Wellness Travel Tips from Metro Integrative Pharmacy in New York City

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 | Beauty, Healing, Nutrition, Skincare, Weight Loss, facials, healthy living, skincare coach, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

You’ve planned your wellness retreat and now it’s time to pack those toiletries.  What will you bring with you to keep your home routine on track while traveling?  Look no further.  This New York City Integrative Pharmacy has some tips that will keep you fresh, protected and relaxed.

Wellness Travel Tips from New York’s Metro Integrative Pharmacy

The staff at Metro Integrative Pharmacy includes nutritionists, naturopaths, herbalists and estheticians.   There are a number of wellness products to consider for home and travel and we have a round-up of some go-to products to take along with you. Thanks to both Karen Wright, CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialist), functional nutritionist and transformational health coach and Caroline Nuytten, licensed esthetician, for their contribution.

Let’s Get Started!

Karen’s Tips:

Essential oil for relaxation and calming in the evening, other than lavender, include: Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot or Jasmine. All can help reduce travel stress.

“Open a bottle of your favorite and breathe it in,” says Karen Wright. “If putting essential oils on your  body, first dilute by mixing with a “carrier” oil like almond or coconut, or with water in a spray bottle, because they’re very concentrated. The essential oil can also be dabbed on bed sheets before turning in.”  Karen also recommends a cup of chamomile tea in the evening.

Anti-bacterial gel:
Tea tree oil has natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. One of  the only essential oils that doesn’t need to be added to a “carrier” oil, so you can carry it in your purse and apply to hands directly. “As with any anti-bacterial product, be careful not to over-use it. Our hands are meant to carry some good bacteria,” according to Karen Wright.


Caroline’s Tips:

We know the importance of sunscreen and there are a number of natural options available. According to Caroline, “the best type of sunscreen for your trip will depend on the destination, length and planned activities.”

These two brands are among Caroline’s favorites carried in the store and both offer a range of sunscreen products.

Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 from MyChelle Dermaceuticals, is a non-whitening (clear), mineral-based sunscreen for face and body. Made with Zinc Oxide, provides UVA/UVB protection. Contains Red Algae Extract and Kukui and Macadamia Nut oils for moisture. It’s important to note that it’s made without titanium dioxide, GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates (typically added to plastics), Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances or Artificial Colors. And, it’s Vegan and Cruelty-free.

Upcoming Event: Reveal Your Skin Event with Mychelle Dermaceuticals
Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Avene Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion 50 SPF for face and body is another option Caroline shared with us. It provides mineral-based broad spectrum UVA/UVB filters and anti-oxidant protection in the form of vitamins C and E and long lasting hydration with Avène Thermal Spring Water.  It is Hypoallergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Fragrance-Free, Soap-Free, Paraben-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free

Natural Lip Balms are a must-have for this list and Caroline suggested Badger Cocoa Butter Organic Lip Balms for dry lips as they’re made with Certified Organic and Fair Trade CertifiedTM Cocoa Butter and flavored with natural oils like vanilla, cool mint and pomegranate. Balms are gluten-fee and include SPF 15 sun protection. Certified Cruelty-Free.

There are a number of natural deodorant products and I think I’ve tried most of them so this was certainly of great interest to me (and our readers) as hiking in the Arizona desert during the heat of the summer came to mind – you get the picture!   (Thank you, Caroline!)

Effective Natural Deodorant – Schmidt’s deodorants are 100% natural. Formulated from plants and minerals to help neutralize odor and absorb wetness without aluminum. Scented with essential oils and they come in lavender/sage, coconut pineapple and geranium flower, to name a few. Caroline says many of her customers are pleased with effectiveness and “a lot of people come back for it.”  No artificial fragrances, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates. Certified Vegan and Cruelty-free.

Face mist – another must have for travel.  Caroline suggested Jane Iredale’s POMMIST Hydration Spray, a facial spritz that hydrates and conditions and includes Pomegranate Extract with antioxidants.  Caroline also said that a spritz after applying makeup can last for hours and smells great, too.  The Jane Iredale line of Hydration Sprays have Natural and Organic certification from ECOCERT.

Upcoming event: Jane Iredale Mini-Makeover
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

This is just a sample of the number of natural products available for your travel needs.   If you’re in New York, stop by Metro Integrative Pharmacy and meet Karen and Caroline, for an opportunity to receive personal advice.  Private consultations, up to 15-minutes, are offered every day and can be booked in advance.  Happy Travels!
More info?

