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an exciting announcement [coming this winter]

June 4, 2018

We’re officially expanding our Arboretum Market location in order to offer the full, exceptional milk + honey spa experience and highest quality products to even more people in Austin.

We’re moving only a few doors down from our original salon into a 10,275 square foot space — making it our largest spa and salon yet. Designed by Baldridge Architects and slated for completion this winter, the location will feature 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four manicure-and-pedicure stations. In addition to haircut and styling services, that means massage, body treatments, facials, waxing, peels, and natural nail therapy for our current Arboretum Market clients and the greater Northwest Austin area.

The current salon will be fully operational throughout the expansion process so it will not cause disruptions in the interim. We’re very excited to reveal the new space to you and will certainly keep you in the loop as we near the grand opening. 

Follow us @milkandhoneyspa for your first look!

 

Austin, Events

milk + honey Partners with MOODxMOSS

March 7, 2018

With wellness at the forefront of all things beauty and innovation, SXSW is introducing a Wellness Expo to its 2018 conference — and milk + honey will be there! Come see us in Booth #401 on Saturday, March 10th + Sunday, March 11th. You can expect product samples, giveaways, and other exciting partnerships. One of the most anticipated partnerships? Aura photography from MOODxMOSS.

If you’re wondering how aura photography works, you’re not alone. We’re breaking down the energy-forward artform with MOODxMOSS founder, Carrie Moss.

In a nutshell, how does aura photography work?

The Aura Imaging System, by Guy Coggins, utilizes biofeedback technology. The system measures the electrical potential along the meridian points of the palm of the hand, then an algorithm converts that information into an electrical frequency and displays this as the colors and patterns of the aura.

What does your aura look like? Is it ever-changing?

Yes, auras are ever-changing. They shift depending on where you are at emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I think one of the interesting things about getting a visual representation of one’s aura is that over time you can see patterns emerge. My aura is primarily red and orange when I am traveling with MOOD on the road, and when I am home in Austin, it is more rainbow-ish.

What’s the most surprising aura reading you’ve ever experienced?

I love it when I see Spirit Guides show up in aura photos. They look like streaks or bright pinpoint lights!

 

What inspired you to start MOODxMOSS?

I have been a photographer and spiritual seeker for over 20 years. A friend of mine told me about the AuraCam and I was intrigued. I’ve learned that when an idea keeps popping back into your mind it is time to listen! So after about six months of research and thinking about it, I decided to launch MOODxMOSS.

 

What are you grateful for this SXSW?

I am most grateful to be partnering with milk + honey for the Wellness Expo. I love that SXSW created a new segment of the conference to include the wellness community. I feel and see a shift happening and it is exciting to be part of it.

The SXSW Wellness Expo is free + open to the public.

RSVP here.

Austin, BEES, Green, Ingredients, Living, News, Products

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

September 28, 2017

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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 began in June 2015.

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 beekeeper.

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. Our small, but growing, urban apiary started as 10 hives in total — six were 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 today, we have more than a dozen thriving hives located in East Austin.

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 are 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!

Austin, Life

milk + honey’s Austin Staycation Guide

July 2, 2017

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Summer vacation! As a kid, it meant no school, unlimited time to hang out with friends, trips to theme parks, and so on; as an adult, it can mean jetting away to an exotic island or country to get a taste of something completely different from home. Here at milk + honey, we think that summer vacation can also include exploring your own backyard. Inspired by the city, we’ve mapped out our ideal Austin Staycation guide. Just like our Houston Staycation roundup, this guide highlights which hotels, restaurants, activities should be on your to-do list.

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Austin

Behind the Scenes: Austin Fashion Week 2017

May 22, 2017

Lights, camera, runway! On May 19, 2017, SALON by milk + honey stylists, Amy, Morgan, and Meesh, along with salon apprentice, Peyton, participated in Austin Fashion Week. To prep for Friday evening’s runway show, the stylists met with the featured designers to create an exclusive hairstyle for the show. It had to be a look that would translate across multiple collections and aesthetics. Together, they chose soft, gorgeous curls — one part glamorous, one part low-maintenance — for the 19 models that would be walking the show. Working backstage is always filled with energy, fun, and inspiration, and this year was no different. Here are some of our favorite backstage snapshots from this year’s Austin Fashion Week.

 

Austin, Houston

You’re Invited to Our Fall Peel Party

September 12, 2016

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Join us Wednesday, September 21 for one of our favorite events: our bi-annual Peel Party!

What is a peel party?

Prep your skin ready for the colder months with 50% off all of our Peels, all day Wednesday, September 21 at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, South Lamar, and River Oaks locations. Plus, you’ll receive personalized skincare recommendations for our on-hand CosMedix experts.

Where do I sign up?

To reserve your spot email reservations@milkandhoneyspa.com or call 512.236.1115 or 713.231.0250  *A non-refundable $30 deposit is required.

Austin, Events

You’re Invited to NuFace Summer Uplift Party

May 23, 2016

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Your beauty routine needs NuFACE. This revolutionary device gives you the dewy, fresh skin you’ve always wanted — and the best part? It’s like giving yourself spa treatments right in the the comfort of your home. Learn how to kick your skincare up a notch with us.

When is the party?

Friday, May 27 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our 2nd Street District location.

What exactly is this party? 

We’re showcasing the amazing results you’ll see when using the NuFACE. Our talented estheticians will walk you through how to use this gadget to achieve fresh, dewy skin. After your one-on-one demonstration, you’ll go home with a “credit” good for a NuFACE upgrade with your next milk + honey facial. Plus, you’ll receive a gift when you purchase any NuFACE product.

How do I sign up?

You can reserve your spot at our NuFACE party by calling 512.236.1115 or emailing reservations@milkandhoneyspa.com. There is no deposit required for this event. Limited spots available.

 

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