Last night, I had the chance to chit chat with party planner and bridal planner extraordinaire, David Tutera! We know that the holiday season is a crazy time period as you want to hang out with friends and family, have parties to plan, gifts to purchase and there's only so much that a person can do! When stress starts to hit, people tend to notice that this leads to frequent heart burn (that acid feeling that makes it hard for you to go to sleep, that has a burning sensation and all the symptoms that come with it)! I sat with Dr Steven Lamm who talked about the fact that stress is triggered when you realize that you have time crunches, a number of items on your plate, expectations that you want to meet and more. Dr Lamm is passionate about good digestive health which is a combination of a balanced diet and reducing stress - both are essential and of course when things flare up, having Prevacid 24HR and taking it as prescribed will help you!
In talking with David (who suffers from frequent heartburn and learned how to manage his stress levels), the main take away was honest expectations and living in the moment. We stress out when we take on too many things, don't delegate when needed, and don't participate within our own activities (stressing while our party that we planned is going on when we should be our own guest). When we manage our expectations and have appropriate realities we can have fun. In addition, use the tricks when you can! If you're planning a get together, here are some tips that we must keep in mind to make Holiday 12 a success:
• Decorate simply & quickly by choosing one item and using it in abundance
• For soft lighting, add candles. I love using tea lights along window sills or across a mantle
• Add ambiance with a soft, jazzy soundtrack or use nature’s soundtrack - a crackling fire
• Simplify the menu by having one homemade signature dish and supplement with frozen foods plated on unique serving dishes
• To create a welcoming environment, stay calm and stress free! Everyone has different reactions to stress - I know that my frequent heartburn can flare up, so whatever your issue, make sure to arm yourself with what you need
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.
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