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5 Unique Things To Do With Your Gal Pals

August 4th is National Friendship Day and whether it’s a day at the spa or an adventurous excursion, call your besties, get your calendars out and set some time aside to make some memories!

1. Fan Girl Fun

Singing at the top of your lungs and dancing in your seat is the perfect way to have some fun with your friends! See what concerts are coming to your area or plan ahead and take a trip to go see that favorite boy band that you may or may not still be dreaming about after all these years. (Hello, Backstreet Boys!)

2. Race for Adventure

No one gives you that extra boost of confidence to step outside your comfort zone like your girlfriends. Plan something adventurous for your group like zip lining, going up in a hot air balloon (imagine those breathtaking views!), going on a hike, or truly take the plunge and go skydiving!

Doing something as a group that takes a bit of courage will do wonders for the bond you all share and will also make each of you feel more empowered than ever before!

3. Lash Out

Every lady needs to ‘lash out’ at times, which is why scheduling appointments for you and your gal pals at The Lash Lounge is a must! When planned in advance, many of our salons welcome groups to come in, enjoy a spa like experience, relax and receive a lash or brow service. Each of you will feel rejuvenated, refreshed and overjoyed when seeing everyone’s stunning transformations.

Don’t stop there! Plan a girls night out so you and your tribe can hit the town with your new, flawless lashes! We’re quite certain you all will be the talk of the town after everyone sees those flawless photos on Instagram.

4. A Recipe for Fun

Are there some foodies in your friend group or some who need a little extra help in the kitchen? If so, sign everyone up for a cooking class! There are a number of places that offer fun classes, and some chefs in certain areas will even come to your own home. However you plan to do it, enjoy creating some new recipes with your pals…and don’t forget the wine!

5. Chick Flick Fling

When does life allow you to relax with your bff’s and binge watch all of those epic chick flicks or sitcoms you all know and love? (Raise your hand if a Friends marathon instantly popped into your mind!) Pencil in some time at someone’s house or chip in on a suite at a hip hotel and make it a day of watching your favorite flicks…with room service, of course!

Want to take it up a notch? Suggest that the group get matching pj’s and bring loads of your favorite sweet treats. After you all indulge, relax and roar with laughter, we bet y’all will be planning your next chick flick fling before this one even ends!


Whether for a few hours or a full week, time with friends is good for the soul and we hope you’re now inspired to get some fun with the girls on the books!

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6 Simple Ways to Add Balance to Your Busy…

Are you tired of feeling pulled in a million directions? We feel you!

We’ve got some easy ways you can simplify your life and find that much-needed balance you deserve!

1. REFRESH YOUR ROUTINE

Sticking to a set routine can keep your sanity in check, but sometimes it can be refreshing to change things up a bit:

  • If you work from home, get out of the house at least once a week and work from a local coffee shop.
  • Take a different route to work and get inspired by a scenic detour.
  • Step away from the office and join your coworkers for lunch.
  • Try a new fitness class at your gym instead of going to yoga for the millionth time.

Whatever it is, see how a simple change in your routine can help you thrive in the other areas of your life.

2. GET SOCIAL

Getting out with friends, visiting with family and even grabbing a quick coffee with your bestie can do wonders for your wellbeing. In fact, studies have shown time and time again that socializing can leave you motivated, help you de-stress and have many benefits for your physical and mental health.

So, set that to-do list aside, get out the calendar, text your friends, call the sitter and schedule a gathering on the books. You’ll be so glad you did!

3. NOD TO THE NEW

Take the plunge and give one of the many things that you have filed away in your brain under “someday” a chance:

  • Get that cute haircut you’ve been contemplating.
  • Go for the fun and bright nail polish instead of your usual neutral shade.
  • Skip your routine Friday night restaurant visit and try the new eatery down the street.
  • Make that appointment at The Lash Lounge for the full set of volume lashes you’ve seen all of your friends rock. (Hello, lash envy!)

It is so very empowering when you step outside of your comfort zone!

4. PRESS PAUSE

Sitting behind a computer all day or working on a home project becomes monotonous and exhausting. Press pause and step away for a bit, even if only for 10 minutes. You just might find that when you get back to what you were doing, you will feel more energized and ready to conquer the task!

5. KEEP IT CLUTTER FREE

Did you know when you’re surrounded by clutter, you can feel even more stressed? It’s true, which is why Cleaning off your desks, tidying up the space you spend most time in or investing in some organizational items to help keep the clutter under control is key to finding balance in your day-to-day life.

It’s time to splurge on that shiny rose gold desk organizer!

6. LEAN IN TO YOUR LIMITATIONS

Everyone has limitations, which isn’t our favorite thing to think about. But the thing is, everyone has their own unique amazing strengths! When you accept your weaknesses as areas of opportunity, you gain a whole new outlook. You can always strive to be the best version of yourself, but along the way, stop being so hard on yourself!

