The Ultimate “Treat Yourself”

I’ve solely been in a relationship on Valentine’s Day as soon as in my life. My then-boyfriend despatched me candies in lieu of truly spending time with me (he lived a complete 50 minutes away for those who can consider it), and I sat alone in my dorm room whereas consuming the entire field in my underwear. It was superior. Spending time alone indulging in one thing candy was extra satisfying (you possibly can interpret that nonetheless you’d like) than spending time with a university boy. So a lot in order that when I discovered myself the following 12 months in mattress with a field of Godiva as a substitute of with Geoff from the all-male acapella group, I assumed to myself: “Oh Ariel, you’re on to something good.” So I made it my annual custom to, how shall I say, “treat myself.” A phrase I didn’t coin however definitely embody every 14th day of February. What am I planning for this 12 months? Good query; glad to reply.

Breakfast in mattress

There is, I’m positive of it, nothing higher in the whole world than ingesting espresso in mattress. Thursday morning I plan on skipping my morning exercise (so bizarre how this retains taking place!) to sip French press espresso in mattress whereas watching YouTube interviews with Timothée Chalamet. Who wants breakfast in mattress when that boy is such a snack? No, keep, please! I gained’t say something like that once more. I’ll be lighting this candle, placing on Kim Johnson’s favourite masks, and having myself a 20 minute spa morning. I’m often makeup-free at work as a result of I sleep too late, however I’ll be sporting a crimson lip Thursday as a result of I should look within the mirror all through the day and go “OK!”

Midday spa break

There are many classes I’ve not efficiently discovered in my six years as an NYC resident: go away 15 minutes earlier, verify to ensure your prepare is operating earlier than leaving the home, pack a granola bar, don’t date male comedians…these are just some. Here’s what I’ve discovered: When doubtful, there isn’t a lot a 10 minute chair therapeutic massage can’t repair. I might be heading to my favourite native nail salon to pay a person in white scrubs to knead into my again as laborious as he can for 10 minutes straight. Later that day, when folks ask, “Ariel, are you spending Valentine’s Day with anyone special?” I’ll smile, put a hand on my neck, and say “I already did.”

Surprise flower supply

I work in reception, so I think about I’ll be receiving some flowers and different such deliveries all through the day. You higher consider a type of goes to be to myself from myself. I like to preserve contemporary flowers in the home as a result of it makes me really feel like a lady of means who doesn’t always pull socks out of the hamper as a result of “no one can smell feet when they’re in your shoes anyway.” When my UrbanStems association arrives on the workplace I’ll yell “But I’m single, so this must be from a secret admirer!” When nobody bites, I’ll yell it once more, and louder. Then I’ll clarify that the key admirer is, certainly, myself. Everyone will ask me to be quiet as a result of they’re all making an attempt to work, and that, is self love.

An evening of dancing

Well, for me this implies going to the Throwback Thursday SoulCycle class my pal Madigan teaches each Thursday night time. Personally I get my kicks from ripping off my shirt and tapping it again to The All American Rejects on a stationary bike, however if you wish to go to a bar or membership that’s additionally an choice.

Jewelry

Once I’m dwelling, showered, and lined in varied oils and lotions, it’s time for the primary occasion… shopping for myself items. No one is aware of me higher than me, and I’ve acquired my eye on easy gold jewellery like this and these. Bury me in delicate gold chains and hoops! They’re all I would like. I do know jewellery is a grand romantic gesture, however I’ve been relationship myself for years and I feel it’s time to take this step.

Emergency equipment

Even in any case of this self indulgent goodness, there may be, after all, a really small probability that in some unspecified time in the future in the course of the day I’ll understand that I might maybe like to search out love on this bleak, chilly world. For this I’m already ready. When I informed my pal Ali Oshinsky that I used to be writing a chunk for Valentine’s Day, she responded by sending me this masks with the word “If u cry.” She is aware of me properly, so I’ll preserve it readily available simply in case. But I in all probability gained’t want it.

—Ariel Gitlin

Photo through ITG

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