22:44:21

If you like the look of that bag, but want leather, look at Aspinall.

Eurgghmm I'm not a fan of V Westwood (or Butler and Wilson come to think of it. Or Lulu Guinness)

If there was no 'name' you wouldn't think it was £££, it's more like something off Romford market shock

What about a proper investment piece?
NorthFace jacket?

Pair of boots?
Something that will give you good cost per wear?

(I'd buy a pair of NotYourDaughtersJeans but I'm ancient <<shame>> )

SPsFifthConyoIsTheBestConyo Sat 04-Jan-14 22:48:55

I'd buy a pair of boots

Or blow it on a night out

Juno77 Sat 04-Jan-14 22:50:22

I like the bag, and think it's a good idea particularly if you like it.

The brooch is a bit tacky, IMO.

Alexander McQueen scarf is a good shout.

I love designer bags, and have about £10k worth. If someone suggested a North Face jacket I would actually laugh at them grin. Why would that be an investment for me?! I wouldn't ever require it! Bizarre suggestion for someone considering a bag or brooch.

MickleMe Sat 04-Jan-14 22:51:49

I do like McQueen scarfs but usually do not buy designer at all really. Aspinall is a good idea as well bunny.

70 I think i'd be tempted to invest in a NorthFace jacket but i'm about 6 stone overweight and currently doing slimming world so i'm avoiding buying clothes which is a shame.

bunnymother Sat 04-Jan-14 22:55:53

I don't buy designer, as a general rule, but I would buy McQueen, especially his scarves. Ditto Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino. How about a pretty piece of jewellery? Alex Monroe or something in the NAP sale?

MickleMe Sat 04-Jan-14 22:56:13

SPsFifthConyo i've just bought a nice pair of boots and always up for blowing money on a night out grin

Juno77 i'm a novice when it comes to designer bags and usually spend £50 max. Just like the look of the one I've linked above.

Thanks for all the ideas, am checking them out now on google

bunnymother Sat 04-Jan-14 22:56:25

Cashmere scarf / shawl from Pure Collection?

MickleMe Sat 04-Jan-14 22:57:36

bunny I do like Alex Monroe that's a good idea!

Alanna1 Sat 04-Jan-14 22:58:58

Go and look at bags in the sales if that's what you want!

MickleMe Sat 04-Jan-14 23:01:17

Alanna1 I do and I don't grin ...really not sure what to get but my lovely dad has made it clear that it has to be a nice bag, jewellery etc

DumSpiroSperHoHoHo Sat 04-Jan-14 23:04:41

I like the handbag, not so sure about the brooch.

I need a new bag at the moment so would spend some of the money on that and the rest on a day out in London with DD.

DumSpiroSperHoHoHo Sat 04-Jan-14 23:07:59

Don't know if this is any help:

Leather bags in asos sale.

Juno77 Sat 04-Jan-14 23:10:30

Oh yes, I have some lovely Alex Monroe pieces, beautiful stuff and not expensive. Good call!

Designer bags are great but only if you buy them for the quality and longevity. Cheap ones are usually just paying for the name, not my cup of tea at all.

DumSpiroSperHoHoHo Sat 04-Jan-14 23:11:41
standupandbecountered Sat 04-Jan-14 23:12:49

What about a good quality purse? I got an orla kiehly one about 6 years ago, use it every single day and it still looks great. I love it, it gives me real pleasure, definitely worth the money!

TheBookofRuth Sat 04-Jan-14 23:13:03

I need a haircut, so I'd probably spend it on a good one.

bunnymother Sat 04-Jan-14 23:13:17

The Zara bags can be excellent value for money. Ditto Massimo Dutti, so might be worth looking there, too.

fedup21 Sat 04-Jan-14 23:17:31

The thing with bags is that I would be unlikely to love the same bag for much longer than about 18 months and then it would be condemned to the back of the wardrobe when I found something else. Bags are a bit of a fashion statement, I think and people don't generally wear the same one for that long.

I have never worn a brooch-they look like the sort of thing my grandma would wear, but if that's your thing, then great.

If it was me, I'd go for a necklace or bracelet-I'd be more likely to wear that-on and off-for years and years. Or a great pair of boots.

MickleMe Sat 04-Jan-14 23:33:26

Thanks for all your help, I think i'm going to get an Alex Monroe piece of jewellery. I've loved his stuff for a while so I just need to choose which piece to get thanks

Alex Monroe is gorgeous, I have a gold bumble bee necklace which I love and some twisty flowery hoop earrings. I also bought a wallet in the smythson sale last year and it still looks new, gorgeous leather and some good discounts. Buy something you'll see and use a lot.

I love designer bags and have about 10k worth. If someone suggested a North Face jacket I'd actually laugh at them

Well Juno OP asked "What would you spend it on"?

I hope your £10K worth of bags keep you warm and dry hmm

But yeah, have a laugh in my face why don't you ?

FFS.

KosherBacon Sun 05-Jan-14 07:11:24

I'd pay for a hoc colour or style consult. Crazy as you don't walk away with anything in your hand, but it pays for itself quickly as you don't buy silly clothes.

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