A Balanced Wardrobe

Jacket - Rachel Zoe, Pants - LC Lauren Conrad, Scarf - H&M (similar), Heels- Candies, Hat- Aqua (similar)

 Every once in a while, I'll build up enough courage to take a serious purchase plunge. For me, this means spending a little bit more than I normally would on a single item. This winter my favorite investment piece was this uh-mazing Rachel Zoe jacket. One of my personal guidelines when buying an expensive item is to make sure it can easily be paired with inexpensive pieces, like this H&M striped shirt and scarf and my LC Lauren Conrad jeans. I learned very early on to never buy ultra pricey pieces that can only go with equally pricey pieces. The high-low price balance is extremely important to insure unlimited styling options and let's face it, a somewhat non-guilty conscious. :)

 



Time to confess... What was the last pricey purchase you made? 

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104 comments:

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    1. lovely hat!
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  2. Your hat is honestly to DIE for, i'm obsessed!

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  3. In love with your jacket and hat! Rachel Zoe rocks :)

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  4. i love this jacket! thanks for the link!

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  5. Le chapeau est vraiment chou :)
    Bisous
    Yu'

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  6. Amazing hat and such a gorgeous scarf!!

    Love Bo,
    PurePreciousPerfection.com

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  7. Fab!!! the hat is gorgeous!
    Its been a long time since my last pricey purchase and it was a designer wool jacket, which was in sale but still pricey:)

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  8. The jacket is really stunning. Great style Anna.
    Wish you a lovely day.
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  9. Love the combo, looks gorgeous! ♥
    xx

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  10. i cant wait to be able to afford pricey item

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  11. Great look! Love the hat and the scarf! <3<3

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  12. Love that look... last pricey purchase I made was was for thigh high winter boots!

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  13. Love the hat dear!

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  14. Nice outfit! It's so classy!

    xx Marije

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  15. Great look! The jacket is absolutely beautiful, amazing purchase.


    The Purse Snatcher 

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  16. You look so stunning, Anna. The last big purchase I made was an Alice and Olivia sequin blazer. The original price was $300, but I got it for $199. Not a bank breaker, but still a lot.

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  17. The hat is everything. Dying.

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  18. Great jacket and love the hat!
    A wonderful look. Smart shopping!
    x Kirsty

    http://geelongfashionista.wordpress.com

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  19. Bello il mix del maculato con il rigato. Kiss

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  20. Love this look on you, Anna. The hat and jeans give it a 70's feel. Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my latest post.

    Have a beautiful and blessed week.

    Stay beautiful,

    Sofia

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  21. Love it when you wear jeans...this is a great look and I'm dying for that hat!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
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  22. yesterday i purchased three prs of louboutins & a valentino jacket, but all my clothes are spendy (relax, i have the income to back it up). i dont know if id call that jacket "tuxedo" & you should really have it tailored to fit you better. expensive clothing looks cheap if it fits you sloppy. the hat is cute. wish i had a "hat head".

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    1. I never understand comments like this. Why someone would go out of their way to say anything less than friendly is sad. I love the coat, Anna.

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    2. I was just thinking the same thing, Tanya. The funny thing is that she probably doesn't even think she's being rude. So weird. Great tip and outfit, Ana. Love this.

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  23. Wonderful hat! xx


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  24. wow, that jacket is amazing! And love the hat!! I haven't splurged on 1 item lately, sounds like I need to do some shopping!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  25. I absolutely adore the hat and the scarf!! They accent the Zoe jacket perfectly!!

    Xoxo Britt
    http://www.tortsandatiara.blogspot.com

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  26. Very cute, Anna. Great tip too.

    Love from South Africa

    Arum Lilea

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  27. LOVE your pattern mixing, and that hat looks so cute on you!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  28. Hi! is the first time that I visit your blog and just love it! you are really stylish and this outfit is so beautiful !!! If you want come into my blog, and tell me what you think about him, and if it likes you, what about to follow each other? I would be really happy!
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  29. Love this look great hat.

    xo
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  30. STRIPES & LEOPARD print, my FAVOURITE mix of the moment!!!!love everything in this look my dear♥

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  31. I love how you pair inexpensive and expensive investment pieces together so well! Definitely an inspiration and something I am trying to adapt in my own wardrobe!

    X Kenzie

    www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

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  32. Oh Gosh! This is a wonderful hat!!! I'm obsessed with hats and the color and shape of this one is just PERFECT! ;) You look great <3

    Kisses

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  33. Love the hat and nail art! The jacket is beautiful- definitely worth it! You look great. I just started following your blog and was hoping you could check out mine (I blog with my sister) at http://scottsisterstyle.blogspot.com.

    Hope you like the blog and will follow us back! Thank you!

    -Sydney
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  34. Great look Anna! That jacket was so worth the money... it'll go with everything! Loving the hat and your statement nail too. xo

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  35. Nails and scarf look amazing!!!! If you ever come to London, we would have to do some serious shopping! xx

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  36. Love the jeans and shoes, they pair beautifully. I wish I could find a pair of jeans that weren't skinnies that would fit me remotely well, but I'm short, and tailors won't be in my budget until I'm older. Given my college student status, I don't really tend to allow myself to buy much- anything over about $30 is a serious splurge. The last "pricey" piece I bought was a very fancy dress that I'm going to wear to pretty much ALL the super-fancy events coming up (there are a surprising number of them, actually). It was on sale, but I still felt completely ridiculous buying it, until I realized that no one at my university would feel personally offended about me wearing the same outfit twice, unlike the way they feel about inaccurate math, so I managed to justify it to the point of not feeling at all bad, which was nice.

    xo
    Sue

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  37. cute!! ; ]]

    i invite to me too

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  38. love striped and leopard together -- and that hat is adorable! xo

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  39. This is such a great point about the high low. I think the last pricy piece I bought was a jacket too. A leather jacket from Zara for winter. :) You look gorgeous and I love how you put this together.

    xoDale
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  40. This is such good advice, Anna. You're always so inspiring and stylish. xoxo

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  41. That jacket is amazing and so is your hat! Looking so fabulous.

    xo Ashley
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  42. Adorable. Love how you styled that jacket!

    Corbynn
    thesistersinthecity.com

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  43. Love everything about this outfit Anna! Looking for a good striped shirt. There are a million out there, don't know why I'm being so picky! Great hat and love the Rachel Zoe jacket.

    Becky
    http://thefluffreport.blogspot.com

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  44. I love that you pair expensive with inexpensive while still crating a cohesive look! Beautiful jacket.

    xx - Vee
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  45. This is such a smart idea and totally realistic for normal girls out there. Great post, hun. This outfit is gorg.

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  46. I love this outfit. Jeans with a dressier top has been my go to recently (too cold for skirts and dresses).

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  47. You look amazing! And that is a great tip! If you can pair it with a variety of pieces and keep it for a very long time!

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  48. Great jacket and hat! I love to mix and match high-street and designer too. I tend to spend more on accessories like handbags and shoes and sometimes jewellery.
    Adela x

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  49. I'm the same way! I love when I find something expensive that can easily go with something less expensive. That Rachel Zoe jacket can go with so many outfits!

    Olivia

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  50. I love your outfit and the jacket is perfect. I totally agree with mixing expensive with inexpensive. I recently bought a pair of J Brand Jeans that I will have like forever. They fit amazing.

    Agi:)

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  51. beautiful piece! i love everything rachel zoe! you'll have that forever.

    so i recently splurged on over-the-knee stuart weitzman 50/50 boots. while they were super expensive, my price per wear is under $30 at this point and just getting smaller - i wear them all the time!

    -natalie-
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  52. I think it was worth the investment!! Fabulous find! And I love the hat as well. Just visiting your blog for the first time! Nice to meet you!

    -Tiffany
    www.tiffanystyleblog.com

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  53. Although I've always thought it was ok to splurge on expensive items once in a while, I never looked at it that way. Call me crazy, but I wouldn't think about pairing my expensive splurge item with inexpensive ones. I would only think in my head "can I wear this a lot?" But this makes me want to think twice about my next big purchase :)

    Moving on to your outfit...You look FABULOUS. I love the detail on the hat. Oh, and I almost forgot. My last big purchase was my Miu Miu mary janes. I think it was worth it :)

    xo Azu

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  54. Love the jacket. Looks fab on you as always! I recently splurged on a new Hobo bag and am so glad I did!

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  55. I love this look that blazer is perfect. I am so obsessed with fitted blazers at the moment :)

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  56. You look so adorable, totally casual chic. Love you in that hat!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  57. Gorgeous outfit! I love the hat, it's a gorgeous colour

    Lauren
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  58. I love this hat - one of my favorite colours at the moment!

    Sheree
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  59. Love that jacket! Such a great purchase! Love finding pieces that are pricey but can go with anything! That way you do get more bang for your buck!

    xx
    Giovanna
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  60. Such a gorgeous jacket! One of my rules for "investment" pieces is that it has to be a staple item - something I know I'll still be wearing in 5 years, and that I can likely wear more than once a week (if needed). This jacket is adorbs and definitely meets that criteria! :)

    xo
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  61. I love love love the hat! Super cute.
    xoxo
    Mags
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  62. All the essentials, leopard, stripes and a great fedora;)

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  63. I really like your hat!
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  64. love love love this!
    everything about it is beautiful :)
    xx

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  65. i try to keep a good balance too. i sorta splurged by buying a j crew coat this winter. the past few years, i've bought cheaper coats, but since i live somewhere cold, a nice coat was so worth it!
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  66. Absolutely adore this look! great idea to invest in a lovely piece like this that can be mixed with plenty of inexpensive items. I am def. keeping this in mind for this seasons shopping trips. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  67. My most recent splurge was on the Ray-Ban clubmaster sunglasses - I usually pay no more than $10-20 dollars on sunglasses because I am constantly losing or breaking them. However, I took the plunge because I've been lusting over them for months.

    You look great! Especially love the hat!

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  68. This was a really good invest. I try to converse the same strategy than you and I´m happy that it works often. So I´m really lucky at the moment that I´ve gotten Isabel Marant Sneakers ;)

    xx
    Rena

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  69. i think maintaining my hair is the most pricey thing i have to splurge on! otherwise i always thrift instead of splurging x

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  70. Beautiful photos. I love the jacket and how your nails match your hat! Gorgeous hat by the way. I don't splurge on items that often, but I did before Christmas. I bought a Kate Spade bag. I love it, and even then I managed to get the bag 55% off!!!

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  71. That coat is fabulous and you'll have it forever!

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  72. Worth it! You look great! Mine was Louboutins! Hubby doesn't know yet ;)

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  73. Definitely worth it! I don't splurge too often, but when I do it's usually on bags and shoes ;)

    Kristina

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  74. That hat is amazing on you! Would love if you stopped by my latest post! :)

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  75. girl you look stunning!!! please stop by my blog and check out my looks too.. :) thanks :) love your blog!!

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  76. That outfit looks great! Love the combination of stripes, leopard and a plum hat! Gorgeous!

    xoxo Olga
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  77. That hat though! <3 I love how professional this looks but its also fun.

    xo Ashley
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  78. Love your hat!!

    xoxo, Diana
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  80. LOVE the combination of prints in this outfit, very cute! xo

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  81. I totally love this look. That jacket is stunning and definitely versatile.

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  82. This whole outfit is beyond amazing!

    -Haley-
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  83. I love this outfit! The scarf just ties everything together. I have to admit that I splurged on designer sunglasses a few years ago (Maui Jims), but I absolutely love them and am so grateful I spent the money. They look good with every outfit because they're so classic -- plus they're polarized!

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  84. I love love love this whole outfit. So cute and something I could definitely wear. The last too expensive thing that I bought was a black metallic one-shoulder dress from Express. It wasn't in all the stores yet or even online. They told me it was straight from the runway which is why the price was still so high. Hello credit card, whoops...
    ~Christine
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  85. That's a great tip you are giving when shopping for pricey things.
    The jacket is really pretty and btw, I love how you paired stripes with animal print ! Will try that one !

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  86. Love this look! The nails are perfection!

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