TREAT YO’SELF

CLASSIC WATCHES, HEIRLOOM-STA­TUS BAGS, ONCE-IN-A-LIFE­TIME MEALS…

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This is your guide to the pur­chases that are worth spend­ing your hard-earned cash on.

1 THE DREAM BAG

There’s ac­tual, nu­mer­i­cal proof that an Her­mès Birkin bag is a bet­ter in­vest­ment than gold. Ac­cord­ing to on­line mar­ket­place Baghunter, be­tween 1980 and 2015 the an­nual re­turn on a Birkin was 14.2 per cent, com­pared to the stock mar­ket at 8.7 per cent and gold’s -1.5 per cent. Get thee to a wait­list. Birkin bag, $12,645, Her­mès, (02) 9287 3200

2 SKIN-BOOST­ING LIGHT THER­APY

Fa­cials are great, but with so many qual­ity masks avail­able for DIY Net­flixand-peel ses­sions, it’s a bet­ter in­vest­ment to visit the pros for laser ther­apy in­stead – it’ll boost your skin us­ing wave­lengths that you couldn’t (and shouldn’t) pull off at home. Crys­tal Pa­tel, owner of Clin­i­caLase, says laser ge­n­e­sis light ther­apy is a “great all-rounder” to re­verse the signs of age­ing. “It heats skin tis­sue to 42 de­grees to treat red­ness and pig­men­ta­tion while also stim­u­lat­ing col­la­gen re­mod­elling.” There’s no down­time and the pain is next to noth­ing. Laser ge­n­e­sis light ther­apy, from $400, Clin­ica-lase, clin­i­calase.com.au

3 A DE­CENT HAIR­CUT

Fork­ing out a few hun­dred for a next-level wash-and-wear hair­cut means more hits of the snooze but­ton, less messy top­knots (be­cause you’ll never be “not feel­ing it”) and fewer awk­ward run-ins with ex-hair­dressers you’ve never re­turned to.

4 The boots that’ll last two life­times

RM Wil­liams’ Aus­tralian-made, hand­crafted leather boots are de­signed to get bet­ter with age, but if you’re work­ing yours harder than Alexa Chung on an NYC shop­ping spree, there’s a full re­pair ser­vice where the boot­mak­ers will re­dress the leather up­per, re­place the elas­tics and tugs, and resole them in two to four weeks (or 72 hours for an extra $35). Millicent boots, $545, RM Wil­liams, rmwilliams.com.au

5 GUILT-FREE CHOCO­LATE

What’s bet­ter than choco­late? Ba­si­cally noth­ing. But choco­late with­out the blood­sugar spike (aka made from ve­gan, or­ganic in­gre­di­ents with no re­fined sugar, and pro­duced us­ing min­i­mal heat) comes close. Worth it to avoid the guilt spi­ral alone. Raw Ca­cao choco­late bar, $6.90, Pana Choco­late, pana­choco­late.com

6 A STA­TUS BIKE

The sport and lux­ury worlds have in­creas­ingly been col­lid­ing of late, so the re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of Ital­ian high-end bi­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer Pinarello by lux­ury group LVMH (the com­pany be­hind Dior, Cé­line and Givenchy) makes to­tal sense. The brand is all quin­tes­sen­tial Ital­ian style and high­qual­ity crafts­man­ship, and more than one Tour de France has been won on the sig­na­ture Dogma bike. But we like the light­weight Tre­viso best, so named af­ter the city where the com­pany was founded and is still based. Leave the spoke beads at home. Tre­viso Disk, $2,999, Pinarello, Chain­smith, (02) 8068 2859

7 ART YOU LOVE

“Buy a pic­ture a day.” That was Peggy Guggen­heim’s motto, and al­though we’re not en­cour­ag­ing any­one to try to keep up with the fa­mously lib­er­ated Amer­i­can art col­lec­tor and so­cialite, we do love her gung-ho spirit. To get started on your own col­lec­tion, talk to friends, flick through mag­a­zines and visit gal­leries to hone your style, then seek out sites like Pad­dle8 or Art Phar­macy to find orig­i­nal (yet still af­ford­able) art by emerg­ing artists. Rule of thumb: if you love it, it’s worth it. “The Youth” painting, $3,500, Robin Clare, art­phar­macy.com.au

8 ...AND FRAM­ING IT PROP­ERLY

There’s no point spend­ing money on art if you can’t com­mit to fram­ing it prop­erly (and pro­fes­sion­ally).

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