Back to school

This chilly breeze, the urgent emails coming in madly, the end of half-day Fridays: Like it or not, it’s time to stop the partying and lingering and to get the schedule back on (crazy) track.

But before I can make an appearance at all the events (the Browns fashion show, Ogilvy’s shoe department launch, lunches, cocktail parties, there’s so much to do!) I seriously need to get rid of the summer’s laisser-aller beauty regimen.

First step: a microdermabrasion at the new Institut L’IMAA (shown, 645 Wellington St., 514-868-1117, institute in old Montreal. The skilled staff assesses your skin thoroughly before buffing away dead skin cells (and, sigh, your summer glow) and soothing your visage with a vitamin C serum. I love the spa’s huge, industrial space, decorated with just a few touches of bright color.

Next, a state-of-the-art mani-pedi at Ora Spa’s brand new St. Laurent spot (3801 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-451-4991). After an exfoliation, massage and all the pampering your toes and fingers need after your summer adventures, you’ll emerge all soft and polished. And the Miami-style spray-tan they offer is pretty neat, too.

Finally, just for a last breath of summer, Manoir Hovey’s (575 chemin Hovey, North Hatley, 800-661-2421, new royal suites offer the sophistication of your house in the perfect wilderness of Lake Massawippi. Just what the doctor ordered. 

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