How To Create A Spa Day At Home Pt. 2

I talked about creating a quick, cheap, and easy, spa day at home already, but if you have more time on you day off, let’s continue the at home spa experience.

WINE!!
I can’t believe I forgot the WINE in my first post. No explanation needed here!

Face Mask

I know quite a few people who stand by face masks. I’m new to this territory so I can’t give you a great review about it yet. I do want to try face masks because I know they would be a great addition to my at home spa day! Do you use face masks? What kind would you recommend?

Foot Scrub

We gave our bodies a sugar scrub so let’s treat our feet with the same love. After a bath is the best time to scrub your feet. Your skin will be soft and easy to scrub off with a foot stone. After soaking and scrubbing, use a foot lotion or Vaseline and put a sock on. Your feet will be noticeably softer.

Nail Care

On spa days, I like to do my nails, but I like to do this last. I don’t want to mess up my wet nails fumbling with my face mask or something else. After scrubbing my heels and moisturizing my skin, my nails need to be repainted. Clip, file, and buff your nails for great shape and natural shine. Set up your station with your favorite nail polishes and towels. Do your feet first then your hands.

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What are your favorite spa day routines? Did you read part 1?
~Kelsey Sherri

Life After College

As I binge watch Sex and the City for the first time, I can’t help but think about my own life. I know! Why am I comparing my life to a fictional TV show about mid 30 somethings with established lives in the city? I’m not really but it does get me thinking.

I’ve noticed a lot of my favorite shows are centered around New York City: How I Met Your Mother, The Wayans Brothers, Lipstick Jungle, even back to The Nanny, The Jefferson’s, and The Cosby show and the movies: The Devil Wears Prada, 13 Going on 30, Hitch, Trainwreck, and The Intern. These are just what I could think of off the top of my head, but honestly, the list goes on!

They all have one thing in common. New York!

Before 25

New York is clearly the place to be. But is it as exciting as it is on TV? Or am I putting New York on a pedestal?

I got the chance to visit New York back in 2008. I got to see the ball drop, at least I think I did. I’m not sure. That night was such a blur of excitement and awe, crowded with people and below zero temps. I’m not sure if I was watching the ball drop or an icicle falling. Regardless, I was 16 in the city I’ve always dreamed of going to.

Now I’m 23, fresh out of college, unemployed and living at my parents house. Not exactly what I had in mind after college. I figured I would still be at home but I had no idea I would be working a temp position, which…eventually ended.

There’s one of two things that will happen after college. You will A: get a job right away, or B: get stuck job hunting, vigorously and actively. Unfortunately I fell into category B. They don’t tell you about that category. They (colleges) give you the impression that a job with a great salary, benefits, and a friendly working environment will be waiting for you the second you walk across the stage. Maybe that’s what I’m doing with New York? Maybe I’m glorifying this city that may not even be as great as I imagined.

In my before 25 post I said I wanted to own a condo before 25 and either live in New York or have a fruitful vacation there. I can’t see myself owning a condo in New York at this moment only because I don’t think NYC would be where I spend the rest of my life. It would be more of a pit stop along the way, you know, just in case I am glorifying the land. So I would most likely invest in a condo in Los Angeles somewhere. Maybe I could rent it out while I experience my big apple adventures. Hmm how does that work? Googling renting out your condo now!

I can’t get ahead of myself though. I don’t even have a job! Haha! I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. The reason for me being jobless right now? I don’t know. Maybe it’s for me to spend time developing my blog or developing my sketching. Maybe it’s to give me time to make a good plan/revise my current one. Maybe it’s just giving me a little time to declutter my closet. In due time. I will have that job with the great salary, benefits, and the friendly working environment they told me about in college. Cheers to an unexpected life!

~Kelsey Sherri

How to Create A Spa Day at Home

We live busy and hectic lives. Sometimes we just need a break, a massage, or a full spa day. But we don’t always have the time or the money. I’ve created a list of things that you may already have in your home. If you don’t, these items are all pretty cheap ($1-$10) and easily accessible at your local Target, drugstore, or dollar store.

