Spa Week Daily’s Top 11 Moments of 2011

Whoah, 2011, where have you gone!? It’s been quite the exciting year here at Spa Week. Our gift cards just launched in over 17,000 retail stores, the company is expanding quickly, our Facebookers and Tweethearts have doubled (and are better than ever – we love you!), and Spa Week Daily has taken on a real life of its own.

Kick back and let’s reminisce: After analyzing all the blog stats from 2011 along with social media impressions, we’ve compiled the most popular blog posts, memories, and moments of this incredible year. THANK YOU times a million to every single one of you who reads Spa Week Daily. You know – on those days it seem like we’re blogging into oblivion (fellow bloggers, you know what I’m talking about), it’s YOU, our wonderful readers, who keep us going. Thanks for the memories, the likes, the tweets, the comments, the suggestions and the LOVIN’ – we can’t wait to do it all over again in 2012!

11. YOU DITCHED SODA

Joy Bauer challenged Spa Week Daily readers to quit drinking soda for two weeks, and look how much healthier you are now! Yes, one of the major blog features we launched in 2011 were our Health Challenges hosted by industry experts – little lifestyle changes to try out for two weeks to make you feel your best. Out of all seven thus far, ditching soda remains #1 in terms of traffic and participation. Click through our growing Panel of Experts to your right, my left, to see each expert’s priceless life tips along with their challenge. Stay tuned for more fun in 2012!

10. FEATHERS IN YOUR HAIR

Did you fly away with the hottest hippie hair trend of 2011? Pheasant Feathers, those long, skinny pops of color that began infiltrating everyone’s hair last winter and spring, were featured right here on Spa Week Daily before they hit the bigtime. Stacey Gersten, who was later featured in the New York Times for her red-hot feather business out of her studio apartment, gave you the Pheasant Feathers How-To right here first. This beauty phenom was certainly not one for the birds!

9. THE NO POO MOVEMENT

Speaking of hippie hair trends… women from all walks of life joined together for the No Poo Movement in 2011, ditching their trusty, but often too harsh, shampoos in the name of healthier, smoother and more lustrous locks. The theory is: that annoying “grease” that builds up is actually good for your tresses, and if you can hold off from cleaning it for a bit, it’ll do you good. Some managed for two whole months, while others, like Michelle, experimented for just a week. See how she fared for 7 days with the help of hair tools, products and accessories, and YES it was totally worth it!

8. SPA WEEK JOINS FORCES WITH THE BIGGEST NAMES IN WELLNESS

First came our Get Fit For Summer sweeps with America’s toughest trainer, Jillian Michaels, then Today Show nutritionist Joy Bauer co-hosted our Fast Track to Health giveaway. Then we gave away spiritual leader Deepak Chopra‘s brand new Leela video game along with an Xbox + Kinect. Now, we’ve partnered with nutrition expert and author Keri Glassman to give away a grandiose nutrition package and a lavish trip to… WAIT, you didn’t see it yet!? It’s time to change that.

7. THE HOT MOM SPA SQUAD GOT HOTTER

Although born in 2010, 2011 was really the year our Hot Mom Spa Squad caught fire. In an effort to encourage moms everywhere to trade in Pampers for pampering, our squad is filled with mommy blogging influencers, blogging about spa and spreading the wellness word.  We’ve got nearly 100 (VERY HOT) moms involved so far, and our squad is expanding all the time. We also hosted our first ever big Hot Mom Spa Night NYC. There were much-deserved massages, mini-facials and perfect eyebrow waxes for all, and check out the video… your kid did WHAT!?

6. AND YOU THOUGHT VAJAZZLING WAS DEAD…

“Vajazzle.” “Vajazzling pics.” ”Vajazzling during sex.” ”Vagazzle” spelled wrong, although it does admittedly make more sense that way. Although in 2011 we’ve hardly let out a peep about that infamous break-out beauty trend of yesteryear (landing #1 on our 2010 roundup), we still get a significant number of curious folks Googling their way to Spa Week Daily to get the lowdown on putting sparkly crystals on their lady parts. If our organic blog traffic is any indicator, vajazzling is not dead, my friends! (Even though vajazzling trendsetter Cindy Barshop’s reality TV career is.) On a more 2011-y note, the boys have hopped on the bandwagon too. Our Pejazzling photo shoot is where it’s at.

