Archive for August 7th, 2009
As editor of American Spa’s bi-monthly Medical Spa Report (and a self-admitted reality TV junkie), I felt it was my duty to stay up past my bedtime last Tuesday to watch the premiere of “Addicted to Beauty.” The show follows the lives of CEO Diane York-Goldman and plastic surgeon Gilbert Lee as they combine forces to launch Changes Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in La Jolla, CA. Drama ensues almost immediately when the two try to integrate their very different staffs. (Goldman-York brought over her top employees from another medical spa, which she owned with her now ex-husband, while Lee already had his staff members in place.) From front desk liaison Gary’s tearful speech about how he is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act because he has ADD, to office manager Mel’s blatant disdain for everyone on York-Goldman’s team, this show has all the makings of good reality television. I’m already looking forward to next week’s episode, which airs Tuesday at 10 PM (ET/PT) on Oxygen. “Addicted to Beauty” might be just what the doctor prescribed.
Allure Pilates Spa (Beverly Hills, CA) is providing privacy-seeking spa-goers with the ultimate escape, courtesy of its new Private Pampering Parties ($100 per person, 3 hours), during which groups of 10 or more can have the entire European-themed spa and fitness facility to themselves as they chat and chill. Among the options available during these exclusive events are group Pilates sessions, mini-facials, massages, and paraffin hand dips that can be enjoyed while guests sip champagne and nibble on hors d’oeuvres. Ideal for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, baby showers, birthdays, and more, the package is available Saturdays after 3 p.m. and Sundays all day. It’s the ultimate VIP treatment, no gatecrashers allowed.