Monday, March 20, 2017

Get $50 Spa Treatments This Spring During Spa Week, April 17-23

We love Spa Week. And it's back, April 17-23, 2017. When else can you book luxe spa services for only $50? Available at day spas nationwide, Spa Week is the time to pamper and treat yourself to a facial, massage, mani/pedi or alternative therapy like acupuncture, cupping or floatation tank therapy. So what are you waiting for?  Book your $50 treatments today!


Spa & Wellness gift cards can now be purchased at select retailers like CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid nationwide, and can be used at many of the spas participating in Spa Week.


About Spa Week
The Spa Week concept was born on a rainy spring morning in 2004. The goal was simple: bring the spa and wellness experience to the masses by offering full service treatments, normally costing hundreds of dollars, for just $50 dollars each. No longer would a trip to the spa be considered an indulgence and something relegated to the wealthy few. Spa Week was the vehicle that was destined to change an industry and make a spa visit part an affordable healthy lifestyle.
After months of research and organization, Spa Week was officially launched in October 2004. The beginning was humble at best with a mere 25 spas participating in the New York area. Never once during those long months of planning did I ever dream that the Spa Week franchise would be embraced the way it has. The response was both overwhelming and instantaneous—Spa Week became an instant cultural phenomenon.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Fashion Trends Spotlight: Vegan Handbags from Veggani

During Fashion Week, Everything She Wants went to a preview for Laura de Waal's stylish vegan handbag line, Veggani.  I'm a huge animal welfare advocate and appreciate the idea of swapping a leather handbag for one made with quality vegan leather. So I chatted with the Philly designer via email about what inspires her, her cool hometown, and more.

Me modeling Veggani's 'Maya' bag./ESW


Everything She Wants: How did you get started?


Laura de Waal: I attended art school (SMFA) in Boston and then did an internship with a retail company which really started me down my path of design. I continued to design and work for other brands for the next few years.  Throughout my twenties I shuffled back and forth between the design retail world and working for non profits. As a little girl, my best friend and I always thought that we would start a brand together. 

Unfortunately, due to literally residing on different continents now, my childhood BFF is not my design partner, though her own talent and creativity still inspire me. For my SS16 Line the 'ACE' bag is named in honor of her. Ultimately, I want to create beautiful modern handbags that have a positive impact on the people creating them and a positive energy for the people buying them.   

ESWWhy did you start a vegan handbag line?


Laura: I myself have always been an animal lover and advocate.  I have fostered over 12 dogs in the past and have been a proud ‘mommy’ over the years, currently to an adopted cat and two adopted dogs.  I am also a vegan and once I really cared about what I was putting in my body the logical step was to also care about what I am putting on my body.  I did not feel there were enough modern vegan brands out there to promote this growing conscientious lifestyle. I also wanted to stay true to myself and of course not harming animals in the process of creating my line was very important.  

Today, that is also much easier with the quality of materials that we now have available out there.  Many of our linings are made from post consumer plastic bottles and the hand feel is really luxurious and super soft.




Veggani styles from the Fall and Spring/Summer lines./ESW

ESW: One of your bags is named 'Maya' after Maya Angelou. What do you find most inspiring about Dr. Angelou?

Laura: I name all of my bags after women which I find inspiring and do so as a small nod to them as they are the women who have made me who I am today.  There is nowhere on the site or the bags themselves that I explain the name of each bag as it is more of a small personal touch in my creative process, however you are correct the Maya was named after Maya Angelou.

I feel like Maya Angelou’s raw insightfulness and also beautiful way to express herself through her poetry has been inspiring to many people.  I have always admired her writing since reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  I think she was a beautiful soul and was not afraid to share herself or her art with the world.  My 'Maya' bag holds more than you expect and is simple yet beautiful and lays effortlessly on your shoulder.


One of Philly's many murals./Visit Philly


ESW Philly is such a cool city. What are a few of your favorite vegan restaurants and places to shop and explore?

Laura: If you are vegan and in Philadelphia then you may want to do yourself a favor and try VEDGE as it has been described as one of the best vegan restaurants in America.
Also in Philly, a cute little store that I like to visit is Art Star in the Northern Liberties area.  
It's like visiting a mini hipster craft fair and I always leave with something original, and right across the street is Soy Cafe where you can grab a vegan smoothie before continuing to explore the city. Or if you want to relax longer, half a block away is Green Eggs which serves an awesome vegan French toast and other ridiculous good brunch food for the non-vegans in your group.  To be honest Philadelphia has become very veggie and vegan friendly, most restaurants offer something interesting to serve their vegan customers.  You can even get the famous philly cheesesteak vegan versions: try Tattoed MomJoe’s Steaks or Govinda’s.

