10 Things Worth the Splurge

10 Things Worth the Splurge

Around the middle of  December, my husband asked me for the umpteenth time what I wanted for Christmas. And for the umpteenth time, I told him I had no idea. But I knew that wasn’t fair. He needed help.

I gave it some thought and told him I’d be delighted with a Nordstrom gift card. He couldn’t miss with that!

Christmas day, we opened our gifts and what did I get but a bunch of Nordstrom gift cards. I tucked them away in my wallet and thought about what I would buy for several days.

After the holidays, I got on Nordstrom’s site to shop. I filled my basket with a nightie, a robe, a slip, a couple of tubes of mascara, underwear, socks, tights and some eyeshadow.

Exciting, huh?

Nope. Not even a little.

I began the check out process, my cart filled to the brim with practicality, and suddenly, I felt I was making a mistake.

While my practical side was saying, “buy the socks and the nighty!” my daring side was urging me in another direction. It said, “Go BIG! Buy something you’ve always wanted. You can buy tights any old day, silly! Buy something luxurious, pretty, and high quality. An item that makes a statement that you’ll wear for many years. Do it!”

So, I did it. I spent my entire wad on this:

A gorgeous wool and cashmere Burberry ‘Rushworth’ coat.

And strangely, I don’t regret it for a millisecond. It was the right purchase for me and my wardrobe.

I started thinking about why this purchase, though very expensive for me, was a “feel good” buy, whereas other expensive purchases – or even not that expensive – give me a “feel bad” reaction.

What I realize it that there are certain things that are worth the splurge because they allow me to always look and feel well-dressed.

And there are other things that are worth the splurge to me, too. I compiled a list of my top 10.

10 Things Worth the Splurge

1. A fantastic coat:

A classic, modern coat will stay in your wardrobe for many, many years if the cut, color and quality are superb. Consider your climate when selecting a coat. You may want a wool coat or maybe just a light trench for warmer climates.

2. A fancy watch:

Buy the best watch you can afford as it’s a piece of jewelry you wear everyday. Whether that means a $51,000 Cartier Tank Anglaise, a $180 Michael Kors or something in between, purchase something that will last, will look great with any outfit, and that you won’t get sick of looking at.

I have had this Rolex for over nine years, a gift from my husband, and I never get tired of putting it on.

3.  A beautiful handbag:

Find one luxurious handbag you love in a classic style and a versatile color. My current favorite luxury bag is this Mulberry Bayswater bag in cognac. Cognac goes with everything and this satchel style is timeless.

4. High-quality foundation:

You can get away with less expensive brands of mascara, lipstick, and eye makeup but a cheap foundation usually shows and may cause skin problems. I like Glo Minerals for a light, dry mineral makeup, Giorgio Armani for a traditional foundation, and Jane Iredale BB Cream for heavier coverage.

5.  A professional haircut and color:

I get a lot of questions and comments about my hair, always positive, thankfully. While I do take good care of my hair, it’s really my hairdresser who deserves credit. She takes my tresses seriously.

My hairdresser listens to me intently, I can trust that she won’t give me anything but superior service, and she educates me about how to style and care for my hair.

I never once bemoaned paying my bill at her salon. Her services are worth every cent. For me, my hair is an important part of my appearance that I am willing to splurge on.

6.  A great pair of sunglasses:

I’m loyal to Ray-Ban. They never get it wrong and the $150 average price tag is worth it to me. Not only are they comfortable on my face, but their styles are classic and they always make me – and Daisy –  feel glamorous.

7. European Bras

Spend the big bucks on your bras. They are the underpinning, the foundation, for all your clothing. I only need two at a time, one in nude and one in black, and I hand-wash and line-dry them to make sure they last.

If you haven’t done so already, get sized. And if your weight changes, get sized again. I advise not trying to figure it out yourself. There are many experts out there who will fit you for free.

I prefer bras made by designers in France or the UK because bras from elsewhere don’t fit me properly. I seek out boutiques specializing in undergarments because that’s where I’ve always found the most knowledgeable and helpful bra-fitters and the best European bra selection.

This bra is my favorite. It’s very comfortable, supportive and well-made.

