We've all heard this concept applied to various aspects of life and it's certainly important to take time to enjoy the little things.
I think this philosophy applies to the world of jewelry too. Rather than being a quickly thrown together afterthought, I believe jewelry can be the perfect starting point for building a gorgeous wardrobe. An amazing eye-grabbing piece can really steal the show, enabling your basic neutral clothing to transition easily from one season to the next. It's also a great tool to highlight your best features- such as drawing attention to your decolletage with a fabulous draping necklace.
However, as with many other little luxuries, women tend to turn into martyrs when it comes to buying jewelry for ourselves. Perhaps you just feel that jewelry should be received as a gift from a loved one, rather than a gift for yourself. But consider this: Do you just keep wearing the same old shoes and carrying the same boring tote bag around for years because you're waiting for someone else to buy them for you? Probably not. You recognize that these are important accessories and you're probably happy to shop for them and even splurge a little bit when you find something you really love. So why give your jewelry less attention?
Or maybe you're battling your inner Scrooge and just can't bear the thought of spending your hard earned cash on something as "trivial" as jewelry. Think of it this way: Dinner for two at a nice restaurant can easily cost $50 to $100, even more. You'll enjoy the experience, savor every bite, maybe even tell your friends about it. But then it's over. Choosing quality jewelry over the Wal-mart variety may cost you an extra $50 to $100, maybe more. But you'll enjoy it every time you wear it- probably for many years to come!
We all deserve a little decadence, and it's high time we stopped viewing pampering as unimportant. Take time to smell the roses, enjoy a beautiful sunset, eat dessert first, and buy jewelry you really love!