The day after I lost my job, I got a call from a girl at the DOE Fund. "Congrats, Ellen, you won the Diane von Furstenberg purse from the celebrity DJ charity event last week! Come pick up the bag and make the $200 check out to..." Say whaaat? I did whaaat? Oh yeah, that. I went to a charity event (Whitney Port was there shooting an episode for The City—she's gorgeous!), drank too much champagne and put a $200 bid on this red DVF tote. I spent all night contemplating whether or not I should bid on the purse. I'm a realist by nature and rarely make whimsical decisions, but after my fourth glass of bubbly and encouragement from my friend Kasey (thanks, Kase) bidding $200 on a purse I really didn't need seemed like the most genius idea ever. I've never actually won anything in my entire life (including the countless bingo games I played at my grandmother's retirement home when I was little), so I figured this wouldn't be any different. I mean, surely someone else at the party would be drunker/dumber/richer than I am, right? Right?! Wrong.
Lesson learned: Don't consume massive amounts of champers and make bids on things with money you don't have. After a few frantic calls and texts to friends, I took a deep breath and LOL (Mom, that stands for laughed. out. loud ;)). Of course, this would happen to me the day after I lost my job. Why would it happen any other way? On a positive note, at least I have a new, cute bag to tote around all summer. I've never splurged on a nice bag, and I got this one at a $300 discount. Plus, it's going to a great charity that helps out-of-work men in NYC get back on their feet. Still to this day I think about the many more useful ways I could have spent that $200, but then I push the thought out of my mind and stroll down the streets of Manhattan with my cute red bag.
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