Young women send hangers of gauzy tops and bold, colorful dresses clacking across Frock Candy’s colorful racks, where designs hang in four storefronts in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Destin, Florida. Independent and well-known brands, such as Chinese Laundry, Qupid, Theme, and Lush supply casual and special-occasion dresses, prim and everyday tops, and shoes both saucy and demure to an inventory which rotates as tastes change. Frock Candy’s style experts forecast trends such as fresh colors and trending images of celebrity pets for each season.
Celebrity Nails & Spa's expert beauticians primp nails and spruce unruly head nests with pampering salon services. Opt for the first option for a complete finger renovation that gussies up backup toes via an acrylic-nail application. During the 40-minute procedure, a skilled technician applies acrylic material to nail surfaces before affixing shiny new finger helmets firmly in place, capable of resisting breakage and shielding fingertips from nail-nibbling fathers-in-law.
Celebrating its seventh anniversary in August, El Mariachi’s family of epicureans crafts authentic Mexican meals with fresh ingredients and traditional recipes. Tables can devour complimentary bowls of chips and hot sauce while ordering meaty plates of carne asada ($12.95) or beef chimichangas ($9.25) to fuel a night of gossiping about the sun behind its back. Enchilada-bound shrimp don tortilla bathing suits before diving into pools of homemade chili sauce ($8.95), and pairs of hungry diners can fill the fajitas for two with a simple choice of chicken or beef ($19.95), reaching a détente as their stomach growls subside. Lunchtime visitors can dress a tamale and a taco ($5.75 for both) in one of seven sauces, including cheesy queso, chocolatey mole, or spicy ranchero. With a casual atmosphere and a kids’ menu of tacos and burgers, El Mariachi makes an ideal pit stop for families and salsa-fueled racecars.
Guy & Co's team of beauticians overhauls outmoded outer appearances with an aesthetically driven menu of services for hair and skin. Hydei Childs, the salon's skincare expert, wields Dermalogica products in a private treatment room during classic and luxe facials such as the caviar collagen mask. Out in the salon, scissors-wielding stylists reimagine manes with haircuts, coloring treatments, and upright cowlick extensions, or aestheticians soften epidermal expanses with facials and waxing sessions. Botanical products from Moroccanoil and Aveda help staffers accomplish beauty-boosting feats and are also available for purchase à la carte. Sandy hues wash over the salon's tranquil interior, where walls of ornately wrought mirrors allow patrons to view their freshly shorn hairdos.
Bladz Salon's team of spa specialists soothes clients from their heads to their toenails, including the tense, achy muscles that fall between. Amanda Green, the salon's aesthetician, glosses patrons' guises with paraben-free products by Image Skincare during thorough facial treatments. In a dimly lit treatment chamber, a soft, heated mattress supports weary limbs while satin blankets offer cool kisses to massage-ready skin, and the sounds of wind chimes wash over brains to erase memories of off-key holiday recordings.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.