Awards, Beauty

The Best of Beauty: Oscars 2014

March 4, 2014

Let’s zoom in a little closer on these Oscar beauties. Dripping jewels, custom couture, and nominations aside, here are the looks we’re (still) crushing on days later. Consider this our very own version of the Oscars, with awards given to those with the most glamorous, classic, surprising, or daring hairstyles and makeup.

Lupita Nyong’o
Best Use of a Headband / Best Pink Lipstick

Margot Robbie
Best Brunette TransformationMargot-Robbie-2014-Oscars

Olivia Wilde
Best Winged Eyeliner

Kate Hudson
Best Side-Swept Hair

Angelina Jolie
Best Brown Smokey Eye / Best Red-Carpet Blowout

Kerry Washington
Best Purple Lipstick

Charlize Theron
Best Pixie Cut in the Biz


Parking at the Flagship milk + honey 2nd Street District

February 26, 2014


milk + honey 2nd Street District
100A Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701
click here for map

milk + honey 2nd Street District (spa + salon) is at the corner of Guadalupe Street and West Cesar Chavez Street.

Parking Options (besides street parking):

City Hall Parking Garage (301 West 2nd St Austin, TX 78701)
Effective November 1, 2015, City Hall will no longer accept any form of validated parking on Saturdays and Sundays. Going forward, milk + honey will continue to validate City Hall parking for up to two hours, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm, with the max validation amount being $7. Please bring your ticket for us to validate. After 5pm, it is a flat rate of $10, unless there are weekend events, which may increase the flat rate price.

Please also be aware that City Hall Parking Garage will be changing its entrance and exit points. You will enter on Guadalupe Street and exit on Lavaca Street.

For complete information regarding City Hall parking, click here.

AMLI on 2nd Garage (Entrance on San Antonio Street between 2nd & 3rd Street)
milk + honey validates parking for up to two hours, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Please bring your ticket for us to validate. There is also paid parking in the AMLI Parking Garage, and their prices fluctuate depending on the day and if there are any events.
AMLI Downtown Garage (Entrance on Lavaca Street between 2nd & 3rd Street)
milk + honey does not validate parking in this AMLI garage.

Silicon Labs Building (400 East Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701)
This building has a parking fee of $5 after 3pm.

Meter Parking (located on 2nd Street, Guadalupe and San Antonio)
$1 an hour from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Wednesday. $1 an hour from 9am to midnight, Thursday to Friday. $1 an hour 11am to midnight, Saturday. All meters are up to 3 hours. It is free on Sundays. Please give yourself a little extra time to look for a metered spot.


Want to Know How to Beat the Post-Winter Skin Blues? Here You Go.

February 20, 2014

This post is written by one of milk + honey’s esteemed estheticians, Val P. She works at the 2nd Street District location — come say hi!

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The worst of the Austin cold-snap hibernation may be over, but you know what still may be hibernating? Your body’s natural oil!

Your sebum has stayed nice and cozy in your pores all winter long. The barrage of heat and low humidity causes a pore-tightening effect that will leave the oilier skin types happy that their pores have decided to disappear, but all skin does seem to develop a new topography. As result of oil being trapped inside those teeny tiny pores, small bumps have popped up on the thinner parts of the skin, usually the forehead. Fine lines tend to linger after smiling or lifting your brows as the surface layer of the skin is not very flexible when not properly hydrated and moisturized — think paper maché.

To fix the problem before your pores unleash their fury come spring, you only need one hand and a hydrating toner. An alcohol and fragrance-free antiseptic toner with hyaluronic acid will provide water hydration to the top layers of your skin, in turn giving your face and pores some flexibility. You may use the toner throughout the day without overwhelming your skin with occlusive products, it’s more than okay to spray over makeup as well. It is not okay to put moisturizer on dry skin that hasn’t been washed, you’re just asking for additional problems. Also, make sure you’re not moisturizing dead skin cells, it’s a waste of moisturizer and creates buildup in your pores, so exfoliate one to three times weekly depending on your exfoliation method and skin type. Ideally, you should wear a heavier moisturizer, or a thin application of a hydration masque to sleep over your toner and serums, so that your skin can repair itself overnight for the day ahead without bacterial interference or dehydrating. You can cut back on the moisturizer once the weather warms, of course. If you’ve been neglecting your skin this winter then you should consider a facial with added exfoliation and hydration to get your skin glowing again. These are just a few suggestions for common post-winter skin challenges.

For a skin routine tailored to your skin, book a consultation to discuss treatment, products, and home care.

My Recommended Service:

Signature Plus Facial $145 with a Today’s Peel $50

Product Recommendations:

Mystic by Cosmedix ($36.50) This toner has a refreshing cucumber-citrus aroma and contains skin calming L-alpha bisabolol, high performance humectant Sodium PCA, precursors to hyaluronic acid L-Limonene & D-Glucuronic acid, mixed with a heavy dosage of anti-viral/ant-bacterial free radical fighting Deuterium Oxide and Witch Hazel. A perfect toner for year-round hydrating for all skin types.

