Little Luxuries

I’m definitely not a fancy gal. But I will admit that every now and again, it’s fun to treat myself! Now, for me personally, a fresh manicure and pedicure are not things I can easily afford every month. So I’ve found that “treating myself” to little luxuries daily makes me feel special, and allows me to dodge buyers remorse. Everyone’s different, but today I’m gonna share my little luxuries that are mostly easy on the wallet, yet still make me feel luxurious, special and yes, a little fancy. 

1. A pajama set

 These silk PJs are from  American Eagle  a couple years back, but with the holidays coming up I’m sure they’re gonna have tons of really nice sets! 

These silk PJs are from American Eagle a couple years back, but with the holidays coming up I’m sure they’re gonna have tons of really nice sets! 

Up until a couple years ago, I’ve always been the type of gal that thought there was no PJ better (and cheaper) than a huge t shirt and no pants. I’m also the type of person who does not want to make excess work for myself. I never used to change out of my “day” clothes and into comfies if I wasn’t showered and ready for bed yet. Why create more laundry?! I still stand by that. BUT A couple of years back around Christmas time, I decided to buy a set of pajamas- a proper set; with matching shorts and sleep shirt. yes, they’re comfy, but besides that, I now LOVE to throw them on as soon as I get home from school or work, because they feel like cozy pjs, but I can still walk around the house with them on, go out to my car, or even run to the store in them for some late night ice cream.

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2. A small sweet  

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I almost always crave a small taste of something sweet after dinner time. Sometimes it’s decaf coffee with a little milk, sometimes it’s a spoonful of ice cream- recently it’s been a few cold chocolate chips that I stash in the fridge, or these Lara Bar “truffles bites”. They’re more like brownie bites in my humble opinion because they don’t have a gooey sinfully delicious core, but they’re still great! They still taste like a treat, but the ingredients are GOOD. (almonds, semisweet chocolate, dates, cocoa powder, coconut flour, sea salt, carob powder... that’s it) Not to mention, there are only 9g of sugar in 4 pieces. Compare that to a scoop of ice cream. (!!!!!!) Not everyone has this sweet tooth, and if you don’t- I commend you. But if you do, a lil cold chocolate doesn’t hurt.

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3. A glass of somethin special (In a special glass!) 

 Porch sittin with a fancy champagne flute of juice LOL 

Porch sittin with a fancy champagne flute of juice LOL 

Pouring myself a glass of orange juice or cranberry juice or lemonade, (my personal favorites) or anything other than water for that matter. And having it in a painted wine glass or champagne flute, or a vintage crystal wine glass makes it feel all the more special! No matter what I’m wearing, or what I’m doing, this makes me feel so special and fancy, as silly as it sounds.

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4. Oils 4 tha bod

 Missing from photo: my 100% pure castor oil! I use it for my eyelashes- a natural growth solution & nontoxic option in place of lash serums

Missing from photo: my 100% pure castor oil! I use it for my eyelashes- a natural growth solution & nontoxic option in place of lash serums

I used to think that going to bed all oily and lotion-y felt so weird and sticky. BUT I’ve found products that don’t make me feel sticky, but still moisturized and all that. Just knowing that my skin is soaking in all that goodness overnight feels so exciting lol. And waking up with skin that isn’t ashy is amazing. I can throw on a dress or pair of shorts without worrying about lotioning my elbows or knees or feet, if I moisturize the night before.

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Egyptian Magic Cream (side note, this is my moms- I steal tiny bits of it every now and again until I can get my own.) Looks super weird, but it’s ALL NATURAL, and turns into oil when you rub it between your fingers! Google it. Apparently celebrities even swear by it. It’s kinda pricey but a little goes a looong way.  PS I don’t use this for my face!!

OGX Coconut Miracle Oil- for my hair. When this runs out I’m just gonna use regular coconut oil though. 

5. Frothy milk. On everything. 

Milk frothers can be a little pricey. But the handheld types (it’s kinda like an immersion mixer) are actually pretty affordable and make my black coffee or hot cocoa feel so luxurious! I feel like I’m able to create a $7 hot chocolate or coffee at home. Obviously it isn’t as fancy or good as a latte from a nice cafe with a heart or a swan in it, but it’s just another tiny thing that makes the drink feel fancy. I don’t have a picture of any of my creations or the frother itself, but you can click here to check it out!

6. A magazine or a hard cover book. Or both.

Magazines can be verryyy expensive, but a trick I use is to treat them like a book if that makes any sense. I flip through and look at the contents- are these things I’m really interested in or just a bunch of pictures? Are these things that I’d want to refer back to? What am I going to get out of reading this? Stuff like that. The one magazine that I’m #loyal to is the Magnolia Journal. This is Chip & Joanna Gaines’ publication that they put out quarterly. (one publication for each season) I love everything they include, it always has stunning imagery, and it doesn’t feel salesy. Each issue has a theme; this past summer’s issue was themed “curiosity”, and all the content was created along the lines of exploring and living life with a spirit of curiosity, even in the practical things. They always include recipes, gathering ideas, stories, and the like. The Magnolia Journal is $8 per issue, which I think is pretty pricey for a magazine; but when I think about them like a collection of “books” I can go back to read and reference, it doesn’t seem that way anymore.

And then, a hardcover book. There’s nothing quite like it if you ask me. I can stick it in any bag I carry and not have to worry about it wearing. It just feels like a luxury to me. This may be really dumb of me, but I ALWAYS take the dust cover off of the books when I read them; underneath the plastic casing usually lies a beautifully colored book with careful embossing on the spine, which I think is so special. (As you may be able to tell from the stains on its cover in the photo, this book is quite well loved LOL) So, if I’m buying a book and have the extra money to spare, I’ll normally buy the hardcover.

 There are so many components to the Magnolia Journal that you can tell Chip & Jo had a special touch on. I always feel inspired and encouraged after reading! 

There are so many components to the Magnolia Journal that you can tell Chip & Jo had a special touch on. I always feel inspired and encouraged after reading! 

There are a thousand little things that we can do for ourselves to make us feel special every day! These are just a few of mine. I’m curious, what are some of your little luxuries? I’d love to adopt some more! Drop me a comment :)