The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up

I’m about to get real on here. And I’ll be throwing myself under the bus a few times, but I wanted to share a first world problem lesson I learned recently.

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

Does something ever happen to you and you’re just like, “Damn, that was a real first world problem.”? Because it happens to me quite often. I kind of just move on with my day, but then one REALLY big first world problem happened to me recently.

So let me give you the back story.

As you probably know by now, I recently purchased a Celine belt bag (I’ll be doing a review/why I picked this one soon). Since I was little, I’ve been lucky enough to have parents that have purchased extremely nice gifts for my sister and I, and I’ve bought some designer things on my own (like shoes and sunglasses), but this was my first big designer purchase with my own money. So to say I was nervous to buy something for that much money was an understatement. To some, the price tag might not mean anything to them, but to me, I had a little bit of guilt. Yet, I knew it would be an investment piece and a bag that means a lot more than just pretty arm candy. I talked myself into purchasing.

I decided to go for it.

The black seemed like it would be most practical option for me, so I went to purchase that one. And guess what? Couldn’t find it anywhere. There was only the black in the biggest size, which just isn’t practical for me because it doesn’t have the strap. I immediately had a “mental breakdown” (aka, threw a mental temper tantrum). Because I’m such an impulse buyer, I didn’t want to wait or have the bag shipped to me.

I needed that bag now.

After consulting my friends and sister, I decided that navy would be a good option. It was a dark, rich navy that could almost be described as a “blavy”. I recently decided to try to incorporate more navy into my wardrobe, so this bag was a great way to do that. After making the purchase, I realized just how stupid it was that I got so upset over the black not being in stock.


There are MUCH worse problems in the world. I felt like I was 12 years old again and a huge brat over not getting what I wanted, when I wanted. So pathetic. HELLO, there are bigger problems in this world. While, I still completely justify my purchase, I just can’t believe I got so upset over this. I re-read this post from Holly, a young girl who recently passed away from cancer. Just eye opening, huh?


I have to tell myself this a lot. Because when I take a step back, I have an amazing life, and I should have zero complaints. When I think about all of the things life has thrown at me in the last four or so years, I have SO much to be thankful for. When I think about what is going on in the world, I HAVE to be so damn grateful for the life I was given, the people I was given, and the opportunities I’ve been given. A big way I try to get over my first world problems is by paying it forward whenever I can:

  • Giving the gas station worker a tip for pumping my gas
  • Donating to a friend’s fundraiser on Facebook
  • Smiling at a stranger
  • Giving back when there’s a natural disasters

Do you deal with your own “first world problem”? How do you overcome that negative behavior and turn it into a positive?


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  1. 2.6.18

    Oh girl, been there, done that. It’s sad that we get so stressed over these little issues but also shows how amazing the life we have is. We have SO much to be thankful for that these “issues” are the stressful issues we’re facing. You’re doing a great job paying it forward and I love this ideas.

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 2.6.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      I know! The smallest issues cause the biggest meltdowns. It’s nice to take a step back and just tell yourself to chill out. But thanks lady, paying it forward more is one of my biggest goals in 2018!

  2. 2.6.18

    We’ve all been there I think. When I stop and think about most of my problems- they really aren’t that awful. I always say that your worst day is someone’s best day- and it puts it all in perspective. Thanks for sharing your story 🙂

    • 2.6.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      I know I’m not alone. But I love what you said about my worst day is someone’s best day, so damn true and really does put everything in perspective! xx

  3. 2.6.18

    Yes, I’ve dealt with this before too! Like when the delivery time for my food order is “too long”. At first I’m like, geez!! And then I have to think – wow, I’m ordering over-priced food to be delivered straight to my door and I’m complaining?! Get it together! Love your paying it forward ideas! I try and participate in the “drive-thru difference” at least once a month!

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    • 2.6.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      OMG YES!
      I need to pay for someone’s Starbucks behind me…but I always wondered how they figure out what they’re drinking, you know? Some of my Starbucks, you pre-order but some you don’t. I want to be sneaky about it and not cause a scene haha

  4. 2.6.18

    In love with your page and Instagram. Keep up the good work!

    xo, carolyn

    • 2.6.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aw thanks so much, Carolyn! xx

  5. 2.6.18
    Kara Aragon said:

    Super cute outfit & yep def a lot bigger problems in the world than being sold out of an overpriced bag haha.

    Kara Aragon

    • 2.6.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thanks, Kara! I totttttally know there are bigger problems in the world, but I think I was more so upset (in that moment) that I couldn’t use the money that I worked extremely hard for to buy something that would make me happy for years to come. But this first world problem definitely brought me back down to planet Earth!

  6. 2.7.18

    It definitely happens to us all, all day every day! It gives a good perspective! And I love the navy!
    xo Bryn

    • 2.12.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thanks, Bryn! xx

  7. 2.7.18
    Emma Newell said:

    Great post I think everyone can relate to in their own way.. I just dealt with something similar while trying to buy concert tickets. I had to take a step back and think to myself “wow I’m complaining about this?” This post really puts everything into perspective!

    xo, Emma

    • 2.12.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      RIGHT?! I hate to admit it happens quite often, but always a great reminder to just chill out and be thankful! xx

  8. 2.12.18

    Hahaha, I always love when you write posts like this. I completely understand where you’re coming from and have had to “snap out of it” too many times to count. It happens to all of us!

    Also- this look is everything. Loving it from head to toe!

    Xx Taylor

    • 2.12.18
      Dana Mannarino said:

      AWW I’m SO glad! I know how easy I relate to other posts like this, so it was nice that people can relate to my posts! Definitely need to learn how to “snap out of it” and just be thankful! xx