Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Life's Little Luxuries

In life, the things I truly enjoy most are the little things. The sweet scent of a freshly bloomed rose, the feeling of sand between your toes while walking along the beach, hearing the words 'I love you' softly whispered into your ear or the warm breeze of the first true summer day.

Don't get me wrong, the big things can be wonderful and are always appreciated, but somehow it's the quirks and memories of the little things that have me reminiscing and make me smile.

Life's luxuries are definitely more than grand caribbean vacations, expensive Louboutins, or even an overpriced skin cream.

I have a girlfriend back home in Toronto who really lives her life this way to the fullest and she always inspires me to live it out in a greater way. To 'M', a meal at home with a few carefully selected ingredients is a luxury as are a few well chosen flowers to place in a lovely arrangement or a new set of inexpensive white dinner plates. She truly seeks beauty and wonder in everything. As a photographer, she captures the essence of these things in her photos.

Whenever I flew home and stayed with her in her tiny apartment, she always made it work. She had a fresh vase of flowers by the bed, a few well chosen items in the fridge for me to snack on, some ideas of new and free places to explore together. Many years ago she actually opened my eyes up to living more presently in the moment and truly enjoying what I have.

I remember telling her there was no point in buying new dishes when in several months I'd have a fashionable and practical, yet informal set that I could add to my wedding registry. She encouraged me to enjoy what I had and could afford then to the fullest, even if it meant buying a new set of bowls for $10 from Ikea that felt more like me than a random purchase I made when I had first moved out on my own.
To this day, I carry that inspiration and try to incorporate life's little luxuries into my day in any way I can. A warm cup of chai tea to start my morning, a square of dark chocolate while I curl up with a book, a relaxing bubble bath, elegant lingerie (even though hubby is away) for nobody at all but myself to feel pretty in and $4 bouquets of flowers that I can split into 5 small vases to brighten several rooms in my home.

Although the weather has been a little bleak, these reddish-orange beauties from my local grocery store have added a punch of much needed color to many of my favorite spaces for the past week. I know 'M' would be proud. :)

{a few blooms next to my laptop}

{a burst of color for our neutral bath}
BTW-the taupe walls are actually identical behind flowers and in mirror, appears yellow.

{a splash of red to our entry hall which complements the framed coral pic}

{pretty-ing up the stove behind my super easy & quick
greek salad with artichokes & chickpeas for protein}

{4 simple ingredients for an after dinner treat:
bananas, cinnamon, raw pumpkin seeds & almond butter=yummy!}

What are YOUR life's luxuries or daily indulgences that make you feel cozy, special, pretty and luxurious? I would love to hear from you!



  1. What a great post and so true! It really is the little things that make the biggest impact. Last summer was my 11 year anniversary and my husband, all on his own, wrote me the 11 things he loves about me. Something I will cherish forever! Didn't cost him a dime, yet is priceless to me.

    Thank so much for your sweet comment on my blog. Means so much to me.

  2. This is such a great idea on how to improve one's quality of life. I'm going to try and incorporate this into mine

    xoxo Hermine

  3. I love how your friend inspired you to accept a similar attitude about what constitutes luxury and living life to its fullest. My grandmother and mom both knew how to make the most of what they had and taught me things like, presenting food beautifully psychologically makes it feel more special.

  4. This post reminds me so much of my mother. She was about 12 when the Depression hit and it must have affected her greatly. To this day, she saves everything "for later". She has pajamas she's never worn. Good dishes that have never been eaten off of. It makes me sad. She's 93! What "later" is she waiting for? I remember reading something about how we should use "the good stuff" for our own families and not just "company". Who else is more deserving of our best than the ones we love most?

    BTW, I want that bathroom!

  5. Oh my goodness I love this post!It is so true we should enjoy where we are not that we shouldn't want more but just to be Blessed with what we have already.The flowers look beautiful. I am so ready for Spring.That salad looks awesome I would love to have the recipe for it!!

  6. Thank you ladies, I enjoyed reading your comments as always and replied to some of you via email. :)

    @Alicia-I haven't forgotten about your request!

    Here's the super easy chickpea & greek salad recipe:

    1 cucumber diced
    2-3 diced plum tomatoes
    1 green pepper diced
    1/4 onion diced (I used vidalia but prefer red for this)
    1 can drained, rinsed chickpeas
    1 can drained, rinsed artichoke quarters
    3-4 tbsp of feta cheese
    8 pitted and sliced kalamata olives
    2 cloves of garlic freshly pressed

    Toss it all together and splash in some extra virgin olive oil (about 2 tbsp) and apple cider vinegar (about 2tbsp) with some fresh cracked pepper and 2 pinches of sea salt. I also added dried oregano and basil too. Add more to taste if you like.

    It's basically a traditional greek salad with artichokes and chickpeas added for protein and I always make my own dressing. If you want a little more zip, you can add in a couple tsps of dijon or dijon-horseradish mustard(german mustard). :)




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