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May 31, 2014

Gem Restaurant & Lounge, Boston

Before I dive into bashing and trashing, allow me to apologize for the lapse in delivering my opinions. I've been in and out of the city, bouncing from wedding to wedding. While it's been a blast, I am weddinged-out! I also just got all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled out yesterday, so I will be doing a lot of writing within the next few days [considering I look like Quagmire from Family Guy!]

Just before the wedding mayhem started, a group of friends and I went to Gem for some Saturday night fun. Let me start by saying Gem is by no means a gem! Sorry, but I'm not sorry.

What's good? The decor, location, and music. Oh, and cute guys of course.

What's bad? The entire place is just too small to accommodate the number of people they allow entry. The ladies' room makes you feel like you're in the loo of a fast paced Amtrak train. The drinks are way too overpriced considering how diluted they are with juice.

I was not feeling a good vibe from this place. Not to mention, every corner reeked of vomit - GROSS! Perhaps it is me who is outgrowing this scene but I will not be returning unless someone pays me to. Yikes!

May 05, 2014

Southwest Day Spa, Brookline

If you live the kind of life I lead, then you'll need a massage on the regular. Just kidding, I'm just the ultimate massage whore. I just loooovvvveeeee massages - who doesn't? #TREATYASELF!

With 7 years of being a converted Bostonian under my belt, I can tell you who the best and worst masseuses of the city are. One of my favorite places to go to is Southwest Day Spa located on Beacon Street in Brookline.

Southwest Day Spa is an intimate, full-service spa that makes you feel relaxed from the moment you walk in. Fortunately and unfortunately, it's right across the street from my office which means if I'm not responding to your texts after 5:00PM, chances are, I am getting pampered at Southwest.

Besides the peaceful ambiance and soothing voices everyone whispers to you in, the little details simply cannot be ignored. I love that the lounge area is fully stocked with 20 different teas to choose from in addition to a light snack - salty or sweet - you pick. I'm a huge fan of Penhaligon's products so to find these goodies in the bathroom feels like Christmas! I also love that the receptionist knows me by name and makes a point to always say something nice about me :)

Southwest is moderately priced. Some services are on the expensive side but ya know what? You get exactly what you pay for. The level of hospitality should be applauded. Every single employee in that spa does whatever they can to heighten your experience. You can tell that the employees really love working there which transcends into their quality of work. 

If you're looking for a great massage, facial, or even a "boyzilian" [LOL] I HIGHLY recommend Southwest Day Spa. In particular, Caio is probably the best masseuse I have ever had. 5 stars from me!