I am a saver by nature- I love coupons, deals and especially the word clearance (I have many an ill-fitting clothing item in my closet just because it was on clearance…tags still on), but there are a few things in life that I splurge on…and here they are:

Splurge: Champagne

There are a lot of little reasons to celebrate in life, so why wait until the big ones to break out some bubbly? Here are the recent times I busted out the champagne: once because one of my best friends came to visit, once to celebrate a baby milestone, and once…just because. I give credit to my step-mother-in-law for this: I bought a case of mini splits of champagne (my favorite is a Spanish champagne that I had at my wedding, Segura Viudas). I don’t feel bad busting one open at any time- the bottles are a perfect 2 glass toasting amount.

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava- around $3 @ World Market or Binny’s for 187ml

Splurge: Make-up Remover

After a long day of baby care, I don’t feel like actually waiting for the water to heat up at the sink so I can properly wash my face. That is how tired (a.k.a. lazy) I am at night (9pm, so sad). Although these aren’t cheap, I haven’t found anything that comes close. I have tried the Costco generic brand (doesn’t get all my eye make-up off) and the Say Yes to Cucumbers (eh), and for the money- I go with Neutrogena. Available in bulk at Costco, so throw those in the cart along with the groceries!

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes- available @ Costco

Splurge: Hair Upkeep

Ok, so my husband knows how much it costs for me to get my highlights (just a partial, I swear!) and a cut. It isn’t pretty, and I cringe every time I hand over my credit card…then I get into my car, check out my hair in the rear-view, and smile. Big Time. He fully supports my need for keeping the lie going that I am a natural bright blonde. I don’t know anything that makes me feel better than deluding myself that my roots don’t exist…except maybe when I can fit into those pants that have been in hiding because of the extra 5 lbs I couldn’t lose.

Splurge: Outerwear

How many times have you gone somewhere, carefully pored over and selected your outfit, only to not even take off your coat when you get there?! Sometimes I will take off my coat even if it is freezing wherever I am because dammit, I worked hard to either iron my outfit (I most likely made the choice to iron over eating or napping…HUGE sacrifice) or bought it specifically for the occasion and fear I will never have the opportunity to wear it again. I have decided to invest in a fabulous selection of coats in case this is a repeat occurrence. I then add inexpensive accessories to balance it out. The one below is my winter staple.

There is a very thin line between the sausage/marshmallow look and warm but stylish. A belt and/or fur trim helps, as does any fun color. I am usually not a fan of white, but that is what dry cleaning is for, right? 

LAUNDRY by Shelli Segal- on sale for $150 @ Lord & Taylor ($300 original)

Splurge: Blush

I live in the Midwest. According to Tom Skilling, my weather guru, we only experience 46 days out of the year that get 100% of the possible sunshine. And we wonder why many of us sport that alabaster/ivory look? I combat the winter…whites with my favorite blush: Nars Blush in Orgasm. I am sure I am preaching to the choir here, but it is the perfect blend of peach, gold and pink that gives most everyone the post glow. I haven’t been able to find a drugstore version that looks even close to natural, so I splurge on this:

Nars Blush in Orgasm- $27 @ Sephora


  1. December 1, 2011 / 4:44 am

    Oh my goodness we must be long lost sisters! I am currently 30 eke pregnant & I refuse to look like I just rolled out of bed. I tell everyone my goal is to look fabulous till the end & beyond. I died laughing about the washing your face part. Ive been so tired ill get in the bed and have my 9 year old lather a towel and bring it to me while I lay in the bed. He will be so happy when I purchase the neutrogena cleansing wipes! Keep writing very nice blog!

  2. December 1, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    Raquel- I think it is even better that you have your 9 year old bring you the towel! I laughed at that one, because I would be doing the same thing if my kid could walk! Glad you enjoy the blog, best of luck on the pregnancy and let me know how it goes!

  3. January 20, 2017 / 6:36 pm

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