For example, maybe you’re not a “competition-ready” chef. If you’re constantly beating yourself up about it, consider taking some cooking lessons to improve. You’ll be shocked at your mad, new kitchen skills. Plus, think of the joy and sense of accomplishment when your family and friends start asking for seconds!


The moral of this story (we mean “blog”) is to be kind to yourself. Whether large or small, you need to add balance to your life in order to reduce stress, become a better version of yourself and find time for what really matters!

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5 Ways Women Can Reduce Stress

Women. We wear a lot of hats. At work, at home, with family and friends—in so many areas of our lives, we juggle A LOT to hold everything together. While some of us handle stress better than others, many women don’t have or don’t make time to de-stress.

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we’re calling it like we see it: We can do better!
Today, we’re sharing some simple ways you can reduce the stress in your life. We can save the world and enjoy it, too!

So, take note, ladies, and DO NOT feel guilty about taking some time to do what you need to do to lower your stress. After all, you owe it to yourself!

1. DELEGATE THE DETAILS

As women, we often feel we have to do everything perfectly. For instance, your child’s birthday is coming up:

  • Do you bake her a unicorn cake yourself, spending precious painstaking hours trying to make it exactly like the picture on Pinterest?
  • Or do you go down to your local bakery and pay triple what it would cost you to make it, knowing it will turn out perfect and save you a lot of stress and time?

If you have the means, we say order the cake! And not only that—hire the cleaning service to get your house spotless, pick up take-out once (or twice) a week, and get lash extensions so you can save time in front of the mirror each morning. The bottom line is: It’s O.K. to take shortcuts where you can. If it helps to simplify your life and take a little stress off your shoulders, do it!

2. GET MOVING

This stress reliever is not a new one, but it’s one that is proven time and time again! Exercising and getting that heart pumping is a great way to get blood flowing and reduce stress in your body. Regular exercise also helps to improve sleep, gives you more energy and can reduce your blood pressure. All of these things combined will bring those stress levels down. Even if it’s just 20 30 minutes a day of walking, hitting the gym for a fitness class or doing something active, give this simple solution a try and see what a difference it makes!

3. SPEND SOME TIME WITH A PET

Did you know that pets can relieve stress? It’s true! A pet can relieve stress in a number of ways:
They can lower blood pressure.
They can inspire us to get active.
They make us laugh and bring us joy.
They reduce loneliness.
They increase cardiovascular health.
They make us feel love.

So, whether it’s your pet, your friend’s pet or you decide to adopt a pet, think twice about those four-legged friends. They can be a life-saver when it comes to stress…literally! Those super sweet snuggles aren’t bad either!

4. CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE

We all get in a rut from time to time. Maybe you take the same route to work every morning. What if you changed up your morning commute to something a little more scenic? Maybe you eat the same three things every day for lunch. Why not splurge and hop into your favorite burger joint for a change? Or maybe your look needs a refresh. Get a new hairstyle or get those brows microbladed at The Lash Lounge so they’re not looking “barely there.”

Whatever the rut you’re in, doing even the smallest things to change things up can brighten your day and relieve some of that stress. After all, change IS good sometimes!

5. MAKE SOME “ME TIME”

When you do something for YOU, stress will take a serious backseat. And listen, ladies, it doesn’t have to be something huge here, but it can be if that’s what you really need!

Do anything at all—whether it’s as simple as going on a walk, taking a long bubble bath or enjoying a full day of shopping. Then, of course, there’s our personal favorite: visiting The Lash Lounge for any lash or brow service your heart desires. You’ll enjoy a super relaxing experience in a luxurious atmosphere with comfy spa beds, plush blankets and an escape to wherever your headphones may take you!


Whatever it is we as women do, we must remember that we all give so much of ourselves and time to other people and other things. Once in a while, we don’t just need to think about making stress relief a priority; we MUST make it one. It will lead to a happier, more productive life…and we all could use that!

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6 Ways to Find Self-Love and Be Empowered

From doing what truly makes you happy, to letting go of what’s dragging you down, finding even the simplest ways to love yourself will empower you and lead you to do great things. So, take note and try applying even just one of these 6 things to your life today!

GIFT YOURSELF HAPPINESS

We all feel good when we’re happy. When we take the time to do the things that make us happy, that positivity trickles into all other areas of our lives. A happy person feels empowered and motivated to do more; that can make a HUGE difference at work, at home and with friends and family.

So, find time to do what makes you happy, girl! Even if it’s as simple as indulging in your favorite coffee drink or buying that pair of fab shoes you’ve been eyeing for weeks. You’re worth it!

