Feels like Spring! Melissa Odabash

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We love Melissa Odabash. The Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong has her Spring Line ready and waiting!

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How a Perm can change the world.

As I sat in the staff canteen eating my plate of veggies and barley; I saw a man sitting at the adjacent table.

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His picture above can show the features that drew my attention. His curly hair, his wrinkle-less skin and his smile. I had to ask, “do you perm?”  The unbelievable answer that came, was, “yes.”

Not a word that we shared would be understood by either of us, as he speaks only Cantonese and I do not. But the inspiration that came from meeting him taught me valuable lessons.

Beauty is for everyone. And healthy skin comes if you sleep well, eat veggies, and are happy.

Tony works in the laundry and no matter if the towels are piled higher than the ceiling, his smile will remain. He is 51 and born the year of the Ox. He told me that he believes that his skin is so good because he is good. Wow. I am overwhelmed. If only a perm could do that to the rest of the world.

2 Best Holiday Gifts

rag and bones 1I love this company. Every thing is handmade. I use the first journal to write all of my deepest thoughts to get my head straight and the second to record my best recipes.

Rag and Bones Journal

receipe journal

Karma Creations are selling like hotcakes. Every piece of jewelry signifies a way of protection, creation, love, and wishes.

Karma C.

 

Facial Using Rose Quartz

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For those of you who are more inclined to a healing through facials then this facial is it. At the Four Seasons we have The Organic Pharmacy Facial that uses many techniques of draining the lymph as well as using the healing properties of rose quartz. The lymphatic system is awakened using Rose Crystals and Acupressure massage lifts and firms the skin. The result is re-energised, glowing skin.

Rose Quartz can help to clear eczema and rashes, clear blemishes, and reduce wrinkles. Rose quartz helps re-energize sluggish complexions.

LING Launch at Four Seasons Hong Kong

NEWS RELEASE

THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS ANNOUNCES THIRD NEW PRODUCT LINE TO COMPLETE AN ENTIRELY NEW SPA MENU FOR 2012

Hong Kong-born New Yorker, Ling Chan,
proudly brings her skincare line ‘LING New York’ to her homeland, for the first time.

Thursday, 04 October 2012 – The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong announces the third and final product line to launch in its three-phase menu update at the award-winning, Forbes Five-Star Spa. Complementing the two result-oriented brands launched earlier this year, Spa Director Shoshana Weinberg, now introduces Ling: a skincare line by Hong Kong-born New Yorker Ling Chan.

Available from November 9, 2012, Ling will be launched alongside a new brochure design, to complete the third and final stage of the Spa’s menu overhaul which began in January of this year. Ling was chosen as the ultimate brand to complement the Spa’s two existing lines: Biologique Recherche and The Organic Pharmacy, a French and English brand respectively. Making its debut in Hong Kong, Ling enters the Spa at
Four Seasons with two facials and a luxury body treatment, as well as a full range of retail homecare products. A celebrity favourite in New York City, where Ling herself was based when she established the company, the brand is a blend of both the eastern world where she was born and the western hemisphere where she has traded and practiced most of her life.

The three lines now combine to provide the discerning spa-client with a complete variety of treatments and therapies under the roof of one of Asia’s finest spas. From an array of specialised massage treatments to result-oriented customised facials, to an east-meets-west inspired wellness body treatment, the Spa at Four Seasons meets every mood and every need.

About Ling

Ling grew up in Hong Kong and moved to New York at the age of  21, where she has managed to continually embrace her Chinese culture. Ling trained as an esthetician and has been practicing in New York since 1976. Within a few years of trading, she found
there were no products on the market that delivered what they promised and so she developed her own range in 1983 and became a pioneer in formulating products without known irritants such as oils, lanolin and artificial fragrances. In conjunction with
her new product line, Ling opened her own spa on 57th and 5th avenue in 1984. She developed her signature treatments based on Asian beauty principles of proper exfoliation and hydration to balance the skin in order to prevent and treat skin ailments before they arise. Her success was eminent by a loyal celebrity following of models and film stars whose skin is a fundamental tool for their careers. She is renowned in New York for her superlative results-oriented skincare as well as becoming a facialist to the stars, servicing the likes of Naomi Campbell, Meg Ryan, Alexander Wang, Renee Zellweger and Marisa Tomei with regular facials since making her fame with Madonna in the ‘80s.

Ling Today

Debuting her line at the Spa at Four Seasons and training therapists in her art, Ling says: “I couldn’t be happier to have an opportunity to launch my New York-founded brand back in my hometown and I am honoured to debut at the exclusive Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Hong Kongers are savvy and demanding customers and we have spent years perfecting the art of results-oriented esthetics and skin care formulas that merge state-of-the-art ingredients with Asian beauty secrets, blending the best of both worlds. With expert therapists at the Spa at Four Seasons, I am confident we will find a whole new following of fans.”

Spa Director Weinberg says she was inspired to work with Ling from the instant they met and that it provides the perfect final touch to her new menu; “After introducing Biologique Recherche and The Organic Pharmacy, I wanted one final treatment and product line that exemplified Hong Kong and with Ling we have definitely found it. With her inherent understanding of the city, its people and its culture, and her
exposure and tenure in New York it was the absolute solution. We want to offer something that hasn’t been offered to Hong Kong before and this line melds the eastern and western worlds so beautifully, which in itself typifies our City.”

