Dear Friends,

Welcome to our Summer e-Newsletter, in which our talented and knowledgeable spa experts will give you tips on how to adjust your routines for exercise, beauty, cooking and housekeeping during summer's hottest days.




Most of us love summer, but we also know that staying cool during the hottest time of the year can be a challenge. When exercising or enjoying the outdoors, use common sense. Don't push yourself beyond your limits and take advantage of some of the tips below. They can help you enjoy summer while minimizing the effect of high temperatures.

  • Stay hydrated: drink water before you get thirsty.
  • If you are new to exercise, your body may have a lower tolerance to the heat. Be extra cautious and take frequent breaks.
  • Freeze some bottles of water. When you are heading out, just reach in and grab one out of the freezer. While exercising outdoors in the heat, try putting it either on the back of your neck or the inside of your wrists. It will cool you down.
  • Freeze wet washcloths as well. Again, reach in and grab one on the way out.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine – both can speed up dehydration.
  • Exercise in the cooler parts of the day. Plan your exercise for early morning or late evening. This will not only help keep you cool… it will give you a great way to start or end your day.
  • Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing when you exercise outdoors. This will deflect some of rays of the sun and keep fresh air flowing around your body.
  • Store your favorite lotion in the refrigerator and apply it after you shower. Not only will it moisturize your skin, but it will also cool you down quickly. Although a cold shower sounds like a good idea when you are hot, take a tepid one instead. (If you take a cold shower, your body generates more heat to compensate for the heat loss. That's not a cool thing!)
  • Always wear sunscreen. And don't forget the back of your neck. Flipping a baseball cap around will protect this neck area as well as shield your scalp from the sun.

I hope that you find these tips useful for staying cool during the summer heat.



From The Boutique

When the sun shines, temperatures rise and humidity creeps in, we need to re-think our make-up routines. What works in the cooler months will no longer work in the summer, because most people have skin that will behave differently in the presence of heat. Generally, skin will produce more oil in the summer months than in the rest of the year. If that is the way your skin behaves, then for summer you will need a base layer that is lighter in texture.

Don't be fooled by choosing a tinted moisturizer over a foundation. Even though they do tend to be sheerer in coverage than a foundation, they are primarily a moisturizer with just a touch of make-up in them. As a result, a tinted moisturizer can actually end up feeling very heavy by mid-day on some skin types. Instead, opt for a sheer or oil-free foundation. You will barely know you are wearing make-up!

Make-up colors for summer should also have a lighter look and feel to them. Think of it as trading your winter wools for lightweight linens! Your colors need to brighter and/or more vibrant. Tropical colors work well, as do golden greens, turquoises or even fuchsia. Summer is also a great time to try out the shimmers and sparkles. You can sweep a sheer champagne shimmer on the lids or try a gloss with a touch of sparkle for a sun-kissed look!

Summer is the season to have fun with color, so go ahead and make a statement. Be comfortable in your own skin. And to protect your skin, be sure your foundation and lipstick contain a SPF level that is appropriate for you.



From Our Kitchen to Yours

Here is a salad of fresh berries, wrapped in phyllo dough. Easy, cool and delicious!

Fresh Berry Medley Salad Phyllo Vases

Serving Size : 4

Amount / Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
8 each phyllo dough sheets
2 cups chopped baby mixed greens
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1/2 cup diced strawberries
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
spray vegetable shortening
sprigs of mint or edible flower blossoms
  1. Cut the phyllo sheets into 16 5" x 5" squares. Keep covered with plastic wrap as you work to keep the sheets from drying out and becoming brittle.
  2. Lightly spray a muffin pan with vegetable shortening and place 2 squares of phyllo in each of four muffin molds, alternating spaces to keep from crowding.
  3. Lightly spray the phyllo in the pan with vegetable oil and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes, until they have turned a golden brown. Remove phyllo "vases" from pan and set aside.
  4. Toss the berries in the corn syrup and balsamic vinegar. Set aside.
  5. Assemble the dish by placing the phyllo "vases" on a plate and fill them with chopped greens. Then top with the berries.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint or edible flower blossoms.



Back in the day, before air conditioning became popular, we kept our homes cool by keeping the shades, blinds or draperies drawn during the day, depending where the sun was shining. As the sun moved out of one area and into another, we would then lift the window treatments from the now-shaded window to let in the light and also open the windows a few inches for fresh air. When we were safe from the midday heat and the sun started to set, we would open all our windows a bit more to let in fresh air. In the evening after the sun had set we opened the windows wide. (Of course, we had screens on the windows to prevent the little creatures from visiting us.)

We practiced the same strategies with doors. We kept them closed when the sun was bearing down on them and opened them when the sun had moved around to another side of the house. If you were fortunate enough to have a front and back door you could open both and get cross ventilation. We also had exhaust fans that slid into the frames of the bottom of the windows. These were two small fans together - one was intake and the other exhaust -- they were put in the window much as today’s air conditioners are they worked wonderfully well. In my former home we had an attic fan that worked so well that sometimes you needed a sweater!

I am not an air conditioning fan, so I still go by the old methods. I just stayed with my niece when I was in New York City and I noticed she kept the house cool the old fashioned way, although she had air conditioners in two rooms. I find it just glorious to wake up to cool, fresh, natural air in the morning!