A short few years ago, I really had no appreciation for high-end brands (YSL, Chanel, LV, etc.) mainly because they were so far beyond my means, why would I even bother going into their stores? My mother, on the other hand, understood the value, quality & prestige these brands held. Slowly, as I (and my income) matured, I've been able to splurge OCCASIONALLY on fancy shmancy items. I also am very brand-loyal: I purchased my first LAMB purse in 2006...and haven't bought a non-LAMB purse since (I may have a problem). Last year, Rye Bread surprised me with my first Hermes scarf & it still remains in the tissue within the box for safe-keeping.
Don't get me wrong - these splurges are just that (I am so far from rich, it's ridiculous) - I keep my checkbook in balance with clothes from H&M, F21,thrift stores, and the sale racks at local department stores. Blending the affordable with the occasional extravagant is sometimes the perfect recipe.
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