8.  One luxurious scarf, either silk or cashmere.

A high-quality scarf can add color, texture and interest to many outfits. Silk scarves can be tied in numerous ways, and luxurious cashmere scarves are not only wonderful against your neck but they can elevate an otherwise lackluster look.

If you don’t want to spend $500+ for a new Hermes scarf, you can find them secondhand, in excellent shape, for half that price or less. And Hermes is not the only maker of gorgeous silk scarves. There are many beautiful silk scarves made by other designers for a fraction of the price.

Hermes Ferronnerie

9. A fine frangrance.

I’m not a big perfume-wearer. But when I do want to wear a scent, I reach for Hermes Eau de Merveilles. Having a multitude of fragrances is a bit of waste for someone like me. I don’t wear them enough to warrant more than two or three perfumes. Eau de Merveilles is the one I splurge on. I like the citrus, woodsy scent and I often get compliments on it.

10.  One piece of real jewelry.

Whether it’s a pair of pearl earrings, diamond studs, an emerald pendant, or a gold bangle, have one piece of real jewelry that will make you feel special. My husband gave me a pair of diamond studs for my 40th birthday and, if I had to guess, I would say I wear them 5 days a week.

While I still practice and support Secondhand FirstI also believe in having a balance of high-end and low-cost items in my closet.

With these 10 elements in place, I will always have the ability to look and feel well-dressed and finished, even if I scrimp on the rest of my wardrobe.

If I’m wearing a pair of Gap jeans and a t-shirt, my exercise clothes, or a $5.00 thrifted dress, donning a luxurious coat, fancy watch, great sunglasses and diamond studs will allow me to look stylish and put together in any situation.

What’s on your list of things worth the splurge?



  1. January 13, 2013 / 11:28 am

    What a fantastic post. It’s probably my favorite to date. I love your new coat, and I’m glad you bought it.

  2. January 13, 2013 / 11:31 am

    @Leigh Powell Hines Thank you, Leigh! That means so much to me that you say that.

    The coat was a scary buy, I must admit, but it was a buy that felt right and still feels right. The quality is just so great – I know I will be wearing it for decades.

  3. January 13, 2013 / 11:40 am

    Eres una reina (You are a Queen) I loved this post… One day I will travel there and you need to teach me how to shop!!! I loved everything on the post… (specially the coat)… Besos form México

  4. January 13, 2013 / 11:41 am

    Holy moly, that coat is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love everything about it, especially the collar both open and closed and it fits you perfectly. I would say that it was a wise investment. Good for you!!

  5. January 13, 2013 / 11:57 am

    Gorgeous coat!!!! Beautiful color!
    You’ll get so many years of wear and with style! I agree with you on the list of things to splurge on…namely bags…my weakness. 😉
    Love that photo of Daisy!

  6. January 13, 2013 / 11:58 am

    I LOVE that coat!! (Yes, isn’t Nordie’s wonderful??) Such a wonderful colour for you, and you’ll have it such a long time! Great choice.

    And I completely agree with your list of Top 10.

    (p.s. I’m loving your Pinterest boards!)

  7. January 13, 2013 / 11:59 am

    I think you were right to get the coat. Not only would it (at least for me) “feel wrong” to spend a Christmas present on essentials, but you will get years of pleasure out of it which is something that can’t be said for a pair of tights. I agree with all your points here. Only one problem for me: I have the same Mulberry bag and simply cannot carry it in London anymore as there are so many fakes about that it has somehow cheapened it. I look forward to the day when nobody wants to carry them anymore – then I’ll get mine back out 😉 Have a lovely evening xo

  8. January 13, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    Great post! I agree with your list, but I would add shoes. Splurge in the right shoes not only the ones that look good on you but the ones that are good for you. Invest in your feet! A good pair of shoes or boots (or sandals) will ensure healthy feet for many, many years (and a healthy spine and hips and so on)…

  9. January 13, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    I loved this post so much that I read it twice! I am in agreement with all that you have said…
    I’d like to try that new bra too. I wear Prima Donna from Italy and Chantelle from France.

  10. January 13, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    A present should always be something you do not really need, but love, so well done Adrienne.

  11. January 13, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    Love the coat but, as a Floridian, I can’t imagine splurging on that. What I will splurge on is a good foundation and comfortable/pretty shoes.

