New Hair for the New Year: essensuals London


Good hair is hard to come by, especially in Seattle when a good blow dry almost always equals a downpour the next day. First there's the matter of finding a stylist who understands your vision, then there's the drama of the front desk where inflated egos run rampant, and of course, there's pricing. Too little and you know you're in for a hairy ride, too much and you're forced to hide your receipt so that your significant other doesn't know how much you actually spend on your hair. (I've only had to do that once....) The real answer to good hair is a trip to Capitol Hill's newest salon essensuals London. Located on 11th and Madison, essensuals London offers accessible pricing, a friendly vibe and insane amounts of experience from quality stylists who are eager to help you achieve the hair you've been dreaming about. Yes, I do happen to be obsessed with the city, but to me, London is a lifestyle concept that should have it's own hashtag. With cuts starting at $55, pricing is affordable, the staff is welcoming and the salon environment is unmatched in more ways than one.
Boasting a friendly but firm no asshole policy, (which I strongly feel should apply to life in general), salon owners and twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend welcome guests to experience their minimalist salon that caters to urban clients looking for fashion-forward styling. In addition to giving guests great hair, stylists at essensuals London also focus on educating clients by providing city-centric tips on how to manage their mane. Love a hot shower after a brisk Seattle day? Beware of hot water that can fade your hair color and cause split ends. To prevent damage without sacrificing your shower, clip hair up while shampoo and conditioners soak, then lower the water temp before rinsing. After years of spending excessive amounts of time in salon chairs, I thought I was well-versed on hair care. Turns out, even I learned a few new tricks to keep hair healthy and make it shine.
Jason and Robert grew up in the salon scene and developed a passion for it. Their mother was a stylist and often kept the boys out of trouble by having them sweep floors and clean brushes. These seemingly menial tasks ended up having a major impact on the twins and helped them to develop a strong work ethic that still serves them today. They understand the importance of the salon atmosphere and know how vital it is to shaping the customer experience. At essensuals London you'll find the usual amenities that you would expect at a traditional salon including complimentary coffee and tea, but you'll also find a place that feels familiar because the staff welcomes you like family and makes you feel right at home.
Each stylist at the salon specializes in their craft and takes a collaborative approach to styling clients. In my case, Robert worked on my color and patiently sat through endless pictures of Kim Kardashian on Pinterest so that he could understand my "vision". After the color was complete Jason did the cut and worked on shaping my long layers for maximum movement. The process was seamless and the experience was a lot of fun.
Locavore's will love the fact that many of the salon details are locally sourced including the reception stand and coffee table. Both were made locally by Timber & Ore out of reclaimed wood. The salon sign was also made locally by the artists at Noble Neon.
The atmosphere at essensuals London is inviting and fashion is at the forefront of this community salon. If it's been awhile since your last good hair day, you owe it to yourself to start the New Year off right. Tell the boys I sent you.


essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122

Good to know before you go: Pricing varies by stylist, so if you're on a budget make sure you're paired with someone in your price range when you book.

City Sweats hosts grand opening event


Seattle's first infrared-focused wellness spa is now open in Madison Park. I did one of their signature sweats a few weeks ago and now I'm a believer. In fact, I lost over a pound of water weight during my first session and felt really good after sweating it out for the 55-minute session. It was a cold day in Seattle and the warm heat felt so good! 

City Sweats offers a variety of spa services including their signature Far Infrared Sauna treatment, massages, Himalayan salt scrubs, lymphatic cleanses, and more. For newbies to this type of spa service, infrared light heat up the body and helps to open pores, release toxins and stimulate the immune system, allowing for deep detoxification. Sweat lodges have been around for hundreds of years as a means to purify and cleanse the body. City Sweats helps make this an accessible wellness regimen for city dwellers looking for an effective way to relax, unwind and ditch toxins. They even have mounted flat screen tv's so that you can watch a movie during your sweat session. I got to watch "The Hunger Games" during my session which definitely appealed to the nerdy, multi-tasker in me. 

If you're curious about infrared saunas you'll want to stop by City Sweats on Saturday, December 13th for a special grand opening event. Starting at 1pm City Sweats will be offering tours of the spa, free massages, tonic shots, fresh juices, spa giveaways, a raffle, and an outdoor s'mores bar for the kids. Special guests include If you purchase a package during the event 50% of the proceeds will benefit Project Violet, a philanthropic effort to drive early drug discovery at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 


1928 43rd Ave. E. 
Seattle, WA 98112


What: City Sweats grand opening event

When: Saturday, Dec. 14th from 1-4pm

Where: 1928 43rd Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98112

Why: Because you promised to make health and wellness a top priority in 2015!



Fashion Calendar: Prairie Underground Sample Sale


So many shopping events, so little time, but this is one not to be missed. For the first time Prairie Underground will be hosting their annual sample sale in their workshop in Georgetown and their entire team will be on-site to meet guests and help suggest the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The sample sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm and feature discounts of up to 70% off retail prices on hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, tunics, leggings and more.

