Just say no!!
There was a day when I was ignorant. When I didn't know that a pair of $20 shoes were different from a pair of $200 shoes. Those days are gone. I have been seduced by supple leather, well-engineered heels and dang, just gorgeous shoes!! If you do not know the difference, I'm begging you, DO NOT FIND OUT!!!
You won't be able to have "lots of shoes" because you'd rather have three pairs of good ones and you will not be able to pick up Oprah magazine without lots of covetous groans. Don't do it, people!
Innocently enough, my mother, the most practical of women, dropped off the new "O" magazine. An innocent and kind gesture -- yet she had no idea that Coach has new boots out -- or Donald Pliner has animal print wedges!!! It's shameful what this does for me. All my neighbors don't even wear shoes in their house, so do I need this kind of temptation? I'm thinking not. But above, I give you exhibit A. Please note that Donald Pliner shoes are like buttah! They feel as good as they look -- they're like wearing Keds only HOT HOT HOT! So I'm here to warn you. Hear me now and believe me later. Do NOT try on good shoes, but check out those Cole Haan denim pumps I've got, are they great or what? And they're classic, they will last forever -- try and wear out a Cole Haan -- you just can't do it!
Oh, and don't even get me started on handbags!