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Spa Flick Friday: Shallow Hal

1 Oct

Screen:

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.

Spa:

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.

Sip:

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

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Spa Electronica: High Tech Beauty & Home Treats recap

30 Sep

Are machines manning the spa these days? And are we happy about it? Most gossipers agree we would try any treatment that’s effective but we also still want that human touch. Some of the top Tech Treatments we’re lemming or tried:

Microdermabrasion
-7E Treatment for great abs sans work http://ht.ly/2L9F9
-Endovenous & other vein therapies http://ow.ly/2LQX4
-Zeltique & Zerona for fat removal http://on.wsj.com/bXNb0c
-Ultrasonic facials to heal rosacea http://ht.ly/2LR8v
-Laser therapy for veins, wrinkles & hair removal

What does our dream spa of the future look like? With time at a premium. . .anything instant: Cellulite reduction, weight loss, Giselle’s body, stress reduction, beauty, laser transformation. One gossiper wants in car services! And quite a few want an instant trip to a spa vacation.

With our bodies & skin Space Age supple, we gave our tech a makeover with:

-Sally’s Spa Game
-Sanctuary Spa’s Screensaver http://ow.ly/2LS0e
-itunes Spa Music
Swarovski cases

Spa Electronica for our Spa Homes (most can be found in our Electric Beauty article:
-Clarisonic
-PediEgg
-Artemis Woman Foot Smoother
-Galvanic Light
-Tempur Airbrush Foundation

And the top relaxing and health websites & apps:

-The Nike app
www.spaweekdaily.com
www.webmd.com
www.mayoclinic.org
@drperricone’s app
www.dailymile.com
www.eatcleandiet.com
-@wellandgoodnyc http://bit.ly/aqibXE
-@sarasnow http://bit.ly/a1cofD
@etsy

FUN FACT: It turns out I Love Lucy provides fodder for past beauty gizmos – Like the steam box and the vibrating belt ; )

See you next week!

Michelle (Spa Week) and Candy (Art of the Spa)

Makeover Your Mouse – Take Your Tech from Mundane to Marvy

29 Sep

I have a secret: I hate technology. Cell phones, computers & ipads all have number not name written all over them. And no matter how slick or cool their functions – they are so generic. What’s a girly girl to do?

Go on a quest to make them as personal and pretty as possible & thus more fun to use. A few ways I’ve spaahed up my tech:

Massaged my Monitor

What do you see when you boot up your computer? Courtesy of the pic of the Hotel Giardano Spa I have on mine – I get to take a little trip to Switzerland every day! Depending on your computer, you can use any pic as a wallpaper & you can even make screensavers out of pic collages. Here are a few ready made selections:

Sanctuary on Camelback

National Geographic Photo of the Day

Maia Luxury Resort in the Seychelles

Thalasso Spa Screensaver

Art of the Spa, hey that’s us! will have images from our calendar available shortly for you to download for your screensaver needs. Email us to be notified when available. candace(at)artofthespa(dot)com

Glammed it Up

Bling may be dead, but something as blah as tech devices – well they need a swarovski spa day, don’t ya think? Check out these:

Mouse from Crystal Case

Ipad case

Gave It a Facial

Phone Devil glare protector not only keeps your phone cleaner & better functioning, but it prevents squinting and thus, crows feet! Now that’s a double duty treatment

Give it plastic surgery with a decorative skin! If only we could change our skin as easily as Gela skins for your laptop case and your iphone case

Created a Spa Hotline

Applications can make your next appointment only moments away:

Ananda Spa App

Four Seasons Hotel Apps & Widgets

Do you have any favorite apps, screensavers or ways you’ve treated your tech?  Dish in the comments – we’d love to know your secrets!

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Spa Electronica: High Tech Treats and Treats for Your Tech

27 Sep

Why does no one ever age on Star Trek? I like to think that they’ve invented some magic machine that whisks away wrinkles. Skin. . . the Final Frontier! And every day scientists around the world are using technology to move toward that.

In turn, tech seems to be taking over our lives. Ipads, phones, the computer you’re reading this on. . . why not give these necessities a spa makeover to make them more fun to use? AND technology is bringing us new & easy ways to create escape experiences in our SpaHomes.

Makeover your skin, your modem and your maison on this week’s #SpaWeekGossip as we share:

– The latest and greatest high tech spa treatments (and where to find them for $50 during Spa Week)
– How to separate the Hype from the Heavenly
– Jetson-esque dream spa machines
– Goodies to personalize & pamper your go to electronics
– Gadgets that get you glam in your #SpaHome

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

When: Wednesday, September 29th, 2 pm EST / 11 am PAC

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

Topic: Spa Electronica: High Tech Treats & Spa Treats for your Tech

Who: @spaweek @artofthespa & YOU!

Experts: tba

See you there!

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

Mom”Me” Spa Time – Urban Legend or Must Do? #SpaWeekGossip 9/15

10 Sep

Do you need a Diaper Detox? Pampering of the non-baby kind? Having a Mommy Meltdown?

Sounds like you’re in dire need of spa time but between breast-feeding, taxiing tots, schooling sons, doting on daughters, chairing the PTA – forget it!   Mamma Mia!

