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{Parisian} Rouge


In desperate desire for fall, or even maybe just fall anticipation, since my desert is still flaring high 90’s and blasting cruel sun, I went shopping last weekend.  I really wanted to find some key pieces for the autumn, maybe a light coat on silky oxblood, a great over-sized clutch, or some suede over-the-knee booties.


But I came back with no clothes or shoes, just a very expensive bottle of Tom Ford parfum and a satisfied heart, surprisingly.  I realized then that my goal of investment shopping has finally made the transitional step from goal to accomplishment.  I’m buying less, but better.  The joy of shopping has returned because I’m only spending money on items without which I can’t live happily.  “Quality is longevity” – according to one of my favorite bloggers, whose  internet voice is as likable as Elizabeth Gilbert, wrote a very funny piece on this, run over and read it here



Any of the items in this outfit is at least two to three times more than what I used to spend (any other former Forever 21 addicts here?), but I also wear them four to six times more than the items I used to buy.  There’s nothing wrong with a cheap trendy buy, but I try to limit myself to only one of those per season.  I end up with a more curated closet with mostly high-quality pieces that inspire me to be more creative.  And isn’t that the joy of fashion in the end = creativity?


| Diane von Furstenberg dress | Chie Mihara sandals | LongChamp tote | Club Monaco belt | vintage necklace |