Julie Keller Callaghan

Trendspotting 2012: Grooming & Personal Care Trends

Get the scoop on the next year’s hottest grooming trends.
As a spa owner, I think it’s important to keep your finger on the pulse of industry trends. That’s why I’m excited to give you an inside look at next year’s top trends when it comes to grooming and personal care, courtesy of the global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide . “Given the graying of the global population,...

TREND ALERT: SpaFinder Releases State of Spa Travel Stats

Ge the scoop on the latest trends in spa travel.
Some of the most popular requests I receive as editor of American Spa are those for stats and surveys related to our industry. So, I'm happy to pass along my most recent finding— SpaFinder 's fifth-annual State of Spa Travel survey. Released this week, the report from a survey of travel agents shows that travel to hotel, resort, and destination...

Preserving the Planet Tips: Reduce Food Waste During the Holidays

Just in time for Turkey Day, get some advice for making the season less wasteful.
I find the spa industry to be a pretty conscious bunch. So, with Turkey Day coming up in just a few short days (woo-hoo!), I thought you would all appreciate this list of 10 simple steps from Worldwatch ’s Nourishing the Planet Project that we can all take to make the season less wasteful and more plentiful. According to the...

Tempt Clients with A Fun Flower Ritual

A visual test from Lotus Wei helps determine guests’ state of mind.
I’m a bit of a sucker for tests. Send me something that involves my selecting my favorite color, flower, scent, or style as a window into my soul, and I’m inevitably on board. So when I got an email from Lotus Wei Flower Essences asking me to select the flower to which I was most drawn from the above options,...

Honoring Evelyn Lauder

A beauty industry icon and breast cancer awareness philanthropist succumbs to cancer.
We’re just a few weeks past October and Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I’m sad to report that one of the movement’s most iconic leaders has passed away. Evelyn Lauder, the creator of the famed pink ribbon, has died. Please take a moment to read her obituary from the Associated Press , and join me in honoring her life and...

The Surrey Brings Serenity to Holiday Shopping

A decadent new package combines shopping, spa, cocktails, and cookies.
Though Black Friday is the official start of the holiday shopping season, it’s certainly already kicked off with gusto in New York City. The subways are crammed, the sidewalks are jam-packed with tourists wielding shopping bags, and sale signs are populating countless shop windows. I, frankly, find it completely exhausting and am not at all excited about starting my holiday...

Help Clients Attack Acne

New York derm provides tips for battling breakouts.
In January, American Spa will be highlighting ways to battle serious cystic acne in the popular Medical Spa Report section of the magazine. To give you a little preview of what is to come—and to help clients who are currently facing the frustrations of dealing with breakouts—here are some tips from Long Island, NY, dermatologist Marina Peredo, M.D., to help...

All Eyes on Eyelids

Forget the gym. Teach your clients to exercise their eyelids to keep their faces in super shape.
While we’re all innudated with tips for working out our bodies, I recently received some handy instructions from the experts at The New You Med Spa in Dallas to help keep an oft-ignored body part looking great—our eyelids. Want to help your clients fight some of the eyelid droopyness that comes with facial aging? Then pass along this simple facial...

New Study Reveals Groupon, Holiday Retail Trends

New stats show that consumers are looking for major discounts this season.
Fresh off executive editor Heather Mikesell’s post last week on Groupons that seem too good to be true, comes a new report from Retrevo on Groupon shoppers and holiday retail habits that I thought I would share. Click here for the full report, but here are a few highlights: Women are more likely to buy things at discounted prices. Retrevo...

Paris Match

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Mandarin Oriental comes to France with a sophisticated spa that combines Parisian style with Far East sensibilities.
Paris has long been known as a mecca for fashion, culture, and style. Indeed, as famed French novelist Honoré de Balzac once said, “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” Nowadays, however, the City of Light has expanded its horizons beyond its chic boutiques and charming cafes to become a tour de force in another offering—spas...

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