Friday, August 19, 2011

Five Bucks and Five Minutes

Are you guys sick of me constantly quoting and referencing Kat from Tenaciously Yours? I just find her writing so relatable and her blog is as welcome to me as my glass of wine at the end of the day. One of my favorite recent posts has her going on a dive bar date with her new husband. So if you aren't reading her by now...what's WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? At least enjoy her guest post and give her some love.

When Stephanie was looking for guest posters, I was like...obviously. So here goes, kittens. Get ready to hang on for the ride.

I'm a die-hard shopaholic, fashionista and wine bar-lover. But I like to keep a busy schedule so,  nine times out of ten you'll find me running around the cities like a chicken with my head cut-off. Or you might just find me running. The realities of a 24-hour day aside, I'm definitely the girl who believes that little luxuries can make the biggest difference.

There's something to be said about otherwise mundane things that can make you feel happy. Pretty. Worth it. Things that take less than 15 minutes. But just long enough that you have to set it aside for yourself.

I'm also That Person who is totally guilty of saving things for A Special Occasion, and then never finding an occasion quite special enough. So little luxuries save me from stockpiling.

1. Red lipstick.
This, is most assuredly a luxury that doesn't lend itself well to over-thinking. Red is BOLD. For those who keep their eye color and skin tone in-mind when selecting an appropriate color palette for clothing and make-up, it can be overwhelming.

My advice? Next time you're at Target, just grab a tube. You're going to want to think about the situation. Keep it rational. But do yourself a favor, and don't do that. Because thoughtfulness is what has kept you from bringing that tube of lipstick home before today.

And yes, it's okay to choose the brand/color of red that's on sale (you bet your Birkin that's what I did). Ease into the situation.

2. A DIY mani-pedi.
I have a sneaking suspicion that half of the people who read this today will look down at their hands and realize that no, they haven't painted their nails in the last two weeks. Me too.

Even when I know I finally have enough time to make it happen, I find something else more Useful and more Productive to fill that space with.

But there's a certain amount of catharsis that comes with looking down at your mitts and seeing color instead of chips. A glossy shimmer instead of a hangnail.

If you're the type of person that does a basecoat and a topcoat, dispense with both of them. This is about a quick fix so that you're not That Friend at happy hour.

3. A new magazine.
Yes, this means that you have to read it when it hits the newsstands instead of in the month/week it claims it's published for. You get bonus points if it doesn't contain any recipes. Because as much as I love a good cooking magazine a la Cooking Light or bon appetit, they mean Work. Which is exactly the opposite of what we're trying to accomplish.

4. A mug of tea.
If you're the kind of person that owns an espresso machine with a milk frother, then please feel free to disregard the following message. For the rest of the group, we continue.

Because it's time to spring for that box of tea that costs $5 at the store instead of $3. The kind with the nice paper wrappers that you would never, ever consider buying for yourself but you would be more than happy to offer-up to guests. The kind of tea that feels like an escape instead of a chore (let me tell you, Green Tea is ALWAYS a chore for this lady).

5. Fancy sweets.
I was just going to call this one Ridiculously Expensive Dark Chocolate. But then it occurred to me that some of you might be into salted caramels...or something like that.

If all else fails (since I tried to keep the other four options calorie-free), we turn to the pantry. Not because we're feeling emotional, but because delightful things come from That Place. So break out that treat that someone else gave you as a hostess gift. Because it has a shiny wrapper, and a lovely provenance.

Before you eat it, put it on a saucer. And get out a cocktail napkin. Because this is 90% experience and 10% reality.

What is your little luxury of choice?


Rach (DonutsMama) said...

I can't even remember the last time I painted my fingernails. So sad. I've bought red lipstick, but still haven't found THE ONE, so I will keep on looking. I'm obsessed with lipstick.

But tea? I will always have a good cuppa. Always.

Aleta said...

You made me stop and look at my nails. My gosh... it's been.... forever... Ok, maybe this weekend :)

Enjoyed your post!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

These are great...i love that you look DYI mani-pedi..those are awesome!

Mads said...

My favorite little luxury is definitely drinking my morning breakfast shake out of a fancy stemless wine glass. It starts my day off right.

Ameena said...

I can't carry off red anything Kat - because I don't have Perfect Hair and Skin like you.

(Do you like my use of caps? I learned from the best).

I am totally on board with # 4 & #5 though. I just spent $13.50 for overpriced raw chocolate truffles from One Lucky Duck but they were worth every delicious penny.

Sparkling said...

no little luxuries for me, but i do love the simplest things in life. like sitting in my hammock, even if it's just for 10 minutes. no cost. no frills. just hanging there.

Kat said...

Reading everyone's luxuries was so much fun - thank you for the opportunity, lady!

The Woven Moments said...

I wore BRIGHT RED lipstick to a wedding recently (after being told my whole life it wouldn't suit my skin). The verdict?

I. Rocked. It.

Kristy said...

Yes, I will sometimes give myself a "grooming day." Doesn't sound so great, but it always feels good to do the pampering things that I never seem to get to do once in a while - DIY pedicure, lotions, face masks, plucking, etc.

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of #2-#5. I'm kind of afraid of red lipstick, but I definitely over-think it. Might just have to take the plunge.