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Spending on myself

March 13, 2010

Remember when I said once I completed the 30 day shred and run 10 miles, I was going to get a facial?  I still have a 10 mile coming up some time in the next week or two or three — I will do it.  I know it.  But I’m probably going to abandon 30 day shred for now, or at least setting goals for it.

This is the trouble I often have with “rewards” for things — once I decide I really really want something, I eventually get it, if I can.  And I could!  And I did!

And it was fabulous! (Warning – read the rest at your own risk, I refuse to be accused of enabling!)

With T out of town for the weekend, I decided it was the perfect time for it.  A long run, followed by a quick collapse on the beach to rest, then a shower and I was off to the spa.

I’m not a spa girl.  I’ve had a handful of pedicures and manicures and a couple massages, and that’s it.  Spas are something that I struggle with as a concept, sort of the way I struggle with the idea of having a cleaning service (which we don’t have).  It’s pure luxury.  It’s senselessly expensive.  It is totally selfish spending.  It makes me think of snobbish and materialistic women.  Impractical and frivolous and so so NOT frugal.  But it is also so so so fabulous.

First we worked on my eyebrows, and she basically said to turn in my tweezers and thicken them out a bit.  Yeah.  She has a point.  I’ll see what I can do, but I love to tweeze.  But I can stop!  She also was dying to tint my lashes, since they are so long and beautiful.  😉

Then it was facial time.  My former idea of a facial was a store bought mask followed by moisturizer.  Boy was I missing out!  It was like an all out facial massage, treatment after treatment.  Arm massage.  Scalp massage.  A quick foot rub.  Extractions (ouch).  More massage and lotions.  It was great.  It smelled great.  It was relaxing.  The facialist (? i’m sure they have a real name) was super nice and gave some suggestions on improving my skin care routine.

It was amazing.  It was also $105 (with tip).  That was the only non-fabulous part.  T is such a nice boyfriend and said I could put it on the joint card — but I didn’t.  I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I have such a hard time spending money on myself, but it is even harder to spend his money on myself!

Then I got a $60 smog check (thanks California), $45 worth of yummy TJ’s groceries, and bought two necklaces on Etsy for $25 each for my sisters to wear for my wedding.   It was an expensive Saturday, no?

The rest of the evening:  sushi (from TJ’s, $4), glass of white wine (TJ’s – cheap stuff), and a book that I’ve been working on since January.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2010 7:29 pm

    It’s not secret that I love facials and massages. This week, there were spa day deals throughout Los Angeles – $50 for services normally $100+. I almost wrote a post about it but didn’t. You should look up spa week, coming in April. It’s the same concept – $50 for spa services at many of L.A.’s top spas. It’s a great way to explore spas you’ve always wanted to go to but couldn’t afford. Totally worth it. Oh, if you do book via Spa Week, be sure to tip the aesthetician for the full amount of the service.

    • March 13, 2010 7:33 pm

      Oooo, thanks for the tip. I looked at this last year (and the year before) but at that point, even $50 was too much. But I’ll definitely look again this year!

      How much do you usually tip as a percent?

  2. March 13, 2010 7:30 pm

    Somehow your spa day experience made me feel better. Not superior, just living vicariously through you. Thanks! 😉

  3. Ronnie permalink
    March 13, 2010 8:20 pm

    Spas are fantastic! My mother always told me that part of taking care of the family was taking care of herself and having personal days. That didn’t necessarily mean spa, but her point was that if there’s something that you enjoy, on occasion you deserve to indulge in it. For me, massages are that thing. I rarely get manicures or pedicures (I can do them myself and they last longer ;)), I even more rarely go to the salon for my hair, but I love massages. Purely indulgent, luxurious, unnecessary and decadent, and I will hopefully do them at least once a month for the rest of my days :D!

  4. March 13, 2010 10:22 pm

    I LOVE facials! They’re really expensive, but totally worth every penny. I can’t afford to go anymore, but they’re worth the splurge to me. I also love mani pedis, but I don’t get them more than a couple times a year. However, I’m always willing to lay down the money to get a bikini wax! Expensive, but worth it. I say, treat yourself kindly!

  5. March 14, 2010 11:29 am

    have you heard of I haven’t actually used it yet, but I’ve heard really good things and signed up – as soon as I have a little extra spending money I’m so there. It’s almost entirely deals on restaurants and spas – might be a great way to get a few more splurges in for yourself with a bit less guilt. 🙂

  6. oilandgarlic permalink
    March 15, 2010 8:16 am

    I usually ask the spa’s receptionist what percentage to tip because I can never quite remember! I think it’s around 15 – 20 %. If I go during spa week, I try to leave a bigger tip.

  7. March 17, 2010 8:58 am

    Sounds like you had a great time! I’ve never been to a spa myself, but maybe one of these days. 🙂

  8. March 19, 2010 9:10 am

    My birthday is coming up and I have a gift certificate that I have held onto for about a year or so. I am getting pampered at the spa and just enjoying a day of luxury. I’ll gladly pay the remainder of the amount. I deserve it. Happy Birthday to me!

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