Brazil Bronze Glow Bar owner Sally Blenkey-Tchassova knows how difficult it can be to get pale skin to cooperate. She spent her childhood in England applying self-tanning creams to her naturally ivory skin, trying every formula and label she could in her ongoing quest to find the perfect, long-lasting solution. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and found a passion for the highly competitive??and very tan??world of ballroom dancing, that she gracefully stumbled upon the concept of airbrush tanning. From that moment on, she decided to learn everything she could about airbrushing, daring to dream about a world where every pale person could instantly transform herself into a Brazilian goddess whenever she pleased. However, her first attempts with highly perfumed, commercial-grade formulas left her feeling sick, so she took it upon herself to build a better bronze, eventually perfecting a 95% organic product, as well as a sculpted application designed to add subtle definition to curves, d?colletage, and the body's natural pinstriping.
According to New York magazine, Blenkey-Tchassova now divides her time between "the West Coast for celeb regulars and awards-season appointments" and the New York City salon, which has blossomed into an international operation recognized by numerous media outlets, including Allure magazine, which noted, "Her spray gun creates streak-free color that fades as evenly as the real thing." Salon technicians even travel to bring the airbrush experience to homes, offices, or subterranean doomsday bunkers, and further boost clients' self-confidence by planning flirty boudoir photo sessions.
When Tuscan Hills’ owners first opened their rustic Italian spot, they followed the old Italian tradition of placing a horseshoe upside-down over the door to keep negative energy out. But as customers came in to try the new spot, they kept pointing out that the horseshoe was hanging the wrong way, so they switched it. After that, they had the worst week since they’d opened—so they turned it face-down again, and Tuscan Hills has been a charm to the owners and their customers ever since.
With exposed-brick walls, flickering candles, and folded linen napkins, Tuscan Hills feels like an Italian hideaway. As guests gather around tables to chat over glasses of wine, chefs toss pasta with seafood, fresh vegetables, and meats and then pull bubbling 13-inch pizzas from the brick oven. Main dishes include braised chuck of wild boar smothered in brown sauce and served over polenta as well as the signature traditional Tuscan-style fish stew, cacciucco alla livornese, which is baked with a crispy bread crust. Family-style platters of pasta, steak, and other dishes bring groups together to share the brimming platters or finally satisfy the hunger of yetis out to treat themselves.
Starting when it opened in 1994, Rani Spas' image specialists have been polishing impressions through waxing, facials, massage, hairstyling, and mani-pedi services. The expert aestheticians enhance skin with a medley of visage-rejuvenating treatments, including the smoothing crystal collagen facial and the Synergie peel, which combines a powerful chemical peel with microdermabrasion to repair skin damaged from acne, sun exposure, and professional-apple-bobbing careers. The spa's stylists also tend to coifs with strand transformations ranging from cuts and updos to highlights and moisturizing treatments, and fuzz fields are left clean and sleek through gentle waxing and traditional threading methods.
At Chrysalis Salon, seasoned staffers enthusiastically ply the beautician's trade as fall floral accents bedeck the chocolate-colored walls around them, creating a scene as warm and lush as an open house held inside a jack-o'-lantern. Employing more than 20 years of experience, the salon's master hairstylist, Maura, specializes in color treatments including highlights, lowlights, and color correction. The salon's licensed aesthetician, Frances, customizes her facial services using the skills and knowledge it took to become certified as a beauty therapist by ITEC.
At First Impressions, aestheticians spruce up faces, relax backs, and pamper nails in 90-minute mini spa excursions. Technicians rub hands and feet with lavender- or honey-infused exfoliating scrubs, polishing skin to a healthy glow before coating nails in gel or Shellac polish, whose persistent grip clings to talons for up to two weeks, much like a shy toddler clutching a store mannequin’s leg. Toes can stretch out and luxuriate in a complimentary paraffin treatment, and faces emerge looking fresh and youthful after a treatment using all-natural products.