Last night kicked off the Spa Week Media Party which is where editors come to enjoy a number of services to get their readers excited about Spa Week! Michelle Joni is the face behind Spa Week as she is their Director of Social Media and the Editor of Spa Week Daily - as well as a dear friend of mine. She's always on the move and everyone looks forward to her events. When we're running around in our Prada, Moschino and Fendi's we deserve to have fab pedicures, massages and facials to calm us down!
Spa Week is back and kicks off from April 16th-22nd with its signature $50 spa treatments. This time around, there are 9 Saks Fifth Avenue spas and a Neiman Marcus spa participating in the discounted spa festivities! Whether it's the first time that you have went to these spas or others that are offered within the program, it's a great way to try out a number of services that you may begin using well after these special rates! Feel free to visit Spa Week to find out what is available in your area as this takes place all over the country!
Back in March, I concluded the fun of coming off a series of long weeks that involved NY Fashion Week in Feb, Capsule (trade show) for the launch of my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 11/Holiday 11 Collection to wholesalers, my first appearances on HSN and SXSW - to relax and go to the historic Russian and Turkish Baths in the Village thanks to Spa Week! Now you can click that link and read about my experiences but the biggest take away was that this was definitely a rustic, no frills but amazing experience when done downtown! I also learned that unlike most spa treatments where you're under towels and can disrobe completely, you may not want to do so when getting a Turkish style treatment and oh yes, there is a lot of water and exfoliating involved!
As many of you know, I am one of the Curator's for Aha Life and with that comes providing decadent finds to you and parties and special events for me. I attended a pre Spa Week Party kick off that took place at the decadent Trump Soho Spa that is located in the hotel. What a fun night of henna tattoos, mini treatments and mingling! Last month, I received an email about a complimentary Turkish Hammam and realizing that I was coming off of yet another serious of chaotic events involving co-hosting a Bloomingdales x Lucky Magazine x Dior Event, going back on HSN for a second time and ending all of it with being in Dominican Republic to create my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 12 line, this would be AMAZING!
With my appointment made as soon as I got back, this past Mon I came (with bikini in hand - they do have disposable panties if you prefer) and enjoyed all that is Trump! The Turkish Hammam room is gorgeous as you lay on a marble table and the entire room is covered in mosaics of various hues. You constantly hear running water as the treatment involves you laying on the heated table, getting washed with very warm water multiple times (note that if you don't want to get your hair completely wet that you should let them know so that they can try to cover it but it will get a bit wet) and an exfoliating mitt is used all over your body (you do get to keep it but note it should only be used once to twice a week as it is very coarse). With so much heat all over you, bring a water bottle - I loved it and you can feel your body reacting to all of the stimulus around you. When you have been cleaned in every way possible your body temperature is brought back down in layers of cooler and finally COLDER water. This treatment is about exfoliating and not so much about massaging and it is one that I would definitely do once a month and know that I will be doing once Fashion Week is over. I think that I would actually do this and then go straight into a massage. There is also a Moroccan version which involves everything I described with a clay/mud. After so much attention to my body, I hung out in their Relaxation Room which allowed me to sample some phenomenal teas, read a magazine and just recover and enjoy the cool air. In addition, I could have went out on the deck and enjoyed sitting out there as well. It was definitely a fab treatment and one that I would suggest to anyone who wants to revitalize the skin and just to ensure that all those layers are no longer there!
Everyone knows that anytime Fashion Week concludes, I come back from a trip or I just need some serious clairty, then I must do a bit of Spaing. Coming back from SXSW last Wed, I was super pumped to take the fab ladies up on reviewing a place that I had heard a lot about since I have been in NYC! Russian & Turkish Baths have been around since 1892 and is in the East Village. Just coming to the building, you feel that you are walking back to another time and once you enter the doorway, you realize that you have left New York and are in another country! There are definitely spa rules as I have come to know but I must say when coming to this place, there are rules that may be slightly different then your typical rules.
