Lifestyle

A Day at Home Spa

Home Spa Day Essentials

This past Saturday, I decided to indulge in a spa experience at home. I cleared my morning schedule to focus on my hair and nails, and by the time we left for dinner at 4:30 PM, I felt renewed. I would have gone to Canyon Ranch if that had been an option, but I found the resort’s website inspirational nonetheless.

Everyone has the right to rest and recharge their minds and bodies at least once a week. I hope this selection of products inspires you to dress in something comfortable, put on soothing music, and tend to your own wellbeing like I know you are fully capable of doing.

Works Sighted

bottle // audiobook // candle // pajama T-shirt set // blowdryer // file // album // shampoo // razor // robe

5mm yoga mat // manicurist’s storage case // soap // file // clippers // Orly nail defense // Sally Hansen buff and tumble // nail art brush // cuticle pusher and cuticle remover set // towels

cotton rounds// nail polish remover // lotion // vinegar // basin

Further Reading

How to Make a Vinegar Foot Soak (Healthline)

Get a Perfect At-Home Manicure in 7 Easy Steps (Oprah)

How to Give Yourself a Professional Pedicure at Home (Oprah)

Creating Mindful Leaders: How to Power Down, Power Up, and Power Forward (Joe Burton)

Books for the Coffee Table

Coffee table books

All this talk of international travel opening up again is filling me with wanderlust. I don’t know when I’ll be taking to the sky, but coffee table books will have to tide me over until then. For some much needed rest and relaxation, my soul will be retreating into these books. I expect they’ll make me feel like I’m on holiday.

Works Sighted

Charleston: A Good Life // Holiday: The Best Travel Magazine that Ever Was

Slim Aarons: Women // Peonies: Beautiful Varieties for Home & Garden // Patterns of India: A Journey Through Colors, Textiles, and the Vibrancy of Rajasthan // St. Tropez Soleil

British Designers at Home // The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits // Debutantes: When Glamour was Born // Paris. Portrait of a City

Vases for Spring-Blooming Flowers

Vases

Tulips are my favorite kind of flower, and lately, I’ve been receiving quite a few of them. I own one vase, a Vetreria Etrusca design, which has probably been in my family for at least as long as I’ve been alive. While it continues to serve me well, I recently realized that one vase may not be sufficient. Three bouquets came through the door the other day, and I had to put two of them in a pitcher. My hunt for a new vase is underway. Here are some of my preliminary findings.

Works Sighted

Crate&Barrel direction vases // Nude Glass mini magnolia vase large // Anthropologie gradient vase

Anthropologie apothecary jar // Lyngby Porcelæn 15 cm vase (burgundy)

Crate&Barrel Laurel vase // Lyngby Porcelæn 20 cm (blue) // Bloomist Ikebana vase

7 Reasons to Visit the Mall

Shopping in L.L.Bean store

My trip to King of Prussia this past Saturday was a success. I managed to get there alive on public transportation. (You have to leave early in the morning before the unsavory people wake up.) My fellow travelers were wearing real clothes, a little too casual, but real.

After exiting the bus, I spent a little time in the morning air reminiscing about when I used to make the excursion during my high school years. The younger me could often be found at J.Crew KOP on weekends. The mall has been upgraded a bit since then, and I wanted to see the improvements for myself.

At several points during my indoor stroll, I reflected on my other motives for visiting the mall. Even a shopping destination as massive as KOP can seem mundane after a few consecutive visits, but it’s a better destination than the sofa. Here are 7 reasons to visit the mall:

Exercise // You won’t be paying attention to your step counter because you’ll be too busy looking at the rows of storefronts . I walked over 8 miles/20,000 steps on Saturday without even realizing it.

Window Shopping // Surveying the offerings from various brands is the first step in developing your personal style. If I had to pick one noteworthy item that I saw on my voyage around KOP, it would be the L.L.Bean medium Boat and Tote with long handles (pictured). All of my Boat and Totes have short handles, but I think I might switch up the length on my next one.

Discoveries // You never know what new stores you’ll discover on your visit to the mall. On Saturday, I visited Aritzia in person for the first time.

Returns // Sometimes ordering is a necessary step in getting exactly what you want. Although I didn’t return anything this past Saturday, I might venture to the mall in the future for this purpose. Any excuse to leave the house is a good one!

Observations // Observing your fellow mall-goers may cause you to experience a range of emotions. A baby who was learning to walk brought a smile to my face. A young girl wearing a tight, spandex onesie with fluffy Ugg slippers did not.

Social Scene // You never know who else thought that going to the mall was better than sitting on the sofa. On Saturday, I ran into my manager from my very first job.

Lunch // You’ve put in all those steps, and you deserve lunch. On Saturday, I treated myself to Sweetgreen’s hot honey chicken plate, and I’m glad that I did.

Works Sighted

Loft button-up (old) // J.Crew Camille shrunken sweater-blazer // J.Crew Martie pant // Adidas Stan Smith sneakers // L.L.Bean medium Boat and Tote with long handles

Shopping at The Met

Merchandise from The Met Shop.

This past Tuesday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated its 151st anniversary. The occasion was made even more memorable by a Google doodle. I used to work in The Met Store during my sales associate days, and perusing the shop’s offerings online was quite the stroll down memory lane.

Works Sighted

pin set // mug // CD

bead drop earrings // mesh gold bracelet // ankh earrings

book (Jewish celebrations) // book (scarves) // book (memoir)

Window Shopping at Tiffany’s

Jewelry, homeware items, and a book from Tiffany & Co.

I wrote this post in preparation for my next visit to Tiffany’s, which is severely overdue. The Philadelphia store recently moved from The Bellevue (200 S Broad St.) to 1715 Walnut St. The large windows of the new location look inviting, and from what I can tell from the pavement, fill the store with lots of natural light. I suspect the environment is highly conducive to the sport of window shopping. The excursion will also serve as an opportunity to pay homage to the jewelry designer, Elsa Peretti, who died last month. I adore the Diamonds by the Yard collection she designed for Tiffany & Co. and might even be tempted to try on a few pieces. Maybe I’ll also wear a black dress and treat myself to something from Miel to honor Audrey.

Works Sighted

glasses // stud earrings // necklace // vase

vide poche // dish // cocktail picks

bracelet // book // bookmark