FORGIVE YOUR FAILURES

There’s no avoiding it: Failure is a part of life. We all experience it and, oftentimes, it’s our failures that lead us to something even better. Don’t tear yourself down when you fail; instead, build yourself up! Get back up and try, try, try again! When you face failure, embrace it. Learn from it. Grow!

EMBRACE YOUR STYLE

Those with a great amount of self-love often ROCK and OWN their personal style, whether it’s low-key, all about comfort or dressing to the nines. You may love to wear sneakers all day every day (you may even have the same pair in 20 different colors!) while your BFF wouldn’t dare be caught without heels. You both feel 100% when you wear what your heart desires, no matter the current trend or what others may think. This, ladies, is the definition of self-love. When we embrace who we are and our personal style, there’s only one way to feel…EMPOWERED!

(We bet you all those knock-’em-dead style days all include lashes though, are we right? 😉 )

DON’T SETTLE

Of course, every aspect of our lives can’t \go exactly how we’d like it to, but we can always strive for more; we don’t have to settle! Even the small steps make a difference. Think about your job, your relationship, your health—decide what it is you want to improve, then embrace the journey. First, find the drive and motivation to reach your goals, then set out to achieve them. That can-do attitude in itself is empowering!

Self-love means not settling. Self-love is knowing you’re capable and deserving of more!

LET GO

Whether it’s a friend, relationship or habit that is bringing you down…let it go. It can be easier said than done but finding true self-love means having the courage to let go of the people or things that we know are not good for us. Love yourself enough to let go and see how free you feel when you do!

BE SELFISH

As women, we are always putting others before ourselves. We feel like it’s our job to make sure everyone’s needs are met before even thinking about our own. But how about we let you in on a little secret? It’s OKAY to be selfish sometimes! That’s right, we said it! It’s okay to be selfish.

If you need to cancel your dinner plans just to stay at home on the couch with your dog, in your PJs and in front of your favorite chick-flick, do it! If you need to say no to the tenth birthday party your child has been invited to this month, do it! If you need to let your husband handle the kids for half a day while you go to the spa, get your lashes done or simply go shopping ALONE, do it!

Instead of always taking one for the team, let the team give you one every now and then. It’s good for the soul, for your relationships and your sanity. Love yourself enough to be selfish from time to time and see what a difference it can make!

Is there something you do when it comes to self-love that makes you feel empowered and gives your soul a boost? We’d love to know! Please comment and share your self-love tip below!

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10 Valentine Gift Ideas to Make Any Woman Feel…

Whether she’s a glam, nail polish and jewelry-loving gal or a low-key lady who loves to stay in, keep it cozy and indulge in a few sweet treats, we’ve got a variety of fine and fab gifts she’s sure to love this Valentine’s Day! (Psst…ladies, if you’re reading this, copy this link and share it with your Valentine. A little help in the gift department is always appreciated and, of course…you’ll get JUST what you want! Wink, wink.)

Colorful, Custom, Yummy + Cozy Gifts for Valentine’s Day!

1. Say it with cacti and something that will last way longer than roses this year. Bliss Succulent | $25

2.Give her a collection of six neutral nail polishes that deliver health, great wear and shine. Bed of Roses Polish Set | $36

3. 24K gold and a heart? Yes, please! This ring will make her own heart go “pitter patter” every time she looks at it! Liza Echeverry Love is Love Signet Ring | $188

4. What lady doesn’t love a fun, personalized piece of jewelry? Available in a variety of colors, this laser-cut pendant is sure to impress. Moon and Lola Script Font Necklace | $48

5. Renowned for their creamy texture and exceptional silkiness, these chocolates will win the way to her heart. The pretty packaging will give you some bonus points, too! Louis Sherry 12 Piece Truffle Tin | $40

6. That’s right, let your lady feel like Audrey Hepburn every day with this luxurious fragrance from The House of Tiffany. The bottle is quite pretty too, which you know she’ll appreciate! Tiffany Eau de Parfum | $76–$132

7. She will thank you every time she slips her tired feet into these chic, plush genuine-shearling lined slippers. Shaine Wisp Shearline Slippers by UGG | $109.95

8. She’ll know just how ‘sweet’ you really are when you gift her with gourmet gummies made with (wait for it…) Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne! Sugarfina Champagne Bears | $8.50-$20.00

9. A luxury environment, lash naps, plus lash and brow transformations are all in store when she gets a gift card from The Lash Lounge. Whether you purchase one at a Lash Lounge or gift her with an e-gift card*, she will certainly feel pampered and oh-so-pretty! (Trust us, that extra boost of confidence will definitely catch your eye when you see her after her visit.) *For e-gift card purchases, click here, select your salon, then scroll down to “Gift Cards” and click “Purchase a Gift Card.”

