Workout Wednesday: 6 Stylish Yoga Mats

These yoga mats are fashionable and functional, and you’ll love carrying them to your favorite class!

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With so many yoga mats on the market, gone are the days of sacrificing function for fashionable workout gear. In fact, many of the most well-respected yoga mat manufacturers have introduced some seriously stunning designs that also offer top-notch features like fast absorption, non-slip surfaces and extra cushion.

As we’re sure you know, we’re huge fans of lengthening, strengthening yoga classes, so when we saw these gorgeous patterns gracing our go-to mats, we were immediately sold. You know how a new fitness ensemble can motivate you to hit the gym? Trust us – these brilliant yoga mats will have you channeling your zen every chance you get.

Anthro

Magic Carpet Yoga Mat available at anthropologie.com

Gaiam

Maya Yoga Mat available at gaiam.com

Design Lab

Hot Yoga Towel – Geo available at yogadesignlab.com

Yogitoes

Yogitoes Waterfall Skidless Mat Towel available at withoutwalls.com

Yeti

Yeti Yoga Galatea Yoga Mat available at urbanoutfitters.com

Arete

Arete Night Ombre Yoga Towel available at aretecomplete.com

Which yoga mat is your favorite? Do you have a gorgeous mat that’s already your go-to? Sound off in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Snacking Made Simple: How to Eat Healthy on The Go

Wave goodbye to the vending machine! Graze snack boxes are all you need to eat healthy on the go.

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When you’re chained to your computer or running errands while the kids are still at school, ingesting food that’s actually good for you is asking a lot. But what if there was something infinitely healthier and just as simple as snagging a bag of chips for the road? Well, there is. Meet Graze snack boxes.

Founded by seven friends fed up with chips and candy, Graze offers busy bees a healthy AND tasty snacking alternative. From dried fruit and dip to a mixture of miniature basil baguettes, garlic crostinis and oregano rice crackers, the Graze team has crafted 90 different snack varieties to satisfy pretty much any craving. But that’s not all. Graze’s nutritious combos are customizable and delivered straight to your door! How’s that for modern-life convenience?

In fact, we can’t say enough wonderful things about the sheer brilliance of Graze’s snack boxes. (Did we mention they have an in-house nutritionist?) All we know is, the days of post-vending machine depression are definitely behind us.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Declare Your Wellness Resolution—Last Chance!

It’s your last chance to declare your #MyWellnessResolution on Instagram for your chance to win an exotic retreat with Dashama!

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As the end of January fast approaches, we wanted to take the time to say how honored and appreciative we are for those of you who have shared so many inspirational and motivational #MyWellnessResolutions with us on Instagram. Your dedication to making 2015 the happiest, healthiest and most wellness-obsessed year ever certainly shows, and we’ve loved joining you on your journey every step of the way.

It’s never to late to declare your commitment to your own personal wellness, and there are still a few days left for your to share your #MyWellnessResolution with Spa Week and Dashama on Instagram. So whether you’re well on your way to achieving your wellness goals, or need a little encouragement to kick-start your healthy resolution, we wanted to share some of our favorite wellness resolutions with you.

Browse the beautiful inspiration below, and don’t forget when you share your #MyWellnessResolution, you could win your choice of an exotic retreat with yoga guru and joyologist, Dashama. Find out more about how to enter here.

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Photo by belya7

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Photo by nikitakmehta

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Photo by morgandoesyoga

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Photo by mrsbouge

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Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Transformation Tuesday: Dolce & Gabbana Shimmer Glow Collection

This Transformation Tuesday, get your glow on with Dolce & Gabbana’s smoking new beauty collection.

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When it comes to designer beauty brands, there are three Italian words every beauty junkie should know: Dolce, Dolce, Dolce! That’s right— fashion’s most formidable duo, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, aren’t just making their mark on the runway anymore; they’re quickly conquering the world of cosmetics as well. From a luxurious new line of skincare (launched last fall) to fragrances that have withstood the test of time (Light Blue, anyone?), Dolce & Gabbana’s beauty offerings are always on the tip of our lips.

Needless to say, this season, we’re mildly obsessed with the brand’s new winter collection. Inspired by knights and their armor, Dolce & Gabbana’s Shimmer Glow Collection is the modern-day chivalry lesson we’ve been waiting for! Complete with white crystals, black jade and smoky quartz, this limited edition line is all you need to create a quintessential winter beauty look.

And while we wouldn’t mind adding this incredible collection to our own medicine cabinet, we’re committed to sending these gorgeous goodies your way. Like, share or retweet this post for your chance to win Dolce & Gabbana’s stunning winter repertoire below!

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Shimmer Powder

This creamy cheek-and-eye duo is your ticket to glowing winter skin. Designed to illuminate the arch of the eyebrow and accentuate cheekbones, Dolce & Gabbana’s Shimmer Powder packs a lot of punch in its petite packaging.

($36, Sephora.com)

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Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

There’s certainly nothing medieval about this metallic shade. Sophisticated and sleek, Dolce & Gabbana’s Pearl Shimmer nail lacquer is all about high-gloss and high-impact.

($25, Sephora.com)

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Shimmer Lip in Crystal and Shimmer Nude

Dolce & Gabbana’s limited edition shine lipsticks have perfected the semi-sheer finish. Now available in four fabulous shades inspired by the AW14 collection, the Shimmer Lip is as magical as a runway moment.

