WELCOME TO AN ELEGANT, REFINED AND LUXURIOUS LIVING BLOG NETWORK
If we’re being honest, there used to be days when we rolled out of bed, threw on the first clean outfit we came across, painted on a layer of makeup and rushed out the door. We’d grumble through the day, buy ourselves a greasy take-out lunch and almost fall asleep in afternoon meetings. We’d reheat an unhealthy dinner and slump on the couch with TV and a glass of wine until falling into bed, unsatisfied with what we accomplished that day and who we had become. Being busy, exhausted and stretched thin seems to be the new normal in our society. It seemed to be the only option for us.
People somehow spend more time reading about the bra-less twerking antics of Miley Cyrus or the latest happenings with the Kardashian family than they do planning for success or finding pleasure in their own daily lives. They have become lazy and stuck in a rut of watching hours upon hours of reality television lives rather than embracing their own. Bad food and lifestyle choices have led to weight gain and faces full of blemishes that hundreds of dollars worth of cream and camouflaging clothing can’t solve.
The process of refinement involves removing impurities or unwanted elements in order to get to the ideal substance. This is what this is all about – removing the bad behaviours society has made so easy to fall into and embracing luxurious living with elegance and refinement.
The Refined Network is all about living La Vie en Luxe, simply meaning to live a luxurious life. What do we mean by a luxurious life?
Luxury, to us, means something that is inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.
This encapsulates the Refined Side tenet of living with more glamour, elegance and refinement. It means finding ways to add luxury to your everyday life in a way that brings you – and you alone – pleasure. Perhaps your luxury is a new handbag every season, perhaps your luxury means a quiet coffee away from a screaming toddler. Perhaps your luxury means a back massage from a partner, perhaps it means a weekend getaway to the Seychelles. Perhaps your luxury is having freshly painted toenails every Monday morning, perhaps it’s unwinding with a glass of wine after a long day. Luxury is whatever brings you pleasure and comfort.
We discovered that everyone has a different version of luxury, and everyone wants different things out of life. It’s why we have created the Refined Network – a full network of refined living blogs that all encapsulate the basic tenets of la vie en luxe. A reader who visits the Refined Side is presented with content from a wide variety of sources and that ultimately helps them discover what luxurious living truly means to their everyday lives.
We are so thrilled that you are joining us on this journey. Whether it’s to join us as a member of the wider Refined Living community and read our award-winning daily fresh content or to join us as a Refined Network blog and have your content reach tens of thousands of readers, we raise a glass in celebration of starting this journey together.