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Just a quick announcement – tonight is the night we’re kicking off #HomeSpaChat parties on twitter. Each Tuesday we’ll unwind & lounge with the twitterverse, bringing our spa flair for life & decor to a different topic. The chat runs from 8 PM- 9 PM ET feel free to even just pop in and say hello or lurk if you like! Follow @homespachat for weekly updates.
This week we’re chatting Spa Resolution Solutions. Visit the chat’s website for all the hows, whys and wheres. Including giveaways. Hope to see you tonight –
Live, Love & Lounge, Candy
The Dream Job
I spent over 7 years going to the spa as my career. I suffered through massages, pedicures and facials all in the interest of helping my clients improve their properties. Cue violins.
The Real World
But who gets to do this? Most of the women I know are too tired, busy or broke to spa – it’s pretty much a forbidden extravagance. And on top of that, their home, which is supposed to be a sanctuary, often causes more stress. Not to mention we’re coming out of that nasty R word.
That’s why my passion has always been to help others recreate this privileged experience in their own homes. What if we lived like we were at a spa, surrounded ourselves with similar decor, pampered ourselves with beauty treatments and ate the delicious, yet diet friendly, cuisine?
We (& our VERY LUCKY families) would be happier and healthier. (Which just so happen to be two of the top New Year’s resolutions!)
The Aha Moment
The epiphany hit during one of my favorite holiday specials, The Year Without a Santa Claus, I kept thinking: “What if it were the year without spa?” It would show my sincerity & seriousness about achieving the bliss of the spa at home. So I’m going to practice what I preach and spend 2011 spa free.
Each week we will focus on a particular spa, delivering super easy, specific ways to bring that spa’s unique qualities to your abode. That may be a recipe, color palette, piece of furniture, DIY treatment, etc.
And to make it a little more interesting, we’ll use the 52 spas featured in The Art of the Spa (the 1st engagement book devoted to spa by yours truly) as a guideline to which spas we select.
Though I may visit a spa to photograph interiors or interview therapists, I won’t be indulging in any treatments at the spa. It’s going to be rough. . . let’s hope I survive ; ) I’ve gotta admit I’m scared! Do you think I can do it? Vote in the poll or comment below.
AND follow along my quest in my Un-Spa Diary here.
Live, Love and Lounge, Candy
Put the Boo! in beautiful at these spooky spas that have all been rumored to be haunted. Maybe the ghosts are looking for a little body work?
1. 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Sci Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunter show can’t be wrong! One of the most haunted hotels in the world, dark spots, floating visions and the ghost of a construction worker who fell to his death during the construction of the hotel.
But, who cares about a ghost when you can relax at the hotel’s New Moon Spa? Try the Pure Focus Facial Massage!
2. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa Safety Harbor Florida
Considered Florida’s first spa, Safety Harbor’s founder Dr. Baranoff’s presence has been said to felt during a massage. Salt shakers have mysteriously disappeared from the restaurant (bad for the body you know!) Plus, 2 people said they were bitten by a dog statue. Via http://starkimages.homestead.com/safetyharborspa.html
Sleep right through those hauntings, try their Lavender Dreams spa duet – an Espiritu Springs Mineral Bath & Lavender Dreams Ultimate Experience
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii
HHV is the home of Mandara Spa, the largest spa in Waikiki. In 1959, an employee saw a woman in a red dress vanish before his eyes as he was escorting her to a room. Some say she is the ghost of a woman murdered in a tower room, while others say she is none other than the volcano goddess herself, Madame Pele.
Volcano Goddess or not, emerge as a goddess from Mandara, after indulging in their Hot Stone Therapy which incorporates volcanic Basalt stones in the massage!
4. Claremont Hotel & Spa Berkely, CA
A little girl who died in the hotel is said to haunt the fourth floor with her friendly apparition. via www.realhaunts.com
Maybe she needs a spa day? Their Anti-Gravity facelift would be perfect!
