When I go shopping, I take on one of two personalities; the incredibly stingy shopper who won't spend more than $10 on any one item or the shopaholic who buys anything and everything in sight, regardless of the cost. More often than not, I'm the former. Instead of breaking the bank on costly designer duds, I find alternatives that have what I love about [insert designer item here] with a much friendlier price tag.
I've heard a lot about Diptyque candles and have seen them in pictures on almost every frills and feathers fashion blog I've read including Cupcakes and Cashmere. They have a range of scents and sizes, but when I visited their website and realized they cost $65 for the same amount of wax I buy for $1.97 at Walmart I let go of my desire to have one decorate my humble living area. Macarons and Peonies came to my rescue with a 5x7 print featuring 3 Diptyque candles in either J'adore, L'amour, or Baies. For a little less than five American dollars (she's based in Canada) I got the look I wanted without spending the fortune I didn't have. Even the mini Diptyque I have thanks to Hautelook's daily discount notifications doesn't stack up to my J'adore print sitting pretty atop my bookshelf.