Part 3: 2016's budget has been blown - the 'great purchase'
Since I've already blown my budget this year, it's useful to take a look at what items are a 'great purchase'. A 'great purchase' is probably something heavily discounted and often used; I'm no different, but now that I'm more selective about what I bring in, the latter is something I focus on much more.
Some purchases that I consider to be a 'great purchase' may cost me a bit more than I'd like to spend, but their quality, versatility, and how often I will/can use it, more than makes up for it. A great example is the Babaton blouse I purchased during the Aritzia warehouse sale.
I purchased this for $59,99 and some of you may laugh at that, but to me, I consider it a lot to spend on a top. Yes, my threshold for outerwear, bags and wallets, and some footwear, may be upwards of several hundred to a thousand dollars, but a top, is way different for me. It pained me a bit, but it fits incredibly well, is in a neutral color, looks polished, classy, and put together, and I know it will work for a very long time in a professional setting, or dressed up to go out. It's something I can wear at my current age but will stay relevant as the years go by. Overtime, the cost per wear on this will be in the cents.
Another 'great purchase' is another top - my Mango sleeveless lace top. I loooove this top. It's so romantic and flowy, and in one of my favourite neutrals - cream/off-white.
I purchased this on vacation and it's been said that when you're on vacation, you tend to spend more without feeling bad. I think they're right. This top cost me 29,000 won (already half off, which is equivalent to $29USD) and I put down my credit card without feeling a thing. YES, $29 IS typically more than I'd like to pay for a top.
You're all probably now trying to figure out how cheap I am when it comes to purchasing tops haha.
I can be really cheap.
Next up on my list, is a complete steal in almost every meaning of the term - my Jeanne Beker lace-up loafers, in leather and pony-hair, to boot!
I found it at an incredible price in May for $13,88 (yes, that's right, $13.88) and I've already worn them down to a cost per wear of $1.16, and the season's just beginning. They are comfortable (I never had to break them in), effortless, and work- and play-appropriate, and I absolutely love this. I consider this piece to be 2016's wardrobe MVP.
Although I only showcased three items, there are several more that made the cut but they aren't as exciting as the ones I chose; they were purchased to serve a purpose rather than a wardrobe enhancer.
So, now that I've spent all my money, what do I do for the rest of the year? You'll have to wait for the last of this series - Part 4: 2016's budget has been blown - what now?
If you missed the earlier posts of this series, you can find them here: