Well, I’ve shared how I save money at the drugstore with my Living Like a Princess on a Cinderella Budget. Now, I will share with you my guilty splurges.
Check out the duck. I’m a Dooney & Bourke handbag lover. I haven’t always been. In fact, ten years ago I thought they were all ugly. The reason for this is that a coworker would carry some handbags to work with her in what I thought were ugly colors and plaids, and they were all Dooneys.
At some point after I retired, I was searching for handbags online, stumbled upon the Dooney website, and discovered they weren’t all ugly. Go figure! In fact, I was so attracted to one, I ordered it. It arrived, and I discovered the quality made handbag that makes a Dooney so special. They are made to last. They are made to be stylish and work for you.
The green one in the picture is a shopper made out of nylon. Nylon is the most budget friendly material they produce their bags with, but let me tell you about this nylon. It is sturdy, very sturdy. It feels almost like a twill in texture. The seams are stitched well with a heavy thread to hold up to whatever I can load this baby up with, which is usually a lot. The leather handles have a very attractive braid toward the bottom, and they are thick, reminding me of tack leather used for bridles and halters.
I have two of these shopper nylon bags; one in hot pink that I carried all summer, and this one in a hunter green, but I don’t think that’s what they called it. I plan on carrying this one until spring. They regularly sell for $139, but I purchased them on sale for about $100 each.
These bags are truly workhorses. They are light when empty, hold a lot, and have one zippered side pocket, and a cell phone pocket. There’s also a handy key hook to hook onto your key ring so it doesn’t get lost. I have used these bags as overnight bags and as my daily carrying bag. There’s plenty of room for my wallet, makeup, diabetes supplies, cell phone, and flashlight. I’ve even added a change of clothes a couple of times.
My other splurge is nail polish. I’ve really cut back a lot on purchasing it. Zoya had a BOGO special a few weeks ago, so I purchased three and got three free. I’m wearing “Storm” on my nails right now. I don’t usually go for the glitter, but I thought this was so pretty mixed in the black, like stardust. All the Zoya polishes I have used have had smooth formulas that go on well. With the base and top coat I use, I normally get a week’s worth of wear, at least.
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