Tuesday, September 09, 2014

First Time at the Spa? What You Need to Know

When visiting a spa, there are some do's and don'ts that you need to know, especially if this is your first time visiting. If you've visited before and have broken any of the rules, both spoken and unspoken, let's use today as a clean slate to start practicing good etiquette with the help of Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

tips for visiting the spa// fabgirlmag.com
Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Hotel (Photo: Fontainebleau)

Josie, not everyone might be aware of the basic rules of visiting a spa. Help!

"Be respectful of others and their wish for a relaxing and gracious experience. Making use of the spa means time shared with a community of people whose interests are to regenerate and rejuvenate and one’s behavior should be reflective of that. I would recommend not using electronic devices, speaking in low tones, and doing your best to avoid infringing on the personal space of others."

Why are these rules so important?

"A gracious and enjoyable spa experience is the result of cumulative factors: a well-equipped and designed facility, the efforts of the spa staff to provide caring hospitality, and guests that are predisposed to immersing themselves in a process of communal relaxation."

During spa month I visited a few of Miami's top spas and noticed the rule most often broken is no cellphones. Why should guests stash their devices?

"The use of cell phones is intrusive and disrespectful of the rights other guests have to enjoy quiet, solace and privacy. Proper spa etiquette involves completely disconnecting from all electronic devices in order to enhance your spa experience and to avoid making others feel uncomfortable."

How should guests handle nudity? Not everyone is confident especially if it's their first time.

"Clothing optional is standard in spas and especially evident in European spas. In the United States, this choice is restricted to gender specific areas. If one is not satisfied in a setting like this it’s suggested they avoid the areas where guests may be undressed. At Lapis, we tell everyone to bring their bathing suits for use of the water features, understanding that most guests may not prefer to be nude even in gender specific areas."

What other tips can you share to help spa-goers have the best experience possible?

"Don’t bring a lot of “stuff” with you – leave your fancy jewelry and big shoulder bags at home. Lapis provides everything you need (with the exception of a bathing suit) to enjoy a lovely day. Alcohol and heat don’t mix well, so drinking and then getting into a steam room or a very hot jet tub could bring on illness. Use the opportunity to internalize your experience, relax, speak softly and take it easy. It’s not just about bragging that you went to a spa, it’s about what you take away from it. Ideally, guests should leave relaxed and with an increased awareness of well-being and blessings."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sandra Echeverría Shines Light on Skin Health

The summer might be coming to a close quite soon for many people, but the that doesn't mean you can slack on your skin care regimen the remainder of the year. Neutrogena Ambassador Sandra Echeverria made a special video sharing the importance of sun protection and the dangers of sun exposure.

Sandra Echeverria, Rosy Cordero, and Jeannette Kaplun

Sandra recommends using a daily broad spectrum sunscreen with Helioplex® techonology to protect your skin from cummulative exposure. This technology not only protects against sunburn but also protects against the rays that lead to premature skin aging. There is a variety of NEUTROGENA® sunscreens that contain Helioplex® technology, including the new and easy to apply: Beach Defense® Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ and Ultra Sheer® Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70.

Three reasons why sun protection is a MUST: 
1. Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin aging. 
2. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. 
3. People who use daily SPF look 24% younger.

Check out the video below, for more information:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Chloe Moretz: "I'm Having A Lot of Fun Experimenting with Fashion" (Exclusive)

When I met Chloë Moretz for the first time, she was thirteen and promoting the film, "Kick-Ass" at San Diego Comic Con.  She was this sweet young girl, a little shy, who happily met and posed for photos with fans who recognized her.

Now at the ripe ol' age of seventeen, the Atlanta native has racked up countless film and TV credits and is well on her way to becoming a huge Hollywood star. If you need proof, run to theaters this weekend and check out her new film, "If I Stay," co-starring Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, and Jakob Davies.

In the drama based on the novel of the same name, Mia Hall's life changes in a single moment. The seventeen-year-old has no memory of the accident. She can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

Little does she know that she holds the power to make the decision to live, knowing that life as she knew it would never be the same. Or, she could give up and follow the light into the unknown.

The movie was shot beautifully and shows the true meaning of love, friendship, and family. I recommend that all of you hitting the theaters tonight, to bring some tissues--- lot's of them! I can't wait for you all to see it.

Chloe came to Miami in support of the film, and I had the chance to chat with her about bringing to life the character of Mia, and to dish about her favorite fashion designers. Check out the video below:

Prabal Gurung for MAC: Good As Gold

Can you think of a better way to welcome the weekend than by hearing that one of your favorite fashion designers has partnered with one of your favorite makeup brands? According to WWD, Prabal Gurung has a special collection, set to be released on November 26th, with MAC.

Prabal Gurung for MAC (Photo: Tumblr)

As you can tell from the photo above, Prabal himself shared exclusive preview images of the products that he says were inspired by artists Damien Hirst and Sylvie Fleury and photographer Nick Knight.
“I always feel, whether it’s getting dressed or putting on makeup, it’s ritualistic, a very spiritual process that a woman has. We men don’t have the opportunity to do that. As time-consuming as it might be, it’s really a time for you and yourself, deciding how you want to feel, how you want to look," Gurung told WWD.
Those lucky enough to be attending his fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City next month, will get a sneak peek of the collection. Price points for these sure-to-be coveted pieces are higher than regular MAC products......OBVIOUSLY.

