Archive for June 22nd, 2010

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Naples Offers
the Ultimate Girls’ Getaway

I love getting away with my favorite gal pals whenever an opportunity presents itself. And not surprisingly, imbibing and spa-ing both figure prominently, although not necessarily in that order. I couldn’t help but think of several of my friends upon hearing of a new getaway package launching next week at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (FL). For best friends, mothers and daughters, and bachelorettes and their entourage, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Naples is launching the Sip, Spa, Shop Getaway (starting at $449), an ideal way to celebrate almost any occasion. The fun-filled package includes overnight accommodations, a welcome glass of champagne and strawberries for two, a choice of a 50-minutes signature massage or a Strawberry Rhubarb Facial for two, a 25 percent discount at the spa boutique, complimentary valet parking, and the option to spa longer by adding an additional 25 minutes of treatment time for only $50. The package is available Jul. 1 through Oct. 31. Time away with the girls is always sweeter when you add in a bit of bubbly, pampering, and retail therapy.

Aveda Goes Big With Sky High Hair Day

As a child of the ‘80s, there is still a special place in my heart for the days of Dynasty-style big hair and mildly toxic-smelling aerosol hairspray. Even now, when straight hair is much more in style and my colleagues are enamored with silky-smooth blowouts, I still periodically try to sport 80s-style hair, which involves twisting my tresses into hot rollers, flipping my head over, coating my hair with hairspray, and adding a tease or two. Unfortunately, my big-hair look has about 10 minutes of staying power, because I feel bad about purchasing ozone-zapping aerosol hairspray and have to hope for the best with more eco-friendly spritzes. So when I heard news of Aveda’s Sky High Hair Day, which is taking place today, I looked forward to breaking out my hot rollers. To mark the launch of the new Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, a high-performance, fast-drying, firm hold finishing spray that provides all-day maximum hold, control, and 24-hour humidity resistance, Aveda has invited stylists from across the country to celebrate by crafting their clients’ hair (and their own) into sky-high fashions. Stylists can draw inspiration from Aveda’s Control Force campaign poster and upload their pictures to the Aveda Facebook wall at And while this big-hair blowout is really fun, there’s also some exciting news about the new product—it offer a net-zero impact on the Earth’s climate through Aveda’s funding of renewable energy, making Aveda the first beauty company that offers aerosols with net-zero climate impact. (The same can’t be said about my high school staple, AquaNet). I’m looking forward to checking out the Sky High styles, and I’m even more excited to test out this eco-friendly aerosol spray. Big hair, here I come!

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