Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SpaGypsies: Yummie from Hawaii

This looks like a great place. Anyone been there?

Travel Tip of the Day: How to Travel with Friends and not kill them. from Lonely Planet...thanks, friends for sharing


This is my mom's Avon Website that I built for using using Avon's awesome tool. She has been selling Avon for 43 years. Has been in President's Club most of those years. If you want to buy any, buy from her. She's amazing!


It’s National Sunglasses Day! br /Protect Your Eyes With These Chic Shades

I love shades. Next to lipstick, maybe even before it's my most important accessory. In 2001 I was asked for a conference program speaker profile what the 3 things I never was without. I said "cell phone, lipstick and American Express". Today I would say "sun glasses, lipstick and mobile phone". In that order. I used to travel with 5 to 6 pair of designer sunglasses. I don't do that anymore. Not because I don't want them, but because I have lost most of them. The way to this SpaGypsies Heart: Chanel Sunglasses.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Why Ritz Carlton beat Four Seasons (and every other 5 start hotel brand as well)

I received this email today for my friend and I who are planning to spend the 4th of July in New York. I chose downtown. I'm an old Marriott World Trade Center Gal.

Good Afternoon Mr. X,

Thank you for selecting The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Battery Park for your 2 upcoming reservations on July Xrd for 2 nights. Please be so kind to let us know what time we can anticipate your arrival.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to be your home away from home while in New York. Please let us know if you will be celebrating any special occasion through out your stay or if you have any special Housekeeping requests.

If you are traveling with children, kindly let us know their names and ages so that we can make sure they are as comfortable with their visit as we anticipate you will be.

We highly recommend making restaurant, spa, and transportation reservations in advance. Please do not hesitate to call or email me personally should you have any questions or if I may be of any further assistance. We look forward to welcoming you to The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.

Best regards,

Leslie XXXXX
Front Office Supervisor

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
Two West Street
New York, New York 10004
Main: (212) 344-0800
Direct: (917) XXX-XXXX
Fax: (917) 790-2501

SpaGypsies: Decorating Tips from the Pottery Barn

SpaGypsies: Decorating Tips from the Pottery Barn: "Nice tips. Nice people. They seem to have every other Sunday. I've made it to a couple. This was the first about using candles mostly. ..."

Decorating Tips from the Pottery Barn

Nice tips. Nice people. They seem to have every other Sunday. I've made it to a couple. This was the first about using candles mostly. Today was about flowers and other decorations for small and very large events. Inexpensively!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Join other SpaGypsies at Copia on Saturday... South Salem, NY...Great food & beverages, educational seminars, including organic gardening and more.

If you don't live near by, pass it on to your friends...SpaGypsies, Earth Mamas and others....

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

SpaGypsy Day Spa Review: Simply L Spa, Greenwich, CT

I had the good fortune to go to Simply L Spa on Sunday, June 12th, for a massage. I went there because I was looking for a deal, but most places are not open on Sunday. I actually had gift certificates that I could have used at Noelle in Stamford, CT and others, but they are closed. My comments about the service:
-Deep Tissue Massage-5 star!
-Foot Massage-5 star!
-Hours of Operation-5 star!
-Staff-5 star!
-Facility-4 star! It's small which I like, but I could hear the reception phone ring which is generally annoying. (though my treatment was so great, I didn't let it bother me).
-Price-5 star! I bought a Spa Week gift certificate at 10% off on line, then took advantage of their grand opening special of 20% off. So with tip, 1 and 15 min. services was $100.00 with tip! That's a great deal, particularily in Greenwich, CT.
-Likely to return-Very Likely
-Will recommend-Definitely

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Welcome to SpaGypsies!

My name is Peggy Lee and you can call me the Chief Spa Gypsy. The concept of Spa Gypsies came to me in November 2001. I was attending an online travel industry conference in Miami when a hurricane was projected to hit South Florida. The combination of post-9/11 fears of travel and an impending hurricane made South Beach look like a deserted oasis with raving winds and ocean waves. I had flown in a day early, as I often tried to do, to have some R&R time and catch up on my work before the conference. I was staying at The Tides, which is a short walk to the Omni where the conference was, and also a short walk to The Delano, and the Aqua Spa. As was my custom, I called The Delano spa and made an appointment for a massage that Sunday evening.

I was the CEO of a dot com called b-there.com, and I traveled often and was required to be “on” most of the time. Either networking with industry executives at events like this Phocuswright Conference, meeting potential customers or press, attending functions, dealing with a 100+ staff, or dealing with investors and a Venture Capital controlled Board of Directors, I was always under the gun. Going to a spa while traveling became my sanctuary.

That night as I signed into the spa appointment, the typical “profile form” had to be filled out. They always ask you what your occupation is. At first, I put “Internet Company”. It being 1999-2000 then, I found that most of the spa therapists were eager to have a conversation with me about the Internet and my dot com. That was the furthest thing from my mind when I went into a spa while on the road. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, much less talk about the Internet, a topic that consumed about 90% of my waking hours every day. So I had started writing “Computers” or “Software” as my occupation. The response to this change was just as bad. Therapists would ask me questions like “Do you have email? “ , “What kind of computer do you use?” or want to tell me all about their experiences with email and computers. So as I sat there, it came to my mind that at the particular point in time my occupation was “Spa Gypsy”. So I wrote that down. No one ever asked me anything about my occupation any more. For whatever reasons, the therapists didn’t care to have a conversation about it. That was great. Mission accomplished. Peace and quiet and tranquility at a spa!

By the way, there was no one at Aqua Spa that night, just me, the massage therapist and the receptionist. It was pure bliss. So I book myself for services for the next morning. It was still deserted with the travel thing, the hotel was empty, and the hurricane—no locals where getting out. I was pampered and totally rejuvenated by the time my conference began that night!

Since I understand the web quite well, I quickly began to think about what I would like to do on the Internet realize to spas. At the time, only Spa Finders had any content about spas, and none of it was from people like me—Spa Gypsies. So I thought how wonderful it would be to build a place where like-minded people like me could congregate, communicate and collaborate about spa experiences—health and wellness et al. Back then, I was too busy with b-there to build it. After I sold

b-there to other company, I often thought about building SpaGyspies.com and making it a Community with information from sites like Spa Finders, but also where other Spa Gypsies could post spa reviews, tips , comments, and also educate others on the industry. I also wanted a marketplace for services and products to be available for buyers and sellers of the industry’s unique products and services.

I’m really glad I didn’t go out and build it myself. I had done the technology thing with b-there, and was not interested in doing that again. So time passed and I began to formulate a plan to build a “world-class” spa blog, with the intent to make it much more as time went on. Enter “MoonToast”! A platform that was built to meet most all the needs of Spa Gypsy—a Community with Commerce! What could be better.

So as you read this today, I have finally launched Spa Gypsies thanks to my friends at Moontoast.

Please join me and share your experiences, services and products with other Spa Gypsies!

Warmest Welcome!

Peggy Lee

Chief Spa Gypsy & Founder