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How to Celebrate Self-Love on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here! It’s the day we convince everyone around us to get off their diets and indulge in a bunch of chocolate. Maybe we print out Valentine’s cards with Ryan Gosling’s face on it and hand them out to everyone we see. Some of us may go out on a romantic evening with a special someone, out with friends, or comfortably sit at home in sweatpants because it is a Wednesday. No matter what your plans are this year, the most important thing to remind yourself is to love yourself.

As Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” We should be so much kinder to ourselves. It’s easy to get swept up in the guise of perfection, but each of us are only human (as far as I know). We fall into slumps. We find out that eating all that chocolate actually had repercussions, which is totally unfair and should be outlawed. But that’s beside the point.

The point is that once you take care of yourself, your relationships with others becomes so much healthier. You learn what kind of love you deserve and how you can properly love others. Here are some tips on how to practice self-love on Valentine’s Day and continue that practice in every other day of the year.

1) Accept your fallbacks.

Everything takes time, whether it’s learning to love yourself, learning the ropes of a new job, or trying to live that life you’ve always imagined. Whatever it is, improvement is not like scaling a ladder. It’s really more like driving a car. You have some control, but sometimes there are bumps in the road! It happens, but what’s important is that you move on and you pace yourself.

2) Treat yourself

Sometimes we need some extra care to remind ourselves to appreciate our bodies for taking us around everywhere. Give yourself a bubble bath, plop in a bath bomb, put on a sheet mask, light a scented candle. Buy yourself flowers. Go the whole nine yards. Delight in the fact that you took the time to take care of yourself. Feel not like a brand new person, but like a really nice-smelling one.

3) Minimize social media time

Scrolling through an Instagram feed on Valentine’s Day can feel like 19th-wheeling at a very strange date. Instagram can turn into a competition over displays of love: who has the best significant other, got the biggest bouquet of roses, the largest heart-shaped box of chocolates, or the best Netflix line-up imaginable. It might feel more fulfilling to avoid comparison today and to focus on how you’re spending your day instead.

Enjoying one’s own presence can be the best Valentine’s Day gift ever. Appreciate yourself for who you are and who you can be!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Valentine’s Day in Montclair

Upper Montclair is filled with holiday gems, but sometimes it takes a lot of coordination to get them within a single gift. With the careful collaboration with local shops, Sweet Home Montclair and Angelbeck’s, let us make gift giving this Valentine’s Day an easy yet thoughtful experience. We’ve put fourth our most romantic and luxurious products that will make shopping in Upper Montclair this Valentine’s Day an absolute must, all inspired by the many different ways love may grow. We’ve built collections inspired by Dark, Milk, and White chocolate that capture the perfect Valentine’s Day experience within three simple products. 

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For the sophisticated couple, we’ve curated a gift set that is incredibly intense yet classically romantic all at the same time. This dark chocolate inspired collection is for the timeless couples who embrace the black-and-white romances of our past, and the couples who embrace the sexy simplicity of sweet talk whispered between sips of merlot and bites of dark chocolate. If passion is the theme of this Valentine’s day, then indulge in these Upper Montclair stand-outs.

Dark Chocolate is a Valentine’s day staple, and there is no beating it when it’s in its most simple and delectable form. These Dark Chocolate Hearts are nothing to gawk at, but their luxurious flavor and and velvety texture are absolutely necessary for a Valentine’s day full of indulgence. Share these perfect bites for a sensual and amorous night with your flame.

The Chelsea Goldschmidt 2015 Merlot is a perfect end to a red-lip, suit-and-tie kind of date. Wind down together with a glass of this complex and rich, ink-black merlot. Each sip is packed with an intense blackberry and red cherry flavor, and the warm spiciness of cedar and dried herbs rounds out this wine making it a satisfying glass from start to finish.

Skeem Design is known for their memorable and unique designs, and their Black Currant collection is no different. This fruity fragrance is a perfect compliment to the richness of the Chelsea Merlot, and emphasizes the natural fruity sweetness that lingers on your palette after each sip. Turn your Valentine’s night into a whole-body experience with the perfect fragrance and the perfect flavors, all enjoyed with the love that inspires all the bold and passionate moments like these. 

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This milk chocolate inspired collection is for the picnic basket carrying, sundress wearing couples out there. It’s for lovers who embrace serendipity in tandem with the heady passion of romance. They are ardent and devoted like red, but bright and lovesick like pink. This basket combines the fierce intimacy of chocolate with the flirtatious nature of the sweet creaminess that balances it.

