Archive for June, 2011
Having spent more than a decade working in publishing, I’ve acquired a fair number of writer friends who often give me a sneak peak at their works in progress. Now, thanks to a new program at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, guests can get their hands on advance copies of novels by best-selling authors. The “Hot Type” program is made possible through an exclusive arrangement with top publishing houses. Between six weeks to six months from being released for sale, the Hot Type books can be read poolside, the perfect way to relax after a treatment at The Spa at Las Ventanas. The following advance novels are currently available:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams
A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
There are few things in life that make me smile more than a really good flash mob. And when it comes to my nails, there is nothing that makes me smile more than getting a CND Shellac manicure, which, I can attest to, lasts for weeks without chipping or smudging. So, seeing a video of these two things together just brought pure bliss to an otherwise boring Wednesday afternoon. Have a few minutes for a quick pick-me-up? Click here and enjoy.
Gloprofessional repackaged its complete line of mineral makeup, skincare, and spa products to better align with the high-quality scientifically advanced products. Starting in July, the company will begin fully shipping products in the new packaging for both glominerals mineral makeup and glotherapeutics skincare. “In redesigning the look of the brand, we wanted packaging that represented the quality and caliber of the formulas,” says Cat Tatman, director of marketing for gloprofessional. “We achieved packaging that is clean and simple, but also looks sleek and current.”
Laboratoire Dr Renaud has unveiled Excellience CellClock Cellular Youth Serum, a pure concentrate of ultra-performing actives designed to not only preserve skin’s youth, but also extend it, thanks to the exclusive CellClock Technology, in which five anti-aging innovations are concentrated. According to company officials, results of using the serum include a reduction of wrinkles, an increase in firmness, a radiant complexion, and visibly younger looking skin. For more information, call (800) 361-0352.
Although I am usually a beachy-type of girl, I have a special place in my heart for Santa Fe, NM. There is something about the rich culture mixed with the fresh desert air that gives me a sense of serenity. One of my favorite times to visit this Southwestern gem of a city is in the summer, and now Nidah Spa at the renowned Eldorado Hotel & Spa gives me one more reason to head to the desert. Available this July, Nidah Spa is celebrating the arrival of Summer Solstice with the introduction of these three sensational summer experiences featuring products from Body Bliss:
• Prickly Pear Pedicure: This treatment uses the healing power of aloe to help revitalize tired feet using Prickly Pear Aloe and Yucca
• Desert Aloe Soothing Gel Body Wrap: Clients are comfortably wrapped up in cucumber, lavender, and seabuckthorn berry extracts, the combination of which both cools and heals the skin, before being slathered with a Desert Dew moisturizer made of cedar, rosewood, lavender, and desert chaparral for a fresh glow
• Turquoise Sage Organic Facial: This facial gently exfoliates the skin with a AHA cream cleanser and Wild Pumpkin Mask and hydrates with Wild Carrot and Turquoise Sage Hydro Silk
Spa enthusiasts on a budget or who just enjoy a great deal should mark their calendars. This fall, Spa Week, which involves hundreds of spas and wellness facilities across North America offering two to three of their signature services for just $50, will take place October 10 through 16. To take advantage of the event, consumers should register on SpaWeek.com for exclusive information on participating spas. Because spas typically book up quickly, it is recommended that spa-goers sign up in advance and book their appointments immediately.
As if a vacation in Florence wasn’t already fabulous enough, guests of Continentale Hotel can now get their wellness fix following their immersion in the city’s world of fashion, food, and art. The hotel is now offering Kundalini yoga classes, which take place on a terrace overlooking the surrounding Florentine rooftops and the Arno River. These complimentary classes, which are led by American instructor and certified teacher Amanda May, are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. atop the hotel terrace of Continentale Hotel through Sept. 30. It’s a great way to achieve Italian-style ohm.
I always try shake up my gym routine by trying new classes. Recently, I heard about the Latin-inspired dance craze called Zumba and I just had to participate! Although I definitely need to work on my coordination, the class was fun, exhilarating and a really good workout to boot. The gym is a definitive part of my schedule, but I sometimes dream that my fitness routine would include a beach on an exotic island and not an overcrowded classroom where I have to fight for a space. Breezes Runaway Bay in Jamaica has the perfect remedy for those who long for a vacation that revolves around fitness and pampering without any stress. From Aug. 14-21, Breezes is offering its Wellness & Zumba Week getaway. All week long, guests can partake in calorie-burning Zumba classes and strength and flexibility-building Pilates classes. After working out, guests will want to head to the resort’s Blue Mahoe Spa where pampering is on the menu where all natural plant and sea products are used for an array of spa treatments including massages, body wraps, manicure, and pedicures. Guests will find it a well-deserved way to unwind after a day of fitness. In Addition, author Babbie De Derian will host interactive workshops with tips from her new book ,“How to Outsmart Mother Nature.” De Derian will discuss how guests can look and feel their best at every age by changing nutrition and fitness habits. She will also share her head-to-toe beauty secrets and at-home spa remedies. Rates during Wellness & Zumba Week start at $175 per person, per night based on double occupancy with a three night minimum stay. Guests booking by Aug. 3 will receive a $260 air credit on four- and five-night stays, or a $420 air credit on six- and seven-night stays.
In the summertime, I love to be outdoors. Whether I am at the beach, a barbeque, or the park, I love to enjoy some rays, preferably with a frosty drink in hand. All winter long I dream of sundresses and open-toed shoes. When the warm season finally arrives, it is a must to have freshly pedicured feet that are ready to be exposed. In an ode to the season, Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach (FL) is offering its Pure Fiji Pina Colada Pedicure ($75, 50 minutes), which is sure to satisfy guests with a double dose of indulgence. This exotic pedicure gently exfoliates the feet by combining coconut and organic sugar cane scrub infused with exotic nut oils from Fiji. After exfoliation, warm oils are applied to the lower legs to massage tired muscles, leaving guests feeling totally relaxed. The pedicure is then completed with the application of one of a wide range of nail colors, as well as a complimentary pina colada. Guests will leave feeling like they were just swept away to a tropical island.
CND presented Holly Schippers with the 2010 Education Ambassador of the Year Award. Schippers, who joined CND in 2004 as an Education Ambassador, represents CND’s techniques and nail knowledge to peers in the nail industry through education events and social media. She is a social media authority on numerous professional sites and interacts frequently with salon professionals and distributors about CND’s products, techniques, services, and mission. In addition to her work with CND, she is known as the “FingerNailFixer” on a weekly blog for NAILS Magazine. “Holly Schippers is an exemplary CND Education Ambassador who radiates effective know-how, passion and professionalism,” says Roxanne Valinoti, education training manager for CND.