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Chic Ananda Spa Style – Calming Clothes

6 Jan

At Ananda guests wear what is called a Kurta. A sheer, gauzy, white cotton tunic top and pants set with a neru collar. I don’t know about you but I’m always at a loss for what to wear around the house. Sometimes a robe just doesn’t make you feel dressed and can be cumbersome.

Love the windowpane detailing!

Kurtas make sumptuous lounging apparel and would even look smashing as hostess pajamas. And. . . The Boutique at Ananda sells them on their website.

Now for those toes – these midnight blue Royal slippers from Goody Goody remind me of the decor and royal influences abundant in Ananda’s decor and treatments. They’ve got marshmellow soles to float you around your home!

Royal by Goody Goody - Don't ya love the tassels?

Stay tuned tomorrow for some ideas to bring Ananda ambiance to your dining room decor. If you missed our earlier posts on Ananda, check out our Feature Article & The DIY Hair Oil Conditioning Treatment how tos.

Live, Love and Lounge,


Spooky SpaHome Decor – For All Year Round!

29 Oct

I ran across these goulish goodies the other day. Couldn’t resist sharing! They totally vibe Halloween but mix with subtle decor they add wow all year long!

The Skeleton Chair by Michael Aram Goulish Glam! Would make a sleek dining chair!

The other pieces are from Downtown – a modern furniture & accessories company that uses a lot of reclaimed materials in their designs.

Muirfield Bench – Very bat-like don’t you think?

Hand Carved Spider Table – What’s so scary about these beautiful sculpted delicate legs? And it’s available in any Benjamin Moore Paint color!

Plateau Torchiere – Subtly channels skeleton!

Happy Halloween and Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Night “Ball” Gowns

26 Oct

In addition to her trusty Sleepmask (see our selections), what would a girl wear to a Spa Masquerade Ball but a Night”Ball”Gown?  Even if you’re not partying with us, check out these chemise gowns we’re craving – way too stunning to sleep in!

Peasant Style Vintage nightgown
$145 –

crystal ball ring
60 GBP –
Crystal ring »

Crystal Ball with Stand – Costumes
$15 –

Myla Primrose Gown
179 GBP –

Myla Angelica Nightgown
249 GBP –

D&G Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Nightgown Chemise
165 GBP –

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Halloween “Sleep”Masquerade

25 Oct

These sleepmasks aren’t only glamorous, they actually enhance the effectiveness of your beauty sleep by allowing a deeper slumber!  Beautiful & blissful – I’m in!

Plus, they are the perfect accompaniment to our Spa Halloween Masquerade Ball on #spaweekgossip this week!  Coming up – Night “Ball” Gowns!

Halloween Sleep"Masquerade"

Halloween Sleep”Masquerade” by ArtoftheSpa featuring a mary green

Venetian Masks,
20 GBP –

Popsicle Sleep Mask

Juicy Couture Logo

Summer SpaChic

26 Aug

A few favorite buys this season for my Spa Resort & Lounging wardrobe.

Summer Shopping Haul

Summer Sh

opping Haul by ArtoftheSpa featuring anthropologie jewelry

Silence & Noise Bandeau Top
$15 –
Bandeau tops »

Cadence Jacket
$50 –
Double breasted jacket »

Pizzoccheri Jacket
$50 –
Blazers jackets »

Ecote Circle Skirt
$4.99 –
Circle skirt »

Marysia One Shoulder One Piece
$50 –
Swimwear »

Kelsi Dagger Zip Sandal
$60 –
Sandals »

Industry Magnet Sandal
$30 –
Sandals »

Discovered Baubles Bracelet
$50 –
Anthropologie jewelry »

Bon-Bon Earrings
$50 –
Anthropologie jewelry »

Rhinestone Pony Set
$4.99 –

Poppy Seed Set
$30 –

Pins and Needles Chiffon Garland Tunic
$7.99 –

Mary Green Ruffle Sleep Mask
$18 –

Undrest Halter One Piece

En”Robed” What to Wear to Unwind

24 Aug

Made in the Spa Shade

19 Aug

In the throes of August’s ridiculously radiant rays, I need some shade. Another kind of shade I crave are the lamp kind. A quick & simple way to change the look of a room, check out these sumptuous selections from fave resource Anthropologie:

Dressmaker’s Shade

The strands of torn silk layered on this shade add mouthwatering texture to a soft, neutral palette. I wish this were a hat – it’s so fashion forward. Set it off against a dark wall like charcoal gray or navy blue.

