Little luxuries to enjoy at home…
When le Monsieur and I are researching future travel, we spend considerable time online comparing several hotels and accommodations in each destination. I always check out the “amenities” section to be sure there’s wi-fi, and in-room coffee ☕️ (especially an espresso machine) is always a plus. And if they offer nice toiletries, so much the better.
But amenities aren’t just for travel. Here are some of the little luxuries I’ve incorporated into our life at home, and appreciate daily.
I’ve been using these Peeps eyeglass cleaners for a few years now, and wouldn’t be without them. They easily remove fingerprints, dust, and other schmutz from my lenses. One unit lasts me for several months, even with daily use. And they’re great for travel too!
I switched to using a silk pillowcase a few years ago. I tend to sleep on my side or stomach, and with the silk, I don’t wake up with creases in my face. It also seems to reduce bed head. 😉
I started using a silk sleep mask for travel but have found that it’s handy at home too. Comfortably blocks the light when le Monsieur sits up late reading, or when the neighbors leave their outdoor floodlight on all night. 😬
Chanel’s “Fashion Manifesto”
My sister sent me this interesting BBC article about Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and her impact on fashion. (There’s a new exhibit about her and her work at the Palais Galleria in Paris. The venue is closed at the moment, but you can watch a preview HERE.)
Chanel has sometimes been credited with “revolutionizing” women’s fashion early in the 20th Century. But the truth is a little more complex and nuanced. What she did do well was tap into the zeitgeist of the 1920’s, and translate it into clothing that was simpler and allowed more freedom of movement.
Following the lead of designer Paul Poiret – the great couturier of the time who eliminated the corset in his designs – Chanel did the same, and created clothes for the “active and independent woman”. She chose jersey, a low-cost material traditionally used for men’s undergarments, to create dresses with loose, flowing silhouettes. Instead of accentuating the female form with cinched waistlines and bustiers, she erased them altogether in sleeveless, free-flowing dresses with higher hemlines that allowed women to move comfortably – and dance freely.LINK
The article also discusses how comfort and practicality informed her iconic designs like the tweed suit and two-tone slingback pump. I found it an enjoyable and informative read.
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