How I Afford Luxury



As you’ve probably realised already I have a bit of a weakness for shopping, particularly luxury shopping!  I would rather have one beautifully designed, perfectly crafted and eyewateringly expensive handbag than a hundred high street ones.

When it comes to spending your hard earned money I’m a firm believer in, each to their own.  I know there are plenty of people who have an opinion on “how much is too much” but as long as you’re working hard, paying your bills and doing your bit to make the world a better place, NO ONE has the right to judge your spending habits!



However, the truth is, if you’re a bit of a spendaholic and like to see your money hanging in your wardrobe then it doesn’t come without a few sacrifices.  Trust me, I know!  Luxury fashion is getting more and more outrageously priced so unless you’re a zillionaire you do have to nip and tuck your expenses somewhere.  I’m sharing a few places I cut back in order to afford (nearly) all the gorgeous clothes and accessories I want!




I think this is the area I save the most money.  Dining out, going to bars and partying in clubs is really expensive.  In London, it’s impossible to go out for dinner and have a couple of cocktails for less than £100 each.  If you’re doing this 3 times a week, it adds up very quickly.  After just 2 to 3 months you’d be able to put that money towards a Chanel handbag!

Thankfully the older I’ve got the less interested I am in being seen at the hotspots.  Instead I’ll go to my friend’s house and we’ll have a pamper session or we’ll meet up in the park for dog walks.  Dinner parties are a great way to see everyone without blowing a heap of cash.  If everyone brings a dish and a bottle of wine, you’re set for an amazing night without a hefty bill at the end.



Not Drinking

This sort of ties in with the above.  I don’t drink which saves a huge amount of money.   Not only do you save on cocktails and glasses of wine but also save on taxis, as I tend to drive.  If you love to go out, I highly recommend doing at least one t-total night a week.  You’ll be surprised just how many pennies you save.




Over the years I’ve travelled a lot, particularly with work which has (to some extent) taken the shine off travelling for me.  I have friends that jet off to the South of France or Ibiza for the weekend during the summer and skiing during the winter.  However, I nearly always pass up on these trips.

I’m naturally a homebody but even for me this is a sacrifice.  However, I have to prioritise what I’d rather do.  Do I want to buy those incredible new boots or do I want to go to Cannes for the weekend?  For me, it’s usually shoes every time!



Waiting for the Sales & Buying Preloved

I love that the big luxury websites, like Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion have wish lists and I make full use of them.  Throughout the season, I’ll add everything I’m lusting after into my wish list and wait patiently for the sales to hit and that’s when I shop.  It can take a lot of will power!

The other way of saving a few pennies, is buying preloved.  I’ve written a whole blogpost on how to buy preloved luxury HERE and I share all my best tips and tricks.

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    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Thank you Mahi xx

  1. toyas tales July 5, 2017 / 1:36 am

    I agree that cutting back on socializing and clubbing does save a pretty penny. Also, I like to not eat out as much and cook a home cooked meal. That saves me a lot of cash to buy the things that I want.

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Not going out is such an easy way to save money and it’s amazing how quickly your savings can add up xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      I’m a salesaholic, as soon as they hit, I’m shopping! Haha xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much hunny xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Totally agree, it’s all about making purchases which will you’ll get value for money out of xx

  2. Sakuranko July 5, 2017 / 7:01 am

    Oh very gorgeous style darling
    I love it your blouse

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you sweetie xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you Miguel xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      You’re very sweet, thank you xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks Laura xx

  3. Gemma July 5, 2017 / 10:00 am

    These are great tips Dominique and being in London I can imagine you do save a lot by cutting back on going out. I’m the same would rather buy a bag, shoes or clothes than go out all the time.

    Have a great day!

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      London is such an amazing city but it’s just SOOO bloody expensive! Haha xx

  4. Wendee July 5, 2017 / 11:50 am

    cute dress. These are really great tips. You save a lot when you dont go out all the time to eat at expensive places and drink..

    The Glossychic

    • thatnewd July 11, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      So glad you like the tips hun xx

  5. Hillory July 5, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Awe totally loved this post and how you explain how you save up for big purchases! Everyone always asks me how I can afford to shop so much, but it’s really a matter of budgeting elsewhere in life. Also love your outfit girl!!



