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Don’t be boring this Father’s Day – we have 5 gift ideas for you!

Why do we always go for the traditional gifts for dad for Fathers Day? The socks, gadgets and DIY, ring a bell? Our first instinct is to grab the all familiar, sometimes impulsive or last minute item off the shelf. Well not all of us, we know some of you go that extra mile to spoil your dad, planning in advance and choosing just the right item to show how much you love him.

For those that need a little more guidance on picking something a little different this year we have put a list together for you:

1- A day at the spa for him – most of our fathers work hard each day and have plenty stress weighing them down. They would not think twice about booking themselves some indulgence at the spa. So why not make the decision for them and help them take the leap. They get to really relax, let that stress melt away and enjoy the day. This might even be his first time having a spa treatment, so maybe choose something you know your dad will be comfortable with.

2- Weekend away, if your budget allows, nothing beats some quality time together and creating more family memories. Weather this is for your dad or your husband, or both, bringing everyone together in a beautiful setting with activities and shared experiences is one of the books and something awesome to post to Facebook.

3- Are your kids still small? Why not do some arts and crafts? Not all gifts need to cost an arm and a leg, they may cost you some soap and extra cleaning up as you try to remedy the paint that has found its way onto everything. Pinterest has hundreds of Fathers Day craft ideas to use for inspiration and it’s something fun to keep the children entertained too. They will run through Sunday morning with more pep in their step, knowing they did it themselves.

4 – We as women would like to give those DIY tools and projects to our hubbies, with a giant hint, hint for them to do all those items we have had on the “to do list” – but maybe dad wants to be celebrated for being a dad. Raising his kids and having something that reflects his contribution? Why not some lovely framed photos of your kids? A set to put in his office or you could arrange a fun family shoot.

5 – Plan a fun activity, has dad wanted to always do something and never taken the leap? Think… shark cage diving, getting that tattoo he always wanted, learning to cook with professional lessons or taking up a new hobby?

Don’t Fail this Valentine’s Day

Months can fly by, and soon special occasions are right on top of us, we scramble to think of ideas on how to spend the day, and sometimes fall short of expectations.

We already had Christmas, that felt like yesterday… but now Valentine’s Day is less than a month away.

Here are our 5 tips on how to plan ahead and start winning at making moments just that more special.

  1. Plan ahead…. yes we know that sounds super easy, and oh so obvious. But sometimes the procrastination monster creeps up on us.
  2. Use your technology: use your calendar and alerts on your mobile phone and desktop computers at work, to remind you of upcoming events. These will prompt you to take action. Set goals, today set the idea, make arrangements, plan the day.
  3. Do your research, no one likes to be asked “what do you want for your birthday”, it just feels like you have not taken the time to listen and get to know the person and their needs.
  4. Use Google, and look up different ways to celebrate, or Pinterest, it has a world of amazing ideas for you to use.
  5. Let the person/s know that you are planning something special, especially if the date is not on their actual birthday or a special occasion like Valentine’s Day. Create an invite, what you may do could be a surprise, but make sure they save the date. This will also make sure that you commit to the celebration and get your planning into gear.

To make life easier for you La Vita Spa has put together 2 amazing Valentine’s packages.

Cupid’s Delight

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Only R799 per couple. Spoil yourself this February with La Vita’s Cupid’s Delight Spa Package (1h20min), which includes a Foot Exfoliation, Soothing Foot Massage, Destress Back Massage and take home a glass utility bowl. Available at 25 La Vita Spas nationwide. Book online now (http://bit.ly/2DxPlbE) and save 10% – pay only R699. Offer ends 28 February 2018

Be My Valentine Package

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Only R1299 per couple. Revitalise and rejuvenate this February with a Be My Valentine Package (2h10min), which includes an Express Facial, Hands and Feet Deluxe, Full Body Aromatherapy Massage, Refreshments, and take home 2 Pen and Key Holder sets. Available at 25 La Vita Spas nationwide. Book online now (http://bit.ly/2DYrKPf) and save 10% – pay only R1150. Offer ends 28 February 2018.

 

 

Freaking out this Festive Season?

ahhhh – starting to feel a little crazy already? This can really be the ‘silly’ season for some. So much can be jammed into a week of the year. From last-minute jobs at the office, to creating the shopping list for gifts and so much more.

