You’ve successfully dodged the throngs of street style baiters and paparazzi, have eaten nothing but Fiber One bars and American Express trail mix for the past seven days, have Vine-induced vertigo, made it to the 9am Saturday Lacoste show, and have this weird buzzing in your ears from fatigue that just won’t go away. C’mon. It’s time—to celebrate the official end of New York fashion week and treat yourself.
So what if Valentine’s Day is traditionally a couples' holiday? Everyone knows that the most important relationship is the one that you have with yourself. So with that in mind, we’ve put together the best, most decadent ways to celebrate you (and, ok, maybe your cat, too.) Click through for our picks.
Treat Yo’Self to... Some Sugar
Treat Yo’Self to... Good Smells
Even with my bourgeois olfactory senses, I can tell that the fragrances from Arquiste are something special. With the best perfumers, a scent is never just a scent. Its best-selling fragrance, Boutonniere No.7, recalls a specific day at the Opera in 1899, a blend combining gardenia boutonnieres, mixed with bergamot and lavender.
If Arquiste tells stories through scents, then D.S & Durga shows songs through scents. David Seth Moltz, a musician, and Kavi Durga, an architect, blend their mutual backgrounds to take an apothecary approach to fragrance. Their “Poppy Rouge,” were inspired by lyrics from a Mississippi John Hurt Song, “Richland Woman Blues” about a woman getting ready for a night on the town with her lover. To conjure the idea of “ruby red lipstick, bright poppy rouge, turkey red bloomer,” they created a scent blend of orange flower, jonquil, and parma violet.
Treat Yo’Self by... Burning Something
Cire Trudon is France’s oldest candlemaker (since 1643.) Referred to as the “Rolls Royce” of candlemakers, it was a rumored favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte and apothecary to the Versailles court. People looking for fig, rose, or pine-scented candles should look elsewhere. Cire Trudon candles are in a category of their own, with heady, complex candles like the Abd El Kader, a gorgeous candle that smells like Moroccan mint tea.
Treat Yo’Self by... Slipping Into Something More Comfortable
Ari Dein’s silk pajamas are the kind of thing that New Girl's Jess might reach for on a date night. They’re a little swishier, sexier, and the Deep V and cheeky bottom (literally) show a flirty but not overly revealing amount of skin. Designer Arielle Shapiro is a member of the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator and everything is made in the USA.
Treat Yo’Self to... Something Beautiful
Smashbox partnered up with Curtis Kulig, the artist and creator of the eponymous “Love Me” tag, to create a makeup collection. Each piece of the collection is “tagged” with Kulig’s signature etching, from the blushes to the eye compacts to the lipsticks. My favorite is the blue-red lipstick, which seamlessly and lightly glides onto your lips.
Sweet smells are as ubiquitous for Valentine’s Day as marriage proposals in Times Square. But spicy, fragrant bath scents are meant for luxuriating and adoring. Molton Brown’s cult Black Pepper is just the fragrant, fiery scent of bergamot, peppercorn, and oakmoss for cutting through this overly saccharine holiday. If you prefer a touch of natural sweetness, Tammy Fender’s Rose Oil and Body Gel are GOOP-approved, holistic skincare that melt instantly into your skin, surrounding you with a cloud of soft, natural rose goodness.
Exfoliators for your lips have never been as delicious as Sara Happ’s, which come in red velvet, peppermint, crème brulee, or blood orange. Follow up with the fashion editors' lip balm of choice (you didn’t think they just used Chapstick, did you?), Rodin’s awesomely fragrant, smells-good-to-everyone blush-toned blend of jasmine, orange flower, shea butter, beeswax, and castor seed oil.
Treat Yo’Self to... Some Glitz
Sometimes the best things are simple beautiful things. And designer Mrinalini Kumari of Renzo + Kai is really good at creating those things, designing garments with intricate, beautiful Indian embroidery. Her Spring collection, inspired by Hollywood sirens like Marlene Dietrich are pretty squared. Pretty in the form-flattering silhouettes, and pretty with the romantic, ornate sequin and bead embellishment.
Treat Yo’Self to... a Cat Spa Day
Let’s face it, a cat spa day is less for Fluffy and more for you. In a city where cats are revered, luxury amenities at spas run the gamut from normal (cat nail trim), slightly weird (anal gland expression), luxurious (cat condos), playful (kitten jungle gym), to a little weird (blueberry facials).
When I called Happy Tails Cat Grooming in Brooklyn, they promised to pamper and love my imaginary long-haired, Persian cat named Carine. For three hours, Carine would be trimmed, treated to an ear cleaning, hot oatmeal bath (“The cats looooove this,” I was told), a full body massage, de-tangling, and either a blueberry or oatmeal facial, designed to remove food stains about the mouth. The price for pampering your cat: $71. The price for keeping Fluffy’s pores clear: Priceless.