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Deals, Makeovers… and Clinton Kelly

I got a slew of emails from local businesses today about their deals and steals. Lots of good ones! Thought you might like to know about them. In the interest of saving time I’m just going to include screenshots of the emails and you can click on them to go to the sites where you can learn more. Enjoy… oh, and don’t forget to read at the bottom about Clinton Kelly coming to town and the Macy’s makeover he’s doing. Considering I’m BFFs with his other half Stacy London (HA!), I think I need to be there!  ; )
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BOGO Spa Services at Woodhouse!

I get asked all the time which spa, salon, boutique, etc. are my favorites. And I hate to pick favorites because I want to stay objective for editorial, and on the sales side, we have a lot of different clients who would get grumpy if they weren’t a fav. But sometimes I can’t help myself…

***imagine me climbing to the top of a mountain right now***

I LOVE THE WOODHOUSE SPA!!!!

There. I said it. It’s my favorite spa. Ever. Above and beyond any and every spa I’ve ever been to around the world. Woodhouse is my favorite. Let me count the ways:

  • They are not a spa/salon, so you can actually relax without hearing the stylists yak in the neighboring room about their dates last weekend. And you don’t have to breathe in hairspray fumes when your massage therapist tells you to take a deep breath.
  • When you walk in, it just smells like tranquility. They always have the same scent, which is important because that scent brings back memories of all the other times I was there and had an enjoyable, relaxing time. At other spas, it always smells different, and that’s not as comforting to me.
  • They have the best, and fluffiest, robes ever. I swear they were made out of clouds.
  • They have awesome pre-packaged “all day getaways” which are great gifts – to yourself or someone else. I just gave my event planner and all her interns these all day packages and you would have thought it was Christmas. They loved it. Just a heads up, they have lots of Mother’s Day packages on here!
  • They go get Starbucks for you if you want something more special than their in-house teas and coffees.
  • They sell products from local artists in their lobby. (They are a chain spa, but they try to localize as much as possible. And I’ve been to other Woodhouse Spas in other cities, and Cincinnati has them beat by far)
  • They have the best men’s spa treatments. And they aren’t emasculating fru-fru treatments, either. They have a separate men’s lounge, which is super masculine compared to the women’s lounge. And then they have a huge menu of services specifically tailored and developed for the man. One of the owners of the Woodhouse is male (it’s a husband and wife who own it), so he makes sure his gender is well represented and taken care of at the Woodhouse!
  • They use all-natural products, so you’re not putting any harsh chemicals on your body. In fact, in this story Cincy Chic wrote about The Woodhouse Spa, the owner said “You could eat any of the products we use.” I wouldn’t recommend it, but hey, it’s nice to know it’s an option.
  • Because all their products – from foot scrubs to facial creams – are all are certified organic and natural, it’s the perfect place to send my die-hard vegans and vegetarians. If they don’t want things in their body, why would they want to put it on their body… the skin is an organ too, right?
  • If you’re a big recycler (I try to be), they recycle everything possible – even the little aluminum casings of their votive candles!

Ok, I could go on for days, but I should probably cut to the chase of why I’m writing. I got a notification that the Woodhouse is doing a buy one service (50 minutes or longer) and get one free on April 6 only, while spots last!

That’s a great deal! I’ve been a client of theirs since they opened three years ago, and I haven’t seen them do a sale like this before. Get in while the gettin’s good, girlfriend!
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(Stacy) London Meets Cincy (Chic)

stacy londonOn the first of April, I always second guess any good news and wonder if I’m going to be the butt of yet another April Fool’s Day joke.

For good reason, too, as today my day started with a fake engagement announcement from a friend and my husband announcing on his Facebook page that he’s going to be a dad (I’ve since had to clarify to a lot of people that I am, in fact, NOT pregnant).

So, when I got an email mid-morning asking if I’d like the opportunity to meet TLC’s “What Not to Wear” star, Stacy London, today at 1pm, I was admittedly suspicious. I immediately thought it was a joke. Someone on my staff looked up the email author’s name and contact info and determined it was a verified PR rep for the Pantene brand. So, I responded and said – as professionally as possible – “YES YES YES YES YES I’ll be there! Oh… my ….God… She’s my idol, I watch the show all the time, I love her I love her I love her!”

I happened to be working from home today (actually from my backyard because it was so pretty), so I jumped in the shower and then… dun dun dunnnn … stared blankly into my closet. I was meeting Stacy London, the sheriff of all Fashion Police. What to wear? Or more importantly, what NOT to wear?

I hadn’t done laundry in quite a while, so the pickins were slim. But I decided on a strapless LBD with a lime short sleeve cardigan over top, classic black pumps and a chunky lime green necklace.

So, I get to P&G headquarters downtown and learn why Stacy is in town. She was filming a live webcast where she announced the next Pantene spokesperson. They announced that they are doing a call-out for Pantene users to submit a video of themselves and enter to win the opportunity to be the next Pantene spokesperson. Whoever wins will get to be a part of the world’s first live reality TV ad.

