Last night, I made my way down to Duane Reade's Look Boutique 40 Wall St location as Christine Tsang of Tineey.com was one of the bloggers hosting this event as she is apart of their VIP Blogger Program. This location is housed in what was a bank which is why it's such an expansive space with fabulous archways. In addition to being able to shop for many of your favorite brands, there are products that are exclusive to Duane Reade Look Boutique such as Gosh Cosmetics (Denmark based and very popular in Europe; however it is exclusive to Duane Reade in terms of being in the US). In addition, they have an eyebrow station, lash station, hair salon (blow outs, wash - this isn't for a color or other types of intensive treatments, nail salon (polish change and with OPI and Essie products). I love that the nail salon area is actually housed in what was Davd Rockefeller's office which still has the mantle that is original to the space. In addition, there are Swarovski Chandeliers throughout the Look Boutique and even in the fireplace of David Rockefeller's former office!
It was a great event to see what Duane Reade is doing within their stores regardless of whether it's a Look Boutique or a regular store. Definitely check out these special stores as they are sprinkled throughout the city and even your local Duane Reade may have unique options that will make your day to day a lot easier.
I'm truly enjoying the blush factor that is coming up everywhere. I think it has such a feminine appeal while it makes you think of an old world way of life such as tea parties. But many designers are bringing it to a modern sense of style by creating some edgy elements to it. It's super easy to do. This butterfly silk top by Paul and Joe has great sleeves and I love the wide v-neck. Tops like this are perfect for days when you're running errands and you have a number of places to be. You can even slide it over to bare a shoulder to create that super cool look. Pair it with one of your favorite skinny jeans and with all the florals, your accessories need to create that sense of edge so bring out your inner Rhianna!
With such a low V, a multi strand necklace is a great look and I love this choker as it doesn't fight the top but the selling point for me is the boot. We've seen the gladiator shoe and the boot - some are over it but not me. Especially with in between weather, it's fun to wear this kind of a boot that still creates an airy feel. These knee high boots are super cute and of course you're pedicure will still be visible to everyone!
I have a new obsession and it's called Townhouse Spa. I kicked off last week with one of my first pre summer mani/pedi sessions. I have always had conversations with Jeannine friend and Editor in Chief of Beauty Sweet Spot about her amazing experiences at her favorite spa. So with a little downtime between appointments, I finally headed over and fell in love with my favorite spot! Now you guys know that for years I have also went to Dashing Diva as there were various locations around town and I loved the super cute pink vibe; however, I was so relaxed with the luxe wood an enjoyed my chair massage as I got my pedicure that I decided that this would be my new location to come.
After a morning of heading over to Jimmy Choo for an Editor appointment and more to follow, I sipped my cucumber infused water and felt as calm as I could have possibly felt during the hectic week! In fact, I was super pleased to be reconnected with Essie as it was also available at various salons I would go to prior to Dashing Diva and of course if you're in between sessions, you can get at your local Duane Reade. So as a rule, I picked a fab pink shade and great deep tone for a pedicure!
Whether you're looking for an amazing spa (and they have a variety of services that are available) or you have your favorite place that you love visiting when it comes to getting your nails done - there is something so peaceful when you're able to take time for yourself either alone of friends in one of summer's biggest rituals!
Chicago was so much fun and although I enjoyed all the boutiques, restaurants and more - one place that definitely has me thinking that I should visit it again when I come back in June! As my friend and I headed out to check out all these interesting places, we came upon the Mojo Spa. Now there are so many reasons why I enjoyed this spa. I love that they had handmade soaps and that you could purchase them within their cute packaging - this is ready for gifting! I wish that I could show you the super cute cake that is cute into individual "slices" which becomes a gorgeous soap cake!
When we came in, we were embraced by an amazing series of scents and we basically received a feast for the eyes with all of the soaps, jewelry and did I forget to mention that they also do pedicures and manicures as well? We saw a bridal party (and much like Dashing Diva which now seems like a distant memory) which makes this an obvious place to go for a group event. But in addition to offering beverages, they have brunches (with full on menus), tastings by Amanda, they have DJ's and it just makes it a fun place to go! When you're in Chicago, this is a must and I hope to come back in June to get a treatment. If you can't make it, Mojo Spa has a full selection of products available online and if you happen to know of something that is available (the sliced cake for example) but isn't on the site, you can call in your order. I wouldn't gush about something that is so cute and I look forward to touching base and finding additional items to share with you and of course images from my visit in June when I go!
When I get my weekly mani's and my bi-weekly pedi's, there is only one place that I run to (I simply refuse to go anywhere else)! Dashing Diva has multiple locations all over New York City and they are definitely my sanctuary when I need a little time out! I love their pink colors, plenty of colors, fun events and so much more. I do enjoy going on Fri's to get my pedicure and manicures with a nice cosmo (I was also a huge fan of their wine pedicure as well) Recently, Kitten Lounge attended Dashing Diva's event which had the cast of Legally Blond the Musical in attendance doing a Bend and Snap competition. The pictures included below are courtesy of Sarah Conley which you can see more of her coverage on Style It! This location which was off of Union Square is my favorite one to go to! It was really cute to see the cast members together and to see the winners of the Bend and Snap competition!
Dashing Diva definitely loves the Kitten Lounge and its readers and is providing 3 Elle of a Pedicures (fit for Ms Elle Woods herself) which we will be giving away on this site on Fri the Fourth of July at noon! Getting a complimentary pedicure at the 3rd Avenue location (149 3rd Ave btwn 15th/16th) is definitely an amazing treat and a great way to enjoy the summer as well. To be one of the three winners, simply tell me your favorite pedicure shade (regardless of brand) as many of us go a little daring on our toes when it's the summer! All entrants must have access to NYC as it is valid here and all entries must be included as comments within this post. With so many shades, you're bound to find a favorite - my favorite "Chelsea in the Buff" or Vanilla -Rama (when it comes to mani's) and anything deep and vixen like when it comes to my pedi's.
Legally Blonde is one of my favorite movies. Some people like to draw parallels and although there may be similarities, the character is pretty genuine and is definitely a friend in deed. Now I have yet to see the Broadway production but I was on the website of my favorite pink nail salon, Dashing Diva, and I noticed something very interesting! They are running a deal that not only can you feel like Ms Woods herself and have a Legally Pink Pedicure (which seems amazing - I love going in every other week to get one done) BUT from now through Sept 7th when purchasing tickets for this production, mention DIVA and you will be able to see this show for a lot less!
Nothing is better than getting pampered Elle style and then seeing Elle in action with her cute pup Bruiser. Although I have yet to get this pedicure, I am such a fan of Dashing Diva and absolutely refuse to go anywhere else unless it's another one of their locations. I am partial to the UES but I love how relaxed and professional the staff is and how you have as much fun alone as you do with friends! Take some time to check out the site and the Legally Pink Pedicure Package and then to complete the whole experience - Legally Pink Special Offer. I may see you at the salon and again at the show!
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