The Next Thing You Need | Worth the Splurge + Friday’s Fab Favorites Link Up

The Next Thing You Need | Worth the Splurge + Friday’s Fab Favorites Link Up

Although I’m a proponent of affordable fashion, today’s post is splurge-worthy because…


Yes, that’s in all CAPS on purpose.  It’s that important.

Let me define the word GREAT.  I’m not necessarily saying designer, I’m talking QUALITY (although many times designer = quality).  To be more specific, these are timeless, classic, well-made pieces that will make you happy for YEARS to come.

  I’m also not encouraging you to spend more than you can afford.  Quality is worth saving up for.  On a cost per wear basis it is TOTALLY WORTH IT.  And surprise!  Sometimes it’s even cheaper than a less expensive item that you only wear a few times.  Let’s do some math.  A $400 purse that you use 365 days a year for two years is only .55 per wear.  A $25 shirt that you wear five times for just one season is $5 per wear.  Wow!

If you are only going to invest in a few things in your wardrobe, please make them a GREAT PURSE, PAIR OF BOOTS AND WATCH.

Need some options?  I’ve got them.


A classic medium-sized hobo in black works with virtually everything.  This well-constructed Marc Jacobs bag will keep you happy for many years.

[Marc by Marc Jacobs:  ‘Too Hot to Handle’ Hobo]

Not a hobo girl?  Another beautiful option in black is this classic satchel from Rebecca Minkoff.

Satchel Bag[Rebecca Minkoff:  ‘Darcy’ Leather Satchel]

My personal favorite (and the bag that I own) is this Dooney & Bourke satchel.  I did A LOT of research and read tons of reviews before buying this bag.  Bag snobs were turning in their Louis Vuittons in exchange for this purse.  Everything about it is the utmost quality – the hardware, top grain leather and the gorgeous suede interior.  This natural color gets prettier the longer you have it.  I get compliments on it just about every time I carry it.

Dooney Florentine Satchel NaturalThe best part is, it’s the least expensive of the bunch.

Dooney Satchel

[Dooney & Bourke:  Florentine Mini Satchel]


Since I’m playing favorites, let’s start with the pair that I own.  The Frye Melissa Button boot in cognac is such a classic boot that will always be in style.  I wear them with everything through the fall and winter.

Frye Riding Boots Outfits

[Frye:  Melissa Button Boot]

Two-toned boots are all the rage this year.  Normally I wouldn’t recommend investing in a trend but I think this one is here to stay for awhile.  If you can’t decide between black and brown, here’s a great option.

[Frye: Melissa Logo]

A classic flat black riding boot will never go out of style.  NEVER.  This Coach boot has just the right amount of hardware.

[Coach:  ‘Mysie’ Riding Boot]


OK, so you use your iPhone for a watch.  I totally get that and did the same for the past few years.  Then I saw a Michael Kors that I couldn’t stop thinking about, so I bought it.  I rarely leave the house without it on my wrist now.  Your iPhone will still be there, it just isn’t nearly as fashionable.

Rose Royce Jeans Detail[Michael Kors:  Chain Bracelet Chronograph]

Here’s a watch similar to the one I own, mine is gold with tortoise shell.  The chain bracelet is really pretty and classic and you can wear mixed metals with anything.

[Michael Kors:  Chain Bracelet Chronograph]

A few years ago, over-sized gold watches came onto the scene in a big way.  I wasn’t sure if the trend would last so I bought a cheap one for $20, which, of course, stopped working.  Now I know that over-sized gold watches are here to stay so investing in a high quality one is a must have.

[Michael Kors:  Large Runway Gold Watch]

A large face and leather band will always be in style.  This Marc by Marc Jacobs watch is the least expensive of the bunch but still high on quality and style.

[Marc by Marc Jacobs:  ‘Baker’ Watch]

Let me throw in one more item.


I just invested in two pairs of classic Ray-Ban’s – a Wayfarer and an Aviator.  They are so well-made and with proper care will last for years.

 Sunglasses - Ray Ban RB3387

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Payday Pretty | Totally Splurge-worthy

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!

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