Spa owner and director Silva Haroutunian is all about skincare. Her establishment Silvianas Salon & Spa is known for its facials – all of which are done by Silva herself. She is meticulous about her technique and the customer experience she offers, and her facials, peels, collagen treatments and microdermabrasion services have been cited as some of Miami’s best spa services for years. The spa has two small, all-white, contemporary service rooms, making for very intimate surroundings. In addition to face treatments, Silviana’s offers waxing, massage therapy, hand and foot treatments and manicures and pedicures, while providing a line of at-home products that have been thoroughly tested and recommended by – who else – Silva Haroutunian herself.
Coiffure & Nature's team of environmentally conscious aestheticians uses organic products to pamper patrons without compromising the earth. Patrons opting for waxing treatments are defuzzed using wax crafted from plant resins and beeswax, which help prevent allergies, rashes, and the spontaneous growth of anatomical candles. Tame Bert-like brows with an eyebrow wax ($18 for women, $20 for men), or decrease facial drag by whisking away spare follicles from the upper lip ($8 women, $10 men). Full leg ($42 women, $45 men) and bikini line waxes ($30 women, $35 men) are also available for those prepping for a swim meet or a bipedal porpoise look-alike contest.
Body Minute's focus on catering to women with busy lifestyles propelled its skin-care methods into more than 350 beauty centers across Europe—and then, across the pond. Whether requesting individual services or a monthly subscription, each of Body Minute's clients receives the convenience of quick treatments without the need for an appointment.
Basic facials with steam and extractions cleanse specific skin types, while facial patches reinvigorate the skin with algae or olive-tree extracts. Alternatively, aestheticians pamper the whole body with services such as a relaxing Japanese massage and a Hormeta scrub exfoliation, which lets clients feel the smoothing effects of volcanic rock without having to roll down the slope of Krakatoa. To help clients achieve the results of their treatments at home, Body Minute carries its own line of paraben-free, Swiss-made beauty products.
Curving lavender walls guide guests into Spa in the Grove's relaxation chamber, softly lit from below and shutting out the complications of modern life with the Zen simplicity of its décor. With long strokes, gentle stretches, and pressure-point techniques, massage therapists build up healing rhythms that coax muscles out of painful holding patterns. Botanical and mineral salves enhance bodies' sense of connection to the natural world, from lavender aromatherapy oil to exfoliating sea salt to the cold-pressed jojoba oil that sluices away friction from all massage sessions and desert predators away from all jojoba plants.
At the Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show, vendors and chocolate lovers alike descend upon South Florida during a celebration of life's sweeter side. An estimated 3,000 foodies visit the evening event, witnessing and tasting the creations of some of the region's and the world's most distinguished chefs.
Themed areas make navigating the event a cinch. In designated chocolate zones, gourmet retailers, bakers, and pastry chefs win the hearts of taste buds with their sweets, which range from handmade goods to organic and small-batch treats. For a more savory experience, Restaurant Row showcases the eats of more than 30 South Florida restaurants. Pairing seminars, meanwhile, discuss what edibles go well together, and live cooking demonstrations share tricks of the trade, such as how to turn a chef's hat into an oversized drinking goblet. There will also be a number of beer, wine, and spirits vendors on hand and attendees can enjoy music performances throughout the space.
Nestled within the food show, the Cigar Cellar & Lounge sponsors the Miami Smoke Affair. Cigar connoisseurs stroll the booths of 20 brands, learning from the factory reps about how the cigars are made, what they're made from, and how they should be smoked. As they meander through the space, they sip on unlimited glasses of craft beer and nibble on bites of food. They can also dig into cigar-packed goody bags in the tented smoking lounge.
Stephani Nguyen spends her days staring deeply into people?s eyes. But she's not trying to discern the elements of the soul?no, the lash stylist is merely using her skills to apply synthetic, silk, or mink eyelash extensions that boost the length and volume of natural lashes. She can apply anywhere from 50 to 110 lashes in a single session, opting for the greater number when her client wants eyes that really pop. Stephani is also an aesthetician, and she uses her skills in that regard to gently erase acne and signs of aging.