  12. January 13, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    This is a fun post and I think I agree with all of it…probably others would throw in shoes, but I have had luck finding quality shoes for less. YOUR COAT IS STUNNING and you look stunning in it! A great addition to any wardrobe.

  13. January 13, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    That is a terrific coat on you. The color flatters your complexion and the shape is wonderful!! Good call on that one.
    My splurge items have never let me down.
    I also feel more justified if I’ve been very selective of my other purchases that season.
    A watch is forever, mine is anyway, jewelry goes without saying, scarves, handbag, eyeglasses (they’re on my face everyday), and cashmere are my splurge items. Almost all of my cosmetics are Jane Iredale…they are organic, lovely quality and have never been tested on animals! Important qualities to me.
    Great, great post!!

  14. January 13, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    Ooooh, I love, love, love your coat. It looks great on you.

  15. January 13, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    What a wonderful fabulous post! And you look absolutely beautiful in your new special coat (BURBERRY!). I think this is my fave post!

  16. January 13, 2013 / 2:36 pm


    That coat is absolutely gorgeous and was made for you! I think you made a very wise decision buying that instead of the other things you had in your cart!

    When I receive gift cards I always make a point to use them on something that I would not normally buy for myself. And I agree that some things are definitely worth the splurge…especially the items you listed here!


  17. January 13, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    @Tatikto Thank you, Tatitko! You gave me a Spanish lesson today! I hope you come my way someday soon – would like to show you around and, of course, do some shopping! xo

  18. January 13, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    @Stephanie Isn’t is fantastic! I think it’s the best clothing purchase I have ever made. It does fit me so well. I ordered a size up based on the reviews and was right on with going up.
    And the color is so beautiful – rich and deep. The overall quality is superb. Now I know what all the fuss about Burberry is about!

  19. January 13, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    Great choice to get the gorgeous coat, Adrienne. It looks like it was made just for you. So chic! I love this post and agree with your splurge worthy list to a T. Love the mix of vintage and new~lovely ideas.
    Perfect! Happy Sunday!
    xx, Heather

  20. January 13, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    @gracefully50 Doesn’t Daisy look cute? I call her Daisy O in that photo. I love handbags, too, Jeannie. They are hard to resist!

  21. January 13, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    The coat is totally stunning on you, and well worth the splurge. You’ll have it forever and it’ll always make you feel “special”. The tailoring is superb, which I find is true of Burberry coats. I agree with everything on your list. I can see why you left shoes off of it, because it’s not “one” thing, and also shoes change style so often that although I do think one should buy the best that they can afford, they aren’t “forever” items, which everything else on your list is. Really great post, and so much more useful than “capsule” wardrobe for me.

  22. January 13, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    @LR @ Magnificent or Egregious If I had to pick one department store to shop at forever, it would be Nordstrom. I love that place!

    I sure hope I am following you back on Pinterest. What is your screen name?

  23. January 13, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    You definitely made the right choice with that coat! Sometimes you just need to treat yourself.

  24. January 13, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    I love the way you wrote about your decision, and what a gorgeous coat! And you’re right about the coat – you wear it often so it’s worth it to get a good one.

    I’ve got a good watch, some good pieces of jewelry, some good eau de cologne. I’m a serial monogamist with purses – I use one until I get bored, so I don’t usually splurge on purses.

    What I’d most like to splurge on is boots. Now I hear a little voice saying, “Do it, do it.”

  25. January 13, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    Your gorgeous new coat seems like the perfect choice, Adrienne! You look beautiful and happy in it – and thanks for sharing with VisibleMonday : >

  26. January 13, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    Beautiful coat Adrienne, and you look fab in it. (So does Miss daisy in her sunglasses). I agree, everybody should aim to have items in their wardrobe that make them feel fabulous. I like your choices.

  27. January 13, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Adrienne, I agree with each and every one on your list! That coat is a wonderful choice, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for many, many years.

  28. January 13, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    Beautiful coat! It looks fabulous on you. I especially like the way the collar can be styled several different ways.
    I agree with your list. I wish I had had it at a younger age and I would not have wasted money on cheaper things.

