November is here- and I couldn't possibly be more happy! Without a doubt, it is the BEST month of the year...not just because there is something so romantic about the leaves changing color (if you're anywhere but Texas lol) or it's my birthday month, but because all of the best holidays are on their way- with duh the exception of Halloween. While the holidays bring a lot of joy and happiness, they can also bring a lot of stress and anxiety. Between the shopping for gifts, traveling, attending parties or pulling extra hours to finish client work- it can be amazingly hard to even remember to shower (gross- but yeah, don't act like you don't know what I am talking about).
Keeping up with a consistent fitness routine and trying to eat healthy is a daily battle for me, however, even more so during the holidays. Trying to live healthy shouldn't be about reaching short-term goals but about making a lifestyle out of it. It's about doing the best you can for yourself just for today. With that said, I thought it was the perfect occasion to let you know about my favorite beauty and wellness places in Austin to relax a little, go for a manicure, a facial - maybe even a nice haircut. I also included a couple of healthier food options for you to snack on or grab a quick salad instead of going for that fast food. Avoid the holiday stress and take a little breather by visiting one of these lovely places!
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This place is gold! Carry Sexton, who has been a professional holistic esthetician for many years, opened up Vetiver Skin Studio for business roughy about a year ago (and I am so happy that she did).
Here's what you should know: The studio is located in a beautiful vintage house near South Congress (address provided above) and has all the vibes you might be looking for (yep- super Instagram worthy). She offers natural and holistic facials, peels, waxing and make up. She is the creator of the Vetiver skin line (facial oil, body oil and body scrub). And yes- she uses products from her Vetiver line in the facials! She actually makes the products in small batches in a kitchen using vetiver imported from India. Vetiver is great for so many things including aromatherapy- often helping to ground and relax you. Her Vetiver products also help with skin hydration, anti-aging, acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation and more. You can shop for it on her website or at Free People! You can also book your facial or waxing service with her via her website (also gift cards from here would make a great gift, especially for mom!)
I have been threading my eyebrows for the past maybe 5 years (yep- there you have it, my secret to beautiful eyebrows lol). I love threading because I feel like it leaves your eyebrows way more natural plus it's like getting an eyebrow grooming (they trim them, brush them, you name it). Finding a good place to get threading can be hard, I think it comes down to the specialist (the threader)- I might be dumb for saying this but I really do think that threading is a talent and not everybody has it. Anywhere I live or travel, I always have just one place I like to go to. In Austin, Wink Threading is the place for threading. Honestly, they have the best threaders (if that's what you call them) in town. They know what they are doing. Every single time I go and explain what I want, I love how my eyebrows turn out! And yes, it fucking hurts...but not as much as you think, it's worth it.
Seriously, the best place in Austin for a mani/pedi session is Tenoverten (plus it is right across from Mañana Cafe so I always grab a quick coffee or tea before my appointment). I like this place because they have amazing and clean service plus they can do basically any design you like. Whether you're looking for a fun nail design or just a basic (not so basic) mani/pedi then this is definitely the place to visit!
Hair by Richie - 6905 Dallas Dr, Austin, TX - @rockstarrichiehair - firstname.lastname@example.org
What's your favorite thing about getting a hair cut? If it is the hair wash and the massage that comes with the hair wash then we might become best friends lol. Richie did an amazing hair wash/massage thing on my head and I loved it (seriously though)! With his friendliness, he can easily become your go-to hair person (stylist). He also does amazing balayage and coloring! Head on over to Green Alley Salon (address provided above) and pay him a visit, you won't regret it.
While there are a couple of places in town that offer hot yoga, Pure Yoga is definitely at the top of my list. I've been coming here (on and off) for a couple of years now and the thing I love the most about this place are the instructors. They are always super nice and welcoming- especially when being inside a room set at 105 degrees fahrenheit. The other day one of the instructors at the North Austin location even sang to us during savasana and it was so touching.
If you want to give your body a little detox, clear your head and be in the present moment, this is definitely the perfect place to go to!
Meditation Bar - 8108 Mesa Dr. Suite B103 Austin, TX - @meditation_bar
For several years now, I've been really into meditation. From what I've researched the benefits of meditation are astonishing! I'll let you do the research on your own but in my personal experience, meditation has helped me with anxiety, stress, sleeping patterns, losing weight, concentration, mindfulness, awareness and even overall happiness. I feel like with today's technology and fast paced American culture, we are living in auto-mode. In other words, just going going going and not really even living. There are times when I will miss entire conversations or moments (even exits to my home) because my mind is always running or my phone is always opened. How can we be of help to others or even ourselves if we aren't really even here?
This place truly offers amazing classes where you can practice being mindful and self-awareness. They offer a variety of guided meditations including ones with a focus on aromatherapy and breathing. If you want to de-stress during the holidays or looking for a group to meditate with or even just a place to learn how to mediate, this is definitely the best meditation place in Austin.
Take a break from the party foods and the holiday shopping and get yourself a bowl from Blenders and Bowls. They have the best fruit bowls in Austin! I also like to treat myself to a bowl from here whenever I finish a workout, it serves as motivation and man does it work!
Other favorite places I like to go to for a healthy snack or a lighter meal here in Austin are : Picnik, Verts and Ramona's Hummus. I especially love the gluten-free avocado toast from Picnik, salad bowls from Verts and salad/hummus bowl with chicken from Ramona's.