The gorge Emma of Grace and Ted talks to us about ‘me time,’ and explains why penciling in a date with your self is no longer considered selfish but necessary….

The term ‘self care’ has become some what of a buzzword and taking time to yourself is no longer seen as something we shouldn’t really shout about for fear of being branded ‘lazy’…

I realise a lot of you reading this will feel that getting 10 minutes to yourself is a luxury, let alone a whole day! If all you can grab is 10 minutes then there are a certainly a lot of things you can do – closing your eyes, going for a wee, sitting in a darkened room, for example.

If you can bag a whole day to yourself though, that’s when the luxury really starts and you can return home feeling like a new woman (or man).

Below are some of the lovely things you can do in Bath during your uninterrupted me-time.

breakfast + chill

Bath has no shortage of great eating places but where do you go when you want a table that doesn’t have a pot of colouring pens on the table? (Remember, we’re kid-free today…)

Cafe Lucca is definitely one of the city’s best cafes. A rustic, chic setting combines with gourmet inspired dishes to create the ideal spot to sit and enjoy breakfast and the paper (or a magazine if you’d rather read about Kylie Jenner than Donald Trump, I know I would.)

eat this: The Lucca Breakfast

Tip: when you’ve finished, take a look around the rest of The Loft and the gorgeous homewares and clothing that’s been expertly curated by Blue.

a spot of culture

We all know that Bath is drowning in stunning architecture and sparkling history but did you know that the only museum dedicated to the arts and culture of East and South East Asia in the whole of the UK, can be found in our city?

The Museum of East Asian Art is nestled in a Georgian townhouse just a skip away from The Circus (and Cafe Lucca, conveniently) on Bennett Street.

With over 2,000 sets of objects from East and South East Asia, you can do nothing but marvel at the talent of the artists on display; many of whom were never identified. From hand painted ceramics, to carved jade and bamboo sculptures – the MEAA is peaceful, tranquil and an ideal place for a spot of quiet education.

note: Last year a break in at MEAA meant that huge parts of their jade collection were stolen. With no government subsidy, they are working to rebuild their collection and are taking donations towards the cause. So if now isn’t the best time to visit, I don’t know when is?

tip: the MEAA hold loads of family friendly events, all of which are listed on their website. From story reading to lantern making, it’s definitely worth a day out.

pamper

Being in a Spa city it would be silly not to visit an actual spa on your ‘all about me day’, wouldn’t it? If you want to skip the lines at the Thermae Spa, then book in with Radiance Wellbeing. Offering a range of holistic treatments in rooms so luxuriously peaceful they’ll have to peel you off the couch and from your slumber, Radiance is a little haven amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re lucky you might even get to meet Cadbury; the company secretary. He is the goodest of boys!

If you’re not in the mood for a massage, might I suggest a brow reshape or lash tint at The Brow Place, a mani-pedi at Sacco Beauty or if it’s time for a new ‘do go and see the ladies at Frontline Style, just off Kingsmead Square.

treat yo’self

If a day to yourself is the only time you get to enjoy an ice cream without little hands trying to swipe it from you, then you definitely deserve 2 scoops from Swoon.

So much better than regular ice cream, Swoon’s gelato is made on site using the best ingredients (their pistachios come all the way from Sicily) and each month they create ‘guest flavours’ – so you’ll always have a valid reason to keep going back.

eat: one scoop of Bacio (chooclate and hazelnut) one scoop of Pistachio and one scoop of Amarena Cherry Cheesecake. Oops, that’s 3!


wander

It’s no secret that high street’s across the country are struggling but Bath has a vibrant indie community full of interesting business owners who are so enthusiastic about what they do.

Visit Independent Spirit of Bath, the city’s premier bottle shop and treat yourself (again) to your favourite alcoholic beverage. You’ll meet Chris, Nathan and Christian (what they don’t know about booze isn’t worth knowing) – they’ll certainly point you in the direction of something you’ll love.

Grab a little something for the little one you left at home at Spotty Herberts on Queen Street. Stocking a range of quirky and charming toys and gifts for children alongside clothing made by British designers, it’s a truly independent business supporting other small businesses.

If like me you’re a magpie for anything remotely shiny, you’ll love perusing Miles Mann on Cheap Street. Cotswold Fine Jewellery encompasses Miles Mann and is family owned, West Country based and has been in the business of jewels since 1741! I love that Miles Mann stocks new and pre-owned/vintage jewellery so no matter what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it here. The staff are so lovely and always on hand to help so don’t be afraid to ask.

Oh what a lovely day we’ve had! Until next time, I guess it’s back to the real world. But remember: everything works better when it’s unplugged for a few moments, even you.