My Beauty Retreat

Sometimes it feels like we go through life like a little ship tossed upon the waves. There’s a constant ebb and flow, a tugging and pull of the currents that gives us an appreciation for the moments of stillness, when all is calm. And as much as I love the thrill of the rapids, it’s good to appreciate the times that are less exhilarating, more grounding.

I started my 20s focused on finding myself. I moved to Manhattan, rented a tiny apartment, worked nights bartending and spent my days soul-searching. As that decade of my life took shape, I found myself falling deeply in love and traveling the world with my now husband, Victor. I became immersed in yoga and spiritually and I became pregnant with my love bug of a son, Jivan. I spent those months nurturing myself and my growing family – life wasn’t about being social it was about being solid. All my creation went inward – my career was ebbing but my family life was flowing!

What I didn’t realize at the time, was that I was closer than ever to finding my true path in life. The more time I spent caring for our family of three, the more I started experimenting in the kitchen and uncovering my love for cooking and design. And I had the best examples to learn from! We were always on the road when Jivan was little – from Morocco, to Japan to Portugal, absorbing the architecture and worldly décor – we ate in restaurants all over the world, expanding my palette enormously. My experiences raising a son and making homes in foreign places, have led me to where I am now – cooking, designing and bringing beauty to life whenever I can.

Now as those three elements come full force, I find myself working hard to ride this amazing wave and not finding enough time to spend in still waters. I’m not complaining, every day yields a new exciting opportunity and I am filled with pride and gratitude BUT – I can’t remember the last time I took a yoga class or had a proper facial and I’m ashamed at the state of my pedicure. So I have declared that this holiday season amidst the baking and wrapping, I am going to make time for Athena. I will retreat to my home in Amagansett, NY and take long baths, indulge in skin care rituals, pick up a book, throw on a robe and spend all day in front the fire.

The timing couldn’t be better for an exciting new collaboration with Clinique! Just yesterday I came home to a perfect package, stocked with the most amazing skincare products and beauty essentials. So the Eye-Swoon spa is officially open, and in the days prior to December 25th I declare the Clinique ritual spa retreat– masques, body scrubs, moisturizing treatments, and red nails here we come! It’s time to turn the music up, turn the phone & computer off and enjoy the simplicity of staying in.

Portraits of Athena by Abbey Drucker


Deep Comfort Body Butter

Deep Comfort Body Butter

Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream

Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream

Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer

Turnaround Radiance Renewer

Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Fortifying Hydrator

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