a little pamper time for him at Shangri-La’s CHI Spa

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I don’t know about you, but getting my husband to the spa has never been easy. I always want him to be treated to the therapy and relaxation of it, but he’s never felt like it was for him. I think it was pretty much a comfort level thing. When the CHI Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel reached out to have him in to try their new CHI for Men services, I wasn’t sure he would be into it (um, “I’ll go for you, babe”, comes to mind!). Well, he loved it! Below, are his thoughts about why this might be the perfect way to treat your guy! Take it away, Roberto!

I’ll admit, I’ve never really ever been comfortable going to the spa. Like most men, I got most of my grooming advice from my father, whose idea of a foot soak would probably be the result of wearing the wrong shoes on a rainy day. Never once did he mention spas.  And in his defence, why would he? Typically, a spa is a place for relaxation, but as a man, upon entry you usually feel like you’ve just crashed a “ladies only” party. Upon seeing a man entering such a sacred space, the conversation in the room that was once loud and bouncy, become hushed, and whispered… coupled with the avoidance of eye contact. That’s not exactly how I like to kick-off a relaxing experience.

Well gentlemen, relax. There’s a spa ready to give you the experience you’ve been waiting for! The CHI Spa, located in Vancouver’s beautiful Shangri-La Hotel, has a tailor-made spa menu just for us. As CHI’s Spa Manager, Michelle, says “CHI For Men is about taking better care of yourself. We’ve seen more men turning to spas as a remedy for physical and mental rejuvenation; it’s more than just pampering and beautification”. And she’s right. All spa bookings include full access to their Health Club amenities, like fitness centre, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, and café either before or after their treatments. AND, each treatment is coupled with a private relaxation suite. That solves things, doesn’t it?!

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Upon entering CHI, I was immediately greeted by the cheery Takako, who guided me to my very own relaxation suite for a soothing foot soak and eastern tea service. The spa and suite alike, draw inspiration from the ancient Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, and enchantment. The suite boasts its own private eucalyptus steam chamber which is ready to help you sweat away lingering toxins, and prepare the body for a customized massage.

Following the massage, and without moving a (relaxed) muscle, my practitioner started the facial, which I thought would be a good idea, since I have a pretty stubborn beard, resulting in a terrible razor burn. It was nice to hear that the products used from BIODROGA MEN are specifically formulated for male skin needs, to help diminish signs of soreness, redness, and irritation caused by shaving.

After a foot soak, a steam, a massage, and a facial, I pretty much vowed that I was never leaving my private suite! So, it’s good news for the CHI spa staff, that I also had a manicure booked in their treatment room; a 12 year-old scotch offering helped ease the burden of abandoning my relaxation suite. 

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All that relaxation left me with quite an appetite, so waiting for me to enjoy at the poolside Ginger Bar Café, was a delicious steak & frites accompanied with a classic béarnaise sauce. The perfect fuel up before I hit their well-appointed Health Club.

So, if you think your deserving man needs a little relaxing retreat or you just want him out of the house for a couple of hours treat him to CHI For Men. I think he will be very pleased! 


nordstrom opens in vancouver


Americans, this may not be big news for you, but here in Canada… especially Vancouver, it’s what we have been waiting for! Nordstrom is opening on September 18th! Vancouverites have been crossing the border for many years just to make the trip to the shoe department. I order online all the time, and eat up so many duty fees. That will not be happening any longer! It also happens to be a few blocks from my place… that’s going to hurt my wallet.


To celebrate the grand opening, they are holding a Beauty Bash on opening day Friday, September 18th at 7:30am before the store opens. It’s an amazing chance to see the store before it opens to the public (hello, Instagram!) and to see some of your dollars supporting The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

To announce this, the lovely folks at Nordstrom sent over a few goodies, many of which a serious holy grail items. Cannot wait to try the much raved about La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I’ll let you know if I look 16 again. I’d settle for 25, let’s be honest.

I’ll see you at Nordstrom! (check for me in the shoe, bra and beauty departments…)

beauty faves

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Yes, I pinch myself that part of my job is testing out the latest and greatest in beauty! Patience. Not-so-great outcomes. A product graveyard. Not all of them make the cut, and I only like to share the ones that I love with you!

