31 January 2015

The Essentials For Your DIY Spa Party At Home

With one of the most miserable of months of the year finally coming to a (much-anticipated) end, it's safe to admit that it's been one heck of an arduous month to get through complete with numerous feet-stomping tantrums & wailing paddies! January is notoriously a month of pure utter misery & anxiety which is why I now refer to it as Janxiety. Quite frankly, in no way whatsoever am I sorry to see it go & quite gallantly wave it adieu for another 365 days! Good riddance to its ugly mug!
So adios Janxiety you regrettably sober, sugar-craving, celery bunny-munching month!

Hola February you long lost friend! Here's to a sprightly month of optimism, spring-bloomings & some extra dollar peeping out of our back pockets to fritter on those new season must-haves! To excitedly welcome & embrace a time of seasonal change & reward yourself for making it through moody miss January, what better way is there to pat yourself on the back with a little bit of indulgent pamper R+R? Your purse needn't shudder & tremble as you begin to reinstate your usual frivolous spending habits (trust us, leave it for the new-season stock ladies) as you can save the pennies & get just as much luxurious TLC with a DIY spa day where leaving the confines of your sofa duvet set-up is entirely unnecessary!

I've rummaged around & unearthed some fabulous at-home treatments, tips & tricks to get you glowing in glory from the top of your swishing mane of pride & glory down to your prettily preened tootsies! So rally round your girls, grab some notoriously tasty nibbles, slip into your fluffy robes & towel-soft slippers, crack open the bubbly whilst you unplug & crank up the booty-shakin' music!
Go on girls, treat yourself to some restorative relaxing fun with our round-up of these at-home rejuvenating makeover essentials...

Allow me to lead you to the relaxation room ladies!

(1). Put together a killer Playlist
Now this is all depends on the type of vibe you want going on! If you're on your tod & fancy a complete haven of zen & serenity then clear out your living room for space & to get that feng shui loving going!  Get some exotic spicy fruit incense crackling & pop some soft & mellow music on for some tinkling background echoes. If a girly gossip party with your best girls is more your calling then turn up the bass on one these top playlists from radio 1! They're the perfect antidote to get your booty's shaking, hips movin' & those toes tip tapping (but bare in mind not to smudge your fresh pedis!).

(2). Refuel with some tasty tipples & nourishing nosh! With you rushed off your feet working hard chillin' out, maxin', relaxin', you've got to be sure to re-fuel your tired muscles with some delicious & nutritious munch. Here's a selection of my favourite picks...

  • Fresh fruit skewers with cinnamon dusted greek yoghurt dips
  • Set up a mini candy-bar : fill up some of your empty glass jars with some old-fashioned favourites like smarties, mini-eggs, fruity dusted bonbons, strawberry jellies, gummy bears & marshmallow drops!
  • Trays of salsa, sour cream yoghurt dips, peri-peri hummus & lightly salted tortilla chips for a Mexican infusion.
  • Finger nibbling sandwich bites filled with Philadelphia cream cheese, cucumber slices, smoked salmon...whatever takes your fancy!
  • Pitchers of ice-cold water with sliced up strawberries, grapes, cucumber, lemon & orange wedges.
  • Pitchers of homemade icy rum mojito with cucumber slices & a sprinkling of fresh mint!
  • A jug of frutti-tutti homemade watermelon martinis (This recipe is rather scrummy!)

(3). The Basic essentials for an at-home spa haven experience...
  • A plate of cucumber slices to pop on your tired eyes, sit back & relish the chilled out ambience. 
  • Tootsie treatments like a silky nourishing foot oil
  • DIY foot soaks! A couple of plastic bowls/ washing up bowls filled with aromatherapy bubble froth & nourishing salts will give you a seriously luxurious foot bath! If you really want to go all out then why not chuck in your pet goldfish for an all-out nibbly treat & plop in a few of his pebbles from the tank to really massage those tired soles of yours!
  • The mandatory pedicure & manicure stations! Find inspiration for some new season colours & designs by flicking through magazines & finding inspiration online at Pinterest!
  • A tumbling tack of the new-month magazines to get your nose stuck into whilst your tootsie treatments glisten & dry. 
  • Treating your face base with a selection of face mask packs you can pick that can easily be picked up from boots or why not try getting creative by whipping up some fruity n' flowery concoctions yourself! Pinterest is a great place to look for some homemade inspiration!
  • Hair masques, oils & supermarket plastic sandwich bags to wrap around your heads for DIY hair caps are a great way of really kicking back & getting your head (& hair) into the ultimate spa experience!
  • A range of scented candles to burn & flicker...just remember to keep them well away from the foot baths! Some cheeky tipples, water & fire do not remedy a recipe for a care-free relaxing spa experience - though the arrival of some hunky firefighters to save the day wouldn't go amiss! 
  • Arrange & set out a pamper station complete with lots of fluffy hand towels, cotton-wool balls, nail files, nail scissors, nail polishes, lotions and potions! If you ask your girls to each bring a couple of polishes & clippers, you'll soon find yourselves with a great selection to pick n' choose from.

A great little tip that I'll definitely be doing at my next girly catchup is to place a bag just in the entrance of your doorway so that as each guest arrives, they can "unplug" themselves from any form of social media. By dropping all iPhones, iPads & variety of devices & scurrying it away to avoid any temptation will lighten up the entire day - trust us! Not only will it show you that there is a life without the internet, it gives you a technology detox & a peaceful day entirely dedicated to yourself & reconnecting with your friends the old-fashioned way - Puuurfect!

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