Today's shiny, shaped, and polished Groupon puts your cuticles in a lavender place for a creamy coddle. For $12, you get a Hot Lavender Cream Manicure at Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa and Boutique (a $25 value, including tax). Sweet Lily Spa in Tribeca uses natural products, fresh fruits, and essential oils to craft high-quality, healing treatments for even the most forlorn fingers.
This 30-minute fingernail fix starts out with a soothing natural lavender cream soak. Sweet Lily's friendly, expert technicians file and buff your keratin into the shape you want (curved, squared, rhombezoid, etc.), then they condition your cuticles with antiseptic, antifungal tea tree and citrus oil. You get a lavender sugar exfoliant treatment, then a reflexology hand massage and a fresh coat of glossy polish, transforming your fingers into unparalleled aesthetic treats you should try to remember not to actually eat.
Manicure maniacs rave about Sweet Lily's exceptionally clean and hygienic salon (implements are disinfected using hospital-grade procedures and are individually packaged). The space is a comfortable escape to the country with vintage farm tables for manicures, oak floors, bare white walls, and overstuffed puffy chairs for pedicures.
- Sweet lily is one of the loveliest places to visit in the city for a Mani/Pedi... The service is excellent, the products are excellent, as well as the atmosphere. The ladies that work there are very Lind and sweet, they know what they're doing. – CSMobileUser3, Citysearch
- I was expecting a really ordinary run of the mill pedicure and manicure but got a lot more! As a massage therapist, I work in a lot of spas and was actually impressed with how clean the place was...I even grilled the manager about the sterilization and was really happy with the answers. – massagehands, Citysearch
- I don't go out of my way to protect my manicures, and I tend to be hard on my hands. I've had two manicures here and both of them lasted longer than any I've ever had before at any price point... The technicians are very pleasant and thorough. It's clean, but warm and friendly without being intrusive. – envoyage, Citysearch
Lily was always sweet.
While other children were out burning down state capitols and pulling the heads off dolls to reveal railroad deeds or spring-loaded knives, Lily just sang to herself, kicking her feet and watching birds argue outside the window.
“Is she bored?” her mother’s friends would ask when she refused their tarts and Checkers manuals.
“No, my Lily isn’t bored. She’s just sweet. She wishes not to be a bother.”
Lily sat next to that window for the rest of the day, and into the night. She was there when her mother rose for work the next day, and when her mother came home that evening, she hadn’t moved. She did not eat, or grow older, or complain. Her mother, however, continued to age, until she became her grandmother, and then her ghostmother. Finally, her ghostmother faded to such transparency as to be little more than a voice clinging to a shadow. Still, Lily sat and kicked her feet, and her mother could bear her privacy no longer.
“Lily, my dear child,” said the voice made of shadow. “Why do you not play? Why do you not eat, or sleep, or age and die as I have died?”
“I do not want to be a bother,” she said, without hesitation, and her shadowmother shrugged herself out of the world, and the birds outside continued to argue, unaware that they were not the same birds, or the first birds, and that someday too, they would be shrugged.
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