vanity fair

Use the noun vanity fair when you're describing someone's over-the-top urban lifestyle, especially if the person has plenty of money and spends it on expensive entertainment and food.

Perhaps you thought it was a glossy magazine, not a life of frivolity. Well it's all that, but in 1678 it was a stop in John Bunyan's allegorical story The Pilgrim's Progress, a never-ending fair in a town called Vanity. After that, Vanity Fair was a widely-read novel in the 19th century by William Makepeace Thackeray, the title of several films, and finally the name of both British and American magazines.

Definitions of vanity fair
  1. noun
    a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities
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    type of:
    life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
    a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
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