Monday, April 26, 2010

Eau So Yoga, The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach

I've searched the world over to bring you what I think will be the best yoga/beach retreat imaginable.

This weekend I will attend, in your honor, the first of two spring yoga retreats at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. If you haven't booked your tickets yet, call AirTran now and join us! There is no better way to introduce yourself to the legendary Eau Spa by Cornelia.

The Eau So Yoga package features guestroom accommodations, ocean view morning yoga classes (90 minutes with Jimmy Barkan May 1 & 2; then with Keith Fox May 8 & 9), integrative mind-body work sessions, daily breakfast and access to Eau Spa by Cornelia to linger and lounge in the Self-Centered Garden and Bath Lounge all starting at $299 per night. We'll see you there!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Spa Line

I've been wanderlusting all over myself this spring. When I need to add visceral weight to my imaginings I tend, as in all my other needs, to turn to my skin care. This spring I'm headed to the rain forest and Hawaii with my new favorite earth-friendly brand, Alba. Yes I fell for their rain forest face wash several months back but not until the new Hawaiian line landed in my beauty closet did I remember their rain forest moisturizer in there as well. My skin now has the glow of a college student newly returned from months upon months of life-changing globe trotting. Skin-changing globe trotting can be had right in your local whole foods. While Whole Foods is obviously seriously lacking in its ability to fulfill all beauty needs, it's skincare section - specifically it's Alba corner, rocks.


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Saint Lucia’s Bay Gardens Resorts Introduces La Mer Spa

St Lucia's famous Pitons were named by O Magazine as one of the places you must visit in this lifetime. More than any other location in the Caribbean, they have always called to me. Now, when I visit I'll know where to get my favorite OPI colors after roughing it up with Bay Gardens Resorts in house dive shop and scaling those majestic peaks.

After fifteen years as the island's favorite four star resort, Saint Lucia’s Bay Gardens Resort has opened the full service La Mer Spa featuring OPI, Creative Nail Designs and Pevonia Skincare products. In other words, I'll see you in Saint Lucia.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sissy Toes by My Little Sis!

This will be my most favorite blog post ever, mostly because it was written by my little sister who is the cutest 8 year old on the planet. She has decided she wants to be a writer and a blogger. I decided she didn't have to wait. She has also had more mani-pedi's than most women will ever have in their entire life time. For this one she chose OPI Blue My Mind. She is the cutest!!!

My sister is the best sister ever ! This weekend we had the my half b-day weekend! My sister picked me up from school Friday afternoon. We did: go and eat custard - it was amazing! We had movie night! The next day we got sissy toes it was so fun and relaxing! Then we went to this amazing sushi place now we watch Alvin and the Chipmunks! I'll write some time soon again!

-Sissy, also known as the best sister ever!


Monday, April 12, 2010

OPI Teal the Cows Come Home

Picking a nail color used to be like picking a good apple. Based on defined set a parameters (trend, availability, and texture) I'd always end up in season but in a way that was emblematic of my personal taste (matte/Audrey for nails; Pink Lady, Granny Smith for apples).

Then my yoga obsession changed everything. OPI's Teal the Cows Come Home has nothing to do with my historic personal style. It is NOT matte. It is sparkly, metallic, teal like the jewels of northern New Mexico's native's wares laid on Mexican blankets in the town plaza. And I'm thinking of stock piling it in case OPI ever ..well let's not even talk about that.

I will never wear anything else. There was only one criteria for picking this color. In yoga, we do a lot of reaching for our fingertips and toes. I would follow this color to the ENDS of the Earth. I feel inches taller when reaching towards this mermaid, yogini, native American sparkly teal. OPI - I HEART YOU. You can also get your new Dell in Teal the Cows Come Home or any other member of the Hong Kong Collection. No Really.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beep, Beep: Look Out for the Blissmobile in Los Angeles

Remember when I found Bliss by Pedi-colada @ their LA outpost? I know, I know hard to forget. Lucky for you, (at least those of you who live in LA) Bliss is now mobile, packed with special offers and easier to find. Check out the hottest 44 year old (VW) in LA at the appearances listed below.