Visit: metrointegrative.com

Metro Integrative Pharmacy is the first, and only pharmacy and natural product retailer of its kind in New York City.  You’ll find naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, herbalists, estheticians and other health care practitioners whose sole jobs are to help you better understand your own whole body wellness.

Location: 931 Lexington Avenue – between 68th/69th streets in New York, NY

Phone:  212.794.7200
Visit Metro on Facebook, too.

To keep up with the latest spa and wellness news or to plan your wellness retreat at one of the top wellness resorts, connect with Donna Adinolfi at Mindful Adventures.
Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @DonnaSpaGal and on Facebook @MindfulAdventures
Visit:  www.MindfulAdventures.com
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Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta Reopens Foodies Cantina in November

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 | Adventure, Food and Wine, Foodies, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Yoga, massage, spa, stress relief | No Comments

Foodies Cantina reopens in November as an additional option for Velas Vallarta guests

Photo credit: Velas Vallarta

Foodies Cantina is a place for Velas Vallarta guests to enjoy a typical Mexican cantina’s food and drinks. A sampling of menu options include Marlin “La Tía,” Smoked marlin cooked Mexican-style and accompanied with an avocado sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, serrano chili and soy sauce, and Cheese and Banana Empanadas, with purple onion, avocado salsa, micro greens, and pasilla chili and green tomatillo sauce. How about dessert? Well, one of the options is Puebla de los Ángeles, a sponge cake with bitter chocolate mole poblano, mixed nuts, orange reduction and peanut butter with Oaxacan mescal. Every night, a singer softens the mood for diners with typical melodies of the region. Later in the night, a mariachi band performs for diners to enhance the Mexican atmosphere.

This foodie experience opens for dinner guests at 7 p.m. and is only open from November until Easter. Dress code for Foodies Cantina is casually elegant and reservations are required.

Velas Vallarta is an all-inclusive family resort located on 10-acres of oceanfront and lush gardens.  At Velas Vallarta, the all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more.

Guests can choose from a number of activities including yoga on the jetty, Mexican fiestas, casino nights, and making piñatas and jewelery.  The Kids’ Club was recently renovated and welcomes children under 13 with supervised activities.

And, yes, there’s a Spa!
A beachfront location offering healing therapies to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.  The SPA uses local, natural and organic products and oils for a sensual, spiritual experience on the Puerto Vallarta coast.

For More Information:   Velas Vallarta

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@DonnaSpaGal and on Facebook @MindfulAdventures
Visit:  www.MindfulAdventures.com
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Spa Week Savings: Relax and Rejuvenate at Carillon Miami – A Wellness Resort

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 | Beauty, California Spas, Chicago Spas, Day Spas, Healing, Michigan spas, Miraval Spa, Rancho la Puerta, Relaxation, Skincare, Wellness Spas, Willow Stream Spa, facials, healthy living, massage, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

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Spa Week is from October 16 – 22!
Where will you go?

Many resorts and spas offer Spa Week specials and we’re highlighting a few from the Carillon Miami – A Wellness Resort. We hope you’ll take advantage of these special priced offerings while traveling or locally.

Spa Week Specials at the Carillon include:

Margaret Dabbs Medical Dry Pedicure
This service was designed by Dr. Margaret Dabb. The dry foot pedicure avoids swelling and expansion, allowing a more precise treatment of the skin, cuticles, callouses and nails. Includes a foot and leg exfoliation.
55-minutes for $50.00*
*Regular price is $75

The Conscientious Aromatherapy Associates Facial
A combination of the finest pure essential oils and plant extracts are applied with specifically designed massage techniques to restore and recondition the skin, leaving the complexion smooth and luminous.
50-minutes for $50.00*
*Regular price is $165

Miami Beach Body Contour by Phytomer
A preliminary treatment of dry and dull skin, while also stimulating the lymphatic system and eliminating impurities and toxins. Finishes with a deeply hydrating cream that moisturizes the body.
50-minutes for $50.00*
Regular price  is $165

Well-being Haircut & Style
50-minutes for $50.00*
Regular price is $85+

NOTE: Please allow 24 hours notice for cancellation or rescheduling of services to avoid a 100% charge.


