Hannah Elliott Bloomberg News Published 2:38 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 I must admit to feeling some apathy about driving the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS. After all, this is a simple refresh on a midsize mass-market luxury sedan, a segment notorious for offering safe, reliable, and relatively interchangeable vehicles to an upper-middle-class public. As expected, yes, the act of driving the CLS 450 around the horse farms of New Jersey was pleasant, placid, peaceful — you name it. Warmer than lukewarm and not quite forgettable. In a word: unobtrusive. But as for the car’s exterior and interior, including under the hood, I was surprised by some significant new features that should lend themselves to genuine delight for prospective buyers. The CLS line traces its history to 2003. It became Mercedes’s first foray into four-door “coupe” territory, a slight misnomer that’s taken hold with other brands courting consumers who want performance and space, like in … [Read more...] about Mercedes ‘spa’ tool can soothe, fix posture
The year was 2006. Shakira was riding high in the charts with Hips Don’t Lie, and World Cup fever was gripping the globe as nations battled it out for the number one spot. As host country, Germany had embraced the competition, offering up 12 venues for the matches, including Berlin’s Olympiastadion and Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion. Fans waved flags, painted their faces and soaked up the atmosphere at outdoor public viewings during the competition which ran from June 9th to July 9th. But hearts were broken when Italy won the tournament after a nail-biting game against runners-up France, knocking Germany into third place along the way. Yes, there was drama, such as France legend Zinedine Zidane being shown a red card for a moment of madness during his final professional match, but much of the excitement could be found off the pitch. The slogan of the tournament: ‘Eine Zeit, um Freunde zu finden’ (a time to make friends) is exactly what happened in … [Read more...] about Remembering the time Brits turned sleepy spa town Baden-Baden into Germany’s party capital
Published 9:01 am, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls, to neutral color schemes and natural light, nature infuses life back into luxury bath design for a serene sense of calm. Neutral calm Light colors such as cool grays and muted blues evoke tranquility and peacefulness. Neutral colors for walls and fabrics create a soothing aesthetic that fosters relaxation in the space. To create visual interest within a neutral palette, incorporate varying shades of earth tones to serve as complementary accents throughout the room — from … [Read more...] about Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis
Spas have come a long way from their draconian calorie-counted past and these days are ideal places to relax and unwind. Kate de la Chapelle visited two revamped spas to see what guests can expect... I’ve always loved spas - the chance to kick off your normal attire and pad around for a couple of days in a bathrobe and slippers is my idea of heaven. And it seems the hundreds of others who choose to enjoy a day or more at one of the many spas in the UK whether to celebrate a hen party, have some well-deserved ‘me time’ or simply top up on their beauty treatments.The Day Spa at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, Northamptonshire, and Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa in Leicestershire are two award-winning spas which have both recently been given swanky new makeovers, meaning guests at both can expect even greater levels of comfort and luxury at them, as well as new treatments on offer.Whittlebury’s new The Day Spa For Him or For Her Day package is a great … [Read more...] about Extreme relaxation at two revamped health spas
Coconut oil is like that popular girl in your high school who was basically good at everything. The trendy superfood is a tasty addition to desserts, makes a great hair mask, and even treats your cuticles. If natural beauty products had a prom, coconut oil would be the queen. But one thing that coconut oil might not quite excel at: treating acne. While some people swear by coconut oil for acne, others are equally adamant that the natural moisturizer actually makes their breakouts worse. Here's what three leading dermatologists have to say:“While coconut oil itself has not been studied for the treatment of acne, some people might find it helpful," says New York City cosmetic dermatologist, Sejal Shah, M.D., founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology. "Fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity against propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes), the bacteria involved in the development of acne,” she says. Specifically, coconut … [Read more...] about Can You Really Use Coconut Oil To Treat Acne?