I celebrated a big birthday last month ("celebrated" is a relative term, considering I had a week-old baby and was sleeping in 1-hour increments!). My sweet husband got me some new earrings that I absolutely love. I was wearing them the other day and he commented, "Are you going to wear those at home today?" The earrings are kind of big, so maybe they seem a little silly to wear at home. But they make me happy every time I put them on or look in the mirror, so I figure yes, I will wear them at home. If I lose one, I will be sad, but that is just part of life. And they certainly aren't the same as Kim K wearing her giant diamond studs swimming in the ocean!
His comment made me think about what I willingly use every day versus what I save for special occasions. When I think about myself, with jewelry or furniture or clothes or silverware, I can't really find any logic behind what I use versus what I save!
I think it drives some of my family members (who shall remain nameless) crazy that I have a set of silver in my kitchen drawer and that I throw it in the dishwasher after using it. I bought it on eBay back when silver prices were much lower than they are now, for the purpose of using it every day. It just makes me happy and makes food taste better (seriously!). If I lose a piece or scratch it in the dishwasher, it's not the end of the world. It's just silverware.
On the other side of the coin, I very rarely use my wedding china. I love to look at it, and I wouldn't trade it for anything, but I am too scared to take it out of my china cabinet. I know I should just use it, but I just can't bring myself to do it because I love it so much and would be heartbroken if I broke a piece.
Do you have special embroidered hand towels in the guest bathroom or powder room that your own family members aren't allowed to touch? Or pillow shams that will never be laid upon by a weary head? Every morning I make up my bed with pretty bedding, but at the end of the day, I fold it back and don't actually use it at night. Is it ridiculous? Yes. But I just can't bring myself to sleep on that perfectly pressed hemstitched sham.
I am embarrassed to admit that I lay a blanket over my sofa to keep it protected from crumbs, sticky little fingers, and wagging puppy dog tails. Before anyone comes over, I take the blanket off and pretend like my sofa just magically stays clean. And as much as I hate those arm covers on upholstered furniture, I use them (when no one is looking) to keep my chair arms looking neat and clean. In reality, I would probably tire of furniture before I would wear it out, but I still can't help but try to protect it, even when a blanket makes it ugly for me to look at. Of course, a more permanent answer to this problem is the slipcover. I have never owned slipcovered furniture, but I do think the more tailored pieces can look good.
BAGS AND SHOES
Do you have a bag or shoes that are just too pretty to wear? I typically carry my bags all over the place, but I am more careful with my shoes. I find myself wearing less expensive shoes most of the time and saving my nicer ones for special occasions. So my nicer shoes just sit in my closet collecting dust most of the time.
What about you? What do you use without abandon, and what do you save/ protect for special occasions? When you have anxiety about wearing something or using it, just try to remember to enjoy it. After all, you can't take it with you...