Carillon Miami - A Wellness Resort is located at 6801 Collins Avenue in Miami. The spa can be reached at: 866-276-2226

To keep up with the latest spa and wellness news from Donna Adinolfi at Mindful Adventures, please follow her on Instagram and Twitter
@DonnaSpaGal and on Facebook @MindfulAdventures

Visit:  www.MindfulAdventures.com
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Teacher Training at N.C.’s Lake Lure by SUP Yoga Instructor Jess Amendola

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Adventure, Healing, Yoga, healthy living, joy, mindfulness, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Jess Amendola, Nationally Known SUP Yoga Instructor, Brings Teacher Training Immersion to N.C.’s Lake Lure from Oct. 26 – 29

We have more news from Jess Amendola and her first teacher training in North Carolina!

For the first time in North Carolina, yoga expert & instructor Jess Amendola will bring her popular Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training Immersion & Certification to the beautiful Lake Lure. On October 26-29, Amendola will set up for four days of interactive instruction and certification for SUP Yoga Center teachers.

Amendola is the founder & owner of SUP Yoga Center in St. Augustine, FL. She is a BOGA Yoga Pro ambassador, ACA Instructor, ERYT-200 Yoga Instructor Trainer, and certified SUP Yoga Instructor. Amendola has practiced yoga for 14 years and is thrilled to bring her teacher training to North Carolina, “After having many requests to come to the North Carolina Mountains, we felt that offering our training as a retreat style in the fall on beautiful Lake Lure would be absolutely magical.”

I’ve personally been to Lake Lure and this truly is a beautiful setting for her teacher training, which is coming up very soon!

In Amendola’s trainings, attendees will learn and perfect paddleboard strokes and techniques, safety and rescue skills, and adapting a yoga practice to the water. The course includes access to SUP-Yoga-Center-signature sequences, all equipment (Boga Yoga Paddleboard, Sawyer Paddle and MTI Personal Flotation Device) and 25 Yoga-Alliance-approved CEUs.

Amendola adds, “We spend about half of the course directly on the water and the other half indoors with SUP Yoga Center teacher manuals, in an interactive class setting.” Participants can join for training only or lodging included for a retreat-style experience. The Teacher Training Immersion includes:
·       Access to official SYC Level 1 and Level 2 Flows.
·       SUP Yoga Center Official Teacher Manual.
·       Extensive Practice in Safety & Rescue Skills.
·       Daily SUPY classes.
·       Yoga-Alliance-approved Continuing-Education credit hours.
·       Paddle Skills training with ACA certified instructor.
·       SYC Official Teacher Certification. Official SYC certified teachers are required to be present for the entire training, CPR/First Aid-certified, and minimum RYT200 (or equivalent). Applicants will still be accepted for those who do not meet all of the requirements, but a certification will not be granted until full completion.
·       Goodie bag.
·       Healthy snacks and lunches at favorite local spots (included in cost).

Visit: www.supyogacenter.com/teacher-certification

To keep up with the latest news, photos & videos from Amendola, please follow on Instagram @jessamendola or visit www.supyogacenter.com.

To keep up with the latest news from Donna Adinolfi at Mindful Adventures, please follow on Instagram and Twitter @DonnaSpaGal, Facebook @MindfulAdventures


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Shine the Light: Ways to Help Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean/USVI-BVI

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 | Healing, Peace, Prosperity, gratitude, love, spa, well-being | No Comments

We can all agree that the last several weeks have been challenging for so many others on the planet – from Mexico to the Caribbean and beyond.

Questions came up.

How do we help everyone?

What can we do?

My initial idea was to gather flashlights, batteries and other dry goods needed for these areas, however, there were challenges with where to ship them so that they’d get to those in need.  With a bit more searching I found that I have several contacts with family in Puerto Rico and that’s one way that we can continue to help by getting addresses for those in need that are connected to people we know.

Another way to help is to donate.

If you can, please consider sharing this post as it includes a number of organizations and ways we can help those in need.  There are other organizations, however, I have included several that I thought would be a good start to help Puerto Rico, Mexico, USVI, BVI, the Caribbean and Bahamas.

One way to help Mexico is to continue traveling!  Tourism income will help the people recover from the recent earthquakes.  There are also opportunities for Volunteer Travel if that’s something you’re willing and able to do.

Ways to Help

Puerto Rico

United for Puerto Rico is an initiative by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló and is in collaboration with the private sector.  The purpose of this initiative is to provide aid and support those affectd in Puerto Rico by hurriciane Irma and Maria.

Visit United for Puerto Rico for more details and to donate.

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USVI, Mexico & Puerto Rico

There are a number of initiatives at YouCaring.com for relief in the areas affected.  The USVI relief fund was started by Tim Duncan, retired NBA player, and he’s matching donations up to $1M.  You’ll see that this fund is currently at $2.7m, which is more than half way to the $5m goal.

