HOW I SUNDAY: ISSUE 22
by Katie Geddes
Full disclosure - when I started to write this, I was nervous. Really nervous. Major writer’s block and I had no idea what to say. It startled me because that’s not a common problem for me. “What the hell?” was the repeated sentiment in my head. Then it dawned on me - I was afraid to put into words what a Sunday is like for me, essentially immortalizing it, because...my Sundays aren’t...that...cool. Sigh. Yup, I’m admitting it wholeheartedly. I’m the uncool girl; instead of having a laundry list of fun things to do like brunch, yoga or meditation, I’m actually doing laundry. My only redeeming element is that I’m folding clothes whilst wearing my Sunday Forever kimono. So fancy.
But, although my Sundays are a far cry from enviable, they are MY Sundays. And, they are exactly what I want to do at this stage in my life. A typical Sunday consists of a little bit of relaxation, hard work, chores, play and self care. So (to me) it’s the perfect day. Sundays are a personal thing. The value of it is in the eye of the beholder. On Sunday, I do what I want, when I want so I can prepare for the week. I push off obligations and, in the nicest way possible, let people know to “leave me the f**k alone.”
First things first - I have a date with my Nespresso coffee machine and design books and mags in my front sitting room. I light a candle (my current fave is KITTYROSE), and the next few hours are very indulgent for me. It’s quite literally the only time I allow myself to be lazy. I have the fireplace going always (if it’s winter), and the TV is on in the background (it’s either Goonies, Mary Poppins or The Golden Girls. If it’s October then it’s Hocus Pocus, and if it’s between Thanksgiving and December 25th, it’s a Christmas movie of some sort). I told you I was boring.
When noon hits and I officially have the coffee jitters, the fun ends. I dive into the onslaught of chores that my brain has tallied up during the week. It takes me roughly two to three hours to clean the house, bathrooms and do the laundry. I absolutely need to accomplish this, or the week will be out of whack for me. It allows me to start the week chore-free, and with a clear head.
At this point I trade my kimono for riding shorts. My family and I are avid mountain bikers. Living in the Northeast affords us some of the best, most technical terrain in the country. We’re fortunate to live close to some great trails that get us outside in the fresh air, our blood pumping, and a little muddy. My two kids are crazy about riding, and it’s incredible family time that I cherish. I feel like a kid again when I see their faces when they land a jump or successfully hit a log roll. At this point, I have officially forgotten about all the laundry I did that day.
I’m about as predictable with my Sunday night self care routine as I am with my movie selection. Here’s my itinerary (along with the beauty products I LOVE).
1.) Full body dry brush to exfoliate, increase circulation and release toxins.
2.) Long, cool shower. I know it’s weird, but I absolutely hate a hot shower. Plus, a hot shower dries your skin!
3.) Apply It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask to keep the locks glossy.
4.) Wash face and apply Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask.
5.) Next up - shaving. Last year I found this incredible shaving set that literally makes shaving your legs feel special and luxurious. MAVE New York is a game changer.
6.) Quick, all over fascia blast to improve flexibility, circulation and loosen up tight, tired muscles. It’s like a mini massage and feels soooo good.
7.) Slather on some super hydrating Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish.
9.) I use whole myriad of face products (too much to list here and could be a post of its own), but my final step ALWAYS, is La Mer Moisturizing Cream.
Once I’m all clean, it’s time to get COZY and cuddle with the kids. I hug them tight, think about how lucky I am, and kiss their cheeks over and over until it pisses them off. I don’t want them to ever forget how much I love them.
THAT’S how I Sunday.
Katie Geddes is the owner of SALT Design - a home styling and interiors studio on the coast of CT. She’s a mom, marketing geek, and blogger known for her neat freak tendencies and occasional foul mouth. Follow her journey @salt_designstudio & www.salt-designstudio.com