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Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Aspire–For “Barely There” Eyewear

Aspire–For “Barely There” Eyewear

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Aspire frames are lighter, thinner and more pliable than any other frames I've seen.

Aspire frames are lighter, thinner and more pliable than any other frames I’ve seen.

Jewelry for your face

When I started wearing eyeglasses at the age of 8, very much against my will, I hated the ugly utilitarian frames and took them off whenever I could manage to see, albeit myopically, without the correction.

When comfortable contact lenses became available, I jumped on that solution and used them for years.

And then a couple of strange things happened. I got older (again very much against my will). Presbyopia set in, which meant that if I wanted to see things (like restaurant menus) close up, I had to put on a pair of drugstore readers. And even stranger, I found that I actually looked better and younger when I was wearing a pair of really great-looking glasses.

So out went the contacts. I bought animal print glasses big, bold prescription sunglasses, plastic frames, titanium frames, etc. All had good points, all had one or two flaws. The great-looking plastic frames were often heavy and left groove marks on my nose. The titanium frames often lacked style.

And now came Aspire Eyewear, in both optical and sun-glass frames that were lighter, thinner, stronger and more pliable than anything I’d ever seen. According to the numbers, these frames were 50 percent thinner than a typical acetate frame, 50 percent lighter than a typical acetate frame – and even 22 percent lighter than a typical titanium frame!

When I had the opportunity to try one of those frames, I couldn’t wait to see how it would look and feel with my prescription lenses. I wasn’t disappointed. I chose the style called “Remarkable,” which was described as “A true conversation piece, Remarkable is a perfect P3 shape offering a unique keyhole bridge design and very thin stainless steel temples. A men’s style that works for women, too. Available in tortoise, hunter and crystal.” I chose the hunter color, which was very dark—almost black.

I had my prescription filled very quickly—the same day, actually—at Union Square Optical in New York City. I chose that optician because they carry Aspire frames, and I thought they would be knowledgeable and well-equipped to offer quick service.

When I tried my glasses on for the first time, they looked terrific and they delivered on that “barely there” promise. As they sat a little high on my face, the optician simple adjusted the (proprietary) anti-slip nose pad—and voila! Perfect. (I should mention that the nose pad never, ever leaves dent marks on my nose.

Needless to say I’ve had my share of compliments with these glasses, and in addition to being attractive and lightweight, they are also sturdy.  As they have a seamless hinge, something I’d not seen before, there will never be a need to replace screws that have fallen out.

So what’s the story behind this unusual eyewear?

Aspire frames by ClearVision Optical are created with SDN-4, a specially designed hypoallergenic nylon material proprietary to the brand; it is heat-resistant, has “shape memory” and will not fade in UV exposure. The frames are not injection molded, but created with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to produce unique shapes and a dazzling array of color possibilities. That makes Aspire Eyewear “wearable technology.”

The brand asks the eyeglass wearer: “Who Do You Aspire To Be?” It references popular trends, classic motifs, and advanced architectural aesthetics to appeal to different personality types when designing its initial collection of 12 styles for men and women, as well as three sunglasses styles.

Each of the 36 frames and 5 temple designs in the collection are detachable, giving the wearer the opportunity to further personalize their own eyewear. The Aspire Eyewear logo is placed inside the frame of each pair of glasses, because the label feels it shares creative responsibility with the wearer.

Aspire Eyewear is carried nationwide.  http://aspireeyewear.com/    Suggested retail pricing ranges from $249.99-$289.99

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer to Feature L’Occitane Bath Amenities

Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer to Feature L’Occitane Bath Amenities

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Bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line

Bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line

The world’s most luxurious ship, Regent‘s Seven Seas Explorer, will feature an exclusive collection of bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line, becoming the first cruise ship to offer complimentary amenities from this exclusive line of products.  The new L’Occitane products will serve as the standard amenity for all suites onboard Seven Seas Explorer.

The Mer & Mistral line is part of L’Occitane’s La Collection de Grasse assortment, inspired and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France.  This collection of products celebrates L’Occitane’s French Provencal roots by bringing together fresh aquatic notes blended with an aromatic chord of pine, cypress and rosemary. The complimentary Mer & Mistral collection of exclusive amenities from L’Occitane will initially be available only on Seven Seas Explorer, but will roll out on the remainder of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet of all-suite luxury vessels this summer.

Included in the exclusive Seven Seas Explorer collection are 75 ml bottles of L’Occitane shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, body lotions, and fresh soaps. In addition, guests will receive a complimentary 100-ml bottle of Lavender Liquid Foaming Bath, in which the fresh and delightful fragrance contains lavender oil from Provence. Guests will realize all relaxing benefits of lavender captured in this rich formula that generously foams in the bath and leaves skin clean, supple and delicately scented.

“It’s imperative, that down to our amenities, Seven Seas Explorer conveys the highest level of luxury,” said Jason Montague, president and COO for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “This partnership demonstrates our dedication to providing guests with the most upmost, luxurious level of excellence, and we’re thrilled to have L’Occitane as part of our exclusive collection of amenities.”

