Whisk Mom away to a special place called the Spa at PGA National this Mother’s Day

As you walk through the entrance of the Spa at PGA National Resort, you will immediately experience the soothing atmosphere. The spa aromas like apricot and lemongrass tickle your senses along with the cool, calming color of this 40,000 sq. ft. sanctuary.

The staff at PGA National are not only gracious but truly want you to forget about what is happening in your busy everyday world and to be enveloped in our world that now surrounds you. With over 100 different spa treatments ranging from a 25 minutes to full day long spa packages, it will be hard to choose.

Waters of the World at Spa at PGA National Resort

Waters of the World at Spa at PGA National 

Take a dip in one of two mineral pools; One infused with salts from the Dead Sea and the other with water from the Pyrenees Mountains,  Sallies De Bearn in France. As you enjoy the gentle Florida breeze and sunshine, the only thing better is anticipating the luxurious spa treatment to come. As you are escorted by your spa professional through our serene hallways, you know you are about to experience something special.

PGA National Resort & Spa makes it easy for you to share the indulgence with your loved ones this Mother’s Day or any occasion with their special bonus gift card program. With a purchase of $250 or more in spa gift cards (any denomination) you will earn bonus gifts for mom, aunt, grandma or any other special lady in your life. Heck you may just want to keep the pedicure or resort stay bonuses for yourself. You deserve it!

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Spring Fling Wellness retreat celebrates mind and body

1000 Islands Harbour View

1000 Islands Harbour Hotel

Taking a cue from Mother Nature, the AAA Four Diamond-rated 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel will welcome the start of spring with a Spring Fling Wellness retreat to celebrate the renewal of the mind and body. Yogis (newbies and advanced) are invited to join Liz Price-Kellogg and Kristen Taylor, authors of For the Love of Food and Yoga: A Celebration of Mindful Eating and Being on April 23 for a day of yoga, cooking instruction paired with mindful eating practices and more.


Photo Credit: Live Yum

The retreat schedule is as follows:

9 a.m. – Make your own St. Larry’s River organic oils, lotions and potions with Laura Cerow
11 a.m. – Live Yum hands-on cooking demonstration
12 p.m. – Lunch – Live Yum Baba Ganesh with Naan Dippers; Harbor Hotel Spicy Noodles with Tofu, Live Yum Radiant Carrot Salad; Live Yum Divine Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Cake Shake
1 p.m. – Herbal tea tasting for mind, body and soul by Finger Lakes Tea
2 p.m. – Mandala paining with Christine Tisa
4:30 p.m. – Spring fling yoga with live music by Win Price
6 p.m. – Dinner – all new Live Yum recipes with a glass of wine or beer, with live music by Win Price

The cost of the day long retreat is just $79. Guests who’d like to stay the night can take advantage of a $109 rate. Guests can reserve their space by calling 315-686-1100 ext 7012. For reservations visit www.1000islandsharborhotel.com.

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Be picture perfect poolside with these Phytomer must-haves

Phytomer_bodyIf you’ve never heard of Phytomer, you are missing out! They are a leader in marine skincare distributed in over 70 countries worldwide. The word “Phytomer” actually means “plant of the sea” because the company uses sea water and resources to create all their products. Based in Saint Malo, France you can rely on this brand to offer 100% natural skin care with years of science and knowledge behind it.

A personal favorite of mine, Phytomer CC Crème Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 20 has multiple benefits and uses all-in-one product. It can replace your daily sunscreen, your foundation and your daily moisturizer without problem! Simply apply to face and neck for a radiant, moisturized complexion year round!

After a full day in the sun, skin can use some soothing, refreshing and quenching – all of which can be found in Phytomer Sun Soother After-Sun Mask. An added benefit is this product also can help fight pre-mature aging due to sun damage.

I don’t know about you but with time, my legs just get more and more veiny as I age. The only time this is much of a concern for me is during bathing suit season (which is all year round in Florida!). BEAUTIFUL LEGS Blemish Eraser Cream is basically cover up just for your legs! It has a soft rosy color, subtle pearlescent sheen and wonderfully soft texture, making it a must-have for gals that want to cover those unsightly blemishes for picture perfect legs.

