There are things we’re meant to feel guilty about; we’re wired that way so that if we’ve wronged someone, we know when to make amends. It’s unhealthy to feel guilty for long, though: take action or stop talking bad about yourself!
But when it comes to everyday pleasures, there really are no guilty ones, IMHO. Indulge often in beautiful things that don’t break the budget. Invite beauty into your day. We deserve beauty and pleasure just by virtue of being here.
Here are five of my own “guilty” lifestyle pleasures:
Anything that’s 100% silk. A blouse, a skirt (I had a green silk gathered skirt that I wore down to almost-rags, because it felt so damn good), a scarf. Silk isn’t always expensive, but like most things, the quality does go up with price. Vintage pieces in silk are among my favorite pleasures.
Fragrance. I love a floral scent, not too heavy, and no overpowering roses, please. I have two fragrances in rotation now, and I don’t mind spending a few dollars for them: L’Infusion d’Iris by Prada, and a second, more popular scent: Viva la Juicy. I wear them to bed, not only to entrance my husband, but because I love the fragrance.
Leather boots. Although I don’t eat meat, I’m a bit of a hypocrite and wear only leather boots. They smell good, look good, and, especially if you live in Florida, last forever. Living in the sub-tropics makes it hard to justify buying lots of pairs, but I do anyway.
Pedicures. Mmmmm, hot water and a foot massage. A “lifestyle” magazine and cup of tea, my phone turned off, and what is more delightful?
Good wine and coffee and hotels. These can add up, but I refuse to feel guilty about these pleasures. “Good” coffee varies from person to person, but you know a full, fragrant brew when you find one. Some days the cheap wine is fine, and on others, you want a truly crisp Pinot Gris from
the motherland France. A great hotel is worth a splurge for me (getting old has its privileges). Thick towels, crisp sheets and a view, ahhhhh.
I’d love to hear about your own “guilty pleasures”, and please: never feel guilty for them. 😄
Stay fabulous, and enjoy every sandwich, xo
Some pleasures to browse that create no guilt, and may spark joy: