Love Yourself! 5 Valentine’s Day Gift Picks by Shauna Mei

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By Shauna Mei, Spa Week’s Intellectual Well Being Expert

While we are all spoiling our sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, I wanted to take a minute and remind everyone that the most important person you have to LOVE is yourself. Loving yourself results in drawing positive energy towards you and to those around you… by the law of attraction, the right kind of love will find you.  Take the time each day to feel beautiful. Here are some tips, along with my picks for the products and gadgets to make it happen.

1. Integrate meditation into your life every day.

Deepak Chopra Law of Attraction Button

You can easily practice The Law of Attraction with the help of our dear friend Deepak Chopra! Deepak taught me meditation and since I’ve been practicing, it’s truly improved my life.  AHAlife and Deepak created this innovative mp3 player in a compact button (that you can wear on your shirt) which you can listen to it for 30 minute per day and begin to practice The Law of Attraction!  Buy the button here.

2)   Kindness is always fashionable!

My dear friend Rachel Roy created the chicest clutch with a statement to live by. Projecting kindness and happiness is inviting it into your own life!  This is a great “love yourself and love the world” statement piece! Buy the clutch here.

3)   Glowing skin is the ultimate accessory.

My latest beauty obsession is the Crème Ancienne collection by Fresh. The one of a kind line was derived from an ancient formula used to healed gladiator wounds. The recipe has been re-worked with the help of monks in the Czech Republic who hand mix and bottle the delicate cream! Discover the story here; it doesn’t get better than this!

4) Have a picnic.

For the loved one in your life, create an experience that you’ll love too with Daniel Boulud’s exclusive Valentine’s Day picnic. It’s cold outside and what’s better than a lovely evening indoors and picnic by candlelight? Your picnic is here.

5) Simplify your communication.

We’re all bombarded with too much email and communication… why not give  your loved one and yourself a special phone dedicated solely to each other? That way you don’t have to screen any more calls, right? Leave the iPhone at home and set yourself free! I love this, the World’s Simplest Phone.


Lose Weight By Accident: #1 Tip To Feel Confident In Your Body

Column by: Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, what a great kick off to the summer. I was in San Francisco this past weekend, having a good old time attending a wedding, and I realized that we are fully in wedding season. Then it dawned on me that many of you are going to be attending weddings this summer, so here is my #1 tip to get you feeling confident about yourself to get you to lose weight by accident.

This tip is not my norm but I feel it has to be said and although it may sound slightly cheesy try it out. We all need a little cheese in our life every now and then! I went so far as to label the tip LOVE THYSELF.

Love Thyself – Have you heard the cliché what you resist persists? If you haven’t now you have, and by the way it is so true. Resisting your current body will only keep the lbs on and further more leave you feeling helpless, frustrated, and annoyed. So, freaking love yourself up now!

Take post its, write down kind words that your best friend would say about you. If you must talk it through with a close friend, do it. This is to help you realize all the great body and mind qualities you have, and most of the time we can’t see past our own flaws, so get someone that loves you involved. Take these “love notes” and post them up on your bathroom mirror, on the dashboard of your car, or even text them to yourself. I want you to write things like “I am too sexy for my shirt”, and stuff like that. It should of course be in your words, but that is the kind of thing I am talking about.

Also, by the way there is some science backing this craziness up. When you are feeling confident and loving yourself, even in small spurts of time, you relax and when you relax your body is NOT in emergency mode. When your body goes into emergency stress mode, your body shuts off the calorie burning machine to conserve, and no fat can be lost. However, in relaxation mode you will jump start your metabolism and you will start to see some changes physically AND mentally.

There is a method to my madness!

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Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel is a Weight-Loss Coach committed to helping women find their paths to losing weight and keeping it off by taking small steps to lead a healthier, thinner and more energetic life. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.