The Luxury Life: 7 Indulgent Practices to Add to Your Routine
Life can be rough. As such, sometimes you need to embrace the luxury life and treat yourself to something special. It might even be good to make it part of your routine. Seriously, you deserve it. We’ve lined up a whole bunch of things that you should consider adding to your week. Check out these luxurious practices and products that will make you feel like royalty (without emptying your bank account).
1) Wake Up Right with French Press Coffee
Start the day off with a cup of coffee done the fancy Italian way (that’s right, the French press was actually patented by an Italian designer). More often referred to as a cafetiere by the French, this coffee press seeps your coffee grounds instead of using a filter. This makes the end result a much richer, flavorful coffee.
Fun fact: you can also use your French press to froth milk! There is a new trend floating around in which people are using their coffee presses to make creamy lattes. After you brew your coffee, just warm up some milk on the stove or in the microwave and plunge it in the press until it becomes light and frothy. Add it to your cup of morning glory and you’ll have an easy latte to pair with your morning tea (whether it is green tea or not), should you like both. This isn’t even a very expensive splurge, so those without much cash or those just getting out of college can enjoy as well.
2) Put on Your Cologne or Perfume Like Royalty
Feel great when you get ready for your day. Use this intricate glass perfume bottle with your most luxurious scent. It’s refillable and works with an atomizer (that’s the cool puffy thing that you squeeze to mist yourself in heaven). Not only is it elegant, it’s more conservative than a standard spray bottle. Since the atomizer creates a vapor-like mist, it uses less perfume without sacrificing any of the fragrance.
3) Drink Spa Water All Day
When you go to a spa, the first thing the employees usually do is offer up some fancy, fruit infused water. It has the perfect hint of flavor, without any processed sugars or weird, lab-made additives. Fruit-infused water is a delicious and nutritious way to get your recommended dose of water for the day.
There is a downfall or two to keeping a pitcher full of fruit and water in your fridge, though. There are seeds and weird particles floating around that you have to look out for, plus you have to constantly rinse it out when you want new fruit. It’s almost not worth the trouble, right? Wrong.
It shouldn’t surprise you that someone has created such a thing as an infuser bottle. It’s a personal sized water bottle with a compartment in the center to stick fruit in. It lets out all the great flavor, but not all the seeds and pulp. Get a few to keep in your fridge for the week so you can enjoy different flavors.
4) Get the Ultimate Armrest for Your Office Chair
This handy little gadget is a cross between luxury and good health practice. The armrest features comfortable padding for your forearm and wrist, and it even has a mouse-pad on the end. You can sit in the same comfortable position while you work.
It works in a lot of great ways including keeping you from bending over your desk, saving your eyes from being too close to your computer screen, and relieving wrist pain that’s usually associated with desk jobs. It’s adjustable, so you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect position. Talk about a must-have office gadget.
5) Try a Hot Stone Massage for Your Feet
Yes, you read that right. There’s a new spa trend called hot stone pedicures. Every salon is different, but the idea is that it combines the softening benefits of a pedicure with the luxurious ache-relief of a hot stone massage, especially during some of the colder and harsher months.
This how-to article at Leaf TV describes the process perfectly: “During a hot-stone pedicure, the technician places heated, smooth, flat stones – basalt rocks are common – on top of and underneath your feet. The heat from the rocks relaxes your muscles and stimulates pressure points in your feet.”
Whatever pedicure you chose will follow the hot rock treatment. Grab your DIY spa water and go get yourself a hot stone pedicure.
6) Slather Your Face in 24 Karat Gold
Nothing says luxury like literally putting gold on your face. Another beauty trend that’s been sweeping YouTube channels includes using 24 karat gold infused masks and creams. Saintsco stepped up the game by adding New Zealand bee venom to their serum. Obviously, do not use this product if you’re allergic to bees and opt for a gold-only mask instead.
If you’re allergy free, you need to add this one to your routine. The bee venom tightens skin and makes it appear fuller, while the gold gives your face a radiant glow that will have you doing the royalty parade-wave all the way to your office. You might want to consider making this part of your regular skin care regimen.
7) Let Your Lazy Side Win
No one enjoys doing their weekly grocery round-up. Especially if they have kids. A trip to the supermarket quickly turns into a battle to the death over which flavor of Cheerios to buy. Treat yourself to one of the popular new recipe box subscriptions that you keep seeing all over Facebook. While your first luxury instinct might be to order some wonderful snacks to enjoy all day long, there’s still nothing like a full and well-prepared meal to keep you feeling great.
There’s an increasingly large list of companies to choose from, but they all have a basic idea. You simply choose from a menu of meal recipes and the ingredients get delivered right to your door with well-detailed cooking instructions.
What’s even better is that most of these subscriptions don’t require you to commit every single week, so you’re free to choose when you want to take advantage of it. Amazon even offers one-time-buy meals by Chef’d.
The luxury life sometimes means you have to get creative, but living a life where comfort is a priority matters. If you don’t focus on yourself from time to time, how can you focus on your other responsibilities? We hope that at least some of these recommendations struck a chord, and remember that your mindset is what’s most important. Even if none of these things are what you’re looking for, take a look at yourself to see how you could give yourself a break. You deserve it.