Every so often, I've had semi-serious discussions with friends about what we're most willing to spend money on. I know a couple of people whose biggest weakness/indulgence are shoes. I also have one friend who rewards herself by buying expensive jewelry, handbags and clothes.
But I honestly will say that I'm far more willing to spend money on delicious food and vacation trips, including to the country famous for its expensive fruit (including melons and grapes) and a city (Osaka) whose denizens are associated with the practice of kuidaore (i.e., eating oneself bankrupt)!
Walking around Hong Kong, one sees many jewelry and luxury watch shops, and make it seem like someone not into jewelry (like myself) are the odd exception rather than the norm. The funny thing though is that when hunting through my photo archives for suitable images for Sandi's and Gattina's choices of Photo Hunt themes this week, I noticed that the vast majority of female -- not just male -- movie stars that I've taken photos of actually have not been dripping with jewelry like one might expect -- and this even when appearing on glamor occasions like film premieres!
As exhibit A, I offer up a photo of superstar actress Carina Lau flanked by her Beijing Love Story co-star Tony Leung Ka Fai and director Chen Sicheng: Note her sparkly but not all that large earrings and the lack of a necklace on her neck! And as exhibit B, I offer up a photo of legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve, an attendee at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival -- who, while favoring earrings larger than those by Carina Lau's, also eschewed having any jewelry around her neck. ;b