This past Friday, I decided to treat myself to a little pampering. It's not often that I go out for beauty treatments besides my regular haircut every 8-10 weeks, but I do like to sit down and get a pedicure every once in a while. When I lived in San Diego (where it is summer about 10 months out of the year) I used to get a pedicure practically every 3-4 weeks. These days, I'm lucky if I remember to get a pedicure at least twice during the summer (summer only lasts about 4-5 months now that I live in Denver).
Today I'm linking up with Becky from Olives n Wine and her weekly Treat Yourself Tuesday.
A new beauty "bar" opened up in my neighborhood at the start of this year. I live about 15 miles from downtown and I don't think there are any other beauty bars in my neighborhood. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get myself over to Ella Bliss to check it out.
When you go the Ella Bliss Beauty Bar website, their slogan says, "Not a spa, not a salon, a way of life." Seeing this on their site made me worry I was going to get a big sales pitch to sign up for a membership. But, I decided to give it a try anyway, and made my appointment through their website (I love the convenience of being able to book my own appointments online).
When I arrived, I was offered a complimentary drink. Glass of wine? Red or white? I decided I would stick to water but liked the idea that the next time I went with a friend or didn't have to drive immediately after my beauty treatments, I could have wine, beer, or a cocktail. For those who really want to party it up, additional drinks could be purchased:
Ella Bliss offers blowouts, updos, makeup services, massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures. I decided to keep it simple and opted for a pedicure. I was seated in one of these lovely (and comfortable chairs):
The woman who did my pedicure was professional and friendly, but what really made the experience, surprisingly, was the client who sat next to me. She was a regular, and the nicest person. We ended up chatting the entire time we sat next to each other getting our pedicures. In the end, I loved my blue toes:
When my toes were nice & dry, I pulled off the toe separators and went to pay. No hard push to sign up for the membership, just a casual, "Would you be interested in signing up for our monthly membership?" I asked for a brochure so I could think about it, paid for my services, and left relaxed and happy.
Have you ever been to a beauty bar? Do you have a favorite beauty treatment? Do you go out regularly to get pampered?