Jul 22

The Sweetest Nail Salon in Town!

Although it’s not THAT new to the neighborhood (over a year old, I believe), I just visited Sugarcoat’s Virginia Highlands location for the first time this week + I am happy to report that it’s my new favorite Atlanta nail salon!

Typically, I opt for Lily’s Nails on Piedmont/Monroe, Polished on Peachtree/North Druid Hills, or Top Nails in Toco Hills for convenience and cost-effective regular nail services.  I also like the flexibility of being able to walk into any of these no-frills salons and get a service right away.  Sugarcoat, however, has officially changed my perspective.

Although it is slightly more expensive than my regular salons + appointments are requested, the atmosphere, selection of services, and customer service at Sugarcoat is definitely worth the $$$ and the effort to make an appointment.  Look at how pretty it is inside!  So sleek, modern, + clean.

It definitely does not look like a typical intown nail salon.

Sugarcoat offers a variety of services including waxing, massages, and eyelash extensions, but I focused on the hands/feet services during my first visit.  It was nice to see that they offer an Express mani/pedi for busy bees at a very decent price for a basic service ($12 mani/$25 pedi/$35 combo), but I had time during my visit and I opted for the Escape to Fiji services.  They were awesome – and worth every penny.  I highly recommend when you feel like treating yourself!

Escape to Fiji Manicure: Nail shaping, cuticle care, Pure Fiji Coconut Creme Scrub, ultra moisturizing Pure Fiji Coconut Body Butter massage.  $30.

Escape to Fiji Pedicure: A mini-vacation for tired feet!  Coconut foot soak, nail shaping, cuticle care, Pure Fiji Coconut Oil Exfoliating Sugar Scrub, gentle massage using warm stones and Pure Fiji Pineapple Scented Oil.  Tiny warm stones are placed between toes while they are polished to perfection.  (Cabana boy and pina colada not included…)  $50.

Escape to Fiji Combo: $75.  :)

Sugarcoat is totally hip, and although it’s not new to the Highlands, it’s newish to me – and I’m in LURVE!  I can’t wait to visit again for some serious pampering!

xx, L

Sugarcoat – Virginia Highlands
1062 St. Charles Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA  30306
404.249.0013
www.sugarcoatbeauty.com

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Jul 06

Tuesday at Muse!

Next TUESDAY, July 10th at my beloved Muse Salon and Spa (Love ya – mean it, Daniel.) they are holding an “evening of pampering” including $35 blowouts with complimentary Kerastase treatments, Botox at $9/unit and 20% off all Kerastase and Shu Uemura haircare and Youngblood cosmetics!

PLUS: Voli Light Vodka cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

If that’s not enough to get you guys OTP – I don’t know WHAT is!  

Enjoy!

xx, L

Muse Salon and Spa
4620 Kimball Bridge Road
Suite 5-6
Alpharetta, GA 30005
678.393.2214

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Jun 29

Liver Lovin’ (My Juice Cleanse Journey)

The way I figure it, my liver is my body’s MVP. 

I mean, as evidenced here, here, and here – that itty bitty organ, roughly the size of a football, is definitely earning it’s keep. 

 

Yep, that little guy does a lot for me so when Shannon Sliger, owner of dTox Juice (remember the dTox Box?  Click HERE), challenged me to try their 7-day Liver Cleanse – how could I refuse?

The Q+DD on the Liver Cleanse is this: each day, you receive a fresh box of goodies which includes four 16oz juices: dTox Water, Liver Flush, Green Juice, Red Juice, and Brazil Nut Milk as well as a vegetable soup, a carrot salad and a beet salad. 

Beet salad and carrot salad. Respectively.

Shannon tells you the order in which to consume these goodies – basically every 2 hours.  Everything is DELICIOUS.   Well, everything except the Liver Flush.   It’s mostly grapefruit, ginger, olive oil and…garlic.  It’s not awful – nothing closing your eyes and pinching your nose can’t fix. 

