What Do I Order at the Spa This Winter?

Bliss SpaThe air is cold, the wind is blustery, and the humid air of summer is gone. So, what do you order with the spa gift card you’re about to get for Christmas? I asked Joey Detenber, the Spa Director at Bliss in W Atlanta – Downtown for advice to keeping your skin looking its best this holiday season.

One -> Heading in winter, what types of treatments can be used to nourish the skin to prepare it for the cold temperatures and dry weather?

We offer several types of treatments to combat dry skin in the winter and colder months.  Our top techs recommend our Youth as we know it facial.  This treatment is an anti-aging facial combining alpha hydroxyl acids with collagen to exfoliate and hydrate the skin respectively.  We use our Youth line of skincare products designed specifically for challenging drying and compromised skin.

Two -> If my skin is already dry, what spa treatments can help revive it?      Continue reading

8 Luxe Winter Accessories for Budget-Friendly Prices

Luxe Holiday Budget Buys 2014


  1. Perforated Leather Gloves with Contrast Trim by Portolano ($39.99 on ideel.com) – These leather gloves have a liner of angora and lambswool that will keep your hands toasty all winter long!
  2. Ashlynn by Bearpaw ($44.99 on ideel.com) – A suede exterior and sheepskin interior will make your feet fashionably warm and even make you wonder if it’s acceptable to wear them out of the house.
  3. Plush Hooded Robe by Adrienne Vittadini Studio ($29.99 on ideel.com) – It may not be the prettiest robe out there, but this 100% polyester piece will bundle you up with coziness before or after your shower.
  4. Colorblock Slouch Beanie by Vince Camuto ($19.99 on ideel.com) – What goes with your winter white coat? Your black coat? Your red coat? Your brown coat? You see where I’m going with this…
  5. Viv Head Band by Rella ($16.99 at ideel.com) – It’s slouchy and has touching, and a great way to keep your ears warm without going full muff.
  6. Fox Fur Earmuff by Surell ($49.99 at ideel.com) – Speaking of “full muff,” fox fur is hot this season and you’re sure to stay warm with these luxe looking earmuffs.
  7. On The Bright Side Infinity Scarf by Steve Madden ($16.99 at ideel.com) – Whether you want to gift this to a relative who has gone full hipster or a soccer mom, this piece fits the bill for just about every taste.
  8. 100% Cashmere Wandering Cable Glove by Forte Cashmere ($29.99 at ideel.com) – In a word- classic. These cable knit gloves will never go out of style and they’re 100% cashmere. I’m calling that a win-win.
all images courtesy of ideel.com

Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter vs. Whish Shave Crave

These two bottles of beauty products are supposed to do the same thing- make shaving a smoother process. So, when you receive both Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter and Whish Shave Crave in the mail on the same day, it only seems reasonable to divide your body in half for two weeks and test which shaving potion works best. So, I did. The results:

Dr Carver Whish Compare

Since I only needed about 1/2 of the amount of Whish Shave Crave ($20 for 5 oz) to cover the same amount of area I needed a quarter-sized amount of Dr. Carver’s to cover ($8 for 6 oz), the price difference between the two is negligible in the long run.

So, which is best? I prefer to be able to see where I’ve shaved and where I haven’t so the easy decision is to go with Whish’s product. I also found that hair regrowth wasn’t quite as quick with Whish Shave Crave.

Dr. Carver’s image courtesy of Dollar Shave Club
Whish Shave Crave image courtesy of Whish

Limited Edition Christian Louboutin $675 Nail Polish Arrives Just in Time for the Holidays

christianlouboutin-starlight-8051010_K001_2_1200x1200For the girl that literally has almost everything, Christian Louboutin has upgraded the brand’s signature red nail polish to a $675 collector’s item just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Starlight, a limited edition holiday item, is available only in Rouge Louboutin and comes styled in a bottle embellished with 1,500 hand-applied two-tone Strass crystals and two crystal encrusted red leather flowers borrowed from Fall/Winter 14 shoe Pensamoirest decorate the black lacquered finish jewelry-like box featuring a velvety soft black insert and a red reveal.

What can you expect from the polish? Nordstrom, where you can purchase Starlight, boasts, “One coat gives a luxe, glossy color while two coats give the effect of 20 layers of traditional nail lacquer.”

Don’t have the money for Starlight but still want to shine? Add Rouge Louboutin‘s regular (though still fabulous) bottle, which first hit store shelves in July, to your holiday wish list. At only $50 it feels a bit like a steal compared to Starlight.

In addition to being sold online, both products are available online at us.christianlouboutin.com and feature free ground shipping.

image courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Angela & Roi Handbags Pop Up in Holiday Shops to Help Change the World

Angela RoiIt’s easy! You can look stylish and help support a great cause this holiday season.

Whether you’re giving or getting, the purchase Angela & Roi handbag helps support charitable causes like the National Kidney Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Keep a Child Alive, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

The color bag you choose, or is chosen for you as a gift exhibits which charitable organization- red helps HIV/AIDS causes, yellow handbag purchases help childhood cancer research, while white denotes a lunch cancer donation.

Angela & Roi handbags can be purchased online at angelaroi.com or at these popup shops across the country:      Continue reading

Does Color Care Shampoo Work for Uncolored Hair?

SuperRich Moisture Shampoo and ConditionerI’m one of those strange people that doesn’t color their hair. I used to, but then I realized I didn’t have the time or budget to sit in a salon every few weeks. So, back to brown it was. That all being said, I’m not ColorProof‘s market. But, I got a few bottles of their products in the mail so I figured I’d give it a go.