5. The Langham Hotel & Spa, London
Though 5 ghosts have been seen here, the main one is the ghost of a doctor who committed suicide at the hotel after murdering his new wife on his honeymoon. via NatGeoAdventure
Visit the hotel’s Chuan Spa to balance the yin and yang out of that ghost. The spa opens in Jan. 2011.
Happy Halloween! Candy
YA Beauty Institute and Spa is in the financial district and I can’t think of a better spot for a gem of a spa. YA specializes in skin rejuvenation – sort of a medical spa with a luxury feel. While relaxing and pampering are part of the experience, clients expect to leave with their skin visibly improved. Acne, lines, inflammation and discolorations watch out!
Perfect for me, who since moving to LA, has noticed more freckles and a drier visage. Yolanda, who has been in the beauty business for 45 years, pays extra special attention to her clients so each treatment is customized. After changing into a robe & slippers, I sipped a cup of green tea and relaxed in YA’s earthy green and fountain filled waiting area.
*Superspagoer secret: You know how they say to look at stylist’s hair at a salon? Check out the skin on the staff at a spa. Every person at YA had lineless, gorgeous skin.
Yolanda retrieved me and welcomed into her office for a consultation which all new guests receive. As I suspected, my skin was dry on the cheeks but oily in the t-zone with some acne (Ick – how embarrassing!) and freckles. Rx? Her Hydra Facial.
The Hydra Facial uses a high tech machine with several attachments that allow the aesthetician to exfoliate, peel, oxygenate and inject vitamins deep into the skin.
Claudia, my aesthetician, cleansed and exfoliated me. (SpaHome note: she recommends if you wear make up washing twice – once with a milky cleanser, then with a sudsy one). Bumps (read zits) were extracted (the unfun part of a facial), but the foot massage I got during the extractions numbed any discomfort.
Next a gauze mask was applied over a disinfecting gel and a light passed over. Tingled! Then the diamond peel. I was a bit nervous it may hurt, but it felt like sandpaper on my face. Next suctioning cups dispersed a vitamin gel into my pores, then sucked up excess – I felt like I was making my face do sit ups! The finale, a blue light to calm residual redness.
To finish, sunscreen was applied. Wow, babies would be jealous! My face felt tighter, tingled and was a bit pink. But it looked like velvet.
Watch segments of the treatment: Here
BONUS: Yolanda Aguilar is celebrating Spa Week & you can treat your summer ravaged skin for only $50! Less than half of the regular price. Call now Spa Week ends Sunday.
PS: A week after my Hydra Facial, my skin is smoother, brighter and softer. As one of my friends put it last night, you always look good but now you’re glowing from the inside out! Wow! What a huge compliment. Thank you Yolanda, Claudia and the entire staff.
Yolanda developed her own treatment line which I have to try. Will report on that in a month.
Live, love and lounge, Candy
Do you feel like the Queen of Chaos? God bless this . . . stress? NOT! Step into the Zen Den my dear. . . we’re giving that cortisol creator the boot to make room for Miss Bliss. Because at the spa – it’s all about ahhhhhhhh.
Kick off your shoes, uncork the champagne and gather your gals and join the #SpaWeekGossip girls as we gab about creating peace from chaos & spa secrets to find your inner Buddha. We’ll chillax with:
– The most relaxing spa treatments on the planet & our “B” (bliss!) spots (many available at Spa Week – booking now in Chicago & on the West Coast)
– Pro decompression do’s like getting REM quality zzzz’s and how to make your next spa day the most soothing ever.
– Peace perks – music, fragrance and tricks to bring on the nirvana wherever you are.
– Our personal Zen Dens! How we unwind at the end of the day. Om Zone retreats without going on vacay.
– Art of the Spa will unveil her signature technique for blissing out in your abode.
When: Wednesday, August 25th, 2 pm EST / 11 am PAC
Where: On Twitter with hashtag #SpaWeekGossip or
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1,2,3. . . Relax!
Michelle (SpaWeek Daily) & Candy (Art of the Spa)
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Live, love and lounge, Candy