There was a time when I defined luxury purely in Hollywood terms – Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous…if you will. Private jets, mansions, pearls and red-carpet dresses….all seemed to epitomize luxury.
I suppose this is a touch natural from a ‘Valley Girl’ who grew up on the periphery of all things Los Angeles. It is close to impossible to grow up without a slightly jaded view of what ‘luxury’ would be when I finally achieved adulthood. Attending an all-girl school in LA and occasionally rubbing elbows (or chatting on the phone) with the ‘elite’ or ‘famous’ can leave you with a skewed version of just what amazing and luxurious actually turn out to be.
But settling in to a happy version of adult life and fully embracing that luxury is synonymous with extreme comfort and honestly – feeling spoiled. In this realm, I recognize that our barometers may vary, but I *think* we can all agree that being spoiled (whatever your definition)…and even choosing to spoil yourself... is luxurious.
For you and I, luxury isn’t wandering Rodeo Drive with a personal shopper at your elbow, picking out the latest designer trends while not worrying about the price tags.
It likely isn’t the Ritz Carlton in an Aspen hot tub and a glass of Dom Perignon.
But it IS the *great state of comfort*.
The good news for me, I was recently a guest on a luxury experience to Santa Barbara that highlighted for me JUST how luxury is defined in my world. Thank you, a million times over to my friends at KIA Motors – who wanted me to see, feel, and experience luxury on multiple levels.
Since I returned home, I’ve been mulling over the experience, allowing the moments and memories to expand like the notes in a rich burgundy.
Luxury is attainable.
It is a release of worries.
It is a bed made of unicorn tears, a space to call your own and a glorious view. It is a property, Belmond El Encanto, that welcomes you home.
It is finding yourself losing time so that you can relish the moment – for me, this was standing on a chartered yacht as the coastline of Santa Barbara sailed by at magic hour.
A massage so good you ask the masseuse if she wants to move to St. Louis.
Standing at the edge of a cliff overlooking one of the greatest gifts of Mother Nature – the ocean – and breathing it in like life itself.
Embracing the late night guitar sessions, when not one photo was taken and the experience lives only in your phantom playing, your wishful singing and the camaraderie of a shared thought.
Relishing the comfort of sleeping in the stars and driving the winding milky way of a Pacific Coast Highway in a car built for the luxury of the drive. The KIA Optima offers an extended moon roof that is akin to driving a convertible….you can feel the outdoors while tucked in the comfort of your ride.
Luxury is a gift I give myself, not something that happens to me.
Disclosure: I was a grateful guest of KIA Motors on this trip to the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, as well as on the journey to and from Los Angeles and driving both the KIA Optima and the KIA Cadenza. I was not paid for this experience. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.