True confession: I suck at taking care of myself.
I suppose that’s what I mean when I label myself as uncharacteristically low-maintenance- the fact that most of my routines are NOT centered around self-care and preservation but to make myself believe they are.
Case in point:
- I don’t sleep enough, I don’t eat enough, I drink way too much black coffee,
- I don’t own a hairbrush or a nail filer or that green face-masky shit…
- I don’t know how to exfoliate or use a pumice stone or do my own nails (I credit that to the fact that I used to play guitar).
- I’ve never had a facial or a massage or any sort of spa experience
- I sometimes forget to wash my eyeliner off before going to bed
- I have enough bruises/burns/cuts to look like a reincarnated voodoo doll
- I’ve frozen off all the nerve endings in my thighs due to my refusal to wear pants 95% of the time since I find them unflattering
- And I suffer from an over-analytical, overly cluttered, self-deprecating brain…
HOWEVER, I am making some changes…
Now now, I am no means an expert as you can see but as I like to do things as fully as possible, I have been making a few tweaks and rotations which have so far been working out quite well-
Alas (God I hate that word it somehow reminds me of people that play D&D),
Taking Care of Yourself the Sara Way:
1. Start EVERY morning off with a bubble bath: I wake up ridiculously early (but if you set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than your usual you should be fine)- however my newest habit as of the last ten days has been beginning each day with this ritual and it is GLORIOUS. The way I do it: Hot water, LOADS of bubbles, and Pandora’s Mozart station. Optional Add-ons (depending on my mood/day of the week): Vogue/Harper’s Bazaar/W/The Financial Times: How to Spend It (on weekends only obviously)/Travel & Leisure/someotherluxuriousmagazine, Mimosa (again this only works on weekends), bath salts/bombs whatevs.
2. SmartWater: I know I know, you probably all think this is some overpriced fancy water…which it probably is…but really I don’t care because I love this stuff. First of all, it’s loaded with electrolytes and if you are like me and have issues with keeping your electrolytes in check, this is a Godsend (or just a really good placebo effect). Another reason why I love SmartWater- the bottle is chic and can match with almost any outfit (I am not actually that ridiculous anymore- in high school I used to drink Perrier when I wore green/Evian with pink or light blue, etc), oh and finally- if you chug a bottle of SW prior to bedtime after a night of cocktail indulgences, you will wake up looking and feeling like a ray of sunshine. True Life.
3. Silk Robes: If you don’t own a silk robe, you and your skin are seriously missing out in life. There is nothing I love more than getting out of the bathtub, toweling off, and then sauntering around in my silk robe as I fetch my coffee and catch up on the latest values of my stock shares.
4. QUALITY munching and sipping: Okay, at this point you probably all think I am the prime ministress snob of mankind, but in all truth I really am not- I swear…if there is anything I am a snob about it is food. If I am going to indulge on french fries (or pomme frites as I would prefer them to be referred to as), they better be perfectly crisped and fried in truffle oil- or if my caloric expenditure is going to go to chocolate cake, that chocolate better be Scharffen Berger and not some trans-fatty Hersheys or Betty Crocker 79 cent stuff. Yes I know my mentality about food is slightly effed up, but I can justify my consumption of these sorts of luxuries as long as they are made from pure, top-notch quality ingredients and not some corn-derived chemical made in a lab in Ohio and sold at Fred Meyer. As for drinks, don’t you dare ever order PBR at a posh lounge (Naz and I witnessed this happen at Bar Mingo last night and we were both so alarmed that we almost choked on our marinated mozzarella.) Ultimately, moderation is healthy. And always eat a good, balanced breakfast (mine is consistently: Kashi Honey Sunshine/Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins cereal, 1 tsp ground flaxseed, 1 tsp cinnamon, lots of berries, lowfat kefir, 2 spoonfuls of Fage 2% Greek Yoghurt) aka plenty of protein, whole grains, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins.
5. Don’t do things you don’t want to do…REALLY: It’s so easy to fall into peer pressure even at this age; honestly I used to feel like a loser for those Saturday nights where I just wanted to sit in bed in my silk robe blogging and deep conditioning my ends (like now.) However, if you are not in the mood/do not feel physically 100%/it’s monsooning outside/no one you’re attracted to is going to be there/you have something early the next morning- do not force yourself, there will be many other weekends and you will feel a million times better the next day when you have to wake up to stand in line for Lanvin (as I did last semester) or in line for brunch at Screen Door (as I anticipate will happen tomorrow morning.)
That all being said, I have had an amazing weekend. Absolutely amazing, and I spent 92% of it with my one and only, Nazneen. It involved a total alcohol consumption of one glass of French Pinot Gris and a total of 20 hours of sleep (between two nights that is).
Starting on Friday:
A beautiful, crisp 58 degrees Fahrehnheit day…excuse the rather rubbishy lighting of the following photos…we lunched at Karam, a delicioussss Lebanese restaurant in downtown PDX:
Nazu and I reconvened in the evening in pursuit of OUR idea of an amazing Friday night:
Put on some Burberry patent pumps,
Spray some Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
And drive to the Alphabet District of Portland…
We hit up the lounge at Bar Mingo:
After chit-chatting and enjoying the exquisite atmosphere, we proceeded to food:
We leisurely (you better be pronouncing this as Leh-jur-lee and not LEE-JUR-LEE) noshed and dished and raved to one another about the incredible texture and flavour of the steak…
…and a couple of hours later as we were still sipping on the wine we decided to go for dessert:
I cannot even describe to you how amazing this dessert was: Two profiteroles filled with vanilla gelato and drenched in the most delicious espresso-infused dark chocolate fudge one can possibly imagine. Total mouthgasm…I miss going out for posh little desserts.
All in all, we had an incredible night with amazing food- and it goes without saying that we’ll be back at Bar Mingo.
Our weekend of fun continued on Saturday…
…beginning with a venture for truffle fries and burgers in the Pearl District at Little Big Burger:
These burgers are tiny, but incredibly satisfying: A 1/4 lb hockey puck of natural medium-cooked juicy deliciousness on a brioche bun with organic veggies, pickles, catsup, and mustard accompanied by perfectly crisp truffle oil-fried, lightly salted french fries. Total price of lunch: $6
After lunch, we intended to go to the Spa for my very first massage/facial…but they were all booked so instead we shall make it a weekday venture this coming school week…
An incredible weekend with an incredible friend, and now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go end my Saturday night with a bubble bath and The Economist since I have to wake up early for an epic brunch date with Hallie.
What did you do this weekend?
How do you take care of yourself?