This Sweet Home Montclair Sampler is perfect for those indecisive lovers. This set is filled with crowd favorites Chocolate Ganache Truffles, and Sea Salt Caramels. The Chocolate Ganache Truffles have a luxurious texture, elevated by the decadence of chocolate perfectly balanced with just enough sweetness to create a satisfying and seductive bite. The Sea Salt Caramels are equally rich, but add an exciting and complex flavor that embraces the complimentary dichotomy of savory and sweet.

This 2014 Fleur Pinot Noir has a bright, red cherry flavor with a subtle hint of spice. A light acidity adds to the many dimensions of this velvety Pinot Noir. Enjoy this wine between bites of chocolate for an interesting, light dessert full of varying flavors and intensities.

The Red Currant Collection from Votivo is a bright and fruity fragrance with an incredible and indescribable depth to it. It is robustly fruit forward, but as it settles there is a overwhelming warmth and sophistication that suits both the playful and the refined. The Red Currant Collection comes in a variety of beautiful gilded designs that can find it’s place in both an industrious or rustic home. This candle in tandem with our carefully selected chocolates and wine will embrace the fun and the passionate, fantastical yet grounded, and exiting yet elegant.

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If you’re looking for a light-hearted and whimsical Valentine’s Day, this White Chocolate inspired gift set is for you. This set embraces the spontaneous and grand gestures that make love feel youthful and exciting. It is for the young at heart who’s ideal date is spent dancing in their underwear, watching mindless television between pillow fights and snack breaks. With this set, you can turn Valentine’s day into an event full of heightened luxury and laughter — a perfect testament to your effervescent and enduring romance. 

These White Chocolate Espresso Almonds are a sweet yet complex end to a romantic evening filled with bubbling laughter and heart eyes. The nuttiness of the roasted almonds perfectly compliments the rich sweetness of the white chocolate, and the faint espresso flavor lingers just enough to make you go back for seconds, thirds, and so forth.

There is something so inherently celebratory about popping open a bottle of bubbly, no matter the occasion. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day or your 50th, now is as good a time as ever to let that special person know that they’re a love worth celebrating. This Sanfeletto Prosecco is a light and romantic sparkling wine. It’s aroma is sweet and fruity with a dainty almond note, and it’s mild sweetness lingers on the tongue after each sip — a drink perfectly paired with a light dessert.

These breathtaking porcelain diffusers from Zodax Designs are flowers that will last forever. These delicate diffusers are both elegant and romantic, and are a perfect way to elevate any room with it’s gentle, fresh-picked fragrance. Paired with the Sanfeletto Prosecco and the White Chocolate Espresso Almonds, you’ll have a night full of sweet kisses and grand romantic gestures perfect for commemorating a love full of joy and laughter.

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Galentine’s Day

February is just around the corner, and you know what that means…Galentine’s day! Yes, while love is bound to be in the air and romantic nights out are of the essence, we think it’s important (and fun) to share a girl’s night in with your gal pals.

Parks & Recreation character Leslie Knope invented this important holiday to officially celebrate strong female friendships. Leslie described it, “Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

This women-supporting-women Valentine’s message has transcended from the screen to real life. Leslie celebrated with waffles annually on February 13th, but we’ve chosen some equally therapeutic products to treat your closest ladies with a lovely night in.

The obvious first step is to crack open a bottle of champagne.  We’ve chosen a Sanfeletto prosecco from Angelbeck’s, locally in Montclair. The wine’s bubbly and sweet, just like your evening might be. Munch on some of these candy sour lips from local Montclair candy and giftable store, Sweet Home Montclair. Galentine’s day is the last day you’ll want to be laying off the sweets. Then, of course, comes the at-home spa treatment with products you can find at Chelsea Square.

The Patchology sheet mask takes five minutes to make your skin feel luscious and smooth (this is the perfect time to start your favorite rom-com, or maybe a girl-power inspired movie, like Wonder Woman). While it’s on, don’t forget to take some silly Snapchat selfies with your girls, because one-quarter of a sheet mask’s value is how ridiculous everyone looks wearing them.

Our final products for your evening will help you with a classic girls’-night-in task. Manicures! Odeme’s Show of Hands nail care kit includes 3 golden items: a file, cuticle pusher, and cleaning tool; cuticle scissors; and clippers to take your at-home manicures to the next level. After those grooming steps, we have Perfect Formula’s Gel Coat Manicure set.  The two gel coat steps strengthen and protect nails so that they can be as strong as your female friendships, while the two colors provide an all-in-one base coat, nail color, top coat, and strengthener for all nail types.

We hope this night makes you and your friends feel loved, supported, and with a bellyful of sweets.

