3 Things That I Hate to Love
There are some things that it just pains me to be so attached to -- either because they're not the healthiest choices or because they cost too much or simply for some hard-to-define reason. Here are the ones at the top of my reluctant worship list these days.
1. Keratin Treatments: Yes, I know these smoothing treatments can mean some dubious chemicals. Yes, I know I should embrace my natural curls. Yes, I know it can be pricey. But I love, love, love the keratin treatments I have been having for the past few years. I actually have researched the various options ad infinitum, however, and recently I found one that's TRULY formaldehyde free but actually still does the trick of smoothing out the kinks and eradicating frizz for a few months. (It's called the Keratin Tropic, by Lasio Studios, which is a brand that also makes a fabulously effective, albeit not-formaldehyde-free version.)
2. Soul Cycle, the chain of indoor cycling studios. Yes, it kills me to spend nearly one dollar per minute for an exercise class. (It's $34 for a 45-minute class.) Yes, the fact that nearly everyone is wearing some sort of Soul Cycle-emblazoned workout gear gives it a distinctly cult-like, I-drank-the-Kool-Aid feeling. Yes, the rooms gets scary-sweaty/stinky/hot. But I keep coming back about once a week! (And I'd go more, if only I could!) Why? The energy is infectious, the instructors play great tunes that I can download to get me through my jogs on other days, and I get a hoot out of spotting the celebrities who also frequent the spot. To some extent, my inner critic says I'm a lemming, sure, especially when I get tempted to buy $70 sweatshirts and yellow and white iPhone cases. But SC, I just can't quit you.
3. Expensive stuff that's WAY better than the cheaper, generic-brand counterparts. Yes, I could easily buy a Glade scented candle or the Dial hand soap from CVS or one dollar Wet n' Wild lipsticks. Yes, that would be more economical, especially considering they'd still get the job done. But there's nothing like a Dyptique candle in Baies, the lather of the basil-scented Mrs. Meyers hand soap, or the creamy hues of Nars' fabulous range of lipsticks. So, I hate that I love those little luxuries so much, and that I actually NOTICE the difference. Granted, there are some things I don't fall for, so I guess I rationalize that for every boutique-y bottle of soap I buy, I can off-set that with el-cheapo paper towels or something else.
What are some things YOU love, but sort of hate that you love 'em? Share!