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Summer Style Decoded: the milk + honey way

July 3, 2015

The warmer (Austin translation: hottest) weather can be the seasonal impetus for breathing new life into your sense of self and daily routine. And yes, your sense of style certainly falls under the category of the former. Today, we’re mixing things up with something a little more fashion-minded. Let the spa be a place for repose and renewal — but these five tips? Let these inspire — and elevate — your summer wardrobe to the next level.

— Ricky Rodriguez


1. The Modern Strap

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The strappy sandal has become a wardrobe essential for the woman who embraces simplicity and functionality. Thanks to designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg and Fendi, the summer staple has been upgraded with mixed materials, exotic textures, and unexpected accents (think PVC straps, colorblocked low heels, and flashes of metallic).


2. Monochromatic

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Monochromatic color is defined as “all the colors of a single hue extended using its shades, tones and tints.” Take cues from Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney — both of whom could be crowned the Masters of Monochrome. Whether you opt for something as breezy as a dark blue denim mixed with a dark blue pocket tee or try a more complex mash-up of ivory, cream, and crisp white, the monochromatic palette instantly injects freshness and surprising versatility to any outfit.


3. Print + Pattern

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Diane Von Furstenberg and Roberto Cavalli are renown for their constant (and refreshing) use of print and pattern. Season after season, these greats invent new ways to wear prints that dazzle the eye. Sure, pattern can deter many from wearing a particular garment for fear that it looks too busy or chaotic. But we say — everything in moderation, right? Don’t be afraid to select a print that speaks to you and reminds you that summer is here.


4. The Sundress Redux

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This summer’s adaptation of the sundress combines equal parts structure and flow. What exactly does this mean? Look to the DKNY and Tibi S/S 2015 collections for what we’d like to think is the ideal balance between airy summer slip and tailored shift. Carefully constructed busts, cinched waists and flowing fabric will highlight your figure in all the right places, making you look (and feel!) like a goddess.


5. Just a Pop

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Color enthusiasts, this is your time to shine (or more literally, to stand out). Select pieces that offer a subtle pop of color, giving you a dynamic yet classic look. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more daring, try something a little louder. We love how Thakoon and Carolina Herrera have interpreted this bright trend — adding bursts of bright blues and pinks to otherwise understated looks and embracing bright color-ways in accessories.

{Images courtesy of Net-A-Porter}

— Additional reporting by Marisa Tom

New Spa Partisans, News

Get to Know: Susan Michele, milk + honey’s New President of Operations

June 29, 2015

Susan Michele 4 (2)What better way to get to know someone than with a rapid-fire series of irreverent questions? Quick: what is your most-used emoji? What came first, the chicken or the egg? How do you say “Caribbean”? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Telling stuff, right?

For our inaugural Get to Know post, we put our newly-minted President of Operations, Susan Michele, to the test. And spoiler alert: she’s pretty great.

What’s your favorite spa treatment?   
My favorite spa treatment is always the one I just came from. I fall in love with skincare each time I have a facial.  My mainstay is massage because my body carries tension that massage takes away . . . and I love the fresh, polished, and buttered feeling after a body treatment.  

As a new Austin-ite, what’s high on your “to-do” list?
1. Find some favorite music spots.
2. Learn to stand-up paddle board on Lady Bird Lake.
3. Discover all the swimming holes and hiking trails.
4. Find the right community service organization to join.  
 
Your dream breakfast taco combination is…  
Scrambled eggs, cilantro, cheddar, and jalapeño.

If you could pick any city (after Houston), where would you like to see milk + honey next?
Dallas, Portland, and Seattle.
 
What’s your favorite milk + honey product?
Arnica balm is heaven.
 
What is your spirit animal — and why?
Wolf.  The wolf often appears both in my dreams and in my waking life when I’m in nature.  The wolf represents instincts and intuition. Whenever I see a wolf, I am reminded to be strong and fearless in all situations, to trust my instincts, and to be my most authentic self. 

If you could pick three dream dinner guests (past or present), who would they be?  
Jacque Cousteau, Queen Elizabeth, Sheryl Sandberg
 
Best beauty advice:   
Be exactly who you are. Express your inner self outward and your beauty will shine forth.  Next, find the place that nurtures you the most and then, go there physically or in your dreams. I think the most beautiful people are those who sparkle with health and vivaciousness and also those who glow with a gentle inner serenity. I love the spa/salon industry because the people in that industry are both sparkle and hush, excitement and Zen. That’s true beauty to me.
 
What’s the one beauty product (or three) you can’t live without?
A hydrating water-based moisturizer, SPF lip balm, and salt scrubs.

 

Green, Living, News

Honey, We’ve Got BEES by milk + honey!

