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Beauty, Hair, New York, Spas & SalonsSalon Ziba Brazilian Blowout

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I decided a few weeks ago that I had to end it all… frizzy hair, that is! This summer in particular, I’ve been wearing headbands and scarves incessantly (love the Hermes Twilly colors!), just trying to keep a bird’s nest situation from taking place atop my head. With thicker hair and a sudden plethora of baby hairs, I began earnestly exploring hair treatments. After an abundance of research and polling women for the secrets to their beautiful hair, the one came most highly recommended was the Brazilian Blowout. The keratin-based treatment eliminates frizz and straightens hair for up to three months, and can even work on hair that’s been chemically treated. The unique thing about the Brazilian Blowout is that besides smoothing and de-frizzing, it actually improves the health of your hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft. The result is smooth, healthy, and shiny hair–my dream come true! READ MORE

Fashion, New York, Shoes, ShoppingCoye Nokes … In the Flesh

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Welcome to Part Two of my nude shoe obsession.

As I’ve searched for nude pumps, ankle strap sandals and the like over the years, I’ve noticed that it’s really — really — hard to find the right shade of nude. To truly elongate the leg, I prefer a shade that matches my skin color as closely as possible. But too often, the leather is almost brown (too tan) or almost white (too light). Once in a while, I find a near-perfect match. This time, it’s in Coye Nokes Spring–Summer 2013 collection. READ MORE

Celebrities, Fashion, Fitness & Health, New York, ShoesSlip into Ballet Beautiful

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If you’re not familiar with Ballet Beautiful by now, you should be. Owner and former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers counts Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler, Kirsten Dunst and several Victoria’s Secret models among her svelte celebrity clients — and she helped tone Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Her latest offering: These gorgeous satin ballet slippers made by Porselli for Ballet Beautiful. I immediately thought “gift!” as soon as I saw them. They’re perfect for dance enthusiasts and those who just want to have the best. If you’re interested, get to the website now because they are selling out. (They also carry leather slippers.) READ MORE

Bath & Body, New York, Spas & SalonsSummer Must: Purifying Back Treatment at Cornelia Spa

womanbackWith bikinis, sundresses, and backless tops on the horizon, a summer back scrub is pretty much mandatory. Now, I love those in-shower exfoliators and all, except for one little problem: I can’t actually *reach* my back. Finally, this year, with a backless wedding dress on the horizon, I decided to seek professional help, in the form of a lovely morning spent at the new Cornelia Spa at The Surrey Hotel. I checked my embarrassment at the door, and checked in for their divine Purifying Back Treatment.

I’m the kind of spa-goer who likes to see instant results and will almost always opt for a results driven treatment over a relaxing massage. That must be why I was positively obsessed with the Purifying Back Treatment at Cornelia Spa–the results were obvious and plentiful! The service starts with a thorough cleaning using the spa’s own line of luxurious botanical bath and body products. Following the wash, my aesthetician thoroughly inspected my skin and delivered the news I knew I would hear: my back was looking a little congested. Not to worry, she assured me, as the remainder of the treatment would be focused on unclogging pores, sloughing off dead skin, and removing all the impurities off my back.  READ MORE

Accessories, Celebrities, Fashion, Jewelry, New YorkIwona Ludyga Designs

Iwona Ludyga Wide Nude BraceletBeing on a rather tight clothing budget (yay, tax month!), I’ve decided to invest in jewelry as a way to change up the outfits I have. We’ll see how this plan goes, but so far, it’s opened my eyes to a lot more great jewelry designers. My latest subject of intrigue? Iwona Ludyga Designs.

Several of this Polish designer’s delicate yet eye-catching pieces were spotted on Olivia Wilde this month both on the street and at the Marie Claire April Cover Party. I love that each necklace, earring, bracelet or ring is both delicate and quirky, which makes them great for adding a colorful, eccentric touch to an otherwise classic ensemble. They also layer well, and can be used to dress any outfit up or down without looking gaudy.

Currently, I’m debating snapping up a Tribal Wide Nudes Bracelet (above) or a few Fleur Noir Rings, which I wish I knew about years ago when I was looking for a unique, twig-like wedding band. But there are so many other great pieces to choose from — all of which will be a hit year-round.

Iwona Ludyga Designs is available online at iwonaludygadesign.com or in select stores nationwide.

Fashion, New York, ShoppingChristina Caradona for Valentina Shah

valentina shahIt’s always fun to see a fellow blogger snag a modeling gig with a cool brand. In this case, I’m referring to actress, model and Trop Rouge blogger Christina Caradona, the new face of Ready to Wear designer Valentina Shah‘s Spring-Summer 2013 collection, which debuted this month.

