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Box O’ Fun: Julep

7 Jul

Box of…Juleps?

We finally caved and tried the subscription service that has already made the media rounds: Julep.

It’s not a delivery of mint julep ingredients (although we would totally subscribe to that. Anyone listening?) It’s a personalized nail polish revolution-in-a-box. The online questionnaire dubbed us “Classic with a Twist” (sounds legit) and we promptly received a box of two nail polish shades with a side of blush.

Julep Maddy


Let’s be honest–the nail polish is the big draw here. The colors are fun, probably best because they are shades we wouldn’t likely choose for ourselves, but ended up loving. Thanks for forcing us outside the box, Julep. Also noteworthy: this nail polish lasts forever without getting chipped. Big bonus points for that.

The blush was a bit too peachy for us, but being from Georgia means we always appreciate a good peach.

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Julep is a fun little gift-to-yourself that keeps you from falling into a beauty rut. One box is $24.99, or get a three month subscription for $19.99/box. Or go luxe for $39.99/$34.99. Plus, there are secret sales on the website to keep you stocked on the things you love. Follow them on social media for a brazillion ideas for manis, recipes, tips and more. And a whole section for weddings (hello, target marketing).

Because why pick over boring selections in the drugstore when someone else can send the trends to your home, no pants required?


Now Open: Drybar Blows Up in Buckhead

31 Oct

The original Drybar


After opening its first location in Brentwood (Los Angeles) in early 2010, Drybar has since exploded across the country, bringing its signature $35 blowouts to ladies everywhere. Now open in Buckhead, the salon specializes in washes and blowdry styles. If it’s anything like the original location, you’ll get a small menu to choose your style and add-ons from, a comfortable chair with a space at a literal marble bar, cocktails to sip and gourmet snacks to munch while you get styled, an iPod/iPhone dock to charge your baby and listen to some tunes during the process, plus TVs playing things like Sex and the City (with the captions on, of course). Also look for adorable extra touches like a hairdryer chandelier. Stylists use top-notch products to create sleek looks to last all night. If you think you might be a regular–ask for a package deal.

Drybar. 102 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Ste B. 404-382-5310. Book an appointment online.

Get Your Tickets: Shecky’s Girls Night Out

11 Oct


It’s back! Shecky’s Girls Night Out returns to Atlanta, scheduled for November 14-15 at the Biltmore Ballrooms. Tickets range from $10 for general admission to $30 for a goodie bag. (It’s worth going the extra for the goodie bag, trust us.) According to the site, vendors this year include Bath by Riley, Funky Flair Boutique, Lia Molly, Jolie Boutique, Pink Sky Boutique, Reflections African Jewelry, Shek Cosmetics, Spoiled Diva, and Stella and Dot (among many others). Get your tickets before they sell out, and be prepared to get your holiday shopping done early this year!

Shecky’s Girls Night Out. November 14 – 15 from 5pm to 10pm. A the Biltmore Ballrooms, 817 W. Peachtree St NW.

Opening Soon: Henri Bendel

22 Sep

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Get ready, Atlanta: Henri Bendel has set an official opening date for its Lenox location, and they are ready to kick it all off with a whole weekend full of delights. Doors officially open to the public on Friday, September 30, with complimentary champagne from 6pm to 9pm. Stop by Saturday and you’ll get a free striped HB tote with any $150+ purchase. On Sunday, they’re offering a “NYC-style brunch” from noon to 2pm, featuring bagels, coffee and virgin bloody marys. Plus they’ll be giving away 20% off cards all weekend.

For those not savvy, Henri Bendel is a 5th Avenue department store with over 100 years of history. Now the company offers mostly fun, high-end accessories, beauty items, scarves, keychains, pet supplies and more–many bedecked with their famous brown-and-white stripe pattern–which aren’t available in other stores. This is a great place to pick up gifts for moms, daughters, girlfriends, etc. (Hey, the holidays really will be here before you know it.)

Henri Bendel. Opening Friday, September 30 at Lenox Square. Next to Victoria’s Secret.

Get Out: Shecky’s Hosts A Girls Night Out in Atlanta

12 Apr

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If you love shopping and freebies, it’s time to check out Shecky’s Girls Night Out. Held at the Biltmore Ballrooms, the event provides shopping, free drinks, and a hugely overstuffed goodie bag for attendees. Sponsors include Veet, The Body Shop, American Laser Skincare, La Croix, dermalogica, and Bud Light/Michelob. It’s safe to assume you’ll be sipping all the free Bud Lights and Michelobs you can handle, and possibly sampling whatever their latest product is. Goodie bags usually look like the beauty department of a drugstore exploded in them–in the past, we’ve scored full-size toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, vitamin water, chapstick, and the like in ours, plus coupons for even more goodies. Protip: Collect your goodie bag early on, before they’re starting to disappear. And expect to use the word “goodie” so many times that it loses all meaning. Goodie. Goodie. Goodie. See? Nothing.

Tickets are $30 per night, but Skirt! is offering a $10 off code.

