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Spa Movie Re-Treats: Blockbuster Bliss

1 Nov

Put on your biggest, darkest movie star sunglasses! We’re having a red carpet Oscar worthy Spa Screening this week on #SpaWeekGossip and you’ve got a front row seat!

A movie theater may not be a spa, BUT what a perfect place to escape the world and unwind for awhile. If you can’t get to the theater, kick back with a dvd and fire up your home movie night.

AND. . . guess what? We will reveal a few spas that ARE movie theaters. What a combo, technicolor me deliriously happy! So don’t wait for intermission, plan to join us as we write our spa script with:

Relaxing beauty treatment and film pairings

Spa done right (and wrong) in the movies

Fave flicks for a cinematic retreat

Gourmet popcorn & snacks

How to throw your own Spa Flick Night

What: SpaWeek & Art of the Spa’s #SpaWeekGossip

When: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2 pm EST / 11 am PAC

Where: On Twitter with hashtag #SpaWeekGossip or
For easier chatting (hashtag entered automatically for you) tweet on:

Topic: Spa Movie Re-treats

Who: @spaweek @artofthespa & YOU!

Spanelists: @spaheiress @reddoorspas @candydye

See you there!

Michelle (Spa Week Daily) & Candy (Art of the Spa)


SpaFlick Friday: Biography HJ Heinz The Ketchup Kings

15 Oct

“To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success”  HJ Heinz



Henry J. Heinz pic courtesy


Tomorrow is Boss’ Day so our Spa Flick features a boss extraordinaire.  If there was ever such a thing as a SpaBoss, HJ Heinz who concocted America’s favorite condiment, ketchup, was it.  Channel surfing I fell into The Ketchup Kings documentary of him on The Biography Channel.  As an entrepreneur myself, I was immediately captivated.

Imagine my amazement, when in describing how Heinz coddled his employees in an almost familial way, I learned that he had onsite fitness and spa facilities for all of his staff!  Wow!  If they had Boss’ Day back then, he would have been crowned king!  Go HJ!

You can watch the movie free in it’s entirety on Biography’s website.

Feel Good Factor:  If you’re feeling blue or worried that you can’t overcome some obstacle, watch The Ketchup Kings.  You will be inspired to give the hurdles the heave ho!


Ketchup is not only our french fry friend, it’s also a hair helper.  If your hair has taken on a green tinge due to swimming in chlorinated water, or a color mishap, ketchup will fix it!  All you do is put ketchup on dry hair, leave 30 mins. then shampoo, condition and style!  Tip:  Use the squeeze bottles for easier application.


Wanna take a stab at HJ Heinz occupation?  Here’s a yummy Charred Tomato & Red Pepper Ketchup recipe from Rachel Ray:

Charred Tomato-and-Red Pepper Ketchup

6 plum tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 small onion
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat a grill to high. Halve and seed 6 plum tomatoes and 1 red bell pepper; halve 1 small onion. Grill, turning once, until softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and puree. Transfer to a saucepan, add 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; lower the heat and simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 45 minutes. Let cool.

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

SpaFlick Friday: Mamma Mia

8 Oct


With Sweetest Day next week, this week’s flick pays kudos to the Greek Goddess of sex and love, Aphrodite. In Mamma Mia an impending wedding turns into a tour de force when the bride to be invites her 3 possible dads.

First the breathtaking Greek island of Skopelos (where the movie was filmed) provides a virtual vacation (as do the catchy Abba tunes). Then Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried‘s characters drink water from a natural spring which legend says was Aphrodite’s elixir of youth and beauty.


Given that Aphrodite rose from the wave’s of the sea, how about a face mask that combines seaweed and Greek yogurt.

Blend 3 TBSP of seaweed powder (available at health food stores and Amazon) into 1/2 c. full fat Greek yogurt. Add 1 capsule Vitamin E. apply to face/hands relax for up to 30 minutes. Gorgeous skin!


Green Goddess Popcorn

Pop 3 oz of popcorn (1 bag of microwave popcorn), then blend the following spices and shake or stir into the popcorn. Dip into the non fat yogurt. Seriously try it. You’ll like it.

