Sharing some of my favorite things for this fall…and getting REAL about spending money on designer things.
- It wouldn’t be Fall without a staple cozy knit. There’s a couple of them that I’ve been dreaming about that you can find here, here, and here.
- A trench coat! For some reason, the only trench coat I have right now is white and it’s ready to retire. Why I thought it was a good idea to buy a white trench, I don’t know. I am obsessed with the Burberry “Kensington”, but it’s a bit of a splurge. Instead, I’ll probably end up getting this one here.
- A neutral leather tote. I’ve been carrying around my Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM since I purchased it….5 years ago. I just can’t help it, it literally holds everything I need. Since I carry my laptop back and forth to and from work everyday, I’ve been thinking of grabbing a durable large bag to give the LV a break. I am obsessed with this one here, but also like this one here. I know they look very similar, but one has an alternative long strap. Do we like that better?
- MULES. These Gucci slides have been on my radar for a while now, but so many people have advised me not to buy them because they weren’t comfortable/ they didn’t get enough use out of them /etc. I took the trial and error route and purchased a cheaper pair from Aldo first to see if I liked the whole “slide thing”. I wear them *a lot*. I think I am just that lazy girl that likes throwing my feet into something quick and racing out the door, so these work for me. Since I have a wedding and a new home to pay for, Gucci might break the bank, so I’ve been looking at these more affordable options: here, here, and here.
- The perfect denim! Let’s face it, you wear denim a minimum of 4/7 days of the week in the fall. If not, you must live in the south. The perfect pair of denim is an absolute necessity in New England. I am swooning over these: here, here, here, and here.
- Dainty gold jewelry has always and will always be a must-have for me. I do not wear anything silver (minus my engagement ring, obviously). I’m really into the layered dainty chains, with pendants or without, they’re it for me. I love this one here, it’s super affordable and gives you Kim K’s VMA look without the price tag. I also desperately need this one, but it’s on the back-burner until my initials change: here.
- A moto jacket is always an item you should make sure you have in your closet. I wear mine year round! I recently partnered with Bagatelle NYC, and they shipped me this one and this one. I will be doing a post on them shortly!
- The holy grail of accessories right now is this dreamy belt here. Do I splurge and buy it, or do I keep waiting…?
TWO MORE THINGS/ SIDE NOTES:
Two questions I always get when I speak to college students about my career are, “How did you afford designer things to start your blog?”, and “Do you need designer things to maintain a blog?” Ok, I feel a sense of responsibility to address these questions here because I’ve battled with this for a while now. So, I’m going to get REAL with you right now.
–> I didn’t afford designer things when I started a blog. I worked at a deli through college, and babysat on the side to pay for designer things that I tried to afford. Now, I’m in some serious college loan debt, and wish I had put that money aside to pay for that instead. Don’t try to live beyond your means. It’s tough advise to take when you are in this industry, but it’s the smartest advise my father has ever given me. Your 30 year old self will thank you. (Yes, I know I’m not 30, but I’m assuming she will thank me for coming to my senses mid-twenties)
–> To be honest, I don’t even bother reading the blogs that are filled with designer things that I can’t afford anymore. I’m SO uninspired by them. It’s like going shopping on Rodeo, it just makes you sad. If you’re building the foundation to your life, like me at the moment, those things have to take the back seat. I love finding a great piece at a great price. It makes shopping that much more fulfilling. There’s always a double of that something somewhere else, for cheaper, I promise you. Also, your readers who are also probably not full with expendable income will thank you, and appreciate you.