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The Catch Up: 9 Links For a Lazy Sunday

January 25, 2015

Sit, click, stay awhile. May these reads round out your weekend nicely.

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Wanderlust is a real thing. Add these 52 places to your wishlist — The New York Times

This is Austin interior design envy-meets-voyeurism in the best possibly wayTribeza

Is sitting the new smoking?Forbes

When in Austin, know where the best late-night eats areAustin Way

Long (but good) read: 53 historians weigh in on Barack Obama’s legacyNew York Magazine

How Austin’s iconic ‘hoods got their namesCultureMap Austin

The way we “grab drinks with friends” in 2015The New Yorker

A members-only culinary pop-up in Boston worth knowing aboutThe Boston Day Book

How wellness became the new luxury status symbolStyle.com

Living, News

Quoted // Cheryl Strayed

January 25, 2015

You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery.
— Cheryl Strayed

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If you haven’t read Wild, do.

If you haven’t read Tiny Beautiful Things, run (don’t walk) to get yours.

Beauty, Body, Products, Wellness

Product Spotlight: milk + honey Cream Deodorant

January 24, 2015

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It may not be the most glamorous or sexiest of topics, but it sure is an important one.

Fact #1: We all sweat.

Fact #2: Many of us are guilty of using deodorants and anti-perspirants that are chock-full of nasty petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients including hormone-disrupting fragrances, parabens, and aluminum compounds. Whether you’re familiar with the adverse effects attributed to the aforementioned elements or not, the bottom line is: they’re no good.

Fact #3: For most, smelling nice/feeling fresh is a personal hygiene preference and priority. (Right?)

Enter: milk + honey Cream Deodorant
{available in two blends: No. 20 and No. 52}

We’ve created our own plant-based, organic cream deodorant in two blends — a sweet vanilla coconut mix and a warmer bay, clove, and blood orange combo. Yes, these deodorants are effective and smell amazing all day long. More importantly, though, the ingredients found within are simple, straightforward, and good-for-you. Isn’t it nice when you can read the label and actually know what you’re putting on your skin?

Exhibit A

No. 20: Organic Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil, Organic Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Fruit Butter, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Organic Arrowroot (Maranta arudinacea) Root Powder, Organic Beeswax, Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) Oil.

Exhibit B

No. 52: Organic Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil, Organic Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Fruit Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Arrowroot (Maranta arudinacea) Root Powder, Organic Beeswax, Wildcrafted Bay (Pimenta racemosa) Leaf Oil, Blood Orange (Citrus sinensis) Peel Oil, Organic Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) Flower Oil.

Both blends are available for purchase online and in all of our milk + honey spa locations {Austin + Boston}. In addition, the No. 20 blend can be found in Whole Foods Market stores throughout the North Atlantic region.

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The Catch Up: 11 Links to Read This Weekend

January 17, 2015

Sit, click, and stay awhile. These are the week’s best links to read, all in one place.

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Essential oils might be the new antibioticsThe Atlantic

The greatest MLK speeches you never heardCNN

And the Oscar goes to… 2015 predictions (we’re rooting for Boyhood!) — New York Magazine

Sweat with these Texas-based fitness brandsAustin Way 

Are you showering too much or not enough?BuzzFeed Life

Opinion: why I am not Charliea paper bird

Peel-to-stem, bang bang, and the wheat revolutionDetails

This is what life after Serial looks likegoop

Mini dill frittatas for Sunday brunch, yes please.Camille Styles

Wellness rules from exceptionally healthy people — well + GOOD

Modern love: 36 questions and a soulmate later — The New York Times

 

Living, Wellness

The Best Morning Routines for a (Much) Better Day

January 15, 2015

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There’s no time like the present to address some hard-wired morning habits we all are guilty of — reaching for our phones to check email/Instagram/more email/SportsCenter/you get the picture the moment our eyes open, grabbing the first caffeinated thing we can get our hands on, and never giving the day ahead a “big-picture review” before jumping into our 9 a.m. meeting. To avoid the proverbial, waking up on the wrong side of the bed, we must take matters into our own hands (and minds!). And that’s exactly what were doing right here.

