How do you define luxury? We think that a list of the finer things in life will be unique to each person, but here are a few five-star items that approach the meaning of luxury from every direction. From investing in your health to splurging on a pair of Jimmy Choos, we think there will be at least one item here that looks like your definition of luxury.
This lightweight scarf from Oak Hall was produced by the Italian luxury textile design house ETRO, and it features the brand’s signature intricate paisley pattern and vivid, contrasting colors. It’s the perfect way to add a stylish layer to any outfit without any unwanted bulkiness. It’s 50 percent wool, 50 percent silk and measures 26×62 inches. $360
Sign us up for a little luxury in the form of Jimmy Choo shoes! The Vanquish sandal by Jimmy Choo is available in-store at Joseph for $1,195. This true luxe love combines silky, zebra-striped calf hair, exotic snake-embossed leather and smooth leather. Need to justify buying this smokin’ hot pair of shoes? Hey, they are neutral in color and will go with everything! (Convinced?)
Guys like a little luxury once in a while, too! This is not just any white shirt. It is an Eton white twill shirt crafted with Cambridge twill fabric; thus, it keeps its shape throughout the day, and the weave has a crisp, sophisticated glow. Find it for $255 at Oak Hall.
Inspired by the fanciest horse races, like the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby, Over Under created this great-looking, sporting gentleman’s belt. Made from genuine American bridle leather with brass and a functional hoof pick, it comes in London tan, which would be perfect for spring/summer color combos, and a classic chestnut brown. $85 at Dixie Pickers
Fine lines and wrinkles are signs of a full and active life, but keeping them under control is important so we don’t look tired and older than our years. Skin care must precede all other facial products, and we have found a luxurious line that is new to Mona Esthetics in Memphis, and state-of-the-art within the industry. This topical antioxidant treatment, Stemulation, is made with a unique derivative of stem cell growth factors and can be absorbed directly into the skin for improved tightening and firming. Nonpathogenic, eco-friendly and free of all chemical additives, Stemulation products range from $35 to $360. Stemulation creator Laurie Nicoll is visiting Memphis and meeting clients at Mona today, April 21. Those who purchase from the Stemulation collection during Laurie’s visit will leave with a free gift!
Get the sun-kissed look without the dangerous sun damage from the Colorescience Sunforgettable collection. A luxurious option for those who prefer mineral-style makeup and want easy-to-apply sun protection, the products are water-resistant, broad spectrum, perfectly portable and a good choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. A Sunforgettable self-dispensing brush/powder is $64, and the primer is $54. With typical use, one brush should last 90 days, and there are several shades to choose from for different skin tones. Want to try before you buy? Check out the starter set at Eden Spa & Laser with small containers of the primer, a mineral powder and setting mist for $68.
Stop by the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis or Nashville. Yes, both locations are luxurious galleries with an extensive collection of Southern and contemporary art, but David is also known for his friendly, knowledgeable client service. Whether you’re starting a collection, building one or just want to bring color and texture into your home with a meaningful piece of artwork, have fun navigating your way with the experts at David Lusk. It is no replacement for a live viewing, but you can take a preliminary tour of the curated collections at DLG at davidluskgallery.com Prices are provided upon request.
Luxurious, but extra versatile, these woven steel tables at Ray & Baudoin can be used as a coffee table (as shown in the store display), or they can be separated and used as side tables. Another idea that sales manager Ragan Magness pointed out: Why not place them underneath a wooden console? The contrast of steel and wood would be pleasingly textural, and you can pull them out for extra seating when needed. $408 each
Blown glass bottles
Add immediate luxury to any table in the house with these blown glass bottles. Don’t you love the captivating blue color and varying shapes and heights? Use one for simple elegance, or group them together for a statement-making display. $88 to $108 at the Ray & Baudoin interior design shop
Pierre Frey book
Just out, an inspiring book about a company that helped define luxury in the interior furnishings industry: Pierre Frey: Inspiring Interiors. Pierre Frey is a Parisian company that has designed and manufactured some of the most coveted textiles and wallpaper in the world since 1935, and this lavish new book celebrates the family-owned company that has flourished by preserving centuries-old crafts and techniques. Peruse luxury in the pages of this new read by editor Caroline Levesque, writer Serge Gleizes and photographer Philippe Garcia. $65 at Booksellers or La Maison Antiques
If you have never worked with a personal trainer, it may sound like a luxury reserved for celebs and ladies of leisure, but this is not at all true. A personal trainer is time and money well-spent, and you are less likely to skip when someone is meeting you there with a well-planned, safe workout. Scott Lebowitz, owner of InBalance FITNESS in Midtown and Harbor Town, provided us with an overview of the price for working with a personal trainer one-on-one and in a group. At InBalance, memberships range from $45 to $65 per month (these include all group fitness classes); training ranges from $40 to $70 per session (individual, partner and group rates); and group fitness classes range from $8 to $13 per class. Visit their website for details.
While you in the healthy frame of mind, why not address your approach to nutrition? Discover a delicious, five-star lifestyle with nutritionist Leslie Schilling at Schilling Nutrition. Her team doesn’t put clients on a diet. Instead, they work with people of all ages and activity levels to help them make wise food choices. Schilling Nutrition has several packages available for both individuals and families starting at $425. And their Supper Solutions option is $29.95 per month.
The latest smartwatch is vivoactive’s ultra-thin GPS Smartwatch by Garmin, and it just arrived on the shelves at Fleet Feet last week! This luxe love has multiple built-in sport apps, and it pairs with your smartphone to alert you to incoming calls, texts, calendar items and more; and the screen is visible in sunlight. As the expert sales associates at Fleet Feet explained to us, there is not much this smartwatch won’t do. It sells for $250.
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