Everyday, we wake up in the morning and make the choice to have a refined day. We want to fill our day with little luxuries – little treats and pleasures! To live “la vie en luxe,” we need to surround ourselves with luxurious and refined things.
This week, I was doing a little research and reading a book on style. I was about four chapters in and appreciated most of the content. Then, the author dropped a bomb – her day-to-day style was yoga pants and a white tank top. Was this her idea of style?! It certainly wasn’t my idea of style, nor my idea of refined living. The very next day, the book went back to the library.
What we read, watch, think, and hear are what makes our lives luxurious, refined, and wonderful. If we don’t surround ourselves with things that make us feel wonderful, refined, luxurious, then are we really living “la vie en luxe”? The book I was reading didn’t have that “luxe”-ness that I had hoped for.
We should always be reading – I firmy believe this! I always have a book (or five) on my bedside table. Whether fictional novels or nonfiction narratives, reading is a fabulous way to spend time. Ask yourself – are you reading books that give you pleasure? Do they make you happy while you read them? Whether juicy novels or self-help books, are they helping you live a more luxurious life?
More than likely, we will all turn on the television today. What are we watching? My favorite shows, like Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, and Upstairs, Downstairs show a different style of living – but it is still EXTRA refined! I often watch Food Network shows or HGTV, which ultimately inspire me to clean, but insire me nonetheless! We all have a guilty pleasure to watch from time to time, but are your TV habits improving your life and making you happy?
Music is all around us – in the car, in the coffee shop, and even in television adverts. When we choose to listen to music, what are we choosing? Just like television, we have our guilty pleasures, but what kind of music makes you feel refined? I love 1920’s jazz music in the mornings – the upbeat tempos replaced crude “pop music” during my morning routine. During dinner, I like to play a classical playlist. What are you listening to? When you listen to music, what are you choosing to hear?
I would LOVE to explore these topics – what we read, watch, hear, and think – more over the next few weeks. What do you think – does your day-to-day habits make up une vie de luxe?