I saw an article on Yahoo News the other day about 10 indulgences that moms should enjoy and not feel guilty about. Before I tell you what those 10 things are, I’m going to take issue with the classification that this list is for mothers alone and have unilaterally decided to change it to all women.
(Sorry guys. Once again, you are excluded. If any of you want to create your own list for men, I’d be happy to post it here.)
Anyway, these are 10 beauty and style splurges that are supposed to be worth spending a little or a lot of extra money on, because the benefits are greater than the costs. Let’s take a look and discuss, shall we?
1. Designer Jeans – As the person who has cut up a pair of cheap Target jeans rather than hemming them, I can’t really speak to this one.
According to the article, jeans that cost $100-200 are worth every penny because the materials are higher quality and last longer. Since my janky jeans (referenced above) have been going strong for several years now, I’m dubious. And even if I were at my ideal weight and could “invest” in pricey denim, I’m not sure I’d be willing to do so. Feel free to try to convince me otherwise.
2. A Good Handbag - I tend to change out purses every season and sometimes more often, so this is another area in which I don’t care to spend a lot of money. That said, I rarely buy cheap purses at Target or Old Navy because they don’t hold up well. Instead, I’m a big fan of finding nicer name brand bags at consignment and thrift shops. I also like finding handmade cuties on Etsy.
3. Leather Jacket – Pete gave me a black leather coat in a classic style years ago and I don’t imagine I’ll be getting rid of it any time soon, if ever, so I could conceivably agree with this one. That said, if I didn’t have my coat already, I’m not sure that I’d covet one to the point of actually buying it.
4. Salon Visits – Personally, I do splurge on my haircuts with Richard the Hair God because I never had great hair before I met him. Before Richard the Hair God: Stodgy hair that took a lot of work to even look that good. After Richard the Hair God: Hair that doesn’t require any effort at all. I can dry it or not, depending on my mood. Oh, and it usually looks pretty darn good.
As for color, I’m iffy on this one. I only get a few strategic highlights every few months, so I don’t know what it’s like to maintain roots (yet) and at this point I’m not willing to drop that kind of money on a full-on Richard work of art every month or two. In terms of salon color vs. boxes of Miss Clairol, I’ve seen women whose hair looks terrible in spite of the $$$ dropped at the salon and other women whose home dye jobs look fabulous, and I’m not sure wherein the discrepancies lie.
5. Workout Shoes – Yep, totally. I absolutely get it, even though I hate dropping $100-110 on new sneakers every three or four months. Yes, I do burn through mine that quickly. No, I haven’t been able to find a less expensive style that works for my feet. Yes, I think my feet are worth the money.
6. Quality Skincare Products – I agree that our faces need to be taken care of but don’t agree that the products we use need to cost a lot of money. I know plenty of women (myself included) who are happy with drugstore products. I’ve tried pricier stuff in the past and don’t think it was worth the money or hype.
7. Bras That Fit – Hell to the Y-E-S.
8. Manicures and Pedicures – I’ve never had one of either, so I can’t speak to this. I will say that I don’t see myself ever getting into manis and pedis, simply because gardening and running don’t mix well with pretty hands and feet.
9. Swimsuits – After last year’s Swimsuitpalooza, I agree with this. I need a lot of structural support and the cheap ones don’t provide enough framing to keep the house standing. I also don’t wear bathing suits enough to have to worry about replacing them often, so maybe I’d feel differently if I were buying two or three every season or two.
Actually, I take that back. I’d still buy the more expensive ones because all that lycra makes one look so. much. better.
10. Fancy Dresses – I agree that a nice outfit can do wonders for a girl’s mood, but I don’t know that it has to be a fancy or expensive one. One of my favorite dresses came from Target and another favorite is from Old Navy. Both look nice and both make me feel really good when I wear them. I do think it’s fun to dress up fancy every now and then, but it’s been so long since I’ve done so that perhaps I have forgotten that I felt like a princess when I was all gussied up.
So that’s the list. I think that it should be more of a guideline and not a hard and fast requirement. More realistically, each of us would choose those items that are important to us.
What items on the list make sense to you, which would you discard, and what would you add to the list?