Hey Jude, Spa Style

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Na, na, na, na-na-na, SPA! If there’s one way to take a sad song and make it better… that would be listening to it during a long, luxurious spa treatment. (Preferably one that you only paid $50 for.)

If you know a thing or two about me, you know that my alter-ego is a Beatles hippie child, by blood. Why do you think I was named Michelle? And my middle name, Joni? After John Lennon, of course! A little Google search lead me to this beautiful, massage-worthy version of Hey Jude, THE PERFECT marriage of my facial-fiending, spa-lebrity self and my deeply rooted love, love, love for the Fab Four.

Sit back, relax, press play and don’t make it bad… the weekend is here! Tell us: Would you request a Beatles spa soundtrack in your next spa treatment?

Best of the 60s: Your Flower Power Playlist

We’ll never quite experience the glory of Woodstock ’69 again, but these August summer days are always somehow able to bring out the hippie child within.

While you’re off winning champagne and roses, tune in to this flower power mix of sixties greats. Zone out in Strawberry Fields with The Beatles while The Doors light your fire and Janis Joplin lets you take another piece of her heart now baby.

Nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for this decade. Rock on!

Respect – Aretha Franklin
Louie, Louie – The Kingsmen
Hey Jude – The Beatles
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
Light My Fire – The Doors
Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
A Day In The Life – The Beatles
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Wild Thing – Troggs
Runaround Sue – Dion
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
House of The Rising Sun – The Animals
Piece Of My Heart – Janis Joplin
Pinball Wizard – The Who
With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone
In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys


Although it’s the only appropriate time of the year to whip out The Cheesiest Love Songs Ever mix (click to listen at your own risk)… it’s also a time to appreciate the perennial music that inspires us year round.

The Beatles have brought immeasurable amounts of love to the world with some of most meaningful lyrics, poignant harmonies, and greatest love songs of all time. But The Beatles’ message of love isn’t simply about loving another person; it’s about loving oneself and finding peace.

A new Beatles movement has taken the form of a yoga class called All You Need Is Love Yoga, where participants go on the emotional Yogic journey to the rhythm of The Beatles. Founder MacKenzie Pause (twitter) has combined her two great loves to create this class, and tells SWD the songs she uses most:

“I’d say some of the classics that make it in each class are Across The Universe, Let It Be, Strawberry Fields Forever, Something, And I Love Her, and Here Comes The Sun. The possibilities are endless as sitar driven songs like Love You To work well and compliment string heavy songs like Eleanor Rigby,” she shares. “Sometimes solo works like Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and Lennon’s Imagine make an appearance. Their catalogue gives so many opportunities from soothing melodies to relevant lyrical content to eastern influenced instruments and thoughts.”

Now… whether it’s for the love of yourself, your body, your life, or the love of your life… we want to know which Beatles song inspires you most.

The Prize:

We’ve partnered with The Fest For Beatles Fans (thefest.com) to give away a  plush 39″ All You Need Is Love rug (pictured above), part of The Beatles Handmade Rug Collection by Hallon Design Sweden. A $225 value.

To Enter:

Tell us, what is your favorite Beatles love song or specific lyric?

Write your answers in the comments below. Contest ends when Valentine’s Day is over (but love never dies!). One winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Monday, February 15th.

2/15 UPDATE: The results are in! The die-hard Beatles fan and now-winner of SWD’s All You Need is Love Contest was chosen at random (see?):
That’s right, number 90 is you, Zachary Deanglis! Till there was you… everyone else had a chance. Please email to Michelle @ spaweekmedia.com for instructions on how to claim your prize. Congratulations, and thank you to all 549 of you who entered! Visit thefest.com to browse thousands more lovable Beatles items… and if you’re wondering where all these Beatles fans are coming from… here you go.

Little Luxury Gift Guide: Give Quality Time


Little luxuries are all around us if you know where to look – be it a bright red lipstick that makes you feel like a movie star on a Monday morning, a mini-facial that makes you glow inside and out, or a book that takes you to the other side of the world. These tiny everyday gems are anxiously waiting to be discovered by you and wrapped with a bow, and each chapter of the LLGG seeks to deliver a new morsel of inspiration to you and your holiday season. Fancy shmancy is out; it’s those legendary “small packages” that hold the key to a perfect season of giving

When life is busy and then gets even busier, you realize there is truly no greater luxury than time. Time to sleep, time for the spa, time to cook breakfast, time for yoga, time to catch up on your DVR… are there ever enough hours in the day? And then there’s the big one: time for family and friends. If time has gotten away from you, give the symbolic gift of time to someone you’d like to spend more of it with. Then, make plans and make it happen!

1. Beatles HELP! Alarm Clock, available at TheFest.com – $25

This everything-Beatles website has 11 clocks to choose from – a way to say to an old Beatles fan friend, “Heyyy, remember that time…” 

2. TIX Led Clock, available at ThinkGeek.com – $39.99

A geeky, endearing way to say: “Let’s leave the cryptic morse code communicado in our past.”

3. Eco-Friendly Water-Powered Clock by Bedol, available at bedolwhatsnext.com – $16

All it takes is water, and BAM- this clock is friendly. Say: “Shall we go for a swim, or can we make time to be friendlier without the water?”

4. To:Ca Wood LED Clock, available (on backorder as of 12/6) at coolstuffcheap.com – $146.89

A way to say you miss them and haven’t changed. “I’m still I’m still Jenny from the block!”

5. Gear Clock Modern Time, available at coolstuffcheap.com – $61.89 

It’s been a while since you’ve made time to each other. Say: “It’s time to get our butts in gear.”

6. Clock Coffee Table, available at coolclockshop.com – $355.99 

Gather round the big clock in the middle of the living room, rest your wine, tell stories around it… nothing says “Gooooood times” quite like it.

7. 3D Neon-Diner Roller Girl Clock, available at generationstore.com – $54.99

In the 1950s, neon had transformed the American roadside into a magical, luminous wonderland. Now this retro clock would be great at transforming a friend’s kitchen. A perfect way to say: “I wanna Winnebago down the American roadside with you and stop at every single diner like it’s 1952.” Or something like that.

spa week gift card sale

Or, perhaps instead of watching the clock tick by any longer, why not get a $100 SPA WEEK® Gift Card for each of you, and then book an spa appointment together? $100 cards are on sale for just $80 this holiday season, and they’re redeemable nationwide for facials, massages, acupuncture, haircuts, pedicures, med spa treatments and more. The card is flexible and never expires. And, with a gift like this, neither will your friendship.