November 2, 2012 - Easy Outfits, Style

Payday Pretty | Totally Splurge-worthy

I know, I know.  Payday Pretty is *supposed* to be about taking twenty bucks a week out of the family budget to buy something pretty for yourself.  And I’m *supposed* to be providing you with $20 and under inspiration to do just that.

But this week, I’m feeling a little rebellious and decided to switch it up a bit.

So what’s this splurge-worthy stuff all about?

My definition of a splurge might be a little different than yours.  I rarely buy an item over $50.  Call me a tightwad or frugal or whatever, the fact is that’s my upper limit on just about everything – with a few glaring exceptions.

Some of those exceptions include purses, shoes and jeans.  Quality items that stand the test of time sometimes require loosening up the purse strings a little.  If I run a quick cost per wear analysis and an item makes sense, then I don’t mind shelling out extra.

Below is a list of some splurge-worthy items that I’ve bought this past year.  I’ve worn them over and over and over and they have been worth every single penny.

1.  Classic Purse

[Dooney & Bourke Florentine Satchel – $398, Nordstrom] 

I bought this purse last fall as soon as it came out and I still ADORE it.  The color is perfect and it gets even more beautiful the longer I carry it.   This bag gets compliments on a weekly basis.   I have no plans of switching it out anytime soon.

2.  Premium Denim

[Hudson Krista Skinny, Zappos – $154]

Every woman should have one great fitting pair of jeans.   Premium denim brands tend to hold up a lot longer and fit much better than cheaper brands.  These Hudson jeans have a mid-rise and the perfect amount of stretch.  Since I live in jeans, I never feel guilty for spending a little more on them.

3.  Cashmere Sweater

[Striped Cashmere Crewneck, Garnet Hill – $128] 

My hubby bought me a classic crewneck cashmere sweater last Christmas.  Somehow I felt a little richer every time I wore it!  Cashmere may be a luxury but in a casual style like this, it works great for every day.

4.  Riding Boots

[Frye Melissa Riding Boots, Zappos – $328] 

These were the first item on my Christmas list this year.  I’ve been waiting patiently for the perfect pair of cognac riding boots, and this is it.  These boots have often been imitated but there’s just nothing like the real thing.  And I will wear them for many, many years.

It’s Your Turn:  What are some of your splurge-worthy favorites?  Tell me in the comments!

Linking up at:  Six Sisters Stuff


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  • I agree with you about all of these items. Purses and shoes are definitely worth the investment, especially when you buy classic styles that will never go out of style. I need those boots!

  • all worthy of a splurge, indeed!

  • Beth @ dot in the city

    I agree that splurge items are those over $50. I thriftier a pair of riding boots last winter and wear them all the time!

  • great splurges- LOVE your handbag! That’s how I felt about these cognac boots I found at Target- perfect color! Hope you get your Christmas wish!!

  • We all need to spoil ourselves every now and then! Great pieces, I have a few cashmere sweaters and they are worth the money! Love your bag too!


  • I love your splurges and believe in them. Your picks are practical, beautiful, expensive, but not TOO expensive!