It’s funny what some of us are willing to buy, while others would look at us like we are crazy. I think we all have our own personal threshold for what we are willing to spend for things, and it definitely changes over time. I don’t judge what other people choose to spend their hard earned money on though, I think it’s a very personal decision! I just can’t do it myself. I have found that my tastes have changed as I’ve gotten older. I once would never have bought anything over $30, whether it be clothing, shoes, or makeup. Now I find that I splurge more on these things and have really found what I like and what I find worth it to shell out more cash on. To each their own, right?
Here are five things I would never buy, and why!
1) La Mer moisturizing cream. This stuff is $170 for ONE OUNCE and I can’t imagine it moisturizes any better than a cream for a lesser amount (or the Josie Maran argan oil I buy that lasts me about 7 months at $50.) Is it the name that costs that much? Is it dusted with 14 karat gold? I just wouldn’t be able to spend this much on face cream, ever.
2) Stuart Weitzman Over the knee boots: Don’t get me wrong, I would die to own these, but I could never justify spending $798 on boots. Not even if they are the most perfect boots ever. I do enjoy having nice shoes, but there is an amount I am willing to spend and it generally rests around $150 or under (and that would be quality winter boots or something that I would wear all the time.) I like my Target shoes just fine, thank you, and find you can get a knock off version of any hot style for less. I’d take a nice weekend away with my husband over these boots any day.
The same goes for $800 high heels and any other type of designer shoe. Yikes.
3) Givenchy Medium Antigona Sugar Leather Satchel: I’ve seen one of my favorite blogger’s carrying this bag and wearing it with multiple outfits, and it looks amazing. She wears it well and thinks it is a splurge worth making. I just could never spend $2435 on a bag. EVER. I like a great bag, don’t get me wrong! I tend to save up and buy myself pretty ones for my birthday and such, and will splurge around $300 and under on a great one. A beautiful bag can make a look better, but spending upwards of 2K on one is not for me. I could think of a million different things to spend that money on (vacations, paying off car loan, college funds, etc..), and could never justify that price.
4) Anything expensive for my kids: The other day I saw an article where North West was wearing a real fur coat worth $3000. Three. Thousand. Dollars. Um, NO. You see, my kids will trash any item of clothing within three days, because they are KIDS. They paint and roll in the dirt, they drop food on their shirts and rip holes in the knees of brand new pants. While some things are worth spending the money on for them (Bogs, good snow pants, sneakers), the rest can be cheap and somewhat disposable. Both of my kids grew out of a size of clothes in two months last winter. Two months! Each year I have to buy them almost completely new wardrobes, so Target and Old Navy are where we shop. They look cute, I don’t panic if they get grass stains on something, and we are all happier.
Also, I’m not buying them iPads, iPhones, or any expensive electronics. Get a job and earn it like I did, or mama will get you a pretty Tracphone you can use to call me for a ride home from practice;)
5) Expensive costume jewelry: Remember a year or so ago when the Dior Tribale earrings ($645) were all the rage? They weren’t even real pearls, you guys! Or gold. I bought a similar pair from Baublebar around the same time for about $30 and I was thrilled. I participated in the trend and find that I still wear them every once in awhile. It’s funny how a lot of designer jewelry is costume, rarely is it real gold or gemstones or anything like that.
I find that I only splurge on jewelry that is unique (under $100), or I buy it from Target. I love my Rocksbox jewelry subscription box because it gives me cool and different options and it isn’t crazy expensive. I also like wearing fake wedding rings and switching those out often, so real diamonds and gold are just not my thing (just don’t tell my husband, ha! He’s bought me some beautiful things and I just don’t wear it.) Jewelry for me is something I change around and play with too often to spend a ton of money on.