  29. January 13, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    I totally agree with your list although I don’t go for expensive sunglasses because I always lose them. I tend to buy more in the mid-range. Intead, I would add one pair of boots or shoes that you can wear everywhere. As a professional who still needs to be frugal, my splurges are the same and elevate the cheap stuff.

  30. January 13, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    HI Adrienne. The coat was worth it, I’m sure. Its very pretty and you will have it for years to come. Good choice on the switch.
    I agree with your list of things that are worth the splurge and I agree that those things are the perfect compliment to high quality secondhand clothing.
    Great post.

  31. January 13, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    @Mademoiselle Poirot So true. I can get many, many more years of use and pleasure from my coat than I can from tights, or mascara, etc.
    Too bad about fake Mulberrys! I just despise fake handbags.

  32. January 13, 2013 / 5:31 pm

    @Antigona Shoes almost made the list. For me, I have been able to find comfortable and stylish shoes that are reasonably priced. I will splurge on a great walking shoe if I am going to be traveling somewhere where lots of walking is involved. But for day-to-day wear, I have been very successful in finding great shoes for under $100 a pair.
    However, I do agree that we must take the comfort of our feet very seriously. If you can’t find comfortable shoes that are reasonably priced, I say spend the money. Comfort for one’s feet is very important!

  33. January 13, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    Love the coat and couldnt agree with you more on spending the money for a good coat. Love the burgandy!
    Im in the market for one right now and may check out Nordstroms~

  34. January 13, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    @Barbs I am sure a wool coat would not be worn very much in Florida, if at all! We get pretty chilly around here this time of year. This morning it was about 23 degrees out!

  35. January 13, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    @Pam @ over50feeling40 Me too, Pam. I have excellent results finding shoes that are great but reasonably priced.
    I think my new coat is pretty stunning too, if I don’t mind saying so myself 🙂 It’s quite fabulous!

  36. January 13, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    @A Well Styled Life Another Jane Iredale lover! I am crazy about her products. Love the mascara.
    I think the coat’s color was a good choice for me. Burgundy has always been a good color for my complexion.

  37. January 13, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    @TuesdaySusan I’m so glad you like it, Susan – the coat and the post. I think this post is one of my favorites too.

  38. January 13, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    @LRS4AMANDA You’re right…gift cards are meant for gifts. Not underwear and socks!
    Glad you like the coat. If it’s cold enough I will wear it in April to meet you and your wonderful husband in San Francisco.
    xoxo, A

  39. January 13, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    @Heather Lindstrom It’s all about low and high blended together – it is my idea of an ideal wardrobe. Happy that you agree with me on my list of splurge worthy things!

  40. January 13, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    @Kathy I agree with you about Burberry. I am so impressed by the level of quality – I knew it would be well-made but I didn’t realize just how well-made! I will be wearing this for many years to come.
    Shoes at a reasonable price are easy for me to find. I just go to Zappos and they always have what I am looking for. And very few end up being shoes I would keep for many years.

  41. January 13, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    @Alex Yes, sometimes we do need to treat ourselves. Socks and tights will just have to wait!

  42. January 13, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    @Val Sparkle Lots of people would add footwear to the list! I am not surprised. Had I made it 11 things, shoes and boots would have made the list.

    It really was sort of interesting how I came to choose the Burberry coat over the practical stuff. I decided when I turned 45 last October that my new motto is “Go Big” – so when I am faced with a decision, whatever it may be, my choice will be based on that. And buying a Burberry coat – when I am used to thrift shopping – is definitely a Go Big move!

  43. January 13, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    @Patti Thank you, Patti! And thank you for hosting Visible Monday #80!!
    xo, A

  44. January 13, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    @Sulky Kitten It’s all about how we feel about ourselves, when you boil it down, don’t you think?
    This coat really makes me feel special and beautiful and I think it will continue to make me feel that way for many years to come. Those are things we should spend on – the things that make us feel great!

  45. January 13, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    @Déjà Pseu I think so too, Deja! I bet I’ll be showing it on the blog a lot. It’s exciting to splurge on something you really love and know you’ll wear often.

  46. January 13, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    @Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell I also wish I could have a re-do on many of my past purchases. But I think I have learned from my mistakes, at least I hope I have, so that I can begin to only buy quality items that will be loved and worn.

