Monday, February 21, 2011

Elemis Exotics: Time to Spaaaaaaaaaaaa

Elemis Frangipani Manoi Oil in eras past would have been reserved exclusively for Cleopatra or one of Henry the 8th's many wives. Lucky for us it's 2011 and any woman in her right mind who also has some extra cash can give herself this exotic floral experience.

Monoi Oil is traditionally produced on the beautiful coral shores of the Polynesian Islands by soaking Frangipani flowers in Coconut Oil. A precious secret of Polynesian women for centuries, this nourishing treatment for excessively dry skin, dull hair, feet and damaged cuticles is the best way to banish the final days of winter. Monoi Oil leaves the skin unbelievably satin-smooth and conditions hair with a glossy sheen, while the exquisite aroma of Exotic Frangipani, known as ‘Flower of the Gods’, intoxicates the senses. I warn you, the experience of the entire Frangipani Manoi Oil product line from Elemis is so heavenly that you may in fact literally loose the ability to access your thinking mind in this heavenly earthly experience. Enjoy!


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Monday, February 14, 2011

Energise yourself with a spa break

In Greek mythology, a number of natural springs and tidal pools were said to have been blessed by the gods to cure disease and ease people’s ailments. The ancient Greeks established bathing facilities around these sacred pools and left offerings to the gods after they bathed, in the hope of being restored to health. Thousands of years later, we can reflect on these time-honoured rituals as the beginnings of what we now know as health spas.

Though tributes to deities and hopes of miracle cures have subsided, the practice of using baths, hot springs and vapour baths to boost health continues to help people all over the world to relax, unwind and repair their bodies and minds. The benefits of spa breaks in the middle of hectic modern lives are manifold and, though the treatments people receive at spas are of a non-medical nature, they are very much endorsed by doctors as a good way to improve the general health of the body and mind.

The strain put on the body by stress and fatigue can lead to the development of other health problems such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and weight gain. A relaxing spa weekend taken three or four times a year can significantly help to relieve stress by taking a person away from their job, their daily tasks and any other factors that may be contributing to the pressure on their mind or body.

The tradition of bathing to improve health has developed into sophisticated hydrotherapy treatments. Aerated baths use heat and the release of millions of bubbles to relax and regenerate people taking spa breaks. The circulating currents allow for an immediate transfer of heat to the body, relaxing tense muscles and increasing blood flow to the tissues.

Massage is one of the most popular and beneficial treatments offered by health spas. Loosening tight, knotted muscles and increasing the flexibility of the joints is perhaps the most obvious benefit of spa massage but its stress-relieving effects are powerful and it can also promote the regeneration of tissues within the body. Massage helps to combat high blood pressure by dilating capillaries, allowing an increased flow of oxygen to the muscles and removing waste products and toxins.

Other popular treatments at modern spa facilities include hot stone therapy, in which water-heated stones are placed on certain parts of the body, relaxing the muscles and expanding the blood vessels. Cold stones are sometimes used immediately after to constrict the blood vessels again, encouraging the body to detox and heal by increasing lymph flow.

There are few parts of the body that spa treatments cannot benefit and the particular areas covered by different spa deals can vary widely. Mud baths, peat pulp baths, body wraps and facial cleansing all help the complexion as well as having a relaxing effect on the body, while spas also offer nutrition and weight guidance, yoga, meditation and heat treatments such as saunas and steam baths.


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MAJOR Kiehl's Bargain on Winter Skin Love.

So I've been using this kit for a week now and I've never been so psyched about skincare dedicated to winter skin. I'm Italian so increasing moisture (read:oil) has never really been my bag-gy under eye circle. But Kiehl's went to all the trouble of sourcing its Antarcticine ingredient from Antarctica so I thought "I should at least try it." Revolutionary. Shinny-healthy-quenched-model skin. For $30 there is no reason not to commit your entire winter skin routine (and a refreshingly small portion of your beauty budget, really) to this truly brilliant little kit. I LOVE it and it lasts, seemingly, for an ice age with only the littlest quantity providing amazing daily results. Enjoy!

Ultra Facial Moisturizer Kit ($29.50) includes:

•Ultra Facial Cleanser (1 oz)
•Ultra Facial Toner (1.4 oz)
•Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 (4.2 oz.)
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Sunday, January 9, 2011


I'm going to assume that though there is no Bikni-worthy airline ticket in my hand at this very moment, the universe has brought into my blogging life as a whole, leap-before-the-net-(read Plane Ticket)-appears thing.

Um cause have you ever booked a last minute I'm-going-to-die-if-I-wake-up-to-another-grey-winter-weather-day trip and then actually tried to get a decent (read HOT) bathing suit at that (already awful) time of year? Yeah, me too. And the Target sales rack is majorly depressing at that time of year.

So when came calling for bloggers opinion on their “Fit Specialist Program” – a free “personal shopper” for bathing suits I wasn't too optimistic. Too much target. Not enough Swimspot. Here's my two cents. Selection. AMAZING. Sizing chart? Phenom. Swimspot’s “Bikini Builder” that allows you to mix & match or mismatch the perfect swim look from separates ( Pretty awesome but would like a bigger selection within the tool itself. Here was my default combo since I couldn't actually see my blue NEXT top and black NEXT bottom together.

Though I don't have my NEXT dream bikini in hand yet, I think I have found the best bikini ever. The brilliance: using the top of a classic yoga pant style (which makes every woman about a thousand times more attractive) as the WHOLE bikini bottom. Amazing. Enough said. I'll fill you on the trip and the Bikini as soon as they arrive. In the meantime, Enjoy!
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Limited-Edition Wild Storm Nail Polish by Estee Lauder

I've got three colors on my mani-pedi as we speak and I'm not mid-treatment. I'll let you do the math. I will say this though. I effing love all of them. The one below will be my all-about-business color for the remainder of the winter and I will transition it into it's-motorcycle-riding-weather color in the spring.

It's called, aptly, Wild Storm. Here's to a bigger, brighter, wilder 2011. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Never Leave Your Manduka

I'm starting to wonder if I have unknowingly joined a cult. Due to some fairly horrendous packing choices and poor organization on the day before my departure, I somehow left my Manduka behind. Not once in 2010 did I leave my home for more than 24 hours without my Manduka. And I have now made peace with the idea that cult or not, I literally can not leave home with out a Manduka and access to POWER Vinyasa.

Imagine yourself. Nestled into your geographic spiritual home; embedded in the breath-stealing San Juan Mountains, in the company of loving, lovely family and totally unable to be. No yoga mat, no way to live. So if you are new to yoga, or even old to yoga and have never bonded with a Manduka, think Avatar, and go here. My next Manduka will be the travel-friendly lovely that provides insurance against even the WORST pre-departure experiences. Enjoy!