“When I first moved to New York and was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.”
Every once in a while, one must throw caution to the wind, and buy the thing that sings to your heart. My heart was recently serenaded on a trip to Toronto, when I happened upon a silk scarf printed with the design of the Toronto subway.
The day before we left to return home, while touring the distillery district, I unearthed this urban beauty in a display of butterfly-encrusted things (so popular at that moment) and felt my heart immediately flutter. But a map of the city’s subway rendered in silk? Where am I going to wear that? I felt I couldn’t justify the expense for something I suspected I’d rarely wear (my big-ticket items are usually forced to work overtime for their space in my tiny closet). And anyway, we were late to dinner (oh, the restaurants!), so I left it to hang amongst the winged creatures.
I immediately recognized that this was the wrong decision as we sped off and all I wanted to do was turn around and snatch up the scarf. But by that time, we were in danger of losing our reservations and couldn’t turn back. By the end of the evening, I knew–I needed that silken map even if I never got to wear it. Luckily, I have the best Love ever, who arranged for bike shares the next morning before our plane left so that I could be reunited with my special treasure.
As I should have expected, I’ve already pulled the scarf out for museum trips, nights out with friends, and beach excursions, and each wearing has brought me immense enjoyment. I anticipate my cartological treasure will experience even heavier rotation in my wardrobe this fall, which is why I advise you to spring for that item that speaks to your soul, even if it sometimes means eating mac and cheese for a week.
What’s the most “illogical” treasure you’ve splurged on?