Everyone has something they do for themselves that makes them feel pampered. And I think women have truly mastered the art of finding those little luxuries that make us feel special. And it doesn’t need to be big diamonds or traveling to extravagant places or living in a mansion. Usually, these pampering luxuries are found at home…or right in your own back yard. It is usually something quite simple, like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, while sitting under a huge shade tree or dangling your feet into a cold pool. It could be the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning or a big mug of hot chocolate while curled up in front of a fireplace, while your cat is curled up next to you.
I have friends who can’t go two weeks without a manicure. That’s their luxury. And I’m happy for them that they give themselves that treat. I, on the other hand, (no pun intended there) like a nice manicure, but it isn’t the be-all, end-all for me. Pedicures are pretty terrific. I like them much better. But for me, there is nothing as wonderful as a bubble bath in a deep, deep tub, reading a good book, sipping a nice glass of wine and nibbling on some dark chocolate. (HEAVY SIGH!!) Just thinking about that sensation of sliding into the steamy, frothy, softened, scented water, leaning back and getting lost in the world of make believe, sipping a cool glass of my favorite wine and letting the bittersweet chocolate contrast with the sweetness of the grape. True luxury for me! I can remember days of apartment living and only having a shower stall…that’s right…no tub at all. I can’t believe I survived living there for more than a few months, much less a couple of years. The loss of bubbles in my life is not something I care to relive. So, you may understand why I can rack up a huge bill at Bath and Body Works. That is one of my luxuries.
Well, that and shoes. That’s the other luxury…great shoes. I don’t care if they are designer or not, inexpensive or costly. As long as they are comfy or fabulous to look at. (Please note, I didn’t say AND, I said OR…hence the emphasis with color, etc.) I don’t expect to find a comfy, beautiful shoe. So, in the rare instance when I do, I HAVE to buy them…in at least two colors, preferably. Yes, I have become the Imelda of my family. I love shoes. I believe I own approximately 8 pairs of Birkenstocks alone. Then there are the eelskin shoes, the Clarks, the sandals, the clogs, the…oh, well, you get the picture. I can’t tell you how many cowboy boot mules I have…I’m too embarrassed to admit it. I may have to break down and start getting rid of some of my older shoes to make room for the new ones. It’s just so hard to let them go! And my most recent acquisitions have been Crocs. I have to say, they are the ugliest comfy shoes, but when your feet are that happy, who cares how they look??? These are so comfy, they make walking fun! Yes, me, the exercise avoider, saying that walking can be fun. I have even bought a pair of hot pink crocs to match my new hot pink Ralph Lauren rain coat (purchased on the clearance rack, mind you…who’d pay full price if they can get it for 75% off??). And they are too cute together! My closet full of shoes is such a luxury!!! (And isn’t it strange that my closet full of shoes is right next to that wonderful tub that fills so full of hot water and bubble bath?)
So, folks, what are your luxuries? How do you pamper yourself?
“…if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!” ~ Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
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