The Wannabe Rich Girl Epidemic: It’s Here & It’s Happening

I am not ashamed to admit that I do watch reality television. I have been way behind on my E! show Mrs. Eastwood and Company, so after Twilight was over I caught myself up.

The show is based on actor Clint Eastwood’s wife Dina, and her two young daughters (one is the birth daughter of Titanic actress Francis Fisher) and their crazy Hollywood life. When Francesca (the adopted-of-sorts daughter) was asked to chainsaw a $100,000 Birkin Bag by her photographer boyfriend, Tyler Smith, (to send out a message of waste and greed associated with high fashion), it got all types of juices flowing in this head of mine.

This “reality show” was wildly down-to-earth. There were many valuable lessons in this particular episode. For example, when poor child turned super famous actor’s wife, Dina, explained that that one bag was some people’s (the average persons) salary for four years, or that it could support all the starving children in Malaysia for a year, I had to vent.

E! girls, Dina (blue), Morgan (middle) and Francesca

I mixed my last vodka cocktail, put the ceiling fan on high, (the reaction of vent blogging makes me hot and anxious), and decided that the last blog post before I turn 25 years-old, an age that will most likely throw me a nasty reality check, will be on the materialistic and superficial.

When does it stop? I mean, the constant Facebook uploads of mall purchases, excuse me, department store purchases; of boxes and bags and receipts and mirrors shots of name brands, of prices, of a wad of green bills stacked up with some pretentious “C.R.E.A.M.” related caption.

Do not get me wrong. When I buy a new dress I am the first person to snap a picture. I love the feeling of being feminine, and if I have not mentioned it before, I am a makeup addict. I love to shop for new eyeshadows and lipsticks, but I do not need to take a picture of the Nars box and post it on Facebook, Twitter and send a mass e-mail out to my entire contact book.

  • If you have earned it because you work, or… save, then good for you. When the occasion calls for you to dress up, you are going to get that $50 dollar dress and make it work. You do not need some frilly $300 dollar one-night cocktail dress because the consignment shop had more options. Although, if you wanted to splurge and buy the cute BCBG number you will go ahead and do so because you worked for it. Throw in some matching heels and a clutch to boot. You have a sense of damn reality. The days when mom and dad fronted your ‘going out apparel’ are over.

I am so sick and tired of the whole name brand thing. Your clothes should reflect your personality. Wait, maybe that explains why every stuck up chica this side of New York City has a hard on for $1,200 Christian Louboutin heels they will only wear to the local bar. Blah. 

  • You are a traveler, an avid sports fan, a total foodie, a young adult with… bills! You have more important and practical things to do with your money. How could a girl without some socialite background try to ever pull one over on people via Facebook that they actually have everything; handbags and heels and a car that my parent’s could not afford after working their entire blue collar lives. What a slap in the face.

Am I being a jealous hater? You could say so. Honestly, in all serious honesty, with every respect to the concept of honesty… I just cannot fathom the thought processes of the people I call my “Facebook Friends,” of the young, ditzy girls I see during a regular mall visit with five bags too many from some unpronounceable store packed with the totally unnecessary.

So uh, want to go to the diner?

I feel that my eyes are stained every time I check my social networks. I witness, on a daily basis, a total disregard for living life. People, young like I was, are wasting the best years of their lives trying to prove what they have to others, all the while trying to somehow prove themselves to…. well, themselves.

You’re a rich girl, and you’ve gone too far. Cause you know it don’t matter anyway. You can rely on the old man’s money. You can rely on the old man’s money. It’s a bitch girl, but it’s gone too far. Cause you know it don’t matter anyway. Say money, money won’t get you too far, get you too far.

12 thoughts on “The Wannabe Rich Girl Epidemic: It’s Here & It’s Happening

  1. Rich Revord says:

    I laugh at people who tell me that they can’t do certain things like pay their cell phone bill but they are quick to post their $500 tab from sitting V.I.P. at a trendy Minneapolis night club and then follow it up with how they just blew a few hundred on the latest coolest shoes. You are exactly right. People have blinders on. People think this world is all about them. This world is bigger than me, bigger than you. One of my favorite quotes come to mind when reading this…”You were born an original, don’t die a copy.” Live life. Take it all in. As amazing as this world is so big an unexplored, the connections put back into perspective just how small this universe is. Great post, Sarah :)

  2. Jeni Johnson says:

    I totally respect your opinion but on the defense of those who do enjoy sharing their purchases as a way of inspiring others or simply by marketing the products, clothes or whatever, no matter their costs or bank account backgrounds is okay with me. Maybe it’s not really the notion of ones frivolous accounts of “look what I can buy” but their vanity is used in the way that perhaps another’s vanity is more about the books they’ve read, the self professing art work, the recipes that are shared or the countless of pinterest reposts. It’s all relative. The next time I decide to cut up the strap of my 400.00 micheal kors purse just for the chains and turning it into a necklace, I’ll be thinking of this post. I’m much deeper than the Lancôme products or Mui Mui’s and if anyone can’t see past that, well then they arent really knowing my true personality because they are too busy looking at me from the outside…..

