Getting My Hair Summer-Ready #MyOliaStory #Ad

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™ The fabulous hair color is all mine. Keeping my hair color vibrant, healthy looking... and most of all, covering the grays, is important to me. It feels like post-pregnancy that the gray hair is coming out in Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with Lilly's Bathcarry

Lilly's Bathcarry is an online boutique that has been providing luxurious skincare and scent therapy products to customers since 2002. Lilly's Bathcarry has a wide selection of indie, emerging and established brands all with the same singular focus - seeking out the best pampering products on the market. Throughout Lilly's Read more

Does the Sun Really Age You? #Ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® skin care with SPF I'm getting my skin ready for the Summer as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Does the sun really age you? A question those without a single wrinkle or dark spot ask with skepticism. I'm pretty confident I never asked this Read more

Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in? It's true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high Read more

Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we've compiled a list for you! So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies! Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Interviews Adam Lippes at WWD’s 100 Years of Fashion

This past New York Fashion Week A Girl’s Gotta Spa! was invited to attend WWD’s celebration of the last 100 years in fashion. WWD teamed up with Gilt Groupe to bring together 11 hot fashion designers to create an exclusive collection. In this video I had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Lippes as he discusses the dress he created for the collection.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Hair Makeover for Fall at Salon A.K.S.

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Before at Salon A.K.S.After getting my summer hair coloring at Salon L’etoile, those pesky UV rays had their way with me over the weeks that followed bringing out more of my highlights and lightening my hair considerably. When I went to NYC to attend Cocktails & Couture during fashion week 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time for the hair color switch to fall. I was looking to get back to my dark brown hair color and visited Salon A.K.S. on 5th Avenue to help me with my transformation. With the capable hands of hair colorist, Selma Aktas, and co-owner Alain Pinon working the scissors, I walked away a very happy customer.

I explained to Selma that I wanted my hair darker and she flipped my hair over looking right at the roots. She explained that she didn’t want to go darker than my original hair color and I agreed. I have to mention the sink for washing and conditioning because typically this is the most uncomfortable part of getting my hair done. You know when you lay uncomfortably into the sink? Well the lip of the sink somehow conforms to your neck, so there is no awkward arching or pressure on the back of your neck. I could simply do the one thing I like to do most—relax.  Read more

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Haute Social at Underbar at the W Hotel

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Aside from all of the fabulous fashion shows going on during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, there are equally fabulous parties. On Monday night I attended Haute Social at Underbar located in the W Hotel coordinated by Paul Baranda. The atmosphere was great and it was a perfect night for networking. Check out my video for the details!  Read more

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Halle Berry and Gucci Westman at Revlon Fashion’s Night Out

Halle BerryDid you get the chance to attend Fashion’s Night Out in New York City last Friday night? I sure did and it was fantastic! Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week always brings out the strictest fashionistas and during a star-studded event, even the most dedicated shoppers couldn’t be detoured from their mission–to purchase hot fashion despite all the celebrity hoopla. As every breathing person inside Rag & Bone in Soho was fixated on Revlon spokesperson Halle Berry making her grand entrance during Fashion’s Night Out to support the Jenesse Center, one woman was frustrated with the roping off of the left back part of the store because it blocked entrance to a sexy black leather jacket she wanted to try on. And in the midst of the event, she finally flagged down a store employee who cut through the media barricade to retrieve it for her to try on.

In the end, Halle Berry accomplished her mission to raise funds for her charity focused on helping end domestic violence as well as being one dedicated shopper–which was to stimulate and nourish her true inner fashionista and after all, isn’t that what Fashion Week is all about? (Doesn’t she look amazing in this photo?) Watch the video below to see all of the behind the scenes action!  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! The Makeup Girl and Nadine Jolie on the Beauty Blogger’s Panel at the HBA Expo!

I’m excited to announce that if you will be at the HBA Expo on September 28th, so will I! I’ll be on a panel alongside my fellow beauty bloggers Lianne from The Makeup Girl and Nadine Jolie of Nadine Jolie. We’ll be answering questions about the beauty blogosphere and providing tips on how to approach today’s beauty influencers. Sounds like fun, right? You can register at (use code GPSZ at check out for 30% off!) If you are a brand, PR firm or marketer, please leave a comment to let us know you are coming. It’ll be great to put faces to names!

