It’s been almost a year since my life changed dramatically, along with so many others. Sometimes I still find myself in disbelief and denial. At times like these, I find it important to step back and take a deep breath. Instead of dwelling on the negative, I look at the positive and take in all the things I’ve experienced and accomplished that I never took the time to do or explore before.

With that being said, my journey of self-awareness has taught me to accept and enjoy being me. I want to be healthy in mind and body and optimal at my age. So, I try to be mindful of my diet, my wine pours (not ready to give that up completely… lol), get back to strength training, and continue my moving meditation through Bikram Yoga. I’ve been weeding out the toxicity in my life. I have never felt better!

Every once in a while, I treat myself to a “SPA”cation. A mini self-care session of luxury products to indulge in. Whether it’s a mini facial, an aromatherapy bath, hair, hand, and foot care, there are many wonderful products to take you away for relaxing “me” time in your home or hotel room.

Here are some of my favorites:

Molton Brown Bath and Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Enrich your spa experience with the various delightful scents from Molton Brown. A favorite at most luxury hotels worldwide and awarded with a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. You’re sure to feel pampered any time, any day!


Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque

Transform your hair to a youthful state with this deeply hydrating, nourishing, and strengthening masque. Leaving hair soft, shiny, and smelling amazing!



Skincando Heirloom Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Brighten, tighten, and hydrate your skin with this anti-aging exfoliating mask with heirloom pumpkin, organic maple syrup, and glycolic acid. The tingly sensation is normal and will quickly subside. Leave on for three – five minutes, then rinse. Follow with your favorite serum and moisturizer.



Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels/Flashpatch Restoring Night Eye Gels

Daytime eye gels instantly give a youthful look to tired eyes with Caffeine (de-puff), Hyaluronic (plump), Hydrolyzed Collagen (firm), Portulaca Oleracea Extract (brighten). Night-time eye gels are anti-aging with Retinol (cell-turnover), Peptides (anti-wrinkle), Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract (luminosity & dark circles). Both daytime and night-time eye gels are effective in five minutes!


Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand & Cuticle Mask and Patchology Best Foot Forward Softening Foot & Heel Mask

Treat your hands and feet with these insulated masks (made with the same technology as space blankets) that lock in your body heat to release shea butter, coconut, and macadamia oils to condition, soften cuticles, and rejuvenate for soft, silky skin. Talk about some R&R in 10 minutes!

Cire Trudon Candle

Pick your favorite scented beeswax candle and enjoy the ambiance of your personal private spa. These luxurious candles are not only attractive in sight and smell, but they also support a good cause. The Maison Cire gives back to the saving of Orne Dark Bees.

Can’t make it to the spa or not comfortable going? Make the spa come to you!  Bonus – you don’t have to drive home afterward and ruin the Zen state you’ve entered.


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Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

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Alexandria, VA 22314


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