A Spa Day for Everyone

You might be surprised to hear how one of my latest grooms spent the afternoon before his big event. He didn’t play a game of golf, though that might have been fun. He didn’t have a round of beers at the local sports bar with his Best Man, either. Instead, I arranged for an outing that would leave him relaxed and looking his best when it came time to say his “I do”‘s.

For this, he headed to a spa. To be specific, I’d booked him an appointment for a full-on, luxury barber’s shave, including a warm towel wrap and probably a little witty conversation. I loved the idea – and so did he!

In fact, expanding this concept into an event is an absolutely original way to get together with your wedding party. You know me – I’m all about originality and creativity! So, how about gathering both sides of the aisle – bridesmaids and groomsmen – for a late morning brunch, followed by a relaxing trip to the spa? For starters, everyone enjoys Eggs Benedict or Belgian waffles (and maybe a Bloody Mary or two), then the girls head off for an afternoon of pampering and the guys make their way to a spa just their style.

FACE Salon Spa Retreat for Men, for instance, is just such a spot. Located in the West Village in Uptown Dallas, FACE offers facials, hair services, and hand & foot “details”, as well as a Signature Shave featuring Billy Jealousy products. There are even flat screen TV’s and draft beer in the waiting room. Nice! Or, try Uptown’s The Boardroom Salon for spa treatments in a masculine environment that includes leather chairs and a pool table! Another option is Massage Envy, right around the corner, and I can personally recommend it for a relaxing massage.

Staying in the neighborhood, the West Village is also home to a couple of options for the ladies in the group. Spa*Habitat is natural and organic all the way, and has been touted in Lucky, Allure and Modern Luxury Magazines. Their Summer Citrus Massage sounds like heaven and is perfect for this season! The Avalon Salon & Spa also offers a full menu of services and treatments. Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery, just a short walk or ride away, is a great place to start the day with a delicious meal.

Whether you choose to explore these spas, or others in your area, a day like this is a wonderful way to show your appreciation to the members of your wedding party. Everyone loves great food and a little relaxation – both the girls and the guys, too!

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Dallas Spa Week

Dove Soap is sponsoring their annual Spa Week April 12-18. To celebrate, spas across the nation are offering their most popular treatments for just $50. Treat your bridesmaids, your mom, or just treat yourself to a day of relaxation and pampering. {We give you permission, planning a wedding is a lot of work!}

Here’s just a few that caught our eye:

The Spa at II Creeks in Richardson: 45 Min Peppermint Rosemary Salt Scrub with Face and Scalp Massage

Facelogic Spa in Dallas: 50 Min Anti-Stress Massage with Hot Lava Shells

Halcyon Days Salon and Spa at Neiman Marcus NorthPark: 50 Min Rosemary Mint Wrap with Customized Finishing Touch

Mari’s Skin Care 45 Min Chocolate Peel {Sounds yummy}

Call now to book an appointment before they’re full! For a complete list of Dallas-area spas who are participating and for contact info, visit http://www.spaweek.com/While you’re on their site, register in their giveaways to win beauty care products. What’s not to love?

Groom-ing: This One’s for the Guys

When it comes to looking great, brides aren’t the only ones who go the extra mile for the big day.  Lots of grooms – not to mention groomsmen and fathers – also take special steps in order to put their best face forward. Often times, that means a trip to a salon, barber shop or spa just for men.  I’ve listed some of my local favorites below, and whether a guy’s in the market for a classic cut and shave or the full spa experience, these spots will leave him relaxed, refreshed and camera-ready.
The Boardroom Salon for Men
5550 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 169, Dallas
(additional locations in Allen, Highland Village and Southlake)
This stylish spot offers cuts, massages, facials, hot lather shaves and more in a relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere.
Culwell & Son’s Grooming Room
6319 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas
This barbershop, located in one of the finest men’s stores in town, adheres to the philosophy that “A good haircut is just as important as the right clothing”.
FACE Salon Spa Retreat for Men
3000 Blackburn Avenue, Suite 190, Dallas
(In the West Village)
FACE offers a contemporary experience from the flat screen tv’s in the waiting lounge to the wide array of cut, “color rejuvination”, shave and spa services to choose from.

The Gent’s Place Men’s Fine Grooming
6975 Lebanon Road, Suite 303, Frisco
A new spot that pays tribute to an old tradition, The Gent’s Place is modeled after the local barbershops of days gone by.
Roosters Men’s Grooming Center
1920 El Dorado Parkway, Suite 600, McKinney
Founded by a Master Barber with over 30 years experience in the business, this chain of classic barbershops has locations in nine states across the country.
V Spa at the Hilton Anatole Hotel
2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas
The “V Man” treatment series at this luxury spa offers several options just for him, including facials and the “back to nature” back treatment and massage for the ultimate in relaxation.

A Spa Day for Everyone

You might be surprised to hear how one of my latest grooms spent the afternoon before his big event. He didn’t play a game of golf, though that might have been fun. And he didn’t have a round of beers at the local sports bar with his Best Man, either. Instead, I arranged for an outing that would leave him relaxed and looking his best when it came time to say his “I do”‘s.

For this, he headed to a spa. To be specific, I’d booked him an appointment for a full-on, luxury barber’s shave, including a warm towel wrap and probably a little witty conversation. I loved the idea – and so did he!

In fact, expanding this concept into an event is an absolutely original way to get together with your wedding party. You know me – I’m all about originality and creativity! So, how about gathering both sides of the aisle – bridesmaids and groomsmen – for a late morning brunch, followed by a relaxing trip to the spa? For starters, everyone enjoys Eggs Benedict or Belgian waffles (and maybe a Bloody Mary or two), then the girls head off for an afternoon of pampering and the guys make their way to a spa just their style.

FACE Salon Spa Retreat for Men, for instance, is just such a spot. Located in the West Village in Uptown Dallas, FACE offers facials, hair services, and hand & foot “details”, as well as a Signature Shave featuring Billy Jealousy products. There are even flat screen TV’s and draft beer in the waiting room. Nice! Another option is Massage Envy, right around the corner, and I can personally recommend it for a relaxing massage.

Staying in the neighborhood, the West Village is also home to a couple of options for the ladies in the group. Spa*Habitat is natural and organic all the way, and has been touted in Lucky, Allure and Modern Luxury Magazines. Their Organic Pumpkin Body Ritual sounds like heaven! The Avalon Salon & Spa also offers a full menu of services and treatments. And Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery, just a short walk or ride away, is a great place to start the day with a delicious meal.

Whether you choose to explore these spas, or others in your area, a day like this is a wonderful way to show your appreciation to the members of your wedding party. Everyone loves great food and a little relaxation – both the girls andthe guys, too!