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Poll: How Many Beauty Products Are Too Many?

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I have 4 sons. My oldest is 11 and my youngest is 3. While I may not have any daughters I can dote on when I get a new MAC lip gloss or Zoya Nail Polish, my boys still very much enjoy reaping the benefits of all of my lotions, sugar scrubs, shower gels, soaps, shampoos and conditioners. Right now they are quite fascinated by my LiQWD bottles, however just the other week my son Brody (the 3 year old) used my Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel as shampoo and my LiQWD shampoo as handsoap. He liked the minty smell of Renee’s cleanser and told me it made him feel clean. I agreed, it does do that…on your face, not your hair.

We have a routine every night that before our “family time” (ie. watching movies together on Netflix with a snack), the kids get showers. I was cleaning the kitchen when I realized that they all seemed to be taking much longer than usual. Plus there seemed to be an awful lot of giggling going on. Upon the boys exiting the bathroom, I discovered that they simply were doing what mom sometimes takes for granted…enjoying using a variety of beauty products.

This was how I found the bottom of my tub (exactly–I didn’t move a thing):  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) + NeoStrata= Exuviance Age Reverse Giveaway

Shannon_college(This is me when I was 18 and a freshman at Rhode Island College. Oh to look this young again!)

This is my most favorite picture of myself taken exactly 18 years ago this month. I remember taking this picture too, I couldn’t wait to embark on the next chapter in my life. I was full of hope and ambition. That part of me hasn’t changed at all, but what has changed are the wrinkles, brown spots and sagging skin that have shown themselves as I continue that trek towards middle age. (Thanks mom for reminding that I am only 4 years away from that season in my life!)

For a few weeks now I have been using some new anti-aging products from NeoStrata called Exuviance Age Reverse, which I felt was the perfect fit for a giveaway this week. Want to look younger with me? Let’s go!

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Tips For Planning a Spa Vacation on a Budget from Travel Expert Nicole Hockin

I could seriously take a spa vacation right about now. But having never planned one myself…least alone with my budget in mind,‘s travel expert Nicole Hockin of their Travel Smart Blog, offered up some great money saving tips along with her picks of a few spa resorts nationwide:


With the increasing popularity of spas, resorts are competing with each other to offer the most luxurious and exotic treatments for both men and women. In fact, even teen spas are popping up in resorts around the country offering hip treatments for the coolest teens. For example, Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is a 60 acre island resort in that features a Teen Spa, which caters to the teen traveler offering really great treatments and experiences for kids 12-18.

Your first spa visit can still be somewhat overwhelming. The many activity choices can make you feel like a kid on your first day at summer camp. Remember, you can’t do everything. Pick a focus based on what you need such as: pampering and pleasure; health and wellness; spiritual journey, or fitness – and let that guide your choice of activities.

Destination spas can also vary a great deal in price. If you want to take a spa vacation but wonder how to get the best deals or how to make it more affordable, consider these options: Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) Partners with iCityCerts for Spa and Salon Discounts

spa-salon-discountsIf you are anything like me, then you enjoy going to the spa and salon. And if you are anything like me, you like to save money. Now you can do both at participating spas and salons via using an exclusive code for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) readers. (This is me doing the happy dance!)

You will now find the badge in my blog’s sidebar and on my Facebook fan page. Using discount code: AGGS40 you can now get 40% off certificates for participating spas and salons listed on the iCityCerts website.

And who are some of these spas and salons you ask? Read more

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Review: Calgon Nourishing Body Cream

calgon-bath-and-bodyWhether you are new here to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) or a longtime reader, you may not know that I came up with the name for this beauty blog as a play on Calgon’s commercials from my youth. You know, the one with the mom in the bathroom where she says, “Calgon, take me away!” (This is why there is an exclamation point on the end of my title.) So it was a no brainer when Calgon actually approached me to give their new re-vamped bath and body line a try. The only thing I’ve ever tried from Calgon previous to this was their bubble bath, which used to come in a baby cereal-like box (and still does)…and I used to sneak it from my mom. Sorry mom.  Read more

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