  47. January 13, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    @kristen I lose sunglasses too, though not as often as I used to. I won’t buy the $500 Chanel glasses but $150 for Ray Ban seems like a sensible splurge. And I usually try to get the polarized lenses because I know it’s better for our vision.

  48. January 13, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    @Lisa It’s all about balancing. The high-end things that are splurge worthy can bring our thrifted things to a new level of style. I still love to thrift but I also like to splurge on the right stuff when I have the wherewithal.

  49. January 13, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    @Suburban Princess Thanks! Well, of course we scarf lovers have to have many scarves! I only have one expensive scarf – my secondhand Hermes and that will probably be my only one as there are so many great scarves out there that aren’t that pricey.

  50. January 13, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    I sincerely enjoyed this post! I totally agree that having a few splurge worthy items are truly important! I LOVE your new coat and think that you made a good investment! I would kill for a black burberry coat and I’m always lurking in consignment shops for the perfect one! Where did you get that mulberry bag?? I love it and will say that prolly every time you wear it.



  51. January 13, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    @Paula RutaNordstrom is my ideal place for splurging. They have some great Burberry coats in stock. It was hard to choose amongst them all!

  52. January 13, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    @Nico Saich A very special friend gave it to me. Can you believe it? I was so honored. It means so much to me – not only because it’s so beautiful, but because I know she loved it too. So even though I didn’t not splurge on this bag myself, I would splurge on it in a heartbeat. It’s my ideal handbag. Had I known how great Mulberry Bayswaters are, I would have bought one myself years ago – rather than the Louis Vuittons (which I also like) that I have acquired over the years.

  53. January 13, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Beautiful coat! I love it!!
    new follower~

  54. January 13, 2013 / 8:59 pm

    I love your choices! I can’t believe how long since I’ve been here. I miss your blog!! I agree with you about the haircut, handbag and sunglasses! And your coat is divine! Have a great week!

  55. January 14, 2013 / 3:36 am

    Nice coat, and great list! One lovely and high end accessory is often enough to zest up a simple outfit.
    I will splurge for silk scarves (a daily must-have), handbags, and sunglasses. They are enough to make a basic pair of jeans look good.
    Have a great day 🙂
    Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)

  56. January 14, 2013 / 3:54 am

    that’s a great coat!
    I would add to your list a couple of cashmere sweaters in bright colours, they are a classic!

  57. January 14, 2013 / 4:22 am

    I also wanted to thank you Adrienne for taking the time to reply and acknowledge the comments. I know it’s time consuming, but I’m finding it annoying to leave comments on blogs that seem to just go off into space and wonder if the blogger even read them? So thanks, it means a lot to me, and I’m sure to your other readers as well. xo

  58. January 14, 2013 / 5:03 am

    I love the coat and I love i t with the skinnies and pointy heels even more! I totally agree with you about the splurges..I think I have one of all. I love my “splutge”coat..I will never get sick of it! I love my Bulova..never tire of and my speedy Louis Vuitton is another classic..I think I am doing pretty good 😉
    thanks again for all your support 😉
    Sheree xxx

  59. January 14, 2013 / 5:33 am

    Hi Adrienne – I completely agree with this list! That coat is definitely an investment piece that you will get plenty of use out of. I also like to spend a little more on quality denim and cashmere knits. These are my go-to pieces that stay in style year after year. Happy to have found you through Visible Monday!


  60. January 14, 2013 / 6:34 am

    Oh my! You made the right decision on that coat! It looks like it was made for you! The fit, the colour! WOW!!! I am so jealous! Stunning. Simply stunning.


  61. January 14, 2013 / 7:46 am

    Such a great list here! Your coat is gorgeous and I agree.. there are some things that ARE worth the splurge. I tell my daughter that it’s better to have a few nice/classic items that to purchase inferior quality items that don’t last. Shoes are also on the list for me. I can’t work all day in pumps that hurt.


  62. January 14, 2013 / 8:04 am

    @Pamela Thank you, Pamela! I love it too. Think I will wear it again today.
    Thank you so much for the follow!

