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A Blanket of White

Carroll Street looking West

Carroll Street looking West

Prospcet Park

Prospcet Park

Prospect Park looking West

Prospect Park looking West

It was snowing today–a whirlwind of white. My Brooklyn neighborhood, Park Slope, felt like it was in a child’s snow globe. Snow brings a welcome calm to New York. The streets are quieter, as though the flakes themselves have the ability to silence car horns and screeching brakes. I love the feel of them, even as they sting my face and settle in my eyelashes, obscuring my vision. Maybe it’s the accompanying rituals I love–the hot chocolate, the sledding, the walks through the park–or maybe it really is the snow itself, which transforms ordinary life into something special, extraordinary.

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Priel's luxurious lavender and patchouli scrub

Priel's luxurious lavender and patchouli scrub

In the winter, my skin takes on a sandpaper-like texture. I am way too impatient to be an obsessive body lotion applier, so I do my moisturizing in the shower. I LOVE oil-based body scrubs for their remarkable ability to slough off dead skin (these aren’t your mother’s dainty scrubs), while leaving behind this amazing silky layer of sheen. They make skin insanely touchable for hours and hours. This Priel scrub, which incorporates Dead Sea salts and minerals, is a favorite. The lavender and patchouli scent is divine, and makes me treasure the 10 minutes I have in the shower before the water turns ice glacier-cold.

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