For those who wish to be as radiant as if you just left the pool or beach without negative sunbathing effects give Phytomer SUN RADIANCE Self-Tanning Cream a shot. What makes this product different is it literally melts into your skin without any oily residue (the kind that can end up staining clothing when dressing.) It’s white color helps for even application. While similar products have an unpleasant odor, Phytomer has a sweet floral fragrance and can be used on both face and body…

Phytomer products can be purchased at only the finest Palm Beach area spas including PGA National Resort & Spa and Si Spa at the Marriott Palm Beach to name a couple. Visit Phytomer to find a distributor near you.

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Tipsy SalonBar owner takes nail hygiene seriously

As I ent20160130_120133ered Tipsy’s newest Salon Bar, located in Boynton Beach where the former Yossi Salon used to be, I thought for a second I might have arrived at the wrong destination. As I looked around at the chic, and highly modern décor I did a double-take and suddenly realized the individuals enjoying libations at the bar were actually also getting their nails done or hair colored. The environment may look like a trendy South Beach Night Club  but getting you “tipsy” is definitely not what Tipsy Salonbar and Lounge is solely about.

There menu lists out options of wine from $7 to $10, Beer starts at $4 and then they have other cocktails like their signature Lychee Mimosa or Prosecco. For those looking for alternatives to alcohol they also offer non alcoholic beverages such as Green Tea, Coffee, Water and OJ. Drink up at the bar, all while you enjoy a full service salon and spa offering hair cuts, hair color, manis, pedis, facials, waxing and massage.

I really love Tipsy’s concept of a bar lounge and salon/spa all-in- one. The environment truly lends itself to bridal parties, birthday parties, a date night out, and girls outings. 20160130_120227Getting pampered plus sipping on a cocktail in the process is definitely an ideal match.

But the one thing that really stood out to me besides the pristine, modern décor, the highly professional Nail Technician, the vast selection of nail colors and the comfy furnishings was the fact that Founder, Beth Nguyen takes the nail biz and her clientele’s health so seriously.

If a salon does not take precautions in regards to cleanliness and sanitation, your dreamy day of pampering could potentially become your worst nightmare. For those who are not aware, tools like nail files and nail clippers, can spread fungal infections from person-to-person if they’re not sanitized. With a past experience as a medical doctor, Beth  goes the extra mile to insure all her guests the absolute highlest level of sanitation.  All tools, between clients, are treated to the degree that surgical tools are handled with an autoclave machi20160130_120327ne she has invested in. Liners are used at the pedicure stations and discarded after each use.

Tipsy SalonBar is located in Boynton Beach on the corner of Congress Avenue and Gateway Blvd.

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April 1, 2016 · 1:07 pm

The secret to keeping long hair healthy

For those of you like me who have long hair or are all about trying to get longer, sleek hair this advice is just for you!  I don’t know about you but I am always looking to grow my hair out long. The longer the better I say. Who does not want to look like a Kardashian with long gorgeous locks?

Maria Salamis, Master Hair Designer claims  “Cutting more often” is the way to go… This seems like the opposite advice of what any girl wants to hear. But when it really boils down to it, the ends of long hair have been styled, colored & flat ironed so many times that they get dry, frizz and break quickly.

According to Maria, asking your stylist to just “snip” 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch every 6 weeks is the key to longer, healthier hair. This makes sense since your hair grows faster on average than this per month. This way  you won’t lose length but rather the dead hair that actually might break from the bottom up.  Maria says, ” If you wait too much longer between cuts, split ends could “re split”, which means you will have to trim MORE later on”.

Maria Salamis.

Expert advice provided by Master Hair Designer, Maria Salamis. Maria is available by appointment at the Salon at PGA National

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Skin Matters: Dermatologist Doctor Usmani does know best!