What: Prairie Underground Sample Sale

When: Saturday Dec. 6th and Sunday Dec. 7th

Where: Prairie Underground 940 South Harney St. Seattle, WA 98108

Time: 10am-3pm

Good to know: Free parking. New stock added daily.

Pure Barre hosts Mine for Cline Donor Drive Sat. Dec. 6th


Join Pure Barre, Gossip & Glamour and Seattle Met style editor Amanda Zurita for the "Mine for Cline" Bone Marrow Donation Drive this Saturday, December 6th. Amanda's five-year-old nephew Cline suffers from a rare blood disorder that causes him to have a depleted immune system putting him at an extremely high risk for illness. That means no school, no playgrounds, no restaurants, no typical kid activities and no hope for a happy, healthy future without a life saving bone marrow transplant. This is where YOU come in. We're hosting a special bone marrow donation drive at three Puget Sound Pure Barre Locations in an effort to get people registered as potential bone marrow donors for Cline and others out there who are waiting on a life-saving transplant. Getting registered is easy, you'll fill out some paper work, swab your cheek and in a few months' time find out if you're a match for Cline, or anyone else on the list. Despite the fact that there are nearly 11 million people on the registry Cline has still not found a match. Help us give hope this holiday season by getting signed up. #MineforCline volunteers will be at the Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue locations ready and waiting to help answer questions and get people signed up. Pure Barre will be doing prize pack giveaways and the first 100 people to sign up and get swabbed will receive a special Mine for Cline hair tie. Come out to support this great cause and help us find a match!


Learn more about Cline's story in this brief video. 

What: Pure Barre Mine for Cline Bone Marrow Donation Drive

When: Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014 from 7:15am - 2pm

Where: Pure Barre locations including Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue

Why: Because this is a great way to start your weekend and help save lives

Bonus: Newbies to Pure Barre get their first class FREE


Connect with us on social media using hashtag #MineforCline


Beauty Calendar: Bella Fiore Holiday Party


Join Queen Anne's Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa for a special holiday party and open house this Friday, December 5th from 3-6 p.m. Guests are invited to sign up for complimentary mini facials and can enter to win generous raffle prizes including a laser hair removal package, reflexology session and a microcurrent facial. Shoppers will receive free deluxe samples with purchase and get an additional raffle ticket for every $100 spent. In addition to beauty and wellness services, Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa stocks a variety of great products that are perfect for the gift giving season including Kari Gran Skin Care, Gallipot, One Love Organics and more. Guests will also enjoy light snacks and refreshments while socializing and sipping on seasonal egg nog. Don't miss out on exclusive holiday pricing on select packages the night of the party only.

If you haven't stopped by to check out Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa this is a great opportunity to meet the staff, get a tour, check out the service offerings and learn more about their approach to skincare and overall wellness. Ashley from One Love Organics will also be on-site at the party to answer questions about the product line and meet guests. RSVP now at bellafioremedspa.com/bella-fiore-holiday-party.


Holiday Spa Specials
3 Kona Treatments for $475 
(regularly $225/each)

6 Microcurrent facials for $500 
(regularly $125/each)

6 Laser Hair Removal sessions (small area) $500 
(regularly $1050)


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Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103
Seattle, WA 98109


Shopping Event: Ladies night at Recoop Spa


Join Recoop Spa in Bellevue this Thursday night from 4-8pm for a special ladies night event featuring discounted pricing on manicures, pedicures, mini massages and facials. Guests will also be invited to shop locally for everyone on their holiday list from Seattle e-commerce boutique JJ Caprices. Come relax and enjoy an evening of sipping, shopping, spa treatments and more with Recoop Spa. Call 425-429-3323 to reserve your spot.


// Ladies Night Treatment Specials //
$15 Coop manicure
$20 Coop pedicure
$50 Quick Fix 30-min massage
$50 Time Saver 30-min facial

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// JJ Caprices Shopping Sneak Peak //




Recoop Spa
925 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Fashion News: essensuals London opens on Capitol Hill


British high fashion will meet Pacific Northwest cool on December 2nd with the opening of essensuals London, a boutique hair salon located on Capitol Hill. Part of the TONI&GUY UK brand the new salon is the first essensuals London location on the West Coast. The salon, owned and operated by twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend, will offer a complete range of cut, color and styling services specializing in fashion-forward looks for everyday wear. "Seattle is a city full of trend-setters and the rest of the nation is taking notice. We wanted to be part of the excitement which is why we made the decision to open our salon in Seattle," says owner Jason Townsend, who recently relocated from Beverly Hills. The philosophy of the salon is to provide creativity, quality and consistency at an affordable price. In addition to styling services guests will also have access to stylists who can offer customized tips on hair care products and make recommendations on styling tools that will help make daily styling a breeze. Haircuts start at $55.



essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122