1. Lemon Water Is Your New Favorite Drink. More specifically, a cup of warm purified water infused with fresh lemon is the perfect AM wake-up call. Drink it first thing — yes, before breakfast (which you should also be eating – it is the most important meal of the day after all!) — and reap the benefits of a natural miracle worker. Seriously. Warm lemon water helps to flush out toxins, purges the body of unwanted substances, helps to boost your immune system, aids in digestion, and improves your mood. Like we said, miracle. worker.

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2. Avoid Your Phone (and Get Your Head in the Game). If you’re one of those people (guilty as charged) that reaches for their phone as soon as you’ve reentered waking life, try avoiding the home screen — at least, for the first 10 to 15 minutes of your morning. Instead, take these initial moments to review the day ahead. Mentally align your priorities, assign goals for both the short term and long term, and give yourself breathing room. If avoiding your phone isn’t in the cards, then we say, “embrace it and open the Headspace app instead.” This app acts like a personal trainer for meditation, with exercises ranging from 10 minutes a day to lengthier sessions. Cellular clarity, if you will.

3. Make Stretching a Priority. Stretch before you even get out of bed. It feels so good and the actual health benefits are numerous. Let us count the ways. Stretching helps increase the blood flow to the muscles, which in turn, helps you to feel more energized and refreshed. It also helps to prevent future injury from muscle stiffness.

4. Get Movin’ and Sweat It Out. Stretching is one thing — and it’s important — but really getting your body into motion is equally important. Yes, this means you should probably invest in an earlier wake-up time, but it also means that you should create a time and space for something as simple as 10 minutes of mat yoga, a 25-minute jog around your neighborhood, or a 30-minute at-home barre workout. Many people find that working out in the morning jumpstarts their day (and metabolism), regulates their appetite, and provides a built-in rhythm and routine to the work week.

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5.  Nourish Your Body. There are so many ways to do this, but we’ll give you two excellent tips to set you on the right path for the day. First, in a more literal sense, try dry body brushing before showering. You’ll need a dry loofah or brush. With it, you’ll brush your body in circular motions toward your heart, working your way outward in. This action not only sloughs off dead skin cells, it also promotes better circulation and reduces cellulite. Second, make yourself a green smoothie. Remember to incorporate superfood ingredients like kale, spinach, and chard, but mix it with more palatable (but also nutritious) items like apple, ginger, mint, pineapple, mango, blueberries, and lemon. Need more smoothie inspiration? Go here.

Beauty, Hairstyles, News, Now Trending

Golden Globes 2015: The Looks We Loved

January 12, 2015

Award show season is here, and with it, a fresh batch of star-studded looks straight from the red carpet. Last night’s Golden Globe Awards ushered in a sea of apple-red, intricate black lace, and body-skimming gowns, as well as a noticeable return to classic Hollywood beauty “moves.” Think dramatic waves to rival equally dramatic eyes, matte red lips, and enviable haircuts. Our favorite looks from the evening, listed below, are simply meant to inspire our own hair/styling routines — or if you’re feeling a bit gutsy (and are currently sporting long hair), it might just be time to try the “the chop” á la Sienna Miller. Just sayin’.

Amy Adams 

When we think Old Hollywood glamour-turned-modern day beauty, Amy Adams tops our list. For the Globes, makeup artist Stephen Sollitto chose a subtle champagne-meets-copper eye to complement her soft waves and ice blue Atelier Versace gown.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Love her or hate her, she knows how to make her mark. This time, it’s in cotton-candy pink with a low-key twist. Unlike her more iconic pink moment — in pale pink Ralph Lauren at the 1999 Oscars — Paltrow’s Michael Kors gown was a sportier version of sexy, a silhouette that her stylist David Babaii highlighted with ’70s hair: straight from the crown to the jawline, and then perfectly undone, loose curls to finish.

