The economy might be a bust, but your wardrobe doesn't have to be. When money is tight, it's time to start thinking harder about your purchasing decisions. Sometimes, those uber-cheap pieces just don't fulfill all of your expectations, and when that happens it's time to really cut back and distinguish between what your needs and wants. Rebuild your consumer confidence by investing in these fabulous five pieces that are well worth the price tag, and highly recommended by yours truly.
GIANNI BINI EQUESTRIAN RIDING BOOTS
$149.99 at Dillards.com
This item may be one of the most expensive items I've featured on this blog in a really long time, but I cannot recommend a more comfortable brand of shoes. I'm on my feet all day long as a Visual Merchandiser for Forever 21, so comfortable footwear is an absolute must. Gianni Bini shoes have an amazingly thick cushion--it feels like you're walking on a bed of marshmellows--seriously! You'll love them. Plus they have a wide variety of styles of shoes. However, when it comes to the perfect fall boot--this is my favorite and most likely my next big purchase.
$34.95 at H&M
I adore this dress, and I'm proud to say I own it! I try not to post too many things from H&M on this site because H&M isn't available in most places in the U.S. nor online. (I want my readers to have access to all of these fab deals!) However, I did feel like this deserved a spot on the list, and I'll tell you why: It has a thick fabrication, fits a curvy silhouette like a glove (seriously, you'll feel like Mad Men's Joan Holloway), and it's absolutely timeless. It's career appropriate with a blazer and will look fantastic during colder months with black stockings and suede pumps.
FANTASY WOOL JACKET
$129.99 at Zara.com
I'm a smitten kitten when it comes to Zara. I bought a lot of great pieces from the store when I went to Italy, and every time I wear them I get tons of compliments--especially on my cord chain necklace, $29.90, at Zara.com. But, let's get back to this pretty coat--the length is perfection, the detailing is flawless, and yet it feels so cozy. Plus, you need to get your winter white coat! I'm also very into collarless coats and button up tops, which I feel provide a bit more of an understated elegance.
WAREHOUSE SKINNY ANIMAL PRINT BELT
$31.66 at Asos
I consider leopard print a neutral, so to me this belt can go with just about anything. Say what you want about "zebra" print being in right now--I'm on team leopard. (Faux, of course.) That being said, this skinny belt with the ponyskin-effect and metallic pin-buckle closure can be worn in so many ways. This belt can add that extra bit of texture or print that your favorite winter ensemble just might need right now.
SEPHORA COLLECTION MANIAC MAT LIPSTICK
$7.00 (on sale from $12) at Sephora.com
This is a fantastic matte lipstick that really lasts all day! I had my makeup done last weekend for engagement photos, and my makeup artist used the Mat 02 color. Unfortunately, I can't find that color online anywhere! It's a very nice, natural pink shade and it is a great staple beauty item for anyone--even if you don't wear makeup a lot. The Mat 09 Merlot (above) is a little more for the girl who does wear makeup often and would like a classic fall shade. No matter which shade you choose, it's definitely worth every penny, and if you want a little shine, just add a touch of gloss.