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For the Love of Luxury Part III
Have you experienced luxury today? If you haven’t, I hope that, by the time you’ve finished reading this post, you’ll be inspired to do so!
I love giving myself luxurious experiences. They just make life all the richer.
In those blogs you’ll see my philosophies on luxury – I believe that, while you don’t need luxuries to purely exist, they definitely allow us to appreciate a full experience of life here on Earth. I also believe that living well shouldn’t be considered a luxury.
And what about becoming blasé about luxuries, if we ‘overdo’ them? Well, I believe that we can choose to focus on and fully appreciate those things that could be considered luxuries (after all, the term ‘luxury’ is relative, and unique to each person), but we can also choose to leave spaces, to go ‘without luxuries’ for a little while and then find it easy to appreciate them when we allow them back into our lives.
I like doing a bit of both. Consciously noting and appreciating ‘everyday’ luxuries, and then allowing myself to experience ‘contrast’ by deliberately not having a few luxuries, and then allowing them back in. Back and forth, the flow of life.
For example, the Cath Kidston tissues in the above photo were a little gift from my four-year-old cousin. They seemed too pretty to use for just nose blowing, so I used them when I was putting on my make-up, to wipe make-up from my hands before washing them under the tap. Such a pretty way to start the day, and I was able to get a few uses out of each tissue, which extended the luxury!
The ‘old me’ would have been paralysed, not wanting to use and fully appreciate these gorgeous tissues because once they were used up they’d be ‘gone’ – but I now know that this is a lack mentality! Life really is too short not to use and really appreciate beautiful things. And remember the good old Law of Attraction? What you focus on, you bring about…
I thought I’d share a few of experiences or ‘things’ that I consider to be luxuries. My Things I Love list includes a lot of luxuries, but below is a list of a few luxury-specific goodies. I hope they inspire you.
- Hot showers (not great for the skin, but I do love them – I always make sure to rehydrate afterwards with a glass of water, and moisturise with coconut oil)
- Having my daughters sit on my lap for a cuddle and really appreciating that they’re still small enough to do that.
- Breathing in the aroma of my daughters’ freshly washed and dried hair.
- Going out to dinner and a movie with my husband.
- Aromatic baths by candlelight
- My Burleigh Calico plates (see, I really do use them!)
- Baci chocolates
- Sleeping in and then waking naturally
- Time out for a walk on my own, listening to inspirational audios on my MP3 player
- Full-body massages by a myotherapist
- Having someone else make dinner (thanks, darling)
- A whole day with nothing planned (who knows what adventures await?)
- Breakfast in bed
- Five-star hotels (check out Vicky Archer’s description of luxurious French hotels)
- Damask tablecloths and napkins
So, tell me. What do YOU consider to be a luxury? Even taking time out of your day to read enjoyable blogs can be considered a luxury! I do hope you’ve enjoyed this three-part series, and that it’s inspired you to create (and really appreciate) luxury in your life.
Big, luxurious blessings to you…
When I began work on my website earlier this year, I bought myself three gorgeous coffee-table-style books to read as a reward for finishing the site. Nothing like a little incentive, huh?!
Several months later, it’s time to come good on that promise to myself. (I’m rather proud of myself for holding out, for not devouring the books long ago.)
All three of the books that I purchased are special to me because they celebrate beauty and style, and their photos and written descriptions help remind me that I am creating a beautiful life for myself. Creating a beautiful life is something you can do for yourself, too – and it’s my mission to inspire you to take action towards that!
The first of the three books, French Essence: Ambience, Beauty and Style in Provence, was published last year, and was on my wishlist for quite a few months before I finally gave in to its irresistible allure.
Written by Australian expat Vicki Archer, French Essence provides an outsider-turned-insider’s celebratory view of life in Provence. As I mention in my blog posting entitled Things I Love, I adore ‘English- and French-style gardens, homes and architecture’ – and this book lets me fall into a world of beauty, French-style.
Having cherished Vicki’s first book, My French Life, which chronicled the journey Vicki and her family took in purchasing and renovating a 17th century farmhouse in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, I knew I was going to love this latest book. Within its pages are vivid, larger-than-life photography by the exceedingly talented Carla Coulson; evocative, all-senses descriptions of life in Provence that make you feel as though you’re really there; and glossy, heavy paper (the latter being very important in Joanne’s world).
Sigh… I adore immersing myself in beauty. Do you? It makes my heart sing.
If you’d like to purchase this lovely book as a gift to yourself and to fire your inspiration, head here:
Now, time to absorb myself in book number two. Stay tuned.
PS Vicki also has a gorgeous French Essence blog – if you love Provence, head there now (to the blog, or to Provence, or to both!).
Hydrangeas & Bell Jars
Hello my lovelies!
I just had to share this beautiful photo with you, courtesy of Vicki Archer at French Essence. Vicki found these antique bell jars and cleaned them up with white vinegar. They do a gorgeous job of showing off those luscious hydrangea blooms, don’t you think?
Does this photo inspire you to create something beautiful in your home, using fresh flowers? I’m thinking of what I can do with some earlicheer daffs, which are already available at the florist…
PS I’ll be reviewing Vicki’s latest book soon, a work of art called French Essence: Ambience, Beauty, and Style in Provence. It’s been out for ages, but I’ve been saving it for a proper read!
Photo by Vicki Archer