6 tips for self-care over Christmas

The festive season is crazy-beautiful. It’s the most wonderful time of the year; a welcome opportunity to relax and reconnect with friends and family. But trying to see everyone and do everything can make it one of the most stressful times of the year, too.

Christmas is a time for giving, but it’s just as important to give to yourself in order to be emotionally and physically able to give your best self to others.

Here are six tips to help you practice self-care during the festive season.

1. Pamper yourself

The hardest part is finding a couple of hours to yourself, but once you’re there, an amazing day spa session is worth every single second. Carve out some intentional downtime and give yourself the gift of a massage, facial or healing body treatment; you’ll feel immediately energised and revitalised for all the socialising ahead.

2. Outsource

One of the best gifts you can give yourself is time, and outsourcing tasks is a great way to do that. Doing a lot of entertaining this festive season? There’s nothing wrong with hiring a cleaner once or twice to help ease the load. Use AirTasker or Gumtree to outsource jobs like putting up your Christmas lights or even doing the grocery shopping! Hosting Christmas lunch or a get-together at your place? Ask everyone to bring a plate to share so you’re not stuck with all the cooking.

3. Focus on giving

Giving to others is good for the soul; making others happy will bring you happiness, too! Rather than last-minute panic-purchases, take some time to ponder the people on your Christmas list and buy thoughtful gifts that you’ll enjoy giving a much as they’ll enjoy receiving. Don’t forget you can give the gift of self-care to others too – a voucher for a relaxing massage or facial is perfect for almost anyone!

4. Eat mindfully

What’s Christmas without all the delicious food? It’s easy to let healthy eating fall by the wayside in the holidays, so while you should definitely give yourself permission to indulge, try to maintain some balance with your normal eating habits. Alternate indulgent meals with smaller, lighter ones. Take your time over meals and enjoy your food, and stop when you’re feeling full.

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Firmenich x Pantone 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue

Inspired by Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, 19-4052 Classic Blue, an evocation of stability in disruptive times, Firmenich flavorists created a natural, fresh, blueberry taste, while Firmenich perfumers crafted a unique fragrance symbolizing the meeting of sky and sea. The multisensory additions are included in a box set associated with the Color of the Year announcement.

Perfumer Ashley Balavoine created a scented candle that evokes Classic Blue with notes of “water and sea salt lifted by airy sky,” an accord with notes of “fluffy cloud with waterlily and seaweed absolute,” followed by bottom notes of “blue musk, minerals and ocean timber,” per Firmenich.

Flavorist Eric Tang created a sweet blueberry flavor with green, floral and “Classic Blue notes.” The flavor has been demoed in tea, jam and other products.

It’s no surprise that the Flavor of the Year for 2020 is classic blueberry, based on insights across 5,000 consumers in 16 countries. Firmenich’s research discovered that blueberry flavor was associated with happiness and a sense of comfort.

This isn’t the first time a muti-sensory approach has been taken for the color of the year. For the 2016 Color of the Year, Firmenich created a fragrance, Harmony, that blended the moods of Serenity and Rose Quartz, the colors of the year. The genderless scent comprised rose Centifolia, musks and incense for a weightless effect.

“It’s a pleasure working with Pantone’s Color of the Year, as it gives us yet another opportunity to shape perfumery trends and popular culture,” said Armand de Villoutreys, president, perfumer and ingredients, Firmenich. “Not only did we develop a unique olfactive concept for Classic Blue, but we applied it to one of the industry’s largest growing segments, premium scented candles, to increase wellness and positive emotions in homes and offices everywhere.”

“Familiar and reassuring, blueberry and fresh green notes are a distinctive feature of Classic Blue,” said Emmanuel Butstraen, president of flavors, Firmenich. “Today, with our increasing focus on health and wellness, blueberries are in a real sense becoming rediscovered, and growing to be one of the most relevant flavors in many areas of food and beverages.”

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The Best Over-the-Top Spa Experiences

An over-the-top spa experience might be the most appreciated, least-expected gift of the season. Even better if it comes with a pair of airline tickets and a hotel reservation. If you’re thinking of ditching the digital shopping cart and instead opting for a day, or weekend of healthy decadence, here are some of the most excellent ways to splurge.

Caesars Palace Go Facial, Caesars Palace (Las Vegas)

Launched to celebrate Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace’s five-year anniversary, the 100-minute Nobu Go Facial combines five luxury spa experiences. Meaning “five” in Japanese, the Go Facial starts with an immersive virtual reality meditation. From there, skin undergoes a “Cinderella Lift”, a hydrating facial featuring a topical version of Botox applied to face and décolletage. Detoxifying masks are placed on the feet, followed by paraffin masks on hands and feet and a gold mask applied to the face. The treatment is completed with a full-body moisturizer application.