  63. January 14, 2013 / 8:34 am

    @Fashion-isha Hi Sharon! Yes, long time no talk. How are you? Thank you so much for stopping by and glad you agree with my list!

  64. January 14, 2013 / 8:39 am

    @playingwithscarves So true, Anne. Sunglasses, scarves and handbags can transform any outfit into something very special. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  65. January 14, 2013 / 9:23 am

    I just found your blog and love it! The scarf I love on the site is Van Gogh Starry Night. This is a fav painting and the cscarf is gorgeous. Would love to win the scarf you are showing too.

  66. January 14, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    Firstly, this is such a GREAT post! And what a fantastic choice you made when you bought that coat! It is so timeless, a lifetime piece, just beautiful. I splurge on shoes and boots mostly. 🙂

  67. January 14, 2013 / 2:07 pm

    Im with you on all these. A great coat will last a LONG time, and you can nickle and dime that money and have nothing to show for it. Great purchase, and you look smashing! I believe in professional color, diamond studs, a gorgeous handbag, Raybans, good quality makeup ( YSL) , not so much spending on an expensive watch, since I get new ones every season and quickly get bored. Great post, and nice meeting you!
    xo Nancy

  68. January 14, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    Great post! And that coat is so beautiful! What a great purchase. 😉 There are actually very few things I am willing to splurge on. Although I do have a navy wool pea coat that cost the earth back in 1993. Although the buttons have been replaced and the lining hem had to be re-done the coat itself is still in excellent condition 20 years later. Holy Cow I just now realized that coat is 20 years old. Yikes. 🙂

  69. January 14, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Great list.

    We are having such unusually cold weather here in Los Angeles that I would put a good coat at the top of my list too!

    A good watch and jewelry is essential in my life, pre-owned of course.

  70. January 14, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    I agree with your list,and that coat you bought such a great splurge. Fits you so nicely and great color on you. The only thing also I like to splurge on is a nice pair of boots. Your husband is so good to you!


  71. January 14, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    @lovesjetlag A cashmere sweater has been on my list of things to splurge on for years but I sort of gave up after looking around a lot. It’s hard to find a simple crew or v-neck sweater these days in a classic style – at least for me it is. I should have looked for one in Italy while I was there. Darn!

  72. January 14, 2013 / 5:20 pm

    @Kathy Thank you so very much for this comment. I often wonder if readers care that I do respond. I know I like it when a blogger responds to me and that is why I do it – or at least try to do it. Sometimes I don’t get to every one.
    In a way, I feel like it’s my duty as a blogger to respond to someone who has gone out of his or her way to leave me a comment.
    Thank you again for acknowledging that I respond.

  73. January 14, 2013 / 5:22 pm

    @Sheree With your fantastic wardrobe, Sheree, I am not surprised you have everything on the list! I have really enjoyed getting to know you a little more over the last few weeks. I adore your style and you seem like a very kind and fun person, too. xo

  74. January 14, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    @Alison @ Get Your Pretty On Yes! Good jeans and cashmere sweaters would definitely be my #11 and #12. I am such a big jean wearer, it probably should have been in the top ten. Thanks for stopping by!

  75. January 14, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    Great list and great coat, ever so much more exciting and memorable than underwear. I was actually feeling a bit down as you waited for the cashier the first time, and then sort of started urging, “Return it now before you buy it!” and was really happy that you did.

  76. January 14, 2013 / 8:25 pm

    You did not make the wrong decision, not at all! That coat is gorgeous and although not a ‘conventional’ neutral, it’s still a classic 🙂
    Last year, when I won a ShopBop gift card, I was tempted to buy normal things, but then I thought to myself, why, I won the card, it’s not my money, so I should buy something I normally wouldn’t spend the money on. So I bought the cutest – but not practical whatsoever – Tory Burch clutch. I love it and use it almost every time I go out 🙂

  77. January 15, 2013 / 8:24 am

    @Leslie Exactly! Fewer high-quality things in one’s wardrobe over lots of low-quality junk will end up saving you money in the end. And, you’ll always look put together.

    If I worked on my feet all day, I definitely would splurge on comfortable shoes. You can’t put a price on foot comfort!