The newest member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, Seven Seas Explorer has been hailed as the most luxurious ship ever built. Carrying only 750 guests, it boasts one of the highest space ratios in the cruise industry and features extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces and lavish gourmet restaurants. The luxury liner’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 20, 2016, and will spend its inaugural season in Europe before heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.

 

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

The Spa at Four Seasons Nevis: A Little Corner of Eden

The Spa at Four Seasons Nevis: A Little Corner of Eden

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Treatment rooms in charming gingerbread cottages

Treatment rooms in charming gingerbread cottages

The Four Seasons Nevis is so tranquil and peaceful, it’s almost like a spa vacation in itself. However the resort does have a dedicated full-service spa that offers body treatments, facials, hair and nail services and custom perfume blending. The menu has been developed in partnership with THÉMAÉ, a French brand whose treatments incorporate the antioxidant benefits of tea and spring water with modern technology.

The benefits of Bush tea and homegrown remedies are part of a longstanding tradition in Nevis, where various customs and ceremonies revolve around this plant. The spa’s herb garden pays homage to the island’s organic bounty and features plants that are used in certain spa treatment rituals and in tea services for guests before or after their treatments. These include lemongrass (anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, detoxifying), aloe (high in vitamins and minerals, a digestive, detoxifying, alkalizes the body, boosts the immune system great for the skin, acts as an analgesic on burns and bug bites), rosemary (prevents brain aging, improves memory, eases migraine, provides pain relief, is a digestive), sage (rich in anti-oxidants, helpful with diabetes, colds, fevers, menopause and menstrual pain, improves memory, is a digestive) and basil (anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, is a digestive).

One of the treatments that use these plants is the Nevis Naturally Massage, which uses an organic oil blending mint, rosemary, lemongrass, eucalyptus and aloe. Other locally-inspired treatments are the green tea facial, the super-smoothing bamboo powder body scrub, the rejuvenating jasmine tea detoxifying wrap and the coconut exfoliation with a pickle pear wrap and ginger oil rub.

One of the pools in the spa complex

One of the pools in the spa complex

The spa setting is idyllic: adorable gingerbread cottage treatment rooms, tropical gardens, two hydrotherapy pools (a volcanic stone whirlpool and a Japanese-inspired cold plunge pool).

View from the Sala deck

View from the Sala deck

For my spa break, I chose the Island Ceremony treatment package, which combines a hydrating facial and a full-body massage. My therapist Lesley took me on a journey that began with a tiny rake-like device to wake up my circulation. My facial thoroughly cleansed my skin and included extractions. Various hydrating masques and lotions followed. The massage soothed cramped muscles and generally tuned up my entire body, leaving me refreshed and relaxed. After my treatments, I stretched out on a lounge on the sheltered Sala deck, where I gazed out on the peaceful vistas of Nevis Peak and daydreamed, just drifting into a perfect Nevis day.

Later, when I studied the menu for various couples options, and the one that caught my eye was titled: Spa Under the Stars: Your Own Private Paradise. This unique experience brings a single couple into the spa in the evening, allowing them to enjoy this Eden-like retreat all on their own. A bottle of champagne, a candle-lit dinner—what else could a honeymoon couple wish?

But come to think of it, a honeymoon at the Four Seasons Nevis is already honeymoon perfection.

I should mention that there is a fully-equipped Health Club at the nearby Sports Pavilion—just in case anyone feels the need for exercise.

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Bargains, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Offers Mother’s Day Package

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Offers Mother’s Day Package

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Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Celebrates Mom with Spa and Brunch package

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa celebrates mothers and mothers-to-be with a special spa package that will be available throughout the month of May and a beachside outdoor brunch on Sunday, May 8.
Mother’s Day Seaside Brunch – On Sunday, May 8 Executive Chef Michael Poompan dishes out an exciting outdoor brunch on the property’s picturesque Bayside Lawn, which boasts an exceptional view of the San Diego skyline. Featuring a variety of menu options, including a Wellness Station complete with Greek Yogurt and a selection of toppings, Farmer’s Market Fruit Jars and Bananas with Almond and Flax Seeds, and seasonal vegetables, the nutrient packed brunch is designed to renew physical and mental energy for busy moms. Additional menu highlights include, Cider Glazed Chicken Breast, Baja Grouper, Braised Local Octopus and a Carving Station featuring Slow Roasted Pork Leg and Smoked Trip-Tip with Maple Bourbon Sauce.
The Coronado Island Marriott Mother’s Day Brunch is held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm., and is priced at $75 per adult, and $35 for children 12 and under.  For reservations, call: 619.522.3193 or book on OpenTable.com.
Mom and Me Rejuvenation Spa Package – The brand new Spa at Coronado Island Resort & Spa features a special “create your own” Mother’s Day Spa Package for two. Each guest can select among a 50-minute massage, body treatment or facial. The package also includes parking, lunch for two at the Spa Café and two complimentary glasses of champagne. In the Spa Café, moms and their guests enjoy conscious cuisine, and can create their own Wellness Bento Box, which can be customized with an array of different sides, proteins, healthy sandwiches and entrées; the Spa Menu also features pitaya bowls and cold pressed juices.
The Mom and Me Rejuvenation Spa Package is priced at $280 for two people ($360 value) and is available from May 1 until May 31. Appointments can be booked by calling, The Spa at Coronado Island at 619.522.3043.
About Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa: There is a certain life altering energy the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. Away from the crowds, on the quiet side of California’s famed Coronado Island, it is a seaside destination that possesses an air of seclusion. The resort features three floors with 273 rooms, 27 suites, 23 meeting rooms with 25,000 square feet of total event space, two restaurants, outdoor pool and whirlpool, the brand new Spa Coronado and state-of-the-art fitness center, scheduled to open April 2016. The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa provides nearby access to popular San Diego attractions including, Balboa Park, PETCO Park and the San Diego Zoo, and is located at 2000 Second St. in Coronado. For information, visit the website or call 1-619-435-3000.
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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Pathway to the Great House