Ultra-Fractional Treatment, Skin Laundry (Multiple Locations)

Best known for a signature, no-down-time laser and light facial that takes just 15 minutes, Skin Laundry has recently launched a higher octane Ultra Fractional Treatment. The new laser facial is a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser that targets pigmentation, reverses sun-damage and improves texture through stimulating collagen. Post-laser, a hydrating, pressurized oxygen is applied to deliver hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides into the skin for deep infusion of anti-aging ingredients and lasting hydration.

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ISPA to host pre-conference ‘Spa Workforce Super Session’

For the first time, the International SPA Association (ISPA) will host a pre-Conference Spa Workforce Super Session focusing on workforce development within the spa industry at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo. This two and a half-hour workshop will take a deep dive into one of the spa industry’s top priorities of recruiting, retaining and engaging quality talent.

The Spa Workforce Super Session is designed to provide tools for business leaders as they look to fill open positions on their teams while developing a strong work environment that produces loyal employees.

“ISPA is pleased to offer this extended educational opportunity at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo,” said ISPA president Lynne McNees. “We are confident this session will provide our attendees with tangible skills they can immediately implement into their businesses. The knowledge they will gain from this session will allow them to create a working environment that fosters employee growth and retention.”

Led by international speaker and author Bryan Williams, the Spa Workforce Super Session will feature four modules, each offering tangible takeaways that are designed to elevate the attendees’ businesses. Williams will be leading discussions on finding the right candidate, implementing proactive on-boarding strategies even before new hires start, and creating a culture of excellence to increase loyalty and retention with a company’s workforce.

Particular attention will be spent on the on-boarding process as Williams notes, retention is a result of how well you onboard and train your team. Other takeaways attendees can expect are: mastering the four key steps in the on-boarding experience; tips to move from a “quit & stay” to “stay & thrive” environment; and best practices to create a culture of peer accountability.

The Spa Workforce Super Session will take place Tuesday, September 10 at The Venetian in Las Vegas and is free to any full-Conference ISPA Conference & Expo registered attendee. A full overview of the Spa Workforce Super Session can be found on attendispa.com.

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AmericasMart Welcomes Several New and Renewing Gift Companies

ATLANTA—Seven tabletop and gift showrooms will debut at the International Gift & Home Furnishings Market here next month. In addition, nine companies have expanded or relocated their showrooms at AmericasMart and 40 others have renewed their commitments there, said show organizer International Market Centers.

“The strength of the gift collection in Atlanta is its depth and breadth,” said Dave Savula, executive vice president, president of gift and apparel leasing, for IMC. “The merchandise mix supports the modern lifestyle retailer with a whole spectrum of resources from gifts to gourmet and entertaining, outdoor living and seasonal celebrations.”

New to Atlanta Market are Botanical Collection (hand-crafted pottery), Great Western Hardwood & Design (outdoor gifts), Inner Beauty and Bent Brush Art (reverse handpainted ornaments and gifts), tabletop suppliers LSA International and Rosenthal Sambonet USA, Seasonal Abode (seasonal décor and home accents), Sincere Surroundings (personalized home décor and gifts) and TDA Sales (representing A&M Wholesale, Arkwright, Chesapeake Bay by JD Yeatts, DSD Express, Duke Imports, PaperCraft Products, Pine Ridge, Sentry Industries and Teters Floral).

Nine expansions and relocations represent gains of some 15,000 square feet, IMC said. They are Blue Orange Pottery, Diverse Marketing, Flora Bunda, Floral Treasure, Gib Carson, Holiday Bright Lights, MacKenzie Childs, Raz Imports and Santa’s Own.

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From Oregon Estheticians for Fair Licensing (OEFL)

