smart investments: wardrobe essentials + a straight smile

Cultivate a look that focuses on quality over quantity.

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Let’s be honest, between the Internet, social media, TV and simple window shopping, it seems there is always something new to buy, some trend to consider, and some must-have that you simply must have. How can you cut through the noise and find what’s right for you? Factor in things like your lifestyle (where will you *really* wear those 5 inch Miu Miu glitter heels?), your budget (I know, zzzz), and your personal style (embrace stripes, prints, etc if they are are your thing). Having a focus on where to spend your money makes investment pieces seem less like a formal idea and more like a way to spend on things you’ll love and cherish for a lifetime. I’m going to share a few of my favorites with you.

A classic handbag. A modern day Marie Antionette might say, “Let them buy Prada.” And, then again, she might not. Either way, a purse in a muted color and a timeless silhouette can last you a lifetime. For me, yes, it’s a black Prada Saffiano tote. I adore it. Find what speaks you to (in a forever way, not just because you saw it all over your Instagram feed). Try to stay focused on specific items rather than getting distracted by designer items on sale. Believe that even the best brands have made things that are not cute. A designer label does not mean head straight to checkout.

A foundation of basics. While they might not be the most exciting items to shop for, purchasing items that are made well and that you can wear in a variety of ways makes them a smart investment as time goes by. Think of it this way: when you buy items that are jaw dropping inexpensive, they aren’t built to last. In fact, they often pill, fade, and flat out fall apart. Go the extra mile and get pieces tailored to fit you like a glove.

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A straight smile. This particular investment piece is special for me because aside from elevating your look, it also has a profound effect on your attitude. Confidence truly radiates with a perfect smile. This particular item is also important for me because its been a second time experience. Like many people, I had braces when I was younger. As I got older, I nixed my retainers and SURPRISE, my teeth shifted. And continued to move. Luckily, I found a Brickell orthodontist who gave me a glistening and straight smile again with Invisalign treatment.

A pair of diamond/gold/sterling silver studs. Adjust earring type based on budget and preference, of course. There is nothing worse than the smell of cheap metal jewelry. Double whammy when it turns your skin green. Start small and build a jewelry collection that is curated, well-made and classic.

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There you have it! Between a tailored wardrobe, well-made accessories, and a straight smile, I’ve learned to cultivate a style that is fully my own. Once you learn to steer clear of impulse buys, donate/sell the things that are taking up much physical and emotional space, and then slowly rebuild with awareness, you’ll understand the amazing benefit of focusing on the things that are right for you rather than everything you wish you had in your possession. Then you can smile ear to ear with your new straight smile! :)

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