When Life Gives You Lemons, Stay At Home
How to still be a queen bee even when you’re a busy bee.
Your right hand is holding a phone to your ear, your left hand is tipping back a cup of coffee, and your hair is taking the shape of an abstract architectural structure. If we’ve just described you on any given day of the week, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a working woman with 50-hour long weeks or a stay-at-home mom with relentlessly energetic kids (or both!), you deserve to look and feel your best without putting life on pause. BWB is here to help you cheat the system and bring the glamour right to your doorstep.
FASHION: Stitch Fix
Carrie Bradshaw said it best: “Shopping is my cardio.” But Carrie, what if we just don’t have time for the strenuous exercise? Stitch Fix has the solution! Think of the four-step system as your own personal stylist: take your style quiz (10-15 minutes), request your delivery, try on your hand-picked items, and keep what you want (but send back what you don’t). The only things you need to purchase the items you want to keep and the $20 styling fee per shipment! You also aren’t required to sign up for automatic deliveries; it’s like Christmas, except as often or as seldom as you’d like. Husband still wears the same clothes he wore in high school? Kids hate everything you buy them? Stitch Fix caters to men and children as well. Talk about a one-stop shop.
Sometimes, all a girl needs is to lay back, close her eyes, and let the experts take over. Besides, at-home beautification squads aren’t just reserved for A-list celebrities prepping for the red carpet. Glamsquad brings professional makeup artists, hair stylists and manicurists right to the doorstep of your home, office or hotel! Maybe you have a friend’s wedding three months down the line, or you and your girlfriends are feeling the urge to hit the town on a Friday night, Glamsquad lets you book as close as one hour in advance. Download the app for red carpet-worthy glam whenever, wherever.
FOOD: The Culinistas
Let’s be honest: we all have that one Pinterest board endlessly streaming healthy, delicious recipes– but how realistic is this lifestyle? As a working mom, convincing your children to eat their veggies is one hurdle–but preparing nutritious and flavorful meals each day of the week is an even more monumental task. Why should moms be expected to do it all? You’re only human. Enter: The Culinistas– a private, in-house chef service designed to put joy back into mealtimes so you can connect with your loved ones in gratitude. Just select your day, time, and menu. After that, your private chef shops for the freshest ingredients, cooks in your home (you don’t even have to be there!), and–the biggest selling point of all–cleans up. I no longer have the desire to find a lifelong partner–just sign me up for this. Happy tummy, happy life.
WELLNESS: Namaste NY
You can have the largest crystal collection and burn all the sage you want, but finding inner calm and peace in your hectic lifestyle may take a little more effort. Namaste NY believes that modes of self-care should be convenient and accessible. Through four core pillars– movement (fitness), stillness (meditation), touch (massage), and nourishment (food)– Namaste NY brings wellness to you in your own urban sanctuary, so that self-care becomes less of a burden and more of a positive experience. You can request services à la carte, go all in with a program-based membership, or schedule a call to figure out which plan is best for you. Better yet, make it a group activity and Namaste NY will craft a wellness regimen for everyone in the family.
HOME: Feng Shui Creative
Sometimes, it feels like everything sparks joy (sorry, Marie Kondo!). If this is the case for you, approach spring cleaning from a new angle without tossing everything you’ve hoarded over the last five years. Feng Shui, which literally translates to “wind water,” brings nature-inspired balance and harmony to your space. Schedule a consultation with Susan Chan, certified Feng Shui consultant and licensed real estate agent, to identify what you need in your life and space. Susan will ask you to submit documentation so that she can prepare a customized, in-person visit in your space. With this information, Susan is able to align your space with your life goals in order to optimize your potential for success. Feng Shui Creative is a great resource for decluttering your surroundings with intention, so that you and your loved ones can enjoy a healthy, nurturing environment.
Originally from Los Angeles, Alicia lived in Shanghai for 11 years before moving back to the states to attend the University of Miami, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minors in art and philosophy. Currently residing in New York City, Alicia applies her knowledge of strategic communication and design in her career. She enjoys painting, rugby, exploring, and more often than not, you’ll find her petting someone’s dog.