Pathway to the Great House

Forget perfume, candy or flowers. This Mother’s Day, give Mom the gift she deserves, a luxury getaway to the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis. She’ll thank you for it for years to come, for a stay at this Four Seasons Resort is like an escape to paradise. Choose from a variety of packages.

The Spa Serenity package offers $150 daily Spa credit per room to help Mom unwind and de-stress. The 12,000-sq.-ft., Eden-like Spa and Salon features a menu of natural and revitalizing rituals that incorporates freshly picked herbs from the Spa’s herb garden. Mom can bask in the treatment’s afterglow on the outdoor Sala deck, facing peaceful Nevis Peak, and rejuvenate in the volcanic-stone whirlpool or Japanese-inspired, cold plunge pool. The package also includes the Resort’s daily breakfast buffet, which features the island’s fresh and vibrant flavours at the Fruit Concierge.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis is also featuring Mother’s Day specials that will provide some well-deserved “Mommy me-time.”
·        An 80-minute Special Mom Mani and Pedi (USD 87.50) will help melt stress away with a chocolate hand and feet exfoliation, finished with the Spa’s handcrafted, hydrating vanilla-strawberry lotion.
·        A 50-minute Bloom Into Beautiful facial (USD 122.50) rejuvenates with a four tea-elixir, cold-stone eye treatment and a soothing pumpkin and apple enzyme for overall radiant skin.
·        A 50-minute Mama’s Love ritual (USD 122.50) pairs a Swedish massage, which incorporates handcrafted oils created from the Spa’s herb garden, with a volcanic-sand hand and feet exfoliation that will relieve all tension from her head to toe.

 Younger guests also can share in a Spa experience with a choice of special Mother and children treatments:
·        50 minute Mini Manicure and Pedicure for USD 110 per guest
·        25 minute Mini Facial for USD 152 per guest
·        25 minute Mini Massage for USD 152 per guest
        These special prices are available on May 7 and 8, 2016. However, gift cards purchased with these Mother’s Day Spa specials can be redeemed through May 31.        

The Romance Me package will award five stars to Dads. With a minimum four-night stay at the Resort or in one of the 45 luxurious villas, the package includes a day in a private, 200-sq.-ft., luxury beach cabana with personal beach concierge, an intimate candle-lit, beach dinner, and the new Spa Under the Stars private Spa evening. Four Seasons Resort’s private villas range from the beach to the lower slopes of Nevis Peak, and offer all the luxurious amenities of a private residence, such as personal plunge pools and expansive patios and verandas – some even with their own Spa treatment rooms and fitness centres. Getting to the Resort is also stress-free with included round-trip ground and sea transfers from the airport, and VIP arrival and departure through the YU Lounge at St. Kitts Airport.
       

The Fourth Night Free offer combines greater flexibility and value for an incomparable vacation. Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the perfect place for a family weekend getaway devoted to more time basking under the idyllic Caribbean sky or playing a round of golf on the Resort’s Championship Golf Course. The Robert Trent Jones II, 6,776-yard golf course offers breathtaking vistas, where guests also will chance upon families of friendly green vervet monkeys. Additionally, the Resort’s tennis program – ranked No. 1 overall and third best for juniors by Tennis Resorts Online – features 10 tennis courts, six hard-surface and four clay courts – five of which are lit for night play – for friendly competition for the whole clan.       

Located on the western coast of the island of Nevis, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the only Four Seasons in the Caribbean, delivering superior service in a breathtaking setting. Offering a luxurious haven for an authentic and captivating experience for every guest, the Resort is consistently ranked among the top destinations in the world by travellers and travel experts. Since its opening, Four Seasons Resort Nevis has received numerous accolades, including the 2016 AAA Five Diamond Award.  Follow the Resort on social media at @FSNevis. For more information, visit the website.

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