To The Rescue.

My wedding isn’t until October, but the calendar inside the bridal planning book that I bought told me that it’s time to get a skin regime in place. Sigh. I’ve sort of dreaded this moment, actually: I’m quite lazy about that sort of thing, and washing my face most nights, then slathering on moisturizer is about as much as I ever seem to be able to commit to. And now that more and more time is being taken with the wedding planning and all, committing to any sort of 15-minute morning and nightly “regime” is sort of daunting. But it’s my wedding, after all, so I decided I had better just suck it up and do what the book tells me.


So, I went ahead and booked a visit with Danuta Mieloch at Rescue Spa near my office, having heard about her wonder-working with the skin of my co-workers, who often sing her praises. And now, I am so very glad I did suck it up, because an hour with her not only left my sad, somewhat dull winter skin looking like magazine advertisement skin, but she’s put me on a schedule I can actually maintain: a cleansing every night, with a cotton-ball swabbing of Biologique Recherche’s magical P50 potion (it stings, but it softens like you wouldn’t believe), and lotion. Then, I do nothing but rinse in the morning, and dab on some eye cream and more moisturizer. It’s been a week, but my skin is still noticeably glowier, and super-smooth.

So, the regime is this: I’ll keep this up (with a couple of appointments over the summer), and then, pre-wedding, will return for a special treatment that will, says Danuta, “really take it to the bridal level.” Intriguing, no? I’ll have to report back on Project Glowy Bridal Skin.   — Christy Speer

Attention: Philadelphia Brides To Be

Philadelphia fashionista’s are buzzing about the upcoming Nicole Miller extravaganza taking place at Hyatt at the Bellevue on March 5th. If the spectacular gown featured on her postcard is any indication,
attendees will be treated to an afternoon of bridal fashion fabulosity. Are you going?

Wedding season is definitely beginning to rev up. In the past 3 weeks I have performed the initial consultation/facial for five brides to be. Their weddings are scheduled from the end of March to November. If you have planned your nuptials for 2011 and haven’t yet scheduled for your bridal skin consultation, you need to be calling yesterday. With the harsh winter we’ve had so far if you haven’t had a facial in the past month, your skin may need tending to anyway. Why not just book an appointment now, mention that you are a bride and we can discuss your vision for your wedding skin before
treatment. My ethnic brides who have challenges with hyper pigmentation really need to address this issue sooner rather than later. The Environ skin care line has a very systematic approach to fading dark
spots by introducing graduated levels of active ingredients and vitamins to the skin. This line is also extremely effective for new moms with vestiges of “pregnancy mask” and sun worshipers who want to reduce the appearance of sun damage to their skin. Environ also has an acne program which yields great results that don’t take forever to achieve. I personally fell in love with their Gel Moisturizer during the dog days of last summer. Because it’s weightless and unscented it’s one of my go-to moisturizers for my male clients. This reminds me; don’t forget to schedule a facial for your fiancé. Men want their skin to glow on their wedding day too and Rescue Rittenhouse Spa is designed with both of you in mind.

Love Ya,

Linda Harding

Spring Cleaning!

For me cleanliness is very important.  That goes for cleaning my apartment, donating my clothes, and getting rid of clutter.  So this season, a fresh new start is the way to go!

In terms of skin I propose setting up one evening for yourself.  Light the candles, draw a bath, and get on a full body exfoliation extravaganza.  Start by dry brushing your body and follow with a fabulous body scrub like LaLicious Tahitian Flower body souffle, massaging gently until your skin gets pink.  For the face, cleanse and remove makeup with the Clarisonic Pro Brush.  Repeat with a second cleansing but this time add Valmont Exfoliant to your Clarisonic Pro Brush, spending a little extra time to get rid of that dead winter skin.  You’ll feel 5 pounds lighter instantly!  Apply moisturizer all over your body, put on a robe and watch a wonderful movie.  The next day you’ll feel totally refreshed.  Voila!

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa Owner & Aesthetician,

Danuta Mieloch



Spring Into Rescue!


