Julie Keller Callaghan

CryBaby Brings Smiles to Lash-Challenged Clients

An editor test drives a semi-permanent mascara.
Perhaps it’s a case of always wanting what you don’t have, but I am obsessed with eyelashes. Without makeup, my blond lashes are pretty much invisible, so you name the mascara, lash extensions, or fake lashes, and I’ve tried them. So when I was invited to sample CryBaby , a professionally applied semi-permanent mascara, I was thrilled. Yesterday, I headed...

Calling All Spa Managers

Take a brief survey about your jobs to help the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
I find the members of our industry to be a rather cooperative bunch, so I wanted to pass along a research study in hopes that you will help out. The study is being conducted at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne by Veronica Waldthausen and Professor Demian Hodari and is evaluating the role of the Spa Manager. In order to have...

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Perks Up Pets with Yappy Hour

A monthly gathering of pups and owners raises money for charity.
OK, so I am the first to admit this headline isn’t particularly spa-inspired. But animals make people happy, and happiness is an important aspect of wellness. And I’m a giant animal lover who believes in bringing pets to social events (see the photo of my own party animal, Winson, at a recent Halloween party). As such, I thought that the...

Shibui Spa Opens Its Doors to Non-Hotel Guests

Manhattanies can now enjoy Robert DeNiro’s chic hotel spa.
A few years ago, I was luckly enough to spend the night at Robert DeNiro’s uber-cool Greenwich Hotel to experience Shibui Spa . I wrote a story on this cool subterranean retreat for the June 2009 issue and have fond memories of a fabulous treatment performed by Thuyen D. Nguyen. Since the hotel is a pretty exclusive NYC hot spot,...

SÁMAS, Sisley Offer St. Patty’s Day Special

Bergdorf clients can sample treatments from the acclaimed Irish destination spa.
New York spa lovers can experience the luck of the Irish March 12-16 at the Sisley counter at Bergdorf Goodman. There, two therapists from SÁMAS, a leading destination spa located at Ireland’s acclaimed Park Hotel Kenmare , will be on hand to offer a range of facial treatments using Sisley products. Clients can sign up for a 45-minute treatment and...

Spas Catch Hunger Games Fever

The upcoming action film sparks ideas for inspired spa packages.
I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games triology by Suzanne Collins. I’ve read all three of the books…several times. Needless to say, I am so excited to see the movie when it comes out later this month. And by that I mean I may very well be one of those crazy people who camps out overnight to get...

Massage Therapy Named One of the Best Jobs of 2012

U.S. News & World Report says it is a profession poised for growth.
I'm always happy to pass along good news about our industry. The latest comes from U.S. News & World Report , which called massage therapy one of the best jobs of 2012. Click here for the full report. But here's the gist: Demand for massage therapists is growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapists employment growth of 20.1...

Liquid Luxury

A hydrotherapy haven makes a splash in Carmel, CA.
Following a 2005 visit to Europe, where he experienced the centuries-old tradition of hydrotherapy, Scot McKay was convinced that when it comes to wellness, water works. It was then that the idea for Refuge (Carmel, CA) was born. Six years later, on the auspicious date of 11/11/11, his idea for a facility that was entirely dedicated to hydrotherapy came to...

Jeremy McCarthy to Give Spatec Spring Keynote

Starwood’s Director of Global Spa Development and Operations to offer a defense of pampering.
In my opinion, the best thing about our industry is the incredible people. One of my favorites is Jeremy McCarthy, the Director of Global Spa Development and Operations for Starwood. I’m a big fan of his blog, The Psychology of Wellbeing , as well of some of the articles he’s written for American Spa . (Be sure to stay tuned...

Good News! Spa Biz Rebounds in Q4 of 2011

New PBA report finally shows increases after three quarters of decline
I love to be the bearer of good news, particularly when it comes to the economy and spa. So, I'm thrilled to pass along a report from the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) regarding the fourth quarter of 2011 for the spa and salon industry. Guess what? We're finally showing a rebound! Driven by stronger sales and traffic levels and a...

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