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First off, let me introduce you to the newest addition to my designer handbag collection, a gorgeous littleProenza Schouler cross body bag. I die for Proenza and if I had it my way I would have the entire collection but unfortunately a $2,500 satchel isn't quite in the budget year around. Which brings me to today's discussion, how to look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks.

I can't tell you how many people think I spend money up the wazoo on my wardrobe. If you're one of those people, I hate to tell you this, but it is an illusion which I have perfected over the years. My secret is simple; I only spend money on four things: handbags, leather jackets, manicures and sunglasses. The points is, if you are wearing an expensive purse, a killer jacket, nice shades and take care of your nails you could be wearing a potato sack and people will think it's chic.

Most of my friends spend hundreds of dollars at Nordstrom, Forever 21, Asos etc. every month and then wonder why they can't afford a designer bag. I am definitely not an expert on money management and far from it, but I can tell you that splurging on yesterday's trends is not getting you any closer to fashion Nirvana.

1. Handbags: I buy one to two peices a year and it's not because I have thousands of dollars sitting in the bank. It's because I don't spend money on frivolous shopping, in fact I rarely go shopping. I save the money I could be wasting at H&M every month and buy a bag instead. $100 here and there doesn't sound like much but if you saved a $100 every two weeks for 6 months you could buy a Saint Laurent clutch or whatever brand you are into.

2. Leather Jackets: Go real or go home. Unless you are a PETA person (I don't mean to offend), you’re not fooling anyone with that faux leather jacket. I know it sounds cliché but it is an investment piece. Recently, my mom gave me a leather jacket my dad bought her in 1987! The darn thing is 26 years old and still looks amazing! Faux jackets might cost a third of the price but you have to replace them more often than the real thing.

3. Manicures: My dad always told me that you could tell a lot about a woman by the way she cares for her hands and feet. Okay, if you’re not a polish girl just keep your nails trimmed and moisturized but for god’s sake, chipped polish isn't "in" and FYI, it never was. Depending on where you live, a mani/pedi is more or less $30 and can improve your look dramatically.

4. Sunglasses: I'm not saying you need to spend $400 on a pair of Tom Ford's but a nice pair of Ray-Bans can do the trick. They are inexpensive and timeless; they have been in style since the 30's!

Just another small tip: unless you are buying some leather embossed pants, $300 jeans were so 2005. Buy one pair of designer jeans, never put them in the dryer and they will last a lifetime.