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create a relaxing space for the season

November 19, 2018

Practicing self-care is essential when you’re feeling burned out or stressed. Being able to relax, rest, and recuperate should be easy, but it may seem difficult to work into a busy schedule. Check out the three tips below for ways to properly care for your mind and body from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

 

  1. Create a private sanctuary at home.

Taking care of your mental space is just as important as your physical health. Designate a space in your home to retreat to when you want some alone time, want to reflect on your day, or simply want to rest. You don’t need to dedicate an entire room to this, in fact, a small corner in your living room or bedroom will work wonders. The size of your cozy nook doesn’t matter as long as you feel comfortable and secure in your surroundings.

 

The way you design your home environment can affect your overall mood and wellbeing, so make sure you consider interior design psychology tools to improve your mood when picking out color schemes and decor items for your relaxing space. To ensure your living room nook is a tranquil place, choose a neutral color palette. White, grey, and tan will promote relaxation and allow you to reflect without being distracted by bright colors.

 

Before deciding on decor, it is essential that you pick out durable seating optimized for cozy days in. Don’t base your furnishings solely off style. The best way to set up a space you can relax comfortably in is by choosing a chair or sofa that provides proper support. We love the versatility of these supportive and sustainable living room pieces. Their seating options provide complete relaxation, plenty of room to pile up the pillows and thick blankets, and are made with durable material that is easy-to-clean, leaving you one less thing to worry about!  

 

Finally, warm up your relaxing nook with accessories and decor that are unique to your taste. This decorative teal pillow will add a pop of color to your space and provide you with lumbar support while reading, taking naps, or during long Netflix marathons. Adding in plants will purify the air and provide you with the calm feeling of the natural world, which will improve your mood. Add visual interest to your peaceful nook by placing fresh flowers on your side table in an fun vase (like this one). Bringing the outside world into your home can make you comfortable and more content in your space.  

  1. Soak your stress away.

Stress breeds anxiety which negatively impacts your mental space. Extend your calming experience beyond your cozy nook and into the bathroom to soak away your worries in a hot tub. This relaxing activity is an excellent way to practice self-care and will make you feel at ease. Add a natural muscle soak or a pure bath bomb into your self-care routine to soothe aches and pains. The pure essential oils will detoxify your skin and rebalance your body, leaving you happy and refreshed after a long day.

 

Aromatherapy is another excellent way to practice self-care. You can do this by surrounding yourself (and your bathtub) with essential oil candles or incense, like this sleek lavender and eucalyptus one here. Lavender has many benefits and research suggests it as a useful method for easing stress. The calming and skin-purifying health benefits of lavender make it perfect for cleansing your mind and body and uplifting your spirits.

  1. Immerse yourself in a good book.

Utilize your cozy nook to catch up on some reading. Books have the ability to transport you away to a world outside of your own, and reading can actually provide health benefits. You can check out some of our favorite reads here.

Taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional needs are crucial to feeling happy and motivated after a long day. Reading for self-care allows you to disconnect from technology and recharge in a cozy environment within your own home. Taking a mental break is imperative for good mental health, and reading is an engaging and exciting way to accomplish this.

What are your favorite ways to unwind?

Let us know in the comments.

This post was created in partnership with Arhaus.

Life, Living

how to enhance your nighttime routine

November 1, 2018

Sleep is key to improved beauty and a healthier mind and body. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure you’re taking the time to prepare for a good night’s sleep before crawling into bed every night. To help you get the best sleep possible, we’ve compiled four suggestions to add to your nightly routine.

 

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milk + honey is coming to Fort Worth

July 18, 2018

“I’m happy to share that we are opening our first spa and salon in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, slated to open this winter. The newest location will be located in The Shops at Clearfork and will feature 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four mani-pedi stations.

Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to have thousands of Dallas/Fort Worth clients join us in Austin and Houston, so when the opportunity to expand into The Shops at Clearfork was presented to us, we knew it would be a great fit.

We’ll keep you updated as we near our opening date in Fort Worth. In the meantime, you can follow us at @milkandhoneyspa for sneak peeks along the way.

Thank you for your continued support!”

Alissa Bayer, founder + owner
Gift Guide, News, Products

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!

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

News, Specials

Our 2014 Holiday Specials and Packages Have Arrived

November 27, 2014

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Let’s cut to the chase: our 2014 holiday specials and packages are here!

You can’t go wrong with this season’s milk + honey gift offerings — from luxurious spa packages to our very own organic, plant-based bath and body care products, we’ve got you covered.

We have to get back to turkey prep now, but we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. May it be filled with gratitude, reflection, warmth, laughs, and if we get so lucky, a little milk + honey too.

Cheers!

