3 NYC Spots Perfect For "Me Time"

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The holiday season is in full swing. What does that really mean? Well, for starters, it means you're running around like mad trying to get all your shopping and endless errands finished. You know, totally chicken-with-no-head style. It also means you tend to feel a bit bad when you stop by your favorite retailer and wind up buying something for yourself. Well, we're here to put an end to all that stress. In an effort to quell the panic Christmas shopping can cause — and to satisfy that craving to buy for yourself — we've found three services designed to take advantage of the elusive "me time" everyone seeks. We're talking 30 minutes of total relaxation. You know you need it.

1Photo: Courtesy of DreamDry. DreamDry
We love a good blow out. And, we'll take any excuse we can get to book ourselves some time in the chair. For just $20 to $30, you can treat yourself to an express treatment of the salon's signature styles. So, whether you're rushing from the office to a holiday party or you're just want a little zhushing, DreamDry's got you covered. Rachel Zoe, you are a genius.

DreamDry, 35 W. 21 Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues); 212-886-5194; 315 W. 57 Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues); 212-951-0485.
3Photo: Courtesy of LAVAAN. LAVAAN
Coffee. Red wine. Hot chocolate. These are the usual suspects in the teeth-staining lineup. And, if you want to make your pearly whites, well, pearly white, then LAVAAN's got your back. The 30-minute whitening guarantees an instantly brighter smile — we're talking eight shades brighter. This is especially useful for those who refuse to give up those coffee-and-red-wine habits (we're right there with you). Plus, winter whites are in, girl.

LAVAAN, 474 Avenue of the Americas (at W. 12 Street); 212-837-1833.
2Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Melville Salon.Vanessa Facciola at Patrick Melville Salon
We have a minor astrology obsession. And, we love the opportunity to have our tarot cards read at the beginning of each new year. You know, just to get a preview of what we'll be dealing with over the next 12 months. Check out Vanessa Facciola, resident fortune teller at Patrick Melville Salon. Her 30-minute private sessions start at $100. Plus, you'll have an excuse to walk by NYC's most famous Christmas tree.

Patrick Melville Salon, 45 Rockefeller Plaza (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues); 212-218-8650.


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