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For so many of us the thought of going to the malls and browse the many shops for the perfect gift can be so daunting. Starting off with fighting for a parking spot, hustle and bustle of the isles – and not to forget your sore and aching legs.

After a long day scouting for the best deals and ultimate gift – why not treat yourself to a Spa Paraffin Pedicure.

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The festive season is also a reason to celebrate with your family and friends. Our homes become a meeting place for many – and so does our sink for the piles of dishes. Stressed about all the cleaning you will have to do after the party ends? Why not make a booking now for after the party – spend a day at the spa, get pampered and treat your tired muscles to a much-deserved massage. 

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Traveling this month? Are you worried about the drive, the flight or just the packing that needs to be done before you set off? Travel – as fun as it is, can be extremely stressful for some. The worrying starts before you even set off on your journey.

Did you know La Vita Spas is situated at many top South African holiday destinations throughout South Africa? If you are staying at one of the properties they have a spa located or nearby to one, why not book in advance for a day at the spa on arrival? Unwind the tension from the travels before you even get your holiday started.

See the various spa locations here.

 

Connect Again

Do you find that reconnecting with your loved one is becoming increasingly difficult in our fast pace life. We live in a world of technology, technology that is meant to bring us together and not pull us apart, instead, we spend so much screen time, chatting to people out of our homes, and we forget to focus on who is in the room with us.

You might be bringing your work home with you each night, and therefore, all your concentration goes towards reaching your deadlines and not checking in your emotional relationships.

Pencilling in time for your partner is a great idea, physically and mentally putting a date in time in your diary to make them a priority.

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This past week, I did a little eek and half jumped off my seat, when I saw the latest night out for couples or friends at the La Vita Spa at the Palace. They have put together this amazing package, like no jokes… amazing…. with huge value for money.

Their Superb Spa & Dine Experience is only offered at the Palace in Durban for now, so if you live close by, I would really take advantage of this, or if you plan to visit for a vacation, at only R1450 per couple.

What you get:

Treatments x 3 each

  • Rejuvenating Foot Exfoliation & Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Swedish Full Body Massage

Includes a 3 course dinner, red or white wine, soft drink, coffee and tea. To see the full menu, go here.

The Palace is a sophisticated venue, overlooking the glittering Durban promenade, this is certainly a space where you can truly relax and rekindle with your loved one. I highly suggest booking to stay the night or two or three, as you certainly won’t want to get in your car and drive away after this night. Wake up and have breakfast and watch the sunrise over the east coast.

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To find out more about this offer visit the La Vita website here.

 

Spa Getaway: La Côte d’Azur

 

Undoubtedly one of the best holiday destinations in South Africa, La Côte d’Azur is an award winning gem on the South Coast of KZN. Just outside the hub of Margate and overlooking the main beach. La Côte d’Azur should be on everyone’s travel list. This year La Vita Spa opened its doors at La Côte d’Azur, one of the largest wellness spa chains within South Africa, La Vita brings world class treatments and consistently good service to this beautiful resort.

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Did you know that La Côte d’Azur also offers these facilities to their guests?

  • Onsite restaurant
  • Swimming Pool (lovely area, with loungers and the perfect place to chill)
  • Tennis and squash courts
  • Internet Cafe
  • Playground
  • Jacuzzi and Sauna
  • Open air, outdoor chess
  • Fantastic Entertainment
  • Beach Access

La Côte d’Azur offers self-catering accommodation at the highest standard, with 2 and 3 bedroom sleeper options. Each has its own balcony with incredible views.

A must when staying at La Côte d’Azur is the new wellness spa, make your booking in advance so not to miss out.

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Makeup Tricks to help Oily Skin

Warmer days are coming, this means those of us that suffer from oily skin are going to start gleaming more! Yikes! I for one much prefer my face to have a lovely matt look, how about you?

If you wear make-up each day, it can be a struggle to keep it on. Oily skin can cause your makeup to fade and melt off easily. If you are like me and want to make sure you maintain your look throughout the day. Here are a few tips and tricks that will not only prevent shine and keep makeup from fading.

Toner

Always use a toner to wipe your face before you apply any makeup to your face. Toner helps to remove excess oil without stripping the skin of essential oils.