For USVI fund, visit: https://www.youcaring.com/21usvirginislandrelieffund-942738
For Mexico & Puerto Rico, visit
the main page at:  YouCaring at www.youcaring.com/

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Mexico Earthquake

This fund will go to the organizations that are on the ground in Mexico helping those affected by the earthquake.

Visit: www.publicgood.com/campaign/help-earthquake-victims-in-mexico

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Dominica

The people of Dominica were hard hit, as you know, with no shelter, no food and no medications.  This fund was created to bring basic needs to the people including temporary shelter, food, and blankets.

Visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dominica-hurricanerelief

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Caribbean Islands

This fund will help the islands affected by Hurricanes Irma & Maria.  The Caribbean Tourism Organization collecting for this initiative will disburse funds to the islands impacted.

Visit: www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto

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Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief

This fund by GlobalGiving.org will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine. The long-term goal is to help the people recover and rebuild.

Visit:  www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-maria-caribbean-relief-fund/

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Thank you for stopping by. My goal and my hope is that by sharing this list we can keep all those affected by these hurricanes and earthquakes front of mind and help as many as possible.  Those of you seeing this are most likely fellow lovers of travel and these islands and Mexico need our help.  Blessings to all of you.

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Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Year Round with Yoga Expert and Instructor, Jess Amendola

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 | Adventure, Destination Spas, Nutrition, Yoga, fitness, healthy living, wellness | No Comments

Jess Amendola of SUP Yoga Center

September is Yoga Month!  It was created as a national observance by the Department of Health & Human Services to educate the public about the health benefits of yoga.

In honor of Yoga Month, wed’ like to share these healthy lifestyle tips by Yoga Expert and Instructor, Jess Amendola.

Jess is the founder & owner of SUP Yoga Center in St. Augustine, FL and has practiced yoga for 14 -years.  She is also a Standup Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, BOGA Yoga Ambassador (Boot Camp + Yoga), professional yoga & fitness model, and wellness influencer.

According to Amendola, “Enjoy life, offer gratitude for a healthy body every single day, and take care of that healthy body.  I believe in making simple lifestyle changes instead of following diet trends or quick-fix promises.”

So, in honor of Yoga Month (and beyond!), here are five of her favorite tips to help make healthy changes:

1. Get your move on and constantly change it up. “No more running on a treadmill for hours or crunching until you want to cry. Your body gets bored of the same routine, so keep it fun. One of the best things I’ve found for clients is when they can find activities they enjoy doing so that it doesn’t feel like exercise. So, go for a walk in a beautiful location, take a paddleboard yoga class, or throw a Frisbee with your kids or dog.” suggests Amendola.

2. Figure out how much H2O you need. Don’t be chained to the old rule of eight glasses a day. Instead, go for a recipe that works for your body. Here’s a simple formula from Amendola to determine how much you need: Take your body weight in lbs., divide that number by two, and aim to drink at least that number in ounces per day. For example: 140lbs / 2 = 70 ounces of water daily.

3.  Be a grazer. Amendola suggests eating smaller meals throughout the day, up to eight times daily, and limiting what you eat after 7 p.m. Amendola adds, “Anything after 7 p.m. should only be foods your body can easily digest, such as almonds or spinach with olive oil and balsamic dressing.”

4.  Drop white flour. You don’t need it! There are so many incredible alternatives, says Amendola, who suggests quinoa pasta for it’s healthy amount of protein, or brown rice pasta, which is loaded with fiber.

5. Forget all of the rules sometimes and create a lifestyle you enjoy. “When you’re eating nutrient-dense whole foods most of the time, there is no need to feel guilty when you enjoy a slice of pizza or a glass of wine. When your body doesn’t associate ‘stress’ or judgement around non-healthy foods, there’s a good chance it will have a much easier time digesting them,” advises Amendola.


If you’re in the St. Augustine area, connect with Jess at one of these events to celebrate Yoga Month:

Yoga Month Class Pack. Experience two classes each week of September at $25 per class when purchasing the “September Aloha” package. Save $160 on an 8-class pack valued at $360. To order: visit the “classes” page of www.SUPYogaCenter.com and click on packages.