($37, Sephora.com)

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

 

Is Laughing Gas Safer For Labor Than Epidurals?

Laughing gas is becoming a popular option for women in labor, but is it really the safest option?

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Epidurals have long been used to ease the pain from labor contractions, but expectant mothers are now using laughing gas as an alternative way to decrease pain during birth.

According to a report by ABC News, there has been a surge in demand of mothers asking to be treated with laughing gas during labor, namely because it’s much less invasive than an epidural. Traditionally used in dentists’ offices, laughing gas is made of nitrous oxide, which has a remarkable safety record.

“It’s a relatively mild pain reliever that causes immediate feelings of relaxation and helps relieve anxiety,” Camman explained, adding that, “it makes you better able to cope with whatever pain you are having.”

While more research still needs to be conducted to ensure that laughing gas has no negative impact on the fetus, the decision to opt for the less-invasive and less-expensive birth alternative has already become standard in Europe. According to midwife Kerry Dixon, in New Zealand nearly 70 percent of women are already choosing to use laughing gas during labor.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Mani Monday: Best Nail Art DIY Pinterest Boards

Beat the boredom while you brave the blizzard with the best Nail Art DIYs from Pinterest!

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As Winter Storm Juno barrels up the East Coast, we’re already experiencing a bit of the blizzard blues. But the bright side is that during the coming days spent indoors, you’ll finally have some time to try a new nail art DIY.

Pinterest is always one of our favorite destinations for nail art inspiration, and there is no shortage of daring designs that suit every type of style. Some of our favorite trends for this season are sleek stripes and festive flowers, and they can all be executed in the color of your choice.

Browse our favorite DIY Nail Art Pinterest boards below, and tell us which one you’ll be trying this Mani Monday in the comments below:

Nail Art Pin-spiration by Open Till Five

Nail Art Pin-spiration by The Beautyst

Nail Art Pin-spiration by Beauty High

Nail Art Pin-spiration by Beckerman Blog

Nail Art Pin-spiration by Barcelonette

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

The Best Hot Chocolate for Braving a Blizzard

Nor’Easter? No problem! Beat the blizzard blues with a cup of the world’s best hot chocolate.

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Is there anything better than a creamy cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night? We don’t think so. And with buckets of snow about to be dumped from the sky (here on the East Coast, at least), there are few things we’re craving more right now than a steaming mug of marshmallow-covered hot chocolate.

Whether you’re currently curled up under the covers, or preparing for an evening on the couch, we’ve got a hot chocolate recipe that’ll rock your indoor routine during the raging Nor’Easter.

What You’ll Need

3 cups of whole milk

1 cup half-and-half

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Marshmallows

 How You’ll Do It

Pour milk and half-and-half into a saucepan and let it simmer over medium heat.

While the milk and half-and-half are simmering, combine the cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon in a separate pan. Carefully pour the milk and half-and-half mixture, a few teaspoons at a time, into the cocoa blend until it turns into a smooth paste. Transfer the paste back into the original saucepan with the milk and half-and-half and let it simmer for two minutes. Make sure it doesn’t boil. Complete by stirring in vanilla and transferring the hot chocolate to your favorite mug. Top off with mini marshmallows or a dash of whipped cream.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Link Love Weekend Sendoff, January 23rd

It’s Friday, friends! Wind down from a hectic work week with the latest health, beauty and wellness stories from around the web. 

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How Alcohol Messes With Your Sleep via refinery29.com

How To Create The Perfect Workout Playlist (According To Science) via buzzfeed.com

How To Fake a Face Lift via womenshealthmag.com

New Clinical Data on the Truth Vitality Lux Renew Shows Impressive Results via truthinaging.com

A New Risk For Birth Control Users via self.com

6 Apps That Will Seriously Change Your Life via totalbeauty.com

Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily. 

Friday Favorites: A Fast-Acting Blowdryer & More

A lightening fast blowdryer and a perfectly arced eyeliner brush are a few of our Friday Favorites this week! See what else we’re loving, below:

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Clockwise From Left: Mia 2 in Black Leopard available at clarisonic.com, Arced Liner Brush #21 available at smashbox.com, Chi Turbo Dryer available at loxabeauty.com, TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray available at ulta.com, APC Green Jasmine Candle available at lagarconne.com, Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Black Creme available at drugstore.com

Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily. 

Best Haircare Quick Fix: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo is the ultimate way to transform greasy hair into silky-smooth perfection without a shred of stickiness!

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When it comes to dry shampoo, a little bit can go a long way, and there’s one product in particular that surpasses the competition. Created by the haircare connoisseurs at Drybar, Detox Dry Shampoo is a true game-changer for last-minute mornings because it instantly transforms flat, greasy hair into silky-smooth perfection.

So what exactly makes Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo so special? For starters, it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates, which are harmful to hair and commonly found in traditional shampoos. The miraculous mane-tamer is also safe for colored and keratin treated hair, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice your signature style for a simplified haircare routine.

While many dry shampoos spray sticky substances, Drybar delivers a silky finish every time thanks to micro powder blends. Those with darker tresses will be happy to know that Detox Dry Shampoo also comes in a formula designed for brunettes, so you will never have to battle that pesky white residue. For all these reasons, and many more, Detox Dry Shampoo is the fuss-free hair solution that you’ll fall in love with this season.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.