I should preface this post with a short explanation about handbags. I hate hate hate giant handbags. You know the ones that can double as an overnight bag? Perfect for transporting a turkey. Like anyone really needs that much space? I always have a smaller bag that holds the essentials. I’m a firm believer that it’s easier to find things when there is less space to search. I also love love love Vivienne Westwood bags.
Onto the story. So I am searching the Vivienne Westwood online shopfor a new handbag. I fall head over heels for the floral leather bag. I look at the price in pounds and think hmm not so bad, then I look at the conversion to dollars Price: $1,401.80. That is too big a splurge for this girl. So I keep browsing. I already have a plaid one that I love so I don’t want another one. Hmmm. Then I open up the link to the Bambi bag. It’s cute. it’s totally out there. And it’s $350. This is way more doable. So based on a quick look at the website, I am sure the bag is the same size as my other one. Of course, the measurements are there, but they are in centimeters for god’s sake. This is why math matters. Being able to do conversions is helpful in real life. Especially if you’re an international online shopper like me. If you want to buy stuff from anywhere that uses the metric system (so anywhere outside the 50 states), you have to know math. Or else you could be in for a bit of a nasty surprise.
I end up buying the bag and eagerly awaiting its arrival. When I unpacked it, I was speechless. Here’s why….
She’s a monstrosity. And just for perspective, here is the new bag beside my old bag (AKA the size I expected it to be)
This is when I realize that math really does matter. Maybe not calculus, but basic math. If I’d taken the time to convert or even heck guesstimate the inches, I might not have bought the ginormous Bambi bag.
Weirdest part? During the crazy rainstorms of the past week, the Bambi bag has been a lifesaver. I just shove stuff in it and it’s totally rain proof. Plus the bag itself is pretty light. Way lighter than the PVC coated canvas bag.
And I am slowly getting used to having a ridiculously huge handbag that can knock small children on their butts. I consider it an added benefit.