    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      Absolutely, it’s all about priorities! xx

  6. Colleen July 5, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Great tips! I try to go out to dinner only once per week and cook for myself the rest of the time. It saves SO much money. I also keep booze at my house to “pregame” before any time I go out, so I don’t have to buy drinks (or as many drinks as I would). It’s very college but it works! Of course, I’m just trying not to spend money because I don’t make a lot 😉

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Haha yes pregaming is the way forward. Also, only taking cash on a night out is a good one, so you can only spend what you have, rather than using your card all the time xx

    • thatnewd July 11, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you Benita! xx

    • thatnewd July 9, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you Olivia xx

  7. Lyndi July 5, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I totally get this! Especially when you’re a fashion blogger, and you justify purchases, and tell yourself, ‘I need that to photograph fro my blog!’ We’re heading to London in a few weeks, which as you know is an expensive city. Although, I’d much rather buy a pretty purse over high end dinners out.
    Love that Chanel bag!!

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      I hope you have an amazing time in London hun, email if you want any recommendations of things to do! On a different note, I totally relate to that fashion blogger excuse, haha! xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you darling xx

  8. Gil Zetbase July 5, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Stunning outfit!
    Have a nice week!
    Gil Zetbase

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Awww thanks xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much Kris xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      No worries, glad you liked them doll xx

  9. Janea July 6, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Thanks for sharing how you do afford your lovely lovelies! It makes sense and is quite reasonable! I adore this light blue outfit, by the way.
    xo, janea

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  10. Jessica July 6, 2017 / 3:22 am

    I love these tips of yours – I do love a bit of luxury shopping myself. Designer pieces are worth the investment in the long run!

    Jessica |

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 11:49 pm

      Totally agree, it’s better to spend on quality rather than quantity xx

  11. Mary July 6, 2017 / 3:42 am

    Wow, don’t you look cute! As always your smile is your best accessory. I love this skirt, it reminds me of one I had in high school.

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you doll xx

  12. Rina July 6, 2017 / 5:58 am

    Ahh I haven’t been able to buy Chanel in a few years because the prices are so outrageous now. I’m hoping that next year I can buy something pre-loved from Chanel if I can save =P

    Rina Samantha

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      I totally agree, Chanel’s prices are ridiculous! Preloved is definitely the way to go xx

  13. Mercy July 6, 2017 / 7:24 am

    This is a refreshing post, I love it, exactly what I need right now 🙂 Having a young family discouraged me to join a party scene or eat out often. But I like that since I can use the fund for a luxury item instead. I agree with you in many ways. I love this post and your blue top.

    • thatnewd July 11, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Who needs the party scene when you have a gorgeous bag!? Haha! xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      Thank you Monica xx

    • thatnewd July 7, 2017 / 11:58 pm

      Do it, you’ll have a wardobe full of gorgeous things very soon hunny xx

  14. Vika July 6, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Thanks for the great post! Have a nice day)

    • thatnewd July 11, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Pleasure, glad you enjoyed it xx

  15. taylor July 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Thanks for all of the tips! I especially get carried away on Amazon when it comes to people also bought…& then I use it twice! Buying onion choppers when I don’t eat onions & the same pair of slides in 5 colors is an issue aha!

    • thatnewd July 8, 2017 / 12:14 am

      Haha Amazon is a slippery slope to spend city! Haha x

  16. alya July 6, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    This is such a good post babe! It’s so true if you just cut down on a few luxuries you can afford some luxury things to wear haha!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • thatnewd July 8, 2017 / 12:13 am

      You’re so sweet thank you darling xx

    • thatnewd July 8, 2017 / 12:12 am

      Thank you Lydia xx

  17. Ashley July 6, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Buying gently used is such a great trick! And if you funnel money you would spend on nights out + traveling, you can easily save up for investment pieces!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd July 8, 2017 / 12:12 am

      Definitely, it’s amaing how quickly you can save money when you’re not constantly going out xx

    • thatnewd July 8, 2017 / 12:11 am

      Absolutely, it’s all about working out what your priorities are xx

    • thatnewd July 9, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much sweetie xx

    • thatnewd July 9, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you! xx

  18. Lorna July 9, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    You’re the same as me! I don’t drink alcohol and I pretty much never eat out, if I do ever eat out it would be a lunch meal only, with water and no desert. I also only go on one holiday a year and don’t travel very far, so money is saved there. I am very much a home body and prefer things like trips to the park etc, so I don’t spend my money on other stuff that I see as a wasted expensive. I save it up and buy my Chanel, Celine, LV bags etc and shoes and I’m happy! I completely agree that you earn your money so you have the right to spend it how you see fit. Nobody should judge that. Of course they are entitled if you have to borrow money from them constantly, but if you can afford all your bills and can save, it’s perfectly fine!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd July 9, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Awww I’m so glad you idenitfy this post! Sounds like we’re super alike in our priorities hun xx

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