This kitty is here to tell you that living luxe is not just for the very rich. She’s a believer in small indulgences that make her feel like a queen, and she’d like to offer a few suggestions if you, too, want to live like a rich bitch. She’s talked extensively with me about her ideas, so I’ll present them on her behalf: How to live rich on a budget.
A pretty cup.
I love a pretty cup and so does kitty. Everything, including milk, tastes better with a little pretty. My favorite source for pretty cups is TJMaxx or Home Goods, where they can be had for $2 or $3 each. This one’s from Anthropologie, bought a long time ago, but I just bought a couple you’ll see in other posts from TJMaxx. And, why not serve tea on a tray? The tray was a gift from my sister-in-love.
A special tea.
Splurging on a nice tea is something new for me. It’s a pretty inexpensive way to feel like I’m doing something special for myself. This is my latest.
Maybe you don’t drink tea. So once in a while, splurge on a hand-crafted coffee in a cute little cafe. Sip it and talk with a friend or read a book. Ahhh! Living luxe!
Luxury bath products.
Luxury soap and fragrant body wash are indulgences for me and they’re long-lasting ones, too. I buy them on sale or at TJ Maxx or Home Goods for less than they cost in a retail store.
A fluffy robe.
I’m a fan of the fluffy robe, especially in winter, when I want to feel cozy right out of the bath. Look for sales, especially toward the end of a season. This is my winter robe. I have a lighter-weight spa robe for spring. If you’ve got a Macy’s credit card, you are inundated with discount coupons every month. Don’t under-estimate them! I play mine like a winning canasta hand.
Hmm. Does anyone play canasta any more?
An elegant caftan.
When I lounge around the house, I love to wear a pretty caftan. I bought this linen caftan on sale years ago at Soft Surroundings. It’s washable, light-weight and super comfortable for summer. Of course, it doesn’t hold a candle to the caftans by Oscar de la Renta I posted about recently. But wearing it instead of jeans around the house makes me feel good. I’ve also got two heavier weight caftans for winter that I also bought on sale.
My husband has a saying that I’ve adopted for its wisdom: Any fool can spend money. And he’s right. We choose carefully what we’ll pay full price for, but on these little luxuries, there’s no need to. Rich Kitty is our guru.
I love a big, fluffy towel and I buy them on sale. Check Home Goods and stores like that. My old towels were getting a bit ratty, so I stocked up recently on these.
There’s a scented candle lit each and every day in my house. Don’t pay full price–even at Bed Bath and Beyond, with coupons, they are ridiculously expensive. But–great sales at Bath and Body Works. Work the sales and buy a few at once on sale. I like fruity candles the best; florals make me a little ill. So when I find a scent I love, I wait for a nice sale.
Cheese and fruit tray.
Some nights we simply eat cheese and fruit for dinner. Why not? Present it prettily and it’s the epitome of living rich.
A sweet confection.
I saw these in Southern California and thought they were so pretty. And what romantic ingredients! But I probably wouldn’t pay that much for one and chances are you can find something as good for less money. Still, if you splurge once in a while on a pretty confection like this, it won’t break the bank. You can even share one with your lover.
A bouquet of flowers.
A pretty bouquet of flowers can last more than a week. If you have a Trader Joe’s, you can find flowers cheaply. Believe it or not, sometimes Whole Foods has the best price. And we have a street vendor that also offers good prices. And by the way, if I buy a dud at TJ or anywhere? A bouquet that doesn’t bloom or only lasts a couple days? i return it for a refund. Just saying.
Grow your own.
Maybe you have a green thumb? Grow your own! This is from our back yard. Also we have some beautiful lilies that have sprung up all over the place. I’ll cut those and put them in a tall vase.
Nature is free. Live near the water? a mountain? a park? Go out and enjoy! Now that’s really living luxe!
Now how about you? What little luxuries do YOU enjoy?