To me, you cannot/should not scrimp on:
1) makeup & shampoo
2) seafood/meat (never frozen, always go fresh & don't eat steak unless it's a fillet).
3) toilet paper and diapers - nuff said
4) wine... I'm not a huge snob here, but there's no way I'm drinking a bottle under $15 anymore... that's just asking for a headache.
5) which brings me to my last item: towels and bed linens
I come from a household where sheets and linens are kind of a big deal. It's always talk about thread counts, Italian sheets, brands, etc., etc. I'd say my mom's a huge bedding snob... so I'm feeling a little insecure about my most resent purchase for the house. I've always been a big fan of Shabby Chic, but usually the higher end one... not the version for Target. For a while now I've been eyeing catalogs both online and in print and I still hadn't found anything for our new bed... so when I saw a cute duvet at Target a couple of weeks ago I became interested. I mean, it's a recession... it's trendy to be economical, right?
I got the bedding today and I just hope it's not too scratchy. Otherwise, I think it's cute (and simple, which I like) and will look great once our curtains are hung and I get a few throw pillows.
I feel a little better because I just sent a picture message to my mom and she said, "It's cute- and when you don't like it anymore, just pitch it." You can't pitch handmade, Italian linens!
So, before you judge-- once again... picture with curtains and some throw pillows...Feedback welcome on this one.