Summer is a time for splurging. There’s vacation, late nights spent lingering around an outdoor table, that purse you bought as a souvenir that you probably shouldn’t have. Fall, on the other hand, is a season of prudence and practicality.
Being back on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some frivolity every now and again. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite suggestions for luxuries that cost under $20 from tastemakers who have appeared in our Art of Living Well column. Take inspiration from some of their favorite small pleasures below.
"A beautiful bar of French soap."
"Vegan macarons from Confectionery in the East Village."
"A dirty water hot dog."
"A green juice every morning and Spotify. Do we ever stop to think how lucky we are to listen to any music or podcast at any time?"
"Coke Zero from a movie theater."
"Getting my shoes shined before an important pitch!"
"The $8 'twice-baked' pistachio croissants at Radio Bakery in Greenpoint."
"Teaching filmmaking to students at the Red Hook Art Project in Brooklyn, a nonprofit organization that I’m extremely grateful for."
"Pastries from Des gâteaux et du pain in Paris! They’re never too sweet and always have the most delightful textures."
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