Opening the bottles of SuperRich Moisture Shampoo and SuperRich Moisture Conditioner, the first thing that struck me was the smell. The shampoo has a rich black licorice-like smell and the conditioner smells strongly of peppermint oil. It was off-putting to say the least.

I only need a dime sized amount of shampoo to work up enough later to cleanse my medium-length hair while I needed a half dollar sized amount of the conditioner to feel like it covered my layered locks.

Each product rinsed out well and restored the luster and vitality of my hair while not making it greasy or heavy. Thankfully, most of the scent rinsed out too although my bathroom smelled heavily like the backroom at a candy shop that is full of leftovers no one bought.

Obviously I can’t speak to what the product does for colored hair but for my natural hair, I was very pleased with the results. If you lack moisture in your colored hair and don’t mind a heavy scent, I recommend giving ColorProof Evolved Hair Care products a try.

image courtesy of ColorProof Evolved Color Care

15 Country Music Awards Red Carpet Looks to Love

Last night’s CMAs were a little less country and rock n’ roll as they have been in the past. More so than ever before, this year’s award show attendees were dressed more like a Hollywood event than a Nashville party. Here are 15 looks we loved from the red carpet:

Martina McBride Danielle Bradbery Carrie Underwood

Crooner Martina McBride kept it below the knee while Texan singer Danielle Bradbery dazzled in a low cut black gown and Carrie Underwood was bold in gold.

Cassadee Pope Jennifer Nettles Chaley Rose

Country star Cassadee Pope added glitz with her metallic skirt and statement necklace while Sugarland songstress Jennifer Nettles kept it simple in black. Nashville star Chaley Rose was a knockout in her gold gown.      Continue reading

Thistle Farms Products Help Survivors Keep on Surviving

Thistle Farms Whole Foods AvalonIf you ever take an “official” tour of a Whole Foods Market, they’ll spend a fair amount of time telling you about their local product sourcing, organic product mix, and the charities they support- the Whole Planet, Whole Kids, and Whole Cities Foundations, which each serve a distinct purpose in spreading the generosity of Whole Foods Market across the world.

On a recent pre-opening tour of the new Whole Foods Market at Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia, I took a picture in the bath and body section of the store. I found it again a few days ago and figured I would post it on Instagram. I searched to see if the brand of the products was on Instagram- they are. Then I read the bio Thistle Farms, “Bath and body products hand-made by women who have survived violence, prostitution & addiction. A community of healing and unconditional love.”

I had to know more.      Continue reading

Feast Your Eyes on Ebony Fashion Fair in Atlanta

Ebony Fashion Fair 50 Years MODALast week Atlanta’s Museum of Design (MODA) opened a new fashion-centric exhibit and, even before the vinyl was finished being applied to the walls, I got a sneak peek. Seven minutes in heaven has a new meaning.

Okay, it took me more than seven minutes to go through but you get the point- it’s an easily accessible, affordable to visit exhibit for fashion lovers.

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair features the journey of Ebony Fashion Fair, the personal fashion journey of iconic publishing executive Eunice Johnson, and classic pieces from top designers that were showcased during the first 50 years of the Fair.

Entering the exhibit, which takes up the entire public exhibit space of the Museum of Design Atlanta, guests see a documented history of Ebony Fashion Fair including event magazine covers and quotes from prominent fashion industry professions including Yves Saint Laurent. Turning the corner, you are immediately dazzled by color and couture with designs by Tilmann Grewe, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent immediately standing out.

Many of the pieces of menswear and womenswear are distinct characterizations of the era they were conceived. The 80s take a strong stance with in an exceptional ready-to-wear pleated taffeta jumpsuit by Krizia (Fall/Winter 1981-82) and in a day ensemble silk satin, synthetic tulle, silk velvet, and feathers design by Christian Lacroix for the House of Patou (Fall/Winter 1986-87).      Continue reading

Elite Therapeutics Shampoo & Conditioner Adds Rich Moisture During Dry Days

Elite TherapeudicsIndian Summer has officially faded into fall and quickly turned to a taste of winter here in the South. Never has my skin felt so dry as the moment I first hear the furnace click on.

Almost as if on cue, my skin and hair starts to rapidly dry out despite the best efforts of our household humidifiers. Enter Elite Therapeutics Shampoo and Conditioner. Sent to me as a sample a few weeks ago, I hadn’t been able to shake the heat and humidity to try their products which are described as clinically proven to restore healthy moisture balance and protect hair from the heat of styling.

Now, with the furnace on and my skin acting like Georgia is in the Sahara, it was time to try it. I used both the shampoo and condition the first day- only a dime sized about since it lathered quite well, and my hair was restored to it’s springtime shine and moisture. I was quite pleased.

The second day, I used both again. Halfway through the day, despite the cool temperatures and low humidity, my hair start to feel heavy and greasy. Ponytail time.

The next day I used just the shampoo and the the greasiness balanced out. The next day I used just the shampoo again. The third day I realized that I would benefit from another shampoo and conditioner day. That afternoon and evening I didn’t detect any of the greasy feeling I had previously gotten from using both products two days in a row.

Obviously everyone’s hair is different and many environmental factors influence how dry or moist your hair is. If you have dry or brittle hair, I highly recommend giving Elite Therapeutics Shampoo and Conditioner a try.

images courtesy of Elite Therapeutics