Friday, December 16, 2011
5 Tips for Affordable Self Care in NYC
Good morning! Quick post here before I jump in the shower and get to work on time. Yes.
How do you spend your money for your self care? NYC is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, and it's tempting to find yourself at shops and stores which justify NYC's reputation. Not necessary. There are plenty of places to go that won't make too much of a dent in your wallet and I wanted to share some of my favorites:
1. Hair -- I love James Bentley Salon which is a bit of a hop, skip and a jump west (located on 57th Street between 10th and 11th) but it is worth it. Joey Lupo does my color and gave me such a great hair cut. The prices are very reasonable! A single process ranges from $50-$75. Also nearby is Sur le Table, which is like a slightly less fancy Williams-Sonoma. So you can shop on your way home from getting your hair pretty...
2. Skin -- I LOVE Mario Badescu products, which also have a price point that's not too outrageous even as the quality is excellent. They have a great drying lotion for $17.00 and under eye gel for $18.00.
3. Muscles -- My buddy Scott at Spa Belle on 15th and 7th gives an amaaaazing hot stones table massage and foot massage that I swear has taken my ankle (last surgery was July 2010) from good to great. About $45 for 30 minutes.
4. Meridians -- I get acupuncture at YinOva with Noah Rubenstein and he's awesome. You can also take a look around their website for a lot of very useful health oriented content, from Menstruation 101 (work it out) to the value of probiotics. Note: The acupuncture is on the pricier side but I wanted to add it on the list anyway because of the value. Noah gives you a lot time and the treatment is so much more than being poked with needles.
5. Nutrition -- Union Square has a market every weekend that most people know about, I think, but perhaps don't frequent. I didn't realize just how much of a difference the local, in some cases organic, and fresh produce is than what I used to buy at a regular supermarket or on Fresh Direct! I bought Brussels sprouts on the stem and kale so big I felt like someone should fan me with them while I recline on a couch eating organic grapes. A little scary and very green but SO worth it if you just wash it, put it in a ziplock bag, toss olive oil and sea salt in there, mix it alll around, dump it on a pan and shove it on the oven. :) 15 minutes later and WOW. So delicious!
What are some of your favorite spots for self care in NYC? Leave a comment here and let me know.
Posted by LBDinNYC at 8:18 AM