Friday, October 9, 2015

Local Love: Scents of Serenity organic spa

If you follow me on my social media accounts - you may be aware that 2015 has been all about self-care for me. It isn't exclusive to diet and exercise, its also been about my mental, emotional and psychological health. Some may know about mindfulness, but if you don't, here's a great story from 60 Minutes explaining it:

But maybe you aren't a mindfulness person, perhaps you merely meditate (although some argue they are one in the same, others disagree!). I've really become more aware of meditation, mindfulness, and on a much more (lazy? therapeutic?) standpoint... massage therapy. During my massage therapy appointments I treat it as a full-body meditation. Truly focusing on my breathing and shutting out all of the other thoughts running through my head - no To-Do lists either!

I found out about Scents of Serenity organic spa thanks to a handy app that my regular salon, Avenue 42, uses which is called MindBodyConnect. While booking one of my Ave42 color + hair cuts in advance, I wondered if there was a convenient massage place on the app. Scents of Serenity is in the right part of RVA Metro for me, location-wise, so I booked a 90 minute massage about a month in advance. It's right off of 295 - by Staples Mill and Mountain Roads... super convenient for many RVA metro residents! However, I ended up booking another appointment when my neck went out at my new job (great!), so, I had a 30-minute appointment with Malia that was a great introduction to the spa. Within those 30 minutes she focused on my pain site specifically and I felt great improvement. Since then I've committed to 90-minute massages regularly with Lara over the past five months. It has been an amazing transformation for my chronic pain, thanks to our regular deep tissue massage sessions (90 minute deep tissue = $130 a session).

Massage treatments at Scents of Serenity are such an awesome experience. Even though it appears to be a small facility when you first approach it, when you enter the spa your impression completely changes. It is decorated in such a warm, calming way with a chic and airy approach about it thanks to hardwood floors and high ceilings. The rooms have heated massage tables with plenty of cushion, white noise from waterfalls/fountains, calming muted lighting, and instrumental music.

The deep tissue massage incorporates a soothing oil blend and so with the oil and the atmosphere I've occasionally fallen asleep! I've never had the experience of taking a nap during a massage at other spas in the RVA area, typically because they are in leased spaces with noisy patrons and staff. Not the case at Scents of Serenity! You may wonder why I have chronic pain. Well, I have a stressful job and my husband lives a stressful life, plus some sports injuries from my school years all add up to chronic tension. The pain can manifest itself all over, but primarily in my muscles and connective tissues of the neck and trapezius. Living in the RVA Metro also gives me terrible allergies, too. If I don't release this tension it turns into chronic pain for me. I have the foam roller, I workout regularly, but some spots are not easily accessible without someone helping me with it. That's where the women at Scents of Serenity come in. They can melt the pain away so easily!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sponsored post and giveaway: my favorite Lather beauty products

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a "sponsored post." The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." All photos property of In Your Element Commerce and Elements Beauty Shop, excluding my embedded social media posts. Links included in this post are not affiliate links.

I cannot believe the official days of summer are almost over! We just returned from a wonderful laid back trip to the beach and it was my first vacation away from my new job. I was able to unwind, get off the phone and computer (except I did decide to enjoy multiple seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when I was inside - thanks commercial-free Hulu upgrade), and have a lovely time with family. I don't think I have NEEDED a vacation so badly in my life! And I feel as though I say that every few years, but coming back today, Monday, after 10 days away.... I feel like a completely new person. And that, dear readers, I typically do not say after a vacay. You're probably not all that surprised that I'm doing another post featuring Elements Beauty Shop, the RVA local woman-owned business that carries beauty products with no animal testing. Continue reading this post - at the end, Elements Beauty Shop and I will be giving away a face scrub worth $23.00!

