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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Splurge or Save

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Let's play a game of Splurge or Save! There are so many things that I want to add to my wardrobe, but you can't splurge on every piece, unless you're Taylor Swift and since you're reading this blog I am going to assume you aren't. A great wardrobe is a mix of classics that never wear out and statement, seasonal or trendy pieces! Achieving the perfect balance is the trick to a great closet and a happy bank account! So, these are the pieces I am going to be splurging on (in my lifetime) and saving on (this season). 

Unlike a ballet flat a pointed toe will lengthen your legs and make your entire outfit a little more polished. Splurge on this piece because it's a go to that you can wear with everything from jeans to a cute dress. These are the perfect shoe for those days that you can't be bothered to put on a heel, but still need to look like your feet aren't crying in pain from yesterday's stilettos. I've been there and I feel your pain. Buy a good pair of black leather flats that will last you forever or if you aren't into leather a polished-looking faux. If you go for hardware make it minimal, but I'd even recommend going without to make it more functional. A two-tone or mixed media is a great choice! 
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These are hot, hot, hot right now and don't doubt I'll be adding a pair to my closet! You can also bet that I won't be spending more than $40 on a pair of these. I think they're adorable with jeans, so cute with skirts and dresses, but I don't think they're very office appropriate. Unless you're lucky and work in a creative industry, then go for it! I also don't know how long this trend will last, I had a pair of lace-up espadrilles in middle school and they were in and out just as quick as the seasons changed. The super-sexy, lace-up heel has been around for a while and now that the look as trickled down to a flat, I think it might be on its way out. Enjoy it now, but save your money for something long lasting.

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A moto jacket will never go out of style. It might not be as trendy year-to-year, but you can guarantee that the edginess it adds to an outfit will always come back. Find one that you really like and go ahead and splurge. It will be a piece that will keep you warm and you'll get more than a few wears out of it. You can always go for the classic black to get the most use, but if you want something extra for your dollar try one in suede for texture or a jewel tone because it's still dark and will pair with everything. 

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The 70's came and they went and now they are back again. I love the fringed look on bags and my Minnetonka Boots are a staple in my fall wardrobe, but like it did forty years ago the 70's revival will give way to a new trend next year. (Fingers crossed it's not the 80's ... that hair!) Stars and celebs are stepping out in fringed jackets already so find a nice faux, rock the fringe, but spare the credit card. This is actually a piece that I recommend hunting down second hand. A used version of the real deal would be so great! 

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Every now and again you need to splurge on a great bag by a great brand. Your outfit sometimes depends on the perfect purse and I promise that a clean cut neutral bag will never fail you. I love cognac bags because they match so many of my favorite boots, but taupe (such an ugly color word) is great to pair with blacks if you don't want all of your accessories to be dark. Investment pieces like a great bag are a must, just make sure you find one that fits all of your stuff!!

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I must admit that the statement bag above is $60, which can be expensive, but for 100% suede I think it's a steal. No one wants to carry a clean cut bag all the time! You need those pieces in your closet that make you excited and if thats a clutch made out of rafia or a pink shoulder bag I am not going to judge! These are the pieces that make fashion fun, but they are also the pieces that you can find for a lower price point. Let's face it, that orange purse you wanted and thought you'd carry all the time barely ever sees the light of day. So save your money and buy less expensive statement pieces because the stores are full of them! Plus, that just means you can buy a few!

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I'd love to hear what you're splurging and saving on for this Fall! It's going to be a fun fashion season! I can't wait for the leaves to change and the temperatures to drop!

Love you lots, 

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