Little Things Thursday 05.15.14


Every night, around 11p.m., I extricate myself from under little hands and plod down the white-tiled hallway to get ready for bed. I brush my teeth and then I prepare to wash my face. I pull out this soft, terry, meadow green hair turban, slip it over my head, and push it back, and thus begin the ritual.

The ritual involves washing my face with a gentle soap (Neutrogena, nothing fancy), then following with a toner and moisturizer. I take my time. I breathe slowly and deep. I massage my face gently._1060799

It’s the turban that’s important. I found it in a Muji store for a little over $6, but I love it because it makes me feel glamorous. Like it’s only movie stars and royalty who wear hair turbans.

And I wear one. It’s such a little thing, but it’s the signifier of the beginning of a ritual I perform nightly, almost religiously. It’s one of the very few times I take entirely for myself, in serenity, to do something nice for myself: taking care of my skin.

_1060746With little circular movements, I rub away cares, stress, anxious energy, and all the more difficult moments of the day, to clear my mind before sleep.

It’s quiet, and it’s mine.


Do you have any little rituals? Or favorite stolen time?

Here’s some other fun I found on the interwebs this week:

Some very intriguing popsicles

A “Mouthful of Stars”….I just want to eat that (photos shot by my friend Leela)!

On what men REALLY want (when it comes to work)…

Linking up with Little Things Thursday!

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14 thoughts on “Little Things Thursday 05.15.14

  1. Everyone needs those little things in their lives, to feel sane and whole. Mine is a smidge of reading right before bed, to send me off to dreamland

  2. LOVE This! I should – I don't any longer. three kids later and no time for this. I should though!! thanks for reminding me to take a bit better care of myself

    • I used to almost never do this. It's actually a bit of a new thing for me. I justify it (WHY do I feel compelled to justify it??) by telling myself it's just a few minutes more than it takes to brush my teeth anyway. But then I only have one kid. If I had three, knowing me, I might be lucky to brush my teeth at all! :)

    • Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by and thanks for the comment. I checked out your blog—I love your story and little Arlo looks so sweet! Are you anywhere near Chiang Mai? There's another blogger, Melody, who usually links up and she lives here in Chiang Mai too. You might like to keep an eye out for her post. It's nice to meet you and I look forward to keeping in touch!

      • Hi Jade, thanks so much for stopping by! We live in Khon Kaen, so quite far from Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is beautiful and we keep talking about going up there again. We used to go there a couple times a year for work. It's a great area.
        I'll have to check back if Melody has linked up. It's always interesting reading about other expats.
        Looking forward to staying in touch.

  3. What a marvelous post. It's so important to take time for ourselves … those little things that let us connect to who we are … serenity and peace. I think I need a turban! :)

  4. You are glowing in these, so I say this time is well spent! It is so important to care for yourself so that you can care for others. My ritual is a nightly tub soak. I have done this for 20 years. It's just my way to unwind after the day so that I can sleep well. I had a friend back in college tell me that she was exhausted just watching me get ready for bed with all my skin prep and such…but it was just that self care that I have always needed at the end of a day! You have the perfect face for a turban!

    • Aww thank you! :) a nightly tub soak sounds so fantastic! But you're right, these rituals do help with sleep. It's been a long time since I took a proper bath (instead of a shower). A friend of mine turned me on to lavender milk baths–that's now one of my favorite ways to luxuriate!

  5. Beautiful photos of yourself and what an intimate moment to share with us. Definitely we moms need that time for ourselves. I thoroughly enjoy my evening showers and pamper time.

  6. You look so relaxed … I received some great pregnancy gifts…time to use them. Thanks for the reminder :)

  7. What a beautiful, simple ritual, signified by the soft green turban. Thank you for sharing this with us. I feel peaceful just reading about your few minutes of relaxation each day.