DR Usmani

Take your first steps toward a lifetime of healthy skin with Dr. Andleeb Usmani

I had the lovely opportunity to chat with Wellington based, Dr. Andleeb A. Usmani, this past weekend. Dr. Andleeb Usmani D.O., F.A.O.C.D, is a board certified Dermatologist, so if anybody knows about skin care and what is best for your skin, it is she. As the founder of Truderm Adult & Pediatric Dermatology & Skin Care Center, she specializes in all of the most technological advances in the field and it is privilege to be able to share some advice from her with my readers.

“Everybody’s skin is different so everybody has different needs” says Dr. Usmani. She offers a variety of facials with the the first step in deciding on the products or facials to offer is to determine which category the patient falls into. Everybody technically, falls into three different categories. For those with Normal to Oily skin she recommends cleansing, antioxidants, a sunscreen and a moisturizer.  Antioxidants are used to neutralize the skin in order to prevent wrinkling as well as adding nutrients like Vitamin A or Vitamin C to the skin. Clients with Sensitive or Acne Prone skin would want to choose a cleanser with Salycic Acid content to unclog pores or prevent further clogging. While more mature patients will want to focus on fighting wrinkles, diminishing age spots and brightening skin with Glycolic Cleansers or products with collagen building effects.

Once the category is determined she will treat the skin with the right facial for them and prescribe product favorites like Obagi and Skinceuticals. Cleansing two times per day, in the morning and before bed at home is essential. “If you do not cleanse in the evening you are at risk to clog your pores with all the makeup” and impurities built up throughout the day.

You can invest hundreds of dollars on creams, serums, spa treatments or medical spa procedures but to prevent wrinkles and reverse the aging process, you need to also invest in yourself at home.  A daily regime is essential!  So if you don’t take care of your “homework” then you will basically be “undoing everything you do.”

So for those of you that want your skin to be smooth and supple skin, be sure to consult with a Dermatologist like Dr. Usmani to determine your skin care prescription for a lifetime committment to healthy skin. When you invest money in facials or creams keep in mind if the expense is going to be beneficial based on your goals. Then be sure to maintain those goals at home!

TruDerm Dermatology of Wellington is located at 3319 FL-7 #202, Wellington, FL 33449. Dr. Usmanis offers complimentary consultations.



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A shiny new you with PGA National Resort & Spa

PGA National Resort & Spa recently opened a swanky new,  Sports & Racquet Club. Uncomparable to any other local fitness facility, the 33,000 sq ft fitness center boasts a host of amazing programming including classes I have never even heard of! From Booty Blast to Ropes and Rowers to Tai Chi Flow, if it is a form of fitness they host a class seven days a week. Check out the impressive schedule here.

The Sports and Racquet Club has an exciting new trial membership for those you want to put their best foot forward in 2016! For just $249 for an individual membership or $399 for the family including up to two kids you can enjoy a 30 day preview fitness membership.

The Spa and the Sports & Racquet Club have joined forces and want to help you kick start your 2016 with the Shiny New You Contest! To enter simply  “Like” the Spa Facebook, then comment on the page what you plan on doing to make 2016 “Your Time to Shine”. Be sure to use the hashtag #ShinyNewYou when you post.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive the Shiny New You Prize Package which includes all the following:

SRC ARCH_038_Cpl_WIPa 30-day trial membership to the PGA National Resort & Spa’s brand new 33,000 sq. ft. Sports & Racquet Club. With a daily agenda of classes like Pilates, TRX, Yoga, Zumba, and more plus 12 tennis courts, and saltwater exercise pool, getting fit will be easier than ever!


layered-medium-haircut-layered-medium-hair-500x500A cut and color from the Stylists at the Salon at PGA National. You’d be surprised how a brand new color and style can transform your image! Let us our stylists help you choose the color that will leave you looking shiny and vibrant!


facialA Dr. Dennis Gross Facial will rejuvenate your skin and brighten your complexion. An intensive but relaxing skin treatment designed to thoroughly clean skin, the skin is cleansed and steamed before our estheticians perform extractions followed by the Alpha Beta® Peel. Skin is left smooth, supple and most importantly clean.

The one lucky winner will be  announced on the Spa Facebook page on Tuesday, February 15, 2016 at noon.


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