When I started this column a few months ago, I had visions of reviewing private jets, furs and expensive jewels, but as I began to consider what the word “luxury,” means, I quickly realized that it means very different things to different people. The textbook definition of luxury is something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity. But one person’s indulgence is another person’s necessity. So I had to consider what else a National Luxury Lifestyle reporter could convey to a yet-to-be discovered reading public about the topic.
The word luxury, for many people conjurs up things. Diamonds, yachts, furs, fancy trips, collectible cars….an extravagant lifestyle…. But for most, these things are out of reach for the majority of people and I am assuming that includes many of my readers.
To keep it real, I decided that this column should be a review of products, services, and experiences that most of us would consider an indulgence, but still within the realm of economic feasibility. But what does that mean?
So far, I’ve reviewed Godiva Chocolate infused vodkas, a few pricey appliances that while not necessary for survival, would be fun to have, and above-average priced cosmetics and fragrances (I am, first and foremost, a beauty and fashion reviewer). I’ve been covering Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments which can make a huge difference in the health and beauty of your skin. For most, a Fraxel treatment would be low on the list after paying the rent, gas for the car, and so forth, but if you were competing for a job in this youth-obsessed society (and when can we break that trend, forever?), Fraxel might make the difference between feeling confident enough to get the job or flubbing the interview. Is Fraxel then, a luxury or a necesssity?
…and what about the things money can’t buy? For over-stressed people, a , “luxury” might simply mean a day to put down the laptop and Blackberry, and spend time focusing just on family or friends. Luxury for a man whose mother in law is a meddler, might mean in-laws who relocate far, far away! For a busy mom, “luxury” might mean a soak in a scented tub, a catnap, or maybe an actual cat , purring on her lap!
I haven’t tried to make this a column about the very high end of luxury. I wouldn’t mind reporting on jewels, jets. furs, cars and exotic destinations if these items were offered to me for review. Honestly, I would enjoy the samples! But I am guessing that most of us think luxury is a little indulgence to a big splurge, not a billionaire’s mansion fitted out with gold bathroom fixtures and precious artwork, or trips on private jets. Luxury means more than just astronomically priced things…at least to me, that’s the case.
What does luxury mean to you? It is a little splurge (e.g. a $36.00 lipstick instead of the $6.00 drugstore brand)? It is something you just don’t need (or have multiples of) but you can’t resisit it? Do you think luxury has a pricetag …what’s the number? I would love your feedback so I can adjust this column to appeal to you— because you are foamcage.com readers — my readers –and I hope soon, subscribers to this column. Your feedback will help me make this column something you want to read, instead of something I assume you want to read.
If you are here, take a moment, click on the comments section and join the discussion on this topic. Please share your thoughts on what luxury means to you. There’s no need to write a term paper–a few sentences will do…and I thank you in advance for this. I will feel pretty silly if NO ONE LEAVES FEEDBACK!! You know that feeling? The one where you’re waiting and waiting, and you’re picked last for the team?…i don’t want to feel that today. So scroll down and write something!
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