Already seen on celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Cindy Crawford, Valentina Shah clothing is an sexy hybrid of old world beauty, inspired by Valentina’s days in Rome uncovering her grandmother’s vintage pieces, and modern chic, likely inspired by her 10+ years as a fashion executive. I was immediately drawn to this collection — her second thus far — because of its timelessness and versatility. READ MORE

Beauty, Eco & Organic, Fragrance, New YorkAdieu, Chanel. Bonjour, Lurk.

LURKOnce upon a time, I subjected myself to this harrowing 30-day beauty product fast, after which I discovered I was allergic to most of my beauty products — including my beloved Chanel perfumes. (Moment of silence, please.)

Reluctant to give up my beloved Mademoiselle, I remembered this New York Times article, which basically defended synthetic fragrances as misunderstood scapegoats. But the fact remained that every time I applied a synthetic fragrance (almost every big-name brand out there), I sneezed. And so — discussions about molecular structure aside — it was easier for me to believe I was allergic to all synthetic fragrances.

Fast forward several years to my meeting with Kristi Head, co-founder of Lurk — a solution for people like me. The N.Y.C.-based company recently launched their first line of natural fragrances, comprised of five perfume oils that almost anyone can wear without worrying about an allergic reaction. READ MORE

New York, Spas & SalonsCurrant Affairs

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If the state of current affairs has got you a little down…well I don’t blame you. As an avid news reader and a bit of a worrywart, I find myself constantly stressed out these days about everything ranging from my 401k to how safe I am on the subway. Obviously all that stress can’t be healthy, so here’s a bit of good news: Eve Salon’s limited edition Currant Affairs pedicure will help you unwind and relax, and the delicious spiked tea that comes with the service will definitely take any remaining edge off.

We’re pretty big fans of Eve Salon here at TDO — in fact, I’ve been known to trek downtown and crosstown to check in for my manis and pedis throughout the years. They’ve got a friendly, cheerful ambiance that balances neighborhood warmth, top notch service, and (most important of all) spic and span cleanliness. Plus their rotating special seasonal services are always a draw. The Currant Affairs pedicure features 45 minutes of softening and pampering for your feet with a selection of rich, berry colored polishes to match (though, of course, you can choose any shade you like). Sink back into the plush pillows as Whish’s limited edition Black Currant Sugar Scrub sloughs off any wintery patches and Black Currant Body Butter helps soften and smooth every edge of your feet. Indulge with a cup of Stash’s Blackcurrant tea, which can be kicked up a notch with a splash of Creme de Cassis (highly recommended). I also love taking the time to give my overactive mind a break too, with Eve’s ever-growing stash of current reading material — of the celebrity and gossip kind, of course.

Eve Salon is located at 55 W. 8th St. in NYC.  For more info, visit evesalonnyc.com or call 212-807-8054.

Beauty, Fashion, New York, Spas & SalonsGingerbread Cookie Brazilian Wax at Strip

I’m about to get personal for a second. I do love a good wax (everyone has their reasons; for me, I just don’t like hair) but it can be hard to find a place that’s not awkward, clinical, or just too-serious. I also love painlessness (as close as you can get), easy-going aestheticians, a fun space, and during the winter months —  some good holiday cheer. A couple weeks ago I finally had the chance to try out Strip: Ministry of Waxing — which checked off all of those aforementioned good qualities — and had just introduced its seasonal Gingerbread Cookie Wax, freshly imported from across the pond. No before/after pictures, but a report on the experience is below: READ MORE

Beauty, Fashion, Fashion Week, New YorkYour Guide to Fashion’s Night Out Freebies

“Excuse me. Sorry. Just trying to get by. Ow, my toe’s wet. Excusez-moi….” Last year’s Fashion’s Night Out was fun and all, but after repeating the preceding 5 phrases verbatim while fighting off the uptown scrum, I’ve resolved to take it easy this year. After all, Fashion’s Night Out is all about fun and scoring exclusives, free munchies, drinks, and that elusive picture with Kim Kardashian you can smugly upload to Twitter. Here’s our guide to maximize your ROF (return on fun) with minimal effort:

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Ponytail bar, smokey eye station, DIY arm party bar and nail art from Rebecca Minkoff at Saks Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor at 611 Fifth Avenue.

One-upping her circus theme from last year, Stacey Bendet is planning an ’80s themed sleepover with chick flicks, braid bars, manicures, charm bracelet stations, tattoo bars, and palm readers at 80 West 40th Street. 

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The most iconic hairstyles to come out of Fashion Week (like last season’s side braid at Alexander Wang) come from the hands of Redken’s creative consultant, Guido Palau (just profiled in the NYTimes.) Redken stylists will be on hand at 565 Fifth Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets to give you the season’s trendiest hairstyles.

Come to Intermix at 812 Washington Street for makeup touchups from Benefit Beauty and music from The Knocks.

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