I don’t know how else to describe what I experienced recently when I attempted the oft sworn-by de-stressing technique known as floating. No, I’m not talking about putting on water wings and drifting around my local gym’s pool. This is a (supposedly) much more relaxing alternative to meditation. Keep reading for exactly what happened when I stepped into the isolation chamber and if I’d recommend it!

Evening in Chicago, Gold Coast

It’s snowing today in Chicago, and it’s instead of “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” it’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Hoth. Yesterday, our windchill drove temperatures into negative numbers, and it put me in the mood to watch a movie. I thought I’d share some of my favorite movies with you, and have some special guests do the same.

a Man Meditating In the field

Since I haven’t really had the opportunity to introduce myself, I thought I’d take this chance to do so. I’m Dan. This post will let you know a little bit about me in some of my most embarrassing incidents. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes. Hell, hopefully can learn from my mistakes.  As the only male editor here, you won’t find me writing about nail polish, shoe trends, or fashion faux pas (I’m sure I’ve committed enough to be imprisoned by now). I have to adapt. So, let’s get to my stupidity.

I’d say plants are even more therapeutic for me than for most people, but I feel the need to share how I’ve given my apartment a bit of extra pizzazz by adding some greenery. Plus, there are health benefits to living in the presence of plants, so keep reading to learn all about it!

I have rarely found anything more beautiful than a successful Do-It-Yourself project, and origami is one of the most rewarding. Whether I’m trying to complete one intricate and delicate piece or prepping many for a themed party, I find origami relaxing and unique. Keep reading to learn more about the man who mastered this art and how you can create your own special origami figure. Whether you want to discover a new party trick or take up origami as a hobby, it can relieve stress and add a touch of creativity to your life. Even fashion can be inspired by origami! More after the jump…

Doesn’t this Monte Carlo spa look like the spa experience of a lifetime? I want to jump out of my chair and book a vacation STAT just looking at this photo! Keep reading to learn how you can win a gift card to a Willow Stream Spa at select Fairmont Hotels & Resorts…did we mention the Kerstin Florian Caviar product that comes along with this gift? More after the jump…

This week brings a 3-item gift pack for a lucky reader. Straighten, curl or wave your hair with one product, get fit on your busy schedule and read about what tips and recipes will keep your skin looking gorgeous! Keep reading for how you can WIN! Good luck!

Hi all! It’s Emilie, back again with more terrific tips for our loyal and possibly disorganized readers! Laura McHolm, organizational expert with NorthStar Moving, has all of the best tips on how to get organized in new year—and stay that way.  NorthStar Moving is an eco-luxury moving and storage company that frequently works with celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Eva Longoria. Keep organized the most effective way with these easy tips. Keep reading for the skinny on organizing your life!

Hi all! Happy Friday! It’s Emilie again with another terrific Running with Mascara contest. Keep reading for more info on SpaFinder.com and the terrific prize that can be used at spas all across the country! Get relaxed in 3…2…


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