The Art of the Girls’ Weekend

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I think I’ve almost perfected my recipe for the perfect girls’ weekend.  I spent last weekend in NYC with a close girlfriend & Saturday was wonderful, but by end of day Sunday we were patting ourselves on the back for a job well done.

The elements:

1.  A spa fix.  I’m a connoisseur of the less than mainstream massage.  Give me a Korean Spa with zero modesty & allll the bizarre rules of behavior & I will put the orange jumpsuit on & behave like a regular with glee.  This time I hit up Salon De Tokyo http://nymag.com/listings/beauty/salon_de_tokyo/ & it did not disappoint.  Yes, the locker room was strangely co-ed & the sauna was the size of a bunk bed that you have to climb into.  But the massage was painfully therapeutic & I left so happy about how weird it all was.

2.  Stellar meals, but girl food. Meals the men don’t really want to eat with you.  We had brunch at https://www.thebutchersdaughter.com/ in Nolita, self proclaimed “cafe, juice bar & vegetable slaughterhouse.”  Think avocado toast benedict & turmeric lattes.  Girlie, and so good.  Almost every other meal was served in a bowl (of course) including https://www.demarianyc.com/.  And no girls’ weekend is complete without calling chips, guacamole & margaritas “dinner.

3.  A workout (or two).  My newest favorite thing to do on my NYC trips is an intro ballet class at Ballet Academy East http://balletacademyeast.com/.  In short, go.  No experience is needed.  You do need ballet slippers, and humility.  It is all levels, from beginners to dancers in pointe shoes, there to work on technique.  There is a baby grand piano in the corner & live accompaniment.  It’s so moving.  When the whole class bows to the pianist at the end, try not tearing up. I dare you.  I leave there feeling inspired.  We also checked out https://sltnyc.com/.

4.  A major to-do. What better than the combined strength of two women to tackle one job that nobody wants to do?  We went bra shopping.  We hit Bloomingdales & both walked with 2 new bras.  It also sparked a weekend-long debate... I wear this strapless bra almost exclusively https://m.wacoal-america.com/halo-lace-strapless-underwire-bra-wacoal - under everything.  She seemed to think I’m the only woman on the entire planet opting to wear a strapless bra for no practical reason... someone must be with me?!  I just hate straps!  I did find two cute bralettes.  With straps.  Training wheels.

5.  A lot of relaxing.  Wewere in the city, so our typical hours on the beach with books were not going to get logged.  But we sunbathed in Central Park & people watched.  We were home both nights at 8pm watching a movie.  We walked and we talked.  10.2 then 10.3 miles, respectively (yes, we tracked ourselves).  We went to see Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty.  And while it’s definitely a comedy & does not have the strongest message I thought it might, it was hysterical.  Feels so good to laugh hard with a good friend