Fix Beauty Bar
Ready to feel pampered? This newly-opened Midtown East salon will blow your hair out while simultaneously performing a manicure-pedicure. The space is tiny, but you’ll leave feeling fabulous. Similar to the city’s popular DryBar, Fix won’t cut your hair, but specializes in blowouts. A quick glance through their lookbook offers styles named and fashioned after your favorite celebs (‘The Taylor’ features big, bouncy curls a la Swift and ‘The Kim’ will give you loose waves like the most famous Kardashian). Better yet: You’ll sip on white wine while the relaxing treatment takes place. Prices are affordable ($40 for a blowout, $15 for a manicure, $35 for a pedicure, or all three services for $85).
Featuring merchandise that is simultaneously feminine and trendy, Lucia offers the latest in designer and private label clothing as well as an extensive selection of hats, accessories and footwear that skirt the edge, but don’t go over it. The knowledgeable and friendly staff have a knack for guiding customers to just the right thing and also display infinite patience. With two Brooklyn locations, Lucia is fashionable Brooklyn’s best kept secret, and the perfect place to find just that outfit.
Verve Medical Cosmetics
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For hair and skin dulled by winter’s harsh, dry air, Phyto Universe is more than just a salon. Offering hair analysis and therapy as well as facials and body treatments, this botanically based spa boasts a 3,000-square foot vertical garden composed of over 9,000 tropical plants. Patrons rave about the hand revival massage and rescue remedy hair renewal.
Dina's Kiss & Makeup
It’s too easy to walk by this quaint, cute shop, located in bustling downtown Hoboken. Trust us on this one though – you won’t want to miss it. Enter through the purple side door into a brightly-lit store which offers a friendly feel. You’ll likely find Dina herself behind the desk at the cozy boutique, offering tips and suggestions on everything from make-up to perfume to jewelry. No need to feel intimidated while browsing the selection. But here’s our favorite part: $25 spray tans. Need we say more?
Elizabeth Anne Bonanno Consulting
For those with a more open-ended budget, New York based jewelry consultant Beth Anne Bonanno can escort you through the world of rare, high-end collectable gemstones and signature pieces. Says Bonanno, “I love adornment so much; it’s not about a price point, it’s about a feeling.” Culling inspiration from the world around her, Bonanno displays a knack for matching her clients with magnificent pieces seemingly created just for them, and has cultivated an impeccable reputation for integrity and style in the process.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.