I have been making my best efforts lately to stimulate the economy. The greeter at Neimans knows my name and my shoe size. Amazon invented the one-click purchase for me. These are not brags, I'm painfully aware that the last few weeks have been a hemorrhage of money. Tons of travel plus special occasions plus three birthdays plus an anniversary and I'm spent. (Get it?)
But it's got me thinking about what things are worth the dollars and what are not. I've learned a thing or two in this department and I'm sure you have, too. So let's share our knowledge, shall we? Especially on the things you may have always wondered about.
These are items I think are worth the money:
1. A great bag. (The one pictured is the Prada Vitello Daino East West satchel. I do not own this bag.) A classic bag in a classic color will never be a regret. It will last years. Decades. Can be passed down to your daughter. Bust it out only on special occasions if you're that precious about it, but I feel more pulled together when I love the bag I'm carrying than when I have on fabulous shoes.
2. But speaking of fabulous shoes, I think well-made, versatile boots are a solid fashion investment. They may not be the sexiest thing in your closet, but you can wear a nice flat boot anywhere, with anything, all year long. Some of my favorites are by Frye.
3. Apple products. I don't even remotely care how cliche this is, I believe my computer makes my life easier. KNOCK ON WOOD TO THE HIGH HEAVENS, but Apple products are known for their ease of use and lifespan. They are definitely more expensive. This isn't a mac versus PC argument, just a statement that for me, they're worth the extra dollars.
4. A gas range. Well this is a curveball, isn't it? I mean, I'm hardly a chef. But we have a gas range in our kitchen and an electric range at the lake, and I am a better cook in Los Angeles. I have burned and ruined more dishes than I care to count with the electric cooktop. I know this is partly (hugely?) user error, but if an amateur like me can pull it off using a gas burner, then I'm going to advocate for it.
5. Art you love. Earlier this year I talked about acquiring art you love and the difference it can make in your home. When I bought my first original piece of art, I had to live on ramen the next month. But that was nearly a decade ago, and that $500 painting hangs in our entry hall. Worth every penny and then some.
These are items I don't think are worth the money:
1. This might land me in some sort of fashion jail, but I don't think Christian Louboutin shoes are worth the money. I've had two pair of the famously red-bottomed shoe and neither were comfortable or held up well. They were both pretty (I still wear the pair similar to these), but for me, you pay extra for luxury items because they're better made (which often makes them more flattering or comfortable) or because they'll last forever. I just haven't found this to be true with Louboutins.
2. Sheets. I was taught that one should splurge on sheets and towels, so when we got married, that's what we did. I've bought several different brands of nice sheets, and cannot always tell the difference. (Sometimes you can, this isn't an all-or-nothing opinion.) The softest sheets I've ever owned? Target. This is the truth.
3. I want to be clear that I do get semi-regular facials, but this is because I'm lazy and don't take great care of my skin. When I put effort into my skin routine, there's very little need for a facial. Plus facials aren't all that enjoyable and they're expensive. I would much rather put that spa money towards a massage.
4. Diorshow. Some makeup is worth the price tag. Some isn't. I proved this one to myself with the Diorshow experiment.
Here are items I'm curious about. Worth the money?
1. Mason Pearson hairbrush. If you've been reading beauty magazines as long as I have, then you've wondered about the much ballyhooed Mason Pearson brush. I'm gone so far as to pick it up in the store and stare at it. But $140?!? What is that about? Someone explain.
2. Fancy undergarments. I think they're pretty, but I can never bring myself to make a purchase of expensive undergarments. I like lacy. And my, um, sisters don't need a lot of support. Can anyone make a case for why I would buy La Perla instead of Gilly Hicks? And don't say because Gilly Hicks is for pre-teens.
3. Insanely expensive eye cream. I may or may not be currently testing out my own theory on this one. Not the brand I pictured here. Does anyone pay half their mortgage towards age serums? I'm asking for a friend.
4. Tieks. Help! These flats are assaulting me everywhere I look. They're on my FB feed, I see them on feet. I must know what the deal is here. Are they worth their $200 price tag? 'Cause you know I'm loyal to my Tory Burch Eddies. Related: Last week I tried on a pair of Lanvin flats, just to see what all the fuss was about. Were they going to feel like magical unicorns on my toes? No. They did not. I've never been more baffled.
5. Not pictured, but high on my curious list: Roomba. Who has one? Are your floors so clean you can eat off them? Does the robot doing its thing while you're gone freak you out? I wanna know.
Now's your chance to share your knowledge. Tell me what you think is worth the splurge and what you've tried and decided is not. Nosy minds want to know.