by Jennifer Jean-Pierre

@jenjeanpierre on instagram

Let’s be real. Even if I had the money, I probably would not buy much designer or luxury. Not because I don’t like it (been wanting this bag for 14 years now) but because my brain and my upbringing have me funny about money, I still do not own it. My husband always tells me to treat myself and that I deserve it, and I do but my guilt would be too much. I could not possibly be renting an apartment I don’t love and not owning a car but owning purses or shoes that cost upwards of 4-5 figures. I really wish I could but every single time I think about getting my beloved Balenciaga, I think– that is the cost of a transmission or new engine if something were to happen to our one car lol.

You know the craziest thing– I could have saved 150 bucks a year for the last 12 years and could easily own it. But it isn’t really about the money. It is me and always wanting to “save for a rainy day”. UGH!

It is also the fact that I just really do not know how to treat myself. I want everyone around me to get what they want and have a smile on their face for it but I feel like it is a waste for me. Probably because material goods don’t really make me that happy. I need more in life. But that Balenciaga sure is pretty!

Yes, I realize that some of these goods can be investment pieces but right now, I would rather invest in my 401K or a 529 for future kids. Yes, I am kinda lame. But trust and believe I lust over my fellow bloggers’ monthly luxury purchases. I just am not built that way……. yet.

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But this post is not about my weird brain and it’s ridiculously annoying frugal ways. This post is about how my partnership with Rent the Runway Unlimited allows me fashion freedom AND the ability to wear luxury and designer goods without the guilt of buying it. In all honesty though– it gets hard to return the goods after I have worn and shot in them though.

For those unfamiliar, Rent the Runway Unlimited is a monthly clothing and accessories subscription service that allows you to borrow 4 items at a time and swap them out as many times you want during that month. For bloggers like me, this is an absolutely amazing solution to the “I don’t have clothes to shoot in” dilemma that often plagues us. I rent, wear, shoot, return and do it all over again and never have to worry about not having enough content. It works for me. It will probably work for you as well.

For non bloggers, this subscription is great if you just do not have time to shop around for clothes or have numerous functions you attend on a daily basis. For instance, this yellow dress is from RTR Unlimited. It retails for almost $500 and I get to rock it for the price of one amazing DC dinner and 3 drinks out. For those who may really fall in love with something, you can purchase some items at a discount.

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I’ve been posting about RTR on my Instagram alot and a few have taken advantage of this service. Now I am bringing it to my blog because I really think it is cool and someone would find it beneficial. By using my code: JJPIERRE50, you are able to receive 50% off of your first month of the service. Yup- HALF OFF!

It is the easiest way to be summer ready without spending a fortune and cluttering your closet!

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