Our annual beach vacation begins exactly 12 days from now, so with that in mind, here's the Friday Over $500 version of all the things I like to have with me at the beach. Sand not included.

1. Norma Kamali swimsuit, $350.  2. Knockaround sunglasses, $16.* 3. Z Gallerie striped pavilion, $699.  4. Etro Caftan, $750.  5. Fruity beach drink, priceless. 6. Hermes Vinyl Kelly beach bag, $500.  7. Temps Des Reves Ice Cream Dreams silk scarf, $275.  8. K Jacques nubuck and calf hair sandals, $270.

*These are not even close to $500, but they are the perfect beach sunglasses. I urge you to get several for both yourself and your friends.

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Since we are renovating one soon, I am currently obsessed with all things bathroom. I don't know, you may have noticed. In honor of this sledgehammer I'm holding, I present a roundup of bathroom-related items that are over $500, and some equally delightful ones that are under $500. Enjoy!

In our current bathroom, there are three hooks in a row on one wall, and I always love seeing towels there. So I am going to keep the hooks, and decorate them with these Turkish bath towels. The prices for these are so wildly variable that I do not understand what it all MEANS. Anyway, I love the low version, and that particular shop has a million different choices. Go forth! Get your hammam on! (Is that offensive? Was I just accidentally racist, y'all?)

High: Turkish Hammam Towel, L'Aviva Home. $65. / Low: Turkish Bath Towel, Bath Style. $24.50.

I would love to use these as sconces on either side of a bathroom mirror. Someday, some client will let me. Will it be YOU?

High: Signal 2-Arm Sconce, Jielde. $417. / Low: Atelier Swing-Arm Sconce, Restoration Hardware. $189-$239.

Mirrors! Every bathroom needs one. Or two. Or thirteen, I don't know your life.

I have been scouring the internet daily for an antique gilded mirror -- and I found a lovely, inexpensive (though not antique) option at Pottery Barn, of all places. I will probably get it, and then both of the bathrooms at Chao Camp can boast PB mirrors. A worthy accomplishment, to be sure.

High: Antique French Gilt Mirror, 1st Dibs. Contact dealer for price. (This is code for:"You cannot afford this mirror.") / Low: Gilded Laurel Mirror, Pottery Barn. $149.99.

Y'all know I love myself some Leontine Linens, and I will probably soon visit their adorable shop on Magazine St. in New Orleans to order one of these hand towels. But! If you do not have this option, and/or are counting pennies, I think these linen hemstitched towels (From Pottery Barn! In a set of 2!) are a perfect substitute.

High: Ivory Terry Applique Towel, Leontine Linens. $75. / Low: Linen Hemstitch Applique Guest Towels, Pottery Barn. $29.00

Happy weekend, everyone! Bathroom demolition begins in the morning! So say we all!

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We've been saving for our second bathroom renovation -- the last room in our entire house that needs work (!!!) -- and I'm almost ready to start deciding on what things I'll be deciding on. You know. It will look something like this, except not a million dollars. Here we go. (Prices are approximate.)

1. These sunshine delights from Schoolhouse Electric are actually affordable, and super cute. I'd get three, for hanging on either side and in the center of my twin sink/mirror combo. $69 per.

2. I couldn't decide between this and the more modern Duravit double sink, but the Kohler utility sink is just so dang charming. Brockway 36" double sink, $1400.

3. Oh, hey, Waterworks unlacquered brass tub fittings. Come over. Henry Exposed Wall Mounted Tub Filler With Handshower, $2950.

4. Carrara floor tile -- in any shape -- will do just fine. Honed Carrara herringbone tile, $10.95/sq. ft.

5. This is the most ridiculous tub I have ever seen. I want it. Unfortunately, none of us can have it, because it was a German limited edition from Kohler like five years ago. Price: who knows? Something German.

6. If I splurge on anything in the whole (real) bathroom, it will be on a Niche Modern light. Don't argue with me, y'all. It's happening. Oculo Modern pendant light, $550.

7. Nina Campbell's Perroquet wallpaper, which you first saw in Domino in her daughter's hallway. Another thing you can't have, since it's never in stock anywhere. Perroquet wallpaper in black, $150/roll.

8. Yellow Bertoia side chair. The second thing I'd splurge on. Also, can we just establish that I hate the word "splurge"? Because I do. Splurge. Gross. Bertoia side chair, $698.

9. ABC Carpet overdyed rug. Obviously. Price: an obscene number.

10. Perhaps madam desires a pair of antique French gilt mirrors from the 1800s? Of course madam does. Price on application.

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Heather has recently started a "Friday Under Fifty" series, featuring cute things she finds that cost less than fifty dollars. Which was the jumping off point for MY new series -- Friday Over Five Hundred -- featuring cute things I find that cost around or over $500. Welcome to the inaugural issue! You're welcome, bazillionaires.

Here's how I would decorate your living room if you came to me and I said, "What's your budget?" and you said, "What's a budget?" That would be fun.

1. Painting, Meredith Pardue, Laura Rathe Fine Art, call for pricing

2. Montauk Scroll Sofa, $4000

3. Scalamandre Le Tigre silk velvet, famously around $1500/yd.

4. Folke Ohlsson Lounge Chairs, pair, 1st Dibs, $5500

5. Jielde floor lamp, $1395

6. Marble-top coffee table, Wisteria, $499

7. Poodle Lamp, Atelier Abigail Ahern, $375

8. Jonathan Adler Claude Console, $1995