Shoestring Chic is a new book by Paris-based Australian illustrator and author,
Kerrie Hess, who recently sketched for Chanel. Her tips on how to look like a
million dollars on a budget include a smart guide for cash-strapped travellers
to Paris, who want to stay somewhere chic without the five star price tag.
It’s inspired us here at Tluxe to look
closer to home for our own ideas on little luxuries that won’t cost the
earth but make life sparkle.
1. Picnic at a harbourside villa: Spring is on its way. Grab a bottle of
champagne and some delights from your local deli and head down to Strickland
House in Sydney’s Vaucluse. Its secluded, in-the-know location features million
dollar harbourside views for little more than the cost of a sandwich.
2. Make Wednesday night your new Saturday
night: There’s a whole new world of opportunity
outside of weekends. Weekends are expensive - movies, gigs, restaurants are all more likely to have a higher price
tag on weekends. So why not make Wednesday night out a routine? For Bondi
locals especially, it’s the best night of the week.
3. Buy less but buy better quality: We love nice things. Instead of spending
regularly on tee-shirts that instantly fall out of shape, buy one good dress or shirt
every few months. Buying less means you can invest in quality. If you have
particular things you really like, then saving up and buying a decent version
of them is cheaper in the long run. And it will still be around to give you joy
in years to come.