Niles Beach, using the 8mm app on the iPhone
Image courtesy of Google Image Search.
I rarely get excited about a spa or salon because, honestly, I have my mother trim my hair and I’ve received all of four manicures in my entire life. I am perfectly capable of painting my own nails (my slight obsession with detail and perfection forces me to do a better job than most nail technicians), I like grooming my eyebrows myself, and on the rare occasion I’ve had my make up done I spend the entire time telling the make up artist what not to do. You get the idea; I shy away from letting other people fuss over my body and my personal appearance.
I walked by Elegant Nails and Spa (6th Ave between Waverly and Washington Pl) by chance last week while exploring the West Village. What caught my eye was not only the sign in the window advertising very inexpensive spa and nail treatments, but two super stylish New York ladies leaving the salon, with more flocked inside. I made the (correct) assumption that a salon frequented by seemingly well put together New Yorkers was a salon worth going to, despite the suspiciously low prices.
After a few days of debating whether or not to make an appointment, I took the plunge and scheduled a pedicure with a spa treatment and a 10 minute massage, priced at $37. My appointment was for 6:30; I arrived twenty minutes early and was promptly welcomed by a lovely front desk attendant, who seated me immediately. My nail technician Angela made light conversation, but wasn’t too chatty during the session. For the next forty five minutes she gently exfoliated, rubbed, massaged, and fixed up my toes and feet. It was heavenly! I left walking on clouds with my perfectly painted red toes.
The salon is spotless, to boot. During my pedicure, I witnessed other nail technicians busily cleaning and disinfecting their stations; always a good sign!
I highly recommend this salon. It is difficult to find a decently priced – yet high quality – manicure and pedicure in the city, and Elegant Nails and Spa delivers both.
In lieu of an outside shower, residents of urban settings can still evoke the atmosphere of bathing among flora and fauna.
I totally forget where these images originated from; found them on my iPad. Sorry!!
Sculpture by Ronit Baranga
My childhood friend Max and I getting married on Martha’s Vineyard, I think during the summer of 1993.
I had the pleasure of taking a lovely mini vacation in Montauk, NY. Even in the chilly months, this Hamptons destination is beautiful and fun; perhaps more so now that the tourists are gone. I hiked through the stunning Shadmoor State Park (see the Instagrams at the bottom) which affords breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the jagged cliffs bordering the beach, explored some of the funky local hang out spots, and stalked a monarch butterfly flitting around the seaside goldenrod at Montauk Point State Park. It was a much needed peaceful getaway from the craziness of city life.
During my childhood, one of two television shows I watched was Murder, She Wrote (the other was Star Trek. Yes, I was a dork, and no, we didn’t have cable.) Every week I would eagerly await the sassy and witty Angela Lansbury solving murders everywhere from her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine to London and New York City. And when I discovered the series on Netflix a few months ago? Needless to say I was ecstatic to relive the adventures of my childhood hero. She recently posed for Terry Richardson and The Gentlewoman: “A fabulous biannual magazine for modern women of style and purpose.” I can’t think of a better woman to grace the presence of such an aptly titled publication!
Steaming cups of Ghirardelli hot chocolate
Long drives along the Hudson watching the foliage change
Sweaters, sweaters, sweaters!
Sant Ambroeus lattes in Central Park
Rich, burgundy lip colors…my favorite being Make Up Forever n. 48
And of course a little smoky, seductive tenor sax to get you in the mood for candlelit dinners and Cabernet by the fire
Oh, and last but not least: massive amounts of vitamin C, because let’s be honest…sniffly noses are the unglamorous reality of the season change!
Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête is one of my favorite films of all time. The iconic adaptation of the classic fairy tale is spell binding, eerie, and surreal. I particularly love the human characteristics given to inanimate objects, like the arm candelabras and the blinking faces carved into the fireplace. Luckily for us, it seems as though designers were inspired by this theme as well. These wonderfully creepy accessories will add a little Cocteau macabre throughout your home.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oil on canvas
American Apparel bra, Make Up Forever Lipstick #50