Archive for March 23rd, 2010
I have been a big fan of Blueprint Cleanse (BPC) for years, but because purchasing the juices can get a little pricey, I can only afford to do the detoxification program about every six months. So I was thrilled to learn about a new book that is coming out later this week written by Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, the founders of BPC. The 3-Day Cleanse offers readers step-by-step instructions on how to successfully complete a 1-day, 3-day, or 14-day cleanse and make their own juices at home. There is also raw and partially-raw food recipes; advice on how to not cheat; and sidebars, tips, and tricks from those who have completed the cleanse in the past. To order your copy, click here. And as an added bonus, you’ll receive 15 percent off of your next cleanse purchase it in advance.
Given the option of working out in a gym or outdoors, I almost always opt for the latter. In fact, running across the Brooklyn Bridge is one of my all-time favorite workouts. Lately though, I’ve been a bit lax about running. As a result, I’ve been trying to get to the gym on a more regular basis. As a total class junkie, I find the more challenging and intense a session is, the more likely I am to come back for more. This past weekend, I had an opportunity to check out a new bodyBARRE class at CLAY, a popular fitness club and spa in New York City. Taught by creator and professional dancer Nityda Coleman, this demanding class combines moves from classical dance, Pilates, yoga, and isometrics to sculpt the legs, tone the tush, and strengthen the core. Before long, I realized my recent hiatus from running had taken quite a toll on my legs, which trembled with each exercise. Fortunately, it was just the wake-up call I needed to kick my fitness routine into gear for spring.
I just returned from an amazing girl’s weekend in Napa, CA, celebrating my grandmother’s 80th birthday. While we most definitely partook in wine tastings, delicious meals, and more, our favorite part of the trip was a morning spent in the divine Spa Villagio at the Villagio Inn & Spa (Yountville, CA). Each of the ladies in the group found something they loved at the spa—my grandmother enjoyed the seasonal Essence of the Valley Manicure and Pedicure that was infused with detoxifying mustard seeds; my mother received what she called “the best treatment of her life” courtesy of the Wellness Massage; my aunt soothed a sore knee that was recovering from a snowboarding fall with the Hot Stone Massage; and my dehydrated skin got a much-needed moisture fix with the heavenly Hydramemory Facial. Other members of the group enjoyed the steam, sauna, and Jacuzzi amenities and soaked up the sun in the outdoor relaxation area.
While we reluctantly left the spa after a blissful morning of relaxation due to a schedule that was jam-packed with activities in the area, we all took note of the fabulous Viva La Diva Girlfriends Getaway Package and wished we had time for the full-day escape. Available through December, the $285-per-person-package includes access to a private spa suite with a complimentary hour of relaxation time to enjoy amenities such as a fireplace, infinity soaking tubs, a steam shower, and a flat screen television with Bose surround sound system. Also included is either a Comfort Zone Facial or a 50-minute body treatment; an Essence of the Valley Manicure & Pedicure; a platter of scrumptious snacks; a glass of sparkling wine; and wine tasting passes to several neighboring wineries and tasting rooms.
While we may have missed out on this decadent option, no one was too upset—it gave us the perfect excuse to return to Spa Villagio and get the full diva treatment in the future. Cheers to the next Napa Valley girlfriends getaway!