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Viola Davis

Davis rarely makes the wrong move on the red carpet, case in point. Not only was her ruby-tinged Donna Karan gown a source of bold color choice, her eyes and lips also proved to be statement-worthy. The juxtaposition of shimmer-y mauve eyeshadow and classic red lip resulted in one seriously glamorous look.

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Sienna Miller

This British beauty tied for Best Dressed and Best Haircut of the night — at least in our books. If ever there were real-time motivation to go for “the chop,” this would be it. Her barely-there makeup, courtesy of makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, allowed us to focus on the gorgeous embellishments of her Miu Miu gown and, of course, that ridiculously awesome bedhead bob.

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Emma Stone

Stone knows how to wear dramatic looks with ease. Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin not only emphasized the redhead’s feline eyes with a smokey cat eye, she also paired it with a soft berry-hued lip and tousled waves. It’s one-part dressed up, one-part just-woke-up, and we love it.

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Just In: milk + honey at Whole Foods Market is Now Open

January 9, 2015

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Cat’s out of the bag. We’re officially Boston residents and we couldn’t be happier about our East Coast debut. In case you haven’t heard, we’ve partnered with Whole Foods Market to open a spa concept within the brand’s newest location in Boston’s South End. More specifically, we’ve moved into the former Boston Herald headquarters, appropriately renamed the Ink Block. This particular milk + honey spa location offers facial, nail, waxing, hot shave, and shoe shine services — a great mix of treatments for both men and women.

To make this news even sweeter, we’re excited to announce that a selection of our very own milk + honey bath & body products are available at the Ink Block location as well as 39 other Whole Foods Market locations throughout the North Atlantic. That’s a whole lot of milk + honey love to go around.

The proof is in the pudding, er, photo below.

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To put it shortly, there’s really no better way we could think of to start 2015. It has been a whirlwind of planning, logistics, ideas, unbridled anticipation, and learning — the true meaning of blood, sweat, and tears. To work with, partner with, and see our milk + honey products on the shelves at Whole Foods Market is a dream, and to be able to share clean, organic, plant-based, good-for-you beauty with people here in Texas, and now, in the North Atlantic is something we absolutely love, cherish, and hope will make an impact on a healthier, wholesome lifestyle.

Big thanks to everyone involved and super excited to share more bits and bobs from milk + honey at Whole Foods Market. Keep reading for a smorgasbord of press highlights from the lead-up to today’s grand opening. Cheers!

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This Is Your Last-Minute Gifting PSA (We Have You Covered!)

December 19, 2014

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It’s officially the last-minute countdown to Christmas, and we’ve got everything you need to give the perfect gift — all in one place.

Check out our new milk + honey bath and body products, including a second home fragrance, a luxurious hair masque, and a lip butter. Meet the complete collection here.

Have you seen our holiday specials and packages? Go here.

Need a gift certificate right this second? Click for instant gratification.

Stocking stuffers? No problem. From Kevin Murphy gift sets and mini Great Bean chocolates to Kobo travel-sized candles, good things come in small packages. And these items are all priced under $75! Available at all four locations — 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, Arboretum Market, and South Lamar — for your stocking stuffer haul.

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Pssst. Remember to check in about our shipping deadlines!

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The milk + honey Holiday Shipping Deadlines You Need to Know

December 15, 2014

Here’s what you need to know about milk + honey’s last-minute shipping.

If you place your order by Saturday, Dec. 20 before 10 a.m. and the final destination is an Austin address, the package should arrive via standard shipping by Dec. 24.

If you live outside of Austin, standard shipping on orders placed after Thursday, Dec. 18 does not guarantee a pre-Christmas arrival. To ensure the order is received by the 24th, you should choose the option for expedited/overnight delivery, pick up the gift certificate in store, or purchase an instant gift certificate online.

