Whether I am single or in romantic bliss, I have always been a lover of Valentine's Day!
As a woman, I am a firm believer in "me time" and self-indulgence, lol. There are so many little things that can be done on occasion to bring back balance and serenity to one's life. You know..those mini-luxuries!
As a teen, my older sister began schooling me on "me time" luxuries. When I was feeling stressed, she taught me a night-time routine. I would take a long bath complete with the sounds of Anita Baker and Sade. The water would be immersed with oils and salts to provide serene aromatherapy. After bathing (and making sure I had no prickly hairs!) I would treat myself to fussy, fragranced lotion. I would treat my feet to an extra helping of vaseline before donning thick, cotton socks. I would choose a classic, girl nightgown (the more lace, the better!) and make sure that I had my satin sheets on my bed before resting. Talk about stress relief!
My sister is thirteen years my senior, which for many years, meant that she was more like a mother than sister. Which also meant, we bumped heads for many years. Yet, one thing that I am forever grateful for, is having such an astonishing woman as my big sister to truly help shape me into a little lady. I mean, how many teenage girls have a set of satin sheets? lol.
Now that I am all grown up, there are certain "lady lessons" that she taught me that I still practice. Long baths is one of them! While my "me time" baths still include Sade and Anita Baker, I have made some of my own additions...such as wine, candlelight, fresh fruits and cheese.
I have an amazing man in my life who truly spoils me rotten. But this Valentine's Day along with occasional other "me-time" days throughout the year...I have to proclaim that "I love ME". There is nothing like the validating love from a partner, but we must remember to love ourselves first.
So, just as my sister passed on her womanly wisdom...I have found one great "me time" product that can be purchased on ANY budget! It is LUSH's "Moon and Sun Steam Tabs"...?
LUSH cosmetics are handmade, organic products. These steam tabs are great to give yourself an at-home facial. The aromatherapy will soothe your skin AND your mind. The lavender oil in the tabs provides antibacterial, cleansing, and soothing properties; while, the neroli oil improves your skin's tone and texture! Drop these tabs in water and enjoy the benefits. Better yet, SAVE the water from your steam facial, bottle it, and you can use it for a toner for the next couple days. Talk about efficient money spent. And speaking of money, these tabs are ONLY 2.95 at lush.com. I told you any girl could afford these :)
So, this Valentine's Day, don't forget to love yourself first. After you are well bathed, revived, and feeling motivated, grab that sexy dress from borntoflaunt.com and FLAUNT your personal runway!
Until Next Time, FLAUNT your fabulous this Valentine's Day...?