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What to Splurge on-Wardrobe Edition

I’m currently on the quest to find my “signature” store.  I feel like I’ve been completely losing my sense of style lately, and need to figure it out.  There are tons of places that I buy my more “trendy” pieces from, but every woman’s wardrobe should have some basics.  These are the areas of our wardrobe that we can splurge on.  They are the building blocks of our wardrobe.

Where to splurge:

1.  A bra-A properly fitting bra can make a $2 t-shirt look fabulous.  It doesn’t matter how expensive of a garment you’re wearing if the girls are pointing the south!  Go to your local Victoria’s Secret and get properly measured.  Try on many different styles of bras and if you find one that fits well, buy it in a few different colors.  If you’re going to splurge on a bra, it pays to take good care of it.  Hand wish any bras with woolite and hang to dry.

 

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy push-up convertible bra

Victoria

2. Seamless Undies-I hate the word panties, so I will use the term undies. This is another under garment that’s necessary to make any garment look good.  Those white pants from Forever 21 won’t look so hot with (ughh i have to say it) panty lines.

3. Jeans- Jeans is something that I normally go a bit cheap on, but I think every woman should splurge on one pair that makes them feel like a bombshell for a hot night out on the town.

4. Shoes- I don’t know about you, but if my feet hurt that rest of my body hurts, so shoes isn’t something you should go cheap on.  Don’t get me wrong, I own about 10 pairs of Old Navy flip flops, but the correct fit and material is very important for shoes.  If you’re going for work shoes, it’s important to buy real leather, as a synthetic material doesn’t let the foot breathe.  No one wants sweaty, smelly feet.  It’s also important to buy the right sneakers.  If you’re going running and don’t have a proper running sneaker, it can really wreak havoc on your feet.

 

5.  A winter coat (not a ski one!)-A classic winter coat can serve two purposes: Keep you warm and keep you stylish in an otherwise unglamourous season.  A lot of people choose either a classic pea coat, which rarely provides enough warmth, or some kind of ski parka, which rarely provides enough style.  It’s important to combine elements of both.  I recommend something a little longer, as no one wants a cold butt!  This coat from the Gap would be a good choice.  The Sherpa lining will keep you nice and toasty and the cinched waist will keep you from looking a marsh mellow.

6. One pair of black pants-A well cut, nice fitting pair of black pants can take you from work to a night out on the town.  The one splurge pair should be hemmed to fit well with your favorite/most comfy pair of heels.  Why only one pair?  Most of us don’t wear the same shoes every day, so we will need different hems on our pants.  Also, black pants can be seen anywhere from Forever 21 prices to high end designer.  This one pair should be your go to pair for an important meeting or an important date.

7. One crisp white oxford (button down)-A white oxford is one of those classic pieces that just seems to transcend time and trends.  This can also be used for that go-to business outfit.  Avoid trendy ruffles or buttons on this one splurge, you can save on the more trendier versions of this classic piece.

8. One totally unnecessary but oh so luxurious splurge-A cashmere anything!  I purchased my first 100% cashmere sweater last winter, and I can’t wait to add more cashmere items to my closet.  When I put it on I instantly feel more glamorous.  If you’re going to splurge on a cashmere item, again get something classic, my piece is a grey cardi.  There’s no use in spending all that money, if the shape or details are only “in” for one season.

 

These are just some basic items that every wardrobe should have.  They are again, the building blocks, of a classic Jackie-O inspired wardrobe.  Many may feel that there are other areas that deserve splurges.  My other area is purses.  I don’t even want to dive in to how many Coach bags I own.  Get items like this, and make them your own by adding inexpensive trendy pieces and accessories.

One warning though, if you’re going to spend the money on these pieces, make sure to take care of them properly and get them tailored if needed.

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September 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Store Credit Cards-Is the discount really worth it?

“Would you like to open a store credit card and save 15% on your purchase today?”  I hear that after almost every purchase I make from almost every store.  The discount always sounds tempting, especially with those more expensive purchases, but is it really worth it?

I’m happy to say that I don’t have any store credit cards.  Now before you think me nobel, let me explain.  The main reason I don’t have a store credit card, is because I don’t shop that much at one single store to benefit from the discount.  However, there are more important reasons that you should think before agreeing to that store card.

1. Just by applying for a store credit card your credit score drops 20 points.  If you have a credit score that is considered border-line good/bad, this may drop you down to bad and hurt your chances at receiving a loan, or a decent interest rate on a loan.

2. The interest rates on store credit cards are obscenely high.  Most are around 20%, which chances are, is more than that initial discount that you received.

3. If the store credit card you are applying for offers reward points, it usually takes a lot of purchases to receive that $10 store credit.  You may find yourself purchasing more just to get the points.

Chances are sometime soon I will be opening a store credit.  Probably to buy furniture for my apartment.  If you do chose to open a store credit card, make sure you can pay off the total each month, or to close the card after paying off the total.

August 31, 2008 at 12:22 am 2 comments

The coveted “It” bag

I don’t know about you, but I was counting down the days (ok, the minutes!) for the May release of the Sex and the City movie.  After seeing it, I knew that bagborroworsteal.com was going to become a huge hit.  The site has been out for quite a few years now, but only recently gained notoriety thanks to Louise.

My freshman year in college I had a membership with the site.  Back then, you had to pick a monthly membership and pay that fee (I was a princess, so I could have access to all the Coach bags) and then pay for the bag on top of it.  It became a bit pricey, especially on a work study budget, so I promptly quit.  I hadn’t even thought about it, until after the movie.

When I re-visited the site, I was glad to see they had done away with the memberships.  The site does still offer memberships, but you can rent a bag, jewelry, or sunglases with out a membership.  You can also choose how long you would like to rent a piece.

All though the rental fees still may be a bit pricey for us on a budget, it would be nice to have a new Chanel necklace to match your Louis bag for a big night out.

Thanks Ash ❤

August 31, 2008 at 12:08 am 1 comment

Review Junkie

I’ll admit it, before I make any kind of purchase (maybe not for a pack of gum), but for a lot of purchases I read reviews first.  I think it’s smart to do that, I mean you don’t want to purchase something and than not like it. 

There are a plethora of on-line resources to read product reviews.  One of the most popular is of course amazon.  I read reviews on amazon for every electronic, book, dvd, etc.  Most of the time, I do end up actually purchasing the item from amazon, but if I see a sale in a different store, I usually just visit amazon for the reviews.

For beauty related products, I trust Makeup Alley and Total Beauty.  Their review boards are quite extensive and cover products from drugstore brands to the highest end.  The reviews cover everything from hair appliances, to make up to skin care.

There are many other popular review sites:

http://www.epinions.com/

http://www.consumersearch.com/

http://www.buzzillions.com/

August 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm 1 comment


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