When I started my Everyday Luxury journey, I decided I wanted to feel like I was living in a 5-Star hotel. Think about what it is you want. What are quick, affordable things you can do to make that happen?
These are the first things I did and they really made a difference.
- Buy yourself a nice robe. This may sound silly, but think about how much you like the robes in nice hotels. They are fun to wrap up in when you do a spa day or decide not to change out of your jammies. And now, with more people working from home, its nice to have one to wrap up in before you get dressed for the day. And it doesn’t have to be expensive! I got mine on sale at Aldi for something like $16.
2. Find your signature scent. This goes for your perfume and the scent of your home. Having a signature perfume makes you unforgettable to others and establishes scent memory in your own mind. This is a place where I wouldn’t scrimp. I wear Chanel Chance Eu Tendre. Your house should always have a signature scent as well. Not only does it help cover pet and cooking odors, it will make you happy. Most commercial air fresheners are made with chemicals, so you might want to consider getting an essential oil diffuser. (I have this one and this one.) All you need for those is a small bottle of oil and distilled water. My scent of choice is lavender.
3. Find high quality soap. There is nothing wrong with Ivory soap. I have a fair amount of it stocked up for the pandemic. But while I can I’m using Hopificio – Mediterranean Breeze – Finest Italian Triple Milled Soap. I first received it as a gift and I fell in love. I love the scent and the smooth, moisturizing texture. To get the most value out of it, I use each bar in the shower first and then when they get thin and close to breaking, I use them for hand washing. I also melt small paces into a ball to have as little waste as possible.
4. Invest in a good moisturizer. Moisturizing your skin is so important, especially now since we are washing our hands so much. If I had all the money in the world, I’d use Elemis (I was exposed to it in an amenity kit on a British Airways flight, but it is too expensive for me.) I really love Stonewall Kitchen’s Herbs de Provence for my hands and I use Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion on my feet because they get really dry.
5. Tidy up at night. This may sound silly, but I’ve found that waking up to an organized, semi-clean house really lowers my stress level. It also keeps my house looking top-notch. You don’t (and shouldn’t) do a full cleaning every night, but at least put away clutter, wipe your kitchen counter tops, sweep your kitchen floor, and do your dishes if you can. You’ll thank yourself in the morning and your weekly/bi-weekly cleaning will be easier.
6. Add some curb appeal. If you own your home/condo, take a look at your house from a stranger’s perspective. Does it reflect who you are? I own a condo, so I am limited in what I am allowed to do, but I was able to transform the front garden, get a nice monogrammed doormat, and finally get the topiaries to flank my front door that I’ve wanted for years.
7. Get a bath pillow. These have come a long way since I first started trying them in the 80s. And if your tub is anything but a soaker, it is a necessity to save your neck. (Mine is a 90 degree angle which makes it impossible to get comfortable.) Now they range from full body bath mats to just a pillow. After a fair amount of research, I went with this one: Samplife Bath Pillow Spa Bathtub Cushion Head,Neck,Shoulder and Back Support Rest with 4 Non-Slip Strong Suction Cups. I wouldn’t call the suction cups strong, but you can make it work. I love it.
8. Buy fresh flowers. Or if you have a garden, cut some from there. Fresh flowers will lift your spirits and make you feel special, especially if you don’t have anyone in your life that buys them for you. You don’t have to buy big bouquets or have them in every room. One bouquet on your kitchen/dining room table or nightstand is plenty. And you don’t have to spring for the birds of paradise; daisies, tulips and carnations can be elegant as well.
9. Get yourself quality underwear. Again, it doesn’t have to be designer, but make sure it is comfortable and breathable. When your panties are not noticeable, your whole day is better. I personally like Lively. The same thing holds for bras. My favorite are Vera Wang, which you can get at Kohls.
10. Purchase a set of high quality towels. If you are anything like me, you’ve been using the same old towels for years. I invested in a set of Turkish Cotton towels and OMG, they are unlike anything I have ever felt. Totally worth the money. Since you bathe/shower/wash up every day, they will quickly pay off.
A lot of websites will tell you to purchase white sheets and/or duvets. If that is your thing, go for it. I personally find white to be very stark, so I stuck with my beige. Up to you.
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