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Spa Life: Park Hyatt Tokyo


Konichiwa! I’m back from Tokyo!

I had a bit of time to kill this month while I was waiting for some documents to be renewed, so I took a last-minute solo trip to Tokyo. With about 2 weeks notice, I was able to book myself on a flight, hotel (including the Park Hyatt Tokyo) and activities for a 10 day trip to just Tokyo this time. I tried to convince Paul and my sister to go, but no one could take the time off work with such short notice.

So I decided to go anyway! Tokyo is a city I’ve always wanted to return to – so here was my chance to enjoy it and explore it on my own. 10 days was perfect because I started to get lonely (not being able to speak Japanese) and I missed Paul and BINGO terribly.

I chose to do a city vacation with a jam-packed itinerary where I was seeing and doing a lot of stuff. It’s easy to burnout this way, so I am all about booking in downtime and unique spa visits into my travel plans. (more…)

Spa Life: Esme Beauty + Floral Bar – Calgary

Esme Spa Calgary

By: Colleen Seto

Even on a stormy winter morning, entering Esmé Beauty & Floral Bar is like finding an oasis. Located in a charming old house on Calgary’s busy pedestrian strip, 17th Avenue, Esmé offers an array of beauty services such as manis, pedis and waxing. (more…)

Spa Life: Le Scandinave Spa – Collingwood


Looking for an easy weekend getaway out of Toronto to recharge?

I finally got back to Le Scandinave Spa in Collingwood, Ontario this past weekend and it is still the perfect spa oasis getaway. Located only two hours from downtown, Toronto I usually like to take a Friday off, leave in the morning to avoid traffic on the 400, grab a quick lunch on the way there and be at the spa by 1 PM. (more…)

Spa Life: Express Facial at Face Haus West Hollywood

face haus facial review

I had my very first express facial experience at Face Haus in West Hollywood last week and it was awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I love a long, luxurious day at the spa – but often times I’m so crunched that I can find a free day to devote to just the spa. (more…)

Spa Life: Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel Pasadena

Chuan Spa Pasadena

I was recently invited by Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena to come in and try their signature Chuan Yu Facial (1 hour 15 minutes / $230). It was glorious! If you’re looking for an ultra special Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift, this is a luxurious and thoughtful spa gift that anyone would love to have purchased for them. (more…)

Top 7 Ways to Hibernate this Winter

I’m sharing a blast from the past today. It’s a post I’ve published before – but totally still useful in keeping busy over the cold and long winter months for my friends who don’t live somewhere hot.

Have you been hibernating? When it’s dark at 5 o’clock and your toes are freezing, the last thing you want to do is hang outside all day. So here are my suggestions for fun activities to do inside:


1) Go for Indian Food – The hot, hot heat of spicy Indian flavours will keep the fires warm, not to mention your sinuses clear. Round up your besties and make it a girls night out. The spices in curry are full of antioxidants and good for you. Finish your meal off with a refreshing and healthy mango lassi – a yogurt based smoothie. Try my recipe at home for a delicious Cauliflower + Chickpea Curry.