this morning i came home from the gym in a loungey mood. dan was doing laundry and reading. benji was taking a long lovely nap. it was pretty perfect. a few nights ago (at three in the morning) i finished another book layout. i've been liberated ever since completing by deadline. i had plans to paint my nails, decide what to wear at ALT, and maybe clear out my inbox. but mainly just chillax.
then a simple idea popped in my head. i told dan i was having a spontaneous spa party; i grabbed my stack of to-read catalogues and left the scene. climbing out of my workout clothes and into the tub seemed like a dreamy saturday afternoon activity. why let the golden globe stars have all the fun? carving out some me-time is essential, so i want to share with you some simple steps for a do-it-yourself spa day. feel like a million bucks without spending a penny.
the set up + supplies
even though you're utilizing everyday ingredients, this can be more than just a bath. the set up is key to making your spa experience more like an event. which makes you feel that much more spoiled. the more all-out you go, the better.
set up a small table next to your tub (a serving tray upon the commode can work too)! fill the tub with hot water while you gather your supplies. keep the door closed so it can get steamy.
first, cut a lemon in half (you can use oranges, limes, or cucumber slices, whatever you have on hand). put a tall drinking glass in the freezer. ask your waiter to fill it with cold water (and bendy straw) and bring it to you in five minutes or so. silver platter not required.
add bubble bath, bath salts, epsom salt, or baking soda to your soak. i especially like drizzling baby oil in the water. it's so simple, it hurts. your skin softens while you soak, you'll be amazed when you come out buttery smooth.
gather some light reads. and i mean literally. it's no fun holding up a heavy book in the tub.
line up your favorite scrubs, lotions, deep conditioner, etc. along with a hand towel, a headband and an emery board for your nails.
hang your fluffiest towel on a hook (mine are usually reserved for guests). stack folded comfy clothes and thick cotton socks (unless you're headed out on the town, of course) on the counter.
a glowing candle makes anything a bit more extravagant.
soak, read, lather, repeat. meditate. relax for as long as you'd like (or until you turn into a raisin).
follow up with your favorite thick body butter or self tanner.
rub vaseline on your feet and slip your socks on.
afterwards, paint your nails with a good flick (the social network was my pick of course / tonight gwyneth is on SNL - yay). enjoy your custom-made spa day. do you have any bathing beauty tips of your own? i'd love to hear them in the comment box.
turquoise bathroom image source unknown / nope, not mine. completely cute though.