Happy Galentine’s day, ladies!

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Sick-Days

Now that the Flu has officially hit epidemic status, most of us have more than likely gotten into defense mode. While there are no at-home remedies that can quite beat the effectiveness of a flu shot or a visit to the doctor, we’ve outlined to you the best way to end a rough day of fighting that pesky virus. Hopefully, we can help you feel a bit more human if you find yourself feeling particularly victimized by Flu Season 2018.

First things first, make a cup of tea. Staying hydrated is always important, and there are so many different ways you can spice up your tea to make it both incredibly effective AND interesting. Check out our favorite sick-day tea recipe — it’s easy to make, and targeted to help relieve all of the most annoying flu-like symptoms. Honey and lemon together are fantastic for soothing sore throats, while the aromatic thyme helps sooth both stomaches and that distinct flu-season cough. The spicy ginger helps relieve nausea and muscle pain, while cinnamon and green tea are both full of antioxidants perfect for getting you back to your old, healthy self. Not to mention it’s super yummy, and the slight thyme fragrance is soothing and subtle enough to clear up your airways as it steams your face.

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You will need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 bag of your favorite green tea
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ginger
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • Your favorite mug!

 First, boil at least two cups of water. Then, cut and peal around a tablespoon of ginger and set aside at least three sprigs of thyme (add more if you’d like a stronger tea). Once the water has come to a boil, take off heat, add both ginger and thyme, and let steep for 5-10 minutes covered (again, depending on how strong you’d like it to be). Get your favorite mug ready by adding your green tea, a tablespoon of honey, a slice of lemon, and a cinnamon stick (optional). Once your tea has finished steeping, remove the sprigs, pour the water into your mug, stir, let rest, then enjoy!

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Now if that was a little bit complicated, then I promise you the second and last step of our sick-day routine is a lot simpler. One of our most popular products over here at Chelsea Square definitely has to be our Dresdner Bath Salts from European soaps. These bath salts are formulated specifically to help harmonize the mind, body, and soul — and luckily enough, they have one specifically for treating your symptoms. The Dresdner Essenz Cold Relief bath salt packet is the definition of aromatherapy as it’s thyme-heavy formula boosts both your overall energy, and your immune system to boot. The addition of honey also soothes and nourishes your skin, creating a product that will relieve symptoms and leave you and your skin feeling brand new.

At the end of the day, here are the basics: Take care of your body. It’s so easy in the midsts of family and work life to forget that we all need to put ourselves first every now and then. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest, are drinking loads of water, and giving yourself the time and patience in order to get better.

Stay warm, and stay healthy!

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Why Triple-Milled?

It’s always important to choose the right products for your body. In winter, when the glacial temperatures have us dreaming of a beachside vacation, it’s even more important to look after your skin. You deserve to feel comfortable in your body despite the season.

Chelsea Square carries plenty of triple-milled soaps, carefully formulated for the perfect combination of moisturizing and long-lasting. These soaps go through the milling process three times (surprise!) in order to push out as much air and extra moisture as possible. This way, triple-milled soaps skip the mushy mess most soaps create and remain firm for as much lather as possible.

We’ve chosen some of our favorite hard milled soaps that will cleanse and moisturize your skin, leaving you ready to take on whatever winter throws your way.

Verbena Bar Soap | Caswell-Massey

This Caswell-Massey soap deeply hydrates and revitalizes the body. Thanks to their vegetable-based formula, this soap won’t strip the body of its natural oils — leaving your body a foundation to do the rest of the work that it’s naturally so good at. Caswell-Massey has perfected their Verbena scent with a blend of mandarin, spearmint, basil, and cyprus — a cocktail of fragrances perfect to relax the mind and body.

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Lemongrass Soap | La Lavande

La Lavande’s French soaps, made with enriching vegetable oils such as shea butter and sweet almond oil, are especially great for dry or sensitive skin. At the same time, the natural antiseptic and astringent properties of lemongrass leave skin feeling clean, glowing, and renewed.

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Fig, Orange Blossom & Cedarwood | Via Mercato

If this sounds like the perfect combination of scents, it’s because Via Mercato curates each scent in its products based on sights, stories, and smells of the Italian markets. Even if these scents don’t immediately transport you beneath the Tuscan sun, the soap’s olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter are sure to give your skin the gentle, nourishing love it deserves. 

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Coconut Soap Bar | Pré de Provence

Coconut — a favorite scent to many — makes this soap feel luxurious but familiar. And there’s nothing like a coconutty scent to take you straight to the tropics. Not only does this product smell great, it has a unique secret to success! Pré de Provence’s special quad-milled process takes an extra step of care for an even purer product. This long-lasting soap creates a rich lather, combatting any dryness with shea butter as its champion.