New Spa Partisans, News, Spa Partisans

Meet the Faces of Our New SALON by milk + honey South Lamar

November 20, 2014

We’re so excited for you to see the newest salon for yourself. And as we prep to open the doors of our 4715 South Lamar location on Monday, November 24, 2014, it’s about time you meet some of the amazing stylists who work there. Be sure to book your appointment now — especially as the holiday festivities ramp up!

unnamedKatie, hair stylist at SALON by milk + honey South Lamar // Katie attended the Aveda Institute in Chicago and started working for Chicago’s Art and Science Salon. She was part of a year-long advanced training program and perfected her cutting and formal styling techniques — in fact, she stayed with Art and Science Salon focusing on cuts and formal styling until she moved to Austin in 2012. Katie has a passion for blondes and enjoys working a great transformation to a pixie cut. She is an expert on enhancing others’ natural texture to give a great style.

 

unnamed-2Ann, hair stylist at SALON by milk + honey South Lamar // Ann started her stylist career in 2006, apprenticing and training under the talented stylists of Kasbah Salon. She continued her career and education while working at Joie de Vie on Sixth Street. She loves to learn any new trend that comes along and keep her clients fresh with the hottest styles. She enjoys doing razor and textured cuts for men and women.

 

 

TND-_FaSU7iUi8jdVzrPAQxa7Vq0qroc-o2rvRR5DoQ,PkxKsEcI-tSokTiPCJvg-Mn5_Jhv54c2jLFf4CC96RMJaymee, hair stylist at SALON by milk + honey South Lamar // Jaymee attended the Aveda Institute in San Antonio and over the years, has continued to attended Aveda-lead training. She loves doing hair because she loves making people feel beautiful. “There is nothing like creating a new fresh look for your client and giving them a boost of confidence. I feel blessed to do what I do, I am able to let my creativeness flow as well as make people feel good. Life is so stressful – sometimes all we need is a visit to the salon,” she says.

Beauty, Skin Care, Treatments

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – How’s Your Skin Doing?

November 13, 2014

{Guest post by one of milk + honey’s expert estheticians, Bella G.}

One of the most frequent questions I receive is “how often should I get a facial?”… The thing is — there’s no standard answer. Instead, here are the factors and questions I ask to frame a response and “plan of action” for the best type of skincare for you.

What type of skin do you have?
– Someone with active, chronic acne might need to initially come more often (sometimes as much as every week in the beginning), so the esthetician can perform extractions to help stop the breakout cycle and closely monitor how the skin is doing on the prescribed at-home skincare.
– Mature skin benefits from monthly facials to stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells that dull the complexion.
– Normal and sensitive skin types can go for longer periods, but I think all skin types should come in at least quarterly.

What’s your budget?
– I’d rather see you once a year than not at all. This gives us a chance to talk about your skin. I can answer any questions you have and can set you up with an at-home skincare regimen that meets the needs of your face and wallet.
– Choosing to invest in your skin this year? Come every month. Then we can add peels, make sure that you are on some form of vitamin A as well as an epidermal growth factor, and regularly apply micro-currents to the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.

Is there an issue you want to focus on?
– Hyper-pigmentation can be radically reduced with a series of peels spaced two to three weeks apart.
– Acne can benefit from regular extractions and an occasional peel to help purge any deep congestion.
– Just want to relax? There is something about having another person’s hands on your face, head, neck and shoulders that creates a deep state of calm. Facials are actually a great stress reliever!

I will say that the ideal is that I get to see you every month. Your outermost layer of skin (the stratum corneum) renews itself approximately every 28 days. Getting a monthly facial means that you can enjoy having a refreshed appearance immediately and better penetration of any products you are using at home. Over time, you get the benefits of having your new cells replicated by the now healthier treated cells, and all your products will work faster and more effectively. There is definitely a cumulative effect to having regular facials.

– Increases blood circulation allowing for optimal skin health.
– Decreases puffiness, sallow complexion, and detoxifies by stimulating the lymphatic system.
– Facial massage smooths fine lines and promotes collagen production.
– Cleanses pores on a deeper level, preventing the stretching and widening of pores that can happen overtime with unchecked accumulation of oil and debris.
– Helps even tone and lighten dark spots.
– Slows down the aging process.

You can’t underestimate the value of taking a little time out for yourself every so often. Energy follows thought, and what we choose to focus on can — and does — bring about real change.

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Events, Salon

Now Taking Appointments at milk + honey South Lamar

November 6, 2014

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Its official. milk + honey South Lamar is now taking appointments. Our first appointments will be on November 24.

Our newest SALON by milk + honey continues the evolution of our award-winning salon concept. This location will have 8 salon chairs, 3 manicure and pedicure stations, and one esthetics room. The addition of an esthetics room means that you can enjoy our skin care, waxing, and eyelash extension services from the convenience of this location. Click here for directions to our South Lamar location.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 512.236-1115 or book online.

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