Trust the process, trust the process.

And, unlike other programs - you can eat on this cleanse!  You can eat as much as you want from a finite list of alkaline foods (check out the full list) Although, I gotta tell you – I don’t know if it was because I knew I could eat if I wanted to – or simply because the juices and salads kept me satisfied – I didn’t find myself supplementing with much extra food at all!  (Just some hummus and bell peppers and cukes – per Shannon’s suggestion)

In the interest of full disclosure, the cleanse is meant for a whole week, but I only committed to 4 days.  BUT: I am here to tell you that I have just completed my 4th day and I feel FANTASTIC!   I’m lighter (3lbs) and brighter and I would SO do it again.  Maybe even for the full 7!

Here are some of the benefits of cleansing your liver (from the dTox website):

Complexion clears and brightens
Dark circles disappear from under the eyes
Some age spots may disappear
Digestion improves
Weight loss becomes easier; cellulite goes away
Energy increases
Sleep improves; need to urinate at night disappears
Aches and pains disappear
Headaches often cease
Memory improves
Mood is better
Allergies go away
Facial Puffiness disappears
Sinus problems clear

You can do the full 7 day cleanse for $500 or wait for the seasonal group cleans that dTox offers for a discounted rate of $350!

I’m totally a believer.  If you’re considering a juice cleanse, I say head on over to dTox and give it a (wheatgrass) shot.

Aaaaand…. back to chewing tomorrow. 

xx, L

dTox Organic Juice
305 6th Street, Atlanta, GA 30308

 

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Jun 26

My Bumble and Bumble Arsenal…

I am a budding Bumble and Bumble hair product addict. 

Please see my current 3-piece arsenal below:

I use these three bad boys regularly and am totally obsessed, y’all.  Total!

Quenching Complex: A potent, daily, leave-in treatment that quenches the cuticle smooth, seals in moisture, renews shine, and protects – keeping flyaways…away.

Thickening Hairspray: Begins styling lift-off for any hair type with moderate hold.

White Hair Powder: Styling ease, dry cleansing, and tinting.

I also looooove this product, but I can’t use it because it will strip my keratin treatment.  :(

Surf Spray: Sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept styles – whenever, wherever.

Get your Bumble and Bumble hair arsenal here: I heart B+B!

xx, L

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Apr 19

Top 10 Makeovers of All Time

10. Tai from Clueless
They may have dragged her kicking and screaming…but she was a total Betty afterwards.

Cher, I don’t want to do this anymore. And my buns: they don’t feel nothin’ like steel.

9. Katy from Mean Girls.  You go, Glen Coco!

On Wednesdays we wear pink.

8. Andrea Sachs from the Devil Wears PradaBangs?  Check. Amazing handbag?  Check.  Ridiculously amazing clothing montage?  Checkity check check checkkkkk!

Take that, Meryl.

7. Two words: MRS. DOUBTFIRE.

Is it me or is her skin flawless?

6. Elfaba’s POPULAR Makeover in Wicked….

“When someone needs a makeover I simply HAVE to take over…”

5. Sandy from GreaseNow that’s one way to get some attention…

“Tell me about it….stud!”

4. Ronald Miller from Can’t Buy Me Love.  Don’t make me laugh, lawn boy!

Yep. Like, he went from totally geek to TOTALLY CHIC.

3. Eliza Dolittle from My Fair Lady (even though her “before” would be totally acceptable in Little 5.  What a hipster!)

All I want is a room somewhere…and fancy new clothes and a diction coach.

2. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman  Enough Said. 

“Oh honey you know what’s happened? I got a runner in my pantyhose, I’m not wearing pantyhose.”

 and… the #1 Makeover of all times is……

The QUICK + DIRTY DIRTY!!!!!!

Thanks to our amazing web designer, Mark Wolfe, of Wolfepack Creative – we have a brand new style and we’re feeling GREAT.  

What do you think of our new look???

xx, L + L

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