Wednesday, April 7th

8:00am-10:00am Larchmont Village
10:45am-12:45pm Westwood Village
1:30pm-4:00pm Circling the UCLA Campus and Westwood area

Thursday, April 8th

12:00pm-1:30pm Universal Studios
2:00pm-3:00pm Ventura starting at Laurel Canyon
3:45pm-6:00pm The Farmers Market on La Cienega and 18th
6:30pm-8:00pm The Grove

Friday, April 9th

12:00pm-3:00pm Santa Monica Beach/Pier
3:30pm-5:00pm Venice Beach
5:45pm-8:00pm Downtown Culver City


Friday, April 2, 2010

Where do you Yoga/Beach/Spa/Getaway? Hawaii Edition

If Cinnamon Orange Tea & Full Body Skin Brushing (stimulating your lymphatic system) aren't your thing, perhaps Yoga on the Beach and consistently high rankings by Conde Nast Traveller will convince you. Alternately the name itself can point you in the right direction. If you were, in fact, lucky enough to be Hawaiian SpaHalekulani would read, "House Befitting Heaven."

This spring, in our exhaustive search for the best Yoga/Beach/Spa girls getaway we bring you one of the world’s most acclaimed hotels. Having just unveiled Pure Renewal at SpaHalekulani the Spa now offers the ultimate 3 ½ hour detoxification experience which restores optimal well-being to the mind, body and soul. Your arrival is marked with the spa’s signature Foot Pounding. Lunch concludes with a Maui Pineapple, Mint & Ginger Smoothie. And yoga looks like this. Sign. Me. Up.

Welcome The Ritz-Carlton L.A.!

On this, the first Friday of April 2010, Los Angeles fetes the opening of it's most esteemed (and LEED certified!) hotel, The Ritz-Carlton.

With all of the dignity that arrives on the shoulders of any Ritz-Carlton property, perhaps one of our nations dear, old, artistic centers might finally be wrest from the grip of celeb-starved paparazzi and legions of zombie-fied realty television alums. Or at least we now know where to go for a reprieve, while keeping our focus firmly on the city's artistic gems.

As the first luxury hotel of its caliber in Downtown Los Angeles and just steps away from STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, The GRAMMY® Museum and a variety of dining and other entertainment options, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles provides guests with an oasis from the activity of the city as well as the convenience of being seconds away from the heart of one of the most exciting parts of Los Angeles.

“We are proud that The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is a part of L.A. LIVE and the renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles,” said General Manager Javier Cano. “The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles provides another dimension to this exciting and active area, which is now a true destination for travelers and local residents.”

Perched on the upper floors of the 54-story tower that it shares with sister hotel the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites. The 3,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite is the hotel’s largest and boasts incredible northern and western views. The luxurious suite includes a piano and entertainment room, media corner, lounge, kitchen and formal dining area.

Featuring elegant, contemporary d├ęcor by renowned Los Angeles firm, Barry Design, and some of the city’s best views of Downtown L.A., the hotel provides guests with an exclusive retreat. Designed by Gensler, the hotel and luxury condominium tower will be LEED-certified and is owned by Los Angeles-based AEG, developer of the four million square foot L.A. LIVE, and MacFarlane Partners.

The hotel is home to Downtown L.A.’s only full-service hotel spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a luxurious, 8,000-square-foot sanctuary that is designed to reflect the glamour and excitement of Los Angeles in a calming yet sophisticated environment. With nine treatment rooms, two customized aromatherapy steam rooms, cold plunge showers and two relaxation lounges, the Spa offers guests a true respite. The experience is further enhanced by iPod docking capability for each treatment table, which allows guests to have fully customizable music for their treatments. Featuring the finest products available, the Spa offers services that range from The Ritz-Carlton Signature organic experiences in massage and skincare to results-oriented, cosmeceutical-grade skin care. The “Champagne and Shimmer” theme of the Spa is highlighted with treatments that include the Glowing Gold Facial and the Champagne and Citrus Scrub.

We know exactly where to stay on our next trip to this angelic city. Enjoy!