I insisted a lot last week on the importance of loving yourself in my Letter to Cupid.
And loving yourself also means taking care of yourself, listening to yourself and taking time for yourself.
I know perfectly how to take care of myself. You already know that I love to travel, but you don't know that I take advantage of my stays, to visit the most luxurious spas in the world.
Disconnecting from the world and being pampered, this is my anti-stress and anti-aging secret!
As Helena Rubinstein said: "Beauty is nothing without taking care of the body" (read Article).
Today, I’ll make you dream, travel and relax by making you discover my Top 5.
It’s at the top of the list, and before it changes, it’ll take time ...
The Qua Baths & Spa at the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas!
When we say that everything is excessive in the United States, and even more in Las Vegas, it’s not an exaggeration. There are countless luxury spas out there but I chose this one for a very specific reason: there’s a cabin where it snows!! Yes, yes, you read that right. After the sauna, you’ll relax in this unique room in the world, called the Artic Ice Room, where the snowflakes and obviously the temperature, calmly drop your body by a few degrees.
It's magical! I don’t know how long I’ve been in, but I may have the record hahaha.
50,000-square-foot of amenities, enough to quickly make you forget how many dollars you lost at the casino. The Roman Baths, that's how they call them, consist in 3 pools at 3 different temperatures. In addition, there's a huge hot tub, sauna, hammam and a beautiful relaxation room with a nice buffet with snacks and drinks.
You don’t need to stay at the hotel to make an appointment, however you’ll be asked to pay at the reservation.
I'm going to stay in the U.S. for a moment, to tell you about the spa of another very prestigious hotel, the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
I admit that already when we arrive, we feel transported into another universe, so mythical ...
The spa isn’t big, but it’s one of the best body treatments I’ve had in the world. And for good reason it was made with vodka. This alcohol is as good inside as outside hahaha. It was a few years ago, and the treatments change regularly. However, I’ll definitely go back, they’re cutting edge of skincare.
And I love the huge dressing tables in the locker room that make us think we are Hollywood stars!
Remember, I said in my last article (Letter to Cupid) I liked having my hair washed, I love having my body washed too hahaha.
I wonder if I wasn’t Cleopatra in a previous life??
Then, follow me at the Banyan Tree Spa in Singapore.
No need to stay at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the spa is completely independent and located on the 55th floor of Tower 1.
Here, I’m always treated like a Queen, what I love about skincare in Asia is, that the therapists systematically clean our feet, in a pretty bowl of warm water with fresh flowers and soap, before any treatment.
My favourite treatment in this spa lasts half a day, cleansing, scrub, massage from head to toe without forgetting the bath with fresh flowers, overlooking the bay.
Given the specifics of this treatment, I was entitled to a suite, with a living room, a dressing room and a bathroom.
You end up believing yourself at home…
In all Banyan Tree spas, the traditional Asian decor and furnishings are always exquisite, with lots of texture and neutral, warm tones.
In the relaxation room, with a panoramic view of the city and the gardens, we are served tea, yogurt and fresh fruits. Or how to gently reconnect to the world…
The Banyan Tree and I have a long love story that started in Thailand, country of this institution and brand.
You can find their hotels all over the world (one of the last opened in Morocco, video at the end of the article) and I’m taking you to discover another of my favourite spas from the Banyan Tree group, but this time in Vietnam!
It’s here I came to recover before my Solo Wedding in Santorini, needed to isolate myself from the world and get some energy back, the Banyan Tree Lang Co was the perfect place and here I was staying in a villa with a private pool, view on the vegetation and the mountains. My haven of peace…
I had 2 to 3 treatments a day, which occupied a good part of my days.
What I particularly like about their spas is that they use their own products and incense. And as a regular, I can quickly recognise their scents. Not to mention that everything is done to pamper yourself, from the bathrobe to the slippers, but also all the products available in the bathroom.
Since we're in the fragrance, let me finish this article with the spa that uses my favourite skincare products: Pure Fiji.
Made with coconut oil and milk, and enriched with flower extracts, this local brand provides the most luxurious spas on the island.
My favourite scent: the frangipani flower…
As the name suggests, we’re talking about Fiji!
