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.

Toni P jewelry now at the Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong

Toni Patrizio (AKA Toni P)

Toni spent the early part of her career in New York in the fashion industry holding positions of Buyer, Merchandiser, Designer, Fashion Director and since moving to Hong Kong in 1994, was Managing Director of the HK office of a major US designer brand, specializing in fabric sourcing and design. With her ability to travel the world, she became increasingly obsessed with jewelry that depicted a significant cultural influence or true art form.

In 1999, she decided to start her own company, Cultures by Toni P Ltd, which combines her two greatest passions – jewelry and travel. Toni has always loved exploring other countries and cultures and has collected many “treasures” over the years. Her own collection inspired her to create a line of jewelry that combines Asian artifacts with a New Age contemporary twist. Universal and multi-functional, her collections offer versatile options for limitless wearability. Texture and dimension are significant characteristics and exemplify the artistry of Asian cultures.

Since the inception of her company she has worked with or designed for companies such as Lane Crawford (HK), Paul Costelloe (UK/Ireland), Lilly Pulitzer (USA), Geary’s Beverly Hills (USA), SAKS Fifth Avenue (USA), MAC Cosmetics, Metropolitan Museum of Art and numerous Five Star and Boutique Hotels around the world.

 

Photo credit to Ken Leung

Spa Rant: Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety by Karen Fong

“The therapist will be with you at all times” is not a phrase I used to take very seriously. I didn’t used to think it was necessary especially when there are times when there isn’t much for them to do, particularly during facials.

Masks are a big part of facials and we all know the importance of having them on, having the goodness of the ingredients soak into your face, while maybe taking a little nap. It makes sense that this is when a therapist might step out for a bit but PUH-LEASE, come back soon!

Waking up in the middle of a mask, particularly the hard, solidifying types is a surreal, absolutely weird feeling. Usually your eyes and your mouth are covered, so you’re effectively mute and blind. What was worst, was that no one was there to answer my mewling sounds of confusion.

The most recent time this happened (today), it was even more annoying by the fact that there was drilling outside the spa. So in addition to being blind and mute, there was a never-ending stream of Armageddon-sounding destruction going on outside. It just makes for a very surreal experience where you lie there, and wait (and time seems to pass way slower when you can’t see or talk), until finally someone comes through the door, whips off the mask and “reveals a whole new you.”