Treatments
Forbidden Rice Treatment – 90 minutes

HK$1800 Weekday / HK$2000 Weekend

Designed uniquely for the Spa at Four Seasons, this full-body treatment is the essence of east meets west. A rice and ginger body scrub exfoliates the entire body and is removed without leaving the treatment bed.
This indulgent treatment follows with a two-phase massage; firstly using a rich butter of organic ginger, lotus and fennel which stimulates blood circulation; the second and final phase of the treatment is a lymphatic drainage massage using a warming oil blend of cinnamon, ylang-ylang and black pepper.

The City Peel -90 minutes

HK$1800 Weekday / HK$1950 Weekend

The City Peel is set to be Hong Kong’s most popular facial peel and begins with a glycolic, multi-acid fruit peel. A papaya enzyme peel follows under steam, to extract, exfoliate and remove unhealthy skin cells. This intense facial finishes with an
acid-free rescue peel and is excellent for preventing and detoxifying the skin of clogged pores, resulting in a clearer and smoother complexion. The City Peel provides excellent results for people suffering with acne, uneven skin tone, oily and environmentally damaged skin, and is particularly good to treat men’s tough skin. The treatment is not recommended for sensitive skin and should only be taken once a week at the maximum in the first phase of introduction.

DNA Facial -90 minutes

HK$1950 Weekday / HK$2100 Weekend

An advanced facial designed to defend skin against the signs of aging, Ling’s popular DNA facial means just that: Do Not Age! It aims to reduce premature fine lines, wrinkles and loose facial contours. CACI ultrasonic infusion utilises the high performance vibrations to permeate vital nutrients such as apple stem cell into the skin cell membrane to prevent degeneration, promote rapid rejuvenation and heal.

Apple Cider Vinegar-Miracle Exilir

Apple Cider Vinegar- Promoting Weight Loss is just one of it’s major reasons to love it!


In ancient Egypt, Queen Cleopatra used to drink a glass of apple cider vinegar diluted with water after each meal. She believed it was one of the main tools for her preserving beauty and health.  How to do this?  Take 2 teaspoons in water before each meal.
Helps build the immunity-Miracle Elixir
Apple Cider Vinegar is considered a real miracle elixir that wards illness, by balancing the bodies pH levels, so that it reaches the perfect alkaline state.  You don’t need expensive water filters to make this happen (although they are important to!)  Colds and viruses need an acid body to rest their heads and rear up your runny noses. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
For Beauty purposes it really does alleviate skin problems 
Topically it is astringent for acne prone skin,   This can also help relieve joint pain as well as skin conditions like eczema.  Please note that without removing fried foods and food that irritate your digestion, this will not work. Dandruff is also caused by unbalanced pH levels, so by using Apple Cider Vinegar topically it will help to leave your hair soft and will cure dandruff.  Dilute 1/3 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cool water.
Buy an apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered.  Bragg’s is my all time favorite and would not use anything else.

The Spice of the Goddess-Wellness Recipe

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The Spice of the Goddess: Who knew that mixing three drops of cinnamon essential oil to olive oil and applying this to fine lines that it would act as a plumper?  To rid of acne, try to apply a drop of cinnamon to some honey and apply directly to the acne spot, leave on overnight…you will see the difference.

It is a warming herb so wonderful for those of us that have entered into Fall.  This means that it will help to soothes indigestion, controls blood sugar in diabetics, prevents stomach ulcers, wards off urinary tract infections, fights tooth decay and gum disease, prevents vaginal yeast infections, and soothes menstrual cramps (great when used in combination with crampbark.)

The 12th-century herbalist Hildegard of Bingen recommended it as “the universal spice for sinuses,” and to treat colds, flu, cancer and “inner decay and slime,” (hmmm…)  Please note that most cinnamon comes from cassia, a cheaper version grown in Indonesia.  If are looking for the health benefits of cinnamon, make sure to buy the cinnamon.

To use cinnamon, you can bathe in it (to seduce!), you can drink it in tea, and you can cook with it!  Below are some fun recipes!

Homemade Bath Recipe:

1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup ground oatmeal
2 tsp finely ground cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients and add to a hot bath!  Watch out, I warned you…it is seducer!

Cinnamon-Walnut Dairy Free Cookies

  • 1 cup walnut halves, and pieces
  • 5 dates, pitted and roughly chopped (I used medjool)
  • 2 tablespoons barberries (Optional-but it gives the cookies a little bit of color and an interesting contrast of flavors)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (Increased from 1 teaspoon. The mixture required more in order to form into a ball.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (reduced from 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place walnuts, dates (and barberries if using) in a small food processor and PULSE until coarsely ground.
  3. PULSE in oil, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, orange blossom water and salt. Stop the machine from time to time and scrape down the sides of the bowl to help the mixture to blend well and form into a ball properly.
  4. Continue to pulse until mixture begins to form a ball. <<This step took about 3-4 minutes in our food processor.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop dough (I used a small, oiled cookie scoop), 1 tablespoon at a time, onto prepared baking sheet, forming into balls; flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 6–8 minutes, until firm.
  8. Cool on baking sheet.
Warming Tea
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 medium cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (or sugar alternative)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  1. Boil all the ingredients in a saucepan except nuts on high heat, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain into cups.
  3. Garnish with nuts.
  4. Serve hot.

If you are pregnant or taking large doses of aspirin, please limit your intake of cinnamon, if you have any questions please consult a doctor or email me with questions.