Stupidly Expensive Stuff I Haven’t Regretted Purchasing for a Single Minute
Let's address the elephant in the room (and no, I don't mean me): I like expensive things. I like daydreaming about expensive things, shopping for expensive things, and owning expensive things. The only thing I don't like about expensive things is paying for expensive things; I haven't really found a way around that, unfortunately.
So below is a list of expensive things I've purchased that I haven't regretted for a single, solitary second. Not one. I bought 'em once, and I'd buy 'em again and again (and, in some cases, already have).
Might as well start with a bang: in 2013 I bought a Birkin. I don't remember exactly how much it cost (I'm no doctor, but I think I suffered a case of "sticker shock" and blacked out) but it was a lot. Like, used car a lot. I've loved it every day for the last 5 years and don't regret it all. It's fab. It's so fab, in fact, The New Yorker wrote about it. So there. #worthit Birkins are famously difficult to buy, but Rebag, one of my favorite used bag sites always has a nice selection.
Staying in the fashion accessories world, I also own a Prada Tissue Holder ($150) and a Louis Vuitton Pen Case ($250). And guess what? No one has ever looked forward to blowing their nose or signing a check more than me.
Next up is expensive beauty products. I love lotions and potions. They're a daily treat and let me channel an Upper East Side ice queen (my dream) in the privacy of my home.
Christophe Robin's Purifying Scrub recently blasted into my life, and it's never going to leave. A little bit goes a long way, and it's so, so good. My hair has never looked or felt better, and I look forward to taking a shower just to use this. There's a new men's version coming out in July that promises to be just as amazing.
"Can Cle de Peau Cotton Pads really be worth 10 times the price of the cotton pads at CVS, Ryan?" you may ask yourself. And to that I say, "Yes, you dummy." Trust me. Worth it. Big, soft, and luxurious - just like me.
Biologique Recherche P50. BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE P50. You've read about it everywhere. Now it's time to buy it. Your skin will thank you. Your bank account - and your nose, this stuff stinks! - will not.
Everyone knows that home is where the heart is. But few people realize home is where the best overpriced accessories are, too.
This Tiffany box holds my tie clips. It's also more expensive than all my tie clips put together. I don't care. I ordered it online, and it was a box in a box in a box which made me laugh. And isn't laughter technically priceless?
Last, but not least - Frette sheets. I never thought I'd be the type of gay who became a linen snob, but here we are. I only sleep on Frette sheets. I can usually find them on Gilt for a "good" price so if you too love the feel of crisp Italian percale...click here.
Can I live without any of this stuff? Yes, of course - I'm not a materialistic monster. But do I want to live without it? Nope, sure don't.
What's your favorite unnecessary indulgence?