By: Tori Nagudi
Photos by: Serena Pu
If you follow Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford’s iconic friendship in Parks and Rec, you’re probably privy to the cultural legacy of TREAT YO SELF.
To truly treat yo self (not to be confused with “treat yourself”, which doesn’t capture the self-indulgent essence of the practice) is to abandon your dreadful obligations and dedicate a day to activities designed for your happiness and your happiness only.
While I don’t advise skipping your internship or bailing on an important lecture (because real talk: you won’t be able to treat yo self if you never get a job), it’s important to take care of yourself. If you have an afternoon where there’s nothing pressing happening, and you have a bit of cash to spare, you know what you’ve gotta do. Treat. Yo. Self.
Where to begin? We recommend some luxury pampering and delicious eats. I grabbed one of our best photographers (the talented Serena Pu) and did the research so you don’t have to – all recs are in the Georgetown area!
Vicky’s Nail Boutique
If one word describes this nail boutique, it’s serenity. Tucked away on Wisconsin Avenue, it’s not overstated luxury but instead tiny details – scented candles, warm lighting, and vintage furniture – that make the Vicky’s so relaxing. Set aside a couple hours to get the full experience (they offer all the essentials, from a spa mani and pedi to massages and waxing) or just pop in to pick one of their 27,000 colors from the wall of polish and get your nails done before heading to class.
This is a hybrid salon and spa, so you know it’s legit. They boast a wide range of offerings, from every hair service under the sun to facials, makeup, mani pedis, and most importantly, EYEBROWS. If you’re looking for a place to up your brow game, this is it. Also, gentlemen: this place doubles as a tip top barber shop. If your bangs are so overgrown that they’re starting to ruin your field of vision, don’t wait until you’re back home to get a trim.
David Rio’s Salon
In addition to being a salon of high quality (meaning the stylist was able to cut my impossible curls without crying and/or having a tantrum), David Rio doesn’t merely refer to his services as hair styling but instead “hair architecture.” This sounds super pretentious and fancy, which is exactly what we go for on a day like this, and therefore has earned a place on this list. Any hair service you could possibly want is offered here, so whether you’re interested in trying out a new look or just want to reinvent yourself, this is a pretty solid choice.
If pizza were recognized as a legitimate religion (which I’m still lobbying for), I’d take non-believers here to convert them. It’s a cozy Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven known for incredible thin crust, not to mention pasta and antipasti galore. Hang a right down 31st street to access this authentic Naples chain and begin your spiritual journey towards pizza.
This seafood restaurant is on the waterfront, and was recently named the best restaurant in DC. So you can probably guess that it’s scrumdiddlyumptious…but the prices are not for the faint of heart. Still, you deserve a little luxury once in a while – treat yo self! Slip into your favorite dress, try one of Fiola Mare’s delectable dishes, and feel like a million bucks for a night.
Their delicious flavors (like Blackberries & Cream, Indonesian Vanilla Bean, and Champagne Mango) have changed me as a woman. It’s also an authentic Georgetown chain which is social media savvy and has some unexpected Argentinian flare, so whether you like sweet treats or not, it’s worth checking out. If the sun’s out, stop in for a scoop of gelato or sorbetto and a great cup of coffee.