We all have our nightly rituals and mine is very simple. Each season I test out different products to see what works with my skin. Here’s a list of what I currently use before I go to sleep.
Soul Sunday Body oil- I don’t like using lotion all the time. It tends to make my skin feel heavy and suffocated. Body oil is light weight. Soul Sunday body oil is a mix of sweet almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, Bulgarian rose essential oil , and jasmine essential oil.
Vasanti face rejuvenator- This product came in my August BirchBox and I’m a huge fan. After work my face is very oily and dry. Vasanti removes all the dirt and buildup from the day. I feel so clean!
The Body Shop mango body scrub- I only use this at night. If I don’t feel like applying the body oil I use the body scrub. There’s no need to apply anything to your skin after using this. It also comes in different scents.
Coconut oil- I apply coconut oil to my hair every night to prevent dryness.
Smith’s lip balm in Strawberry or Rosebud- My all-time favorite lip balm!!! $7 dollars at Sephora but totally worth it.
Chamomile tea- I would say this type of tea is an acquired taste but it works if you’re trying to fall asleep.
We’ve all had those days where we just wanted to slam our phones or computers into the wall. Or cut off all communication for 24 hours… maybe longer. Being stressed is the worst feeling in the world. Some of us like to think we can deal with it until it’s too late and we’re breaking down. I’ll admit that I can’t handle it either at times. I like to find ways to relax my mind for whatever situation I’m in at the time.
Take a walk
Just getting out and walking around your neighborhood or in the city can do wonders for your mind. When you’re not focused on what’s around you can walk for hours. I love doing this around the city on the weekend. Maybe stop in a few stores to shop then grab some coffee.
I use to be into yoga during college. I was balancing so many things I forgot to stop and enjoy life. The gym at my school had weekly yoga classes and it was heaven. Stretching my body along with deep meditation and soothing music was so tranquil.
This is my personal preference. I enjoy reading a good book from time to time. And not on my iPad; a physical book. Reading puts you in a different world.
I got this little trick from my mother who drinks tea every night before she goes to bed. If you find yourself up late with thoughts swimming in your head, a cup of hot tea will put you to sleep almost immediately.
If all this fails the best thing is to talk with a friend. Nothing feels better than a good venting session.
I signed up for my first spin at Flywheel located at the Prudential Center in Boston. It was an event hosted by the Washington Post to bring both Mullen and Digitas (Advertising agencies) together to compete for a prize. To be honest I thought I would get on that bike and immediately pass out. But once I started to pedal I was in my own world. The stream of sweat running down my face and house music blasting through the speakers kept me motivated through the 45 minute session. It doesn’t matter if you’re out of shape (like me). You can adjust the resistance and incline and go at your own pace. Other people in the room are pushing themselves and that forces you to keep up.
Toward the end of class the instructor has you pick up two six pound bars that are placed on each side of the front wheel. As you continue to spin you raise your arms up and down for about ten minutes.COMPLETE TORTURE! Minus the studio being on the small side, the staff was very attentive to the new people and gave them instructions on how to clip the spin shoes in, change the resistance on the bike , and un-clip the shoes from the pedals; which I had trouble with. This was the perfect experience for a spin class newbie like myself. I wouldn’t spin everyday because I was sore for a week. It could be a once a month thing. P.S… Your hair is so gross after!
Now through October 19th, artist Jeff Koons has his work throughout thirty-five years on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art on the Upper East Side in New York City. Each of the five floors is a peek into a different part of his life with a short description of each piece neatly placed on the walls. As elevator doors opened I was engulfed by large oil on canvas paintings of former actresses, A statue of Michael Jackson, vacuums from the 80’s that haven’t been used protected in a glass case covered in bright florescent lights, floating basketballs, and the famous billboard with his former wife Cicciolina; who was also a porn star.
The beauty in seeing this exhibit in person was reading about what inspired him to create each piece of art based on what was happening around him during that decade. My favorite collection was the celebration series. The series started in 1994 to mark a year and the cycle of life. His inspiration was an invitation to design a calendar; in which he created photos that referred to holidays and events. Celebration is meant to evoke birth, love, religion, and procreation.
My favorite pieces were the moon; made from stainless steel and transparent color coating. This allows you to see all the sculptures behind you in the pink reflection. The famous Balloon Dog. It was placed near the window standing ten feet tall and weighing one-ton. Also made from a transparent color coating. Koons wanted the Balloon Dog to depict innocence and playfulness and elements that suggest sexual orifices and protuberances.
And finally, the giant play-doh sculpture was right in the middle of the room. This piece was inspired by his son and required two decades to create. It serves as a monument to childlike imagination.
Jeff Koons is such an amazing artist. I’m so glad I was able to view his work during my 4th of July weekend.
Lean in: Sheryl Sandberg
GirlBoss: Sophia Amoruso
The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho
Vasanti face rejuvenator
Supergoop everyday sunscreen
Harvey Prince “Hello” perfume
Stainiac lip and cheek tint
Cynthia Rowley silver eyeliner
The Vasanti face rejuvenator has transformed my face. My skin is softer and brighter. I use this 3 times a week along with my Cetaphil face wash. Vasanti is filled with micro-crystals and aloe. Full sized bottle is $34.oo.
It’s so easy how fast you can be consumed by a particular lifestyle. It all depends on your surroundings. For example, if you work in fashion you sometimes feel the need to improve your wardrobe or beauty routine. We nitpick every single detail we sometimes forget to be ourselves. So focused on our outside appearance we forget to give the inside some TLC. Constantly changing our looks or personality based off the people we’re around or magazines we read. The process of keeping up with trends is exhausting to me. I don’t have enough time in the day to focus on what’s current.
As a 23 year old woman I can say at some point in my life I looked at myself and wished I could change something. In high school I succumbed to this because I didn’t know who I really was or what I wanted out of life. Every day I was surrounded by the same people who all wanted the same things. So I felt like I needed to have it as well. As the years passed my self-confidence grew. I’m very sure about who I am now and what I look like. There’s still going to be things I wish I could change but that’s how I was made. My flaws are unique.
– Monday wisdom