Every so often, you get some serious winners. While I do always prefer to take the natural route when it comes to beauty, there are exceptions. NARS is definitely one of the best, consistently amazing lines out there, and their new Audacious mascara and liner are no exceptions.

The mascara honestly does not clump. That’s basically a miracle, because mascaras alway do. It stays put, doesn’t flake and has to be one of the best I’ve tried. The liner is super pigmented, creamy and smudges like you always want it to.

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Doesn’t the word ‘juicy’ just get you every time? Just me? Awkward. I don’t consider myself an environmentalist, but I’ve always thought of wipes as unnecessary garbage… these Kaia Juicy Bamboo Cloths are biodegradable! I never use makeup remover, and my towel pays the price. After washing, even double cleansing, there are always remnants of my laziness on the drying towel. When I use these, that’s definitely not an issue. They are also completely natural so of course, that gives them extra marks. Perfect for beside the bed on the ‘can’t be bothered’ nights, but otherwise, I do like to use them prior to cleansing as opposed to having them replace my cleanser.

Any new faves I need to know about? Would love to hear!

life lately

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Happy Friday! I’ve been SO bad at blogging lately! Don’t lose faith in me! If you’re on Instagram and Snapchat with me (erincsousa), y0u’re up to date, and honestly, that’s where I share the most, so I hope you’ll pop over to join me.

Summer has been so busy and wonderful thus far! It was my birthday (this lemon vanilla cake from Sweet Bake Shop was beyond), our first anniversary, and there have been lots of fun outings and events to take part in. On top of that, and primarily, it’s been work. I’ve been so busy with clients – the business has really blown up and I’ve been having working so, so much.  For the later part of the summer, I’ll be heading to Osoyoos for a mini holiday before the summer ends at Watermark Resort, and to Pemberton for Araxi’s epic long table dinner, and staying at Summit Lodge in Whistler.  It will be really needed to get away for a bit, so I’m really looking forward to it!


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Deighton Cup is a day at the races, and I was so excited to wear a fancy lady hat – thanks so much, Hive Mind Hats!

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For our anniversary, I gifted Roberto a Hudson’s Bay blanket – he’s always wanted one. I say perfect for picnics, and he says he won’t let it touch the ground…

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Poolside content creation for a client – dying over this Barefoot Contessa romper and hat.

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Ava is too much. Especially in cute sunnies (from Barefoot Contessa)

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A business trip for Sparkle Media’s client Uptown Shopping Mall took us out to Victoria for a few days! This sunset was like nothing I’ve ever seen.

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Working anywhere has it’s perks, and sometime it’s from a hotel bed in Victoria.

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This oil is so lovely – it’s from Aerin’s fall collection! Estee Lauder is really doing some fun stuff for fall, and I was able to get a sneek peek at their fall launch.

things i love right now


I always love to see what items others are loving right now, and I have a few things that I’m trying, loving, and just random things to tell you about!

Thoughtfully Magazine: If you’re in the U.S, you’ve seen this floating around in Whole Foods, and if you’re not, you can download a digital version, here. This is such a great magazine for everyone, especially those of us who want to live a more well-rounded healthy lifestyle. I was so thrilled to take part in the latest issue testing out natural deodorants. Flip through to find me!

Fresh Peony Brightening Night Mask: I came back from Hawaii with a really killer tan – while I was safe with the sunscreen, some damage still happened. I have a few dark spots that I’m looking forward to getting rid of. This product says it should work, but we shall see! Keep ya posted.


Illesteva Sunnies: I love these sunnies! Shame that when they arrived they were crooked and I have to send them in for an exchange. I don’t want to let them go!

glossier Coconut balm dot com: Sucker for the packaging, the product is just as good. This entire line is fantastic – minimal, stylish, and effective.

Kypris Beauty Elixir: Seriously though, every woman needs a nourishing oil – it will replace your chemical based serum to hydrate AND heal. This one is my current fave for it’s potency. A dab will do ya!