Ultra Fragrance not only stocks a staggering array of perfumes, skincare products, and makeup lines, its staff members help navigate the selection with a slew of online suggestions. A trend-tracking blog points out the scents and unguents recommended by magazines like InStyle and Cosmopolitan. Makeup gurus even share reviews and how-to-wear tips for specific products. With Ultra Fragrance's database of fashion analysis, customers can browse products from brands like Gucci, Donna Karan, and Dermalogica with confidence.
Whether you've got a flair for flares, an addiction to cigarette jeans, or you push toward pedal-pushing pedal pushers, The Blues Jean Bar has the stone-washed, pre-torn, or impeccable indigo of your dreams. The shop is designed like a tavern, keeping the savory styles of more than 40 top labels (for both men and women) “on tap.” Saunter up to the wood-hewn bar and ask the friendly denim-smith to whip you up a pair that combines your favorite wash, size, cut, and aroma. He or she will rifle through shelves stocked with labels such as Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Red Engine to find your fittingest fit in the latest fashion, eliminating the drudgery of surfing wave after indistinguishable wave of blue. D Magazine, which recently named the bar the Best Place to Buy Jeans, calls it "almost as fun as a real bar." Prices range from $150 to $225, depending on the label and style.
Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.
Modeled on the shops that once filled the land in the years when barber was still short for barbarian, Johnny D's is among the last men standing in the haircut world. Frills are purposefully kept to a minumum, but the services are honest, direct, and solid. The hair chop shop features cuts that leave clients dashing and close cropped just in time for blast-off in a Saturn V rocket, while the hot, lathery shave leaves faces smoother than the freshly waxed cherry-red fins on a '57 Cadillac. Each cut is tailored to match the demands of the hair bearer seated in one of the comfy chairs.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Ana Cestoni is an experienced and licensed aesthetician who tends to faces and skin at Nefertiti Salon and Day Spa, catering to a wide range of customers and fluent in both English and Spanish. In her signature facials, she customizes her treatments for specific skin types to help heal and rejuvenate visages. Other services include back treatments, microdermabrasions, and acne and anti-aging facials.