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Luxury Basics | Creating my Dream Closet One Milestone at a Time

Fashion, Lifestyle, MoneyMaría Elena Rodríguez2 Comments
Pic Credit:  Goop.com

Pic Credit: Goop.com

My family has never been rich. I come from a middle/ sometimes middle-high class family who works really hard for all they have. Nevertheless, since my grandma from my mother's side has always loved spoiling me, I had a little experience with luxury as a teenager. I am completely sure I inherited my love for everything beauty and fashion from her

As a good 2000's teenager, I was obsessed with Coach, Tous and when I had a really special occasion, like my Quinceañero, I would get some silver jewelry from Tiffany & Co. I was pretty happy with my fancy jewelry, because it made me feel part of the "cool kids". But I don't think I ever looked at them as investment pieces. It never crossed my mind that I could take really good care of some key pieces and maybe one day hand them down to my kids. Today, I only have the classic Please Return to Tiffany bracelet with the matching necklace and a thing or two from Tous that I hardly ever wear. 

But everything changed once I started working full time and noticing that sometimes, it's better to have some key items in your wardrobe, rather than having a bunch of $15 jewelry pieces that go dark in a matter of months and a bunch of Forever 21 purses that are practically disposable.  In the long run, you are wasting money. 

Now I am more focused on finding really good pieces of clothing that can stand the test of time with versatility and sophistication. I started creating my capsule wardrobe last year, when I made my first Louis Vuitton purchase with a pre-loved Speedy 30 in Damier. More on it here and here. This year, as you will see in the picture bellow I have several things in my wish list that I will by NO means will be purchasing all at once. #IWish. I still need to save some money! But I have started to invest in this pieces with each milestone I reach in my professional life. So here you go, hopefully this will help you make your own decisions as well:

michele deco watch, louis vuitton speedy, gucci disco bag, david yurman cuff

I first spotted this watch in one of my favorite bloggers, Kathleen from Carrie Bradshaw Lied. I have never been a huge fan of watches and I was pretty comfortable wearing my Michael Kors and Marc Jacob watches every now and then. But since some pretty great things have been finally happening in my life, due to my good time keeping skills, I can honestly say I am ready for a good swiss watch. See what I did there? #girlboss. 

Plus, I love that even though this is definitely not a cheap watch, it is not crazy expensive like Rolex and Cartier. And you still get the swiss mechanism! 

2. Louis Vuitton Neverfull (I still don't know which size!)

Guys, I am so tired of buying drop-it-all-in tote bags and them failing on me before the one year mark. Because, yes, I am a handbag destroyer (just ask my boyfriend) and I know that this would be the perfect bag for me. It also helps that my dear friend Omar has a serious campaign behind me buying it. 

3. Gucci Disco Bag

Again, I have had so many cross body bags, but none of them have stayed with me! The Forever 21 one that I used for my recent trip to Chicago is in her last days and I need to look for a new one soon. 

I spotted this dainty cross body bag on several blog posts by Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere and I knew I needed it. It is so versatile and just the perfect size for when you are on the go. 

4. David Yurman Cuffs

I have to admit that I am a spoiled little brat and already announced to my family that all I wanted for christmas was a David Yurman Cuff. Why? Because I want to start a collection of bracelets that just as my Please Return to Tiffany, can be dressed up or down. Plus, Kathleen from CBL had a lot to do with this, yet again. lol  #armcandyheaven #iwillinstagramthehelloutofmyarm


Final Thoughts:

I definitely need to cut down on my Sephora hauls and start bringing my lunch to work, don't you think? But you know what? I really think we all deserve little treats once in a while, and as I stated before, these are investment pieces that you will be wearing for a long time if you take good care of them. 

Now I want to know about you! what has been your biggest investment piece so far? What are your must have luxury basics?

Until next time, 
María Elena

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Real Talk | Life's Too Short To Feel Guilty About These Things

Lifestyle, Real TalkMaría Elena RodríguezComment

After a night of browsing around the Sephora and Ulta websites, wondering if I really needed a $40 CC Cream and three new makeup brushes, I decided to finally checkout my order. But after I made my purchase and uploaded a picture to my Snapchat talking about how bad I felt about my decision, I asked myself this simple question: Why did I feel guilty about buying something I enjoy so much?

Why do we have to feel so guilty about giving ourselves a treat, something that makes us happy at least once a month? I mean, don't get me wrong, you better pay your bills and be careful not drown yourself in credit card debt. But if we know how to manage our money and spend it only whenever we can, why should we feel bad about giving ourselves a nice treat? We work really hard for our money (at least some of us) and life should be more about doing what makes you happy. Cliché, but totally true. 

That's why I was inspired to make a list of the things you should never regret spoiling yourself over:

Makeup

Even if you are a daily wearer or only wear makeup on special occasions, there is no doubt makeup makes you feel pretty and confident every now and then. If you want to buy another shade of lipstick, go ahead and do it! A confident boost is definitely priceless. You can read my latest beauty adventures here

Having a fancy skincare routine

I used to be a huge slacker with this. And I have multiple high school pictures to prove it, but you won't be amazed by those anytime soon. So now that I'm officially a quarter life person (I don't want to say crisis anymore), I know that I have to stick to a routine or suffer the consequences of my tanning days at the beach during college. I resolved this by mastering the art of looking at my skincare routine as "me time" every evening. I recently entered the rose water sprays world and I'm hooked! Does it do anything different to my skin? I doubt it, but it smells great and makes me feel fancy as hell. So to me, that is so worth it. 

Find a similar rose water spray here.

Traveling

It's not like I always feel bad about traveling, is that I was never used to buying airplane tickets more than once a year. But this year everything has changed and I have started to cut down on my Sephora hauls in order to have more money to travel to new places.  This not only has helped me to heal in several aspects of my life, it helps me create more valuable content for Ambinity, which I value the most. If you want to check out my most recent trip to California check these travel diaries:

I will also be traveling to a new place next week so make sure you follow me on Instagram @ambinity and Snapchat (elenarodrz)! I will be keeping you guys updated. 

Barcelona is next on my Bucket List! Check out a similar travel guide here.

That one fashion statement item you've always wanted

For me, this was my Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in Damier Ebene. I bought it pre-owned almost a year ago as a reward for several goals I had accomplished. It was the bag of my dreams and I'm reminded of my hard work every time I wear it. I'm reminded that I can have whatever I want if I work really hard. 

Check out my latest "What's in my Bag" featuring my Speedy here.

Buying candles that cost more than $25

This may sound ridiculous, but to me, this is so relaxing. And just as my rose water sprays, it actually does nothing but gives my life an added luxury that feels rewarding and indulging. My favorite candles are sold during the fall and winter months so I am super excited about it! Here are some of my favorite luxury scents:

Bath and Body Works Candle

Getting pampered at the salon

Even if you go once every 3-5 months like I do or you're lucky enough to afford going every month, going to the salon must be a moment to splurge and celebrate your week's hard work. So if you feel like getting a mani/pedi while your highlights get done, go ahead and do it!

Buying Fresh Flowers for yourself

This is a huge one for me. I try to buy my favorite kind of white flowers (I have yet to learn their names) at least once a month. They make my room feel pretty and fresh. Plus, it makes killer flat lay Instagram pictures! 

That's it guys! I really hope you enjoyed this post. Just remember: Enjoy life while can people! It's too short not to enjoy it in your favorite things. 

Now I want to hear about you! What are your favorite ways to indulge? 

Until next time, 

María Elena