Secret Silhouette Shade

Empty frames reveal dog silhouettes when the light is switched on.  The frame motif is whimsical & even funny when the pups are revealed.  An iron base will add a bit of solidarity.

Little Somethings Shade

A linen & Cotton frilly sundress for your lamps.  Don’t you think it would be gorgeous against a dark purple wall?  So trendy right now.

Guelaguetza Shade

I’m always seeing those Mexican burlap handbags at the flea market & this is like one of those in lamp form.  A low maintenance & durable, festive choice for an outdoor or sun room.

Quiet Mist

An incredibly elegant handpainted silk drum shade with applique zinnias – in a word Renoir on a lamp.

Kissing Pleat Chandelier Shade

I’m a sucker for pleats slimming and tailored yet feminine and this apple green w/yellow contrast it’s so fresh – dress up a cream or white chandelier.

Live, love & lounge Candy

Nate Berkus: Spa Dude and Designer Extraordinaire

14 Jun

On September 13, 2010, Oprah’s “cutie pie” designer Nate Berkus launches his very own TV show on NBC. It’s about time! In the words of a friend, “He’s my home design hero!” Love that – you know who you are.

In honor of the exciting news, our Twitter pals and HGTV design stars, the MoggitGirls proclaimed today #NateDay. Design bloggers everywhere are paying homage to Nate with their fave designs. How could we refuse?

Mouthwatering makeovers & astronomical adorableness aside, Nate’s design skill is what got him where he is. And, we feel, he’s a kindred SpaHome savant. Just as spa design captivated us – Nate is inspired by his surroundings too.

For instance, one of his favorite hotels, the Soho Grand in New York City, sports striped rugs in rich ivories & chocolates. Now check out Nate’s apartment – look familiar?

The Chicken. . . . (the Soho Grand Hotel in NYC)

or the egg? Nate's apt. from

And Nate’s no stranger to hospitality design. Just check out the hunter’s lodge vibe he did for Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. He used antler chandeliers and real dried tree trunks for cocktail tables. And we hear when he was in Seattle he frequented The Spa at The Woodmark Hotel. Sigh, a savvy designer and a SpaDude to boot!

Rockin the Hunter's Lodge vibe at Rockit Bar & Grill

So why else do we think Nate’s designs are spalicious? Let’s peek at the Chicago townhome of Producer Ellen Rakieten (designed in collaboration with fab designer Anne Coyle) and Nate’s apartment. (Full details at ElleDecor our source for the pics.) as we spell it out:

S is for Stress-free

If anything is the hallmark of SpaHome design it’s anti-stress.  Nate cleverly integrates useful, yet beautiful features into his client’s homes to take the stress right away.  For instance, in Rakeiten’s dressing room he installed silk upholstered wall panels to hold necklaces and mementos.  Preventing the omnipresent dresser jewelry tangle.

He took the same principal to her office, installing a cork wall to hold notes (I would so be using this for brainstorming!), etc.

The producer's office with cork wall to catch all that clutter!

Another destressor is the open walkways Nate plans into each room.  This gives an airy, bright mood.

P is for Playful

Fun objects in unexpected places make us smile and that increases endorphins which make us happy which makes us look ten years younger!  Gotta Love it and Nate is a master of whimsy – using his arsenal of objects sourced from flea markets to fashion houses.

A Leather Pig in Nate's Apt. Bathroom from Liberty of London

A is for Activity

Rooms are made for moving.  Into the producer’s home, Nate created a basketball room complete with backboard and hoop for her two boys.

Love how Nate personalizes rooms for his clients The Basketball Room

H is for Homey

What does homey really mean?  A place that feels like you, that brings your joys and passions out and provides respite from the world is our SpaHome definition.  Rakieten’s library is the epitome of homey a la Nate.  Off black paint by Farrow and Ball, a collage of pictures & intimate seating creates a cozy spot for cuddling up with your favorite novel (or design book!).

The Library - "Grab a book and sit a spell"

O is for Opulent

Like a millionaire in ripped jeans, Nate knows how to go luxe without pretention.  Case in point: Silver leaf wall’s formality is countered with a game board mounted on the wall of Nate’s office

Formal silver leaf wall treatment "foiled" with a funky game board

M is for Mixing

Nate is like the Kitchen Aid Mixmaster of home design.  He takes a little vintage, adds a pinch of flea market, throws in some European and blends in a bit of mod to come up with eclectic rooms that never look cluttered or cramped.

