October 25, 2017

Wellness Roundup

Happy Fall! It has been quite a while since I've written a blog post, but I'm happy to be back. I've spent a big portion of the last several months traveling to places like New York City, Asheville, Memphis, Washington DC, and Virginia Beach. Each city has been a ton of fun to explore and I appreciate each one for its own unique qualities.

While I was in NYC for New York Fashion Week, I made it a priority to focus on self care. I was lucky enough to pay a visit to some amazing spots that I'll be sure to go back to visit whenever I'm in the city.

To kick off my trip, I stopped into Sundays Studio - NoMad at 51 E. 25th St. New York, NY 10010. I popped in for a meditation manicure and love the concept of being able to meditate while getting your nails done! The studio is decorated perfectly and has the most laid back and calming vibes. After choosing a blush pink color (they have their own line of nail polish!), I sat down and was given a drink, and some delicious granola to munch on. I was then given an iPod and noise cancelling headphones to put on. The guided meditation started playing and I closed my eyes. Before I knew it, I was incredibly relaxed and opened my eyes to find my nails were perfectly polished. I felt so content and only wish that Sundays Studio existed in Nashville. I was able to meet Aundria from the Sundays team - and she told me that she is actually from Nashville! I'm constantly amazed at how small of a world this really is. :) Other fans of Sundays include Jessica Alba, Vogue, and The New York Times.

In the midst of my trip, I stopped by Haven Spa in SoHo at 250 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012. I checked in at the front desk and browsed around the spa goodies that they had for sale. I was then brought back to the locker rooms to change into a robe and sandals. After I was changed, I waited for my masseuse in Haven's relaxation room. I poured myself a cup of tea and enjoyed the environment. Although the room was just off of the main hallway, it felt serene and prepared me for the Tourist Massage, which is a 90 minute treatment designed for people that travel often. The massage was focused on stretches, energetic tuning massage, and hot/cold applications to make sure that my body was acclimated into the Eastern time zone.

Near the end of my trip, I headed to Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa and Boutique at 222 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013. I enjoyed a luxurious Honey Walnut Pedicure and it was incredible. I soaked my feet in warm milk, almond oil, and ROSE PETALS. What I loved about Sweet Lily was its cozy decor and comfortable chairs to relax in while receiving services. I picked a light gray color and left with my feet feeling hydrated. At the end of my service, the ladies of Sweet Lily put some quick dry drops onto my toes and wrapped them in a thin sheet of plastic. I was able to put on socks and tennis shoes right after my service and my nails dried perfectly - it was incredible. Lady Gaga counts herself a fan of Sweet Lily, and now I do, too..because of the whimsical, down-to-earth, and calm atmosphere.

If you know me, you know that I love trying new salons, spas, and treatments. Self care comes in many forms - and for me, these visits were exactly what I needed to keep me fueled during fashion week. If you find yourself needing some "me" time, I've linked some fun at-home spa products below including the color I chose for my toes while in NYC, the hair mask I use, and even a lip mask!



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