Thursday, April 22, 2010

Smart Shopping

With tax day just a few weeks behind us, I've been investigating areas of my wardrobe where I spend the most money. This past year I've made a few investment purchases as well as a few impulse buys....

That killer dress I spent a small fortune on? Wore it once. Or maybe twice. And the print is so magnificent/distinctive that I need to retire it for quite some time.

Likewise, those lovely, knee-high leather boots with an even steeper price tag than the toothpick 4 inch + heels they totter upon? I have only worn them a handful of times that insufficiently justify the hole in my wallet.

Its funny how most people (myself included) tend to spend more on items they wear only a few times and scrounge on items used everyday. As Alice has mentioned in previous blogs, when purchasing an item you should consider the "cost per wear". For example, if I purchase a handbag for $500, and I use that handbag for 1 year, the cost per wear is only $1.37 per day. (I think my weekly latte allowance exceeds this price...) Similarly, if I spend $300 on a dress that I only wear once, my cost per wear is... $300. Or if I spend $200 on a pair of jeans I wear once a week, my cost per wear is still only $3.84.

Taking this into consideration, I plan on investing my money into items I use everday, such as handbags, shoes, coats, basic jewelry - and I plan on investing in pieces that I love wearing.
The Bea handbag by MZ Wallace is a great investment piece. It has 6 interior pockets, is water and stain proof, and is 100% coated nylon to withstand harsh weather. And the pleats add a feminine touch without detracting from its everyday usability

The Helen Ficalora intial pendants in silvers are versatile and can be worn everyday. They can easily be paired with jeans and a tshirt or a dress and heels.

Bond no. 9 fragrances are great investment pieces. They are costlier than most other perfumes but they have a higher concentration of perfume oils - one spray lasts plenty long! Coney Island, pictured above, has notes of margarita, melon, guava, cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, musk, vanilla, cedar and sandalwood - making it the perfect scent for the long days of summer.

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