NICOLE: The most important thing is that I have a unique outfit for every day. The rest we can figure out as we go.
I want to tell you about my things, specifically how they’ve held their value and what they’re worth to me. From big-ticket items and impulse buys, down to a pen or cat toy, I’m fascinated by how everything holds some degree of value over time.
It’s weird to think about the concept of “trusted brands” as if it were a thing you actually believed in, but when you’re looking at rows and rows of Amazon swimsuit listings, there it is: you see a bunch of retailers you’ve never heard of, alongside digitally altered models who are clearly not wearing the suits that have been photoshopped onto their bodies, and you can’t trust any of it.
We are what we repeatedly buy, right? (That’s totally what Aristotle said. Everyone else translated the Greek incorrectly.) So what do we want to spend more money on this year? How do we actually want to use our hard-earned dollars?
A couple of weeks ago, I opened a letter from my mom to find a $10 Trader Joe’s gift card nestled inside. I was touched, grateful, and excited about the possibilities—the same way I would have reacted to an Anthropologie or Sephora gift card in the past. In my mom’s note, she wrote, “Buy something decadent.” I’d been good-naturedly complaining about the amount of oatmeal I’d been eating.
I’ve always wondered how much those things set you back. $50 a tree? $100? What is Christmas magic worth?
It’s time. If you are ready, willing, and prepared, please drop into the comment box the answers to these questions.
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There is a gap between the person I am, and the person I want to be, and into that gap falls sweater happiness. I picture myself lounging in cashmere beside a fireplace while waving a volume of Lisa Robertson’s poetry, or fly-fishing in Scotland while wearing chunky cable knit.