One of the brands that Elements Beauty Shop has introduced me to is called Lather. They are a wonderful brand where the product line is predominantly under $60. Their product line description is:

LATHER uses only natural, healing ingredients and sources organic ingredients, paraben-free preservatives and sulfate-free cleansing agents whenever possible. LATHER offers a superior skin care experience with high-quality products that care for your skin and allow you to cleanse and bathe in soothing contentment "for a radiant life."
The most expensive item sold by Elements from Lather is $95 and that's an entire kit! The products I have enjoyed the most from this brand are: Licorice root eye treatment, Bamboo creme hair wash, Bamboo creme conditioning rinse, Mangosteen and Green Tea moisturizer (awesome scent that epitomizes summer... one of my new faves!), and the Gentle eye makeup remover.

Let me make a point in saying thank you to Lather for sending me, as an #ElementsBeautyBlogger, a full sized gift of the Mangosteen and Green Tea Moisturizer. I never would have picked out that lotion for myself, but it quickly became my saving grace this summer due to my perpetually dry skin (thanks hormone meds). It really does smell tropical but not too sweetly-fruity. Just a hint of fruit and the green tea keeps it fresh. The product contains aloe vera, rice bran, sunflower oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter - so the fact that it was a clean and non-residue-causing moisturizer really did impress me. The brand did not require me to make any statement, but I truly have enjoyed using this product throughout these warmer months. As you can see below, I also used it to apply my NKD SKN sunless tanner several weeks ago, and it worked great for that (no streaks).

Don’t forget if you haven’t placed an order with before, use my special promo code (see below) and get 10% off your first purchase (no exclusions):

Also be sure to check out my favorite products from Elements Beauty Shop on my special Whitney of Worthy Style - Elements Beauty Blogger Pinterest board!

There are so many great ways to get more for your money with this store:

  • - There's the 10% off promo code I mentioned above
  • - The loyalty program where if you set up an online account and purchase online you earn points for your order/Facebook shares/writing and posting reviews to their e-commerce site that all add up to $$ off your next online purchase (i.e. $30 and change off my most recent order!).
  • - Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card. They pick a new winner every month - post a photo of your purchase and tag #ElementsBeautyHaul to their Facebook page, on Twitter or on Instagram!

How would you like to win the same LATHER face scrub pictured above? Please use the Rafflecopter entry below and good luck! It is restricted to US residents and the LATHER face scrub will be mailed to you directly from Elements Beauty Shop.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

You're invited to an evening of style at the Richmond Tiffany & Co.!

It's a steamy Sunday here in the RVA Metro, so I feel like spending the day inside and crossing items off my to-do list. Anyone else's seem to grow over the summer months? One of the events I've been meaning to share with you all is quite exciting! On Friday, July 31, from 7 - 9 p.m. the Tiffany & Co. at Stony Point Fashion Park is hosting the 'Style and Social Media' event - and I'd love for you to attend! Kick off your weekend with a luxurious detour of champagne, refreshments, and fine jewelry with one of the most iconic brands in the fashion industry.

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This event is all about having fun out with friends or your significant other in a chic and stylish setting. Come see the collections you've surely seen in print but never in person, including the "T" and ATLAS collections, while reacquainting yourself with your favorites from Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, and Schlumberger. Maybe it's time to consider a Celebration ring to add to your jewelry collection, or you need that perfect accessory for your Fall wardrobe. I will be in attendance and will be so happy to share my styling advice with you.

Other local bloggers attending as co-hosts will be:

Joanna Avant | Instagram: @JoannaAvant | JoannaAvant
Jordan Taylor Nolan | Instagram: @jordantaylornolan | petiteMODERN
Caroline Logan | Instagram: @SweetCarolineRVA | Sweet Caroline RVA

What's on your Tiffany & Co. wish list?

The below is what's on my wish list... and my 30th birthday is on Monday, August 3rd... anyone want to surprise me with a little blue box?

Tiffany & Co Richmond wish list

We hope to see you at the Richmond Tiffany & Co. event on Friday, July 31! Click here to
RSVP and let them know Whitney of WorthyStyle sent you!