Links We Love Weekend Sendoff, Labor Day Edition

Happy Friday! Before we send you off to enjoy the last long weekend of summer, here are the must-read stories from around the web this week.

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Improve Your Skin’s Texture via TruthinAging.com

Nail Polish that Can Prevent Date Rape via TheLuxurySpot.com

10 Tips to Live Zero Waste via ElephantJournal.com

The Cheaper Way to Travel the World via Refinery29.com

FRIENDS Reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live via Variety.com 

Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways

These last-minute Labor Day getaways at lakes prove much more fun and affordable than taking a trip to the beach.

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If you still don’t have plans for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, don’t sweat it because we’ve got you covered! As you probably know, beachfront getaways can end up racking up a huge bill, but lakeside retreats are surprisingly affordable and offer just as much sun-filled festivities.

Wherever you are in the U.S.A, spend your Labor Day in style at one of these awesome destinations that won’t break your budget. From kayaking, swimming, boating and more, there’s plenty of fun to be had while you sit back and relax in the great outdoors!

Hunter Lake, NY

New Yorkers would be shocked if they knew how much nature was right in their backyards! Situated upstate from NYC, Hunter Lake is also a campground, which offers unbeatable prices. Kayak and canoe rentals are also affordable, and there’s a small beach for sunbathing as your celebrate the long weekend.

Lake Tahoe, California

Fun fact – Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States! This is evidenced by the piercing blue color and stunning panoramic views that you can enjoy from the surrounding mountains. The day-time temps are perfect this time of year, with averages around 75 degrees in late August.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

This gorgeous lake is also driving distance from nearby Nevada, offering a peaceful for retreat for those visiting Las Vegas. There’s plenty of water sports to keep the kids entertained, and even unconventional lake activities like off-roading!

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Deep Creek Lake is the largest in Maryland and covers a vast amount of land great for camping, fishing, boating and more. Insider tip – this getaway serves as a prime ski and snowboarding destination come winter!

Lake Travis, Texas

It certainly gets hot in Texas during the summer, so why not cool off at the stunning Lake Travis just an hour and a half away from San Antonia. Once you reach this tranquil retreat, do as the Texans do and light up the grill to get some BBQ cooking.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Links We Love Weekend Sendoff, August 22nd

Happy Friday! Before we send you off for the weekend, here are the must-read stories from around the web this week.

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9 Products Worth the Plunge via TruthinAging.com

5 Luxurious Ways to Enjoy the US Open via TheLuxurySpot.com

7 Ways To Make Apartment Hunting Less Awful via refinery29.com

13 Enchanting Homes That Are Straight Out of a Fairytale via cosmopolitan.com

8 Signs Your Healthy Diet Needs a Makeover via shape.com

Friday Favorites: Cool Coral Polish & More

A calm coral nail polish and the coolest coasters ever are a few of our Friday Favorites. Check out what else we’re loving this week:

Friday Faves

Clockwise from Left: 29 Surreal Places in America You Need To Visit Before You Die via buzzfeed.com, Slate & Bamboo Cheese Board available at nordstrom.com, Celestial Coaster Set available at anthropologie.com, Sun Bum SPF 70 Sunscreen Lotion available at nordstrom.com, 40 Pinterest-Ready Inspirational Quotes via stylecaster.com, Essie Tart Deco available at essie.com

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Workout Wednesday: Tone House

Get a glimpse into Tone House, the tough-as-nails NYC workout that will show you what you’re really made of. 

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We’d heard about Tone House. The studio is around the corner from the Spa Week offices and Tone House signage is proudly displayed on the sidewalk. What we didn’t expect was to walk into a dark fitness studio, covered in black astroturf, with eerie music playing in the background. The atmosphere was a preview of the extremely tough (but, amazing!) workout to come.

Tone House was created by ex-pro football player Alonzo Wilson, which sheds some light on why the workouts are both athlete-inspired and team-based.  The studio’s motto is “Unleash Your Inner Athlete”  and believe us, unleash you will. The range of your athletic ability (or non-ability in some cases) will be fully exposed.

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Here’s a breakdown of the class. It starts with a team chant. You can handle that. Then you’ll move into the warm-up, which consists of 10-15 minutes of running around the studio and jumping over hurdles. For some, this alone is enough to make you want to throw in the towel (or at least use it to wipe down some sweat!). But for those brave enough to stick it out, the reward in the end is worth the sweat (plus blood from one participant, and possibly tears).

The explosive workout is composed of extreme resistance-based moves like climbing on the ground while being attached to a harness clipped to the wall, and more hurdle jumps, this time while being attached to a harness (with over 70 lbs of resistance to taunt you). You’ll also endure sprints and some serious conditioning, burst moves including crunches, pushups and squats, and some weight lifting. At the end there will be a brief stretch, and you’ll end with another chant.

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There is no question about it—Tone House will push you to your limits, and you will unleash your inner athlete. Even though it was the toughest workout we’ve ever tried (sore muscles for three+ days included), we are excited to come back and try it again!

The studio offers complimentary water bottles and towels (which is nice, because you’ll definitely go through multiple of each in the hour long session). If you are looking for a serious, and we mean serious challenge, Tone House will be the best $35 you ever spent. If you are first-timer, take advantage of a $20 deal!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.