5. TWEETING YOUR LITTLE HEARTS OUT

In July we launched our first ever “Tweet-a-thon,” a fun, fast-paced product-a-day giveaway called #WinDailyWinItAll, where the grand prize winner literally won it ALL. The theme was “summer fun,” so graphic yoga mats, sunglasses and popchips all made the hot list. To close out the year, we twisted the tweet-a-thon and wrapped it in tinsel for the holidays – have you checked out #12DaysOfWellness yet? It’s gotten thousands of twitterbirds singing, come join in the fun!

4. A 9/11 NOD TO FREEDOM

This year we held hands and held our heads high as the ten-year anniversary of the saddest day in recent American history came and went. We were thrilled to be able to feature an exclusive look behind the rebuilding of Ground Zero, from the point of view of one of the construction workers on the job. Check out Stephanie’s exclusive interview and close-up photos from One World Trade Center, proudly one of our post trafficked posts of the year.

3. HERE COMES THE BRIDE, THERE SHE GOES VIRAL

Whether you’re getting married soon or not, our Wedding Wednesday column has proven to be fun for all. We’ve posted a handful of wedding diddies this year that got quite the resounding I DO. Take a walk back down the aisle with the top wedding posts of 2011: The most epic wedding video ever (Dirty Bit!), that phat throwback 90s wedding music video invitation (saved $1000, yeah don’t be jealous!), 12 adventurous cake concepts, and how to be super creative about announcing your engagement on Facebook.

2. EATING FOR BEAUTY

Amazing, healthy skin is something we all strive for, and understandably one of the main reasons many of you visit Spa Week Daily in the first place. Well, one of THE most popular blog posts of 2011 was Michelle’s triumphant skincare diet experiment: Dr. Perricone’s 3-day “Eat for Beauty” Skincare Diet. In 3 days this strict diet made her skin glow like no other, and made us all believe that salmon, eggs, greens, olive oil and a handful of other specific natural foods could trump any serum or scrub in your beauty cabinet. In fact, Dr. Perricone made this diet his Spa Week Daily Health Challenge. If you haven’t yet, try it for your next big event!

1. ALL YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW: WHEN IS SPA WEEK!?

In the ranks of our most trafficked posts, it makes us smile that the Official Announcement of the Spa Week 2011 Dates came out in the top of the top! Those $50 spa treatments are the core of our company, indeed. Between social sharers and Googlers, it’s a fact: Everybody wants to know when Spa Week is. So, what are the Spring and Fall dates for 2012, you ask? You’ll just have to wait for the official blog post to come in the New Year! Blog traffic aside, we can’t wait to spread word about Spa Week’s flagship event; to pamper North America once again in $50 relaxation, beauty, health and wellness.

Here’s to another great year – see you in 2012!

9 Treatments at 8 Spas in 7 Days: The Ultimate Spa Week, Live-Streamed!

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I wasn’t kidding when I said in the Spa Crawl Video to take advantage and TRY AS MANY $50 SPA TREATMENTS AS POSSIBLE DURING SPA WEEK®. Well, how hypocritical I would be if I didn’t go through with it myself? In the spirit of wellness, relaxation, overindulgence and experimentation, for each of the 7 days of Spa Week, Monday April 12th through Sunday April 18th, I tried out and live-broadcasted an unusual spa treatment from one of our nearly 800 spas.

From a Caviar Facial to Colon Hydrotherapy to Botox to Vajazzling… my Spa Week got a little crazy.

Why? It’s all in the name of bringing the spa lifestyle to real life, answering your questions, and making you fully aware of what to expect inside any treatment. Banish the fear of awkward or intimidating situations at the spa by getting acquainted with the process beforehand.

Click the links below each treatment; there’s been absolutely NO EDITING. Learn, live vicariously, and then go experience it for yourself!

SPA WEEK SPRING 2010 SCHEDULE:

MONDAY, 10:00 AM: 60 Minute Caviar Facial
Dyanna Body Nail Salon & Spa, 40 East 21st Street, 212.995.2355‎
See it here: Caviar Facial – The Royal Treatment

TUESDAY, 12:00 Noon: Full Session Cellulite Reduction with Endermologie
American Cellulite Reduction Center, 611 Broadway, Suite 907 K, 212.982.8779
See it here:
Beating Cellulite with Edermologie

WEDNESDAY, 9:00 AM: 45 Minute Fusion Massage
Spa Merge, 102-108 West 57th Street, 646.484.4104

See it here:
Spa Merge, the Midtown Gates of Heaven

THURSDAY, 10:30 AM: 60 Minute Colon Hydrotherapy (postponed until Friday)
Beljanski Wellness Center, 150 East 55th Street, Sixth Floor, 212.832.6800
See it here:
The Sh*tshow.

