What if you had $1,000 to spend on your health?
Welcome to Wellness Diaries, where we tap our community to find out how they'd spend $1,000 (from us!) on health and wellness products, services, and experiences. The intention behind the series is to learn more about how people shape their wellness routines and surface lesser-known brands. What would you buy to make your life a little easier, healthier, more meaningful?
For our inaugural Wellness Diaries entry, we were lucky to connect with some very cool tastemakers: Forever35 podcast hosts Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer. They spent their money on some trendy humidifiers, shoes for HIIT classes, and a sensory deprivation tank experience.
We’ll announce the winner of the next Wellness Diaries on April 29th.
Doree is a writer and podcaster. She co-hosts self-care podcast Forever35 with Kate Spencer and infertility and IVF podcast Matt & Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure with her husband, Matt Mira. She is also the author of the memoir Thanks for Waiting and the novel Startup, and writes the Now We're Talking newsletter.
Kate is the author of the new novel In a New York Minute and the memoir The Dead Moms Club, as well as the co-host of the Forever35 podcast.
Doree spent a total of $902 on nine products, services, and experiences. The remainder of the money is being donated to her charity of choice, The Loveland Foundation.
90-minute traditional Thai massage
This was my favorite treat to do for myself pre-pandemic, and I haven’t been back since. Their massages are so amazing—I always leave feeling 1000 times better!
I am *so curious* about float therapy. The practice has a long—and frankly somewhat unbelievable—list of purported benefits, including “super learning.” Per Pause, the studio I’ll be trying: “Marvel as your relaxed, undistracted mind floats into remarkable ‘super learning’—a state of startlingly deep neural connections.” But it’s super trendy right now and it does look relaxing.
Gua Sha fusion facial
Ever since we had Lanshin founder Sandra Lanshin Chiu on the podcast I’ve been very interested in Gua Sha. It seems like a Gua Sha facial is the perfect opportunity to see it in action (with someone who actually knows what they’re doing).
Brow shaping and tint
My brows are a HOT MESS and I need someone to get them together. I’ve never been to Crispy Brows, but brow artist Roxanne Crisp comes highly recommended by a makeup artist I know.
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic
This is THE iconic Vitamin C serum that I have somehow never tried! Some Vitamin C serums have made me break out in the past, which made me hesitant to spend so much money on something that might not work for me. But lately I’ve been able to use Vitamin C serums with no issues so I think I’m ready. Only danger is… what if I love it??
I have never had great luck with humidifiers—they’re annoying to clean, they get moldy, etc. But I’ve heard amazing things about Canopy’s humidifier and I’m intrigued. I have eczema and my skin gets SO dry (doubly so because I live in LA). I’d really like to try this out to see if it helps my skin.
Climbing Tuscan Rosemary candle
A few years ago I got a rosemary candle (not from Flamingo Estate) and I have never been able to find one since. This one looks so yummy and will be so relaxing.
The Body Soak Trio 1 Kit
I’ve gotten very into baths in the last few months, so I already have the 100 Senses Duo Float set. I’m also intrigued by their bath soaks but have never pulled the trigger—they look like they’re amazing.
Gucci Rouge de Beauté Brillant Glow & Care Shine Lipstick in Sally Soft Honey
I haven’t indulged in a fancy lip gloss or lipstick for so long. I feel like having this in my bag will just bring joy.
Kate spent a total of $949 on five products, services, and experiences. The remainder of the money is being donated to her charity of choice, Fund Texas Choice.
Gold Oura Ring
I am obsessed with my sleep habits (or lack thereof). I’ve heard from friends that the Oura ring actually helped them implement actions that improved their sleep, so I am curious if it will help me get more—and better—rest.
Eataly pasta making class
Healing my relationship with food has been a massive part of my self-care practices, and part of that has been 1. Embracing carbs and 2. My Italian heritage. I also just really want to learn how to make pasta!
Hoka Kawana shoes in Blanc de Blanc / Butterfly
I need new shoes for my beloved HIIT classes, which are vital to my self-care. HOKAs are my favorite sneakers thanks to their superior cushioning and support. They keep my bones and joints feeling good too!
Canopy humidifier with filter subscription
I am DYING to find a humidifier that I love, helps me breathe at night, and moisturizes my skin here in hot, dry Los Angeles. Sleep and skincare totally go hand in hand, and this feels like the perfect step to add to both my routines.
D.S. & DURGA Big Sur After Rain candle
This is one of the most healing, nourishing scents I’ve ever had the pleasure of sniffing. I have been dying to own this candle, with the dream of covering my home in its beautiful, rainy-day smell.