With the Ladies at The Spa at Willows Lodge

Pinot Noir Pedicure

Each year on our birthdays a few of us get together for some much needed girl time and pampering. This year we celebrated a friends big day with a trip to Woodinville: The Barking Frog for lunch followed by The Spa at Willows Lodge.

Willows Lodge is a beautiful property nestled in the heart of Woodinville wine country. The hotel is romantic, intimate and surrounded by meandering gardens, quiet seating areas and art.

I’ve visited the spa on several occasions but this was the first time for a fancy pedicure. The d’vine Pinot Noir ingredients were a nice touch but the ample glass of wine to go with it even better. The three of us each received individual attention by our pedicurist Pauline. What I enjoyed most was sitting together in our private space to catch up and really talk.

I’d definitely recommend for small groups and special occasions when time is not an issue.



Honey, where did this rosé come from?

2013 Fabre Montmayou Rosé, Mendoza, Argentina, $10.99

I arrived home from work tonight unusually agitated. My mantra of “I move through the world with grace and ease” did not sink in as I navigated the super silly Seattle traffic. First things first I opened the fridge and wondered “honey, where did this rosé come from?” I love my husband but he normally picks up wines with critter names so was a little off guard. Was it a gift? Did the wine fairy visit? But no.. He found it at Whole Foods in the $12 and under bin. Well done! Beautiful rosy pink color, delightful strawberry nose, dry, slightly acidic finish. Perfect summer quaffer. Thanks my love. You rock!


Clinique Redness Solution – It really works!


It took me by surprise.

Clinque’s new Redness Solution Makeup actually works.  If you want a product that will even out your complexion and cover redness, this is it.

Yes, 40 something’s still get breakouts.

I was flipping through a magazine and came across one of those mini product samples and gave it a try (spoiler alert– it’s a myth that skin issues disappear as we get older).

This product wowed me.

Lo and behold, the makeup absorbed the redness and my skin appeared smooth and blemish free.  Bonus.  It also works to balance out ruddiness and blotchy areas.

Clinique Redness Solution may be your answer too.

I give this product the SpaSkinny seal of approval.  If you try it, let me know what you think.

A Night Away – Salish Lodge

Salish LodgeOoooh baby it’s cold outside- and a perfect weekend to visit the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie Washington.  My birthday, my child with my parents, and the first cold snap of the year made for a cozy getaway only a few miles from home. The room was beautiful and home to a very comfortable Jacuzzi tub for two.

The Spa

But of course the real reason for getting away to a Lodge and Spa was to experience the Spa and that was at 9A the next morning.  I ordered the Hot Stone Massage and he the Deep Tissue.  We arrived a tad early to enjoy the surroundings and quickly regretted not bringing our bathing suits (we always forget them!).  Two indoor heated Jacuzzis, one with a flowing waterfall, were inviting.  Instead we lounged around the waterfall Jacuzzi with our herbal tea looking in on the folks in the Jacuzzi (if I had my druthers I’d change the seating to look out the windows to enjoy the greenery).

Hot Stone Massage

I had not experienced a Hot Stone massage before and understand the origins are Native American. I relaxed under the skilled hands of my practitioner and LOVED having the hot stones follow her massage for a deeper, super heated rub.  I tend to run cold so this was a huge plus for me.  Even better were the heated clay bricks that were used to warm my back and legs prior to the massage.  This too was new to me and I recommend it to all spas going forward, especially when giving massage in a room that may be on the cool side to start out with.  Nirvana arrived when she used the hot stones in very small sizes to slide between my toes with one large one on my foot- then all wrapped papoose style in a towel.  Heaven!

All and all a great birthday weekend!  I would go back in a heartbeat, but from my perspective this is a special occasion spot.  Even with our “special promotion” it was on the spendy side in my book.

And that’s the skinny!