Last week Carole shared a most interesting list and several others posted luxury lists of their own. It really got me thinking about luxuries. But, what is a luxury? The dictionary says it is “the state of great comfort and extravagant living” and the list of synonyms include opulence, grandeur, magnificence, splendor, and lavishness. All this sounds very expensive, doesn’t it?
But, all that sort of flies in the face of this quote from Coco Chanel: “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
Much better, yes?
Today my things are luxuries that are the opposite of vulgarity – and ones that I think are truly luxurious.
The ability to “not have to work” and spend my days doing exactly what I want to do. I am so fortunate that I can do this, and I am most appreciative of that fact!
Making. This is perhaps the best luxury of all – knitting, stitching, sewing, cooking, baking, etc. Being a maker, I am sure was not always thought of as a luxury and was more a necessity. But, being able to create with my own hands things for those I love is lavish.
The unexpected luxury of less humid weather mid-July and all that it brings – open windows, no AC, and yes…much longer walks.
There you have my unconventional luxury list. What about you? What do you consider a luxury in your life?
Want to see more lists? Head on over to Carole’s!
Great list! Totally agree with all of them, though around here (the Netherlands) number three would just be the fact that we’re having a real (warm/dry) summer for once 😉
Good morning! We’re clearly having a luxurious non-typical July morning, more like autumn. I’ll take it! Loving your list of luxuries and I too am thinking about sharing my luxuries later today as my contribution to Carol’s invitation/incentive…A major luxury of mine as is yours: my time ( being “retired”). Love every minute…
Enjoy your time!
I found out in the past day how much of a luxury clean water is. We are under a boil water advisory. It has made me appreciate how lucky we are to live in a country with access to clean water!
I love your list!
YES! I love my life and I have all three of your luxuries in my world, too! Life is GOOD!
I think Coco Chanel had it right! I’d say this lovely weather we’re having is certainly a luxury. It’s so nice to be able to be outdoors and enjoying it.
Other than that, I’d say free time is my biggest luxury. I have time every day when I can do something for pleasure, whether it be knitting, spinning, reading, or napping.
Great list Kat and I love the quote from Coco Chanel.
Can I tell you how totally jealous I am about Thing One? I mean, I love my job but still, I’d leave it in a heartbeat if I didn’t need that paycheck!
Oh my golly . . . so MANY little luxuries.
Buying a skein of beautiful yarn.
Working with knitting tools that are functional AND beautiful.
Having the time to sit out on the porch and listen to the birds in the wetlands behind our home.
Face wash that smells nice and makes my skin soft.
I could go on and on, but these are my favorites today.
I’m with you on all three, able to do two and three…working hard toward #1. If all goes as planned…29 months to go!
being retired FOR SURE
the luxury of a quiet neighborhood high on a hill few neighbors
the luxury of local yarn shop
I could’ve been with you on things one and two most any day, but today, it’s 84 degrees outside and actually nice. so all three! privilege. grateful.
I love my not working life even though I babysit part time. Yesterday and today were perfection for weather!
I completely agree with you on all three, even though I still have to work, and that means not enough time for #2, and they seem to have plenty of heat and humidity in MD. C’est la vie; #3 will be better in the fall, and #1 and #2 should improve in a few short years!
Those are 3 truly luxurious luxuries (and I get to share all three, so even better). 🙂