My favorite little luxuries right now

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As we trudge into, like, the one hundredth month of 2020, I think it’s important not to fall too far down the rabbit hole of sweats-wearing and Netflix binge-watching in whichever tiny ways we can, and keep up appearances, as it were. That’s why, even though on a typical day I may or may not see somebody I want to smell nice for, I use my Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady Hair and Body Oil: it’s my favorite scent, and a good bit less powerful than the perfume itself, which can come on strong.

I really prefer my sweaters to be cashmere, especially now. This one from Naked Cashmere is nice and roomy with a deep V-neck, and the price is pretty good too.

Lipstick sales are down these days, for obvious reasons, but I don’t entirely feel like myself if I’m not wearing it; hence, all my favorite cloth masks are stained on the inside. This is my current favorite hue: Royal from Kosas. It’s super-lightweight, and leaves a nice, berry-ish stain.

I’m always wearing a few charms around my neck on a gold chain, including this show-stopping James Colarusso faceted heart, which is just a little too beautiful. Usually hearts strike me as corny, but this not this one, which has a lovely, sculptural appeal.

My hair is a messy rat’s nest after I’ve shampooed, so I work some of this stuff through my tangles and then comb it out with this Mason Pearson number, and it’s as good as gold: smooth and undamaged.

I love Chantelle panties: they’re super-comfortable and breathable, but at the same time just the right amount of sexy.

I have a notebook in which I jot down ideas I’ve had for the podcast, or for this blog, or lists of recommended books and movies and the like, and when I’m writing in it I use this Rifle Paper Co. pen, which is so pretty, and also nice and substantial and makes me feel like whatever I’m writing down is important, even if it’s just a shopping list.

 

I have raved about this blow dryer before: it is lightning-fast, and seems to do less damage to my hair than typical blow dryers. It’s pricey, but Dermstore is forever running specials on it, so keep an eye out.

I splurged on this python wallet from Jerome Dreyfuss years ago, and it wasn’t cheap at all, and I had a decent amount of buyer’s remorse. But it has turned out to be a pretty genius purchase: historically, my wallets look trashed after a year or two, but this one still looks just about as good as the day I acquired it.  Here’s something similar and cheaper (though, alas, still not cheap), also from Dreyfuss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    MeezStephanie
    22 Sep 2020
    12:24pm

    I just love Kosas lipstick! Bought one in “Rosewater” after hearing a plug for it on your podcast and I really do feel polished when I slick it on and dab a little on my cheeks.

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    Elle
    22 Sep 2020
    1:39pm

    The little luxuries are getting me through right now. Great list!

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    kimbersam
    22 Sep 2020
    1:51pm

    Damn, those Chantelle panties are LIT!

    I agree that we can’t melt into sweats on the daily. Standards and all… I force myself to wear a flowy dress or “hard” pants a few times a week.

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      Jenny
      22 Sep 2020
      9:37pm

      I’ve worn jeans two days & two flights in a row, and my new value-sized tummy & thighs are not having it. I should have trained for this better—a few hours a day in pants with zippers before the real thing.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    22 Sep 2020
    3:57pm

    I’ve been telling myself that I deserve a luxury today. And it might be Cheetos. My masks will be stained orange.

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    DJ
    22 Sep 2020
    4:26pm

    Love your blog. Just wanted to share that they have these face mask brackets on Amazon so your mask is more breathable and *bonus* your lipstick stays put.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    22 Sep 2020
    11:16am

    I have always been a fan of wearing lipstick at home. Meanwhile, I am luxuriating in absurdity. I saw the Tiny Desk concert of the Korean boy band BTS and now I totally want to dress like all of them! https://www.npr.org/2020/09/21/914041408/bts-tiny-desk-home-concert This is remarkable because orange features heavily in their group look in this concert; orange is the favorite color of a former sociopathic boss of mine, which put me off the color for decades. I particularly like the look of the vest-wearing guy. I really hope the mothers of BTS members snatch their sons’ clothes when they’re not looking, at least the neck scarves and jewelry!

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    cw
    22 Sep 2020
    9:01am

    I want two luxuries right now: when my cast comes off Oct. 1st I want to spend the afternoon in the shower getting my entire body wet instead of doing a hybrid tub thing with a plastic bag on my arm and the second luxury I have a desire for is a collar/necklace a la RBG to wear when I go vote. Sidenote: I LOVE Kosas lipsticks because they don’t feel like lipsticks at all.

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    Jax
    23 Sep 2020
    12:36am

    Goodness, I love Jerome Dreyfuss’ handbags and I love mini wallets and French wallets. A wallet would be a great entry-level JD item to get.

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