keep up with currant affairs (pedicure that is)

In my quest of getting some of the most amazing pedicures in NYC, I skipped on over to Eve Salon one evening for a post work pedicure with yummy tea and the best foot scrub ever. Perfect for winter, Eve Salon is now doing the Currant Affairs Pedicure where dry skin is buffed and banished with Whish Body’s limited edition Black Currant Sugar Scrub.

The Black Currant Sugar Scrub is loaded with the Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids and smells AMAZING! I must say I received the best foot scrub from Rosa at Eve, I think, in ever. My feet were left feeling unbelievably soft – even three weeks later (of course I do upkeep by scrubbing but I’ve noticed that my heels are less dry and gross looking)!
eve salon currant affairs pedicure
Post scrub Rosa clipped and cleaned my toes, and moisturized my feet with a blackcurrant scented body butter. During the service, I was sipping a yummy cup of Stash’s Blackcurrant tea spiked with a float of Crème de Casis (something so delicious I’m considering stocking up!). Although it is officially winter, I opted for a bright pop of color on my toes with Essie’s Tour de Finance, a bright fuchsia
essie tour de finance
The Currant Affairs pedicure is a 45 minute treatment and is available for a limited time for $40. Note: I was given a complimentary service for editorial consideration.

taj ma toes

Two (three?) weeks ago, I was off to Haven Spa – aka my second home – in Soho to experience their newest treatment: Taj Ma Toes. I knew I was in love because “taj ma toes” partially sounds like “touch ma toes” which cracked me up endlessly since I’m a five year old who loves a solid play on words.

This ayurvedic inspired pedicure warms, calms and relaxes the overactive Vata constitution. For reference, the Vata constitution describes one as being excitable and have high energy. I like to think of this as constantly being on-the-go (hellooo…that’s about 90% – unscientific calculation – of all New Yorkers!) The atmosphere of Haven Spa is supremely calming; I have a tendency of whispering when I walk in simply because I don’t want to ruin the mood. I’m afraid I’ll cause a random shift in the universe and BOOM, the one place in New York where I know I can relax suddenly disappears.

After selecting a color (I chose Zoya’s Logan, new and part of their holiday collection), you’re offered a nice warm cup of Spiced Chai Tea. Yum!!

Using almond, lemon, and geranium oils your pedicure is one that not only leaves your toes beautiful but skin nourished and hydrated. After a warm Vata foot bath, herbal scrub and mask application, you receive a soothing warm Vata oil hot stone massage of your legs and feet. A first for me but I can certainly see this as a nice pick me up during fall/winter.

The Taj Ma Toes treatment is available through February for $59 (for 45 minutes).

Disclosure: I received this for free but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

Afternoon Delights: Spiced Chai Pedicure at Haven Spa Soho

About two weeks ago, after the madness that was a wicked snowstorm, I trekked on over to Soho for a winter pick me up — a pedicure, something so simple yet totally satisfying. The journey there had worked a nerve as I was pushed into a pile of snow by a woman too oblivious to realize she cannot, in fact, fit into the narrow walkway I was occupying. In addition to that, a friendly NYC taxi cab sped through a ginormous mud/slush pile that landed ever so gracefully on my right side — waist down.

Fab, no?

I walked into Haven‘s friendly and calming atmosphere ready to be transported somewhere else. My treatment of choice? A Spiced Chai pedicure ($45 for 45 minutes), a soothing treatment that fixes winter feet (dry, rough heels and bad pedicures, hello?) leaving skin smooth and nails polished. My nail tech (pedicurist??), Emma, spoke softly and worked quickly. A seasonal service, it starts off with a warm foot bath infused with exotic spices. It felt beyond great to soak my feet after having to deal with the sludge of NYC. Next, a Spiced Chai sugar scrub was applied to slough away dry skin followed by a moisturizer, to hydrate skin. Emma applied a hot pink Essie polish (I’m so awesome I forgot the name).My toes thanked me and I thanked Emma for making me forgot (if only for a moment) about the mean streets of NYC to which I was about to return.

Best part of the pedicure? I was given a super yummy Chai Tea Latte – to which I am now addicted to and hunt Starbucks in an attempt to recreate the moment (I have yet to find one as amazing). In addition, you now have the option to play on an iPad during your treatment (naturally, I tweeted). The pedicure reinvented people.

Haven Spa is located at 150 Mercer St. between Houston and Prince in NYC.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary service. Please don’t forget that you can still help the people of Haiti, donate to the Red Cross today. Thank you.Share/Bookmark

Before you slip on those peep toes…

If there’s one thing I hate the most during the summer is seeing women wearing sandals with really icky feet. GET YOUR TOES DID LADIES! You’re sandals/peep toes are a lot less pretty when paired with feet that’ll make babies cry.

In an attempt to help rid the world of Bad Summer Feet-itis, I got a few tips from the folks over at Tweezerman sent over some tips that will not only make you look good, but save you some dinero in the end.

Step 1: Soak
Soak feet in warm water before beginning your pedicure.

Step 2: Trim
Nobody wants to see your talons. Not you. Not your mom. Not the man staring at you on the bus. So, trim your toe nails. The Combo Nail Clipper ($10) by Tweezerman can work wonders. It has a built in case that catches clippings so they aren’t left lying around your house. To prevent ingrown nails, cut toenails straight across.

Step 3: Clean
Yes, clean. Sounds simple but you’d be amazed at what some people DON’T do. Push (don’t cut!) cuticles back and clean under nails. The popular stainless steel 2-in-1 Pushy™ and Nail Cleaner ($17) has thin edges that are buffed smooth to prevent scratching while the textured body provides a perfectly secure grip.

Step 4: Smooth
Remove calluses and buff away dry skin with the new Tweezerman’s Sole Mates Dual Sided Foot Filer and Smoother ($20). A stainless steel Micro-File removes dead skin & reduces calluses and the equally high quality, nickel Finishing File buffs skin to make it soft and touchable.

Step 5: Polish
It’s summer. Go ahead and have some fun with your nail color. Right now, I’m drawn to anything that’s bright, punchy and full on color. There’s always a party south of my ankles friends, and I ask you to do the same. OPI’s Summer Flutter are all gorgeous!!

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