Shecky’s Girls Night Out. Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 and 14, from 5pm to 10pm. The Biltmore Ballrooms, 817 W. Peachtree St. NW

Get Out: Spa Week Atlanta

11 Apr

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If you’ve ever wondered whether spa treatments are for you, or if you just love a good beauty deal, get ready for Spa Week, kicking off today and lasting through Sunday, April 17. Spas across the country are offering $50 treatments, from facials to massages and beyond. Participating Atlanta spas include 29 at The Mansion on Peachtree, Completely Bare at The Loews Hotel, LifeSpa, Natural Body and more. Sign up at and get on board before it’s too late–Spa Week only happens once a year! Find your new favorite spa and get ready to relax.

Spa Week. Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17.

DIY Spa: Steal Tricks From Atlanta’s Licensed Professionals

14 Mar

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Becoming a professional skin care guru takes years of training and practice. For those with less time to devote to the finer points, here’s a tip: the estheticians (people who give facials, body treatments, etc) trained at the Atlanta School of Aesthetics learn using products from Lotus Moon. The school chose the eco-friendly line “because it combines aromatherapy and principles of Ayurveda with high levels of anti-aging active ingredients to renew the skin at the cellular level.” All Lotus Moon products are free from petrochemicals, paraben, sulfate, phthalate, have a natural base and contain only natural colors and fragrances.

To get a hands-on approach to what the products can do, visit the school’s teaching facility, Sensability, where you can get a discounted spa treatment from a student (with professional supervision). Being a guinea pig can get you a basic facial for $35 or massage for $40. Tuesday treatments exclusively feature Lotus Moon products.

Save some money, save the environment, look good and help train the next generation of estheticians. Everybody wins.

Sensability. 2 Dunwoody Park S. Open 7 days a week.
Lotus Moon. Available online.

Collab Crazy: Keeping Pop Culture On The Tips Of Your Fingers

9 Feb

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Crossover collaborations are the new black in the fashion industry, with one brand using another brand’s popularity to draw in new customers. Celebrity fragrances have long been the first stop for famous femmes who want to break into the beauty industry. Which Katy Perry did, and now she’s quickly moved on to nail polish just two months later, collabing with OPI for funky glittery shades as well as a black shatter topcoat. Hats off to Ms. Perry and the folks at OPI for creating something seriously unique for a collab–so unique, the company made an instructional video. (Apply the black polish on top of any color and it will crack as it dries.)

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Does it seem like Glee is everywhere? Well, it is–now Sephora has an exclusive Glee nailpolish collection, also in cahoots with OPI. These colors come in a mini kit (l-4): Miss Bossy Pants, Slushie, Celibacy Club, Gleek Out, Sue vs. Shue and Express Yourself. And if that’s not enough, there’s another four sold separately:

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Meet (l-r): Mash-Up, Hell to the No, Who Let The Dorks Out? and Diva-in-Training.

Once you’ve picked your favorite color, pick your applique. That’s right, Glee for Sephora by OPI also offers stick-on patterns: Polka-dots, stars and music bars.

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Now you can Gleek out on multiple levels.

Katy Perry for OPI. Available at Ulta.

Glee for Sephora by OPI. Available at Sephora.

Do It For Love: Valentine’s Services at Natural Body Spa

7 Feb

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Couples massages are nothing new or novel around Valentine’s Day–almost every spa offers them. But what’s romantic about having unknown chemicals rubbed into your skin in an overpriced “luxury” spa? This February, head to Natural Body, one of the greenest spa companies in Atlanta, probably in the entire country (their Brookhaven location won a Platinum LEED award for having such an environmentally friendly and efficient design and is the only day spa in the nation to do so, according to their website). The company has incredibly strict standards about staying natural in its products, scrutinizing every ingredient in the brands they carry.

For Valentine’s Day, Natural Body is offering a Valentine Couples Connection treatment ($140), where partners take turns laying on the table while a masseuse instructs the other on proper hands-on techniques. Each person gets 45 minutes of learning and experiencing with the ability to go home and do it all over again. For those who just prefer to be pampered, try the Date Night Special ($185/60 min, $265/90 min), which is just solid side-by-side rubdown time. At the end of both treatments, everyone gets a sweet edible treat and a gift bag.

It’s may not be happily ever after, but it’s a good start.

Natural Body Spa. Valentine treatments available at 9 of 11 Atlanta-area locations. Now through Feb 28, 2011.

Shop In Your Slippers: Dior Launches Beauty E-Commerce Site

1 Dec

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Sure, you could go out and find the latest Dior beauty products at Sephora or Bloomingdale’s or Nieman Marcus…but that would require putting on pants and stuff. Now you can shop directly from the brand, clicking through pages of beauty advice and online-exclusive products on Buy the latest and greatest or try something new, but be sure to sign up as a Dior Diva (and tell them to change that cheesy name) to get rewards and free shipping on purchases over $50 (that won’t be a hard threshold to cross).

Because picking up a new lipgloss on your lunch break shouldn’t have to involve actually going outside.

Dior’s new beauty website. Online.

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