Relaxing Bath

The recipe for a perfect bubble bath | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Taking time for me is something I am horrid at. When I am constantly saying “yes” to new projects while working all the time and trying to build in time for friendship and family, the first thing I shuffle to the side is myself. Which results in every sort of stress related symptom on the planet attacking me from the inside out and the outside in.

With the end of a particularly stressful contract and the beginning of some newfound free time (Seriously, I just discovered 15 free hours in my week), I’m working on honing my relaxation skills and making taking care of myself a priority.

Cue relaxing bath time. I’ve had a recipe for relaxation here for a while but with the discovery of new products and a better understanding of what relaxes me, I can now officially share my recipe for the perfect bath.

Bubble Bath in Lavender by Cream City Soap Company | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ingredient 1: Bubbles. I’ve raved about these bubblers by Cream City Soap Company on here before, way back when. They’re super concentrated and only need a tablespoon or two for a full blanket of bubbles. The lavender scent is real lavender, not the fake stuff you find in many lavender scented products, and it fills not only my bathroom but my entire apartment with the wonderful scent. I usually add these as my bath is 1/2-3/4 full.

real. bath salts | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ingredient 2: Bath Salts. I met the maker of Real. Soaps at Edgefest earlier this summer. He’s awesome and his bath salts are my favorite! The bath salts is the best for creating a relaxing tub of water and contains such amazing ingredients as himalayan salt, dead sea salt, lavender, eucalyptus, and more. I like to add 3 tablespoons or so to the tub just after I’ve begun to fill it.

Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask by Lush | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ingredient 3: Fresh Face Masks. Lush makes the best products, though this is no secret, really. This mask is one of my favorites and I use it weekly. The fresh blueberries are the best! It’s cleansing and soothing and full of vitamins and I just feel so fresh afterwards.

Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask by Lush | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask by Lush | Stile.Foto.Cibo

wine! | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ingredient 4: Wine. This one goes without saying. One glass of a good wine really makes a bath for me. Something to sip on while I slip into a bubble aromatic bliss is jsut the best.

Match with good book, some relaxing music, and candles and I’m good to go.

bubble bath and bath salts | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Real. Bath Salts by Real. Soaps | Stile.Foto.Cibo

What do you do to relax? Share in the comments!

Wine Night: Independent Spirits, Inc. in Edgewater

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Neighborhood exploring is easily my favorite thing to do. Now that the weather has gotten nice enough to be outside for more than the time it takes the dog to do her thing and go back in, Sarah and I have really been spending time getting to know our neighborhood. Exploring boutiques, eating at local restaurants, visiting small pet stores, etc.! It was thus, we discovered Independent Spirits, Inc.

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The little boutique is WONDERFUL. My adult beverages of choice are wine, beer, and whiskey (specifically single malt scotch whiskey from the Highlands). Independent Spirits, Inc. specializes in two of those- wine and whiskey. Needless to say, finding this place is both seriously exciting and incredibly dangerous.

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We popped in to the store after our sushi date night at Indie Cafe. This place is right next door! What better way to end a date night than with a nice bottle of wine at home relaxing? So we poked out heads in and discovered not only a glorious selection but a simply beautiful interior.

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The wine is sorted by country and type. Want a merlot from the US? Look for the map of the States then find your Merlot. Whiskey was sorted by type of whiskey. I quickly found the Scotch section. The one thing I wish they’d done is sort the single malt stuff by region. Glenlivet and Laphroaig are very different based entirely upon region.

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We settled on a nice rich merlot from the US to take home, broke out some glasses, and settled in for a movie to end our evening.

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Independent Spirits, Inc. hosts tastings periodically. I fully intend to pop in for one. Prepare for that post.

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