We all enjoy going to spas but it's always nice to speak to those who creates the spaces that we frequent. Many know that Lia Schorr is known for her facials and that she has written books on the subject and has dedicated most of her life to this. Last week, I took a moment to find out more about her and to hear what inspired her to create not only the salon but the institute that also bares her name. Her interview was candid and an inspiration to anyone that has a focus and a dream that they want to put into action.
Lia Schorr opened her Day Spa in the 80's with $500. She spent 7 years in a kibbutz in Israel and it was being in this space that really allowed her to connect with makeup and skincare as she didn't feel that she was pretty but she knew she could contribute to other's beauty routines which became the overall passion. She realized that in the US that she could pioneer this portion of the industry by endorsing skincare services for men and women. At the time, these services were considered something that those who were affluent enjoyed as it was a luxury. But Lia's mission was that using proper ingredients with education and skincare would allow her to have high standards with great services for optimal treatments while making everything affordable and available.
Over the past 10 years, more spas opened with services and the industry was not only competitive but there were various gimmicks running throughout it as well. Due to the recession, it created an equalizing effect where those spas that were truly good at what they did were able to survive while those that weren't faded from the competition. Lia found that her common sense approach and focusing on the basics allowed her to survive and to create a trust building system as she "doesn't promise what she can't deliver". In addition, with the success of her business, she retains a dominant presence by being in charge of all aspects of the business and found that even she climbed her own ladder in order to understand what it takes to make her business run.
Her success is not only in providing amazing services that are affordable and attainable but in also giving back, 20 years ago, she created her own institute where she teaches others so that they can certified and she continues to teach the importance of self discipline, providing opportunities and being driven in order to advance. Students that have the need and interest, are able to train with Lia and to learn the craft that she pioneered. Walking through her spa and institute, it's easy to see her influence within every part of her world.
Of course, you can't talk to a beauty expert without finding out what they think the keys are to maintaining great skin. Lia believes that living a good lifestyle (getting enough sleep, reducing your stress, getting exercise, eating well), have great relationships with friends and family, good values and loving what you do - allow you to look fab! We always need to make sure that the negatives of baggage, anger, etc are kicked out and that we should smile and laugh at ourselves as well.
Throughout this month, we will showcase products that support breast cancer. They may or may not be beauty focused and when visiting the site, you can see more in terms of how much and to what funds it goes towards. Yes we definitely believe that supporting this cause is a year around one but we also love the enhanced focus that takes place this month! Now, since our trip to Miami and being able to do a kick butt workout with celebrity trainer, Gina Lombardi of 'Deadline Fitness', we have enjoined maintaining fitness stories within the site. Now we love love Stella McCartney and her design collaboration with Adidas and we hope that it never ends, it is also one of the few times that we actually create an entire look around one designer! But how could we resist whether it's running, yoga or aerobics - you'll look amazing. Now the look doesn't have any linkage to supporting the efforts for research and awareness of breast cancer but the other items do!
We all need to stay hydrated and why not do so with Pink which not only keeps you going from one portion of the workout to the next, but it supports those women in need! In addition, we have already fallen in love with this acupuncture mat that not only relieves your stress but allows you to get a workout, but we had to mention it again! Acushakti is my new best friend (note that currently the orange and the green mats are available - pink will be available in Nov with a portion of proceeds going back to a breast cancer organization). I can't say that you will see me doing yoga positions on it (yet), but I do enjoy resting on it to relax my back and just to allow it to do what it does best. This also supports breast cancer awareness and of course helps you look and feel amazing!
As most things are in life, they're a package deal. For those of you that have been following along with me for the past month, you know that we have worked out together while doing Celebrity Trainer Gina Lombardi's, Deadline Fitness. I was approached by Schick to come down to Miami, to stay at the Delano with a number of bloggers many that are my besties to participate in a fun program! It has been a blast as focusing on my workout has allowed me to also focus in on changing up some of my eating habits, trying out new workouts, gear and so much more. When you start doing one thing, it has a trickle effect on everything else. So when the 27th hits, it's not an excuse to stop working out as you hit whatever goals you set for yourself, it's a way to be excited that you made the first or continued steps to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As you workout you see the outer effects but there are a lot of things going on on the inside that also make you feel so much better about everything!
Upon my return, we will transition from Deadline Fitness to another workout that I am excited about so don't slack now, it's just the beginning! So when you start feeling good, and trimming down, you also need to attack other elements and the Q Squad was comprised of a celebrity trainer, stylist and life coach as all of these are important when you're renewing and moving forward. But I also have to say that it's nice to do the little things or as I call it, "the beautification" Schick is providing me 2 fun kits that can be yours. Leave comments on goals you have for your fitness routine and why it's important to you and you could win one of the packs! A winner will be selected August 4th!
Over the past few months, it's been sad to see a few of my favorite magazines go; however, I'm so pleased to see that there are amazing issues out there that are always waiting to be discovered! I was in SoBe in June and found out about SoBeFiT Magazine (click the link in the spread) which is a health magazine that although it's based in SoBe, it has an interesting approach to health. This magazine shows how women and men can exercise - this is perfect as Paul and I work together at home and it's nice that we can modify our routines for our bodies. In addition, I love that this issue looked at the way people exercise by age, making water exciting and adding some healthy elements to make it more than basic H2O! If you're into health drinks, you can make your own and you can learn how to make various foods in a healthy way! There were so many great articles that it's a good thing that each issue spans 2 months so that you have plenty of time to try out different routines and to see what you like cooking or doing! Available at various magazine stands and online, you'll enjoy making this a magazine that should never leave your coffee table (unless you're replacing it with the next one)!
Exercise isn't just great because it keeps you fit, it also allows you to destress and find the best series of activities that will give you something to look forward to. For me, I feel better when I'm dressed well and exercising and am so glad that I came across Doce Vida Fitness. I feel that they have great gear that is for the fashion conscious while not taking away from the comfort that's needed whether you're doing dance, kick boxing, yoga, step etc! These pieces are lively and I love the cuts of the various tops; however, I am very excited about the Paraty Pant which has a boot cut and sits low on the hips! This is a must and I believe that I will snag a pair so that I have something comfy for pilates! Take some time to check out more items and build your workout wardrobe as exercising is not just a resolution but a daily lifestyle! To get into the swing of things, you can shop on Doce Vida Fitness and use the code TWITTER to get 20% off on your purchase! (If you don't know about Twitter visit me and find out what it's about)
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