Beyond September:
Check out the YOGA of HOPE event in St Augustine on November 18!  Visit  SUPYogaCenter.com

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More about Jess Amendola and SUP Yoga Center

Jess Amendola of SUP Yoga Center

Jess Amendola is the founder & owner of SUP Yoga Center. Based in St. Augustine, FL, Amendola is a Standup Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, BOGA Yoga Ambassador, professional yoga & fitness model, and wellness influencer with more than a decade of experience. SUP Yoga Center is a national hub for SUP Yoga and is the official BOGA Yoga floating studio in Northeast Florida. In addition to her affiliation as a Pro Ambassador for BOGA Yoga, Amendola is also sponsored by Sawyer Oars and MTI Life Jackets.

Connect with Jess via Instagram @jessamendola or visit www.SUPYogaCenter.com

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For a Yoga/Wellness Retreat and Wellness, Spa and Travel inspiration:

Connect with Donna via Facebook at @Mindful Adventures
Twitter/Instagram @DonnaSpaGal
or visit www.MindfulAdventures.com

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Wellness Series: Healthy Skin & Beauty with Celeste Hilling, CEO of Skin Authority

Monday, July 17th, 2017 | Beauty, California Spas, Chicago Spas, Day Spas, Destination Spas, Expert, Healing, Michigan spas, Nutrition, Skin Authority, Skincare, Wellness Spas, facials, fitness, healthy living, skincare coach, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments


Celeste Hilling started a movement with Skin Authority.  Personally, her expertise has helped  me learn more about the benefits of Vitamin D for healthy skin and I’m also a fan of the Turmeric & Blueberry for Brightening Beauty Infusion.  She’s a go-to resource in the beauty and wellness industry so I was grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with Celeste to discuss what sets Skin Authority apart, the future of skin care and her wisdom.  I’m thrilled to share her tips and insight with you on natural beauty, green practices, and putting our best face forward.

Let’s get started as there is a lot to cover!

DMA: What inspired you to go into skin care and start Skin Authority?

CH:  My passion driver when creating Skin Authority was to put effective skin-health options and coaching within reach of everyone. Consumers want to like what they see when they look in the mirror. Skin Authority gives people access to amazing products, treatments, and coaching without breaking the bank or wasting their time.

The foundation for Skin Authority was built in an unlikely place – a sports medicine clinic. We formed a partnership that allowed our team to coach athletes in a clinic we opened inside the practice. This experience gave us a tremendous amount of experience in suggesting skin care products and coaching people through a routine.

The clinic became Skin Authority’s living lab, and within a year, they were coaching more than 10,000 people of differing ages, ethnicities and lifestyles. Through personal touches, our team learned that people needed products that really worked, were clean, multi-purpose for busy lifestyles, and they wanted someone to coach them throughout the process. There was no company to fill this need, so we created Skin Authority to do so.

DMA: What do you think is one of the best ways to maintain healthy skin?

CH: The best way to maintain healthy skin is by creating a daily skin care routine. Think of your routine like you think about an exercise regimen. After all, lifting a weight one or two times won’t create muscle definition, while wearing sunscreen only when on vacation is not the plan for building a healthy complexion! Consistency is key for addressing skin concerns and creating a healthy skin routine that becomes part of your lifestyle.

And, I encourage this habit to start early. I coach teenagers (and their parents) to start a daily routine during the teen years. When hormones become a factor, the skin begins to change. Daily sun protection and cleansing are good habits to develop early, as well as treatment products for conditions, such as acne.

DMA: What tips and new habits would you like to share with my readers to enhance their skin care routine?

CH: Just like every other form of self-improvement, a healthy skin lifestyle is a commitment to performing a daily regimen consistently. Skin care is like working out; you can’t just lift a weight once, or only cleanse your skin, and expect to look amazing. There are basic things you need to do daily:

  • Put your skin on a treadmill by resurfacing. You want your cells to turn over daily and resurfacing is the way to make this happen. I recommend using a natural resurfacing agent nightly, such as glycolic acid, to gently dissolve dead surface skin cells to be replaced with new, plump ones. My favorite is our Resurfacing Accelerator.

  • Whether it’s raining, snowing or the sun is shining, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30. UV rays go through glass – car windows, those in your home and office, etc. – so, even if you won’t be outside, you’ll still need to practice safe sun.
    Recommendation: Skin Authority Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

  • I also love Vitamins C and D. Skin Authority Super-C Serum is my face antioxidant and it’s an amazing multi-tasker. The Serum stimulates collagen production and helps absorb UV damage. I suggest putting it on in the mornings under sunscreen. Now to D, it’s a happy hormone and makes skin really bright. I use Skin Authority VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir daily for a natural, simple approach to D sufficiency.

