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Why a beautiful scarf counts as self-care

Sometimes taking care of yourself means eating healthy foods, getting enough rest, and exercising regularly. Sometimes it means taking time out to relax, meditate or simply sip a cup of tea in silence. Sometimes it means switching off social media noise, writing your thoughts in a journal, or playing hooky for the afternoon.

But I also believe sometimes it means treating yourself to something lovely, something extravagant, something that is absolutely not essential. For me, the delicious silk scarves I show below, from the Joel Oppenheimer Gallery in Chicago, fit the bill.

At least, that’s how I plan to justify gifting myself something from this inaugural scarf collection called Drawn from Nature, based on renowned works by natural history artists John James Audubon and Dr. Robert John Thornton, whose finely-detailed works depict ornithological and botanical subjects.

Made in the U. S. A. from 100 per cent silk twill, these 36-inch square double-sided scarves are finished with hand-rolled and hand-sewn hems  ($320 USD). As for the colours, just look for yourself.

So back me up here, please; these scarves definitely qualify as self-care, no? After all, doesn’t it just make you feel good to think about draping one around your neck? Could I possibly sneak one by as a (mental) health business expense in my 2020 tax return? A styling prop? I could make a case for either.

Have you ever given your well-deserving self something wonderful but wildly unnecessary? Feel free to spill in the comments.

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8 Comments

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    Janet R Lorusso
    February 28, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    These are just stunning, Vicky! I’ve long been a fan of Audubon prints and having them as wearable art is just delicious! I think they definitely qualify as “essential” LOL

    • Reply
      Vicky Sanderson
      March 2, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      The Joel Oppenheimer also sells the prints. So classic, so lovely. And thanks for backing me up!

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    Mary Ann Benoit
    February 28, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Beautiful. I think doing things that give you joy and well being all count as self care, including wrapping yourself in something beautiful.

    • Reply
      Vicky Sanderson
      March 2, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      Great minds think alike!

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    Anne DeCocco
    March 1, 2021 at 10:21 am

    These are sooooo beautiful and definitely qualify as self-care and SHOULD be allowed as a mental health deduction on your taxes! So you have my vote on all counts. Thanks for writing about this wonderful form of art and adornment.

    • Reply
      Vicky Sanderson
      March 2, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed the post. I’ll have my accountant get in touch with you if he gives me grief on the deduction:)

  • Reply
    Leslie Carothers
    March 1, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    I LOVE these scarves, Vicky. They are so, so beautiful and I agree with you: they definitely count as self care!

    • Reply
      Vicky Sanderson
      March 2, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Leslie. I had a feeling the beauty of these scarves would speak to you!

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