Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending Carol Joynt’s Q&A Café. She interviewed Nancy Taylor Bubes, during a fabulous lunch at the Georgetown Club. (Read more about the interview here). There is hardly anything more Georgetown than that, and it reminded me how much I love this neighborhood I live in…
- The amazing architecture, the row houses, the hidden gardens (and swimming pools), the cobblestones. Every time I walk down the street, I discover something new, beautiful, and captivating. (Go on the House Tour and Garden Tour to discover some of these secrets…)
- The Potomac, with its boat houses and rowers.
- The trees, which change their dress with the seasons, and also look magnificent.
- Thunder: the best burger in Georgetown, and heaven if you like beer. Also, Bernard and Josh are possibly the most entertaining bartenders you will come across…
- Peacock Café: the best fries in Georgetown, and my personal favorite lunch spot.
- Bourbon Steak: the best Manhattan (other than the one my husband makes), and fascinating people watching if you want to see (foreign) Government-looking types in suits.
- Georgetown Tobacco. Every time I walk by there, I am reminded of when my Dad used to smoke the pipe, and then Blue Gitanes… (shhhh, don’t tell him I told you).
- I even love the ginkgo trees around Olive street… stinky in the fall, yet so Georgetown.
- The birds of Spring. They start chirping at 4:10 am, like an orchestra of happiness for things to come.
- The sound of tennis balls hitting racquets on the courts of Montrose Park. There is nothing quite so civilized.
- The community feel of the neighborhood, where people still say “good morning” and nod and smile to each other when walking down the street.
- The international feel of the neighborhood, enhanced by the embassies nearby and the international Georgetown students.
Our Alchimie Forever marketing calendar says that April is the month of Calm. As in calm skin, and calm spirit.
Calm skin. April is National Rosacea Awareness month. Those who suffer from rosacea know this is the antithesis of calm. Red, angry, irritated, uncomfortable, are words that describe rosacea skin; calm is not. Helping to calm your skin looks like this:
- Avoid triggers. These will vary somewhat individually: heat, alcohol, spice, and more.
- Protect your skin. From the sun (always), but also from the cold and the wind.
- Treat your skin gently. Avoid harsh products, cleansers and otherwise. Look for anti-inflammatory ingredients. Remember that less is more.
- When all else fails, apply makeup to cover up the red. I so rarely recommend makeup other than for color… but sometimes it really is necessary.
- Your dermatologist is your friend. Listen to his / her recommendations, follow his / her prescriptions, trust the expert.
Calm spirit. Is there a calm spirit month? This is the time of year when my spirit is the antithesis of calm. Tired, overwhelmed, irritated, uncomfortable, are words that describe an agitated spirit; calm is not. Helping to calm my spirit looks like this:
- Avoid triggers. I know what mine are, I trust you know yours.
- Protect my energy. Be more quiet. Spend more time in nature (as I write from the gardens of Salamander Resort & Spa).
- Treat myself gently. Sleep more, drink less, exercise more. Cancel appointments (responsibly).
- When all else fails, smile until I make it. A Saturday with absolutely zero commitments is 3 days away. Tinos is 64 days away…
- My therapist is my friend. For me, that means my massage therapist… thank you Brian!
Calm – of skin and spirit!
Today is my first day of Spring. Finally, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. After our Polar Vortex Winter, it feels like life is finally beginning anew.
I wrote earlier this year about the rhythm of the seasons, and once again I was reminded this morning, walking to and from SoulCycle, of how this natural cycle impacts my focus, and my activities.
Here are some of the ways I have begun to celebrate Spring, and how I will continue to.
- I opened the windows in my house and let in fresh air. Simple, and glorious.
- I cut 4 inches off my hair and I have never felt lighter. Thank you, Jason Snyder!
- I cleaned out my closet, thanks to the inspiration of my dear friend Jennifer Mapp Bressan, who is constantly reminding the world that we need less clothing than we think we do.
- I took a good look at my to-do list and got rid of two items that had been sitting on there since January; one task I (finally) completed, and one task I decided I was never going to complete and just deleted.
- I switched my evening cream to the lighter Kantic Calming cream from what I use during the winter, our Kantic+ Intensely nourishing cream.
- I had coffee in my yard, listening to the sounds of Spring, watching the sun rise over Georgetown, watching the world wake up.
- I incorporated abs in my exercise regimen, per the inspiration of my friend Anne who does 200 of them five times per week. This should be a year-round ritual (because summer bodies are made in the winter!), but for now, it will start as a Spring / Summer ritual.
- I went to yoga. I don’t do yoga, but when my friend Kelly DiNardo, owner of Past Tense in DC, invited me. I figured at the very least it would help me get rid of the winter cobwebs in my body.
- I finalized a new partnership for Alchimie Forever, which will yield its fruit a little bit later this season.
- I still need to get my first Spring pedicure… I am hoping to make time this weekend to go to Mia Bella, my favorite nail place in New Orleans.
How do you celebrate the first few days (weeks) of Spring?