Pre-Wedding Secrets for Glowing Skin

Our Director of Digital Marketing has brought us some amazing programs, like MyWellness Rewards. But she also really brings it in the advice department; having worked in the spa business for years, she’s picked up some very handy tricks.

In our office, Niki is known as the girl who had the most radiant wedding glow we’ve ever seen (evidence to the right). And lucky for us (especially me, since I’m getting married in two months!) she’s sharing all the tricks she did in preparation for her big day.

The secret? Microdermabrasion facials, followed by a glycolic peel, followed by Radiancy LHE Microphototherapy. “I did them once a month for about 3 months before the wedding and my skin was absolutely perfect,” says Niki.

Microdermabrasion refines skin at the surface, while glycolic peels help shed those dead/wrinkled layers and tighten pores. Finally, photo therapy helps regenerate cells for your freshest, most poreless appearance yet. Each of these procedures could cost as much as $150 alone, but here’s a way to save a little money: Book them during Spa Week and spend $150 total for all three– thanks to the $50 price tag on every spa treatment during the event.

There are tons of microdermabrasion, peel, and photo facial deals, so if you’ve got a big day coming up (or just want amazing skin) head to SpaWeek.com and search for a spa near you.

Sally Hershberger’s Wedding Hair Tips

Courtesy of Sally Hershberger Salon

Have you ever gone in for a trim and ended up getting a lot more hair cut off than you wanted? It certainly has happened to us. And while the unwanted growing-out period was frustrating, we always thought it could be worse — it could have happened right before our wedding.

Well, a few of us Spa Week staffers got engaged this year, and like so many women, our wedding beauty prep began with growing out our hair. Long, tousled waves work so well with wedding gowns, and long hair gives you more options for updos, too. Needless to say, the thought of anyone bringing scissors anywhere near our hair right now just gives us the shivers.

But there’s no reason to worry. Celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger shared some tips for brides-to-be (or anyone looking for longer, stronger hair in 2013). Here’s what to do to ensure that the period between now and your big day goes smoothly:

1. Start to use hair-strengthening products if you plan to grow yours out. Sally’s pick: Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray.

2. Book a wedding hairdresser at least 8 weeks before your big day. Bring a photo of your dress to the trial!

3. Leave at least a 2-week buffer between your last cut/color appointment and your wedding, in case you need to fix any mishaps.

4. Planning on an up-do? Don’t wash your hair the day-of. Wash it the day before, as freshly-conditioned hair is too clean/slick to hold a style securely.

5. Less is more when it comes to accessories. Don’t take away from a beautiful dress (and face!) with too much bling on your hair.

 

The Ultimate Bora Bora Wedding

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is nearly synonymous with “dream honeymoon destination.” If the resort is so romantic, why not get hitched there, too? Well, that’s exactly what the hotel was hoping you’d ask…

The resort will open a Bridal Boutique this Winter, featuring a resident “Romance Butler” who will take care of all planning and preparation for your dream Bora Bora wedding. The St. Regis partnered with Norwegian fashion designer Cecilie Melli to create a line of exclusive wedding dresses available for rent or purchase at the boutique. If you’re looking to elope in paradise or plan the ultimate destination wedding, there’s certainly no better place.

“Our new wedding program brings the concept of one-stop-shopping to those brides planning a destination wedding, which in our case happens to be at of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world,” says general manager Michael Schoonewagen. Interested? The St. Regis Bora Bora Bridal Boutique will open in Winter 2013, and prices start at $400 for wedding dress rental.

And if you happen to find yourself in California this month, you have a shot to get in on one of the hotel’s first weddings by bidding on one for charity: On October 20, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resorts will auction off a $250,000 wedding at The Carousel of Hope charity event in Beverly Hills, CA. The dream wedding includes 10 nights in the Resort’s 13,000+ square foot Royal Estate Villa, made up of three separate pavilions that revolve around a private pool. It also includes a “Lady Bora Bora” gown from the new dress line, a photographer, a rehearsal dinner at the Resort’s signature restaurant, Lagoon by Jean-Georges, as well as all meals AND round trip tickets from Los Angeles to Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui. (Also included: Airport transfers, water activities and 5 nights accommodations for up to 5 additional couples to witness your big day). Good luck to anyone bidding!