Rescue Balm by Cosmedix ($44)
The delicious cherry infused hydration masque provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, and melanin suppression. Willowherb and a potent Copper Complex promote collagen and fibroblast production as well as regeneration and healing. This masque is a must have for sensitive, dry, injured, eczema, and post-procedure skin that can also be used as a moisturizer.


Street Closures During the Austin Marathon 2014

February 16, 2014

In lieu of the Austin Marathon, we want to make sure you know every and all street closures. Good luck to all the runners!

Sunday, February 16

Austin Marathon and Half Marathon

12:15 AM to 6:00 PM

Congress Avenue

Between 5th Street and 11th Street
3:00 a.m. and will reopen on 2/16 at 6:00 p.m.

10th Street, 9th Street, 8th Street
Between Brazos Street and Colorado Street
Will reopen on 2/16 at 6:00 p.m. Lanes on 7th Street between Brazos and Colorado will be reduced during the same period.

North Congress Avenue
Between 15th Street and 17th Street
Will reopen on 2/16 at 3:30 p.m.

16th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Colorado Street
Will reopen on 2/16 at 8:00 a.m.

Congress Avenue
Between 4th Street and 5th Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m.

East 9th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Brazos Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m. Lanes on East 8th Street, between San Jacinto and Brazos, will also be restricted during this time.

5th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street
Between Brazos Street and Colorado Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m.

Brazos Street
Between East 7th Street and East 11th Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m.

West Cesar Chavez Street
Between Congress Avenue and Guadalupe Street
Goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. and will re-open at 8:00 a.m.

San Jacinto Boulevard
Between East 11th Street and East 15th Street
Goes into effect at 6:30 a.m. and will re-open at 2:00 p.m.

11th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Guadalupe Street
Goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. and will re-open at 4:00 p.m.

Congress Avenue
Between 15th Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 11:00 a.m.

MLK Jr. Boulevard
Between Red River Street and Guadalupe Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 11:00 a.m.

Guadalupe Street
Between West Cesar Chavez Street and West 11th Street
Goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. and will re-open at 12:30 p.m.

East 18th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Colorado Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 11:00 a.m.

East 17th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Colorado Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 4:00 p.m.

15th Street
Between Trinity Street and Lavaca Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 12:30 p.m.

Massage, News, Specials, Treatments

Valentine’s Day Specials For That Special Someone (Just Sayin’)

February 11, 2014

Don’t think about it as one day out of the year where your love is on blast. Instead, look at it as the perfect excuse to treat yourself — and the ones you love — to something unbelievably relaxing and well-deserved. We’ll make it easy on you. Limited-time only Valentine’s Day packages are just the thing to make this Friday anything but dreaded.

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Valentine’s Mini Retreat
Signature Facial OR 60-minute Lux Massage
m + h Manicure
Buy Gift Certificate

Cupid’s Retreat
60-minute Lux Massage
Signature Facial
Buy Gift Certificate

Valentine’s Ultimate Retreat
Ultimate Massage
Ultimate Pedicure
Buy Gift Certificate

Valentine’s Dreamy Retreat
90-minute Lux Massage with Exfoliating Back Scrub and Hydrating Hair Mask
Signature Facial
m + h Manicure and Pedicure
Buy Gift Certificate

Date Night
60-minute Couples Massage
Side-by-Side m + h Pedicures
Buy Gift Certificate

Enhance Your Retreat:
These services can be added to any treatment or package.

  • Blowout, $45
  • Blowout with Makeup Application, $75
  • m + h Manicure, $30
  • m + h Pedicure, $50

Couples Treatments:

Couples Retreat
milk + honey is one of those things that is even better when shared. You’ll each enjoy a 60-minute Lux Massage in our couples room, a Signature Facial, and a m + h ManicureAbout 3 hours for $449.
Buy Gift Certificate

All Time Favorites:

Lux Massage
A customized, luxurious Swedish-style massage for relaxation that treats your problem areas and releases stress from your muscles. 60 minutes for $100, 75 minutes for $120, 90 minutes for $140, 120 minutes for $170.
Buy Gift Certificate

Lux Pedicure
Yum! Warm foot bath, exfoliation, a warm essential oil wrap, aromatherapy foot massage and hot towel compress. Finish it off with nail maintenance and polish. 60 minutes for $70.
Buy Gift Certificate

Manly Retreat
Your body works hard for you, so say “thank you.” The Manly Retreat includes a 60-minute Sports MassageMen’s Deep Clean Facial, and Manly ManicureAbout 2.5 hours for $259.
Buy Gift Certificate

The Spa Partisan
The signature milk + honey body treatment. Body brushing opens your pores before the skin is polished with a blend of brown sugar, coffee, crushed almonds, and dehydrated milk. Next, a steam treatment moisturizes, and a 60-minute Lux Massage with body butter completes the relaxing treatment. 100 minutes for $190.
Buy Gift Certificate

Contact us

2nd Street District (spa + salon) | [email protected]
Hill Country Galleria (spa + salon) | [email protected]
Arboretum Market (salon) | [email protected]


You Want Beautiful Lashes? You Got It.

