The small luxuries, they make life good. So few of us will have a private jet and vacation cottage in the Hamptons (call me if you do?), but we can enjoy luxury every day. In fact, we can thrive on it. A little lift can make a whole day brighter, like when you’re looking forward to wearing a new lipstick, or your sassy argyle tights.
Here are ten of my favorite little luxuries, and please tell us yours:
Hot coffee, fresh bread, real butter. OK, these are three things but they go together so beautifully, right?
Grabbing a taxi in NYC. If there’s two of us riding, it’s only a couple of dollars more than the subway. And the subways, while sturdy old things, need a lot of attention.
Clean sheets. Heh, when I was younger I said, “When I’m old I want fresh clean sheets every night.” I hadn’t realized yet that I’d need a daily laundress to get that done. Still, the evenings that I slip into freshly washed sheets are a pleasure.
Good shoes. These might cost a little more than most luxuries listed here, but our feet are sooooo worth it. I will skimp on most anything, even drink the cheap wine, in order to get good-looking, walkable shoes. They will change your life.
Perfume, and/or body lotion in a bewitching scent. Fragrance makes me feel happy, and you can find it at both low and high price points. A scented candle can be as little as $10, but when set on the bathroom counter, it makes the daily routine more pleasurable.
A cashmere sweater. One great one will do, and you can find terrific sweaters in thrift and consignment shops. Black for me, with a vee-neck and soft as a kitten.
A new-to-me novel. These can also be thrifted for a song. I especially love a good series, with characters that are larger than life. I prefer dramas, mysteries, a bit of historical stuff, and no romance. Latest read: The Genius by Jesse Kellerman.
Alterations. I bought a fab vintage dress from my friend Suzanne’s Etsy shop (go, go!) and since I happened to be staying at her home at the time, she altered it to fit me perfectly. In about ten minutes! Now that’s a luxury.
Icy filtered water in a wine glass, sipped while I’m surfing my favorite blogs. Cold water is an under-rated pleasure, and much of the world struggles to get it.
Lunch with a friend in a cozy cafe. This one speaks for itself, yes? And if no friend is available, I also love a solo lunch with a good book.
So share, please: what little luxuries bring you joy?
Enjoy them every day, and stay fabulous, xo,
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