Trust us, the Highbrow Hippie philosophy came about organically. We love to shop, but since we both are entrepreneurs (read: don’t have a set salary), we have to be smart about the purchases we make. Recently we’ve noticed that our shopping habits allow us to remove the zero (or another digit!) from the original price. Meaning, if we see a gorgeous Ralph Lauren sweater for $600, we make a mental note of the shape, color, etc. and then set out to find something comparable for about $60. 8 times out of 10 we can find something to fill that need. If we can’t find something that gives us that same look, we will stalk that original item until it goes on sale. Having a great relationships with sales people at different stores makes this a lot easier. In fact, it’s really the key to getting what you want at a great price. See more about shopping relationships here. Mixing it up allows us to be creative as well as cost conscious. Saving on items that we can find somewhere else (removing the zero!) gives us space to splurge on the items we really love and will wear for years to come. Recently we’ve both picked up some great finds, both high and low that will take us through the fall.