Great ways to spend your tax refund
Clothing: Giorgio Armani little black dress
Tax season is not the most magical time of the year, but a fat refund check typically eases the pain. If you can swing treating yourself to something special, we’ve got a roundup of ideas that are both outwardly pricey and secretly practical. — Shannon McCarthy
Invest in a well-designed LBD and you’ll see a hundredfold return on your money. The key is choosing one cut with classic, elegantly minimalist lines and tailored from high-end materials. Italian fashion powerhouse Armani knows how to concoct the timeless frock you’ll wear for years to come.
Clothing: Christian Louboutin pumps
Bing : Christian Louboutin pumps
If the fabulous shoe fits, wear it, especially when the tread’s red. The iconic scarlet soles of a Louboutin mark the wearer as not only style smart but quality conscious, as these kicks are made to last. Pick a pair of sleek black pumps and you’ll wear ‘em with just about everything.
Clothing: Burberry trench coat
Bing : Burberry trench coat
The trench coat’s sophisticated swagger happens to be trend-hot this season, but this timeless topper never has an “off” year, so buying one now means maximum wears from one wrapper. Go straight to the source: British fashion house Burberry invented the form in 1914 and has been famous for it ever since.
Accessories: Prada tote bag
Bing : Prada tote bag
The devil not only wore Prada but carried it, too. And while these superbly constructed handbags aren’t cheap – even the nylon versions are pricey – their quality and craftsmanship are stellar. For sheer decades-lasting versatility, choose a clean-lined, unembellished carry-everything Prada leather tote bag.
Accessories: David Yurman pearl stud earrings
David Yurman’s extraordinary popularity isn’t based on his jewelry pieces being trendy or ferociously flashy. Instead, his sterling reputation is due to infusing utterly wearable pieces with the perfect touch of sensual carving and subtle gleam. A pair of his pearl stud earrings will become heirlooms after years of wearing.
Accessories: Michele watch
Bing : Michele watch
The fact that cell phones have become our de facto timekeepers just makes us value the style statement of a breathtaking wristwatch even more. Make time with a Michele watch – whether an oversized sport chronograph or refined dress watch – these models are blingy and beauteous enough to double as jewelry.
Beauty: Tria hair removal laser
Bing : Tria hair removal laser
The only FDA-cleared hair removal laser tool offered for home use, the Tria Beauty 4X is new, powerful and quite expensive. But, like many of the luxe items in our roundup, it saves you considerable money in the long run. Cancel that spate of dermatologist appointments and make hair removal a DIY project.
Beauty: T3 Featherweight 2i hair dryer
Three figures for a blow dryer and a ceramic barrel brush? If you’re a tress perfectionist, then you’ll flip for the salon-quality results possible from the Tourmaline technology and proprietary SoftAire frizz fighting built in to this baby. It’s a professional infrared heat machine that dries your ‘do 90% faster than conventional models.
Beauty: Bobbi Brown basic brush set
Bing : Bobbi Brown basic brush set
Renowned for the quality and durability of her makeup brushes, cosmetic guru Bobbi Brown gathers some of her very best, and most useful, glamourizing tools in this new collection. And there’s nothing “basic” about them – they’ll become your go-to beauty brushes for both everyday and special occasion makeup application.
Home: KitchenAid Professional 600 series mixer
The closest thing to a home baking enthusiast’s Holy Grail, the KitchenAid Professional 600 is sold at retailers of all stripes, from Target to Saks Fifth Avenue. And no wonder: It may be the flashy Rolls-Royce of stand-mixers, but it’s also supremely well-built, reliable and made to last forever.