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Candles

I love all kinds of candles and I always have one burning! For the purpose of relaxation, go for a calming and soothing scent like lavender, vanilla, eucalyptus, or peppermint. This will set the mood for your relaxing day. Be sure to dim your lights or take them off and use as much candle light as possible.

The Bath

Make sure your tub is clean! We don’t want any issues! Fill your tub with warm water. I like to put it as hot as I can handle but not hot enough to burn me. The warmth will loosen up your muscles and the steam will open up your pores and sinus cavities for better breathing. At this time you can play some soothing music or pick out a book you’ve been wanting to start for your bath.

Bath Bombs, Bubbles, & Epsom Salt

Add bath bombs, bubbles, or Epsom salt or any combination of the three to your bath water.

I just tried a bath bomb for the first time the other day. I don’t really see the hype about bath bombs. It was fun watching the Alka-Seltzer like fizz in the tub, but other than that, I don’t see the hype.

Bubbles are just fun to play with! Who takes bubble baths without bubbles? I mean it’s in the name!
The Epsom Salt is great for relaxing your muscles as well. Pair an eucalyptus scented Epsom salt with the steam from the hot water and you have a great environment for people with breathing and sinus problems. For me personally, the mint and steam opens up my airways. I also love the lavender scent. It’s so relaxing.

Epsom Salt

Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating your skin. Exfoliation helps rejuvenate your skin by rubbing off the dead skin cells and revealing the new skin cells underneath. I got my scrub from TARGET. It’s cheap, smells great, and leaves my skin feeling soft with a glow. I use it on my face as well and I’ve noticed a drastic improvement in my complexion. My skin is even and soft. These are my own experiences. Your experience may be different from mine.

Moisturizing Body Lotion

After you soak for at least 15 minutes, I tend to get carried away and soak for 45 minutes, lightly dry your skin and use your favorite moisturizing lotion. Spend time massaging your body and use plenty of it. As you lotion apply more pressure than usual. Work out any tension you feel in your neck, shoulder, legs, etc. You know your body and you know what needs to be worked.

Doesn’t that sound relaxing?

Let me know how your at home spa day turned out.

Spa day

~Kelsey Sherri

Complete the Look with Beautiful Nails!

Valentine’s day checklist:

  1. Outfit: Check
  2. Hair: Check
  3. Makeup: Check
  4. Nails: Oops!
Let’s talk nail polish!

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Dressing Up for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!! Do you have plans with that special someone? Do you have your jaw dropping outfit ready? Whether you’re single or with someone, why not use Valentine’s day to dress up and feel beautiful?

Keep it classy and simple for Valentine’s day with a soft pink, rose gold, and black outfit! Be affordable and sexy for your night out!

Shop this look!

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Be bold, classy, and sexy for Valentine’s day with this red dress and a snake skin embossed clutch!
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There are other beautiful dresses linked to this look. Check them out here!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

~Kelsey Sherri ❤

 

TreeHut Shea Sugar Scrub Review

This last Christmas 2015 I themed my gifts to “me time” with candles, nail polish, and sugar scrubs. I’ve never used a sugar scrub before but I felt my skin needed some love. So I went back to Target for one of the sugar scrubs I got my friends and family for Christmas. After my first use, I completely fell in love!

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My skin looked refreshed and it was soft to touch. Even my hands were softer. I’ve always had hard-ish hands because of the rings and monkey bars in elementary school, not moisturizing in middle school, and softball in high school. But honestly, I just think my hands are naturally harder than the average lady. I don’t have man hands, but they’re not delicate. So when I used the sugar scrub, it was quite shocking feeling how soft my hands were.

I used it on my face and after about 3 uses, once a week or so, my family started noticing an improvement in my complexion. My skin looked softer and hydrated. My intake of water could also be adding to this new even complexion of mine but I know the sugar scrub is working as well!

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Tree hut has a handful of scents to choose from. I got mine from Target but I see them in other stores as well.

*This is not a promotional blog post. All comments are my own opinion based on my own experiences.