Upon entering there are a number of services and I had opted for a 45 Min Scrub Combo including Salt Scrub, Mud Treatment and Soap Wash as I am always a fan of those. When I went to the desk, I winced a bit as I realized that my Jimmy Choo wallet would be leaving me (and any small valuables) and placed into a lock box and in exchange, I would receive a key to go to the locker rooms. Thankfully there was a fellow spa goer that had been there many times and he showed me where the bathrobes, shorts etc would be as he explained, "it's a little confusing for first timers". As I changed in a small room, I was thankful that he pointed me to going downstairs. Downstairs is a communal pool that people used, outer steaming and then additional rooms. When I met with the guy who would be doing my treatment, he popped me into a sauna which was super hot. I was a tad bit concerned as extreme heat and I aren't friends unless there is a beverage in my hands and with the robe I had on, I looked over to the girl in the bikini wishing that I had one as it would have been a tad more comfy. But I will say that after 5 mins of sweating, my body adjusted and it was nice.
I was motioned to go into what I can only call is a stall to lay on a mat to get my treatments. Once again, bring a bikini. If you're used to going to many or your spa sessions at Exhale, Blue Mercury etc you may be used to wearing a robe and then going under sheets - not here! Thankfully, he ran to get my bottoms and adjusted them so that I could have my treatment. The scrub experience was phenomenal and it makes me want to book a trip to go to the Dead Sea ASAP as I felt so revitalized. Although the aesthetic is no frills, I found my masseuse to be phenomenal and he asked me if everything was ok. He applied everything like an expert and even though the water to wash you off comes out of a hose, it wasn't done in a careless way. When we were done after 45 mins, I sat out in the common air to dry off with the use of the steam.
As an experience alone, it's worth coming to and I am so happy that Spa Week introduced me to it. In addition, there is definitely a community feel among the patrons as many seemed to know one another and when they see a lost looking person, they offer to help! I would say that I would definitely do this seasonally as I felt so amazing when I left! With Spa Week coming up April 11 - 17th, you can stay for the day for only $20, which is 35% off the regular price. You can sample the 5 saunas, steam rooms, cold pool and roof deck. Note that my treatment is not included in that price and is $50 courtesy of Spa Week. Make sure to get your Spa Week off to a start by visiting the site and then make your reservations after becoming a member.
We're in the final stretch of shows! Above you'll see the "calm before the storm"! This is when the fashion show has been set in terms of seats. I love when the room is empty and then you have a sea of people looking for the names and settling in. Yes there are plenty of shows to check in on but we're just days away from the end. It has definitely been an interesting Fashion Week to say the least with a number of events taking place professionally and personally! Yesterday, love definitely reigned and ruled as Kitten Lounge was one of the sponsors of Lookbook's Blogger Break Room (loving those that participated within the styling contest). It was a lot of fun to spend the day talking with friends and fans of the site! We loved seeing everyone enjoying Spa Week's amazing offerings as well as closing the night out with U'Luvka and their fabulous mixologist, Colin. There are a number of people to thank for making it a success whether you were an attendee or a sponsor but thanks to everyone! Today we have our eye on the below!
Today Kitten Lounge attends:
Rachel Roy; Lincoln Center
Chiyuki Asano and Ola Hawatmeh; The New York Salon
First off, Happy Valentine's Day lovelies! What an amazing day whether you have that significant love that you will adore more later or those who are simply in your heart as well. Whatever the situation, we love that you love us and that you'll spend the time with friends and family. Of course, we're all about the amazing day of love so it's amazing that Kitten Lounge will be one of a number of sponsors (loving that Spa Week is involved with a number of fab peeps as well) with Lookbooks for our Blogger Break Room. We're covering Fashion Week hard core so it's nice that you get the chance to hang out, relax, recharge and to enjoy a number of services. Come hang out with us as we have an amazing cocktail party at the end of the day at 4pm with U'Luvka and we're loving that everything is taking place at Lookbook's amazing loft. I will be here all day and can't wait to meet friends and catch up as sometimes there are not enough brunches in the world!
It's been quite a year and that statement in itself is a loaded one no matter what it means to you in particular! With that said, in the time of gifting others, you need to make sure that you reward yourself and give a little bonus to you! Check out the Spa Week deal which is definitely good for you and others that are on Santa's list! Get a $100 Spa Week card which is good at various participating spa vendors and yet pay $80 (the great the denomination, that's just a little extra spa time for you so if you want to buy more than $80 you'll see what you will get when you click the drop down menu)! All over North America, you can find the spa you have always wanted to go to whether it is in your backyard or someplace that you will be visiting! Take some time to get a few as this offer is only good through Dec 22nd!
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