June 1, 2015

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The U.S. honeybee population has been dying off in droves and the impact of this has a rippling effect on both our economy and on the global food supply. At the commercial beekeeping level, beekeepers are experiencing 30 to 50 percent hive loss (on average!) due to the not-so-mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder. Additionally, there have been major declines in native bee populations, which hold serious consequences for our native landscapes.

Let’s put it in everyday life perspective. Here’s what a meal without honeybees might look like, pictured below.

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This is where our own story begins.

Alissa Bayer, milk + honey founder and owner, wanted to find a way to help the bees in the most direct way possible. So, in the winter of 2014, she reached out to Anna Gieselman. You may recognize Anna’s name from her gorgeous bee-inspired jewelry line, Bee Amour, which we sell in most of our locations. Or perhaps you know Anna as one of our original massage therapists. She has been a part of the milk + honey since our earliest days in 2006 and she also happens to be an experienced bee keeper.

Together, they partnered up to create an urban apiary, BEES by milk + honey.

Under milk + honey’s sponsorship, Alissa and Anna sourced bees from fourth-generation beekeepers at Bee Weaver, who have been raising bees without the use of chemical interventions for more than 15 years. Currently, our small, but growing, urban apiary consists of 10 hives in total — six are being hosted on some beautiful land off of Bee Cave Road and four hives are located on a rooftop near 5th Street and I-35 (the old Progress Coffee spot!) — and we aim to double this number in the next year.

At our apiary, we practice “organic” beekeeping, meaning we choose not to use chemicals to treat the bees for pests. We raise our bees with the intention of supporting them through non-aggressive beekeeping techniques and with the goal of raising healthy strong hives for our environment. We have also started a beekeeping apprenticeship program for milk + honey employees, in the hopes of educating even more people about the importance of bees.

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Ultimately, we hope to see the apiary continue to thrive and expand in the coming years, as well as use the bees as a tool to keep the conversation going about the role humans must play in cultivating a healthy ecosystem.

Wondering how you can help, too?  Here’s a few tips on how to start:

  1. Make a commitment to buy only organic produce and nuts when available and possible. By shopping at the numerous local farmers’ markets, you support organic growers and beekeepers in town. {FYI, this is a comprehensive list of food that requires pollinators.}
  2. Plant bee-supportive plants and do not use pesticides on those plants.
  3. Make a DIY solitary bee house.
  4. Petition congress and local government officials to create and support bee-friendly agricultural policies and laws.

You can follow milk + honey and Anna’s beekeeping adventures on our Instagram as well as on Anna’s Instagram and Facebook page. Plus, stay tuned for more blog posts about what we are up to right here!

Beauty, Events, News

The Ultimate Eye Trifecta Event Is April 23

April 13, 2015

We’ll let this event speak for itself (with a few added details for posterity, of course).

The first-ever Ultimate Eye Trifecta Event takes over our Hill Country Galleria location on Thursday, April 23, 2015. From 3:00 p.m. ’til close, you can take advantage of our day-only deal: lash flare + brow shaping + brow tint for $99.

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Um. Have you made your reservation yet? Call 512.236.1115 to do so.

P.S. If you book with a friend, you both will receive an extra 10,000 VIP points.

P.P.S All eye-related products (like RevitaLash!) will be 20% off.

News, Products, Wellness

Big News: milk + honey Products Have Landed in Whole Foods Market Austin!

March 18, 2015

That’s right. Not only can you find us here, here, here, here, and here, but now, we’re officially on the shelves at the Whole Foods Market North Lamar flagship and at The Domain. It’s incredible to see our milk + honey products available in both stores and, of course, it feels great to partner with another Austin-bred brand.

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To celebrate the latest, we’ll be holding two Whole Foods Market demos over the weekend, one at North Lamar on Saturday, March 21 from 11am to 2pm, and one at The Domain on Sunday, March 22 from 11:30am to 4pm. Come by, say “hi,” meet Alissa, sample our products, and get to know your new favorite bath and body products!

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Did we mention you might just see our founder, Alissa Bayer, “hanging” around? She’s featured on the Local Maker posters that greet you as you walk into the store. If you see her, be sure to tweet (or Instagram) us a selfie with her with the hashtag, #hangingwithAlissa.

Thank you for all of your support!

News

SXSW 2015? Gilt City? We Have All the Updates Here.

February 27, 2015

Okay, okay. We admit. We’ve been a bit silent on the blogging front as of late. Nothing a good update post can’t fix. And more importantly, our absence has everything to do with all the great things we’ve been plotting and planning… for you.

First, up: our just-launched Gilt City Boston offer. Make that two. We wanted to show some extra love to our newest location with something extra sweet. Something to the tune of a $45 m + h Manicure and Pedicure and $59 Signature Facial to be exact. The deal won’t last long, but we’re hoping we’ll get to meet a lot of you because of it!