    » Simplify with three to four steps in the morning and at night. In the morning, I suggest using a mild cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C, and sunscreen moisturizer. Before bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols, in addition to restorative peptides.

DMA: What’s one of your biggest life lessons so far and do you use it in your work?

CH: Forgiveness is my biggest life lesson. Holding onto the weight of things that didn’t work puts you in a place where you can’t be happy. In business and personal lives, forgiveness is not a one-time activity; you have to think about it daily. You have to forgive yourself, too, and give everyone the benefit of a doubt. Forgiveness is one of the most powerful tools you have.

DMA:  Tell us more about skin-care coaching at Skin Authority.

CH: Skin Authority redefines the beauty shopping experience by putting a skin care expert when and where people shop to help them select the best product for their unique needs. Skin Authority’s virtual coaching system, which includes the My Skin Authority App, are game-changers in how people shop for and experience beauty. My Skin Authority is the first free, interactive app enabling a live session with a certified skin coach.

The coaches give personalized guidance when and where the consumer needs it, including at-home; in a spa, salon or store; while traveling, etc. As today’s consumer yearns for personalization, Skin Authority’s coaches are trained to listen to not only the needs, but the emotional connection of the shopper in a way that a database can’t effectively personalize the experience.

Accessible 24/7 and from anywhere, My Skin Authority gives users access to skin care expertise via phone, live chat, video chat, e-mail, or a scheduled call back. My Skin Authority also features the ‘Beauty Workout Zone’ educational blog and several videos covering important skin care concerns such as sun safety. My Skin Authority is a free download at the Apple App Store and on Google play.

DMA: What else sets Skin Authority apart?

CH: Through its Clean Skin Care™ approach to product design, Skin Authority offers a complete line of skin care products for face and body that delivers results and lasting changes without the use of parabens, dyes, added fragrances, microbeads, or cruelty to animals.

  • SGF-4 Technology™ includes the brand’s star product – Wrinkle Reversing Serum. The technology taps the power of four completely natural body proteins clinically proven to restore the body’s ability to generate healthy, new skin cells and strengthen its immune defense against further deterioration.

  • VitaD Technology™ - Vitamin D is a fundamental building block of essential health and the VitaD Fortified Illuminating DUO infuses Vitamin D health and beauty from the inside out. The DUO offers people a first-of-its kind whole food source of Vitamin D for a complete ‘nutrition sandwich’ of an external Vitamin D Elixir and a powder which adds a daily dose of Vitamin D in any food or drink you consume.

  • Pioneered by Skin Authority, AOX Technology™ is the technique of combining groups of vitamins and antioxidants together to deliver a multiplier effect over individual ingredients. This technology is found throughout our product line to accelerate results.

  • Dry Finish Technology™ is a product formulation technique that ensures products go on clear and absorb easily, leaving the skin feeling smooth, soft, and dry to the touch. This technology is particularly useful for sun protection products that typically have a reputation for feeling oily or greasy after use.

DMA: What’s the future of skin care?  Are you working on any other cutting edge products that you can let us know about?

CH: Technology is transforming the skin care industry in every way: product development; communication with the consumer; and the way we, as a lifestyle brand, interact versus just transact. There is huge opportunity for brands that are current and relevant to the way consumers are living their lives. My background and passion is technology, so I’m leading Skin Authority to continue being a leader in innovation and consumer connection. At Skin Authority, we are passionate about unleashing the self confidence that comes from feeling great about how you look.

DMA: What are a few of the top spas using Skin Authority?

CH: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a new partner and is our neighbor in Carlsbad. Kohler Waters Spa in Wisconsin was our first partner and is now the longest-running; we are also in their locations near Chicago and in Scotland. Great partnerships with St. Regis San Francisco, The Oaks at Ojai, and Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys. We also have long-term relationships with top day spa chains Gadabout SalonSpas in Arizona and Gene Juarez in Washington State.

DMA: What’s your biggest challenge in your work?

CH: Finding more hours in the day. Beauty and skin care are such dynamic industries, so I’m constantly reading and learning. Staying on the leading edge is a full-time commitment.


DMA: What is most rewarding to you in your field?

CH: I’m in the self-esteem business. When we can help people feel better about themselves when they look in the mirror, that’s the most rewarding.

DMA: What do you do for fun, relaxation, etc.?

CH: Working out is how I relax. I make time for fitness and currently love FitWall. Living in Southern California, we are blessed with great weather and fantastic places to hike and run.