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Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nourishing Soap | Crabtree & Evelyn

Luckily, anyone can enjoy this sweetly scented soap, no matter your skin type. Natural ingredients such as Moroccan argan and grape seed oil balance out the sweetness of pomegranate with a rich, nourishing cleanse. These indulgent oils will leave you with smooth, soft skin — your armor against those wintry winds.

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National Winter Skin Relief Day

The weather hasn’t been too kind this year. With temperatures reaching record lows (not to mention the unforgiving windchill), this winter is leaving even those without naturally dry skin begging for relief. In order to help celebrate the incredibly specific yet aptly named, Winter Skin Relief Day, we’ll be giving you a rundown of our favorite winter-time life savers!

Olive Oil Soap

While this soap may look intimidating, this is an unquestioned Chelsea Square staple when it comes to treating dry skin. This mild-scented soap comes in a gigantic block that will undoubtedly last you the entire season. It has an amazing lather perfect for soothing, cleansing, and moisturizing the skin all at the same time, and the triple-milled process insures that you are getting a quality and luxurious soap from start to finish. Definitely give it a try if lotion alone isn’t cutting it!

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Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

This body butter is the perfect way to both pamper yourself, and give your skin the extra moisture it needs. The whipped formula is both airy and decadent in texture and feels light on the skin. Ingredients like Shea Butter and Jojoba oil instantly penetrate the skin, nourishing and protecting the you from the dry winter air for 24-hours worth of hydration. Not to mention, the rich and luxurious milk and honey scent leaves your skin smelling warm and sweet!

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Bloody Knuckles

While we have plenty to choose from in the way of hand creams, one of our all-time favorite products is undeniably, Duke Cannon’s Bloody Knuckles. This cloud-like formula is made with Lanolin in order to help heal and soften even the roughest hands. The formula goes on smooth and nourishes the skin for long-lasting relief, with no scent or sticky feeling remaining. One use of this product and you’ll understand why it is a Winter Relief Must-Have.

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Creme D’elegance

This rich and silky creme is a life-saver for those of us with drier skin. With this weather, our usual precautions might not be doing the trick — and that’s where this product comes in. Formulated with Cocoa Butter and Sesame Oil, this creme not only moisturizes and heals dry spots, but absorbs incredibly fast and without any oily residue. Massage a small amount into skin, focusing on dry spots. Perfect if you have both dry and acne-prone skin!

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Patchology 5-Minute Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are the perfect way to sneak spa-time into any busy schedule. The cotton sheet helps the skin absorb it’s ultra-nourishing serum, and leaves the skin feeling plump and hydrated. Simply remove the sheet from it’s packet, apply to face, and let sit for 5 minutes before removing and patting the excess serum into your skin. They can be used as an added step after toning and before moisturizing, or even as a replacement for moisturizing all together if you’re more on the oily side. You can even throw them in the fridge for a heightened refreshing affect!

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New Beginnings

“Chelsea Square”

What comes to mind when you hear that name? To Montclair, it means bath and body. It means Christmas shopping. To some, it’s the endearingly referred to “Smelly Shop.” To dogs, it’s one of the many hot spots down Valley Road where treats and love are abundant. Although a lot has changed the past few months, there are a lot of Chelsea Square Signatures that remain, and it’s these qualities we whole-heartedly want to preserve. We always want to be the “Smelly Shop”, and we always want to be the place you get your last-minute gifts from. Through all of the newness, we want for our story to always be Montclair’s story. With each customer who walks through our doors, we see a loyal community that has grown throughout the years just as Chelsea Square has. It is the people of Montclair that constantly remind us what’s important and what we’re thankful for, and it’s that same community that inspires us to grow and to change.

While we can’t spoil a whole lot right now, we’re excited to say that there is plenty to look forward to in 2018. With everything that Chelsea Square already is, we want to be even more. There is so much that’s yet to come, so please keep an eye out for more exciting announcements as we get to work on bringing you only the best: Starting today, with our blog. With the official launch of our blog, we’ll help keep you updated on all of the new brands we’ll be introducing, the exciting new events we’ll be hosting, and the interesting new services we’ll be offering.

With this new launch, we hope to give Montclair’s Chelsea Square a voice. We want to be a part of the conversation, whether it be about how to start a new skincare routine, how to make a new home even homier, or how to let the people in your life know you love them. 2018 is going to be all about giving thanks to our community, and letting Montclair know that the best is yet to come.