  3. SexyTofu says:

    I always feel guilty when I am buying things that are crazy expensive and/or I don’t “need.” My inner voice is always like “….you should probably pay your credit card bill or rent instead…” Plus I am messy and ruin all my nice things anyway haha.

  4. Miss Molly says:

    This post s awesome. Thank you for putting it out there….I am glad someone finally has the ability to vent about it. I always laugh and say i watch reality tv to make myself grateful :)

  5. tammyjonesthewriter says:

    Hi Sarah, Thanks for following me! I’m looking forward to checking out your blog. Here are my thoughts on this post:

    I’m a smidgen older than you and have worked my way up the ladder ;-). I’m finding at this point in my life, I have accumlated some money that lets me buy the things I like. Sometimes I like inexpensive items; while other times, I throw some dollars at big ticket items (I love my Louboutins and I’m crazy about my Porsche!). The big ticket items are usually things that I feel are classic and will last me forever.

    I do like to share outfits and purchases with readers of my blog because I hope that I can inspire them to enjoy life, improve their fashion sense (if they want to) and see the beautiful things that are available to them (low-ticket or high-ticket items). I know that I enjoy seeing this on other blogs. I hope I’ll accomplish my goal.

    P.S. I agree with you in the sense that many young women (and men) have grown up with the “I’m entitled” or “I am what I wear” attitude. Unfortunately, that often translates into buying tons of stuff and not really appreciating any of it. Such a shame.

    Cheers,
    Tammy
    Walking in Pretty Shoes blog

  6. Tanner Colton says:

    Hey Sarah, I just wanted to commend you for having the bravery to say the things you did on this post. The bottom line is no matter the money you have or don’t have we have to keep things in perspective. Whether one is rich, average, or poor, there are just things that are unnecessary and frankly absurd. I think people have the misconception that just because they have the money or that they “earned” it that wasting it on items that are meaningless is a good thing to do. I understand everyone likes to splurge from time to time, awesome, by all means do so. Its more about recognizing how there is a larger world out there where those things have no value no matter their price tag. It takes a lot of balls to stand up and say ENOUGH! Our consumption habits in this country are out of control and materialistic practices contribute to that. Bottom line: When we leave this world what we take with us are the experiences, relationships, and the knowledge we gain through living in the world, not the $300 Gucci dress. I’m just sayin’… Thanks for this Sarah and keep up the fight!

  7. E.J. says:

    Love this post. Wish that was an option rather than “Like” – but I’ll deal. :) I think a lot of negatives can come from social media – it’s the highlights reel of peoples lives, rather than the reality of it. Perhaps the person blowing $300 on shoes feels like she must keep up with Facebook joneses? It makes me sad. It also makes me sad that there’s been no movement to swing it another way – or at least not one that’s picked up any momentum that I’ve noticed. I’d rather scroll through my “Friends” list and see that this friend donated 2 weekends for Habitat for Humanity and that friend donated 17 bags of clothes/shoes/household items to Goodwill/local shelter.Or that another friend is taking the time to mow their grandmothers lawn weekly so she doesn’t have to worry about it. I wish that stuff would catch on. I’d rather know THOSE people than the ones with the trademarked red soled Louboutins and Birkin bags.

  8. Sweaty Girl Confessions says:

    My newest obsession has been Mrs. Eastwood & Co., and your post helped me realize that I am probably just jealous of that lifestyle, and love dreaming about having it too. But money and fame are just so fascinating, aren’t they?
    -Sara

    • sarah On The Go says:

      Money and fame are definitely intriguing… and I’d be a liar if I said I wouldn’t want to have all those luxuries we see that celebrities have.

      This isn’t about celebrities, or even about people who are rich. This post is about the people who try hard to make people believe they are, instead of embracing the normal life around them.

      Maybe someday we’ll all be rich, or whatever.. but until then we should love the life that’s given to us!
      <3 Thanks for stopping by

  9. Seany says:

    So true. Even when I do happen to come into some extra money I couldn’t imagine blowing it all on a pair of shoes or grey goose martinis all night. PBR for me please! It’s all about getting bang for your buck ;) Young people who live “extravagant” lifestyles are in for a rude awakening when they have to start paying a mortgage. Send some of that wasted cash to a charity people! Or save it up for when you’ll really need it!

  10. smcwrites says:

    Great post – I’ve pretty much disconnected from Facebook because it’s just getting too depressing honestly. It’s nice to treat yourself once in a while, but the thought of spending what I spend for rent on a single article of clothing blows my mind.

  11. jglhanks says:

    Sarah, your post was the bomb. I just got back from a stint of doing jungle medicine in Guatemala, and every time I see a “friend” swooning over some stupid piece of material junk, I get nauseated. One relatively low-end pair of Manolo Blahniks is more than these families make in a year, but they are content, and we are constantly looking for more. I think, no, I KNOW that the real satisfaction comes not with what you keep for yourself, but with what you give away. Keep dishing out the real life, Sarah!

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