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Mirbeau Inn & Spa: A Welcome Respite for Body, Mind and Spirit

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 | Beauty, Cooking Schools, Day Spas, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, facials, fitness, healthy living, massage, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

by Donna Adinolfi

“The dream was always running ahead of me.  To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.”   – Anais Nin

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This quote came to mind as I continued my drive toward the Finger Lakes region of New York from Lenox, MA.  The 11 Finger Lakes are located between Syracuse, Rochester and Elmira-Corning, NY.

I needed to be on the east coast for an extended stay and my stress meter was in the red zone for a multitude of reasons.  For me, driving has always been the answer to reducing stress. So I decided to return home to Michigan by way of a much longer northern route, which would take me to Lenox, MA first and then through the Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls.  I also  knew I needed to do something to break the constant chatter playing in my head so a couple of ’spa’ stops were added to the journey. Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, NY had been on my spa bucket list for several years so everything lined up from being in the area to having the time to retreat.

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The Respite Begins

I was filled with anticipation as I drove up to Mirbeau Inn & Spa. I would finally see the property inspired by Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the 1897-99 painting, Water Lilies and the Japanese Bridge, would come to life for me at this charming resort.


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The Resort

The property offers 34-rooms with 18 rooms in the main building and 16 within the four cottages.  I was in one of the cottages, which provided a sitting area with a fireplace, exposed ceiling beams, patio overlooking the gardens, luxury (king) bedding, large bathroom with a French-style soaking tub and European tiled-shower.  Muted tones in the rooms and bathroom created a comfortable and inviting oasis. The room set the tone for my stay!




My goal at Mirbeau was to find a way to relax, unplug and unwind.  Having always loved the French-country look I immersed myself in beauty from the colorful flowers around the property to the French-blue and Terra Cotta colors in the architecture.   As a water sign (Scorpio), I knew the close-by lake would be calming so I took a late afternoon stroll around the property and to the nearby village of Skaneateles, which has the 3rd deepest Finger Lake.   If more time allowed, I’d have considered one of the lake’s boat tours, a bike ride using one of Mirbeau’s on-property bicycles, near-by breweries, and a hike at Baltimore Woods.

Mirbeau Inn offers a number of group and private fitness classes and other activities, so if/when you go, I’d recommend a 3 night (or longer) stay for a chance to immerse yourself in their offerings, the spa and off-property adventure.  The resort offers yoga, Pilates, spin, stretch classes and a number of other classes on the schedule and while this isn’t a destination spa with meals and spa services included, it is an affordable option in northern New York and you can create your own retreat.
Tip: Check out the Yoga & Bio-mechanics class.


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Ah, the Spa!

I was pleasantly surprised by Mirbeau’s spa with its 18-treatment rooms, as it was much larger than I imagined and quite lovely.  The warm colors provided a relaxing ambiance and the European theme continued with roman-columns, a stone fireplace, herbal-infused sauna, and a heated foot pool.  Aqua Terrace has a full bar and offers a lighter menu during the day.  The outdoor area provided a hot spa pool, waterfall and ample space to relax and enjoy nature as this 12-acre resort is surrounded by 100-foot high spruce trees.

Two spa services called out to me including Monet’s Favorite Fragrance Massage (yes, lavender) and the Divine Indulgence Massage, which utilizes the Caudalie brand Divine Oil, a blend of grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan oils.  An antidote to stress is aromatherapy!  It’s also important to note that Mirbeau Inn & Spa offers lower pricing for their treatments during the week and they are well received in the community for the spa, restaurant and the number of workshops and special events offered.

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The Bistro & Wine Bar

There are a few options for dining at Mirbeau and when I travel solo, I opt for the wine bar, a great place to connect with the local community. This turned out to be one of the most relaxing, engaging and memorable nights for me.  Many of the patrons knew one another and the bartender, of course.  I also found out the proper way to pronounce Skaneateles, which is Skinny-At-Liss, so now you know, too.

The restaurants source local and organic products with a focus on clean cuisine.  There are French-inspired menu items and an extensive wine list.  I chose the Chicken Paillard, a wine bar favorite, for my dinner along with a glass of  2013 Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre, Famille Perrin, France – when in France (or when you feel like you are!).

Something else that is unique to the Wine Bar is the self-service wine station with 24 wines to consider, and these are premium wines. They change up the wines with different themes, too.

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While my time at Mirbeau Inn & Spa was short, the memory of my stay still lingers.  I did leave there feeling a little lighter in body, mind and spirit and often reflect on the beauty that surrounded me.

