It’s the little things that soothe the most.

Sixth grade core curriculum beckons, but sometimes you have to take a minute for yourself. 

Last week, before the district school year resumed, I got a Luxury Hydrafacial at the Claremont.  They soothe SO HARD!!!  And I went on a little binge in the gift shop too with my “prescription” from my esthetician.  Of course my skin is 99% perfect so there wasn’t a lot on the to-do list, but I did indulge in all the best-smelling topical treatments I had experienced in the facial.  Behold Rose Geranium Soothing Plant Milk Mist by Naturopathica:

It’s so perfect that I didn’t even open it for days.  This morning I got a jolting phone call that left me fuming just a bit, which was annoying because I like to bring my personal best to the classroom, as I require all of my students to.  I saw the slender blue bottle on the bedside table, popped it open, and with a spritz-spritz! I was a new person.  SO soothing.  The smell is phenomenal.  It’s like insta-spa.

The other thing that soothes me–hard–is my new, self-designed shades.  When I was looking into window treatments I knew they would be expensive.  I live in a 1910 craftsman, and nothing is standard.  Anyone who has ever lived in a craftsman knows the windows can be the biggest bitch.  

I found a GORGEOUS picture in Elle Decor of some linen Roman shades and took it to the local custom shop to get them copied.  I figured, I live in Oakland, how bad could the prices be at the local custom shop?  The answer is BAD.  So expensive!  But there was this adorable girl working there who showed me some custom roll-top shades.  Super cheap, all custom cut, choose your own trim and shape etc.  They also come in sustainable materials, and options such as blackout, sheer, etc.  

I chose the pattern, the trim, and shade material, and they turned out to be so chic, so soothing.  I just have to share the soothingness to which I wake:


What is super important about these shades is to get them reverse-rolled so that the roll doesn’t show at the top.  If the roll shows at the top the shades become automatically NOT SOOTHING.  They become cheap-o landlord shades.  THAT IS A NO PEOPLE!  Don’t do it!  More how-to, resources, etc. to come.  I’m off to school, feeling soothed, and prepared to do my personal best!!!

Tassels soothe. 

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