Sure, this may be the season of giving, but after you’ve shopped ’til you’ve dropped finding the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list, it’s time that you did something for YOU. You work hard all year long. You deserve a little pampering. Here’s my list of nine indulgences to treat yourself to this season.
1. Splurge on expensive coffee.
Okay, so it might not be financially sound to spend five bucks on coffee each day, but if you’re craving a venti skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks and it will help you get through a monotonous day of work, just get yourself the damn latte. You work hard; so don’t feel guilty about spending the few extra dollars on it. If the overpriced latte will make you happy, it’s totally worth it.
2. Get that mani/pedi, already.
If you normally do your own nails or (GASP!) don’t do them at all, it’s time to get your sorry-looking fingers in the hands of a professional. First of all, it’s relaxing to get your nails done. Plus, there’s just something about freshly painted nails that makes you feel better about yourself. You’ll feel a sense of pride when you look down and see that your nails are shaped, filed, buffed and polished to a “T.” There’s no need to cough up a lot of cash for this indulgence; there are plenty of places that will do your nails for cheap.
3. Order yourself some satin pillowcases.
Satin pillowcases may sound lavish, but since getting a good night’s sleep is a crucial part of being a functioning human being, think of this as more of a necessity than an indulgence. They’re better for your hair and skin, plus they stay cool so you won’t have to keep flipping your pillow over all night. Not only will you sleep and look better, but they’re also really pretty. You won’t regret this decision. Sleeping on a satin pillowcase each night will make you feel like a queen.
4. Buy a professional bag for work.
Fact: Women judge other women by the kind of purse they carry so stop carrying around that old, beat-up bag from college. You’re a professional now, so you need a professional bag. It’s not necessary to spend a ton on a designer bag, but you do need something that is grown-up and practical.
5. Invest in a signature scent.
Take advantage of all the holiday sales and buy yourself a nice bottle of perfume. I find that spritzing on my favorite scent makes me feel happier. Sometimes I even use a little before bed to help me wind down.
6. Rock a LBD (Little Black Dress)
Do yourself a favor and find the perfect LBD to add to your wardrobe. You have no idea how often this fashion staple will come in handy. Weddings, funerals, job interviews, first dates… the occasions to wear it are endless.
7. Buy the “nice” makeup.
Sure, drugstore makeup gets the job done, but we all know you really covet the good stuff. Makeup is something you use everyday, so for the basics like black liner and foundation, don’t feel badly for splurging on pricey brands like MAC or Clinique.
8. Relax in a luxurious robe and slippers.
This is something you’ll wear just about every day so it’s worth the investment. You’ll feel better prepared to start each day wearing this cozy uniform.
9. Enjoy dessert.
Not to sound cliché, but you only live once. If you want to have some chocolate cake after dinner, have some chocolate cake. You can always push yourself to do an extra set at the gym tomorrow.Photos via 1, 2, 3, 4
Kimberly D. Horner recently graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in journalism and professional writing. She dreams of moving to New York City and fulfilling her life-long dreams of becoming a dog owner and having a paying job. When she isn’t curled up reading the works of Jane Austen or hunched over her desk writing at 3 a.m., she can be found on the stage – acting, directing, or designing costumes. Some of her favorite things include: Earl Grey tea, naps, Sherlock Holmes, tie-dye cupcakes, the musical My Fair Lady, and actress Lucille Ball. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @KimberlyDHorner or read about her vaguely interesting life on her website.