2 TBSP packed chopped fresh dill

2 TBSP packed chopped fresh basil

2 TBSP chopped green chives

1 TBSP chopped fresh mint

Hot pepper flakes to taste

Bowl of Greek yogurt for dipping

Live, Love and Lounge, Candy

Spa Flick Friday: Shallow Hal

1 Oct


What if people saw you from the inside out? WAIT, this is not a gory Halloween horror Spa Flick. I mean saw you for your character, personality, soul, the real you. Well that’s exactly what happens in this week’s Spa Flick Shallow Hal.

Jack Black stars with a thin (and then not so thin) Gwyneth Paltrow. Jack’s character is a womanizer who will only date supermodels. But, something happens and suddenly he no longer sees people’s outer beauty, only their inner beauty. Lots of confusion, fun and, make no mistake, heartwarming ensues. Really a spa flick guys and gals will love.

Though it’s message may be trite – it’s also soo right – True Beauty comes from the Inside now that’s a mental makeover we can all get on board with.


With a film selection that goes more than skin deep, how about a spa treat that does as well? Take a few minutes after the movie and meditate. Sit quietly and think: What makes you tick? Most happy? What are you grateful for today? This week? You’ll emerge as serene and soothed as if you’ve just had a stone massage.


Gwyneth’s character is from an old Irish family in Shallow Hal. So how’s about a Guiness? Only 90 calories a serving and packed with iron. Probably the closest thing to a healthy beer. Cheers!

Live, love and lounge, Candy

SpaFlick Tuesday: You Again

22 Sep

Need a girl’s night out?  Does your daughter have the back to school blahs?  Grab them all and treat them to You Again this Friday.  It’s one hilarious Spa Flick that will leave you as glowing and happy as a fresh massage.

Ironically, thanks to my high school friend who is now a movie producer, I had the awesome opp to go to the cast and crew screening at the historic El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

Armed with a script dripping with a geek’s wisdom and a cheerleader’s perkiness, You Again answers the question:  What if your high school arch nemesis was marrying your brother?  And her Aunt was your Mom’s high school rival?

Based on the screenwriter’s real life familial antics, director Andy Fickman transforms the pain us late bloomers called high school and into a hilarious heart warmer.

Marni former geek turned successful PR exec, goes home for her brother’s wedding.  She discovers SURPRISE! her brother is marrying the girl who made her life hell in high school.  But who seems to have amnesia regarding the whole thing.  Then the bride to be’s aunt turns out to be her Mom’s high school rival.  A comic tour de force ensues as Marni decides to reveal the charade to her brother.

BONUS:  Side splitting performances by spa gals Kristin Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth, Odette Yustman & spa guy Victor Garber.

Spa Sightings:

– Mud Bath

– Pea Soup Body Wrap

– A Mom Makeover

The verdict?  You Again ought to be required watching for anyone who is in or went to high school!   I dare you to watch it and not leave smiling.  Better yet, why not invite your high school Frenemy?  BOOK NOW on Fandango before they sell out. Until the next Spa Flick. . .

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Spa Flick Friday: I Spy

10 Sep


While an action comedy with Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy may seem an unlikely “spa” movie, and not the best acted either. I Spy’s “spa” appeal lies in one scene where a shoot out and chase ensues through a Hungarian spa.

This scene was filmed at the Gellert Spa Baths – one of the world’s largest mineral baths which gained fame in the 13th century.  It’s known not only for being huge, but also is decorated with ancient mosaics, sculptures, stained glass and scriptures.

What is odd about the clip, is the men lounging and having massages are seemingly undisturbed by gunfire and a gang of villains chasing two Americans.  C’mon guys, I relax during a massage and may even fall asleep, but I’d wake right up to this mass of madness!

Unrealistic reactions aside, the baths are gorgeous and provide a glimpse into Budapest one of the largest designated spa cities in the world.  So forget the acting and focus on the architecture and you’ll be loving it!

