If social media has convinced you that living a life of luxury requires a calendar of 14-karat gold facials and trips to exotic parts of the globe you’ve never even heard of (all while impeccably dressed, of course), you are not alone. In fact, there are plenty of ways to elevate your everyday life without a billion dollar paycheck—whether in the form of a product that makes your skin so radiant you might just skip a filter, or setting up your very own picture-perfect picnic. To help get you there, we’re outlining some of the simplest things you can do that will make a big impact when it comes to making you feel like you’re living your best life.
We’re not suggesting you wear a dress and heels every day, but switching up some of your go-to basics that have seen better days (we’re looking at you, old yoga pants) with a few elevated pieces can give you a tremendous confidence boost. For example, next time you’re heading to the beach or hitting up a friend’s pool party, toss a cute cover-up or caftan over your swimsuit instead of your standard tank and cut-offs. Or switch out your worn-out flip-flops for a pair of chic leather slides.
Another way to turn your style game up a notch without tossing out your existing wardrobe is by adding in some eye-catching accessories that will make you feel that much more put-together. Dress up an otherwise basic outfit with some statement earrings or a cool cuff and watch the compliments roll in.
When you’re not having a good skin day, it’s hard to feel like your best self. And while we don’t have a magic cure for every complexion woe, there are a few products that might help you get glowing fast—without a pricey trip to the dermatologist. If dullness is your biggest gripe, try a an exfoliating product that uses glycolic or lactic acids to gently remove those layers of dead skin. And try toting a hydrating facial mist around in your bag to battle heat and dryness and keep your makeup looking and feeling fresh.
We’ve all seen the impossibly cute moments on the ‘gram, like a perfectly planned picnic in the park, and felt a little insecure about our own, less photogenic lunch situation. Not to say you should be living your life for the photos, but creating little luxe moments can bring a little joy to your day. Gather your squad and stock a stylish tote with wine (or your beverage of choice), cheese, fresh fruit, crackers, and a beautiful, plush towel or blanket to sprawl out on. Voila!