6 Gifts to Pimp Your Pad

Turn your home into a haven of happiness with a little stylish self-gifting.

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When it comes to holiday shopping, you know how it goes: One gift for your girlfriends from college, two for you. And why should you resist the temptation to treat yourself? You’ve been good this year!

Here at Spa Week, we’re not opposed to pampering ourselves with presents—especially during dark winter days and the overwhelming whirlwind of the holiday season. So what are we checking off our own Christmas list? Gifts for the home, of course! For us, there’s no better reprieve from the bitter cold than a warm home filled with wonderful things. So, in the spirit of self-gifting, here are six unique items to elevate your abode.

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Philippi Butler Mirror Finish Pitcher

This awesome architectural pitcher is the perfect piece for impressing dinner guests. Sporting a polished mirror finish and striking spout, a floral centerpiece would look positively pedestrian in comparison.

($150, fancy.com)

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Violife Personal Misting Humidifier

A slightly more pragmatic piece than Philippi Butler’s art deco-inspired pitcher, Violife’s Personal Humidifier is certainly no less stylish. Available in three rich hues and one pretty gold pattern, we love this petite alternative to the basic and bulky drugstore brand.

($34.95, violight.com)

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ModCloth Cents You Been Gone Bank

With a witty name like the above, there was no way we could resist this precious piggy bank.

($11.99, modcloth.com)

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Pier One Elephant Teapot

Giving “the elephant in the room” idiom a whole new meaning, this cutie-petutie teapot is a true interior treasure. But don’t be fooled—Pier1’s adorable accent piece is more than just decorative. Made with microwavable stoneware and dish-washer safe, the elephant teapot is definitely designed for daily use.

($15.95, pier1.com)

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Uncommon Goods Driftwood iPhone Charging Dock

Modern technology goes back to basics with this nature-inspired iPhone stand. Handcrafted in Maine from natural driftwood, this minimalistic accessory is the ultimate juxtaposition of artificial and organic.

($72-$88, uncommongoods.com)

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Urban Outfitters NYC Glass Candle

This New York-themed candle requires no caption. Adorned with sweet landmark sketches, the reusable glass jar is black, white and chic all over.

($18, urbanoutfitters.com)

 

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Exclusive First Look: Sothys Spa Video

Get an exclusive first look at the world-class services Sothys Spa has in store this season!

You don’t have to be in the beauty business for long to be familiar with the Sothys name. With worldwide spa locations and a brand that’s over 60 years old, L’Institut Sothys has long been a leader in luxury skin care. That’s why we’re excited to share that Sothys’ world-class services are just $50 this season. Now that’s a Spa Week steal you don’t want to miss!

In honor of Spa Week, Sothys is offering three top-of-the-line treatments at their flagship New York location. From October 20th-26th, you’ll have the chance to transform your sun-worn skin with Sothys’ Orange and Quince Seasonal Fall Facial. Simply want to relax? Well, then you can’t go wrong with a 45-minute Swedish Massage. Whatever your fancy, scurry over to SpaWeek.com because these $50 treatments are filling up fast! We leave you to whet your appetite on these awesome pampering options.

  • 45-Minute Swedish Massage
  • Orange and Quince Seasonal Facial with Extractions
  • European Facial with Extractions

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Celebrate #SpaWeekis10 On Instagram!

Remember to share an Instagram pic during Spa Week for a chance to win a $200 Spa & Wellness Gift Card! 

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Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – Spa Week has officially commenced! The occasion certainly calls for a celebration, after all, when else can you indulge in ridiculously luxurious spa treatments for just $50?! But that’s not the only thing we’re celebrating, because in case you forgot, this spring #SpaWeekis10!

We hope you’re ready to party – at the spa, that is, because from April 21-27 we’re kicking off our 10th Birthday Insta-Contest. While you’re getting pampered during Spa Week at your favorite relaxing retreat, don’t forget to share an Instagram picture so we can all see how you spa. You’ll be happy you did because we’re showing our love by giving away a $200 Spa & Wellness Gift Card! Here’s how to enter to win:

  • Instagram a picture from one of your $50 Spa Week treatments (during April 21-27)
  • Location tag the spa you are in
  • Use the hashtag #SpaWeekis10 and tag @SpaWeek

See you on Instagram, Spa Week-ers!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Spa Week Daily’s Friday Favorites

Check out our Friday Favorites to see what we’re loving this week! 

Friday FavoritesClockwise from Left: Dark Amber Kitten Cat Eye Sunglasses available at chicwish.com, Pinned by Sandra Young via tumblr.com, Weaver Finch Sandals available at anthropologie.com, Pinned by Danielle Maxson via flickr.com, Rose Love Balm available at jurlique.com,  5-Minute Abs (Proven in a Lab!) via self.com, Pinned by Brandy Leann via tumblr.com, Pinned by Jessica Lea Dunn via jossandmain.com, Pinned by Spa Week via yogainspiration.co

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Health Benefits of Prenatal Massage

New science shows just how beneficial prenatal massages are for both mom and baby during pregnancy!

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The benefits of prenatal massage have been explored by experts for years, and recent information has shown just how advantageous the relaxing treatments can be for women who are pregnant. In fact, according to the American Pregnancy Association, “Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care.”

While science has generally debunked prior ambivalence toward prenatal massage, evidence supporting the benefits continues to grow. “Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health,” the APA explains.

But the perks of prenatal massage don’t stop there, and sessions have been shown to alleviate a multitude of common pregnancy ailments. For instance, swelling of the joints during pregnancy, called edema, has been shown to be improved by prenatal massages because it stimulates soft tissues and promotes circulation. Sciatic nerve pain is another common pregnancy malady, which is a result of the pressure of the uterus causing swelling on nearby muscles. Prenatal massage can effectively target these inflamed muscles, offering almost immediate relief from sciatic nerve pain.

The APA recommends consulting your pregnancy physician before beginning a prenatal massage program. Once approved, it is equally important to ensure that your services are administered by a certified prenatal massage therapist, available at top-notch spas like Elements Massage. Therapists at Elements Massage’s widespread locations are trained to work with expecting moms during the various stages of pregnancy to ensure the most therapeutic experience possible.

If you’re a mother-to-be, treat yourself to a prenatal massage during Spa Week, from April 21-27, for just $50! There are Elements Massage locations across the country, where you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Not pregnant? Elements Massage has still got you covered with a wide-range of their signature massage services. Find a location near you and book your appointment today!

Arizona

Elements Massage – Chandler Village

  • Choice of Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Signature Relaxation/Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Gilbert

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Therapeutic Sports Massage
  • Signature Therapeutic Swedish Massage
  • Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Peoria Arrowhead

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Therapeutic Sports Massage
  • Signature Therapeutic Swedish Massage
  • Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Scottsdale Fountain Hills

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Therapeutic Sports Massage
  • Signature Therapeutic Swedish Massage
  • Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Scottsdale Promenade

  • Choice of Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Signature Relaxation/Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Florida

Elements Massage – Pinecrest

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Swedish Relaxation Massage
  • Hot Stone Full Body Massage

Illinois

Elements Massage – Western Springs

  • Hot Stone Full Body Massage
  • 80 Min Whole Body Massage

Massachusetts

Elements Massage – Medford

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Swedish Relaxation Massage
  • Hot Stone Full Body Massage

Nevada

Elements Massage – Summerlin

  • 80 Min Massage Session

There are even more prenatal massages and other luxurious treatments being offered for just $50 during Spa Week! Head over to SpaWeek.com to book your appointment today!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.