Best Hair Salons in Montgomery County: Hypnotic Salons Olney and Damascus

Few things can help one's self esteem more than a completely rocking haircut and fresh color.Having a bad day? Week? Month? Get thee to a salon.I have been going to Hypnotic Salon and Spas' two locations in Olney and Damascus for the past five years. Salon founder and owner Chrissy Mayo is my go-to stylist for women's hair care services, primarily cut and color, but I have had the pleasure of working with several other members of the Hypnotic team as well.Below you can see me and Read more...

Emerald Springs Spa in Hershey, PA

When my friend Beth and I had our Hershey, PA getaway (without our families!) we were both wound up as tight as yo-yos. We were spending hours every day working on a major event in its last stages, helping our kids get their school years started, and striving to balance career and family demands. We were in desperate need for relaxation.Before checking in to The Hotel Hershey, we headed to the Emerald Springs Spa in Hershey for massages. I am pretty much obsessed with the mind and body benefits Read more...

Massage Envy Rockville Review

Rockville Pike is not just a location where you can find bathroom tile, swim suits, coconut oil and yet another kids birthday gift.It's also a place where you can grab some rare moments of relaxation and therapeutic body work, thanks to Massage Envy Rockville.This outpost of the popular Massage Envy spas offers a range of services:Deep tissue massage Swedish massage Hot Stone Envy massage Murad Healthy Skin facials Cranial sacral massage AromatherapyI had the Read more...

Perfect Mani Pedi in DC: The Red Door

Feel like really treating yourself?Looking for a manicure and pedicure that looks brand new over one week later?Ready to ditch your strip mall sub-par service for the ultimate in mani/pedi spa satisfaction?Try The Red Door. I visited the The Red Door Spa and Salon Chevy Chase last Saturday and eight days later my nails look every bit as awesome as when I walked out the door. I have an event coming up this week and it is a massive time-saver to know I do not need to pop in anywhere Read more...

Best Pre-Vacation Salon Service: Eyelash Tinting (Just $25!) by Skincando at Emerald Door

It's not often this 40 year old woman posts a #nomakeupselfie on the Web ... unless she has had her eyelashes eco-tinted by Sara Damelio of Skincando and Emerald Door Salon in Silver Spring.  So there I am, above, in all my post-vacation, sun-damaged, aging and chapped lip glory. No, this is not one of those middle class mom memes in the #SoBrave vein. It's much more shallow...and hopefully useful. It's to reveal how it looks to have your eyelashes dyed by Sara.If you are in possession Read more...

Great Face: Eco-Facial by Skincando’s Sara Damelio at Emerald Door Silver Spring

Give yourself the gift of a better complexion and younger looking skin with a luxurious organic facial.Last month I headed to The Emerald Door Eco-Chic Spa in Silver Spring to visit Sara Damelio, creator of the celebrated Skincando skincare products (which I have raved about).There I received an Eco-Luxe Facial, and I am still debating which benefit I enjoyed the most.The pampering and relaxation during the treatment?The big improvement in my skin clarity and texture?The recommended Read more...

Shopping + Champagne Party on Saturday at Reddz Trading

Want to get out of the house on Saturday, January  30th for a glass of bubbly, a free manicure, hair braiding, treats, skin care love & shopping? Join me and other style bloggers at Reddz Trading in Bethesda from 12 - 3 p.m. After being stuck inside with my family for days and days due to Jonas, I can really use a day of pampering, and I know you can, too. This Saturday Reddz Trading in Bethesda presents Shopping & Champagne. Myself and other bloggers Spicy Candy DC, Guest of a Guest Read more...

Giveaway: Massage Envy of Olney 1-Hour Customized Massage

I had a massage at Massage Envy of Olney on a Wednesday morning. I was not on vacation. I was not using a Mother's Day gift certificate. I went in there on a weekday to take care of my bod.After dropping Alice at preschool, I sauntered in for a customized massage to review for the blog, as well as the chance to offer another customized 1-hour massage as a giveaway for a lucky reader.Located in the space where a beer and wine store used to be, Massage Envy of Olney has transformed this Read more...

Facials with Friends at Center for Plastic Surgery + Discount

What is better than a facial that completely refreshes your mug? Getting that facial with friends!Center for Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase (there is an Annandale location, too) invited me and my dear friends Sandie Angulo Chen of The DC Moms, Leticia Barr of TechSavvyMama and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to review customized, medical-grade facial treatments.The Chevy Chase Village location is beautiful and serves as both a doctors' office and spa. My friends and I met for a tour and then Read more...