For shopping, If you are in center city near Rittenhouse Square, the Anthropologie there is in a beautiful building and was one of the original stores (Anthro is a Pennsylvania brand). Also in Rittenhouse, swing by Philly Eye Works for our local fabulous eyewear in great candy colors.  

To do something a little off the beaten path from visiting the Liberty Bell, we have the ‘Magic Gardens’ on South Street which is a huge art installation of found objects and glass tiles started in the 1960's covering a whole building and courtyard. [For more street art], you can also take a tour by Mural Arts to learn about the murals and graffiti across Philadelphia.  With Philadelphia having more [public] murals in the U.S than any other city, you can also just stroll the city and stumble across many on your own.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Spring Break Workout Tips: Get a Brazilian Carnival Queen Body!

Even if you can't travel to Brazil for Carnival, you can get a toned Brazilian bod that will rival any Carnival Queen. As Rio de Janeiro gears up for 2017’s festivities, long-time Rio procession dancer and Notthinghill Carnival Queen, Juliana Campos, tells Everything She Wants how she keeps her body fit and toned.

“You don’t need a gym and fancy equipment to raise your metabolism, burn fat and tone," says Campos, an exercise coach and fitness expert. "Doing a workout at home with household objects and your favorite music can build that perfectly toned Brazilian figure."




WARM UP

Choose some great music - preferably with a Brazilian drumbeat – and dance for 15 minutes. Then do 100 star jumps.


CARDIO RESISTANCE

Sofa steps: Make the sofa your best friend, but for exercise, not to lounge about on! Holding a litre bottle of water in each hand, step up onto the sofa and lift the bottles of over your head. When you step down, go into the squat position, and repeat the whole procedure 3 x 10. Finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Chair press ups: Place a chair in front of you with its back securely flush with the wall.  Then placing your hands the width of the chair seat and assume the press position, and press up and down 3 x 10. Again, finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Mountain climbing: Either on a chair or on the floor, keep your hands at shoulder-width. Then, with a straight back and legs, bring your right knee towards your right elbow, and then the same with your left, just as if you’re climbing a mountain. Repeat 3 x 20, and finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Chair squats: Placing a chair behind you, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms parallel to the floor at shoulder level. Sit down and get up again, all the time keeping that straight back. To get up, you should use your quads and your abs – not your back. 3 x 10 and finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Walking lunges: Walk like a duck around your house, with your knees almost touching the floor. Keeping your spine very straight, make sure you do 30 lunges with each leg. Finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Kick-out squats: Squat down with your feet hip width apart and kick back with your right leg, and then the left. Repeat 3 x 10 and – you’ve guessed it! – finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Stretch: Always end your workout by stretching all your muscles properly.


DIET TIPS

Juliana is keen to stress that achieving and keeping a "Carnival Queen body" isn’t all about exercise – it's just as important to think about what you eat, too.
  • Before your workout, she recommends having a black coffee with a teaspoonful of coconut oil stirred into it. This will speed up your metabolism and do wonders for your workout. Also, drink lots of water while you’re training – you need to keep hydrated as well as flush out waste products. 
  • Eat light, lean and clean – salads with plenty of olive oil for example. Fish is great, but Juliana’s mantra is “meat’s a treat for twice a week." Avoid junk food, butter, fried food and sugary drinks. When you go out for dinner, politely ask the waiter/chef that you like your food light, lean and clean. 
  • Eliminate butter and salt from your diet, ask for lemon on the side, and add a little bowl of olive oil for flavor. Sometimes it’s good to relax a bit and "cheat" on the weekend. Have a little of what you fancy – a pizza or burger, for example – but no more than half a portion. 
  • For a healthy, antioxidant-packed snack, try Juliana’s favorite ‘Acai in the Bowl’ recipe. It's made with pieces of banana and tastes like ice cream.  Yum!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Taraji Wears Edgy Hair and Reem Acra at the SAG Awards

Actress Taraji P. Henson dazzled in designer Reem Acra and made a powerful plea for unity as her film Hidden Figures took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She also slayed with a “chic but edgy undercut style” created by celebrity hairstylist Tym Wallace.

