Hayden, you sexy beast. #wildbeasts #thirdwheelinwithraiandcarl
Heaven would smell like Sabon’s Lemon Mint Body Scrub.
If you’re over your mid-20’s, you’d probably be able to recall the iconic single girl image of Bridget Jones as she prepped herself for that infamous book party. A lit cigarette poking out of her mouth, she shaved, waxed, and exfoliated herself vigorously with a rough brush.
When I first watched this movie (sophomore year of high school), I didn’t quite understand this last ritual in particular. Having grown up in Korea - with a dash of youthful ignorance, of course - I had believed cellulite was something that just didn’t happen to a Korean woman. My grandmothers didn’t have it, my mom didn’t have it. While we had frequented bathhouses weekly or biweekly in Korea for full body scrubs, they were meant for cleanliness, rather than fat cell abuse. Along with a relatively healthy diet, most of us were pretty active. There was also the matter of self-preservation. At the sign of anything other than lean, your women relatives would pinch and slap the fat with great intent, absolutely believing their punishing hands would help to rid you of it.
I guess it’s a different story now in Korea, which has quickly become more Westernized, but I digress. I’ve been living in America for longer than I have in Korea, none of my relatives are around me to prod my fat, and my body is 12-13 years older, soon to approach the last year of my 20’s (gulp). Last fall, while I was waiting for some dude to pick up an extra Phoenix ticket, I walked into the very fragrant Sabon shop in Chelsea. I went through the whole handwashing experience, whence a scrub caught my attention. At first, I still doubted my need for a scrub (denial). However, when a sales associate mentioned the words, “good for cellulite,” my ears perked up like never before and I quickly attached myself to this section. #SadReality.
When I finally opened the jar last night (in a typical manner, I forgot to use it until then), I was struck by a blissful scent. I was reminded of treacly sweet lemon drop candies, balanced by a graceful note of mint, altogether refreshing, yet indulgent. The scrub’s macadamia oil left my body with a softest slick, making me doubt my own hands.
I’ll never be that young again, but I can now console myself with delicious body scrubs, the great joys of which my high school self never knew.
I pray that this inquiry will beget a change in North Korea. Perhaps such a hope is fruitless considering history, but I have to believe this monstrosity will stop somehow.
I want all of these @davershoes. #davershoes #shoes #fashion #shoeporn (at 215 Bowery)
Shereen @davershoes does it again! #shoes #fashion #love #davershoes (at 215 Bowery)
Whoever left these Brazilian treats on my desk last night after a particularly bad day, thank you, I love you. 😻 Please reveal yourself so I can smother you with uncomfortably tight hugs. (at JWT)
Those New York nights. #nyc
Can’t believe I have to leave this to go back to a winter storm. 😭 (at Laguna Beach)
Feeling incredibly blessed for the past year and for everything to come. Happy New Year!!! #2014 (at Corona del Mar State Beach)
Fresh dragonfruit from the farmer’s market.