With the new year fast approaching, many people, including yourself, will have already begun to think about what changes they are going to make in their lives and how to achieve these goals. The new year is a great time to declare a new start for yourself and set resolutions that will have a highly positive impact on your lifestyle. Perhaps you have decided to give up smoking or go to the gym a little bit more? If you can keep one resolution, then why not go the whole way an make the choice to inject more luxury into your life?
This might not sound like an obvious resolution at first but given that you only have one life to live, making a commitment to having the best one possible with no compromises suddenly makes a lot of sense. A complete overhaul of your lifestyle doesn’t need to be as scary as it first sounds. What you need to remember is that every change you make needs to have a positive impact on your life and your happiness and this simple reason is what should be the driving force of what motivates you. After all, everyone deserves to be happy and enjoy a bit of luxury in their lives, so why should your life be any different?
In this ultimate guide, you are going to learn several ways you can make positive changes for a more luxurious life in every aspect of your life. By following the advice in this guide, you will be happier, more fulfilled, and naturally more successful.
Why is the new year the right time?
The first of January is traditionally the day where people make big life choices and try to turn things around through resolutions they make the month before, but why do people make New Year’s resolutions and why should you make some as well?
In the past
New Years resolutions date all the way back to the Romans:
- Their god Janus had two faces, one looking to the past, and one looking to the future. As the new year came along, the Romans would reflect on the past and make goals for the future in honor of Janus, which is where the origins of the New Year’s resolution came from.
While it might not be in honor of a Roman god anymore, the logic behind the tradition is a meaningful process where you have the opportunity to look at your life as it is and decide what needs to be done to change it for the better and help you to become the person you want to be in the future.
Making a commitment to fashion
If you want to live a luxurious lifestyle, then something you are going to need to ditch the moment the new year rolls around is fast fashion. While it is convenient and cheap, fast fashion doesn’t last and also supports questionable practices such as sweatshops. Making the change to ethical fashion brands will mean that you are reducing your impact on the planet and actively supporting those business that care. Below are a few brands that follow this philosophy:
Everlane is an affordable brand that focuses on being transparently ethical. With an affordable price range and stocking a wide variety of sizes, Everlane is a great place to begin when you want to be more conscious about your clothing choices.
Another great brand to try is Patagonia, that puts a lot of energy into ensuring every piece of clothing they produce is environmentally sustainable, and Fair Trade certified. Patagonia specializes in outdoor apparel and was one of the pioneers of ethical fashion, so they know what they are doing and continue to do it well.
The third ethical clothing brand you should check out on your journey to responsible fashion is Able. Able focuses on fair labor practices and have their clothes created by female artisans in Peru. They have a wide range of styles, a good pricing structure, and are a great choice if you want to support a truly feminist brand.
It is easy to identify quality fabrics over fast fashion, and once you make the switch, you will never want to go back to the high street again. Alongside your fashion items, it is also worth considering investing in some ethically and sustainably made shoes to be staples of your new wardrobe next year. A good pair of shoes that have been well made will last you for years and years, so they are well worth the extra money so that you are able to enjoy the benefits of the best pair of shoes you will ever own.
Trying something new
Luxury is all about the overall lifestyle you lead, and this includes everything from the clothes you wear, as mentioned above, all to how you spend your free time. When you have time off work, there is nothing luxurious about slouching in front of the television when you could be doing something far more enriching and rewarding. Once such venture is to begin a sport. For a sport that offers more than just a way to get fit, opt for a sport that you can make as luxurious as you like, such as golfing.
Golf is sport associated with the successful and allows you to exercise in often some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Alongside this, it is also a great sport to be familiar with in terms of business networking or meeting up with your workplace superiors.
How do I get into Golf?
To begin this new venture, you need to start by simply investing in some professional golf clubs that will help you to play a better game and impress your boss when you go out on the course together to chat business. Finding clubs that have precision weighting, great swing, and are durable will make learning this exciting hobby so much better for you.
Now that you have the love for the sport, you need to head online and take a look at the best golf courses in the world to visit. This is something you can easily integrate into a family holiday or a work trip to add an extra bit of glamor to your time away and give you a chance to really invest in a meaningful hobby that gets you out of the house and into the world.