February 5, 2014

One word: RevitaLash. The magical eyelash formula is back in action!

Come to our downtown location to stock up. And to celebrate RevitaLash’s “comeback,” we’re giving away a three-month supply to one lucky person. So, how do you throw your name into the ring? To enter, do these three things:

1. Be a fan of our Facebook page (we post exclusive day-only upgrades and complimentary treatments there!)
2. “Like” the RevitaLash contest post on our FB page — HERE.
3. Leave a comment about your best — or worst — Valentine’s Day with the hashtag #eyelovemilkandhoney

We’ll pick the winner — and contact them — on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Good luck, and welcome back RevitaLash!

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News, Press

We’re in Tribeza’s Love Issue

February 4, 2014

… Look for us in the Tribeza Talk section (p. 47) of this month’s Love Issue. We’re excited to be one of the “things” to be excited about this month. Thank you, Tribeza!

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Two Ways to Shop Local (Jewelry) for Valentine’s Day

February 3, 2014

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Jamie Kelsch Her latest jewelry line, “Flight,” was inspired by her move from Colorado to Austin eight years ago and is marked by elegance and urban appeal. Each and every piece of J. Kelsch Jewelry is made by hand with the kind of attention to detail and quality craftsmanship that turns wearable art into potential heirlooms. “Wearability is important to me,” says Kelsch, “I keep my jewelry lightweight and integrate a lot of hinges to create movement.”

See and shop Kelsch’s pieces at our Downtown – 2nd Street location from February 11 to 13.

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Anna Gieselman The Bee Amour collection, created by artist and backyard beekeeper Anna Gieselman, is both a tribute to bees and outlet to help them. Every piece is made locally in Austin, is detail-oriented, dedicated to original design, and donates 5 percent of company profits to bee-loving nonprofits and institutions.

See and shop Gieselman’s pieces at our Downtown – 2nd Street location on February 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


What’s the Best — or Worst — Valentine’s Day You’ve Ever Had?

February 3, 2014

Valentine’s Day, oh Valentine’s Day. It’s amazing that one day in the shortest month of the year could make so many women cringe, so many men panic about questions such as “one dozen or two?, and simultaneously impress upon us the importance of showing just how much you love someone. To pay homage to the most romantic day of the year, we’re sharing our best — and worst — Valentine’s Day memories. Enjoy.

“For Valentine’s Day in 2006 — I had been with my boyfriend for 2 years at this point, and we had just bought a house — he surprised me with exactly what I wanted: a treadmill. It WAS exactly what I wanted. The card said ‘Not because I think you’re fat. I love you, Travis.'” — Summer Langhorne, general manager

“One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories is of being a kid and getting all of those cute little store-bought V-Day cards from all of the kids in my class. They would tape up homemade envelopes on the blackboard with each person’s name on it, and you’d drop the cards in them. I remember giving the ripped up mangled one to the boy in our class that was a mean bully, and scratching out the eyes of Snoopy or whom ever was on the card because my mother said I had to give one to everyone. And, I loved when my Dad came home from work on Valentine’s Day with those “red hot” hearts, balloons, a stuffed bear holding a heart, and chocolates. Oh, those were the days!” — Alissa Bayer, founder and owner

“My friends and I decided to have an anti-Valentine’s Day party. As part of it, we actually lit a heart-covered box on fire in our long driveway. It felt very rebellious at the time, but we must have put too much lighter fluid on it because a neighbor called the fire department… and they actually came to put it out. Ha.” — anonymous

“I spent Valentines Day one year drinking a bottle of red wine out of a thermos on the Pedestrian Bridge while overlooking downtown Austin as the sun set with my two best friends. We all held hands and watched all the couples strolling by. It is still one of my most favorite Valentines Days!” — Laurana Kuhlman, licensed massage therapist

“Valentine’s Day 2005: I found out that the first boy I had truly fallen in love (ah! first love! which happened to coincide with my first year living in NYC as a college freshman) was cheating on me with a girl living in an apartment two floors above mine. What a day! Thank goodness for amazing friends. That was also the day I discovered one of my favorite bars in the East Village, so all’s well that ends well.” — Marisa Tom, marketing manager

“Worst? He bought me a toy-size keychain board game. As in, it was my favorite board game (sweet!) on a key chain. Best? Going out for drinks with my girlfriends.” — Cara DuPre, concierge

“The Valentine’s Day before my and my now-husband’s wedding, he sent me flowers from I was livid with him, and could not believe I was going to marry someone who could not even go to the store, buy me flowers, and give them to me in person. I think you should only send flowers like that if you can’t give them in person. He ended up talking to my mother about it, and she told him that being in a relationship with me would never be easy or predictable. He was just confused as to why a girl would be mad that she was given flowers. Boys. It took me several days to not be mad at him. After that, I didn’t get flowers or anything for years!” — anonymous

“First time I was single in a long while, Valentine’s Day comes around, and I am feeling super down. So, I buy myself a homemade red velvet cupcake, get a bottle of Tisdale Sweet Red, and watch an entire season of Firefly. I felt fabulous.” — Erin Catherine Brannen, concierge

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