For Valentine’s Day, Dan and I treated ourselves to a couples massage package at the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria. We arrived to the 19th floor of the illustrious hotel, where the elevators opened up to ornate gold wallpaper and elegant hanging crystals. One spa attendant stowed away our coats and bags while another treated us to hot tea and fresh juice. Shortly after, two masseuses took us to our private massage room where we were welcomed with a bottle of champagne and Godiva truffles. The whole experience basically made me feel like a real life Blair Waldorf.
We agreed on a Swedish massage, which I like to call the Goldilocks of massages: not too firm but not too gentle. After our 50 minutes of heaven, we were allowed 20 minutes to relax in our personal steam room and shower. I even got to spritz on some signature Guerlain perfume before leaving.
So was it worth the steep price tag (over $500 with tax and tip)? I would compare it to dining at a 3 Michelin Star restaurant. It’s great to experience that kind of luxury and over-the-top service once in a while and you’re extremely lucky if you can do it on a regular basis. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great massage in New York for a lot cheaper. Sure, that corner place offering $60 for 60 minute massages might not afford you chocolates, champagne and your own steam room, but hell, I say sneak in a box of Godivas, down a few glasses of champagne at dinner beforehand and jump into your own bathroom tub when you get home if you still want to experience a little bit of hedonism. Then take all that money you saved and spend it on a pair of Jimmy Choos ;)
Snowmaggedon round 2 is coming to New York on Sunday so I’m going to squeeze all the weekend fun into one jam-packed Saturday. I’ll be shooting a few style photos, trying out Bluestone Collective Cafe in West Village, and eating barbeque at Miss Korea. Hope you all have a sunnier weekend than mine.
My favorite links this week:
A photo cool series on New Yorkers’ dinner habits
And another great pair of heels if you’re a size 40, which I am not :'(
Is that sale item worth the tailoring? Find out here.
Amazing deal on movies
Raw vegan never looked so delicious
Woah. Picasso might upend the art market.
Do your shoes scream stylish and wealthy or nice and boring?
Photo by Cher Bai
If you’re an active follower of my Instagram, you might remember the photo in which I’m donning an O’2nd tweed coat that I got from Bergdorf’s. To tell you the truth, the coat looked oh-so-good in photos, but in reality resembled $600 of plastic-like fabric. It was so synthetically made that whenever I crossed my arms, minute wrinkles would appear along the shoulders and stay there until I steamed the entire thing.
Although I ended up returning it, I still loved the idea of a grey masculine-cut coat and began scanning every online store for a similar style. I searched through hundreds of pages of Zara, Mango, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Saks…you name it. Some coats were the perfect shade of heather grey, but lacked the modern minimalist shape I sought. Others possessed a great silhouette but only came in black or camel or any other color but grey.
Then one slow morning before the work day started, I decided, “What the hell? Let’s see what Forever 21 has to offer.” Yes, that teenage store with mocks of runway looks and overwhelmingly low prices (and usually low quality). But! I discovered this luscious grey coat with a detachable fur lining for a covetable $60. Aka one-tenth the cost of that Bergdorf’s number. And the Forever 21 coat not only fit my body perfectly, but also felt so much softer.
I don’t deny that some items are worth the splurge (nothing keeps me warmer than my Moncler down coat), but never sacrifice your standards of quality just because the price tag values the item highly.