Life's hard when you have expensive taste but a shoestring budget. Trust me, I would know.
It's a dangerous hobby. Often, the angel and devil on my shoulder argue about whether or not I should drop a few thousand on a handbag, but thankfully, my financially smart angel always wins.
Not sending myself into credit card debt is also easier when I know there are plenty of high-quality dupes out there that look exactly like the real thing. They aren't replicas - which are unethical and straight-up illegal - but items that look like their inspiration without pretending to be the OG.
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While designer pieces are something I regularly admire from afar, I don't think of myself to be the type of person who places importance on brand names. Instead, I appreciate luxe pieces for their craftsmanship and thoughtful design elements.