There's nothing wrong with that, right?
Okay, here's something that's been bugging me. Why is it that if you admit to enjoying nice things, some people automatically assume that you're a 'snob'? It's something that I've noticed a lot recently, and something that I wanted to write about, I guess.
I've always been brought up to appreciate nice things. My Mum and Dad have always taught me that if you work hard, then you deserve to treat yourself. The first half of this always being so important. But I've also always been taught how to appreciate what you have, and how to look after it. As a child, I looked after my own books, dolls and toys as if they were my own kids. If you borrowed one of my books, you weren't allowed to bend the front cover or open it too far so that there was a visible crease in the spine. I liked my things to be nice and well looked after.
I've always noted that my parents work hard to be able to then treat themselves to what they have. And as a result, my brother and I were brought up in a lovely home and experienced beautiful holiday's when we were growing up. We never went on what some would call 'a lot' of holidays, but the ones we did go on were always gorgeous & just perfect for us.
Now, as a totally independent girl in my twenties, this is something that I continue to do. I'd much prefer to save up and buy a more 'high end' beauty or skin care product, piece of clothing or perfume, than buy more of the cheaper brands. But that's just me, and it's totally okay if you prefer the latter. It's all personal preference and I would never judge anyone on which they prefer.
When we booked this afternoon tea a few weekends ago, we had the choice of 'standard' or 'luxury'. We opted for luxury, because we both agreed that the white cloth dining experience would be a lovely treat, and something that we don't get to do very often. And it really was beautiful and one of the best afternoon tea's I've ever had.
The same goes for our flat, I guess. We definitely don't live in the cheapest building in the city, but the flat is just exactly what we want, has a 24 hour concierge (an absolute life saver when it comes to not having to sign for post! ...oh, and like security purposes and stuff, too. ;) ) and we're in the most beautiful and convenient of locations. Yes, we could move somewhere cheaper in the city. Heck, we could move outside the city and probably have a whole house to ourselves, but it's just what we prefer and we're perfectly happy with that. We both work hard to pay for it though, so why shouldn't we have something nice to show for it?
So, while I'm single with no real 'ties' or anything else to pay for, I'm going to enjoy myself while I can. I'm the kind of girl that if I see something I want, I go after it until I've got it. So, if I'm shopping and I fall for a bag or some shoes, if I'm browsing holidays and spot the perfect hotel, or if I'm looking to move and find a beautiful flat, I wait and save until I can pay for it myself. And to be quite honest, there's no better feeling than when you finally get that thing that you've been lusting after for months!
Do you guys know what I mean? I hope this hasn't come across in a bad way, that's totally not how I meant it. It's just been an observation of sorts recently.
p.s For those of you that know me: No, I haven't taken up drinking. The wine just made for a better photo than the water!