  78. January 15, 2013 / 8:37 am

    @Brenda Hi Brenda! I wil enter you in the scarf give away. Winner will be announced tomorrow, 1/16!
    Thank you for entering!

  79. January 15, 2013 / 8:46 am

    @Style Higher™ Thank you! It’s was fun to write.
    I think you’re correct – it’s a lifetime purchase and therefore, worth the cost.

  80. January 15, 2013 / 8:50 am

    We are thrilled that you mentioned our foundation in this post! Thanks for the mention and we will definitely continue to follow your lovely blog!

  81. January 15, 2013 / 8:50 am

    @Nancy Hi Nancy! Welcome!
    If you like wearing the latest watch trends, then splurging on just one probably isn’t for you. I prefer to wear the same two – my Rolex and a much cheaper Guess watch in gold tone that I have had for about 10 years – and that’s it! Those are the only watches I own.
    Thank you for stopping by!

  82. January 15, 2013 / 9:04 am

    @CC How funny! I also have a navy pea coat, actually more like a jacket, that I bought in the mid-90’s. It was also a small fortune and I have had to replace the buttons, but I still wear it frequently. In fact, I wore it on the blog a couple of weeks ago.
    If you buy quality items in classic styles, they will almost always last you many, many years – we are proof of that! Hooray for high-end navy pea coats!

  83. January 15, 2013 / 9:10 am

    @Belle de Ville We are cold up here too! So weird for us sea-level Californians.

    I agree with you about pre-owned. My Rolex was bought new by my husband, as were my studs, but would never hesitate to buy pre-owned fine jewelry and watches.

  84. January 15, 2013 / 9:53 am

    Yay Adrienne!!! fabulous post!! You continue to become even more chic! Loved how you showed the coat with both the boots and pumps! WOW!!

    I absolutely agree with you on some things being worth the splurge! Again, I commend you on your thoughtfulness with regards to your wardrobe… you are always an inspiration!!!

  85. January 15, 2013 / 10:06 am

    @Carrie Teal He is good to me. He knows what I like – listens to what I talk about. I am done as far as jewelry goes. I have my favorite watch and my favorite studs – there’s nothing else I want. I think that’s what happens when you have just a few nice things that you truly desire and really use – you want for little else!

  86. January 15, 2013 / 10:08 am

    @Lynne DeVenny Yes, buying underwear would have been a major bummer. And they weren’t even fun – or sexy panties!
    The coat was a much smarter choice – and much more fun!

  87. January 15, 2013 / 10:10 am

    @Sara Louise Sounds cute! Good for you for opting for the fun route.
    You can always buy something practical – a pair of socks here, a tube of mascara there. When you can splurge, you should!

  88. January 15, 2013 / 10:12 am

    @glo team Wow! So wonderful to hear from you!
    Love your products. My spa carries your line – Allegro Med Spa in Santa Rosa, California. I love your mineral makeup and your blush.
    Look forward to trying more of your products!
    Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  89. January 15, 2013 / 10:15 am

    @Tamera Beardsley Thank you, Tamera!
    It was a fun post to write – I love to save by buying secondhand for most things, but certain things are just worth splurging on!
    Glad you love the coat!

  90. January 15, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    I got goosebumps when I saw that coat- it is BEAUTIFUL! Best of all, it is beautiful and classic, so we’re talking DECADES of good use, wear and enjoyment. And your list- so right on the money. The only way you can “shop second hand first,” and not feel second rate is to invest first hand in quality and sometimes that mean buying new, well designed items meant to last and wear well.

    which you do!

  91. January 15, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    @Bella Q Thanks, Bella! I think you’re right on the money with your comment:

    “The only way you can “shop second hand first,” and not feel second rate is to invest first hand in quality and sometimes that mean buying new, well designed items meant to last and wear well.”

    Between secondhand items and new high-end pieces, I have mostly got it covered (throw in a little Gap and J Crew so I can wear pants and jeans).

    It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Secondhand and high-end new work quite well together!

  92. January 15, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    Great post A! I love everything about it and (again) you look wonderful in that coat! SO PRETTY! Love you lots!

  93. January 15, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    @Tori May It’ll last for decades and if I ever get tired of it – yeah, right – I will give it to you!
    Love you lots more! xoxo

  94. January 15, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    Along with everyone else … it’s a beautiful coat, and on you, even better. So worth it.