For instance, in Rakieten’s dressing room and bedroom, he sourced two vintage Baguès chandeliers to add cohesion between the two rooms but with a more personal feel than generic overhead fixtures.   Then he kept the rest of the dressing & bedroom, clean, white and bright to emphasize the chandeliers.

The bedroom's chandelier makes a striking focal point

E is for Everyone

What I find most appealing about Nate rooms is while gorgeous to gaze at, they are also super comfy to live in.  His designs invite and engage us to move in them and not through them. And that’s the most Spa Home attitude I know.

Congrats Nate and may you have many spa days to come (you deserve it!).  And once again, don’t forget, the Nate Show premieres September 13.  Be sure to stop by the other design bloggers talking about Nate today check out the list here.

Spa wishes, Candy

Etsy a la Spa: Top 10 Sun Hats

10 Jun

New Feature!  I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to Etsy.  I’d see tweets about it but wrote it off as an online craft mall and I’m soooo not into country!  Then one day someone tweeted about a vintage dress she had just posted and I couldn’t resist – I love vintage clothes!

The dress turned out to be one of the most pristine pieces I had ever bought.  All Etsy wares are vintage or handmade and you can find: clothing, bath & skincare products, housewares, furniture + from global designers . . .to say I’m hooked is an understatement!  So we thought we’d share our favorite things for the spa lifestyle at home from excellent Etsyians.

In continuing homage to this week’s Shun the Sun theme (its National Sun Awareness Week in Canada and Sun Safety Week in the US), we’ve handpicked the tops in toppers – superstylin’ ways to keep old man sun from wrinkling that gorgeous puss of yours. You still need sunscreen though!

Straw Hat from TheMillineryShop

Mad Hatter straw hat from Anna Shoub

Fedora from GriffinCircle

Wide brimmed Cotton Hat from HatsbyDenise

Cloche Style by P8Accessories

Stripes and straw cloche  by zazuandvioletshats

Dressy Fedora from Baroqueandroll

Incognito Joe Baseball Cap

Floral fringed sunhat from SidneySidney

Floppy Black SunHat from KatarinaCouture

(*Note:  Many Etsy items are one of a kind, but designers often make similar items or take special requests.  Visit their store’s homepage for details)

Spa wishes, Candy

The Spalicious Style of: Rosey Toes

26 May

Rosey Toes is on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California.  One day when I was walking round the island, I noticed this adorable white and black striped awning – reminiscent of an old school ice cream parlour.  When I found it was a salon devoted “sole”ly to tips and toes I couldn’t resist making an appointment.

Just like an ice cream parlour, Rosey Toes offers flavors but instead of ice cream, they are served up as manis or pedis.  Latte, Brazilian Nut, Peppermint and Spring Fling are among the decadences you can choose to treat your feet or hands.  They change seasonally to tempt you back – as if the fun & friendly gals there & supershiny nails & skin wouldn’t!

Rosey Toes is the top floor of a beach bungalow the space itself is small.  Other than the semi-circular awning you’d never even know it existed.  The entrance is a side door which opens to a rickety stairway. . . but the powderpuff pink walls and chandelier foretell the adorableness that awaits inside!

The dollhouse meets mod vibe was so strong I half expected a giant child to peer in the windows!  The squarish white leather armchairs & sofa and the focal point a beamed ceiling with alternating black and white patterned wallpaper provide the perfect foil keeping it from being tooo girlie.  Love the personal feel – no “salon” pedicure tubs here.  The girls actually bring you a silvery bowl filled with milky water topped with rose petals to soak your tootsies.

The hot pink rug adds warmth & the display shelves (wooden black beams mimicking the ceiling beams) visually tie the room to the ceiling.  Pedestal glass jars filled with biscuits & a warm cup of Rosy Toes branded tea completes the experience.

In the bathroom, they cleverly mounted a black wooden wine rack horizontally filled with rolled hand towels for guests to use – then put in the hamper.  Great idea if you entertain often.

Spa to Home

While not every space could carry off the warm pink color scheme, it would be perfect for a tiny bathroom, a dressing room or the interior of a walk in closet. Would the beam like shelves not make fun shoe displays?  Or you could replace the pink with another fun color like periwinkle or lemon.  To echo the modern dollhouse theme, hang glass or crystal chandeliers and keep your furniture clean and simple like the square ottomans & chairs at Rosey Toes.

Spa Wishes, Candy