Saturday, September 21, 2013

PUR(S)E EXCESS


                                                         
  Classic Tall Large TOSCA Hobo Shoulder Handbag Light Blue Silver Buckles Italy
Sale:$45,049.00  (available through Amazon)




Serendipity can lead you to experience things that you would never have sought out yourself.   Stepping off your beaten path can lead to interesting experiences and observations.   I was at the hairdresser today and ended up reading a celebrity type of magazine that isn't my usual choice of fare.   The editors were pleased to offer a feature extolling the purse collection of actress Reese Witherspoon, in particular, photographs, with prices, of the different designer purses she had been seen with during one month.

I suspect the idea was for me to admire--drool even--at the different handbags that Ms. Witherspoon owns and colour coordinates with her apparel.    The price was carefully researched and noted as between one and three thousand dollars and the editorial comments dripped with adjectives and superlatives.   A mere pittance compared to the blue bag pictured at the top of this post.

Membership in the  celebrity culture  seems to necessitate excess in all things including excessive spending.   Compared to million dollar wedding and hundred thousand dollar birthday parties for pre-schoolers, the aforementioned purses are a bargain.   Perhaps this is how actors are picked for coveted roles or hockey players are drafted  to winning teams.   Perhaps not.   

I overheard a television program the other night wherein the widow of a wealthy Hollywood producer had decided to downsize (not for financial reasons like the rest of us!) and her new penthouse accommodation, when completed, would only have one gift wrapping room, instead of the three she presently enjoys.   

I don't mind people living comfortable  or even luxurious lives at their own expense.   After all, it's their money.   But I must not be their target audience because I don't feel admiration when I read or see the over-the-top conspicuous consumption, I feel something more between pity and disgust.   

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