Renewing Facial
Start the Spring season off right! Exfoliate the dead winter skin away with microdermabrasion and our customized peel, followed by a massage and hydrating mask.  $150

Massage & Sugar Scrub
Welcome the warm weather with a smooth and relaxed body.  A 90 minute treatment that includes full body exfoliation followed by a Swedish Massage. $140

Happy Feet Pedicure
Show off your tootsies!  This ultimate foot “facial” includes the works: a scrub, massage, renewing mask, trim, buff, shape, and choose a polish color from our fabulous new collections from Chanel, YSL, Deborah Lippmann, Zoya, OPI, or Essie. $50

Laser Hair Removal
Get bikini ready with our latest technology of hair removal!
Book now to ensure this special price: Bikini $150 per session or Brazilian $200 per session.

Treat yourself to a smoother, sexier figure.  This anti-cellulite treatment will leave you looking smooth and sexy in your sun dress. $150 per session

Threading at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa is thrilled to introduce Threading by technician Maria Gulraiz. Maria is a threading expert who uses her skill to remove unwanted facial hair and sculpt eyebrows into a clean, flattering shape for your face.

If you are not familiar threading is an ancient method of hair removal, a very delicate procedure, making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin. The art of threading may be seen in the gentle and precise twisting of cotton thread which is moved and twisted along the hairs, it is with this motion that the thread traps the hair and lifts it out of the follicle.  Threading is often more effective and less painful than tweezing or waxing; hair re-growth becomes finer and more sparse after regular treatments and the top layers of skin are not peeled or traumatized in the process. It is an excellent option for those who use Retinols or are allergic to wax.

If you have inquiries about this service or would like to schedule an appointment with Maria please feel free to call our spa concierge at 215.772.2766 or email us at

Staff Pick: Dayna Decker Collection

Trendsetting designer Dayna Decker has not just developed mere candles and hand soap for your guest room, but alluring multi-sensory experiences. Her products are absolutely perfect when you to need a mini-escape after a chilly commute home or a bit of atmosphere while away for a romantic rendezvous. Dayna fuses innovation and eco-responsibility to her collections. All bath and body products are animal friendly and free of harsh chemicals such as cringe-worthy parabens. Natural fruit enzymes and wood extracts are used as an alternative to nourish and protect the skin instead of turning you into a walking preservative. I particularly adore the eco-wood wick used in my favorite hand-blown Bardou scented Botanika Chandel. Organic wood is naturally manufactured into a slow burning wick with an intriguing teardrop flame. The botanical wax enriched with wild rose and pink peppercorn essence melts clear creating a peaceful glow. Best of all the wood makes a soft crackling sound as it burns, like a portable fireplace.

Not into candles? The Dayna Decker line also offers handcrafted botanical oil diffusers for those adverse to open flames. The alcohol-free essential oils within the vessel last up to six months in your home or office. Whether you are seeking peace from the madness of everyday or need a bit of luxury in your life the Dayna Decker collection has something for everyone.

Spa Concierge,

Emily Coursen


PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW’S GIRLS NIGHT OUT – March 10, 5:30pm-8:30pm presented by Rue Philadelphia and Philadelphia Style. Treat your girls to a night on the town. Enjoy food and wine sampling, beauty tips, and fun shopping plus a free goodie bag. Plus LIVE QVC broadcast from the Flower Show. $40. Purchase Tickets Now

* Rescue Rittenhouse Spa
* Sampan
* Giovanni & Pileggi
* The 611 Lifestyle
* Nicole Miller
* Skinny Water
* Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center
* Pileggi Boutique
* 5-Hour Energy
* Brown Betty Dessert Boutique
* Catalyst Cleanse
* Touch of Blush
* …And More!

The Bellevue gets engaged

A truly all-inclusive wedding event experience for the most fashionable brides-to-be at the 19th Floor of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Sip signature cocktails courtesy of Chambord Flavored Vodka and Little Black Dress Wines, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres by XIX Restaurant.

Internationally recognized fashion designer Nicole Miller will personally meet and greet guests as they view a high-energy fashion show featuring Miller’s Bridal, Formalwear, and Spring 2011 collection hot off the NY Runway, to the sounds of EBE Events and Entertainment,

Our choice merchants will uniquely display their services for the bride and groom, and contribute items in an exceptional goody bag.

Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE.

Sponsors include: Rescue Rittenhouse Spa, The Academy of Social Dance, Beautiful Blooms Events, Brown Betty Desserts Boutique, Chambord Flavored Vodka, Classic Cake, EBE Events & Entertainment, Faith West Photography, Hyatt at The Bellevue, The Knot, Little Black Dress Wines, Mid-Atlantic Transportation Services, Marjorie Amon Photography, Nicole Miller Philadelphia, Night Kitchen Bakery, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Sagets Formal Wear, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue, Teuscher Chocolates, Tiffany & Co., Tommi Lifestyle Boutique, Video One, Vigant, Williams Sonoma, XIX, and more!




PHILADELPHIA, PA – Beginning Monday, February 21, and continuing through Saturday, April 30, urban-chic cocktail lounge and restaurant Liberté (120 South 17th Street, 215-569-8300) at the Sofitel Philadelphia will partner with Rescue Rittenhouse Spa for a Spa Day, featuring:  a 333 calorie or less, three-course lunch or dinner ($48) from Liberté’s new, healthful spa offerings;  a 60-minute Swedish Massage and Salt Scrub at Rescue, the city’s top spa, for the special price of $120 per person;  and complimentary Valet Parking at the Sofitel.

“Whether our guests have managed to stick to their New Year’s resolutions to take better care of themselves or need a little boost to get back on track, our healthful spa menu and exciting partnership with Rescue make it easy for them to care for their minds and bodies,” says General Manager Vincent Vienne.  “And complimentary valet parking makes it a truly stress-free way to indulge.”

The spa menu, with all dishes 135 calories or less, was created by Chef Kevin Levett in collaboration with five other Sofitel chefs from France, Canada and the United States.  To launch the program on February 21, Executive Chef Patrick Jarno from Sofitel Thalassa in Quiberon, France will join Chef Levett in Philadelphia and will be on hand for the entire week.

The three courses include a choice of:  Appetizers:  Salad of Globe Artichoke with fromage blanc and diet mayonnaise (80 calories);  Ravioli of Crab and Celeriac with vegetable julienne and sauce Americain (92 calories);  or Smoked Salmon Papilotte with poached egg and diet sabayon (135 calories);  Entrees:  Sauteed Hen Chicken with braised mushrooms, steamed vegetables and chicken jus (92 calories);  Braised Sea Bass Filet with tomato-fennel compote and balsamic reduction (98 calories);  or Monkfish Casserole with lobster sauce (98 calories);  and Desserts:  Mango Fondant with coconut sorbet (88 calories);  Vanilla Panna Cotta with raspberry coulis (88 calories);  or Sweet Potato and Chocolate Sponge (100 calories).  For those who are not taking part in the Spa Day, the three-course menu is available $48 per person.

Rescue Rittenhouse’s combined 60-Minute Massage and Salt Scrub includes:  a Swedish massage, the timeless style that incorporates long, flowing strokes to encourage relaxation, lymphatic drainage and detoxification;  and a soothing, smoothing body buff that exfoliates and hydrates, hitting all of those hard-to-reach spots for a head-to-toe glow.

Liberté’s new spa menu is inspired by European wellness brand Thalassa Sea & Spa which is owned by Sofitel’s parent company.  Thalassa harnesses the intrinsic healing powers of seawater and promotes balanced nutrition; in a playful twist on their ocean-inspired principles, the spa menu features pristine, fresh seafood and vegetable dishes that are low in calories and ideal for guests looking for a new way to eat well, whether staying at the hotel or living in Center City.

Rescue Rittenhouse is Philadelphia’s premier spa and skin care center.  Owned and operated by Danuta Mieloch, a gifted esthetician with more than 20 years of experience at exclusive spas from New York to Paris, the spa is frequently honored with “Best of” nods from both local and national media, from Allure to InStyle to Frommer’s Travel Guide.  In their 2010 “Best of Philly” issue, Philadelphia magazine