28 tips, tricks and timesavers well worth the splurge
1. IN THE BAG
A chic, high-quality handbag keeps your on-the-go life all in one place without sacrificing style (bet you can?t see the crumpled to-do lists we?re carrying in here). Look to neutral hues with subtle details, like expandability (for schlepping your laptop) and convertible crossbody straps (for desk-to-dinner appeal).
2. ON-DEMAND BLOOMS
Having a trusty go-to florist in your back pocket is essential for navigating just about every event life throws at you. (Kid?s teacher?s birthday? Last-minute housewarming party? What about a ?Sorry I had to cancel our happy-hour date again? bouquet?) Keep this number on speed dial--trust us.
3. EVERYDAY NECESSITIES
The sleek LBD, the classic trench coat, the picture-perfect hair color. Sure, they?re investments, but in the long run, they?re so worth it. Keep your dress and trench flawless with regular trips to the cleaners, and maintain your golden locks with EverPure Blonde shampoo and conditioner from L?Oréal Paris. Because fabulous style is priceless.
4. FEELINGS NEUTRAL
Goes-with-anything sandals are worth their weight in gold when you consider their sheer usefulness. Go casual with white denim over the weekend, try them with a sundress for brunch or pair them with something fancier (wedding season is right around the corner, after all).
Stuart Weitzman sandals ($415)
5. ON POINT
Ditch the dull-bladed cheapies for a set of good stainless steel knives. You?ll slice and dice cleanly through delicate herbs and produce, preserving your food?s freshness and appeal. Keep the knives sharp (here?s how) and they?ll last for years and years.
6. BEST FOOT FORWARD
If you splurge on pricey leather boots and heels (and you should), keep them in top form by buddying up with a reliable cobbler. Preventive care (like weather-proofing and salt-stain removal) can be done at home, but bring fine footwear in ASAP when telltale signs of wear and tear emerge. Toe-tip patching and replacing worn-out soles should be left to a pro.
M. Gemi booties ($228)
7. WELL ADORNED
Trendy baubles and statement-making stones come and go, but you?ll reach for your understated nameplate necklace time and again. This definitive piece adds the finishing touch to any ensemble, making it the workhorse of your accessory arsenal.
9. LOVE YOUR LOCKS
You drop something akin to a weekend beach getaway at the salon to get perfectly toned tresses. To keep that color bright and brilliant in between hair appointments, lather up at home with a sulfate-free shampoo, like the EverPure collection by L?Oréal Paris.
10. HOLY SHEET
Coordinate all of your domestic linens into one color palette (think whites, grays and pale blues) to easily mix and match. Having plush towels and mega-thread-count sheets in similar hues means you can toss them all in the wash together without any color bleeding.
Frette bath sheet ($150)
11. SMARTER STORAGE
The renovation-free way to add more storage (and tidiness) to your closet? Invest in a convertible storage system that lets you easily switch out some of the pieces in mere minutes for an instant refresh. When you can see your wardrobe in its entirety, you can better visualize what you actually need--and don?t. It?s a win-win.
13. CLEAN SWEEP
Once the temp is consistently above 60 degrees, gather up your winter coats, sweaters and woolens and schlep them all to the dry cleaner. Yes, it?s a pretty pricey endeavor in one fell swoop, but everything comes back fresh, nicely wrapped and ready to be ceremoniously shoved into the back of your closet.
14. KEEP IT COLORFUL
So you splurged on luxury linens, premium denim and Hollywood-caliber hair color. Luckily, fabric color upkeep is no big deal with a few simple household hacks (hello, vinegar) and regular maintenance. Thankfully L?Oréal Paris?s EverPure shampoo is here to protect your locks with a sulfate-free formula that prevents dulling and fading.
15. THE WRITE STUFF
Call us old-fashioned, but there?s just something so satisfying about sending a beautiful handwritten note. Having a stack of thick, high-quality personalized cards around makes it a breeze to send a quick thank-you for that last-minute dinner invite or a thoughtful ?get well soon? to a coworker.
18. GET YOUR KICKS
You reach for your kind-of-ugly ?commuting shoes? at least five times a week, so why not upgrade to a pair of chic slip-ons? Perennially cool with more structure and style than ballet flats, loafers go with everything from trousers and jeans to skirts and dresses. You might even skip the under-the-desk heel swap at the office.
19. LUXE LOUNGER
If you?re not crushing Netflix in bed (another case for a really good mattress), then you?re probably logging some serious sofa hours. Bite the bullet and invest in a neutral-hued piece that will complement your style (and provide countless naps) for years to come.
20. FIRST-CLASS UPGRADE
So you can?t shell out big bucks for a Louis Vuitton trunk at the moment (we feel your pain), but you can still travel with something more elegant than that ratty stained luggage set you got at graduation. Opt for a few lightweight yet sturdy pieces, and don?t be shy about bold colors and patterns.
21. RAIN SUPREME
How does your garden grow? With the help of recycled rainwater, we hope. Rain barrels collect the precious drops and reduce your dependency on municipal water sources. Connect a hose and conveniently nourish your blooms and greens without wasting clean water. Essential and timely, considering our drought-stricken friends out west.
22. MOBILE MINDFULNESS
Whether you have five minutes in between appointments or a 15-minute lunch break, investing in your sanity is undeniably smart. And, of course, there?s an app for that: Pick one that works for you--guided meditations, sleep aids and soothing soundscapes are all available--and tune in as necessary.
23. LIGHT IT UP
If you haven?t yet swapped out your incandescent bulbs for LED versions, what are you waiting for? These energy-efficient lights last 20 times longer, save you big money on your electric bills, are free of mercury, keep their cool and provide a soft, natural glow. Bright idea.
Ikea Ledare LED bulb ($7)
24. SLUMBER PARTY
Honestly, if you don?t recognize how important a good night?s sleep is by now, we can?t help you with much else in life. When you consider that 60 percent of us aren?t getting good-enough z?s and how it dramatically affects everyday life, you understand that buying a quality mattress means investing in your physical, mental and emotional health, making it worth every penny.
Tempur-Pedic queen mattress set ($1,999)
26. GET SOME SUPPORT
Go for a proper fitting and invest in several versatile, functional bras. Too timid to bare it all to the lingerie-store specialist? Take a fit quiz for some online recs. Trust: A good bra will change your wardrobe, your posture, your confidence...The list goes on and on.
28. CHIC SNEAKS
Consider the sneaker: All-purpose trainers are worth any amount, especially a properly fitting pair that helps keep you injury-free for the long haul. What?s more, ?athleisure? is so on trend. Swap out your old pair and get ready to live in some new kicks.
Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit ($120)