If you know me you know I tend to like things “just so.” My friends tease me about this and even have nicknamed my apartment “The Stripe Hotel” as I fully admit to liking it to feel like a hotel. (A cool boutique hotel, but still – a hotel!) I’ve spent a lot of time and energy making my apartment into a place I don’t want to leave (to a fault!!!) I like my space to be luxurious, relaxing… a soothing oasis that I can escape to after a busy day in the city (or work from home all day and find it to be actually enjoyable!!!).
Luxury means different things to different people. It can mean designer labels or expensive vacations but to me, luxury is something else. It’s feeling truly relaxed. It’s feeling calm. It is taking a break from a busy week. Mostly, it’s living a life that makes you feel good on the inside as opposed to frantically running from one thing to the next. I’ve said before that taking a mid-day yoga class is my greatest luxury and I completely stand behind that.
Today (in partnership with Aera, an amazing home fragrance company), I am sharing five ways to add a little bit of simple luxury to your life this summer. I hope you do every single one of these things!!!
one // lighten up a little! // Spring cleaning can mean many things but for me the biggest thing is decluttering. I love my little space but it can get cluttered. I am spending this weekend going through every surface of my apartment (my desk, my shelves, the tops of my credenzas, nightstands, dressers, etc) and making some tough choices. There is a fine line to walk between what is artistic and interesting and what is just clutter. I have too many little things here + there and need to do a good clean-out.
two // Invest in Aera. // I have always loved fragrance (especially home fragrance) and really love my AERA. My friend + upstairs neighbor has impeccable taste and actually gave me mine as a housewarming present when I moved last April and I instantly became obsessed with it. Aera is an electronic fragrance diffuser with simple, beautiful scents. The clean, beautiful design doesn’t hurt either. The new Simplicity Collection is my personal favorite.
Right now I am using the cherry blossom fragrance (perfect for Spring) but I’m actually cannot wait to try the others… especially white tea, lavender, and sandalwood. White tea is going to be perfect for summer. Ahhh. The best part is that it’s totally adjustable with settings (1-10) which allow you to control how much fragrance is dispersed. They even have an app (AeraforHome) which will allow you to control the fragrance from your phone. (Aera is also totally child and pet friendly). The fragrance capsules retail for $39 and go a long way – on average they last 60 days, or 1440 hours! So much longer than a candle. If you use the promo code THESTRIPE20 you can take 20% off all Aera products through July 31, 2018 – the biggest discount they’ve offered yet!
three // stock the fridge. // This might be silly (okay yes it’s silly but I don’t care) but to me one of the most luxurious things about being home (especially when it’s hot!) is having a wide array of beverages (besides regular old water) to choose from. I personally like to have at least two flavors of LaCroix water (apricot + lime are my go-to flavors), Kombucha, and cold brew iced coffee. Or if I’m feeling particularly domestic I will slice up a lemon, a cucumber, and some mint leaves and make a pitcher of infused water. Or I’ll make a pitcher of iced hibiscus tea. Such a treat.
four // sleep with a silk eye mask. Why is sleeping with a silk eye mask the most luxurious thing ever? I really have no idea but it’s the truth. I LOVE mine and feel like Audrey Hepburn every time I go to bed (and every time I wake up). It’s the most luxurious, helps you sleep better, and can help prevent wrinkles (less friction between that delicate eye area and your pillow!) If you don’t sleep with an eye mask you’re just doing life all wrong. It’s a simple update to your routine that will go a long way.
five // set summer hours. To me, the ultimate luxury is unplugging and taking a little time off. I realize not everyone can do this, BUT here in New York most jobs offer “Summer Fridays.” At one job I had, they let us out at noon every Friday. At another, we could pick seven Fridays throughout the summer to have totally off. In all honesty I’ve only just gotten to a point where I take most of the weekend off (it can be really hard to step away when you’re self-employed!!!) but my goal is to stop working every Friday between MDW and LDW at 1pm. We shall see how this goes! I did it successfully last week and it was amazing. Even if you aren’t going anywhere, just getting to a mid-day workout class, museum outing, or going somewhere to read outside is the most luxurious.
All of the Aera scents are wonderful but I really love the Simplicity Collection. Cherry Blossom, Lavender, Sandalwood, White Tea, Citrus, and Vanilla… they’re each so lovely without being too much or too over the top. Don’t forget to use THESTRIPE20 for 20% off!*
*(Note that you can only use one promotion at a time… so at check out, check the little checkbox asking you if you want to use a coupon instead. Sadly this code can’t be combined with the free gift.)