Spa Treat

Kneipp products, made in nearby Germany, are the creme de la creme of bath therapies and the product of choice in most Hungarian spas.  Highly aromatic (& I mean you feel like you’re actually in that lavender field) and softening, they don’t contain any unnatural ingredients.  Try Pure Bliss Bath which has Red Poppy & Hemp.  Hmm Opium & Marijuana?  Don’t smoke it, just bathe in it. . . ; )


Krumpli Langos – Fried Potato Cookies are a favorite Hungarian treat.  Enjoy in moderation though they are very carb rich.

Cook 2 lbs potatoes & mash.  Add 1 egg, salt to taste and enough flour to make a firm dough.  Knead the dough well.  Roll out 1/2 inch thick and cut into circles or fun shapes using cookie cutters.  Fry in hot oil, flipping to cook on both sides.

For a healthier variation, use sweet potatoes.

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Spa Flick Friday: Last Holiday

20 Aug


We’d  hate to think it would take a terminal illness to get one to the spa, but in Last Holiday Queen Latifah gets her spa on after she’s diagnosed with such an illness.   Don’t worry though, this is a Girl’s Night Comedic Galavant if there ever was one.

It might as well be called Czech Holiday because the breathtaking scenery & decor of The Grand Hotel Pupp Resort & Spa in Czech Republic rival Queen Latifah’s performance.  Ironically Grand Hotel Pupp  also hosts the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Spa scenes are interwoven throughout, providing eye candy and cleverly, comic relief.  For instance, Queen Latifah offers to buy her stuffy concierge a Colon Cleanse.

Spa Treat

Grand Hotel Pupp is known for balneotherapy – literally the treatment of disease by bathing/treatments in mineral rich water, including mud baths.  It can help treat fibromyalgia, arthritis, sports injuries & depression.

Muddy the Waters Mud Bath. Stop! put that mudpie down!  Czech Organic Moor Mud, imported by Torf – (the company that supplies mud used in mud treatments at spas worldwide) makes having a mud bath at home as easier as ordering a tube of mud & dissolving it in the tub.

Don’t let the low price fool you, if it’s good enough for the Canyon Ranch Resort it’s good enough for you.  Just follow the directions on the tube (plus it’s plumbing proof & safely dissolves).  How about that a $50 plus treatment for $15!

Live, Love & Lounge  Candy

Spa Flick Friday: Death Becomes Her

30 Jul


Just saw Death Becomes Her at the Pasadena Film Festival and forgot how fun it was! Definitely a “Fountain of Youth” genre dark comedy – Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep star as two gals who refuse to age – finding the magic potion from Isabella Rosselini.   However, there’s a catch and in the end they all fall to pieces!


Since the gals in the movie become instantly younger, why don’t we do the same?  This week’s DIY spa treat is super simple – just one ingredient.  Separate 2 egg whites into a bowl and using a craft brush or small paint brush paint it on your face.  Let dry about 15 minutes.  Voila! Instant, but temporary, face lift.

Sip & Snack





In honor of the Hole in One in the film, how about a doughnut? Don’t forget the milk ; )  But wait, don’t run to Krispy Kreme just yet – here’s a healthier baked version from  101 Cookbooks, an amazing cooking site:

Baked Doughnuts

Don’t over bake these, if anything, under bake them a bit – they will continue baking outside the oven for a few minutes. You want an interior that is moist and tender – not dry. Also, be sure to cut big enough holes in the center of your doughnuts – too small and they will bake entirely shut. Remember they rise, and they rise even more when they are baking. These really need to be made-to-order, but you can make and shape the dough the night before if you want to serve them for brunch. Instructions: after shaping, place doughnuts on baking sheet, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Pull them out an hour before baking, and let rise in a warm place before baking.

