I was saving this for good but…

In another life I think I could have been one of those women who wrapped her couch in plastic until the Queen showed up.

From the good towels to the good linen and even the good hand soap.  I used to have the ‘saving it for good’ mentality down to a fine art.

For instance I love Ecoya products but they are not what I would call an every week kind of buy.  So if I bought them or something similar I’d stick them in a cupboard earmarked for when guests come to stay (and/or I wanted to look flash).

I don’t know how I came to develop this squirrel-like behaviour but the concept still makes me laugh.  We use the $4 hand soap on the weekly but when guests come I break out the good stuff?!  It’s a bit like drinking the ‘normal’ wine during the week while the top shelf stuff sits gathering dust until we have something to celebrate.

But hello, isn’t life worth celebrating?  Like congratulations buddy you just made it through another day, salutè!

Do I care if someone comes to my place looks at my soap and thinks ‘hey, that hand soap is just like mine, $4 from Countdown?’  No, but I would probably say that you have great taste!

Seize the day.  Tomorrow isn’t promised to you.

I could get hit by a car or keel over in the supermarket and then what.  I’d be up in heaven and super annoyed that I didn’t just use all the good stuff!

Maybe I’ll write  a ‘worst case scenario’ letter to my husband that reads ‘Joe, here is a map to the good stuff cabinet’ please use these items liberally and distribute amongst our friends.

But tell them that they can only have them if they start using them TODAY!


Erena Te Paa Stylist



  1. August 4, 2015 / 7:41 am

    I love this! So true. I predict that vacuuming in evening dresses will be the next big thing!

  2. August 4, 2015 / 7:43 am

    I’ve contemplated cracking out the wedding dress to watch cartoons with the kids…. have not quite done that yet

  3. August 4, 2015 / 7:51 am

    it’s funny ’cause it’s true 😀

  4. August 4, 2015 / 7:55 am

    You make me laugh! I have recently stopped doing that and started burning the ecoya candles, using that special hand lotion!! Say no to ‘squirrelling’ ! Love it 🙂

  5. August 4, 2015 / 8:07 am

    I love your posts, and it is so right, why wait for a special occasion as every day is worth remembering

  6. August 4, 2015 / 8:11 am

    I feel like going into my wardrobe, putting on my new dress and drinking my glass of melbec!

  7. August 4, 2015 / 8:18 am

    So true – you’re right, just getting through the day is worth celebrating!

  8. August 4, 2015 / 8:23 am

    Was that when the postman arrived…with a parcel quite mystified?

  9. August 4, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Love it ❤

  10. August 4, 2015 / 8:37 am

    I have a rule that bottles of bubbles gifted, must be opened within a month! Friday is a good enough reason! 🙂
    I decided this after being gifted a bottle of Moet, that had been gifted twice before that (both people didn’t drink), and it hadn’t been stored correctly, and sadly had corked and gone bad. I felt so sad for that wine, that I swore, no bottle under my roof would ever face the same fate! Lol.
    (Ps – store your bubbles sideways to keep cork wet and drink within a year unless cellared) xo

  11. August 4, 2015 / 8:51 am

    So true! Carpe diem! Here’s to wearing ballgowns to kindy drop-off and vacuuming in Louboutins! 😉🌹😘

  12. August 4, 2015 / 8:53 am

    This is one of my favourite posts I’ve read in a while! So very true and a great read. She says, staring sideways at the collection candles that haven’t been burned because they’re too pretty, and are reserved ‘for good.’

    Also guilty of doing this with my favourite snack foods! But not everyone in the house shares this view, because the food always seems to disappear before ‘for good’ rolls around.

  13. August 4, 2015 / 9:20 am

    I really enjoy your posts Eds!

  14. August 4, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Love this ! So true , although I tend to drink the good stuff myself and save the everyday stuff for mass consumption, then you can pass it around like water haha😉

  15. August 4, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Thanks so much! Haha, yes I have hiding places for snack foods too. Sometimes I hide them so well I can’t find them but generally it’s because I ate them at some point!

  16. August 4, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Nothing puts a tear in my eye quicker than Moet that’s gone off. Your tip for storing bubbles is a life saver. Noted!! <3

  17. August 4, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Say no to squirrelling – that should have been the title! And yes burn those candles liked they’ve never been burned before! 😉

  18. August 4, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Thanks Karla, glad I’m not the only one who thinks so!

  19. August 4, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Love it, yes and yes. Now you’ve made me want a pair of Louboutin’s!

  20. August 4, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Ooh that’s a great reverse strategy – I like it 😉

  21. August 4, 2015 / 10:25 am

    I’m so glad you do not least because I feel like less of a weirdo 😉 x

  22. August 4, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Good advice

  23. August 4, 2015 / 11:01 am

    At least it wasn’t a bottle of Verve…. xo

  24. August 4, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Omg, a wall in the kitchen of our new shared office space is Verve yellow/orange… it’s like a gentle reminder to celebrate all of the time, lol

  25. August 4, 2015 / 11:20 am

    No way, that’s awesome. Every day is a Verve day 👍🏻

  26. August 4, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Ok. I’ll dig it out.

  27. August 4, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Love it. We ladies tend to put our loved ones first and forget to do special things for ourselves. Make yourselves feel special ladies!

  28. August 4, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    And you did! 🙂

  29. August 4, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I had to share this with my husband who agreed, he added, that he is very sure about which towels are ‘for others’…… Recently, I decided to get out the good stuff, and it has made a huge difference to enjoying what we have now and being present in that. Great blog!

  30. August 4, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Haha, that is so funny (thanks for sharing)! Good on him for knowing where the ‘for others’ towels are and good on you for just getting out the good stuff and getting on with it 😉

  31. August 4, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    I wonder if the whole plastic covered couch is still a done thing. So wrong on so many levels 🙂

  32. August 4, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    I know right, it is bizarre but I’d imagine some lovely old dear somewhere has a pristine couch from the 19–‘s hiding under plastic somewhere next to the good china in the cabinet ☺️

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