Think about how you feel when you step into a nice, hot shower at the end of a long day. Now, take that feeling of total relaxation, and combine it with the experience of a massage, along with a healthy dose of aromatherapy. That’s a good approximation of the ‘rituals’ offered at Ara, the Spa at Ameristar. We experienced the aptly named Pure Bliss ritual first-hand, and were wowed by the perks—from complimentary valet parking for spa guests, to a slew of amenities that can be enjoyed pre- or post-treatment (think steam room, sauna, hydro-pool and more). Then, we sat down with spa manager Susan Boyd to ask why this luxurious body treatment is so special.
At least 65 percent of Americans own a smartphone—that's almost 200 million people. Someone once referred to smartphones as “the cigarettes of our decade," if you consider how some people think it's rude or impolite to whip it out when company is around. Using a smartphone regularly also could lead to chronic health problems (text neck, anyone?), and could potentially kill (see below). But, we digress.
Brittany Butts believes music soothes the soul: Wise words coming from a 16-year-old living with sickle cell disease. The teen has taken her negative experiences battling the illness and turned them into a positive message through song, with the help of the Kids Rock Cancer program.
To keep the mind—and body—active, area retirement communities offer creative courses for seniors. From cooking to painting, these classes make learning a new skill exciting and unique.
ONCE UPON A TIME...Sarah Keefe and her boyfriend, Pete Millar, packed up their belongings and their cat, Souvlaki, to move from Boston to St. Louis. Millar had gotten a job at Washington University; and Keefe, a freelance web developer, was happy to make the move. “We had this great big apartment with all this space (compared to Boston), so we started thinking about getting another cat,” Keefe says. “We were looking on PetFinder.com—not too seriously at first, but it got more serious. I was looking at pictures and I saw this one named Taffy. We were looking at senior pets because we wanted a cuddly pet, and Souvlaki is really energetic. Taffy was really beautiful and photogenic...and I said to Pete, When are we going to see Taffy? and it became a running joke because we kept waiting to go. Then one Saturday, he said, Let’s go visit Taffy.” And so they did.
Matthew Kent enjoys a mother-son dance during his reception at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
Tim Fogerty walks his daughter, Katie, down the aisle. The bride wore a Vera Wang dress.
Adam Turner wore a Sam Cavato tuxedo, and his groomsmen wore Vera Wang, for his wedding to Katie Fogerty.
Ana Hernandez shares a special moment with her mom right before she walks down the aisle.
Bride Katie Fogerty, a professional wedding planner, and her groom, Adam Turner, walk down the aisle under a shower of metallic gold confetti.
Ring bearer Jack Mantovani doubled as ring security at Katie Fogerty and Adam Turner’s wedding.
Ana Hernandez and Matthew Kent pause for a moment to reflect on their wedding, held August 2 at the Cathedral Basilica. The couple held their reception at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
Flowers cascaded down from tall centerpieces created by Festive Couture at Ana Hernandez and Matthew Kent’s reception at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
Guests at Katie Fogerty and Adam Turner’s nuptials got to try every flavor of the couple’s trio of tiered cakes from The Cakery.
Ana Hernandez, wearing a Paula Varsalona gown, shares a laugh with her bridesmaids.
As highlighted in a recent issue of Missouri Medicine, researchers in the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development are working on a variety of vaccines to treat everything from influenza to ebola.
I've compiled my annual look back on my favorites from Fall 2014. The best part? See how easily these looks can carry you into Spring of 2015!
Elizabeth Anne Gerhart & Michael Gregg Benner
This 4-bedroom, 3 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Town & Country is listed for $969,800.
Breathe in. And out. Focus on the breath entering and leaving your body...again… This is all it takes to begin a basic meditation practice. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, croons the golden voice of the late Andy Williams on radios and store sound systems every holiday season. Yet you may feel more like writing your own song: It’s the most crazy, busy, stressful time of the year.
Yumi Kim Relaxed Pant
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
As we surround ourselves with family and friends this holiday season, we also take the time to enhance our homes with beautiful touches to make these cherished moments even more memorable.
With the holiday season comes holiday shopping, and Ladue’s Colonial Marketplace is dedicated to providing customers with a unique and convenient retail, dining and lifestyle destination.