In addition to the products used, what I love about this spa is the small half-sheltered pool, nestled between the steam room and the sauna, with a view of the sky, when it rains, it's even more relaxing!! The space is very large and quiet, in a big independent villa in the centre of the hotel.
Again, I was staying on site, at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa. A hotel paradise on a paradise island.
This is the only place where my bathtub was on the terrace, I loved it! Obviously, there was no vis-à-vis and a curtain could always protect me from prying eyes hahaha.
And if after all that I was still not relaxed, there were the breathtaking sunsets on the beach! (Check Sunsets)
I hope I’ve relaxed you with this article.
I still have a lot to show you and I have even more to visit, some dreams never stop ...
It's good for your health and mood, so don’t hesitate, there are spas all over the world, with offers at all prices!
Have a lovely week!
Love & Spa,
Here it is, February, and it’s urgent for me to send my letter to Cupid ...
Of course I believe in Cupid, as I do in Unicorns (read article) and in Santa Claus.
In the same way that we send a Letter to Santa (to reread), and between us we know very well how much he appreciates, I told myself that I should do the same for Valentine's Day, I’d like to help Cupid to shoot the right arrow this year!
I’ve certainly thought about it a lot, while writing my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini, I know exactly what I’m looking for or rather who I’m looking for...
Cupid, do you know that there are 5 love languages according to Gary Chapman?
• Words of Affirmation
• Quality Time
• Receiving Gifts
• Acts of Service
• Physical touch
It works both ways: the person whose love language is receiving gifts for example, will feel loved when someone give them something, but it’s also in this way that they’ll express their affection towards someone they love.
It’s important to know it to be able to communicate serenely.
But to understand exactly what that means, this great video:
Gary Chapman (born in 1938) is an American Baptist pastor, author, and marriage counsellor.
His book The 5 Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts - and others that followed - has helped millions of couples and people in search of their soul mate. There’s a test at the end of the book to determine your language, you can also go to his website: here.
This book is in the library of my Ipad, and I take it with me everywhere!
Cupid, my first love language is "Quality Time", so I'm not necessarily looking for a man who has the same language, but explain to him that to satisfy my love tank, he’ll have to give me time without distraction or phone.
Also, tell him to look at my Blog, he’ll discover a lot about me, we’ll save time.
Above all, he should reread my article Titanium Heart in which I give my definition of love.
If he doesn’t like reading, well, here is the video, easy!
Then, I have very specific and absolutely mandatory requirements:
• Buying me designer shoes. My readers know how important shoes are to me: Article Shoes Forever
• Bringing me a peppermint mocha! I haven't had any since 2017, I'm craving for one: Article Coffee Addict
• Also, I love when someone washes my hair with a scalp massage, that’s why I spend so much time at the hairdressing salon: Article Navy Hair
• Giving me flowers, if possible my favourites: Article Flowers
• Letting me eat chocolate!! This was my 2019 Valentine’s Day post: Chocolate, Sweetheart.
Finally, many years ago, I don't remember how or why, I promised myself to marry the man who would give me a striptease!
Obviously, proof it has never happened before, I married myself.
And male shows like mentioned in my Birthday in London don't count, that would be too easy…
I know Cupid, I ask you a lot, but you know I like challenges and I always encourage people to surpass themselves, you can do it!!
Don’t forget you are the God of Love (in Roman mythology), son of Mars and Venus, nothing is impossible for you.
Don’t hesitate to shoot several arrows, I won’t be offended, the female cheetah, the only feline who chooses the male, sometimes it needs to meet 7 males before deciding.
What I'm doing for Valentine's Day, well, if Cupid hasn't found anyone for me, surely, I’ll do like last year, a good dinner prepared by me, with a good bottle of wine while watching my favourite movie: The Holiday.
This is an old film, but I never get tired of it, I find it very inspiring and it always cheers me up!
If you're single (or not) and have no plans, don't put yourself under pressure, it doesn't matter. Do something you enjoy, hang out with your friends or read my Article Single…
The important thing is to have confidence in the future and to enjoy every moment!
Life is too short and precious to stop smiling.
I never really feel alone because I'm an excellent company! With my Solo Wedding, I discovered all the love and respect I had for myself. Really it all starts here, loving yourself honestly and deeply.
