Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Worthy Investments

Outfit Details:
Coach houndstooth coat
Zara scarf and shorts
Banana Republic sweater (extra 50% off with code BRSALE)
old Alberto Fermani over the knee boots
Miu Miu sunglasses (also available in glitter)

For those of you who missed my last posts (read those posts here), I'm currently receiving complimentary Invisalign® treatment in exchange for sharing my experience. 

The older I get, the more I find my priorities and spending habits evolving. Ten years ago, throwaway trends filled my closet, my skincare regimen consisted of whatever cleanser was currently on sale (and no moisturizer, because I relied on Florida’s humidity), and my apartment’s decor was all but nonexistent. I know it sounds a little silly, but you know what made me feel like such an adult? My thirtieth birthday present to myself was a refrigerator. If you told twenty-year-old me that thirty-year-old me would be treating herself to a refrigerator, of all things, she would’ve rolled her eyes in disbelief. And the fact that the freezer isn’t filled with 99 cent TV dinners? Yeah, right. Why would anyone even need a refrigerator, if not to house the cheapest of frozen pizzas and macaroni and cheese? Don’t get me wrong: I’m still a very thrifty person, but I’ve selected areas in my life that are worthy of a little investment - whether it’s money or time: 

- Winter coats: If there’s one thing I’ve learned while living in NYC, it’s that a good winter coat can be your saving grace. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, but it should be warm and well made (which is why a lot of mine are vintage). I used to buy a lot of cheap coats, which would inevitably fall apart or not be warm enough to wear without several layers beneath, when I really should’ve gotten one great coat, instead. This year, I invested in a thick, hooded one that I spotted at Coach’s Fall preview. I sold some of my old clothes to Beacon’s Closet and put that money toward it, and it was easily my best purchase all year.

- My teeth: To be fair, when I was twenty, my teeth were still pretty straight. It was only five or so years after my braces came off, and maybe two since I stopped wearing my retainers. Over the next decade, they continued to shift and close in, overlapping one another and narrowing my smile. I hemmed and hawed over the decision to try Invisalign clear aligners, because it seemed like such a huge commitment. I didn’t want to be an adult with braces, and the older I got, the scarier the idea became. Of course, I didn’t fully realize just how subtle the clear aligners are (and the bonus of being able to remove them is wonderful). I can now say that it was 100% worth it, and my only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner. My bite is so much more comfortable, and I am already seeing such a huge difference. It’s been such an easy process and I can’t believe I waited this long to do it.

- My skin: Remember how I said my skin care regimen used to be one product? Well, now I have a small arsenal of serums, exfoliants, moisturizers, and masks - and I regularly get facials. The combination of getting older and moving to a new climate changed my skin, and I had to start taking better care of it. I’d rather spend my money on preventative measures and keep the wrinkles at bay, for a little while. 

- My health: Much like my teeth, this one is a work in progress. Even with a pretty major surgery as a mere teen, I still felt invincible - like I could just will myself to be well. Now, I find myself saying, “I should go get this checked out,” and, “I can’t that day, I have a doctor’s appointment.” I also have a gym membership (which can be severely neglected, depending on the month - I did say it was a work in progress) and even got myself one of those Vivofit bands to make sure I’m always moving. 

- Making my house a home: The refrigerator was just the icing on the cake, or maybe even the decorative sprinkles. Long gone are the taped up posters (admittedly, a very sad day) and free futon from Craigslist. Other than my sofa and my refrigerator, I actually didn’t have to spend much. Almost all of my furnishings are thrifted, flea market finds, or hand-me-downs, and most of my wall art is from Etsy sellers and friends. What it really took to make my house a home (and less of a college dorm) was the desire to make it so. I’ve actually found that I enjoy decorating my home and studio even more than I enjoy filling my closet. I would really love to post a home and studio tour, soon!

p.s. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, you can request more info, here.


  1. As I'm nearing 30, I also laugh at how I spend my money and time, compared to when I was 20... and laugh at what my 20 year old self would think of me now. It has me wondering, what will my habits be at 40? Hmm.
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

    1. I'm hoping mine will include a mortgage instead of rent, but we shall see!

  2. Awesome post!


  3. Great ideas! I completely agree with your priorities, and I'd love a home and studio tour.
    Thanks for the inspiration, just in time to start the new year.

  4. Love this post!


  5. Such a great post and it sounds very much like "me" and the
    stage I'm at in my life right now.


  6. What has surprised me most about getting older is how my sense of style has changed completely. I used to admire people who only wear black, but thought that I would get bored too soon with a limited closet. Now I keep looking for my plain black t-shirts and I'm actually bored with everything that isn't monotone and classic :D

    My Christmas present from my boyfriend this year was a dishwasher. Some people say that's not a proper present, but it's what I really wanted and it has improved our lives so much already.

    1. Haha! After living without a dishwasher for several years, I can definitely agree it's a great present. We now have one and it made life so much easier.

  7. Couldn't have said it better


  8. I'd love to see your home and studio!!

  9. Loving the coat I agree with you a good coat is a good investment and life saver x


  10. love this!

    Giveaway on my blog!


  11. Love this, those are such good things to invest in. I'm finding that out as years pass--what's really important to focus on so that the little things fall into place more easily.


  12. Great post and I want to try Invisalign so bad!

  13. I couldn't agree with you more! I'll be 28 in just a few weeks, and over the last two or three years have really shifted my priorities when it comes to what I invest my money in. It's funny how you just slowly start to look at things from a different perspective, begin exercising some foresight and self-restraint, and suddenly you realize that you are an adult making ADULT decisions.

    1. It kind of freaks me out because even though I'm 30, I still feel like I'm not a real adult...and yet, I've been on my own for almost half my life. Sometimes I feel rather old, but most of the time I still feel like I'm maybe 22. Or 8, depending on the day;)

  14. Your coat is so fab!
    happy new year

  15. Love your red houndstooth coat, it is such a statement piece! And agree with you that priorities do changed as we mature! I spent more time on skincare too as I grow older, it's so important to delay skin aging!


  16. Getting older, setting priorities, making investments, are all wonderful words appreciated through maturity. As an older man who follows your posts I have come to appreciate the time and effort put into our selves, our health, our comforts and happiness. It is always a beautiful thing. Thank you Keiko Lynn...

    Happy New Year.

  17. ah god, I keep thinking of what to do about my shifting teeth as well... it's a bit scary. I try to ignore it - though i shouldn't, obviously!
    Happy New Year!

    Valentina Duracinsky Blog

  18. I truly love your outfit post today! Tre's chic!

    Happy new year!

  19. I really enjoyed this post. such a great idea and some good advice :)