Cash in hand = ?

March 11, 2010 at 9:06 AM 15 comments

In addition to my ETSY shop and some craigslist selling, I nanny the sweetest 3 month old girl. She is adorable and I love watching her. However, with this job comes temptation: a steady paycheck.
You see, when I first started working out of college, I had a motto: Two week paycheck = cash in the hand of a store clerk = the cutest X (fill in clothes, shoes, decor) for me. I didn’t say it was the catchiest motto, but I was sure it was a motto to stick by. Paychecks were like oranges to me – they were meant to be squeezed for every last drop of change until my bank account ran dry. I never ran into debt but I wouldn’t call myself responsible

Well, since getting married, I’ve felt this thing called adulthood creeping up on me. With adulthood comes responsibility. I now think of spending money in terms of losing square footage on a future apartment we’d like to buy one day. My new motto is: For every $100 spent, I lose 1/8 of a square foot of property. It doesn’t help we plan to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world: San Francisco. Free babysitting is not looking like such a money saver anymore (thanks in advance Mom, Glynnis and Brian)…and no, I’m not pregnant.

(Image Credit: United Land Sales)

My point being, I’m very careful when I choose to indulge in a little something, something for myself so I must be calculated in my decision process. I have a dilemma brewing… I don’t have black boots and this Chicago winter won’t go away – I absolutely need black boots. Sometimes I just want to wear all black and all I have are my completely adorable Coach Brown Riding Boots (thanks, Mom!). On the other hand, I’ve been dreaming about this lattice print rug that is at a crazy low price – $85. What’s a girl to do? Fashion or decor? I can’t do both – I mean I am talking 1/8 of a square foot of an apartment years down the road.

Frye Riding Boot: Zappos

Franco Sarto Telluride: Zappos

These boots are pricey for my budget but super cute. And here is the rug…

While looking for other rug deals, I went into my favorite Chicago Decor Store: Jayson Home and Garden and I found these clutches…

Image Info: Jayson Home and Garden Clutch $150. Cruelness, I tell you!! Can the world please stop selling beautiful things until I can afford them? Β What do you think I should go with?

All this being said, please continue shopping at my ETSY shop. πŸ™‚

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna Pepper  |  March 11, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    I would say get the boots. Useful right away, and a lot easier to move across the country when you head west. Also, since you don’t know what your new space might be like when you get back here, you don’t know how well it will go.


  • 2. Graham Belchers  |  March 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    OMG! What are you going to do!?!?!

    How about option 4: give money to husband.

  • 3. Anna Pepper  |  March 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    and by “it” I mean the rug.

  • 4. katecollinsinteriors  |  March 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Anna, that’s a great point! And I’ve been wanting black boots for six months now but I’ve been to gun shy to pull the trigger.

    Graham, I’m not falling for your option again. I always fall for it.

  • 5. Jaclyn  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I couldn’t relate more.. I have the same struggles. I’ve been really good lately at limiting my spending but I can’t help that I NEED new running shoes (I will start once I get them.. motivation, right?!) and those boots that I’ve wanted all winter are now going on sale. My justification is to divide the total price by the number of days I will wear them in a month/year… so it comes out to a steal! πŸ™‚

    Tony would have the same comment as Graham.

    I think I would get the boots as well. I LOVE the rug but you know you will come upon other great finds in the coming months. I want that clutch though!

  • 6. Nairi  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    You can put my vote in the category of “do as I say, not as I do” . . .I vote for the boots. I love buying stuff for our home – and lately have prioritized it above any and all clothing/shoes/personal purchases for myself. BUT. A good pair of black boots are essential for you in Chicago. And good ones will last a long time. I vote for the Frye ones . . .

    Now, if the Ikat clutches were throw pillows or rugs, I might vote differently!

  • 7. Don Imwalle  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    the clutch is the first thing you’ve posted that i really just don’t like. has it really been enough time that south west themed stuff is back? to me, it’s always looked like stuff that should stay in a barn or on a horse – neither of which you’ll have in Chicago or SF. give half to graham and half into a savings account to buy rugs and hopefully not clutches that fit your new apartment in SF when you get there. no matter how cute stuff is in Chicago or NYC, you’ll want something else when you build your nest in SF.

  • 8. Shannon  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    My first instict is to say the 2nd pair of black boots! Fabulous! But the lattice carpet you can have forever and will fit nicely into your apartment in SF! There is always going to be another pair of black boots. Just go to Bloomies/Macy’s sale!!!

  • 9. Erin Bales  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Hi! As your Chi-town buddy, I must vote for boots! I agree with Anna – you don’t know how the rug will fit in your new San Fran apartment and its just another thing to lug across the country. I was actually just procrastinating at work by checking out They are giving an extra 25% off sale shoes (and boots!) with the promo code 25sale. Yay for sales (sorry Graham!).

  • 10. katecollinsinteriors  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Wow, thank you everyone for the advice so far. It seems that the boots are winning the race. They are winning in my book as well.

    The Ikat clutch is a bit controversial. When Graham saw the picture of it, his initial reaction was, “eew, that’s ugly.” Perhaps I am striking out on that one. Ikat is very in, in the decor world, but maybe some things are meant to stay as throw pillows. I just thought it would be so punchy with an all black outfit…read here black boots!! I guess I need the black boots before I can pull off such a controversial clutch.

  • 11. Glynnis  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    They say there’s no harm in window shopping – or cyber shopping these days. I don’t know about that; temptation jumps up to bite you every time! Oh dear, it is fun to dream and every now and again…. to buy or not to buy!

  • 12. Alice  |  March 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Boots #1!!

  • 13. Susie Capriola  |  March 11, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Boots – They work for Chicago winters as well as cold foggy San Francisco summers.

  • 14. Annie Petersen  |  March 11, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    As an owner of Frye Boots, I can testify to the fact that they will last you FOR YEARS. I’ve had mine for *FOUR* years and with a slight polish they look like new…and still don’t need to be resoled. They’re made with incredibly quality materials and I wear them practically everyday. So yes: the boots.

  • 15. Christine  |  March 11, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    i’d say go for the boots! you might change your mind about the rug, and the boots are classy enough to last through several seasons! πŸ™‚


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