They are doing this to promote their new customized Pantene products, which they claim are custom-built around your individual “hair personality.” So, click here to submit your video and tell them about your hair personality that could make you the next Pantene spokesperson! And click here (you have to put in your contact info first FYI) to view the webcast that Stacy was in town for… um, just a warning, Bret Michaels randomly stars in this video too. I wasn’t prepared for it and don’t really understand it, but hey, I guess they figured women love dirty hot musicians so why not throw him in to make the big announcement. Apparently, the winner of this contest gets to go on tour with Bret… hmmm… good thing they’ll have lots of Pantene on hand to sanitize themselves after being on THAT tour bus! haha!

stacy londonI did notice that they mention at the end of the webcast that you can go to pantene.com/freesamples to get free samples of the new customized Pantene products they just released. It’ll take you to a page that lets you sign up for a P&G Everyday Solutions membership. I actually just signed up for this last month. One of my friends who works at P&G told me I needed to sign up and I love it. P&G sends you samples and coupons for all their new products. It’s a free membership, so I definitely recommend it.

So, back to Stacy. I know you’re probably wondering what she was like. Especially those of you who are HUGE fans of her show like me. I watch it all the time, I absolutely adore her and Clinton, and think the show is brilliant. I was hoping she was nice, because if not, I’d have to find a new hobby for my lazy Saturdays. Well, lucky for me and my laziness, she was extremely nice. The first thing out of her mouth was a compliment (said she liked my lime green cardi, by the way). She was very personable, and was really easy to talk to. She had a very BIG personality, was very animated and was really quick on her feet with jokes and jabs at Clinton.

I asked her if she was friends with Clinton before the show, because they seemed to get along so well, even in the first season. She said no, but she did meet him at auditions and they sparked the chemistry before ever walking in front of the producers, and they were fast friends from that day on. Actually, she explained the relationship as “brother and sister who have been stuck together on a long car ride.” She loves him to pieces but they know how to get on each other’s last nerve. I told her I had a brother nine years older, and could totally relate. She said Clinton was nine years older than her too. I nodded and smiled in belief, at which point, all her hair and makeup crew busted out laughing and promised to tell him she said that.

She was a blast to interview. I really had a great time and I learned a lot. She of course talked about all the new announcements Pantene had today, but I couldn’t leave her without asking which Spring and Summer trends to keep an eye out for. And oh my goodness, after asking that question, it was like the flood gates of her brain opened up. She must have rattled off literally 20 Spring/Summer trends without blinking an eye. I got video of it all, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Check it out below!

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An Eventful Day!

Lots of chic events going on tonight!

I already told you where I’ll be tonight. Blowdries and Baubles at the Chambers Packer Studio. They were asking for RSVPs, but I know they wouldn’t mind if you came by to join the fun with us! I’m going in to get my hair done this afternoon (and boy do I need it… my roots are almost two inches long… eek!) so I’ll be debuting the new look. And they’ll have their stylists giving tips on different hair types and talking about trends too. Oh, and cocktails…it is Friday after all! YAY!

If you’re in West Chester there are a couple events up your way tonight. As I told you before, Bajon Salon is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and are doing giveaways, discounts and cocktails tonight at their salon.

The Village Spa in West Chester is having a “Spring Bling” event tonight starting at 7pm. The invite said “come see and try on the latest trends in Spring jewelry and accessories,  courtesy of our own Stacy Young & her new company, Bling Culture. There will be plenty of fun and complimentary refreshments.”

The Village Spa is located at:
8862 CINCINNATI-DAYTON RD
WEST CHESTER, OH  45069
513-755-9241

If you’re in the mood for something more fashion-forward, a fashion designer friend of mine, Toby Tyler, is having a fashion show event tonight in Clifton. Click here to view the invite and more information.

Ten Years of Tresses

bajonAs a business owner, I can respect when a business hits a big milestone like 10 years. So, when I got an email from Bajon Salon & Spa about their “Decade Party” on March 19 to celebrate their 10 years in business I did a little dance for them!

That’s awesome! Congrats Bajon!

So, if you’re in the West Chester on Friday March 19, stop in and have a cocktail to cheers to their success! There will be refreshments, snacks and lots of salon and spa specials!

Bajon Salon
6072 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
(513)874-9999

Blowdries and Baubles

Ever heard of The Chambers Packer Studio? I hadn’t either until one day when I was browsing our photographer’s blog (one of my favorite blogs by the way), and I came across an artsy hair style shoot she did with this Chambers Packer Studio. I had never heard of them before, but I loved all the hairstyles I saw in the blog post. So, I asked Neysa (our photographer) for a contact at the studio and she connected me with Christopher, one of the owners.

I went to the studio in Blue Ash and fell in love! Everyone there is super friendly and very good at what they do. Christopher has been Neysa’s stylist for years I came to find out, and I’ve always thought she has great hair! I got so excited that I found a hidden gem of a hair studio, I decided that we had to have an event there! So that’s what we’re going to do on March 19 from 7-10pm!

