If decor is your porn, this is your blog.
but later the thing (or experience) was so fucking awesome that you never regretted it.
Manka's near Point Reyes. We arrived late for dinner. The maitre de told us everyone was late that night and gave us a glass of local methode champenoise or however you spell it. The shower was outdoors.
Pale pink cashmere and wool coat with enormous grey fox collar and cuffs. Think Lana Turner, circa 1950. It was marked down but it was still $400 I didn't have. I love that coat. I feel like a movie star when I wear it. I would put it on now if it wasn't 79 degrees out.
My wedding. I'm always looking for a deal, but this was one time I went all out. I remember looking at everyone on the dance floor (even people who claim they don't dance) and everyone was straight jumping up and down, not even dancing, just jumping they were so excited. Everyone was sweating, hard, and one of my friends looked at me and screamed "this is f***ing awesome!" It was one of the top 4 moments in my life and the only one that cost real money.
Book of Mormon on Broadway--unforgettable!
An awesome Eileen Fisher skirt, full retail I paid! LOVE love love it, wear it to death!
Trip to Japan years ago. Not the trip itself, just the Hotel. We stayed at the Hyatt in Roppongi HIlls, Hyatt in Hakone, and Hyatt in Kyoto. Total of 7 nights about $450 a night. It was totally awesome though, and because of that it has turned me into a hotel snob especially when my ass can't afford to always stay at these types of hotel. On the bright side we became Gold Passport members and as a result of all the $$$ we spent on that trip, we ended up getting like a week of free nights.
My first antique French mirror, purchased for $2000 that I did not have. I had just finished my first huge project and couldn't resist buying it. I look at it every day, and have no regrets!
we arrived early for dinner at vladimir's in inverness with a toddler in tow (ages ago, before babies were cool in san francisco). we dined very early at the first seating, hoping we'd enjoy some semblence of normal life. i promised the maitre d' we'd terminate if our darling became annnoying. wine, apps, rabbit ordered, we pulled the plug and were thoroughly soaked, yet happy from the wine. a couple of months later I brought the same child to nordstrom for first stride rites and found myself in a photo sitting with the elegant and compelling portraitist, william sorenson. i felt ill and embarrassed after I saw the lovely proofs and ridiculous cost. today I love the silly and sentimental portrait of my daughter.
Many years ago, when I was straight out of art school, I bought a dozen hand painted English China teacups at an antique store. They cost $250. dollars. I'd never spent that much money on anything but rent, and my rent was about that much a month back then. Each cup was different, and today they're worth more then $500. a piece. Ive added alot of pieces to that original collection, and use them every day when I make a pot of tea in the Afternoon in my studio.
Plumbing fixtures for my house. All at one shot. All special order because we live in the middle of the ocean and all that's available here is shitty. The deep tub was worth every-effing-penny.
My Rolex. I hit 10 years at my company last year, and we get 5000 toward a watch at Tivol. If you want to upgrade the store will work with you, so my 8000 watch cost me 1500. Its a chunk of change for me, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
My husband, a couple friends, and I went to (the fantastic molecular gastronomy restaurant) Saam at the Bazaar for their tasting menu. 20 courses or so for $190/person, plus there was an additional drink pairing selection. After getting there, we were told of an "add-on" dish, a truffle risotto, so we decided to go for it. When that particular dish comes out, they just start shaving truffles onto it like nobody's business, so we know we're in for it. The bill ended up over $300- A PERSON. Most money we've ever spent on food, by more than double, but it was still the best meal we've ever had. I wouldn't get the truffle dish again, but everything else-- totally worth every penny.
If this phrase appeared in 50 Shades of Grey, I would read it: "they just start shaving truffles onto it like nobody's business"That kind of talk is my porn.
And omg, the fact that you named a blog Barfing Tulips makes you incredibly awesome.
Kellie - there's a gold mirror at PacGal right now running about ~$2k that I am dreaming of. You might have inspired me to just go for it.
