If stereotypes ring true, most men would rather be downing beers and catching the game instead of getting pampered at the spa. But in reality, when most dudes give spas a chance, they're pleasantly surprised. "We are seeing more and more men that are interested in going to the spa, and there isn’t the stigma that there used to be," explains Stacey Parks of Spa Claremont in Berkeley, CA. And since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, it could be a rather pleasant treat to get your boyfriend or husband to head to the spa with you. Or perhaps you'd like to get a spa gift certificate for the guy in your life. Whatever the case, to see Stacey's tips for getting your man on his way to a full-body scrub, just read more.
Whether you're celebrating with a special someone this year, or if you're flying solo, you absolutely deserve to treat yourself to a spa night around Valentine's Day. Of course, the star of the show should be the bathtub, and this Restoration Hardware Palais Pedestal Soaking Tub ($3,300) would be the perfect place to soak. Set the mood by dimming the lights and lighting some MoMa Totem Votive Holders ($26), whose geometric shapes and natural beechwood add a cool, sophisticated take to your night of pampering. If you're celebrating with your true love, add a festive Forever Banner ($13) to the room, as well as a cluster of Mini Heart Mirrors ($19). To shop the rest of the look, just click on each image!
The original master bathroom was very bland. I painted the cabinets dark brown and added sleek and modern hardware. We removed the full-size wall mirror and painted it a bold, bright green.
The famed department store just added The Pet Spa for "canine chic and feline sleek!" Nestled in London's Harrods is a fourth floor furry retreat that boasts human-worthy services like full body massages, mud baths, blueberry and vanilla facials, and deluxe pedicures.
If your pets are hungry, they can just stop off at Lily's Kitchen for lunch later on!
While the country's strict quarantine laws make it hard to just hop on a weekend flight, a gal (and pup) can dream, right? See the rest of this Bulldog's pampered adventure and read more
Ignorance is bliss, or at least it is when it comes to hot tubs. I used to get giddy when I saw "hot tub" listed under amenities of spas or hotels, but now it makes me cringe. After hearing fungal horror stories and going through my own traumatic experience, I wouldn't dare to dip my pinky toe in a warm bubbly pool, save my own.
Some folks like to get their groove on in the steamy waters but that's just asking for trouble, or at least bacteria. While it may be a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable place to sip a toddy aprés ski, I'm not sure it's worth the aftermath of folliculitis, also known as the "hot tub rash." But hey, that's just me. If you fancy the swirling tubs for their therapeutic powers, just make sure it's a clean and trusted spot before you take the plunge.
So tell me, would I find you in the hot tub or sitting on the sidelines?
If you have a valid student ID, and the new school year has you in need of a little beauty bliss, you're in luck. Now through the end of October, Bliss spas are giving students 20 percent off any service they offer, from facials to the well-beloved Poetic Waxing.You just have to sign up at the Bliss site, and then you can conveniently book your appointment online. If you're not currently enrolled, it almost makes you want to register for some college classes, doesn't it?
Prepare to let any and all tension slip away. Why? Because it's almost Spa Week, when you can get luxurious spa services for $50. If you love the thought, just hit up Spaweek.com for the complete details. And be sure to book soon; Spa Week is Sept. 13-19 for West Coasters and Oct. 11-17 for the rest of the country and Canada, eh.
"Vacations are not meant for fitness." This quote is from a dear friend of mine; the two of us are driving down the coast for Labor Day. While it's true that I usually don't plan my vacations around fitness, I like being active — even when away from home! But I get it, it's Labor Day, the last hurrah before Summer ends, and my friend wants nothing but fun in the sun.
Since she's doing all the driving, I'm definitely not going to suggest a yoga session on the beach. But that's because I have something even better in mind. Instead of framing activities in terms of fitness and exercise, I've got a few fun suggestions that will keep her smiling, and me active.
- Let's go ride a bike. Riding bikes in the Summer sun can't be beat, especially when it's along a beach boardwalk. Once we hit Los Angeles, I'm looking forward to renting a couple of bikes and cruising along the Santa Monica beach boardwalk.
- Book a spa date. A visit to the spa is not only an indulgent way to hang with a girlfriend, it's also a great way to relax. Schedule a massage to de-stress, relieve sore muscles, and boost immunity levels.
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I'm asking for your help; Summer is ending soon and I need vacation suggestions. I'm debating going glamping, but I kind of want to try a fitness retreat, which is something I've never done before. And even though I can turn any vacation into a fit one by renting a bike, going on a hike, or spending hours walking and sightseeing, I'm looking for something a little more structured.
I've read about surf retreats, bikini boot camps in Costa Rica, and mountain biking in Moab. I know that yoga retreats are becoming more popular, and that resorts like Canyon Ranch offer all sorts of spa and wellness packages. My problem is that I don't know anyone who's ever gone on a fitness retreat. If any of you have tried it, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Tell me what you think in the comments below, and maybe you can help end my last-minute vacation anxiety.
Gabriela Perez, the owner of chichi Beverly Hills spa Chez Gabriela, was in court yesterday facing charges that she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients — about $214,000 of that from Liv Tyler alone. That's a whole lot of cash, even given that the spa was charging upward of $3,000 for a basic facial. Have you ever had an experience like this in the beauty industry? And how best do you think people, famous or not, can better protect themselves from crimes like this?