Jeff Bezos. Kim Kardashian. Ralph Lauren. We associate these names with glitz and glamour. But what is it really like to live a life full of such decadence? And what can you learn from their way of life that you can steal and use in your own life? 

We looked to some of the most influential and wealthy people in the world for inspiration on creating a luxury lifestyle your way. 

 Indulge In Memorable Experiences

Jeff Bezos has famously spent days and even weeks searching for rocket ships lost in the Atlantic. He even claimed to have found the long-lost ruins of Apollo 11, the spaceship that took Neil Armstrong to the moon. 

But you don’t have to own an underwater submarine to take part in an amazing adventure. Whether you go mountain climbing or wine tasting or take a spin down the Autobahn, be sure to set aside time to indulge in activities that inspire your sense of curiosity. 

Woman drinks red wine from a glass.

Not sure where to start? We recommend starting with curious flavors that you’ve never experienced before, ones that take your taste buds on a journey. 

Eat well. Very well.

Mogul Mukesh Ambani is worth a cool 95.6 billion (but don’t fact check this number is probably going up at a rate of 1 gazillion per second). What does he do with that money? Well, besides owning the most expensive house in the world, he also has a live-in personal chef. And he’s not the only one. 

Reportedly, Ambani loves homemade Gujarati food. Rihanna’s personal chef approaches food that is “all about pleasure,” according to this Bon Appetit article. Marc Jacobs asks his chef to whip up gourmet chicken dishes

But you don’t have to be a billionaire to indulge in the luxury lifestyle of having a personal chef. 

Chef cooks fiery dish over a stove.

If you live in Austin or the surrounding area, we specialize in home-cooked meals crafted by expert chefs that are delivered straight to your door. We’re talking innovative ingredients perfectly puzzled together to create a meal experience. 

Not an Austin resident? A bit of internet searching should help you find local chefs in your own city that specialize in gourmet weekly food delivery. 

Give back. 

This isn’t just kumbaya talk, folks. Giving back is one of the best ways to make you feel good. It spurs those happy hormones. It is no wonder that just about every top celebrity finds a way to give back. 

Group of volunteers smile at each other.

The key here is to find a way to contribute that goes beyond just writing a check. Monetary donations alone won’t ever give you connection or provide you with a sense of community. How can you get involved in your community in a way that speaks to your passions? What issues and problems do you see most in the world that you care most about tackling? Do you have a specific skill or talent that can help someone else? When the storms hit Texas last year, The Austin Artisan whipped up batches of soup for those that needed it most. But you have your own gift to share. 

The point is, channel your inner philanthropist, and you will find a truly defining characteristic of living a luxury lifestyle. 

Indulge in your quirky hobbies.  

Elon Musk reportedly owns numerous one-of-a-kind movie props. Richard Branson has flown into outer space. Queen Elizabeth owns the Cullinan I, the largest existing diamond on record. 

That’s certainly something that not everyone can say. 

From trying unique foods (might we suggest our celery root espuma?) to owning something that is a true rarity, indulging in exclusive experiences truly oozes a luxury lifestyle. 

But the truth is, your hobby doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. For example, take Tom Hanks: he loves to collect vintage typewriters, spending a mere $50 or so on each. Taylor Swift loves making her own snow globes. And perhaps quirkiest of all? Penelope Cruz allegedly loves to collect coat hangers, of all things. Of course, whether this is a rumor or fact, only her closet knows. 

Woman examines her shelf of pottery.

From restoring classic cars to pottery to nurturing your garden of roses, whatever your flavor might be, indulging in it full throttle is a true hallmark of luxury. 

Own your dream home. (Or add something dreamy to your existing home.) 

Oprah has famously nicknamed her house “The Promised Land.” Bill Gates lives in “Xanadu 2.0.” And Drake? He’s named his 12,500 square foot mansion “YOLO.” 

It is no secret that many of the world’s wealthiest people live out the ultimate luxury lifestyle in their dream homes. But the details? That means different things to different people. Iconic film director Steven Spielberg has a reef-style aquarium in his home. Kanye West’s toilet is reportedly encrusted with gold. And Warren Buffet? He has lived in the same modest house in Omaha since 1958. 

Clownfish swim in an aquarium.

The point is to make your living space unique to you. Fill it with meaningful things that make you happy. Or throw in an ice cream parlor, infinity pool, or maybe a home theater. 

Indulge in Self-Care

Moosa Bin Shamsher, aka Prince Musa, is worth billions. And besides employing dozens of bodyguards and writing with a diamond and gold encrusted pen (a pen valued at one million dollars, no less) he reportedly takes a shower in rose water every day. 

You don’t have to be a billionaire to indulge in a bit of self-care, though. Whether you have a favorite brand of chocolate, love the scent of lavender, or can’t live without the feel of your favorite silk pillowcases – indulging in a luxury lifestyle by indulging your five senses is one way to feel like the world’s wealthiest person. 

Woman cuddles up with tea and a chocolate cookie.

Get in touch with nature. 

Sure, Leonardo Di Caprio is building an eco-resort on an island he bought in Belize. 

But you don’t have to be a billionaire to experience Mother Nature’s best. Grab your slice of nature in your own way – without the maintenance. Simply going on a walk outside can be plenty. 

Woman walks through woods.

As John Burroughs (a turn-of-the-century conservationist) said, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.” 

Stay healthy. 

As Count Rugen in The Princess Bride famously put it, you can have all of the above. But, “if you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.” 

Make sure you take time to exercise. Eat healthy, nutritious foods. Do what it takes to stay well. You’re going to need to be in tip-top shape to tackle your luxury lifestyle list. 

Who has the most luxurious lifestyle in the world?

So the answer to who has the most luxurious lifestyle in the world? It might just be you, in your own way. 

What are the ways you indulge in a luxury lifestyle? Tag The Austin Artisan on Instagram and let us know (and catch a glimpse of some of our favorite luxurious ingredients while you’re there).