This week’s #SpaWeekGossip will save your sanity. Trash the mom jeans & have a calming chinwag with the hottest moms on twitter. We’re revealing the hows, whys & whens to help you become the Spa Mama you’re meant to be! Including:

– Treatments to love and ones to lose when you’re pregnant & immediately apres baby
– Finding the time & money for spa serenity (like Spa Week’s $50 treatments this week on the West Coast and Chicago)
– The best kid & family friendly spas & experiences
– How to put the “me” back in Mommy & get relaxation rehab in your #SpaHome
– Bliss out with baby & spa remedies to calm your entire clan

BONUS:  Spa Look is offering a special private discount to our guests this week.  Enter SGOSSIP at the checkout on www.spalook.com for a 20% discount on everything!  Offer valid 9/15 – 9/19 (Some exclusions may apply.)

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

When: Wednesday, September 15th, 2 pm EST / 11 am PAC

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

Tweetchat.com (link to http://tweetchat.com/room/spaweekgossip
or
Tweetgrid.com (link to http://tweetgrid.com/search?q=spaweekgossip

Topic: Mom”Me” Spa Time: Urban Myth or Must Do?

Who: @spaweek @artofthespa & YOU!

Experts: @mommyperks Visit Mommy Perks for parenting articles, small business tips, giveaways, reviews, networking, PR, marketing, advertising and more.   And  @audreymcclellan @rockandrollmama @classymommy@romyraves @lovethatmax

See you there baby!

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

Spa Flick Friday: I Spy

10 Sep

Screen:

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. . . ; )

Snack

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 Etiquette: The Naked Truth Recap #SpaWeekGossip 9/8

9 Sep

This week we answered the perennial spa etiquette conundrums With guest experts @SpaHeiress @BrianSmithRocks @MarktheSpaMan @HankyPankyJD

Spa Week Daily premiered the smash hit music video: “I Get Naked at the Spa”

@SpaWeek and @ArtoftheSpa livestreamed spa treatments while exhibiting perfecto spa protocol for the benefit of Spa Manners everywhere.

Check out their treatments at these Spa Week Spas:
@SpaWeek’s Michelle at Spa Merge in NYC See the video
@ArtoftheSpa’s Candy at Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute in LA See the video

Meanwhile our gossipers became the Emily Posts of Spa – with advice and tricks to mind our P’s and Q’s for the ultimate spa experience. In case you had to miss it eavesdrop on some of the top tips:

@SpaBeauty: I think spa manners include consideration for the relaxation that others are attempting to receive. So keep voices down! 🙂

@SpaHeiress @dopeymouse05 ditto!

@deniselao @DSinAZ @skin2skincare @thespabuzz @LaDolceVitaInfo all love to Grin and Bare It

@MarktheSpaMan suggested robe wraps for more modest spagoers

@SpaHeiress Avoid a spa treatment? Never! I’ll go upside down and naked if that’s what it takes for great skin and body care!

@SpaBeauty: I’m always nervous about that.. RT @SpaWeek: From Dee my massage therapist: THEY DO NOT CARE IF YOUR LEGS AREN’T SHAVED!

@briansmithrocks: I Skinny dip in a whirlpool, bare all in the steam room, and never mind if I’m the only on in my birthday suit

@dopeymouse05: @SpaLook That’s really true. I’m trying to actually just say “Who cares?” and be comfortable with myself anyway.

@JessicaKelly210: All this talk is making me want to spa… I’m booking a Honey Body Polish right now to get rid of my dead skin from summer!

Now for the BIG Reveal – who won the Hanky Panky panties – for Apres Spa only! @kelliechio @mandyOregon @JessicaKelly210 Please email Michelle (at) Spaweekmedia (dot) com with your address for your prize!

See you next week (OMG It will be Spa Week then for West Coast and Chicago – Book now!),

Michelle @SpaWeek and Candy @ArtoftheSpa

Spa Etiquette: The Naked Truth

7 Sep


Well, Miss Manners we ain’t and Dear Abby we dare not imitate, but when it comes to spa etiquette, did you know there are faux pas that can bring down the bliss?

So to help keep your spa time sublime, this week on #SpaWeekGossip we’re baring it all:

– the 411 on all the spa do’s and dont’s to up your relaxation quotient
– the ultimate spa “uniform” for everyone (Hint: You were born in it)
– funny and outrageous things we’ve witnessed at the spa
– how to handle tips, and chatty therapists

AND where better to broadcast than LIVE from the spa? That’s right, in a groundbreaking Twitter party move, @ArtoftheSpa and @SPAWEEK will be live chatting during a spa treatment.

You guessed it. This week’s #SpaWeekGossip will be celebrating the world release of their first-ever music video… if you haven’t watched I Get Naked At The Spa Music Video – Please note this video has been removed.

Tune into the live broadcast HERE tomorrow from 2-3 PM EDT as you tweet away during #SpaWeekGossip.

Michelle from @SPAWEEK will be getting a massage at Spa Merge in NYC and streaming live here:

Candy from @ArtofTheSpa will be getting a facial at Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa and streaming live here:

Details:

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

When: Wednesday, September 8th, 2 pm EST / 11 am PAC

Where: On Twitter with hashtag #SpaWeekGossip or

For easier chatting (hashtag entered automatically for you) tweet on either:

Tweetchat.com or Tweetgrid.com

Topic: Spa Etiquette – The Naked Truth

Who: @spaweek @artofthespa & YOU!

Panelists: @healingspas @hanky_panky_LTD @markthespaman

Spa Flick Friday: Last Holiday

20 Aug

Screen

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