Jacket: Blank NYC, Top: Zara, Pants: Sandro, Heels: Elie Tahari , Photography: Carl Raether

As far back as I can remember when it came to clothing more-was-more to me. I would walk into Neiman Marcus before online purchasing was the most efficient way to shop and charge half a months salary on a few things I’d been eyeing for weeks.  I think Carrie Bradshaw summed it up best when she said, “When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I just felt it fed me more.” That was the same euphoria these clothes provided me. As I got older and realized I could have bought a small house with the money I spent on shoes budgeting finances became a necessity. For lack of affordability and two other pricey hobbies: travel and interior design, I began combinding steals like Top Shop, Zara and BCBG with my investment pieces from Chanel, Dior and Wang. Until you walk the walk in these to-die for Elie Tahari heels or can’t live without Celine handbag you don’t understand the impulse to splurge, but once you do, you can’t walk backward. That explains my splurge on these Sandro pants; they really are just that good! I procrastinated to blog about this look while traveling for work so you’re in luck because they are on sale now!  Let’s be real, if you have a knack for luxury, resellers like “The RealReal” and department stores flood your daily inbox with high-end designer steals. Shopping can be economically responsible and chic when you find the right way to budget for your needs. I am not a monetary person, but I am a fashion addict. I won’t deprive myself of the things I work hard to have. As I learned early on, something’s are meant to be saved and others were made to splurge.




is the CEO of www.monikafreeman.com. She also works as a Creative Director, Writer, Brand Strategist and Fashion Editor.

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