And The Winner Is…

Hi everyone. Thank you so much for participating in my poll! I really appreciate the feedback!  Here are the results:

  • 3rd Place: Modern Avenue
  • 2nd Place: Living With Kelsey
  • 1st Place & Winner: The Modern Life

I’m actually happy “The Modern Life” won. I was hoping you guys would like that name as much as I did. But unfortunately it was liked so much that someone already claimed the URL. I tried many variations for “The Modern Life”: “Modern Life”, “Modern Living”, “Living Modern”, the list goes on. They were either all taken or asking for over $2000 dollars for the domain. I love my blog and I want it to grow, but I’m not investing over $2000 in a domain name! I was a little discouraged but I went back to the drawing board. I incorporated my favorite color and things related to my life, but everything I liked was taken. I slept on it and woke up with my blog name still on my mind. So today, after a while of brainstorming and advice, I came up with “The Modern Reality”. Thankfully the domain was available! Now, it’s on to coming up with a logo!

Thank you again to everyone who participated and those who helped me in person! The domain/blog name hunt is finally over!

~Kelsey Sherri

Naming The Blog

Please take a second to vote for your favorite name below! I’ll be making a decision tomorrow! Thank you all! I really appreciate your help!

~Kelsey Sherri

Please Help Me Name My Blog!

Hey everyone! Remember when I said I needed help naming my blog? Well, I’ve come up with a few ideas and I wanted to see what you guys think. Please vote for your favorite name below and based on the most votes I will finally have a new blog name!

Thanks for your help!

 

~Kelsey Sherri

52 WKC: 5 Something Someone Gave Me

For my 23d birthday last year (October 2015) my best friend got me a massage, something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been to a spa where you go in different rooms of different temperatures and it had a jacuzzi area, but I’ve never gotten a massage.

I went this week and it was amazing! I was so relaxed and calm. I had a full body massage right up to my fingertips. Who knew that someone rubbing your hands with oil would feel so good. I couldn’t stop repeating in my head how good everything felt.

Indulgence Spa Day

My masseuse’s name was Irma. I went to the place in Long Beach called Indulgence. Here’s their website. Irma was amazing. She made me feel so relaxed and comfortable not only with her massage but with her spirit alone.

When I got there for my appointment, I signed in with the receptionist, who is great as well. She offered me wine or tea. I hesitated and she told me she’ll give me the wine because, “anyone who hesitates usually wants to say yes to the wine.” She was right. I did want the wine. I mean why not enjoy the total experience? I only hesitated because it was one in the afternoon.

I waited for them to prepare a room and they called me in on time. Irma took me to my room. Peppermint filled the halls and I later found out it’s from the warm towels they put on your back, legs, and feet after the massage. They were playing an instrumental soundtrack of calming noises and tunes. The room was painted different tones of brown and green.

I have to say there was a time when I was undressing that I got a little self-conscious. I realized that this lady was about to see my body in a very close up fashion. She would be rubbing my back rolls and seeing my two week old chipped nail polish fingers and toes. Side note: You know you could have the healthiest nails and nail beds but if your polish is chipped, it just looks so bad! Then I was trying to get comfortable laying on my stomach and having my face in that head rest thing, but my ginormous boobs kept choking me. She laughed when I tried tucking them in under me so I could breathe. She saw my struggle and offered me a pillow. I told her I had two pillows under me already and we both started laughing. But I had to remind myself that I was there to relax and I’m sure this lady has seen everything and if she hasn’t seen it yet, then she’ll probably see it eventually. I loosened up a bit and when I finally tucked my pillows away and she started massaging my sore shoulders all my worries and insecurities disappeared.

She was so kind and applied just the right amount of pressure. She caters the massage to where ever you need it the most. She asked me what area bothers me the most and I told her my back, shoulders, and neck. So she spent the most time on those areas.

I encourage you all to get a massage, a professional massage, even if it’s only one time in your life, get it! They’re super cheap on Groupon and Living Social and worth every penny. They’re different types of massages and different time lengths. Mine was an hour long full body massage, but if you only have 30 minutes or if you only want a foot massage, there is a massage that fits your needs.

~Kelsey Sherri

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