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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.

 

Austin, News

SXSW 2016: Our Guide to the Music Festival

March 14, 2016

There’s never a shortage of live music in Austin, but SXSW Music ups the ante tenfold. It’s sensory overload with a side of FOMO thrown into the mix — who to see and who to pass over with only so many hours in the day? With all this ear candy taking over most of downtown Austin, it begs the question: where to start? I’ve mapped out the shows I’m most excited about in the hopes that you too will glean some of your own concert-going inspiration.

Anamanaguchi DJ set

The self-proclaimed “boy band” out of New York has amassed an impressive cult following thanks to its addictive electronic meets J-pop beats. If you’re unfamiliar with their sound, press “play” on Pop It, a more recent favorite of mine that is bubblegum-dance perfection.

Playing Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17.

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SXSW 2016: 5 Ways to Refresh Before Your Next Panel

March 11, 2016

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While it’s easy (and fun!) to get swept away in the excitement of SXSW, it’s just as easy to burn out before your final panel takes the stage. To help you maintain that bright-eyed, busy-tailed sensibility, we’ve culled some of our favorite express treatments for you — all quick enough to press the “refresh” button without missing your next meeting.

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