An Apple Watch Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? A GOLD Apple Watch

Say you want the gold, because you want people to understand you’re high status, but you don’t want to pay $10K for it, because you also want people to understand you’re savvier than the average plebe.

Where To Buy Ilana’s Bras And/Or How To Live In A Cave

Make sure you agree on terms before taking a job for someone, or you might get paid in half of a dead horse.

How to Find ‘the One’ (Purse)

I wanted to have a purse I could have with me all the time. I wanted it to be my one bag.

What Is It Like To Go Luxury Shopping In Sweats

Some high-end salespeople will be courteous even if you’re in sweatpants, but don’t count on it.

The Ethics of Only Selling Clothes for the Very Thin

People saying it’s not nice for a popular brand not to include clothes for the chubbier among us are missing the point.

“I Stopped Carrying a Wallet When I Became Homeless”

I suppose I could use my old wallet, but it’s full of a life I no longer lead. The owner of that wallet once had an apartment, a full time job, and disposable income, an abundant life that utilized all of the slots.

On Sneakers and Spending

Fear-Based Spending vs Hope-Based Spending

Label Whoring at Thrift Town

Just because I’m poor doesn’t mean I have to wear jeans from K-Mart. I love Kut from the Kloth jeans, which sell for $40 at Nordstrom Rack, but I recently found two pair in my size at Thrift Town, for $4.99 each. Thanks to label whoring, I can be the best-dressed person at the welfare office (and that is including the employees).

Shopping the September Issue