I have to say, I found this latest topic for the #2014BloggerChallenge more tricky than the previous ones (see them all here). I’m not sure why. Maybe because I don’t think of myself as a ‘designer’ kind of a girl. I’m just far too thrifty to splurge on handbags that cost thousands of pounds, or shoes that cost more than my monthly mortgage payment!
However, once I started thinking about it, I did realise that I do actually invest in high end, designer items from time to time. So I started to think about what makes me spend more on some things, compared to saving my money on others.
So I thought I’d break it down into categories and discuss whether I feel they’re worth the splurge or not!
Make Up & Skincare
This was the first area that I realise I do actually spend a lot of money on high end items. For the last few years I’ve only ever used Estee Lauder or Mac foundations. I also use YSL Touch Eclait to cover the dark circles under my eyes and Vichy Dermablend to hide all my nasty spots. However, I do swear by L’oreal’s mascaras and eyeliners, and I’m a big fan of the very cheap MUA blush. And that’s about it in terms of my make-up.
I’m also a fan of all things Vichy for skincare. I’ve also invested in a Clarisonic Mia 2 (see my review of that here) and also treat myself to microdermabrasion facials and the odd glycolic peel.
I’ve found that investing in high end products to take care of your skin, and to create a good base for your make up is worth it. Investing in your skin for the future is really important, so I don’t really want to scrimp on this. In addition, if you can create a good make up base using high end products then you can get away with using high street products on top (so things like bronzer, blush, highlighter and eye bits).
Jewellery & Watches
This is another area where I do spend a lot of money on. I think with jewellery and watches you pay for what you get. I’m a big fan of silver (my skin doesn’t suit gold), and in recent years the price has soared. But I feel jewellery and watches are investments (especially jewellery). Silver (and gold) tend to hold their value, and there’s nothing better than buying a really good, solid bracelet or necklace.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I go for the ‘designer’ aspect. I think ‘high-end’ also means high quality. You can get very high quality, handmade jewellery from artisan sellers on Etsy, for a fraction of the price you’d get if you bought the same thing from Tiffany. I do own a couple of items from Tiffany, but I’m extremely aware that I could have bought an identical item for half the price.
When I got engaged, my husband and I picked the ring together. We had a quick lesson on diamonds and decided to focus on the cut, colour and clarity, rather than the carat or designer name. Because of that I have a beautiful ring that sparkles like crazy, and is actually insured for twice what we paid for, because we bought it from an online jeweller and not from a well-known designer store.
A quick note on watches – if you’re looking to buy a designer watch, then go for a specialist Swiss watch brand like Longines (I own a beautiful Longines Dolce Vita watch), Omega, Breitling, Tag, Raymond Weil or Tissot etc. Other brands like Chanel, Marc Jacobs or Gucci etc don’t have the history of being a Swiss watch maker, and therefore are more of a ‘fashion’ watch brand, so won’t be as good of an investment. But they are pretty, and cheaper, so I guess this goes back to whether or not you want to make an investment or just have something fashionable on your wrist.
So this is one area where I never spend any serious money. I am a high street girl through and through. I just feel that fashion moves on so quickly nowadays, it’s almost a waste of time to spend hundred on an item that you might only get one season’s wear out of.
However, I am getting to an age where I do have a bit more disposable income, so I have been thinking about investing in some solid pieces that will last me for years. Things like cashmere jumpers and good quality coats. But now we’re coming out of the darkness of winter, I think those thoughts are going to go on hold until the end of this year.
So for now my wardrobe will continue to be dominated by ASOS and H&M!
Shoes & Handbags
Again, this is one area where I don’t really spend a lot of money. In the last few years I’ve started to buy proper leather boots that’ll last me for years, but that’s about it. I’m too clumsy to be trusted with designer shoes – I’ll only go and wreck them. Plus I’m not really a shoe kinda gal, so I’m not really bothered anyway.
In terms of handbags, I would love, love, love to spend a small fortune in Mulberry and Aspinal, but it’s never going to happen because even if I had the money, I’d rather spend it on a holiday than a handbag! So it’s high street for me here too. Although I am starting to invest in good quality leather bags now too. My Modula black patent leather one is my latest favourite!
So that’s it! My high-street vs high-end post for the #2014BloggerChallenge. A round of up where I consider spending more, and where I wouldn’t bother!
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