 

Prepare the skin

Always prep your skin before you begin your daily makeup ritual. Use a primer. Primer acts as a base and also ensures that your makeup stays on for a longer period of time.

 

Carry a face powder

Face powder helps set your foundation, combat shine and soaks up any residual oil. Don’t use powders that have a shine or shimmer as that would make your face look oily.

 

 Matte products

Choose products that are shine-free. Use a matte powder and blush that will last longer and give a matte finish.

Also don’t forget that getting a facial can help to keep your skin in good condition and remove impurities. La Vita Spas offers a wonderful soothing facial. Visit the website to find out more.

 

Try Body Brushing Today!

 

I have started incorporating body brushing in my everyday lifestyle. It is a traditional technique to help remove dead skin, build-up and stimulate the lymphatic system, help eliminate waste. Some experts claim that body brushing can even dissolve cellulite and prevent premature ageing while obtaining brighter, smoother, softer looking skin.

 Stimulates your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Lymphatic congestion doesn’t allow drainage of toxins and waste from the body that could lead to inflammation and disease. Dry brushing every day stimulates your lymphatic system and helps release toxins.

Exfoliate

Dry brushing removes dead skin cells and unclogs blocked pores allowing your skin to breathe and improves its appearance.

Eliminate Metabolic Waste

Dry brush every day before bath to increase blood circulation and remove metabolic waste.

Feel Good

Dry brushing can have an invigorating effect. Apart from tightening skin and improving its appearance, a quick session of dry brushing can make you feel energized and rejuvenated.

 Improve Digestion

Dry brushing can help with bloating as it massages the lymph nodes and helps in shedding of excess water and toxins. It also improves digestion and kidney function.

I Exfoliate My Skin….Do You?

La Vita Spa I exfoliate my skin at least two times a week using the Delicious Body Exfoliator that I buy from La Vita Spa. The exfoliator has apricot seed powder that keeps my skin glowing. I have been using this exfoliator for the past two years. Exfoliation is one of the most important skincare routines for your face and body. It assists in removing dead skin, blackheads and whiteheads and also smoothens your skin texture to reveal radiant and flawless skin.

Here are some tips in getting your exfoliation routine right.

Always chose the correct exfoliator for your skin type so that you get the desired results. If you have a normal skin type use a scrub with finely ground particles with lactic acid that will absorb oil from your “T-Zone”. For dry skin rather use a exfoliator with super fine particles and ingredients such as brown sugar and grape seed oil.

  • When you exfoliate your skin, exfoliate in circular motion and let the product do the job. Don’t be heavy – handed with your scrub or you will cause redness and skin sensitivity.
  • If you have a normal skin type or an oily skin type exfoliate your face twice a week but if your skin is sensitive only exfoliate once a week.
  • After you exfoliate, wash your face with Luke warm water and pat dry with a towel, use a night cream or hydrating serum to lock in the moisture. I use the La Vera night cream for my face.

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Fathers day is always a difficult period for me as my dad passed on 8 years ago. I miss him everyday and even more on all the special occasions. I also get a bit envious when I see all the families spending time with their dad’s. My dad and I were very close. Girls are always special for their dads.

 

My dad was a bit old fashioned when it came to going to a spa and having beauty treatments. Dad came from the “old school” and felt spa treatments were not manly. About 12 years ago the resort group I worked for started adding La Vita Spas to their properties and hotels to enhance customer experiences and I kept bragging about all the wonderful treatments I was experiencing and how wonderful and relaxed I feel after each spa treatment.

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Gradually dad became inquisitive and wanted to know more about the spas and what they offer and what type of people go to a spa. I eventually convinced dad to join me and mum for a day in the spa, we went to the La Vita Spa at The Palace All Suites. I had dad look at the vast array of treatments offered in the spa menu and made him choose what he felt comfortable with. His first treatment was a spa paraffin pedicure and that was a hit, he tried the spa paraffin manicure next and after that he had a full body hot stone massage, dad was in his element. He next had to try the hydro facilities. He loved both the sauna and the Jacuzzi.

 

The spa bug had now bitten dad and I had to book him a treatment once a month. The spa paraffin pedicure was his favorite monthly treat combined with a Full Body Aromatherapy Massage.

 

Miss you dad, hope you enjoying some spa treatments with the angels.

Shamila,

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