Excerpt from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini:
I discovered all this love for myself during my solo wedding, I was not aware of it before. I have always had a good self-esteem and self-confidence, but love is something else, it is the ultimate level from which everything flows. We must also embrace our weaknesses and recognise that we are human despite everything, it is normal to have pain, as it is normal to ask for help. Sadness I had a lot, anger too, I went through all the emotions, all phases. To refocus on oneself is not being selfish or egocentric, it is to be shrewd and wise. You know in the plane, during the safety instructions, we are told that when the oxygen masks are released, you must first put it on yourself so that you can take care of others afterwards. To love oneself is the same thing, one must first take care of oneself before being able to love and care for others.
"Love is like breathing. Give & receive, inhale & exhale…" L.
Remember you are my one and only, including you Cupid,
Have a great week and Happy Valentine's Day!
Love & Cupid,
How not to speak of this woman who created my obsession for this word: empire!
A few years ago, when I was developing a personal business project, it was Helena's journey that inspired me and made me want more. The executive summary of my business started with this introduction:
Helena Rubinstein moved from Poland to Australia in 1896, with no money and little English.
Today, thanks to the magnificent exhibition "The Adventure of Beauty" which took place in Paris in 2019 at the MAJH, I’ll make you discover her story and why she's a great source of inspiration for me.
Believe me Helena Rubinstein is a woman to know…
A complex and determined woman, she’s undoubtedly one of the pioneers of feminism.
Born Chaja Rubinstein in Cracow (Poland) in 1872 in a modest Jewish family, she refused an arranged marriage and the life they wanted to impose on her. In 1896, at the age of 24, she took the boat alone for Australia.
In 1902, she created her first Valaze face cream, and a year later opened her first beauty salon in Melbourne (Australia).
Passionate about fashion, she dressed in Chanel, Poiret, Worth, Dior, Balanciaga, Rodriguez, essential according to her as an ambassador of a beauty brand.
Collecting art from 1908, she was friends with the greatest artists: Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Marcoussis…
An exhibition with her collection of African art is currently in Paris at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac till June 28, 2020. I put a video at the end of the article for you (sorry it's in French but you can enjoy the images).
She also contributed to many museums and was also the model of many works of art.
In 1914, she left Europe to open her first beauty salon in New York. She therefore collaborated with the greatest architects, interior designers and artists.
All her life, art was an important part of her creativity.
Famous names were in charge of her salons, shops, adverts but also of her residences.
With great attention to detail and innovative, she never stopped inventing, among other things, she’s responsible for the classification of skin (dry, normal and oily), sunscreen, mascara in a tube and beauty salons...
Between 1915 and 1918, her business expanded in the United States with the opening of a factory and the first school of beauticians.
In 1939, thanks to the collaboration with the inventor of the first waterproof mascara, Helena created the event by organising a nautical ballet to introduce the product. Huge success.
A year later, this is the opening of a male beauty salon in New York!
For Helena, beauty was a weapon in the fight to make women equal to men. By feeling beautiful in her body, a woman gains self-confidence, she feels bold and becomes emancipated.
"Beauty is nothing without taking care of the body." Helena Rubinstein
Taking care of the body, so obvious for her, not only facials, but also massages, dietetics, breathing and physical exercise. She even created her own gym class “Rubinstein Rhythmics”.
Science serving beauty, essential to innovate, be credible and listened to, she visited her factories in white coat.
Above all, she understood how to use the image in the service of business: marketing!
But Helena was also a philanthropist, in addition to Art, in 1953, she created a foundation for the education of disadvantaged girls.
She loved beautiful things, fashion, jewellery, art and science.
She travelled a lot, set up her salons and left her legacy in Melbourne, Sydney, Vienna, Paris, New York, London, Tel Aviv ... A citizen of the world, a superwoman.
Married, mother of two, divorced and remarried to a man 23 years younger, she didn’t forget to be a woman behind the business woman. She died in New York at the age of 93.
The Helena Rubinstein brand was officially created in 1920. 100 years old this year!
Had the young Chaja ever imagined such an adventure and such a heritage?
We can only respect her audacity, her decadence and her perseverance!
Read again my other articles from the Superwomen Series.
I don't have an empire yet, but I'm working on it more than ever, and My Solo Wedding in Santorini will certainly leave my mark in the memory of many people.
Good week everyone, take care of yourself!
Love & Beauty,