When it comes to investment purchases, I splurge on the things I can wear over and over again: bags, shoes, blazers and jackets… or simple but great pieces (the perfect black dress, a great white blouse) that a) can be worn year-round, and b) aren’t overly trendy and will stand the test of time.
There are certain designers I always gravitate towards: Helmut Lang and Theory make some of the most timeless yet modern feeling things I own, SEA‘s pieces are thoughtfully made + really special, and Rebecca Taylor‘s feminine dresses always fit me perfectly. For denim, if I’m going to splurge, it’s always Rag & Bone. Jewelry is mostly an area where I buy more affordable, trend-driven pieces… but from time to time I’ll save up for something delicate from Catbird, Helen Ficalora, or (my new favorite) Mociun.
On the beauty front, I splurge mostly on skincare. I live for Tata Harper’s products, splurge on the small tub of La Mer every year or two (it’s amazing for a hangover or really dry skin), and have become a devout Neulash user over the past few months. I also have a thing for my fragrances. I alternate between three scents… Le Labo Santal 33, Coqui Coqui’s Coco Coco, and Bobbi Brown Beach. Whew.
Annnd on the splurge front, I get asked about this all the time via email, so I’ll just say now… my Manolo Blahnik BB pumps and Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals (the slightly lower heel) are the most comfortable heels I own. Both are major splurges, but if you take good care of them (have a cobbler apply a thin rubber tread to the bottom, and get the nubs on the heels replaced as they show wear) you will have them forever.
(Next week, I’ll have a roundup of my favorite things to save on.)