This message is being shared by NCEA to alert our members of the new rules concerning scope of practice going into effect January 1st 2020.
As a result of the Certified Advanced Esthetician license being implemented, the scope of practice of a regular esthetician was revised: you are no longer able to use an FDA registered device that “claims to indicate penetration or some effect beyond the stratum corneum into the living layers of the skin”. 817-010-0067 The word stratum corneum is problematic. An esthetician is trained to work on the epidermis.
The OEFL believes this will financially impact estheticians, many will lose their livelihood and won’t be allowed to use devices such as micro-current, LED light and galvanic, to name a few. If you contact the Agency, they will send you a sheet and let you decide if your machine is in scope, the issue is that in case of a lawsuit, the way the rule is written will make it very hard to defend yourself.
Protect our rights to practice as estheticians.What can you do?1. Join the Facebook group Link to Oregon estheticians for fair licensing Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/967573490244261/
2. Sign the petition to the board of cosmetology to amend rule 67 https://forms.gle/LY5kXaYHfPA3Seiw9
3. Write a letter about your financial impact
4. Donate via Go Fund Me to pay for the legal fees Go Fund Me gf.me/u/w2c8bf
The OEFL found an attorney that specializes in dealing with rules written by government and a lobbyist who’s sister is an esthetician. They advised to simultaneously present the petition and pressure the Oregon Health Agency and the Board of Cosmetology to listen. This is done by finding legislators that say it was their intention to regulate lasers, NOT “other devices”.
We are demanding clarity, please join our group or email – oeforfairlicensing@gmail.com for more information.
Best,The Oregon Estheticians for Fair Licensing

5 Best Spas in San Jose

Below is a list of the top and leading Spas in San Jose. To help you find the best Spas located near you in San Jose, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

San Jose’s Best Spas:

The top rated Spas in San Jose are:

  • Burke Williams Day Spa – nourishing treatments to reduce stress
  • Slice of Heaven Day Spa – a small, serene, intimate spa
  • Silver Sea Day Spa – customized therapeutic spa treatments
  • Pure Bliss Day Spa – therapeutic bodywork, facials, waxing and more
  • Sachs Day Spa – quality service in an aromatic atmosphere

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Minneapolis’ top 5 day spas, ranked

Looking to try the top day spas around?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top day spas in Minneapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re in the market for day spas.

November is one of the top months of the year for consumer spending at health and beauty businesses across the Minneapolis area, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of CRM for small business and email automation for small businesses. The average amount spent per customer transaction at Minneapolis-area health and beauty businesses grew to $55 for the metro area in November of last year, second only to December with an average of $58, and 5% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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AmericasMart To Ramp Up Atlanta Market Gift Offerings

AmericasMart said there will be 16 showroom debuts and expansions to its seven gift categories at the upcoming Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, scheduled to be held January 14 to 21, 2020.

International Market Centers noted that 700 showrooms represent the market’s categories, which include: The Gardens, General Gift and Specialty Gift, Gourmet & Housewares, Home Accents & Gift, Made in America, Seasonal/Gift and Tabletop & Gift. In addition, 44 brands, such as Demdaco, Two’s Company and Ganz Midwest-CBK, have renewed their commitments to the market.

The strength of the gift collection in Atlanta is its depth and breadth,” said Dave Savula, IMC evp/president of gift and apparel leasing. “The merchandise mix supports the modern lifestyle retailer with a whole spectrum of resources from gifts to gourmet and entertaining, outdoor living and seasonal celebrations.”

Seven new showrooms debuting in January: Botanical Collection (hand-crafted pottery), Great Western Hardwood & Design (outdoor gifts), Inner Beauty and Bent Brush Art (reverse hand-painted ornaments and gifts), LSA International and Rosenthal Sambonet USA (designer tabletop), Seasonal Abode (seasonal décor and home accents), Sincere Surroundings (personalized home décor and gifts) and TDA Sales (representing A&M Wholesale, Arkwright, Chesapeake Bay by JD Yeatts, DSD Express, Duke Imports, PaperCraft Products, Pine Ridge, Sentry Industries and Teters Floral).

Also new to the gift collection is a seminar space in Building 2, Floor 11, which will host four days of retailer-focused educational programming. Scheduled for the space are topics including: “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Pop-Ups, Mobile Retail and More” presented by Patti Biro of Spa Industry Association; “Partnering for Promotions & Successful Store Events” presented by Becky Tyre of Retail Details the Podcast; and “How to Think Like a CFO: The 5 Numbers All Business Owners Need to Know,” plus a panel discussion for hospital gift shops and a new seminar and breakfast for new buyers.

5 Best Spas in Dallas

Below is a list of the top and leading Spas in Dallas. To help you find the best Spas located near you in Dallas, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

Dallas’ Best Spas:

The top rated Spas in Dallas are:

  • Riviera Spa – customized programs to help you look and feel your best
  • Spavia Day Spa – soothing massages or rejuvenating body wraps
  • Skin and Body Solutions Day Spa – servicing all your beauty needs
  • The Dream Spa – relaxation, results and rejuvenation
  • Blue Mermaid Spa – experienced and friendly staff proving expert care

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