  95. January 17, 2013 / 8:54 am

    I love the coat too, I am with you on so many levels in this post- It’s astonishing! I agree, shoes can be found easily these days. I might add skincare as opposed to makeup, not so much splurging on one particular thing, but not being afraid to spend money in finding what works for you and trialling all different things, in saying that my best find has been a Garnier BB cream that I can buy on sale for $9. You must try the glo minerals lipsticks and glosses- they are fantastic, I have a favourite that I just keep buying- snapdragon and I use the plum glaze gloss over the top sometimes. I used to use their mineral powder, but have moved to Jane Iredale, I haven’t used the Jane Iredale BB cream, I would have loved to , but when I looked into the ingredients I noticed that it has Aloe Vera in it and I am allergic to that. Yes that is a hard allergy to have, I have to check everything really carefully, it isn’t a really bad one, I just get little red bumps if it is on my body, but my face will swell up badly. I can’t tell you how I screwed my nose up when I saw underpants in target that had Aloe Vera in them!! That would have been interesting for me!

  96. January 17, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    Burberry wool coats are the absolute best – they are so worth the money. I have a Mulberry Alexa and I can’t imagine ever buying another handbag as it’ll last forever.

    Love this post!

  97. January 18, 2013 / 6:08 am

    Oh do I love your list and your new Burberry coat. Girl, you did good, that is a gorgeous coat and it suits you SO well! I am so down with your list, I agree on every single item! XO, Jill

  98. January 28, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    This coat is truly gorgeous, I wouldn’t regret spending all my gift cards on it!!!

  99. February 1, 2013 / 11:07 am

    Thank you for sharing this post…great ideas to help me focus positively when I’m shopping (spending does cause me some anxiety). I totally love your real jewelry tip…and yes your Burberry coat is beautiful and a great purchase! This is the first time I’ve visited your blog…love the Versaille picture! Wow! Makes me long even more for spring and gardening. Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com

  100. GeorgiaGirl67
    March 3, 2014 / 10:00 am

    I’d advise you to check out high-end consignment shops, both brick-and-mortar and online! You can find luxe items either brand new or barely used for a steal! You wouldn’t believe the five treasures I bought this past week … all authentic, rare or something you don’t see every day and totaled half the cost of a new Chanel purse:

    Unsigned, extremely rare Chanel brooch designed by Coco herself shortly before she died — $180
    Louis Vuitton Josephine PM Mini Lin in green — $445 (retailed for $935)
    Chanel 5233 black/grey tweed polarized sunglasses brand new — $99 (retail for $500)
    Chanel Etoupe Caviar Tassel Hobo — $699 (retailed for $2500)
    Hermes “Feux de Route” 1971 original issue in rare colorway — $153

    I’m done buying, but these are all things I never, ever thought I’d have in my wardrobe. And they’ll all last for years and never go out of style.

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  102. call mebyanyname
    August 2, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Absolutely fantastic post! you are so right about the 10 most important stuff 🙂

  103. MissMoMadness
    November 2, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Adrienne, nearly four years (!) after writing this delightful post, I think that you, a perfectly lovely stranger, may have helped nudge me into purchasing the red cashmere Burberry trench I’ve been pining for. I, too, prefer spending more upfront for a high quality item that will last me forever…to include just about every item on your list. I’m so glad to hear that Burberry trenches are worth it.

    Thank you!!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 4, 2016 / 9:27 am

      Hello! I love that coat so much but due to some stubborn midlife weight gain (such a drag) it doesn’t fit me that well anymore and I may be selling it. Let me know if you’re interested. My email is adrienne@therichlifeinwinecountry.com

  104. Beverley
    November 25, 2018 / 1:20 am

    I’ve saved the short cut to this as I know I will read it again. Very interesting, I agree with everything you’re saying. Having good quality key pieces in your wardrobe means you only have to wear one of them with an inexpensive outfit, and it totally elevates the whole look. Also owning and wearing something luxurious also makes you feel special and you wear it with confidence! Thanks for the post

  105. Beverley
    November 25, 2018 / 1:22 am

    You look fabulous for 50 by the way!

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