Links We Love Weekend Sendoff, July 18th

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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Recently engaged or have a friend that’s a bride to be? The Luxury Spot shares some important info. (Must Know Tips for Brides to Be)

Well that’s one way to kill the time while your face mask dries! This hilarious video of Miranda Kerr and Jimmy Fallon is a must see. (Miranda Kerr & Jimmy Fallon Don Masks, Play Flip Cup)

Are you missing a step in your skincare regimen? Truth in Aging breaks it down. (Do You Need a Toner?)

Girl power is on in full-force this week, with the first-ever woman to complete the ninja warrior course! E! News has the story. (Gymnast Kacy Catanzaro Completes the American Ninja Warrior Course)

Have you tried out the most flattering trend of summer? LaurenConrad.com has some seasonal style advice you need to read. (Flatter Your Figure with Midi Skirts)

Kick-start your mornings with this mouth-watering breakfast recipe! Chia seeds mean you’ll be full ’till lunchtime. (Paleo Fruit and Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding)

Find out how to make any party space shine – literally! These decor ideas are easy to execute so you can be the hostest with the mostest! (Party Alcove Party Lights Tips)

 

3 Vegan Ice Cream Recipes in 3 Flavors

We’re celebrating Ice Cream Day this Sunday with healthy recipes in delicious flavors that are vegan, gluten-free and definitely diet-friendly!

As far as we’re concerned, ice cream is definitely something to scream about – especially when you can enjoy your favorite frozen treat guilt-free! We’re celebrating Ice Cream Day this Sunday a little bit early (hey, TGIF!) with these mouth-watering ice cream recipes that are totally easy and shockingly healthy.

We’ll be trying all three of these refreshing ice cream recipes this weekend for the special occasion, after all celebrations are in order!

Photo Credit: Foodie Fiasco

Photo Credit: Foodie Fiasco

The World’s Healthiest Vanilla Ice Cream
Recipe by Kelly for Foodie Fiasco

This classic vanilla ice cream recipe is anything but traditional – it’s vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, low fat AND low calorie! In fact, it’s so healthy that you could even eat it for breakfast (we won’t tell!). For a tasty and colorful twist, top with your favorite fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries. Get the recipe at foodiefiasco.com.

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Vegan Brownie Chocolate Ice Cream
Recipe by John for Minimalist Baker

If you’re a choc-aholic than you are going to LOVE this rich and creamy recipe that has vegan brownie bites mixed in. It’s vegan and gluten-free, and ingredients like organic coconut milk pack a healthy punch. Now this is a dessert that tastes amazing without derailing your diet! Get the recipe at minimalistbaker.com.

Vegan Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream
Recipe by Maria and Josh for Two Peas and Their Pod

Let’s call it as we see it – this ice cream is the definition of decadence. And while it looks absolutely divine it’s completely diet-friendly! The best part about this mouth-watering recipe is that it only uses 4 ingredients and it’s gorgeous enough to serve to guests. Get the recipe at twopeasandtheirpod.com.

Which recipe will you be trying to celebrate Ice Cream Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Spa Spotlight: VelaShape III at White Tea Med Spa

White Tea Med Spa now offers VelaShape III, the latest non-invasive body contouring treatment that smooths out cellulite and flushes out fat without surgery!

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The newest non-invasive body contouring treatment has hit NYC at White Tea Med Spa, a relaxing and restorative retreat among the hustle and bustle of Chelsea, New York. While VelaShape gained popularity in 2012 when Real Housewife of New York City, Ramona Singer, had the procedure done on air, the new and improved VelaShape III promises camera-worthy results even faster.

One reason VelaShape is such a popular form of non-invasive body contouring is because it has science to back its claims of a whole dress size reduction. Another advantage? Because VelaShape III is five times stronger than its predecessor, fewer sessions are required to see results, which is a serious perk for busy New Yorkers.

White Tea Med Spa definitely had the typical Manhattanite in mind when it included ‘The 360′ in its spa menu – a one-time, 90 minute treatment that slims down the all-around stomach area for full circumferential reduction.

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There’s also the option to have three to four approximately 30-minute sessions over the course of 10 weeks, which is when best results can be achieved. The state of the art machine incorporates a vacuum, infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency, which combined deeply heat fat cells and the surrounding tissue.

While the suction mimics the pressure one might experience during a deep tissue massage, the intense heat can be a little tough to endure. However, there’s no need to worry because at White Tea Med Spa, technicians are more than happy to adjust the treatment for your personal comfort.