"When thinking about Taraji's look- wanted to focus on her inner beauty and personality. Her versatility and command of any screen translates -- from Empire’s ‘Cookie Lyons’ to Hidden Figures’ "Katherine Johnson’,” explains the stylist.


Photos by Tym Wallace

Exclusively for Everything She Wants readers, here is a step – by – step guide to help you recreate Taraji’s flawless hairstyle:


2) Next, section the hair and blowdry with an Olivia Gardner round brush and fav tool, Dyson Supersonic hair dryer.

3) Once dry, section the hair to create an edgy undercut with Wahl Clippers.

4) Next, create large waves using the Harry Josh ProTools Ceramic Styling Iron. Bonus: Add a little pop with custom-colored Indique hair extensions using Pravana color system.

5) After letting the waves set, brush out downward using a small Mason Pearson brush.


Voila, effortless beauty!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Winter Skincare Tips for Ethnic Skin from 303 Face I Body

Winter weather is harsh on your skin -- often leaving you with dehydrated skin on your face, chapped lips and brittle cracked feet. Not a pretty picture. But there are steps you can take to keep your skin supple and moisturized. To help you get a summertime glow, even during a snow storm, Everything She Wants chatted with 303 Face | Body founder Marci Lundy about her products and her winter skincare regimen.

Everything She Wants: What motivated you to start your own skincare business?

Marci Lundy: After moving to Colorado from Southern California in 2010, my skin was screaming for moisture!! Although beautiful, the state of Colorado leaves your skin horribly dry. The products that I used in California were a no-go here in Colorado. I took the knowledge that I already had about shea butter and aloe vera and began creating body balm blends, as well as doing a lot of homework on a myriad of oils and butters. Over the course of a year, I began testing the products on both my husband and I, making products for friends in exchange of their honest feedback.

ESW: What is the significance of the name 303 Face | Body?

Marci: The ‘303’ in 303 Face | Body is the main area code for Denver, Colorado, where I currently reside. I thought it was very fitting, because that is the birthplace of my idea to begin the company. 303 Face | Body was the ultimate winner after an assortment of name changes. Originally the name was.. get this.. 303 Dolls Face and Body, by Montage by Marci. Hah! That was because I was incorporating my photography company into the name of the skincare line. 

I also wanted people that used products from 303 Face | Body to be referred to as 303 Dolls, which ultimately I do refer to them as that, and occasionally use that as one of the companies hashtags. As far as marketing, labels, and sensibility, I figured simplicity was best, and as the company gained popularity, I felt that 303 Face | Body was the best name.

ESW: When it comes to ethnic skin care, what are a few of the most important ingredients black women need for our skin?

Marci: Moisture. Moisture. Moisture. Shea butter and aloe vera are so valuable in keeping skin supple, free of dryness, and helping to radiate our skin's natural glow. Drinking a sufficient amount of water is very important of course, but if you’re not also proactive in making sure to moisturize your skin on the outside with nourishing butters and balms in a consistent skincare regimen.. it will show.




ESW: Your photography is showcased with your product shots on Etsy. How long have you been a photographer?

Marci: My dad bought my first camera at age seven, and the rest is history. The ability to capture a structure, flower, or something as simple as a crack in a sidewalk in a way that others may never have noticed prior to seeing your photography is just as rewarding as being able to offer someone a skincare moisturizer that will heal a persistent skincare issue they’ve had. The last ten years, I’ve been an active freelance photographer. I take countless photos every day; it’s simply in my blood.

ESW: Please give my readers a few winter skincare tips and which of your products can be used to achieve the best results.

Marci: Moisturize everyday, all through the day.. hourly! If you’re checking your Facebook or Instagram feed, you can take the Everything Balm by 303 Face | Body out of your purse and have a mini self care session of moisturizing in a snap. 

Dry and cracked winter lips are an absolute nightmare. Make sure you’re free and clear from that negative experience by having the Icy Lemonade Lip Creme by 303 Face | Body in tow at all times. 

While temps are cold and winds are brutal, start and end your day with a consistent skincare regimen. The Poppy Block Soap by 303 Face | Body for washing your face, and Euca-Visage Eucalyptus Gel for after face washing moisture. 

Lastly, make sure not to overlook your body just because its covered in layers of clothing during the winter! The Hot Stone Therapy Bar and Fusion Face + Body Oil from 303 Face | Body will ensure that your skin stays undeniably soft during the wintertime and beyond.




ESW: Where can people purchase your products?

