Let's discuss a highly important matter - shopping for fall. I knowww. I'm getting ahead of myself, but I can't deny that I'm looking forward to the new season...the fashion, the thick magazines, the crisp air, snugglesome scarves, & pumpkin-flavored treats. Heck, I'll even throw "football games" in there because I know how much Patrick is looking forward to them. And there's something about this time of year that makes me dream about back-to-school shopping even though I'm not buying a new pair of white Keds and a Lisa Frank trapper keeper and currently, the only "school" in my life is online Illustrator tutorials. Also, September to the end of December is my favorite time in NYC (first fall then Christmas wonderland!) so I always find myself getting a little antsy mid-August. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't started brainstorming this year's Christmas card design which either makes me proactive or batshit crazy. Anyway, I digress. As I get older, I find myself thinking of my wardrobe & belongings in a new light. I've always loved a good bargain (and still do!) with outlet malls being a little piece of heaven and Housing Works (a local thrift store) and Craigslist outfitting the majority of our little home. But now that I'm on the down-slope to 30, I'd prefer to pick one or two "investment" pieces on which to splurge...ones that I'll keep & treasure for years to come. It's important to recognize what pieces are worth such a splurge and what pieces are NOT. Here's an example of my mental list of things I try to find on sale / for cheap: plain t-shirts. I'm sorry, stuffy boutiques, but I refuse to spend $100 on a plain white t-shirt.
flats. I walk SO much in this city, always in flats, that I know they're only going to last me for so long. My favorite flats to wear when I'm walking all over the city on weekends? TOMs. While we're on the topic of shoes, have you seen that Birkenstocks are cool again? Wild.
jeans. It's funny, really. Jeans used to be the staple of my closet! I had a bajillion pairs and I would spend so much $ on them. I still think that some of the designer brands are worth it if you wear them for years, but I'm not gonna lie - Old Navy's Rockstar jeans are pretty incredible. Has anyone else out there tried them?
With that said, there are some things on my dream list that are splurge-worthy →
1. A great hat. This one is actually sold out, but I'm forever on the hunt for THE hat. Same goes for THE leather jacket I have yet to find....perhaps that will be my 30th birthday present to myself if I can ever find one that I love / fits right. Better start saving now.
2. A calligraphy necklace. Unless I can figure out how to etch this bad boy myself, I will dream about getting one of these :)
4. White + Warren cashmere travel wrap. This is an accessory that will end up being your adult blankie - you'll want this nearby at all times in the fall & winter, especially if you work in a cold office or frequently travel.
5. If you know me, you know I have a thing for watches. My new obsession is this Swedish brand called Larsson & Jennings - here is the "Magic Dalmation" style shown above! I love seeing how different people style theirs on the company's Instagram feed.
6. My fashionista friend says these are the it ankle boots that will last forever and ever. I will have to try them on first to decide what I really think about them, but I love their look. The brown ones are cute, too.
Other non-accessory items I'm dreaming about? Black pants for work. (Borrring.) I'm determined to find them on sale! ;)
What about you? Do you have your eye on anything for this fall? Do you tend to pick one or two key pieces to buy for a season or would you rather find multiple bargains?