My biggest purchase was a wing chair for $,2900. My secret: I worked my way up to it--$1400 settee, $2000 vintage Danish Modern arm chair, $2500 sofa... by time I bought the wing chair, I had nerves of steel, baby. I just bought a $2,300 painting and it didn't hurt a bit.
okay, this is really dull...college. Am so glad I spent a scary amount of money on it!
A Mulberry bag. It took me a year to get the courage up to buy it, but I take that shit everywhere. Even when I went sledding down Korketrekkeren in Oslo.
Anytime I buy something full price at Anthropologie (I know, kinda dull). It's more than I want to pay for clothes but they are SO amazing!
Eloped in Vegas and spent $650 on dinner for two at Joel Rubochon. Only one glass of wine and the eight course prix fixe dinner, not the 16 course. The foie gras and white truffle dish that looked like Fred Flinstone's house is still a topic of conversation more than five years later. The amuse d'bouche that we could not see immediately because of the dry ice thing going on was showy but memorable. I could go on but it was a meal that has yet to be topped and we try.
wedding photography... i think all in all (engagement photos to album it came to like 10k). that really hurt. but whoa, it's worth it. see for yourself! here are some of my engagement photos: http://riotfordesign.blogspot.com/2012/06/life-is-grand.html
A trip to the former USSR at age 17... I think it cost like, $2,500 (it was 1987, people - I'm old/that's over $5,000 in today's $$) and it took every scrap of cash I'd earned since the age of 13, but it was worth every penny. Fueled that travel bug for decades to come.
the first "big" purchase my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I purchased together was a $4K piece of art from Frowhawk Two Feathers that still really makes us happy.
Spent around 6k on a two week trip (me + husband) to Greece a couple of years ago. But it was unforgettable and the food, countryside, and amazing ruins still inspire me (especially as a design student. I wish I could afford a trip like that every year, because I am only too happy to throw my money at that amazing country.
We stayed at an old home ("country house" in Ireland for a few nights that was around $400/night. Way more than we typically would pay for a hotel and way more than we probably should have spent. It was so amazing and I would do it again in a second. It was on a huge farm (so all the food was fresh), they had lovely patio areas and lounge areas for afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks, and we spent our time resting, exploring and eating (so much eating! The food was so good!). The staff made sure we always had a drink in our hand, provided wellies for us to wear while exploring their property, and even made fresh, special bread for me to eat (allergies) at each meal. They even set up a private fishing tour for my husband. When we checked out and paid the bill I expected to feel anxiety over the cost, but instead we both kept saying how much we loved it. I want to go back.
Two things: 1. My first pair of Diesel jeans I bought my freshman year of college for $170. At the time I was working for around $5.25/hr 10 hours a week and it was an unimaginable amount of money. I loved them and wore them until both knees busted out and then turned them into shorts and wore them until the butt blew out and I still miss them. 2. Studying abroad in Paris for a semester. It was expensive at the time, and even more so now that I'm getting those student loan bills, but it was such a catalyst for becoming who I wanted to be that it's worth all the money I'll keep spending on it for the next 25 years.
Van cleef jewellery - looked and stalked earrings and bracelet for a year and I thought jut do it, one year of gawking means ou really want it so now I just look at my wrist and smile.
About six years ago I went into Turgeon Raine jewelry store one afternoon when I was feeling (really, really--no, really) blue and came out with a strand of pearls, matching studs and a pair of diamond stud earrings with real diamonds you can actually see--not chips. I thought for certain my husband would divorce me, but no such luck. Don't wear the pearls quite as much as I used to (would look stupid at my job), but the diamonds I wear damn near every day and still love them.
Had the opportunity to purchase an 18th century Louis XVI gilt bronze chandelier. I dithered for weeks due to the cost, very expensive for me and very expensive period, even though I was getting it at cost from the antique dealer. It took over five months of gross salary but I have never regretted it for a minute. I look at it every day and it sets the tone for the entire flat, indeed, for my entire life. It is the epitome of having the very best of something - an experience everyone should have in life.
At the time, a 2 week Italian language course in Florence at $1500 was pricey. But young love in Italy... well, now I'm old and haggard, but those memories remain.
