Wow, that is SO LAME of your friends, anonymous. But I love the sad trombone of finding the bottle of wine for like $12. My boyfriend, my two best friends, and their significant others, met up for dinner at Nobu during a reunion weekend in New York. At the end of the meal, which was delightful on every level, my boyfriend announced, "By the way, this is on me!" The bill came to around $600. It remains one my favorite things anyone has ever done, ever. Lesson learned: if you're going to treat a group, announce it at the end of the meal. Also, that as not the most expensive meal I've been privy to. That honor goes to Quince in San Francisco, where my parents treated the family to a pre-Thanksgiving gluttony fest. That bill topped out at $1200 for 4 people. Every bite was heaven.
@garli Love the Biltmore (when someone else is paying). My bf and I go to their lounge and order off-menu pizzas and beers when we want to feel like we're on vacation but don't want to blow $200 on a meal.
Why are people so weird about this? There's a grace to it, but it's rude not to accept someone's generosity. Mike's method is golden, but I usually just quietly reach for the check when the server comes with it, slide my credit card in, and hand it back to the server before anyone has a chance to argue.
I do not understand people who don't love massages! One of my favorite things to do when I go to ny is to take advantage of the cheap/sketchy asian massage parlors after a day of hoofing it (not take advantage in that way, I am a lady).
@NoReally The prenatal massage table has a big hole in the center for your belly? Hmmmmmmm #themoreyouknow
I've finally convinced myself that my workout wardrobe is complete in spite of how cute the new onzie leggings are, so my only regular expenses are my $109 yoga membership (4-7x/week, easily worth it) and the $5 daily gym fee every time I decide I should really get into lifting heavy (once every other week since it takes me that long to get over the soreness). Oh, and the $45 copay for quarterly chiro sessions from doing too many handstands.
@ellabella yesssssss, airdry everything (except towels! Airdried towels are torture).
Confession: sometimes I pretend to not speak English if an upsell-y sales associate comes around and I do not have it in me to give a firm, "I'm just browsing, thank you." I am very fortunate that I do not like to experiment with makeup and have my Day Look and my Night Look when the need arises. I have been buying the same makeup over and over for years (although Diorshow appears to have changed their mascara formula and I need to find a new Night Mascara). This makes the semiannual trip to Sephora or, more often, sephora.com (much more relaxing, and you get to pick your own samples, and there's always some kind of excellent bonus, and you can return your shit to regular Sephora if you are like me and hate the act of return shipping) a quick and easy process.
@bgprincipessa I believe it was a hairpin article that taught me that: lipstick needs to be reapplied. Constantly. It is one of the reasons I am not the kind of Woman Who Wears Lipstick.