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Spa Day For Little Ladies

by Lucy-Jade Norris
6909ed09531d866f1f8e3cc3c4b8feb7Nothing beats a spa day.  Facials, massages, hair-dos and a good old gossip with the girls.  Now imagine these luxuries as a 9 year old…a spa day for little ladies!

The spa industry has begun to target children in a big way, going well beyond mother-and-daughter manicures.  Adult spas are adding separate menus of service for girls ages 4-14 that are dedicated spa days for children offering a range of facials, massages, and other treatments.

One of these spas is situated at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and offers “The Superhero”: a green-based aromatherapy spray that will help powerful superhero muscles morph back to relaxation during a neck, shoulder and hand massage – I like the sound of that!

So-called “Princess Days” are becoming the norm for some families, but is this really helping a young girl’s self-esteem?  After all, a spa day is a form of relaxation after a week full of office stress, or an opportunity to indulge on a bachelorette party.

Do young girls really need to have access to a wondrous amount of beauty services that encourage them to change and enhance their appearances?  Or is it beneficial in the sense that these spa days are helping them to take pride in how they look and care for themselves?

Truth is, children are growing up faster than ever and are ultimately exposed to so many images of what beauty is or what they should perceive it to be.  If a parent can afford to spoil their little ones with spa days and princess services I honestly think: What the hell!

These services are encouraging our little girls to understand how important it is to take / spoil yourself / relax and be pampered, values that many of us women lose when trying to balance work, life and careers. And then when we do find the time, we feel guilty about having some me time.  If these young girls leave the spa feeling pretty and special then I believe it’s money well spent.

It’s how we encourage and support them in retaining a sense of pride in the real world, a world  that will repeatedly hack at their self-esteem from all directions.

New Year, New Stories – Call for Submissions

by Janea Wilson

Calling all writers, visual artists, photographers, bloggers, and you:

SUBMISSIONSFLYER2015
Lipstickparty Mag is always open for submissions! As an online magazine with a year-round “issue,” we are not restricted by deadlines. Send us your stories, art, poetry, photography, and reviews. You can check out an index of the work published by our magazine here.

Want to help us make a better magazine with better representation? Check out our submissions page! We love new writers, new voices, old writers, old voices, and we want to hear from you.

We have two new editors to welcome to the team, Julia Gibson & Kelli Heidelberger. Kelli and Julia will be co-editing the Art/Lit section, and Julia will also be editing the Love/Sex section. We are all itching to read new material written by you!

Thank you always for your support, and if you’re new around here — Welcome to LSPMAG!

Note to Self

by Gretchen Dietz

 

1

A spiderweb, carefully engineered to withstand the wind, shining in the sun.

 

2

Green salsa

Soy or almond or organic milk

Cheese

Bread

 

3

I look out the window. A boy, red shorts and no shirt, bleached blonde hair, cuts across the parking lot on a bike. Zig zags recklessly, then disappears between two green shrubs. Where is he going?

 

4

I wake up to a storm, crack of thunder, strobe lights on the ceiling. I don’t check the time.

 

5

The forest is a cocoon. The moment I step in, calm.

 

6

I saw sunflowers in their backyard, he said. They looked six feet tall.

They can be even eight feet, I think.

They were in the middle of the yard, growing right out of the grass, not part of a garden.

They can grow anywhere, I said. Even along the highway . . .

 

7

Gate 19 Beiber Bus, Port Authority, New York City.

 

8

Garbage truck roars through the parking lot like a hulking metal insect.

 

9

The label on Chavrie goat cheese: “Pure pleasure!”

 

10

Stories to write:

–”American culture” just means comfort and ease

–”the myth of connection”

 

(They’ve already been written)

 

11

Dragonflies with amber wings, turquoise faces, periwinkle bodies.

 

12

Plymouth Meeting Mall piercing pagoda for gold studs

Target for baby present

Anthro for return (time permitting)

 

13

6795 (garage code)

 

14

LA — always traffic, but no one is around?

 

15

A giant sprinkler and a silent red fire hydrant keep watch over the empty park. A loud biplane cuts across the sky.

 

16

706-247-2321

 

17

Luodai Sichuan

Defang Sichuan

 

18

I fall asleep with the moon shining down on my face.

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