A big, messy smacker of a kiss from my daughter. Especially if I haven't had to beg for it.
I savour every one because I know one day she'll be too embarrassed or busy to bother. They're ﬂeeting and already too rare so that's what makes me covet them all the more. And that's what a luxury is to me.
Something that isn't everyday. Something completely special that you know you're lucky to have. Like a house ﬁlled with gorgeous fresh cut ﬂowers or sinking my teeth into a Victoria sponge cake and not giving a hoot about the calories.It's not going to happen every day but when it does you're elevated somehow way above the ordinary.
And as this is the Super Luxe issue, I thought it would be fun to ask the Brides team and some of our favourite designers just what 'luxury' means to them. What I love about the responses is just how many of them cost so little. And that was the feeling behind this entire issue: how to deliver for you an incredibly luxurious wedding day, special in every way imaginable, without it costing the earth...
Luxury for me is...
Elizabeth Edwards, Brides Art Editor, said: "Just wearing my fave red Chanel lipstick!"
Laura Burkitt, PA to the Editor, said: "Allowing myself something beyond what I need - a whole pot of tea for one, organic soap wrapped in brown paper, buying silk pyjamas even though they're a nightmare to wash."
Bruce Oldfield said: "The coming together of different elements, the best fabrics and the finest crasftsmanship to create the perfect whole."
Jenny Packham said: "A five-star holiday in the Maldives. The softness of a woollen scarf on a cold day or the smell of a scented candle as you slip into a bath. It can mean craftsmanship or functionality. Something you perceive to be special and have achieved, if only for a moment. Things that carry us forward with a love of life."