I had the pleasure of receiving a Free 20 Minute Facial at the Aveda store in Oakbrook yesterday. It was a lovely way to end a hectic day at work.
Aveda is offering the free facials this week as an opportunity to experience their products before you buy them. I have Rosacea, which usually makes shopping for skincare products a nightmare, so I happily booked my free trial.
As soon as you enter Aveda, they offer you a cup of tea. It is such a simple gesture but I instantly felt warm, comfortable and calm. It allowed me to slow down and enjoy the ambiance of their beautiful store. And the tea! It is SO delicious. In one sip, it transformed me into a happy and relaxed state. I bought the biggest jar they had!
Before the facial, Roseanne gave me a quick skincare consultation to assess my needs. They categorize everything into elements: Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Infinity.
After my skin was assessed, I was ready for the facial. Every product Roseanne put on felt amazing. The creamy cleanser was gentle and moisturizing. The toner was refreshing. My favorite product was the clay mask, which I have already added to my Christmas list. While the mask was working, Roseanne was kind enough to massage my hands and forearms. I nearly fell asleep, I was so relaxed!
After my facial, I received a quick hair and makeup consultation, and then it was time to shop! I can't say enough about how great the Aveda products are or how much I appreciated such a personal shopping experience. If you haven't been to an Aveda store, I strongly recommend you stop by and treat yourself to the ultimate shopping trip!
Today marks two weeks until we close on our first house together. We are working tirelessly to prepare. Michael spends all of his spare time building furniture and shuttling me to stores and I am busy pouring over our plans and checklists, dreaming about what our home could be. We do everything together and we are learning volumes about each other in the process.
In the middle of all that, I still have some new discoveries to share with you. Here's what's on my radar this week:
We are 15 days away from moving into our new house and it has occurred to me that Michael has not packed a thing. We have two very different approaches to moving and I'm okay with that. Michael is simply too busy with work to pack. I get it, he has a lot of deadlines and exciting projects coming up and something like packing just hits the back burner. For those who, like me, are also extremely busy but have more a "pack or die" mentality, this post is for you. Read on for my top ten packing tips.
Well, hello there! Things have been a little hectic for the past month (more on that later this week), but I'm finally back to the blog. There are a lot of cool projects on the horizon, but for now, here's what I'm loving this week:
I apologize that this post is coming to you so late. My life has been utter chaos this past month (more on that later this week). For now, I'd like to tell you about a little fete...
I had the pleasure of hosting this year's Oscars party with Christine of Life With a Side of Coffee and Jess of The Petite Diaries. I couldn't have done it without them. They handled my sudden life shift with nothing less than grace, understanding and kindness. Jess and Christine deserve so much credit for the success of this party!
I cannot believe we're almost done with January. Hasn't the month flew by? I feel like I'm still trying to catch up with post-holiday craziness to be honest. With the end of every month comes a giveaway though and this is the first official one for 2015! I decided to switch things up this time so instead of a gift card, me and a few blog friends will be giving away an 8-Cup Chambord Coffee Press by Bodum from Starbucks, a bag of ground coffee and a mug. We're bringing the coffee to you so you don't have to deal with the cold outside. I hear some of you are experiencing Snowmageddon. I definitely don't miss walking around in that.
In an attempt to share a little of what I'm loving each week, I'm introducing a new feature on the blog. Every Tuesday, I'll post all my latest discoveries for you to enjoy.
I went to Enolo Wine Cafe to meet my friend Christina (of The Chicago Photog Blog) for a glass of wine. It was a frigid evening, and the wine bar was a warm, comforting retreat from the cold. Enolo is a beautiful spot to grab a drink, complete with gold wall medalions, vaulted ceilings, a clean white bar and many crystal chandeliers. It's a classy place that makes you feel like you're inside a glass of champagne. I greeted Christina and ordered a light dinner. Then, sipping the 2012 Tablas Creek Syrah Blend, I settled into a fun evening of catching up with a friend.
I have always loved a fresh start. The beginning of a new year is like an energizing sunrise: I bask in the glow of endless possibilities and let its warmth heat my soul.
The photo above is the first photo of me in 2015. I took it myself, shortly after I woke. I was feeling relaxed and happy. And I was overcome with the notion that this year will be a year of immense change. There are a lot of things my soul has been aching for, and I believe 2015 will be the year my hopes and dreams come to fruition.