FRIDAY, 4:00 PM: Prevelle Lip Lumping and a Botox Brow Lift (Double Whammy!)
SmoothMED, 111 East 59th Street, 212.371.7666
See it here: Botox On The Go – Is This The Future?

SATURDAY, 1:00 PM: 50 Minute March Forward Pedicure
Deva Spa, 425 Broome Street, 646.454.4300
See it here: A Pedi To Remember

SUNDAY, 11:00 AM: 60 Minute Slimming Sampler
Studio 57 Skin & Body Care Spa, 57 West 57th Street, Suite 710, 212.758.6383
See it here: The Live Slimming Tweetment

Bonus:

SUNDAY AFTERNOON DELIGHT, 5:00 PM: Vajazzling
Completely Bare – Bond, 25 Bond Street, 212.366.6060
See it here: Vajazzling Live Broadcast

Free live streaming by Ustream If you’re feeling inspired and want to live-stream or tweet your own spa treatments to share with others, we fully support it! Let us know by tweeting @SPAWEEK and we’ll help you get the word out.

Spa treatments above were provided complimentary by each of the spas.

VAJAZZLE: The Live Video Broadcast

Ycompletely-bareou’ve seen the Vajazzle photos everywhere… you’ve seen the Vajazzle video… you’ve read the Man’s take on Vajazzling in the bedroom… and maybe you’ve even been privy to hearing about Penazzling, now offered for men who felt left out of the whole craze. But last night we took Vajazzling to a whole new level: The Live Vajazzle Broadcast.

For the newbies: What in the world IS Vajazzling? Vajazzling is a 2 part process. First comes the Brazilian wax – removal of your hair down there. Or if you get lasered and are already bare, you can skip the wax and move right to part 2:  The application of an adhesive Swarovski crystal design to the forward-facing part of the vagina. Jennifer Love Hewitt started the Vajazzling trend back in January, although Completely Bare Spa has been offering this treatment under the radar for 12 years now under the name “Completely Bare With A Flare.” And then in February, we were thrilled to help bring the trend mainstream by sending Bryce Gruber to make the first-ever Vajazzling video, and then offering it during Spa Week for just $50. If you missed it during Spa Week, lucky for you they’re extending their $50 offers an extra week. Call up and try Vajazzling for less than half the usual price! But wait… not so sure you’re the “Vajazzling type”? Now you can make a more educated decision.

Just like all the treatments we live-streamed during Spa Week, our goal is to show you the real-deal insider peek at every spa treatment in the world. How much does it hurt? How long does it take? Are there SPAwkward moments? No editing here… it’s exactly what you want to know if you REALLY want to know. Although there are no graphic shots of my private parts, this will give you a new look into what you can expect at a Vajazzling appointment at Completely Bare Spa.

The intro (sequined “Vajazzle outfit” optional), the choosing of the crystals, and the Brazilian wax:

Brazilian Wax Part 2, and then getting sparkly:

EXIT POLL: Interview with 2 first-time Vajazzlers AND Brazilian Waxers. How much did it hurt? Would you recommend it to others?

Good to know: Completely Bare guarantees their Vajazzles for 5 days, or they’ll replace your crystals for free.

Completely Bare – Bond
25 Bond Street
New York, NY 10014
212.366.6060

Completely Bare – Scarsdale
12 Chase Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
212.366.6060

WIN VAJAZZLING! Part 2 of Our Flashiest Sweepstakes Yet

There’s va-va-voom in the air like never before this Spa Week® season! As if $50 spa treatments for a week isn’t enough to celebrate, we’ve got 2 big flashy firsts, and we’re celebrating them both right here, right now, with 2 flashy sweepstakes.

Contest 2. WIN VAJAZZLING

Garnering almost a million hits on our Vajazzling YouTube video, Spa Week® officially helped start the Vajazzle fire by sending Bryce Gruber of TheLuxurySpot.com to check out the sparkliest waxing treatment of them all… with a camera crew.