The square handled buffer brush (above) will set you back $70 as will a cream colored base and bronzing powder. There will be three eyeshadow duos retailing for $40 each and three lipsticks and three lip glasses released costing $30 each. Two pencils, one black and one Chromagraphic, will sell for $20 each.

Start saving now ladies, as you know quantities will be limited and shoppers are serious about limited edition beauty items.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Graceland" Star Jamie Gray Hyder Shares "Amazing" Beauty Secret (Exclusive)

Jamie Gray Hyder (Photo: Wire)
Most recently you've seen Jamie Gray Hyder on the HBO supernatural drama "True Blood," USA Network's "Graceland," and in David Guetta's new music video, "Lovers on the Son" alongside Ray Liotta and Andrew Keegan. But the Washington D.C. native is just a regular girl, having fun playing with different looks for the increasing number of red carpet events she's been attending.

I caught up with the brunette beauty this week to talk about what's coming up for her character Lucia on "Graceland," [link via Xfinity Latino] and we got into some fashion and beauty talk you're going to love!

I love seeing you on the red carpet! You have a unique style and my favorite thing is how you incorporate a pop of color with your outfit or with your makeup. Are you having fun playing with new looks?  

"Thank you! I will be the first to admit that I don't know much about 'fashion' but definitely have my own preferences and personal style. I like to wear a lot of neutrals and classic styles, then jazz them up with something more modern or funky. My favorite accessory right now is probably my gold tooth, hah. It's a lot of fun and definitely throws people off!"

Do you have any favorite beauty products you can't live without?

"I'm pretty simple when it comes to my beauty regimen. I've been using Cetaphil since I was in middle school, and don't subscribe to a slew of creams and anti-aging products (for now!). I stick to a basic moisturizer with SPF. I can't live without dry shampoo, coconut oil, my Amazing Cosmetics concealer, and my exfoliating mitt I got from the Korean spa."

If you haven't seen Jamie and her steamy kiss with my 90's crush Andrew Keegan, check it out below:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Watch Now: 5 Romantic Comedies You Don't Want to Miss on Netflix

It's been raining since yesterday nearly non-stop in Miami. I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are, but when is it not a good time to stay in with some friends and watch movies? If you're as addicted to Netflix as I am, you may not have even heard of these five romantic comedies but they need to be on your radar:

5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

I thought everyone had heard of and watched "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" starring Amy Adams, Francis McDormand, and Lee Pace. I recently had a girlfriend come over and she confessed how this film never ended up on her radar. 

Based on the 1938 novel, this rom-com tells the story of the lie that brings together Guinivere Pettigrew (McDormand) and  Delysia Lafoss (Adams) and how it changes both their lives. Watch it for the beautiful costumes, the delicious music, and to find out who Delysia end up with!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Join Us for the FPL #EasyToSave Twitter Party

This is part of a sponsored collaboration between Latina Mom Bloggers and Florida Power & Light (FPL) Company. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

It’s that time of year again! Florida families are busy shopping for school supplies and getting ready to go back to school. However, as all parents know, back-to-school costs can add up very quickly. FPL’s simple energy efficiency tips will help you start the school year right and get an A+ in savings.

We will also have FPL energy efficiency expert Tiffany Spence, who is a mom herself, sharing information about FPL’s free online tool, the Online Home Energy Survey, which can help you find new ways to save up to $250 a year. Taking the survey is as easy as clicking to get a discount on school supplies, ordering dinner or watching a movie. 

Please be sure to bring your questions for Tiffany who will be ready to answer them. And as an added treat, when you tweet the #EasyToSave hashtag and answer a question during the chat you could win a $50, $75, $100 or $150 Target gift card. Prizing is limited to current FPL customers only. RSVP today and just click to learn how to manage your family’s energy use and make your bill even lower.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gabrielle Union Talks Beauty, Her New Movie, and Life in Miami (Exclusive)

It takes a lot more than bikinis and martinis to be a Miami resident. Gabrielle Union, who is gearing up to marry "Miami Heat" star Dwyane Wade later this month, is using her star power to teach the community the importance of year round sun protection.

As a Neutrogena Brand Ambassador, the "Being Mary Jane" star visited the Miami Beach Community Health Center as part of the Buy 1 + Donate 1 Event on July 21st alongside singer/actress Sandra Echeverría. The duo handed out 280 suncare donation kits to fans while sharing with them the latest health figures on melanoma.

Gabrielle Union at the Neutrogena Buy 1 + Donate 1 Event in Miami Beach on July 21st  (Photo: Jeannette Kaplun)

"Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for ages 25-29. Properly protecting children and teaching healthy sun habits is key. Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. Together with Neutrogena®, I'm spreading the word to everyone I know that skin cancer is a real issue and one that can be prevented with simple steps like wearing sunscreen and doing regular skin checks," said Gabrielle.

Ahead of the event, I was able to chat with Gabrielle about what's in her beauty bag, taking on the role of executive producer on the upcoming Lifetime film, "With This Ring," and her recommendations for getting the most out of your beauty products when living in a hot and humid city like Miami.

To learn more about sun protection, check out the handy information at Neutrogena's official website via this link.