Some of the top-ranked golf courses in Ireland, for example, include:
- Royal Country Down, Northern Ireland
- Dundrum Bay
- Mourne, Ireland
If you are interested in golfing in somewhat warmer climates, then the Royal Melbourne course in Black Rock, Australia is the one for you. Founded in 1926, this course offers a challenge to players, as it was designed to focus on the angles of play, rather than powering the ball across vast distances, combining the rolling sand belt with luscious greenery.
Finding your very own paradise
A luxury lifestyle is not complete without a luxury holiday to go with it. By doing some research into the best places to visit on vacation, you can begin to build a bucket list that you can tick off as the months go by.
What separates a luxury holiday from an ordinary vacation?
The key here is not the amount of money you spend on your adventure, contrary to popular belief, but what you seek to get out of it. Many people will go on holiday to overcrowded resorts to sunbathe, but you will want to get something more meaningful out of your trip by experiencing the culture and history of some not so well-known holiday hot spots.
- Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and a world-renowned cultural melting pot. This city has historically been uniquely open to other traditions and is often referred to as a mosaic, weaving together Spanish, English, Norman, and Bourbon influences into the rich tapestry that comprises the capital. With palaces, churches, and even glorious botanical gardens to visit, Palermo should be on your travel list this year.
- Another great destination you can enjoy is Leeuwarden-Friesland in The Netherlands. In 2018, the destination was named the European Capital of Culture which saw a gloriously diverse range of art and performance arrive in Leeuwarden-Friesland, against the backdrop of the stunning meadows, forests, and coast.
- If you are the kind of person who loves to learn and has a passion for history, then a destination for your luxury holiday could be Flanders in Belgium. Belgium is a country of rich culture, stunning architecture, and great chocolate, but also the sight of one of the most famous battles in all of human history. With the centenary just passed, it is the perfect time to go and see what the country has to offer and what you can learn about the world along the way.
Home is where the heart is
The benchmark of luxury for many ordinary people is the feeling you get when walking into a five-star, boutique hotel, where everything from the paint on the walls, to the ornaments, to the bed linen, is precisely chosen to be fashionable, high-end, and all work together to form on coherent visual piece of art. This is what you should aim for with your home as well.
You will be pleased to know that it is much easier than you think to get your home to look high-end, so you can put in an affordable and organized plan to revamp your humble abode and wow your guests when they come to dinner. One of the best ways to instantly add glamor to your home is to re-do your bedroom with some simple yet chic additions:
- Invest in good quality bedsheets. Go for silk, satin, and cashmere wool for ultimate softness and warmth
- Add a mattress topper underneath the sheet also adds that extra bit of comfort for the long nights effortlessly.
- Consider a mirror to enlarge the space. You can go as ornate or minimal as you like.
If you want to have every room in your home looking its best without having to rip out all of the furniture and fittings, then one elegant solution is to color coordinate your home. By choosing neutrals such as white and cream with pops of vibrant, complementary colors, such as red and mustard yellow, or deep purple paired with electric blue, you can have a coherent look throughout every room.
With the simple use of throws, rugs, candles, and ornaments (with the odd lick of paint here and there) you can create a stunning place to live that looks beautiful from the moment you step through the front door.
Finally, if you want to go all out on the luxury, then the bathroom is where your money needs to be spent. Invest in a clawfoot bath or hot tub to relax in, some heated towel racks, and a backlit mirror to get ready in for the ultimate spa experience.
A luxury lifestyle is all in the attitude
If this great guide has yet to convince you to make a commitment to living a much more luxurious life, then there is one more thing you need to think about. Many people will shy away from letting themselves have expensive things or taking time to enjoy their hobbies because of the simple reason that they don’t believe they are important enough to warrant this indulgence. Making a commitment to having a bit more luxury in your lifestyle is also about finding your self-worth and placing being happy at the very center of your life.
You deserve to wake up in the morning and be excited about every aspect of your life because only then can you go out into the world in a positive frame of mind and be a positive influence on other people.
Committing to having a luxury life as your New Year’s resolution will be the best thing you ever do and will have you reaping the benefits in no time at all.
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