This original article was first published here: A Gentleman’s Guide to Investing in Luxury
Watches shoes, cars — as a modern man, you aspire to enjoy the finer things in life. While possessions such as jewelry or a tailored suit with natural diamond cufflinks are investments, you can choose to live your life in style without breaking the bank. All you need are some smart spending and investing habits. Looking for luxury? Take these steps first.
An Investment Strategy
In order to have some extra cash to really bring you to the luxurious lifestyle you require, it is important to be smart with your money. The easiest way to do this is through passive income investment. A passive income stream is your income that requires little to no effort to earn and maintain. This isn’t income you get by your day job, but rather your second “side hustle.” The idea behind passive income is to set up a stream of income and then forget about it. A popular passive income idea is investing in real estate. Having a few rental properties under your belt doesn’t take all that much time to set up, and then once the renter moves in, you’ll be on your way to seeing a cash flow with little to no work from you. By becoming a passive income investor, you’ll have more time to invest in the items mentioned below!
A Classy Watch
A high-quality timepiece is an investment, but a classy watch is a great way to spice up any outfit whether it’s a three-piece suit or a pair of jogger sweatpants. So if you are going to invest in a watch, why not go all out and pick a Patek Philippe? This iconic watchmaker is known throughout the world as a standard of class with Genevan watchmaking. These timepieces come in plenty of options and colours depending on your style, but our favourite is a classic black leather wristwatch with a gold and chrome watch face. A Patek Philippe watch is a statement piece — it says you have class and style — and with such high quality, you know it’s a timepiece that’s sure to last you a long time.
A Book Collection
While it may seem a bit random, every guy should own a well-curated book collection. There’s a lot to learn from books, and reading is a workout for your mind. Being an active reader will not only impress the ladies, but it will boost your intelligence, increase your memory function, and help you relax. Plus, there’s nothing better than cracking open a nice hardback book after a long day.
A Weekend Bag
Gone are the days where you toss your clothes in a beaten up duffle bag for a weekend trip. You’re an adult now, making it so much more important to invest in a quality weekend bag made of either leather or canvas. Choose one with a separate compartment for your shoes, and you won’t have to worry about your shoes soiling your freshly-pressed items. You can even go all out and add your monogram to it, and you’ll have a piece of luggage you’ll be happy to show off whether you’re heading to urban New York or heading for a rural weekend somewhere in the heartland of the United States.
A Bespoke Suit
Not all suits are created the same, which is why it’s of utmost importance to get yourself a fitted, bespoke suit. This is one piece of clothing in your wardrobe that will pay for itself for years to come since you can wear a nice black suit to business interviews, weddings, birthday parties, and any important function you may have. For the finishing touch, add in a few diamond cufflinks — diamond jewelry isn’t just for women! There are plenty of ways a man can accessorize with natural diamonds such as Agape diamonds. With plenty of collections in white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, cufflinks are a great way to bring your suit to a whole new level. Best of all, these lab-grown diamonds are cruelty-free, so you don’t have to worry about any human cost. Check out the online Agape Diamond reviews to do your due diligence about these cruelty-free lab-grown diamonds.
A Signature Scent
Every man wants to smell good, so it only makes sense that you’ll want to choose a signature scent. This scent is something that should change with the seasons, as you won’t want to be wearing a heavy, woody scent in the middle of the summer or a citrus cologne in the middle of the winter. Feel free to go into the nearest department store or makeup store and try a bunch of samples and give them some time to settle into your skin and to mesh with your skin’s pheromones. And remember, scent is powerful, so choose wisely!
A Camera That’s Not a Smartphone
While yes, cameras on our smartphones are quite useful, it’s a good idea to invest in a real camera for those special times as the quality of these photos just can’t be beaten. Plus, an additional benefit of having a camera with you is that you can have complete control over the shutter speed, the focus, and the depth of field that comes with having an actual camera instead of pressing a button on a smartphone. Just make sure that you are prepared to be the designated selfie-taker of your group, as everyone will want to look glam on your camera!
A Cast-Iron Skillet
Who doesn’t love a man that can cook? While it is fun to go out to eat at a fancy restaurant once in a while, it can be even more rewarding and fulfilling to make your own meal! But don’t feel that you need to get caught up in all of the fancy kitchen gadgets and gizmos, all you really need is a good quality cast-iron skillet. These are the jack-of-all-trades of kitchen utensils, as they are all you need to make anything from a delectable appetizer to a seared steak and a skillet chocolate chip cookie. You’ll be getting compliments on your kitchen creation in no time. Just make sure to care for it properly, and you’ll have this investment piece for years to come.
You spend about a third of your life sleeping, so you should spend this time in pure luxury! The best way to do so is to invest in your bedding and your mattress. A new mattress has the ability to change your life, and when topped with lovely, high-quality sheets you will be sure to fall asleep and stay asleep all night long. Pair them with some lush, feather-down pillows, and you’ll never want to get out of bed in the morning. Plus, when you have luxe bedding, you’ll be able to bring home a romantic partner and will impress them at first glance. Who wouldn’t want that?
Just like a wristwatch, a good quality pair of sunglasses is one of those accessories that have the ability to transform any outfit you have. Adding a pair of expensive glasses is the easiest way to make a great first impression, as it shows that you care about how you dress from head to toe. Don’t waste your money on cheap sunglasses — when you see your sunglasses as an investment and as the cherry on top of the cake that is your outfit, you’ll feel put together in absolutely no time at all.
A Fancy Shaving Kit
No one likes razor burn, and the easiest way to prevent those ugly, red bumps is to choose a high-quality shaving kit. These kits come with shaving cream, an exfoliator to prep your skin, lotion to soothe, and aftershave to make you smell good. Usually, it will also include a high-quality razor made of steel and a specialty sharpened blade, as drugstore blades just won’t cut it in the luxurious lifestyle you are trying to live. Use the time every morning you spend shaving as a time to pamper yourself, as it will help you start your day with the best foot forward.
With these items in your arsenal, you’ll be on a one-way path to luxury in no time at all.
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