Marci: I'm on Etsy. You can also find 303 Face | Body products at 303facebodyorganics.com. And I’m currently in the process of working with boutiques in New York and Florida. One of the most delightful gifts for me in launching this company has been the ability to share and introduce 303 Face | Body products to others. 

We should all feel our best and most confident in our own skin, and this natural skincare line is meant to heal and nourish skin so that foundation and powder are no longer needed. You can comfortably be free of any sort of cover up. There is also a brow moisturizer that helps strengthen and thicken brows.. it's all about, “Pure. You.” That is the companies slogan.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Get Ready for Flu Season with Chloraseptic Sore Throat Relief

Just in time for the holiday season, it's also cold and flu season. Yay! And if you're on the fence about the flu shot, there are tried-and-true drugstore remedies like Chloraseptic®, the #1 sore throat relief, that we count on every year for relief from nagging symptoms. 




Chloraseptic® lozenges and sprays provide fast-acting relief for sore throats and mouth pain. But the rest is literally up to you. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay healthy and germ free during the holidays from Chloraseptic® expert Maria M. Mantione, Associate Clinical Professor at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Services.

  • Stay home: The holidays mean parties and gatherings – and many people attend even when they are sick. Do your best to avoid others who are sick – and if you have a cold, stay home.
  • Get some fresh air: Ventilate as best you can if the weather allows it. During the winter months, we are more likely to stay indoors. When weather permits, open up your windows and let some fresh air in.
  • Be prepared: Have Chloraseptic® throat lozenges on hand when you travel. The air on airplanes is very dry – which can cause a sore, scratchy throat. Chloraseptic® lozenges are a great way to keep your throat feeling great.
  • Rest up: Many people drink more alcohol around the holidays – and that can worsen the quality of your sleep. Being well rested is a great way to prevent colds from making you sick. And try not to over indulge in alcoholic beverages.
  • Sanitize everything: Wash your hands and wipe down surfaces that many people touch – like keyboards, doorknobs, telephones and elevator buttons. Use hand sanitizer – but only if you can’t wash your hands with soap and water (the only way to get rid of all types of viruses).




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty, Jewelry and Fashion Picks Under $50

After a stressful election season, we can all find comfort in more than a little retail therapy. And getting a great deal makes shopping even more fun. So as you continue your Christmas and holiday gift picking, here are a few custom jewelry, beauty and fashion finds under $50.




1. 

Nothing says holiday gift quite like an engraved or monogrammed piece of jewelry. That's why we love Brook & York custom rings and necklaces (from $46). The rings come in a variety of styles and are available in silver, gold and rose gold. Necklaces are also available in tortoise, blonde marble and black marble acrylic. All of Brook & York's beautifully crafted jewelry is born in the USA.




2. 

Holiday hair, we do care. Available exclusively at Sephora, Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture’s Scent & Shine Oil Collection ($26 each), offers a trio of silicone-free and antioxidant-packed lightweight oils, each with a distinct, signature fragrance. Each product in the line provides different benefits geared toward your styling needs and texture of choice.

Choose from:
  • Brassica Seed Oil to smooth & silken heat styled hair
  • Coconut Oil to add shine and protect against humidity
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil to hydrate extra dry hair and scalps.

Each oil will refresh styles in between full washes with their subtly scented formulas and give a conditioning and shine boost for dry, thirsty hair. Perfect for wet or dry styling, each oil can also be blended with other products for a personalized treatment that meets your specific hair needs. The line is cruelty-free, and contains no paraben, sulfates, phthalates, artificial colors or fragrance, mineral oil or alcohol.





3. 

'Tis the season to sparkle. And girls of any age will just wanna have fun with a Hard Candy makeup gift set (from $9.88) that includes the Walmart exclusive brand's best lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes, blushes, makeup brushes, and more.






4. 

Women love shoes, and usually have a closetful. But most men will wear the same pair until there's a hole in the sole. Well, here's a game changer in the men's footwear marketplace. Every season, King & Stone presents subscribers with a highly-curated selection of on-trend designs to choose from. 

The company delivers four pairs of shoes per year (one pair per season) for a simple monthly subscription rate of $25. When the new season drops, all subscribers have to do is pick the style they want and their new shoes will be manufactured and shipped. Subscribers may skip a season or cancel at any time. The brand's mission is simple. "We make it easy and affordable for men to look great all year long without the hassle," says co-founder Shaun Rosenstein.