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If you go:

- Summer rates average $340 per night (weekends higher) and spring/fall in the $270 per night range
- The resort is about 20-miles southwest of Syracuse
- Special events are offered frequently, including a Mom’s Night Out (check calendar for all details)

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Spring Spa Retreat: Spa Cleanse Weekend at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort April 27 – 30

Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Beauty, Healing, Meditation, Mineral Pool, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, facials, fitness, healthy living, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

A Springtime Renewal Retreat at Carillon Miami intended to inspire, energize and create mental clarity.

This wellness weekend includes a three-day detox program, daily fitness and meditation classes, unlimited access to one of the country’s largest Thermal Experiences, wellness lectures and workshops, and a cleansing spa treatment.

Certified health, fitness and spa professionals are available to guide you to a healthier, happier and more elevated state-of-being.Pricing Details:
Retreat weekend pricing per person starts at $1500
Retreat weekend pricing for a suite starts at $2700 per person

Sample schedule:
http://www.carillonhotel.com/content/pdfs/april-3-9-2017.pdf

Note: Based on availability and subject to change.

A Spring Reset for your body, mind and spirit.

About The Spa at Carillon Miami: A luxurious, 70,000-square-foot integrated wellness space surrounded by breathtaking views of the Atlantic. The Spa offers an empowering, holistic approach to well-being, carefully calibrated to suit your needs. To help you find your path to wellness, they offer well-thought-out packages designed to heal, relax, and inform.

Thinking about going?
Let’s connect!

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Spa & Wellness News: New Mother Daughter Retreat at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 | Adventure, Beauty, Destination Spas, Healing, Meditation, Mineral Pool, Mineral Springs, Nutrition, Peace, Relaxation, Skincare, Spirituality, fitness, healthy living, hiking, joy, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

With Mother’s Day just over a month away it’s a good time to plan a little rest and relaxation.

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, NM recently announced their package in honor of Mother’s Day. This three-night offering includes several bonus amenities including the Women’s Wellness Gift Basket with herbal eye pillows and lip balm made with ingredients from the resort’s garden.  The package also includes skin care products from Round Barn Apothecary and homemade Paraje Tea.  Mother-daughter pairs will also receive a private Medicine Wheel experience, which could help them discover more about one another.

This affordable retreat also includes:
-  Choice of a spacious casita with local artisan touches, gas fireplace and private courtyard or a charming garden view room with private balcony
-  All farm-fresh gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
-  Unlimited access to all daily activities including yoga, meditation, art and culinary experiences
-  $150 spa credit per person per visit, to be used toward any available service from the spa menu, including a private pool at the new Ojitos open air soaking experience

The Mother-Daughter three night retreat starts at a total for two rate of $1638 (plus tax)

“This is a unique opportunity for mothers and daughters to spend quality time reconnecting and exploring new experiences together,” said Wendi Gelfound, Director of Marketing at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort. “Many of our activities, for example the Journey of the Medicine Wheel, are designed to promote self-discovery and connection, while other classes in expressive arts, and puppy enrichment are meant to encourage fun and playful interaction. Additionally, these ladies can arrange time with our Medical Director, Dr. Sally Fisher, for personalized health consultations, or lead counselor Michael Schroeder if they are interested in gaining clarity and insight about their mother-daughter relationship,” says Gelfound.

Notes: The minimum age at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is 18 years and older.
This package is valid seven days a week and is subject to availability.
Package includes arrival dinner, departure breakfast, and all meals in between.
Complimentary Wi-Fi.
No Resort Fees.
This package expires May 24, 2017.

More about Sunrise Springs Spa Resort:

The only destination spa in enchanting Santa Fe, N.M., Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is a tranquil natural springs sanctuary that has been a source of rejuvenation for centuries, weaving ancient wisdom and healing traditions with modern wellness. At the heart of the resort’s 70 acres is a sacred Medicine Wheel surrounded by 20 spacious casitas and 32 garden view guest rooms; the new Ojitos, open-air soaking experience; an integrative spa; greenhouse; yoga, fitness and expressive arts studios; puppy studio and chicken coop; and a breakfast café and restaurant serving nourishing farm-fresh cuisine. A passionate team of credentialed wellness professionals and Thrive Guides empower guests to discover their unique path to creating harmony amongst the four aspects of wellbeing: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. All-inclusive offerings range from the one-night Refresh + Recharge package to multi-day Girls’ Getaways, Couples’ R+R and Wellness Exploration experiences.

Thinking about going?
Let’s connect about this new Mother Daughter retreat or one of the others at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort.

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