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Hello, you! I'm Soph - a 22 year old girl currently living in Liverpool, spending most of her time writing, taking photo's, drinking coffee & trying not to eat too much cake.

I like nice things, so what?


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.

Soph



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!
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  1. I completely get where you're coming from - I too enjoy some "finer things" in life, but some people might assume that I'm wasting money or being snobby. But in my case I just enjoy going on holidays and buying nice clothes, which I don't think is anything to be ashamed of! Although saying that I haven't brought ANY clothes recently - I'm on a "spending ban" to save money for travelling, haha!

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    1. Yes! I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of, either. It's all personal preference, isn't it? Haha oh god, I need to put myself on a spending ban, I think! x

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  2. I can relate fully to this post. I am exactly the same when it comes to purchases or experiences. I'll will never judge others on how they chose to spend their time or pennies. If I've worked hard and I chose to treat myself then that's okay and I shouldn't feel bad for it. I'm 100% with you on this, if you've worked for it definitely get it and appreciate it.

    Dionne xoxo
    DeeDee Louise

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    1. You really shouldn't feel bad for it! Like you say, if you've worked hard, you should treat yourself! Thanks, Dionne! :) xx

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  3. Completely agree, it's such a good feeling knowing you've saved for something! xx

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    1. Thank you, Eloise! It certainly is :) xx

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  4. I have always been a frivilous spender but over the past few months I've been thinking more about what I spend my money on and saving for the things I really wan't, rather than just opting for the cheaper option. You're right - it's so much more satisfying! x
    Sophie Cliff

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    1. Haha isn't it! i guess it's like anything though, if you work hard for it, it feels better than if you're just given it, or have access to it anyway! xx

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  5. I've always been a saver when it come to money but I do sometime splash out on luxury items. Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

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    1. Quality over quantity, right? Thanks for reading, Sophie! xx

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  6. Totally with you! Back in my first year of uni (ohoho that is so long ago *cries at how old I have become*) I used to shop at Primark so much because I thought I was getting such a 'deal'! Bahaha. Nowadays I'm all about saving up for something / or one thing that I know I'll use for many years to come because it's so much more rewarding and satisfying. By which I mean I splurged on a very expensive bottle of BB cream which makes my skin looks amazing /cough.

    No shame in treating yourself after all that hard work, Soph!

    Cherie ✽ sinonym

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    1. Thanks, Cherie! Haha yes, I used to do that too! It really is more rewarding when you know you've saved for something. Haha, I bet your skin always looks amazing, lovely! x

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  7. Yes, I completely get you with this post! I work hard for the money I earn and I like spending it on nice things. I find that there's often better value in buying more expensive clothes (up to a point anyway), and I'd rather treat myself to nice jewellery occasionally, rather than have a drawer full of cheap things I only wear once or twice. I think it comes from having earned my own money since I was a teenager - I learned the value of it and felt able to treat myself because of it.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks, Jenny :) Exactly, I'm so glad you understand what I mean! I was kinda worried this whole post would come out wrong, but you've pretty much summed it up in a paragraph! xx

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  8. Yaaaas totally get where you are coming from here! I was brought up in a very similar way. My mum used to save for months on end just so she could get an Estee Lauder lipstick, or fancy pair of shoes. Living within your means and investing in beautiful, quality things, or treating yourself to that little slice of luxury when you can is what makes all the hard work worth it! Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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    1. Ahh, I'm glad! It really does, you've summed it up perfectly here, Immy! Also, I'm with your mum on the Estee Lauder lipstick haha! x

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  9. I absolutely agree! I don't understand the rave about 'how much you can get for your money' when I would much rather save and get a nice thing that I can appreciate for long and care for. I appreciate it much more! The afternoon tea looks lovely, btw!!

    Lii
    https://byliil.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Lii! Yes, I absolutely agree! Haha thanks lovely, it really was :) x

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  10. I relate to this post so much! I often get told I'm snobby but I would rather have one designer bag that I used over and over instead of fifty tatty high street bags. I don't care how others spend their money so why do they have something to say about my spending habits? Nothing wrong with appreciating nice things x

    Sick Chick Chic

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    1. There's definitely nothing wrong with appreciating nice things. I'm all about 'less is more' now that I'm older, and I'd much prefer to have something a little more luxury than those 'fifty tatty high street bags' you mention! :) x

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  11. Completely agree on this.

    My Mum had always been one for nice things of which I have taken on board that ethic too! Instead of buying lots of cheap things everyday, I'd rather save and get something that is of quality. Some may not agree with me but that's a decision I have taken and will always do. I've been on very luxurious trips, ie Orient Express several times, something I never thought I'd experience but it was something my mum and I saved up to do.

    There's nothing with appreciating the finer things in life :-)

    www.cassiemaie.com

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    1. I completely agree with that sentence, Carrie. In fact, this was nearly the title of this post! Also, the Orient Express sounds incredible! Thank you for reading, lovely xx

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  12. I completely get what you mean! I am a firm believer in if you work hard enough you deserve to treat yourself and it's even better when you know your hard work paid off and allowed you to treat yourself!

    Aimee xx

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  13. I completely agree with you! There's no shame in enjoying the nicer things in life, especially when you've worked so hard and earned it! I think a lot of us feel guilty when in reality it's healthy to treat ourselves from time to time.

    Summer, www.thetwinswardrobe.com

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  14. helo,ciao Soph...grear words!...nice photo of yours...cheers!

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  15. Hell yeah! Do whatever the f*ck you want!! I'm saving for a house currently and suddenly, to my parents, it's absolutely not allowed to buy anything.

    "Oh what's that package, I thought you were saving" ... "Are you sure you should be going out, you could save money"

    It literally drives me insane that sometimes I can't even treat myself without being penalised; it's so important to spend money on yourself sometimes!

    https://geotheleo.com

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  16. I love this. I love this a whole, ridiculous lot. I totally get where you're coming from, and was brought up with many of the same ideas from my parents - why have a lot of mediocre things when you can save for something you truly love, that might be a treat, but one that will be cherished. Obviously, each to their own, but I wish people wouldn't resort to branding it 'snobbish'.

    The afternoon tea looks so lovely :)

    Fii | little miss fii | uk fashion & lifestyle

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  17. As I've gotten older I can relate to this more and more - spending your money on quality over quantity is much more important to me.

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

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  18. I agree with Faye, and as you get older, the more you can relate to this. I've always thought quality over quantity is better, but growing up in a "middle class" while your mum is jobless, kind of limits that thought. I love it when people blog about things like this, actually. xx

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Lifestyle & Beauty
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