Any orders placed on Tuesday, Dec. 23 before 10 a.m. by FedEx overnight is the only option that will ensure a pre-Christmas delivery; standard shipping does not guarantee a pre-Christmas arrival time.

We cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas Day on any orders placed on Tuesday, Dec. 23 after 10 a.m. To avoid any issues, you can also order our instant gift certificates, phone in an order for pick-up, or stop into any of our four locations.

Pro tip: our Arboretum Market and South Lamar locations have the shortest lines!

**If you have any additional questions, or need help placing an order, feel free to stop by any of our four locations or call 512.236.1115.**

Gift Guide

milk + honey’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

December 4, 2014

Give What You Love.

This is your one-stop holiday shop. 

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Good things come in small packages — especially when it comes to these stocking stuffers. Take your pick from our new all-natural, on-the-go milk + honey hand purifiers, mini Kevin Murphy shampoos and conditioners, travel-sized Aveda sets, and more. {available at all four milk + honey locations}

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No need to break the bank with these treats. Give a milk + honey gift certificate for am + h manicure ($35) or a sleek blowout ($50). Stock up on gorgeously-scented Kobo candles ($33), our brand new milk + honey coconut hair masque($38), and this skincare must-have, CosMedix’s Rescue Balm & Mask ($46).

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Treat someone special to a luxurious spa treatment — you can get creative. Whether it be a Lux mani + pedi combo ($105), a Signature Facial($100), or a 60-minute Lux Massage ($100), you’ll still have a little wiggle room to add on a few enhancements, like an extra 15 minutes of massage for $20.Scope out all your options here.

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You can mix-and-match gift certificates for luxe spa treatments with beauty must-haves, such as the new Clarisonic Smart PROfile ($265). Also ringing in under $300? Our exclusive Holiday Sweet Retreat and Holiday Signature Retreat packages ($259 each),  which include everything from anUltimate Massage to an Ultimate Pedicure.

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If money’s no object, and ultimate relaxation is key, look no further than ourHoliday Ultimate Retreat ($499), which includes the Ultimate Massage, Ultimate Facial, Ultimate Pedicure, Lux Manicure, and lunch. Or set the lucky recipient up for the next year with an annual milk + honey membership! Pre-pay for the year and you’ll save at least 15 percent.

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For the woman who deserves it all — and at the very least, deserves some R&R the milk + honey way, treat her to one of our most relaxing packages: the Holiday Signature Plus Retreat ($325) or m + h Lux Retreat ($429). Plus, she’ll love the moisturizing milk + honey makeup remover ($30) and body cream ($32) combo as an extra treat.

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For the guy in your life (dad, husband, boyfriend, BFF) – we promise he’ll love a milk + honey treat. Gift him the Manly Retreat($259), which includes a Sports Massage, Deep Clean Facial, andManly Manicure. Or opt for the Kevin Murphy “Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush” set ($50), which includes a wash, rinse, Night Rider hair paste, and of course, a travel toothbrush and toothpaste. {available at all four locations}

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When shopping for that special person on your list, the sky’s the limit, right? Start with something sweet and thoughtful (here, $12), then take your pick of any of theselimited-time holiday packages. You don’t have to worry about these gift certificates expiring — they don’t. Ever. For the cherry on top, pair these gifts with an exclusive holiday set from Kevin Murphy, Aveda, and Kobo Candles. {available at all four locations}

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Feeling like your 9-to-5 comrades deserve a little extra something this year? There’s nothing like a beautifully packaged bath & body product (ahem, go here!) to make their day. Or, check out the Holiday Mini Retreat ($189), which includes a 60-minute Lux Massage and Signature Facial. Want to encourage a little de-stressing this season? A Spoonk ($60) will do just the trick!

Want a holiday shortcut? Go straight here for specials, packages, and instant gift certificates.

Have a question about gift certificates, specials, or holiday hours? Call us at 512.236.1115.

Cheers,
the milk + honey team

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