Making a trip to the spa is a great treat, but most of us can’t afford to splurge once a week. I’ve recently started giving myself spa days and they’re the greatest in the world. I chose Sundays because they’re the quietest in my house. You can select any day that works for you, but have one. Putting together a spa day isn’t as hard as you think. All you need are a few things you can find in your local drugstore.
I’ve dreamed of spending a day at a real spa. I had a chance when I scheduled a facial and a massage in the same day. Turns out, for all the money that I spent, it wasn’t worth the trouble. It could have been that I had bad people working on me, but I actually had a headache when I left the spa because there was so much going on. How can someone relax with so many people on top of them all the time?
So I’ve started doing my own spa days since the beginning of fall and they’ve been going well for me.
Before your special day:
1. Choose a day that’s quiet and relaxing for you. If you have the house to yourself, great! If you can’t swing it, choose a room that’s all yours for a few hours. Usually, this would be the bathroom or your bedroom. If’s there’s another room where you can find your “zen”, have at it.
2. Drink lots of water. You should be doing this anyway, but make sure you’re hydrated for your special day. Make your own flavored water. Add cucumber, mint, and strawberries (a suggestion, make it to your taste) to a pitcher of ice water and refrigerate it overnight so it’ll be ready for you.
Before You Start:
3. Choose some music that’s relaxing for you. For me, it’s smooth jazz. For someone else, it may be classical. A third person may want Kid Rock. Whatever makes you feel good, put it on. And put it on at a volume you want.
4. Get cucumber slices for your eyes if you have swelling. You can also use tea bags. Soak them in boiled water for a few minutes, then cool in the refrigerator. Chamomile is good for redness and puffiness.
5. Light some scented candles.
What To Do The Day Of:
6. You have two options here:
a. Draw yourself a hot bath with some bath salts with a scented blend. I like Avon’s Perfectly Purifying with Dead Sea Minerals Bath Salts from their Planet Spa line. Buy it here. You can create your own bath blend. Try using Organix Coconut Milk Body Wash mixed with rosewater. Take your time and soak.
b. If you don’t have a bathtub, take a steamy shower. To jazz it up from your everyday morning shower, tie some Eucalyptus branches from your showerhead. You can find these in craft stores like Jo-ann Fabric and Craft or Michaels. Once the shower heats up you’ll have your own steam room. Make a body scrub (better for the shower due to messiness) out of simple ingredients. They work best on dry skin and rinsed off in the shower.
7. Apply a face mask. You can make your own, or try one from the store. I like the Avon Planet Spa Pampering Chocolate Face Mask. If you’re looking for something fruity, try one of the Montagne Jeunesse masks, find them in your drugstore and they’re affordable. Relax and leave on for up to 10-15 minutes. Apply your cucumber or tea bags to your eyes. Wash it off with some hot towels.
8. Shampoo, condition and apply your hair mask. You can choose a treatment of your choice or mix your own. Leave it on for up to 30 minutes.
9. Rinse off. Do a quick rinse off in the shower.
10. Heat your favorite scented lotion. Nuke it in the microwave for up to 30 seconds. Apply it while your skin is still damp.
You’ve got a good afternoon here. If you can, take a nap for the ultimate relaxation experience (you can’t do that in a spa). Read magazines, listen to music, watch TV. The day is all about you. For more ideas and DIY face and hair mask recipes, follow my Beauty Board on Pinterest.
It’s fall and time to explore a closet staple, the trench coat. I thought it was simple but then I saw all these mechanics. Single-breasted or double? Short or long? And what’s with all these straps? I’ve done a little research to help deconstruct the chemistry of the trench coat.
Single or Double Breasted
Trench coats come with two types of closures. Single breasted with the normal button up and double breasted with the two button up. Most trench coats are double breasted. The double breasted look came from the uniforms of British sailors to provide double protection from the wind, regardless of the direction it blew. The British military also adopted the double-breasted look eventually.
The prettiest looks, in my opinion, are double breasted. There’s a small problem. I’m a bit busty.Double-breasted coats and jackets are harder to fasten on busty girls. They don’t look right if they’re left open…what’s the point?
It’s with a heavy heart that I say, us busty girls should stick with single breasted for the sleekest look. I did some searching and I found some single breasted jackets that’ll stop traffic.
Short, Medium, or Long?
Short trenches stop at the hips. These are best for short, small framed women because it’ll add the height they need. Curvy women should steer clear because it may hug them in the wrong places.
Short jackets are best for milder climates.
Medium or 3/4 length coats fall at mid-length, just as the name hints. They are best for petite women who are looking for more warmth. They are longer without being overwhelming.
Longer coats are best for tall women, maybe 5”7 and above. Short women with long coats will only get swallowed up. I’m from Cleveland so I know what it’s like in a brutal winter. I’m also 5”3. I’m not saying that us short girls should have cold legs. I personally am not a fan of long coats. I’ve gotten through winters by wearing pants with leggings or skirts with fleece tights.
For tall girls who can wear long coats, try belted waists or ones that flair out to create a better shape.
Trench coats come in all kinds of colors. Your wardrobe should have at least a black or tan trench coat to complete your classic pieces.
These colors will go with any color scheme of your outfit. Fun colors can come after you’ve gotten either one, or both of these basic colors. Some fun colors to look for are:
White: I have a white shiny coat and I absolutely love it. It reminds me of a mod style of the ‘60s. One thing about a white trench is that it’s a color that doesn’t like company. Meaning, it works best with an all black outfit so it will shine on it’s own. If you’re willing to try it with other neutral colors, stick with no more than one other color.
Red: Such a bright color like red looks best with subtle colors underneath. Try grey or navy outfits in addition to black.
Blue: Blue comes in many different shades. You can have some fun with this color by mixing different shades of blue to create a popped outfit. Try navy and red or blue and white.
Wearing Your Trench
Okay, so you’ve found a coat in the color you want, with the right closure and length. How can you wear it so it looks the most flattering?
A few tips as you style:
Make sure your skirt is shorter than your trench. Nothing ruins your sleek lines and flattering silhouette like a skirt sticking out the bottom of your coat.
Slim fitting pants look best under a trench. The bulkiness of the coat won’t look right with a bulky pant.
A trench coat is a classy piece, so it looks best with other classy pieces in your wardrobe. (think white button up tee, pencil skirts, slim pants, etc.) sportier pieces don’t match well with a trench.
$1,185 – farfetch.com
$1,280 – net-a-porter.com
$29 – bagheeraboutique.com