Life isn’t about material possessions. I get that. But I, like so many others, have occasionally fallen in to the trap of believing it is. We find ourselves trying to keep up with the Joneses, sometimes to the point of questioning whether we want a certain item because we truly like it or because everyone else has it. Am I right?
Take all things chevron for example. At first I thought it was silly. I thought, “why the heck are people so obsessed with a simple zig-zag pattern?” And then, the more I saw it everywhere, the more I thought, “Hey, that’s cute! I want that chevron maxi skirt with the matching chevron curtain panels!” Somehow I was brainwashed into thinking I loved all things chevron just because I saw so much of it! Never did end up purchasing anything in that pattern except for a sale crib sheet from Target.
Our society, our peers, and our surroundings shape a lot of our desires and it isn’t always a bad thing! I don’t think wanting “things” means you are a bad person. Sometimes owning something special really can make you happy. Take my favorite pair of boots for example. I splurged on them, but they are proving to be worth every penny because they make me smile and they make me feel good whenever I wear them. Yes, they are just made of leather and rubber and fabric and nothing that really matters in the grand scheme of life, but they are good for my soul.
In the end, I would quickly give up all of my clothes and toys and makeup and belongings in a heart beat for my family and friends. But, I don’t think any of us should feel guilty for wanting nice things for ourselves as long as our hearts are in the right place and we’re wanting it for us and not because it’s “cool.”
Speaking of wanting things, here’s what I’m drooling over right now. And with my 30th birthday quickly approaching, I’m thinking I may just deserve something special (oh, if only I didn’t have such expensive taste!)…
1. Kate Spade Cobble Hill Little Murphy Handbag
Oh how I drool over this bag. Too bad it comes in at a whopping $398.
2. A Full Frame DSLR like the Canon 6D
I am pretty much becoming obsessed with photography. I’ve had three newborn shoots in the past few months and I can’t get enough of it. Now that all of my friends have had their babies I need to start taking pics for people I don’t know. However, I still have a ton to learn and I want a real professional grade camera before becoming a professional.
3. A 50mm f/1.4 Lens (or another badass prime lens)
Right now I mainly shoot with my 50mm f/1.8 (the “nifty fifty”). While I love it, and it was affordable, I’ve heard the 1.4 really steps it up a notch in terms of the focus you get.
4. Sam Edelman ‘Lucca’ Bootie
I’m currently on a mission for some cute booties. Funny because booties are one of the things I was brainwashed into liking. Always thought they were funny looking until I started seeing so many people rocking them! And now I really do like them. I love the buckle details on this pair!
5. Candy Kirby Designs Women’s Infinity Scarf
I am OBSESSED with Erin’s (from Candy Kirby Designs) watercolor ikat fabric and I love that she’s using it for infinity scarves! I love me some bright colors and I pretty much wear a scarf every day in the fall/winter.
6. Eufora Shampoo & Conditioner
Wanna know my haircare secret? I don’t have one. I’m a cheap super market shampoo kinda gal. I buy a new brand each time I run out. My co-worker has been raving about this Eufora shampoo and she finally brought me in the last of her bottle to try. What a difference in my hair! I really want to splurge on some but I just struggle with spending $20+ on shampoo!
7. New sunglasses like these Ray-Ban Aviators
Wanna learn something about me? I’ve never spent more that $15 on a pair of sunglasses. I’ve went through four, yes four, pairs this summer between losing them and Landon breaking them. I think it’s just about time I bite the bullet and splurge on a pair that I’m actually invested in taking care of!
8. A “mood light” like this Lightphoria Energy Light
With the seasonal affective disorder taking grips on me every now and then I really want to give light therapy a try. I think blasting this bad boy on while I work on the computer late at night would really help me. Anyone have any experience with one of these lights?
What are you lusting after lately?