New York New Year Resolutions: Part 2, Splurge


It’s the second day of new year and the second part of this mini-series.

Now that I’ve resolved to learn about medieval art, contemporary scultpure, nature, public speaking, and hiphop dancing, I think it’s only right that I to resolve to treat myself occasionally, and Splurge. . .

. . .on seasonal facials.
I recently treated myself to a facial at Elizabeth Arden. While I enjoyed it, my facialist didn’t seem to know what she was talking about, telling me that my clearly combination skin was oily and that I should get facials – at nearly $200 a pop – once a month. Plus now I have two breakouts. Welcome back to work!

The best facial I’ve had is still the one at Oasis Day Spa from a year ago. That facialist could tell right off the bat that the soap I’d been using on my face was too harsh and recommended seasonal facials, ie, when the weather changes, just four times a year. That’s a splurge I can definitely afford.

. . .on a nice gym.
I like the conveniece of my company gym, but there’s something luxurious about spending a day at Chelsea Piers. For a $50 day pass, you have everything at your fingertips: cardio and weight machines, a track, a variety of classes, a steam room, a lovely cafe, and a restaurant overlooking the water. There’s also a rock climbing wall, beach volleyball, a golf range, and a bowling alley.

Keep your eye out for specials. For instance this past December, along with a $75 spa treatment, you received a complimentary day pass. And a day pass will always get you 10% off any spa treatment as well.

. . .on good eats.
Organic food just tastes better. Fortunately it’s easier and easier to find now with stores like Whole Foods and Really Cool Foods at my doorstep.

And it’s really not that expensive. For example the Whole Foods brand, 365 Everyday Value, is actually pretty cheap, especially compared to stuff at convenience delis, which jack up the prices of everything. (Once I plunked down $4 for a sprig of ginger. Four bucks! For a sprig!)

Of course this doesn’t mean I won’t eat non-organic food. Nothing will stop me from the occasional Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast sandwich.

. . .on Broadway shows.
I don’t usually go out of way to see musicals and plays, but after catching a best of 2006 recap on NY1, I’m interested in a few.

Grey Gardens is one. Have you seen this movie? Nutty is just the tip of the iceberg. Big Edie and Little Edie, aunt and cousin to Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, sing and dance so much, the film’s practically a musical on its own. My favorite part? When Little Edie is trying to show the film crew her record collection and in the background her mother is calling, continuously, “Yoohoo, Edie! Where are you, Edie? Yoohoo! Edie? Edie!” Classic.

A couple of others are The Drowsy Chaperone and Mary Poppins. I’d like to see History Boys too, but unforutnately it closed in October. Duh. Guess I’ll have to wait for the movie.

After splurging on all of my senses, I’ll have to make like a monk and rid myself of excess. Hence, Part 3, Purge.

Part 1: Learn.

[Illustration courtesy of Swell Art.]

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