If you’re interested in learning more about the VelaShape III or want to book your treatment today, head over to WhiteTeaMedSpa.com. Here’s what you need to know before and after your non-invasive slim down session:

Before VelaShape III

After VelaShape III

  • Drink 2 liters of water a day for 3 days prior to treatment
  • Moisturizes treatment area with lotion for 3 days prior
  • Don’t drink alcohol 2 days prior to your treatment
  • Drink a sports drink or 24 ounces water two hours before treatment
  • It’s normal to expect a warm sensation for a few hours after treatment
  • Your skin may be pinkish for a few hours after treatment, depending on sensitivity
  • Drink a lot of water in the days and weeks after treatment to flush out fat cells
  • You can see visible slimming or firming results after the first treatment

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

6 Best Beach Bag Essentials

The best beach bag essentials for summer will soothe sun-soaked skin and protect you from the elements!

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Summer is heating up and we bet you’d agree that the very best place to cool off is at the beach! After a busy week at work, the last thing you should be doing is stressing about what beach essentials to bring along in your bag, so we took all the fuss out of the prep!

Check out the Best Beach Bag Essentials, and make sure you bring along these goodies on your next ocean outing so you look and feel your freshest:

Beach Spray

As far as summer hair care goes, this product is a jack of all trades. It nourishes sun-parched hair, while also giving you sultry beach waves whether you take a dip or not. But the most important part of this beach bag essential is that it provides UV protection in order to combat the damaging effects of the sun and salt water.

Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves available for $20 at ulta.com

Deodorant

Whether you join in on a friendly game of beach volleyball or flag football, you’re bound to work up a sweat! After learning about the toxic chemicals found in many deodorants, we aren’t taking any chances. This all natural mini deodorant is lightweight and takes up minimal space, plus it’s packed with healthy ingredients like goji berry, Japanese honeysuckle and aloe vera!

The Healthy Mini Deodorant Pure Vanilla available for $8 at lavanila.com

Korres Cooling Gel

While the salt water and sand combination can boast many benefits (like natural exfoliation and clearer skin) it can parch your pores pretty quickly! Slather up with SPF while you’re at the beach, and after you head home treat yourself to this after-sun cooling gel made with real Greek yogurt. It’s inspired by the Greek tradition of alleviating dry or sun-harassed skin with yogurt and this ultra-calming cream promises long-lasting relief.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel After Sun available for $26 at sephora.com

Grape Water

If you’re at the beach to simply soak up some sun, (wearing SPF, of course!) than you’re going to want to have something on hand to cool you down. This grape water is organic, which means you don’t have to worry about spritzing it on your face. Not to mention the cool mist tones and moisturizes the skin for an instant boost of hydration.

Organic Grape Water available for $18 at us.caudalie.com

Foot Wipes

No matter how hard you try to shake off all the sand from the beach, it’s almost impossible to get all those tiny little grains off of your feet! That’s where these Clean + Cool Foot Wipes come in! First off, they’re conveniently packaged in individual resealable pouches. But even better – these foot wipes are formulated with tea tree oil and wild mint to refresh and revive sun-soaked toes!

Tea Tree Oil Clean + Cool Foot Wipes available for $5.99 at earththerapeutics.net

Beach Towel

Now that you’ve saved so much space in your beach bag with these conveniently miniature products, you have plenty of room to stuff an extra-fluffy beach blanket-sized towel that fits you AND your friends. Peloton’s towels are super plush and they come in a variety of colors so you can even match one to your bikini if you’re feeling fashion forward!

Peloton Beach Towel available for $38 at Peloton Studio Locations

 

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Travel Tuesday: The Lodge at Woodloch

This stunning East Coast escape is the perfect place to get away for a long weekend of serenity.

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There is no better time than the summer to take a picturesque trip through the heart of the Pennsylvanian mountains.  Whether you are looking to spend the entire weekend relaxing, enjoying outdoor adventures, or a combination of the two, The Lodge at Woodloch has everything a summer vacationer might be looking for. If that gorgeous setting isn’t enough to convince you to book your next trip on the spot (honestly, we’re sold!) check out the incredible amenities offered at The Lodge at Woodloch below.

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The pristine resort’s focal feature is it’s gorgeous spa. Unwind with your honey during a couple’s treatment, or enjoy a satisfying dose of “me-time” when you book a facial, body treatment or soothing massage. These sensory-awakening treatments will be unlike any you’ve experienced in the past.

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The spa’s breathtaking amenities will blow you away. Visitors will have the chance to soothe tired muscles in a soaking pool featuring hydromassage waterwalls or the whirlpool. Men and women each have a sauna and steam room, as well as a fireplace lounge to wait in.

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Relax if you’d like, but if you prefer adventure, you’ll find plenty of that here as well. The Lodge offers unique fitness classes, outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking and creative pursuits like makeup or art classes. Guests with a taste for fine food and wine will love the luxurious cooking and wine tasting classes on premises.

Ready to book the perfect weekend away? Check out these specials happening in July:

If you’re willing to wait, you could also enter to win the Summer Girlfriends Getaway, which includes a four night stay for four at The Lodge at Woodloch! This impressive all-inclusive prize is everything a group of friends could imagine in a weekend of relaxation and fun. Read up on the details and then enter here!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.