1 1/3 cups warm milk, 95 to 105 degrees (divided)
1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour (alternately, white whole wheat might work – haven’t tried it yet)
A pinch or two of nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Place 1/3 cup of the warm milk in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in the yeast and set aside for five minutes or so. Be sure your milk isn’t too hot or it will kill the yeast. Stir the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm milk and add it to the yeast mixture. With a fork, stir in the eggs, flour, nutmeg, and salt – just until the flour is incorporated. With the dough hook attachment of your mixer beat the dough for a few minutes at medium speed. This is where you are going to need to make adjustments – if your dough is overly sticky, add flour a few tablespoons at a time. Too dry? Add more milk a bit at a time. You want the dough to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl and eventually become supple and smooth. Turn it out onto a floured counter-top, knead a few times (the dough should be barely sticky), and shape into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a buttered (or oiled) bowl, cover, put in a warm place (I turn on the oven at this point and set the bowl on top), and let rise for an hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and roll it out 1/2-inch thick on your floured countertop. Most people (like myself) don’t have a doughnut cutter, instead I use a 2-3 inch cookie cutter to stamp out circles. Transfer the circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and stamp out the smaller inner circles using a smaller cutter. If you cut the inner holes out any earlier, they become distorted when you attempt to move them. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.

Bake in a 375 degree oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes – start checking around 8. While the doughnuts are baking, place the butter in a medium bowl. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

Remove the doughnuts from the oven and let cool for just a minute or two. Dip each one in the melted butter and a quick toss in the sugar bowl. Eat immediately if not sooner.

Makes 1 1/2 – 2 dozen medium doughnuts.

Live, Love and Lounge, Candy

Spa”Kitchen” Flick Friday

16 Jul

In honor of the upcoming launch of the SpaHome tweetchat series SpaKitchen – we’ve devoted this SpaFlick Friday to SpaKitchen worthy movie kitchens. We found so many awesome designers professing their movie kitchen love we decided to share those plus our own.  Rent these movies to whet your design palate:

Something’s Gotta Give seems to be the film lover’s kitchen of choice.

Relaxing in Somethings Gotta Give inspired kitchen

Check out this family who remodeled their Hamptons beach house kitchen around the film’s from Washington Post

Pic From Everything Fabulous

Everything Fabulous has amazing pics of the kitchen and the entire house. Especially love her comment about unwinding here.

In The Land of the Women from Shelterrific

In the Land of the Women Pic from Shelterrific

Thelma Adams the film critic from US Weekly weighs in on her top pick and gives DIY selections for paint, counters (carrera marble a fave of mine) and cabinets.

Practical Magic from Attic Mag

Practical Magic's magical kitchen Pic from AtticMag

Set designers Robin Standefer & Stephen Alesch describe the kitchen which is the most used room on the set, as light, utopian & jovial. Action revolves around the Aga cooker no doubt symbolic of the witche’s caldron. Cream Ann Sacks tile also plays a role.

Kitchen Stories, Spa Around the World

Or how about a movie set in a kitchen?  For the anti #SpaKitchen try Kitchen Stories where characters collide in a clinical Swedish kitchen – an efficiency expert tries to streamline a farmer’s culinary efforts.

SpaKitchen Wishes & look forward to seeing you at SpaKitchen, Candy

SpaFlick Friday: Duel

18 Jun


Hi Dad (waving) Happy Father’s Day!  This week we’re devoting Spa Flick Friday to one of my Dad’s favorite movies of all time:  Steven Spielberg’s Duel.  It’s easy to see why guys grunt and arrrrgggyyyah at Duel.  Little dialogue, one set, one actor, made for the puny (according to Hollywood standards) budget of $500,000, Spielberg  keeps it simple and goes for the gusto – keeping us guessing at every turn.

Also notable in this tete a tete between a car’s driver & an eighteen wheeler, this is the film that made Steven Spielberg a household word in Hollywood–and for good reason.  Watch it you’ll see.  So grab your Dad (and any other guys that happen to be around) and get ready for some serious adrenaline.  Let me know what you think.


The road rage is bound to get you both a bit stressed : ), so arm yourselves with a hand exerciser like this one from Theraband to take it out on.  If you don’t have one of these gel or sand filled squeezers – use a tennis ball.


No popcorn this week – it’s a holiday why not go for your Dad’s favorite pizza.  I like to buy flatbread, brush w/olive oil, cover with sliced tomatoes & fresh mozzarella & feta – then top away.  Bake 1t 375 for about 15 mins.


Nothing but a beer will do for this adventure.  Something dark just like the film – How bout a Guinness?

Spa wishes, Candy