We’re calling it “Blowdries and Baubles” because they’re going to give everyone blow-out tips and tricks (and possibly free product) and there will be jewelry from local designers on display for sale. And there’s a third “B” that’s not mentioned in the event title and that would be “Bubbly”! Cocktails will be flowing!

So grab your girlfriends, come have a cocktail with my new friends at The Chambers Packer Studio, and get polished up for your Friday night out on the town! They do want this to be an intimate crowd, so space is limited. Get your RSVP in as soon as you can corral your gal-pals to come! To RSVP, send an e-mail to info@thechamberspackerstudio.com by March 12.

Oh and PS: I will be cheating on my stylist for the first time in a very, very long time to let Christopher cut, color and style my hair for the event! (…shhh!) : ) I’ll post before and after pics! : )

And PS #2: Since we’re talking about Neysa, here are the spectacular pics she took of our wedding!
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Amanda Kelly Salon Opens Downtown

A new salon will be celebrating its grand opening this Friday. Check it out!
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My friend, Jennifer, is Amanda Kelly’s client. Jennifer told me about the new salon and the grand opening event. Apparently she has been a stylist for a long time and a lot of local YPs go to her, so she just decided to branch out on her own! Go girl! : )

Here are some pics of the new Amanda Kelly Salon I found on their facebook fan page! I’ll be out of town for it, but I encourage you to go to their grand opening event! Sounds like fun!

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Fake It Till You Make It

Renie's ever-changing looksI’m going to tell you a little story about my friend, Renie. She’s known as the chameleon of the crowd because she whimsically adapts and changes her look on a weekly if not daily basis.

I’m not talking just going curly versus straight. She goes curly, straight, long, short, wig, red, blonde, brunette… and my personal favorite… the phony pony.

Well, in the Fall last year she fell victim to a very very bad hair cut. Her bangs were literally little spikes, and it looked like a 4-year-old with scissors took to the back of her hair. It was baaaad.

Hair has always been very important to Renie. So this devastated her. She’s been trying like heck to grow her hair back, but it’s been growing slower than molasses. Lately, she would either just wear hats, a wig, her phony pony (clip-on pony tail), or slick it all back. I could tell that none of these made her feel 100% and it was really affecting her self esteem.

Well, about a month ago, I went to Perfections in Montgomery to a hair extension 101 event where people could learn about extensions, how they’re applied and maintained. I went to learn about it for me (I decided I would look best with short hair). But the whole time I kept thinking how perfect it would be for Renie!

I suggested she get the extensions so she doesn’t have to wait for her hair to grow out to get her confidence back. So, she went and checked it out, learned more about them and decided to get them. Angie, the stylist that applies the extensions, suggested that she do an angled bob cut so she gets a few extra inches in front to give her the length around the face she’s used to, but she doesn’t have to pay to have a full head of extensions put on.Renie's transformation

So, they put on about 50 strands (versus the 100 they would put on someone who wanted a full head of extensions). After they put in her extensions, it looked so funny – kind of like a reverse mullet. But Kenneth, the owner, is famous for his dry cutting. He quickly turned that mullet into one marvelous angled bob cut.

He was going blow it out and straighten it, but Renie said she usually wets her hair, scrunches and goes to work, so he did that instead. The extensions are made of real hair from Europe and you can choose from curly, “beach wave,” or straight hair. Renie picked the beach wave so she can have the flexibility to straighten or scrunch without having to fight to make it work.

These extensions will help give the allusion of longer hair until Renie grows her own hair to this length. Kenneth suggested a couple ways to help grow hair faster: Prenatal vitamins and massaging the scalp with dry hair every day. See the video below for a demonstration.

The extensions were $11 per strand and she got 50 strands in. Plus, she got color and a glossing, and Kenneth’s dry cut is $65. This all ended up being about $700 total. And the maintenance, which she’ll need in about 5 weeks will be $120. But, as Renie said, it’s a small price to pay to get her confidence back.

Renie said she is so glad she did it and loves her new hair. She said it looks and feels like real hair and she’s already gotten lots of compliments on her new look. People have no clue they’re extensions. She said next time when she goes in, she wants to get a few strands of blonde and maybe even a little purple for a streaking effect.
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There are a few things anyone with extensions needs to be careful about:

  • No brushing your hair from scalp to tip. Because the hair is attached at the scalp, you could accidentally rip out your real hair and extension if you brush it like you would normal hair. What you need to do is hold your hair in a pony tail and brush the ends.
  • No Redken products. Angie said there’s too much protein in this particular product and it will ruin the extensions.
  • Don’t go to bed with wet hair. Angie said this is bad for your hair regardless of if you have extensions, but it’s especially bad for anyone with them.

I’ll be going with Renie to document her first maintenance appointment in five weeks to see how that’s done. So, stay tuned for that. And in a few months when her hair has grown out, I’ll be checking in with her to see if she will be taking them out! Who knows with this chameleon cutie what she’ll want to do next! : )

Check out the video below to see the entire process unfold from start to finish!

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