We’ve got 4 ahead-of-the-curve spas on board offering the Vajazzling treatment this season— in NYC, Westchester, just north of Boston, and in Maryland. While you can try it out for just $50 during Spa Week, each of them is giving one lucky lady the chance to experience it for free!

Completely Bare – Bond | New York, NY | 212.366.6060

Completely Bare – Scarsdale | Scarsdale, NY | 212.366.6060

Sweet Escape Spa and Skin Care Boutique | Winchester, MA | 781.368.9338

Strippers Waxing Salon & Boutique | Waldorf, MD | 301.885.1929

TO ENTER

1. Comment below and say which city you’d want to be Vajazzled in, and why. Only enter if you are in proximity to one of the Vajazzling spas. Include your Twitter name and link your email address in your comment.

2. Follow @SPAWEEK and tweet this: Enter to win Vajazzling from @SPAWEEK in their Flashiest Sweepstakes Yet! http://ow.ly/1sE88

Contest Details

Contest will end 11:59 pm EST on April 18th, the day Spa Week® ends. All treatments won will be redeemable after Spa Week® is over.

One winner will be chosen at random for each of the 4 Vajazzling treatments. Winners will be notified via email. Please link your name with a valid email address.

Click here for the Vegas Vacation Giveaway

UPDATE: The lucky winners of our flashiest sweepstakes taking home vajazzling are…

1. Tami Flood (@sweetnsourlady)  in New York (Bond St. or Westchester)
2. Nanzniche (@nantaztic ) in New York (Bond St. or Westchester)
3. Karla Dillon (@kdillon) in Massachusetts
4. Jess (@Jesserker ) in DC

Please email Michelle [at] spaweekmedia [dot] com to redeem your prize!

VAJAZZLING: The Man’s Experience… In Bed

Last week when chatting on a BlogTalk radio show, the topic of Vajazzling—the most buzzed about $50 treatment of Spa Week this season—obviously came up in conversation. The #1 question of the segment our listeners wanted answered was right to the point: What do men think of the bedazzling phenomenon? And not just after seeing the Vajazzling videoafter experiencing it. In the bedroom.

Well, ask and you shall receive… yesterday we posed this question on Spa Week Daily, and last night received a very detailed first-hand account via email (poster child included). Thank you to the sender, who shall remain anonymous.

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I think the key to a good vajazzle is the element of surprise.

I’d heard about vajazzling before and the girl I’m seeing told me she was excited to get the treatment. When she said that she wanted a disco ball down there, I imagined Michael Jackson’s diamond-studded white glove peeking out from behind the panties. I have to say I was kind of disappointed when she came back with a little pink heart. It was cool, but I expected something different, without thinking of the ramifications of the crystals (yeah, they’re actual crystals).

Now what’s the first thing you do if your woman gets vajazzled? If I have to tell you the answer to this riddle… hold on… I think that was your girlfriend calling. So this part, nothing really changes if you’re used to her being waxed. If you aren’t, that’s something that goes hand-in-hand with the whole vajazzling experience, so enjoy it.

She said the woman who vajazzled her indicated you’re not supposed to have sex right after you’re vajazzled. I’d thought there may be laceration involved (did I mention the crystals?), but there was no problem with it for us; unless you count vajazzles everywhere as a problem.

They were on the sheets, the heart was no longer in tact, they were in different places on her body and other places in the bed, on clothes… I had vajazzles stuck to my shoulder the next day… we even found one on a dish that had gone through the dishwasher. They get all over. I wanted her to remove them earlier in the week, but she insisted they stay on ’til they fell off. The novelty had run out far before the heart was indiscernible.

Obviously, if you’re a stripper, you need to get these. Every girl doesn’t have them, and if you’re the one who is done up, you think that won’t make you an extra $50 a week? I guarantee you it would. It’s like Lady Gaga – she’s never wearing the same thing so she’s always interesting to look at. Get a different design each week and your customers will come in just to see that. If you’re a serious entertainer, I feel this is a must. Clear heels are so passé anyway.

But I have to tell you, overall, I wasn’t off-the-wall thrilled with the vajazzles. If I didn’t know that it was coming, I would have been completely amazed and in awe. I think you could probably use this to spice it up in the bedroom a bit, but don’t tell him you’re going to do it, just do it. The element of surprise is essential.