I gulped when I got my AMEX bill for a 10-day trip to Argentina for my friends wedding but it was worth every hard-earned cent.
Birthday dinner at the Inn at Little Washington and then staying the night. Ghastly cost for a teacher and a cop, but what a wonderful experience of walking in someone else's Pradas for a night.
Spent 16 grand on a kitchen plan I don't like and won't use. (sob) Spent less than that for 31/2 weeks in Turkey with my husband and good friends. The memories bring me great joy. Hundreds on tee shirts- wasteful. But I can't stop.Considering a Goyard tote. Been carrying the Louis Vuitton tote for 4 years and I'm over it. (But I do feel like I got my money's worth out of it!). Should I pull the trigger?
Sell the LV tote. 4 years is a long time. You're done. If you really, really want it, get the Goyard. If you only want it like 7 on a scale of 10, don't. It's a lot of money for coated canvas.
6 years ago I walked into Ethan Allen for a simple damask covered chippendale sofa and walked out with a entire living room...including the overpriced lamps and leather handled silver tray to rest on the new ottoman. (It was scratched so I did get a discount.) I blame it on the outwardly gay salesman who convinced me that I could have a "showcase home." Yes, I'm stereotyping, but history tells me that he would know what looked good. It did look good...only good. Now 6 years later with 2 kids we can't all fit on the couch and with 1 big dog it's usually covered with a blanket anyway so I can't even admire it. When I do get to sit, I look around the living room and with a great sense of regret, I think "great, I have an Ethan F'n Allen catalog room."
At my husband's suggestion we paid $1250 for me to see a career counselor so I could get out of my dead end $35K assistant job. We could afford it but it seemed excessive for advice. This was 12 years ago and the woman and her assessment changed my life. Within a year I had an entirely new career and it hasn't stopped improving. The gratitude I have for her (and my husband for making the investment) is never ending.
it was july 2001. so the world as we knew it, and as i knew it personally, hadn't ended. had just been let go from my high paying dot com job. had no clue that i wouldn't see that kind of money for...well, a while. no job of any kind for a long time. semi homeless for a while. anyway. after spending a couple of weeks in spain with the bf went to italy solo for a week. ups and downs, but here's the memory that sticks with me: train from venice to cinque terre cancelled because of death of rioter, and it's pouring, and i'm waiting on the platform for a train back to rome. i'm eating a sandwhich and swinging my legs happily, loving that this poor little black girl from georgia had just soaked up the most amazing sights and people, and that my life would move FORWARD-that i really could change my life, make it better, be daring in a way that i was never taught to be. and then 9/11 happened, and my beloved gran died a month later. up til then i'd made 6 figures, and haven't seen that kind of money since, but when i'm on the verge of giving up i replay that memory, and love the rain, the food, the architecture, the lovely, lovely people. and i go on. oh, and the amazing handbags i picked up while shopping with an abandon i'd never known didn't hurt either. but yeah, thoughts of a rainy day in venice fills me with joy.
When it's perfect it doesn't hurt.
My tummy tuck. The best $8K I've EVER spent.
Meal in Rome sick of pasta - stumbled upom restaurant, Best young chef europe, 3 michelin stars (I thought wow not bad, not 5 but still...). No prices on menu, american couple at door said they had booked over a year ago. Told maitre d' I was sick of pasta could he seat us... he did. Most incredible meal no prices on menu my husband vowed he would never tell me how much it cost but.. surrounded by Saudis in Chanel I have never tasted anything like it.
Manka's is awesome as is Vladimir's. Recent trip to Buhdapest. Still in debt, and the money on the trip would have made a dent. But it was worth every penny to get outta here and to wander around that dusty old city and be part of something that wasn't my normal life. or the $1000 plane ticket to go to my best friends wedding last minute (after i decided i was too broke to go in the first place)
A 4-figure donation to an animal rescue group that was starting a program of spay-neuter for feral cats. Almost threw up as I wrote the cheque -- it's more than I spend in a year on clothes, shoes & bags combined! -- but I knew that it was the right thing to do. Have never regretted it.
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