As the nights draw in and we start saving our pennies for Christmas, The Spa Spies have decided they’re not going out ever again… at least not until party season kicks off.
“I know when to go out, and when to stay in,” sang the late David Bowie in Modern Love (after which the lyrics go a bit weird). With Christmas party season on the distant horizon, this time of year is totally time for the latter -- right Dave?
Staying in has become a bit of a trend on social media (and old-fashioned magazines), conjuring images of cashmere cardi-gowns and flickering scented candles, although the reality is more likely to involve baggy sweat-pants and Netflix.
This traditionally anti-social state has become romanticised by the concept of Hygge (a word I am banning, even though I used it there…) and hijacked by the demands of social media. You can’t do #stayingin without posting pictures of yourself doing so, preferably sporting a glam-glow mask, cute PJs and a perfect pout.
Actually, yes, you can… you just need to be strong about it. Treat staying in as a spa retreat. This is your time to recharge, reboot and get yourself in tip-top shape – emotionally and mentally -- before party season kicks off.
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NB: If you are planning on holing up this November without going stir-crazy, have a night off – go out. Too many nights in on your own, you might start talking to cats, even ones that don’t exist. Stay in for three nights, then go out with actual live people on the fourth. Practise the art of conversation with friends, otherwise you might emerge in December babbling like someone who lives in a cave. Not a good look.
The Spa Spy
2nd November 2017
Intuitive masseurs, inspired or outlandish treatments and design, posh products and celeb spotting.
Anyone po-faced (guests and therapists) or stupid, boring design and treatments.
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