For more information contact weddings@stregisborabora.com

Extreme Bride Weight Loss

Of course every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. There’s the standing up in front of all your family and friends in white, the photo evidence that may outlive your marriage and that dream dress that you just HAVE to fit into which you may have optimistically ordered a size (or two) too small. But how far would you go to make it fit?

You’ve heard of cleanses and detoxes, but by way of a feeding tube? The New York Times recently released an article featuring a relatively unknown and controversial new weight loss plan that brides-to-be are choking down. The diet uses a tube that goes through the nose and down the esophagus into the stomach to provide all nourishment, with no carbohydrates, for 10 days, supplying around 800 calories a day. Body weight is lost quickly, at times alarmingly quickly, through ketosis, the state in which the body burns fat rather than sugar.

While the side effect may be weight loss, a lot of other side effects come with a diet this extreme. “Any extreme low-calorie diet is associated with side effects, kidney stones, dehydration, headaches,” said Dr. Louis Aronne, the director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “If you lose muscle mass and water, what’s the point of that?”

This bridal accessory costs $1,500 for 10 days, which includes a screening and the equipment. There’s also the price of having to wear the tube in public. We think that trying on your final fitting with a tube down your nose seems unpleasant and won’t warrant the same joyful tears you would hope for.

For women looking for a healthier quick slim down try the following #50dollartreatments that won’t leave your bridal party questioning your mental state.

Adara Spa in Boston, MA

  • 50 Min Arasys Slimming Treatment
  • 60 Min Sudatonic Slimming Wrap

Cleansing Concepts in Westbury, NY

  • 60 Min Cleansing Concepts Exclusive Fit Body Wrap

Revive Spa in Duluth, GA

  • 45 Min Slimming Infrared Body Wrap with Cucumber and Green Tea Eye Treatment and 30 Min Reflexology Treatment with Sea Salt Foot Scrub and Aromatherapy
  • 45 Min Slimming Infrared Body Wrap with Cucumber and Green Tea Eye Treatment

Selah MediSpa & Wellness Center in Katy, TX

  • 60 Min Vibration Light Therapy Session with Dry Infrared Sauna

Spa Belle Vie in San Francisco

  • 90 Min Detox Body Slimming Wrap

The Beauty Clinic in Las Colinas, TX

  • 90 Min Aloe Vera and Seaweed Slimming Body Wrap

The Chocolate Day Spa in Costa Mesa, CA

  • 50 Min Arasys Ultimate Effortless Work-out Treatment

Vida Emanuel European Day Spa in Beverly Hills, CA

  • 50 Min Cellulite and Body Slimming Treatment

Wrapped In Wellness in Dallas, Ft. Worth, & Houston

  • 120 Min Express LA Slimming Wrap
  • 90 Min Sudatonic Infrared Weightloss Wrap

Yin Beauty & Arts Spa in New York, NY

  • 60 Min Lipo-Slimming Therapy or Infrared Pressotherapy Water Retention and Cellulite Reduction Treatment

Wedding Wednesday: One of Us Is Getting Married Friday!

This Friday the Thirteenth is the lucky day for one of our own! Our graphic designer Anne, who tirelessly creates all our banners, email blasts, homepages, media decks, gift card materials, you-name-it… is getting hitched. If you’ve been following us on Instagram or Twitter you may have picked up on it by now, but we’ve got a wedding happening, and we’re as excited as the blushing bride! (Well, almost.) Anne has been filling us in on all the charming details and we couldn’t be happier for her. From rings to dresses to celebrations, here are some of our favorite pre-wedding office moments. These should hold us over until the wedding photos.

A few weeks ago she brought her dress in to show us giddy girls a peek (also, she had a fitting that morning).

After her fitting it was time to turn her skin to a fitting color to make that dress pop with the modern bride’s secret weapon: Spray tan. Brides, always do a test spray tan at least one month before your wedding to leave ample time in case there are any splotches or peeling.

And what do we want to try on for a fitting? Anne’s stunning yellow diamond engagement ring. Just for a second. Please?

yellow diamond engagement ring

(It’s from Saks… yes, you can pick one up after your Spa Week treatment there.)

To celebrate her last day in the office before she takes the big leap, we threw her a little brunch party yesterday and gave her a “homeymoon.” We wanted Anne and her new hubby to escape from it all right here in New York, so we got her a dinner and a swanky night at The Gansevoort – Meatpacking. She deserves this!

C’mon guys you’re going to make her cry!

Anne, here’s to you and Travis and a lifetime of love, LUCK and happiness!

(And yes, he is a model.)