Life is the art of drawing without an eraser ~ John W. Gardner

Upscale & Expensive

Those who don’t know me well, always have the impression that I am living an upscale and expensive life.

Those who know me well, have the impression that I am living an expensive life.

Those who are close to me, know that I am living a moderate life.

Those who really know it, understand the reasons why.

The truth is, I always go for the quality.

I have had enough of bad experiences to a point that I do not trust even the names/brands anymore. I trust my own instinct and experiences.

If I judge something as good quality and worth the price, I would go for it. Expensive? You will then have to define what is expensive. A sofa that costs RM1500, is expensive compared to a sofa that cost RM1000. A sofa that costs RM1000 and lasts 2 years, is expensive compared to a sofa that costs RM1500 and lasts 5 years. A dress of RM200 is expensive compared to a RM70 dress, but you can wear the RM200 dress for 3 years compared to the RM70 dress which you only wear for a year. To me, they’re equally expensive.

I have bought stuff that lasted years, and yes, they’re expensive in terms of the prices. I too have bought expensive stuff that didn’t last long. It is, after all, the quality that matters.

Andrew bought me a Braun Buffel purse as a birthday present years ago, it only lasted a year. Yes, for such a brand that is known for its leather quality, you would be shocked that why it only lasted a year. Beats me. The calfskin somehow became soft and out of shape a year later. Bought Andrew a Renoma wallet, he only used it for less than a year. Thread came off, card slots torn, out of shape…… Brands, aren’t all that good too.

Then, I bought myself a Jane Holli wallet, cost RM150. Relatively cheaper compared with Braun Buffel, but still expensive compared to a non-branded one. The Jane Holli calfskin wallet, lasted more than 2 years! And 2 years ago, I bought Andrew a cheapskate calfskin wallet (RM80), have not even heard of that brand, and he is still using it now. You see, real leather, no brands, and they last longer than those branded stuff. So, now you tell me, does brand equal to quality?

Even IKEA, has got the good and bad quality items. Lorenzo, is not all that good either. ZARA too, has some bloody expensive clothes but the quality may only worth half of the price. I am a regular customer of ZARA, maybe not loyal. Some of their dresses are really worth to buy, comfortable and practical. I love their jeans, the cheaper range which costs only RM139. Way, way, way cheaper than Levi’s and they’re so comfortable. Love ZARA’s shirts too, although some of them are such a pain to iron, still they’re comfortable. If I see the quality is worth the price to pay, I’ll grab it. Plus, I buy non-seasonal clothes, where it will never go out of trend/seasons. ZARA, to me, at least has consistency in their quality. Maybe not all of them are good, but most of them are.

When it comes to food, I don’t mind eating hawker food as long as it is nice. I don’t mind paying a little bit more to go for a nice restaurant too just for the ambiance. However, if the food sucks, even the nice ambiance would not make me go back.

Am I living an upscale and expensive life? Yes and no. :)

At the end, it is all very subjective. You may well tell me that you love changing your wardrobe and it is only fair you buy cheaper clothes, where you won’t feel so heavy-hearted when you want to throw them away. You may also tell me that who would wear a dress for 3 years as it would well be outdated and old. :P Oh, I have clothes that I’ve worn for even more than 4 years, and they’re still looking good. :D

So, the possibility of seeing me in some hawker food court with a pair of ZARA jeans and a Coach bag, is very high. The possibility of seeing me in my Converse and shorts and baby-Tee in a shopping mall, is also very high. :P

Picture here, with my RM199 ZARA wedges (a rare splurge) with RM79 Uniqlo jeans. Expensive? :)


6 responses

  1. Blurcheryl

    Being Upscale can be cheap too. I bought Jaspal for 70% off a lovely skirt and everyone complimenting it, told them is Jaspal and damn cheap and good quality

    eh btw, very hard for me to post here, is it just me or u got new comment set up? I must log-in to some gravatar thing to post :(

    May 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    • Ashley

      Exactly! Most of my clothes are bought during sales, only a handful I saw during non-sale season but I love them a lot and I bought. When I buy non-sale items, I freaking make sure they’re good quality one.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

  2. eh very hard to comment in your blog nowadays. I must log-in to wordpress or gravatar thing de.. :( is it just me or wat?

    May 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    • Ashley

      Eh… I received a few of your comments ler. Previously you didn’t need to log in to at least wordpress? I didn’t change the settings ler. Hmm… I go check check. That gravatar thing I only updated my photo saje, that’s all.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      • Eh ya .. I must log in to gravatar de to comment. Usual I just key in particulars can dy but v Mahfan now Le

        May 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      • Ashley

        I checked already, didn’t change the settings ler. Still the same like last time wor. But now I saw you just key in your website details will do right?

        May 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

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