Visit Gilt City Boston to get in on these limited-time offers!
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Second, but certainly no less important: we’re excited to be a part of Austin-based Outdoor Voices’ A Brunch of Joggers #SXSW event on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9am to noon. Interested? RSVP ASAP. The first 150 RSVP attendees will receive a custom Outdoor Voices South-By tote with special treats for yours truly, KIND, Evian, Thinksport, and more. We. can’t. wait.

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Where else can you expect us to pop this Spring?

We can’t reveal all of our secrets (just yet), but please come say “hello” to us this Saturday — February 28 — at Austin’s annual 2nd Street Soundcheck! We’ll be there with milk + honey’s latest bath and body care products for you to sample and stock up on! Win-win.

Remember you can always find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, even when we’re not diligently blogging. Which, yes, we need to be much better about. We consider ourselves warned.

Living

Quoted // Maya Angelou

February 9, 2015

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It’s Monday. Mercury is still in retrograde. We’re days away from Valentine’s Day. Let’s put it this way — we won’t blame you if you’ve been feeling a little off lately.

We’re taking extra inspiration from incredible poet & writer/soulful person/insightful being, Maya Angelou, in a conscious effort to appreciate who we are, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. As trite as what we’re about to say may sound, it is true. Loving yourself, giving life and stock to your own ideas and beliefs, and never letting the noise get in the way of doing so is your very own, built-in secret weapon.

New Spa Partisans

Meet the Newest milk + honey Faces — And Yes, We’re Hiring!

February 9, 2015

If you haven’t guessed it, our milk + honey family is growing by the day. And, as we continue to seek out exceptional talent for our spa, salon, concierge, and management team (click here for all open positions), we also want to take a brief moment to introduce you to the newest faces.

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Meet Winter, one of our newest concierge team members. She credits her outgoing personality as one of the reasons she wanted to be a milk + honey concierge — it’s the perfect way to interact with others and meet new people. If she’s not making your milk + honey experience a great one, you might catch her on the lake. Because, she says, who doesn’t love to jet ski?

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Meet Kristen, our newest shampoo assistant at the Arboretum Market location. She has been an Austinite for six years now and when she’s not in the salon, you can usually find her doing something outdoors, trying new restaurants, or exercising.

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Meet Anil, one of newest concierge team members. She has wanted to be a part of the wellness industry for some time now and milk + honey is the perfect place to kickstart that career. Plus, her impressive customer service experience is an asset to the milk + honey concierge team. When she’s not at work, Anil loves to walk around town lake and grab a yummy Juiceland smoothie.

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This is Tiffany, the newest member of our 2nd Street District housekeeping team. While she may be fairly new to Austin — she moved here nine months ago! — she is already in love with all of the restaurants and food trucks this city has to offer.

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Meet Andrea, one of our newest 2nd Street District stylists. Ever since her days in middle school, she has tried every hairstyle she possibly could. She has always loved to watch the fashion runways and red carpets at awards shows in the hopes of trying to replicate what she saw. Flash forward: Andrea started her hair career in Corpus Christi before moving to Austin in 2010. She really loves doing fun and funky hair color and has a passion for experimenting with new styles and replicating any Hollywood hairstyles. Come visit Andrea at our 2nd Street District salon.

Gift Guide, News

This Is How We Do Valentine’s Day.

February 6, 2015

Single, taken, in the mood for love, or just feel like a bit of indulgence? Good. Let Valentine’s Day be your excuse. We like to think we show the ones we love how much we appreciate them year-round, but there’s nothing wrong with a little extra TLC come February 14. If you’re with us on that point, then stick around — we’re making it easy to get it right next week.

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1. Give an Experiential Gift 

It’s not just a gift certificate to milk + honey, oh no. It’s your (or someone special’s) ticket to a luxurious massage, facial, mani-pedi, blowout, etc. Basically, this is a guarantee “in writing” that an awesome treatment is just an appointment away.

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2. Pucker Up

“O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.” 

— Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

This organic, plant-based lip butter is packed with moisturizing virgin coconut oil and shea fruit butter, and fragrant with a warm, spicy mix of cardamom and vanilla. In short, those lips don’t stand a chance. In the best way possible.

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3. Set the Mood

Nothing like a little ambiance — preferably one that smells of sandalwood, vetiver, and cardamom — to set the mood. Love is in the air, with a little help from our delicious milk + honey Home Fragrance No. 46 of course.

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4. Make plans

This year, Valentine’s Day lands on a Saturday. Translation? Reservations are a must. Start with a couples massage at our 2nd Street District or Hill Country Galleria location (book now!), then head to one of our favorite new restaurants in East Austin, Gardner. If Valentine’s Day is actually more of a “Gal-entine’s” celebration, that’s still a valid reason to treat yourself. Head to Gardner with friends, or go for pizza at Bufalina and top it off with delicious cocktails at Weather Up.

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5. Have fun

No reason to fret over this day. If nothing else, it’s a Saturday. Enjoy it!

News

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

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