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Top Five Classic Splurges

Fashion: With a little guidance any plain Jane can transform her run-of-the-mill wardrobe into something that resembles haute runway couture. Whether it's an accessory or full-on garb, a few essential pieces can do wonders for any aspiring fashionista.

Fancy Watch

Panerai. Cartier. Baume & Mercier. With so many options to choose from, we no longer have to fight for Dad's old Rolex or accidentally "forget" to give our friend's amazing watch back! Whether it's peaking out from under your suit cuff or being worn as the ultimate accessory with a T-shirt and jeans, a fancy watch is a must! Buy it, wear it, and you'll love it!

My Favorite: Baume & Mercier Capeland S Steel Chronograph Watch
$3,495

Launch Best of Designer Watches Slideshow

Expensive Lingerie

Peaking out from a low cut dress, hidden behind a pinstripe power suit, or simply walking around the house: the feel of silk and lace is sexy and empowering...we like it! You never know when a little lace may need to make an appearance so be prepared. Whether it's girly, simple, sexy, innocent or naughty indulge your senses and enjoy.

My Favorite: La Perla Smart Set Push-up Bra
$407 for the set

Launch Best of Exotic Lingerie Slideshow

The Bag

With designers competing to grab the admiration of the world, boutiques around Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue have never before seen such a plethora of beautiful pieces of art, or what I like to call, "the bag." Inspired by art, created by masterminds, and coveted by everyone, a bag is much more than an everyday necessity...it's an investment. Avoid short lived trends and choose something that fits your lifestyle. Coach doesn't count, and Dooney just won't work.

My Favorite: Louis Vuitton Le Fabuleux
$3,850

Launch Best of Designer Handbags Slideshow

Exotic Shoes

A fabulous pair of shoes will dress up any outfit or make that special ensemble complete. Basic pumps are tired; try something bright, colorful, and unique. It's hard to admit but nothing beats that tingly, excited, goofy feeling when you're tearing away the tissue that hides those little treasures in that cardboard box! Buy the basics, use the black pumps, but truly indulge yourself on fancy, outrageous stilettos.

My Favorites: It's impossible to choose just one pair!

  • Christian Louboutin Lady Gres 379 Pumps
  • $865
  • Jonathan Kelsey Metallic Leather Pumps
  • $695
  • Dolce & Gabbana Eelskin Ankle Boot
  • $795
  • Zanotti Pony Pump $595

  • A coat

    As summer leaves us, all of those pretty flowy summer dresses are pushed to the back of the closet and the dark winter clothes come out to play. Don't look frumpy in a boring winter coat, instead spice it up a bit and indulge in a coat with some class and style. Thrown over a pair of jeans or a cocktail dress, a coat will perk up any outfit. With so many different styles to flatter any figure there really are no excuses! Short, long, trench, cropped, bomber, capes, leather, wool...these are just some of the different styles and materials that are gracing the runways this season. Buy one, and please use it as an accessory not a necessity!

    My Favorites:

  • Burberry Mikado Jacket $2,195

  • Dolce & Gabbana Metallic Leather Jacket $3,995

  • Andrew Marc Double-Breasted Leather Coat $795


  • While trends may come and go, you can rest assure that any of these classic pieces will maintain a long shelf life and ultimately serve as a wardrobe staple. And remember, just one well-crafted garment or accessory will complete any look and provide a timeless, refined polish.

    For LxM Danika Quinones

    Baume & Mercier Capeland S Steel Chronograph Watch
    $3,495 La Perla Smart Set Push-Up Bra
    La Perla Smart Set Push-Up Bra

    Exquisite design is an original leavers lace butterfly and flower pattern on fine cotton tulle.
  • Macramé lace insert
  • Embroidered details
  • Italian polyamide/polyester/viscose/cotton/spandex
  • Hand wash
  • Made in Italy Louis Vuitton: Suhali Le Fabuleux $3,850
    Louis Vuitton: Suhali Le Fabuleux $3,850

    The ease of practical luxury. Two large expanding inner sections are separated by a central pocket for maximum capacity and perfect organization. With an external zipped pocket, large closing flap with S-lock, and corners set with metal squares. Giuseppe Zanotti Pony Pump $595
    Giuseppe Zanotti Pony Pump $595

  • Printed calf hair with patent leather piping
  • Peep toe
  • Patent strap with gold metal buckle
  • Smooth leather and suede lining
  • Padded smooth leather insole
  • Leather sole with rubber heel patch
  • 4.5" patent-covered stiletto heel
  • Made in Italy Jonathan Kelsey Metallic Leather Pumps
    Jonathan Kelsey Metallic Leather Pumps

    Dazzling and dramatic in gold metallic leather with three buckled straps.
  • Peep-toe style
  • Covered heel, 4?"
  • Leather lining and sole
  • Made in Italy Eelskin Ankle Boot
    Dolce & Gabbana Eelskin Ankle Boot

  • Cognac (tan) eelskin.
  • Side zip.
  • 2 3/5" covered heel.
  • Made in Italy. Christian Louboutin Lady Gres 379 Pumps
    Christian Louboutin Lady Gres 379 Pumps

    Lavishly ruched and knotted suede wraps the vamp of this platform heel.
  • Peep-toe style
  • Self-covered heel, 4?"
  • Leather lining and sole
  • Padded insole
  • Made in Italy Burberry Mikado Jacket
    Burberry Mikado Jacket

  • Black.
  • Tonal beading on cuffs and hem.
  • Spread collar; double-breasted button front.
  • Long sleeves.
  • Belted waist.
  • Side slash pockets. Dolce & Gabbana Metallic Leather Jacket
    Dolce & Gabbana Metallic Leather Jacket

    Quilted metallic Italian leather motocross style is designed for a trim, feminine fit.
  • Snap collar, cuffs and hem
  • Front zipper
  • Zip pockets
  • Made in Italy Double-Breasted Leather Coat
    Andrew Marc Double-Breasted Leather Coat

  • Cocoa.
  • Funnel collar.
  • Double-breasted button front.
  • Belted waist.
  • Long sleeves with belted cuffs.
  • Side flap pockets.

    Danika Garlotta

    Danika is an experienced marketer and luxury travel writer who left an awesome life in San Francisco, to travel around the world with her husband Chris. Together they make up the blog, No Destinations where their photos and words are meant to inspire others to get out and see the world. Their images have appeared in the likes of Travel & Leisure, Expedia and Food & Wine to name a few. When they a...(Read More)

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