10. Get her this lovely lavender throw set, so she can use one to get comfy on the couch and one when she goes nighty night. It’s 100% cotton and will be sure to keep her cozy wherever she relaxes. Amraupur Throw Set | $23.99

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10 Ways to Empower YOURSELF

As we are making our way through the new year, one goal we should all have  should not only be working to empower others, but also ourselves! See below for 10 ways you can empower yourself and start NOW!

1. Find your passion

Whether it’s art, academia, writing, tech, fashion, charity, animals, food, reading, etc find something that you love and care about. It may not happen overnight but vision boards and Pinterest are great tools to help you. When you find something you love you will be more committed and focused to giving your time to it accordingly. (via medium.com)

2. Don’t wait around…Take action

The surefire way to tell the difference between a regular team member and an empowered one is to see how they handle work. Empowered people don’t wait around for someone else to walk them through a challenge, they come up with an action plan to accomplish the task at hand. Own your job! (via jonschultz.com)

3. Kindness

Be consciously kinder to you. The more you do for you, the better you’ll feel. Each kindness will make you want more. It helps you focus on you and believe that you deserve good. Give yourself a break when you’re tired. Take a bath. Buy the lotion or coffee that costs a few dollars more than the cheap brand. Self-kindness can blossom into self-love from which self-empowerment can grow. (via beliefnet.com)

4. Tidy up

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

Steve Jobs began leading Apple in 1997 and then began one of the largest-scale cleanups in history. Within a year, Jobs had cancelled 70 percent of Apple’s products and turned a $1 billion loss into a $700 million profit. What soon followed was a series of ground-breaking and now-ubiquitous products: the iPod, iMac, iPhone, and iPad. You don’t have to re-make a multimillion-dollar company to start making improvements in your professional life. Begin with your office or home work space. Remember, there would be no iPhone without a clear space for its development. So clear out the clutter to make room for new ideas and innovations. (via cnbc.com)

5. Set the right kind of goals

The mother of one of my friends has the mantra: “small successes, not big failures.” While there’s nothing wrong with having big, lofty goals … be sure you’re setting reasonable goals that you can accomplish. Short-term measurements of success can help build your confidence (and empower you) with each achievement. Whereas, if your measure of success is this big, lofty goal you’ve set that may take years to achieve, your confidence won’t grow as quickly. Long term goals stretch out the path to success —build your confidence and empower yourself every day. (via jonschultz.com)

6. Raise up others

As Maya Angelou said: “When you know better you do better.” None of us can be successful without the help of others and vice versa. Take time to mentor or be a mentee. Attend speaking engagements or conferences. Be a supportive friend. Showing up can take on many forms, but the key is to be present and have empathy for your sisters. (via medium.com)

7. Let go

Let go of negative people. We absorb other people’s negativity. That’s why it’s good to avoid the negative or toxic ones who bring you down and make you feel like you’re not capable. If you want to keep one in your life, limit time spent with that person. And ask that they not make the negative comments. If they do, leave. Love yourself enough to not allow negative people to hurt you. (via beliefnet.com)

8. Have a self care day

Even Superwoman can use a spa day. Take one day of the week (or at least a few hours) to binge that Netflix series you’ve been eyeing, catch up on some sleep, take a bath with some tea, or have a spa day with a girlfriend. Feeling rejuvenated and relaxed will make you more productive the rest of the week. (via medium.com)

9. Take action to seize opportunity

Business owner, investor, and philanthropist Richard Branson is known worldwide for his many successful ventures. His net worth totals over $5 billion dollars. Less known is the story of how his airline, Virgin Airways, came into being.

Branson was in his late 20s, waiting for a flight to the Virgin Islands, when he found out that his flight was being cancelled. Not having any other options, he took the initiative, writing “Virgin Airlines $29” on a blackboard and walking around the airport. Using the money to finance it, he chartered a plane then and there and took himself and his happy passengers to their destination. When you encounter a problem, consider a direct solution, even if you haven’t worked out all the details. You may be surprised at what you are capable of.(via cnbc.com)

10. Adopt a Positive Mindset

Never underestimate the power of a positive mindset. The mind is a very powerful entity that controls everything within our inner being. Thinking positively through all situations gives women a sense of calm, a peace of mind, happiness, productivity and a full feeling of self-worth. There is nothing a woman cannot do with a positive mindset. Maintaining the daily habit of being aware of what and how the mind is thinking allows women to pick and choose their thoughts by being in control of their mental state. Thinking positively helps women confidently solve problems and face life’s daily challenges with a smile, knowing that everything will work out to their benefit and the benefit of others. (via lifehack.org)

Want more? Check out this post: 4 Ways Women Can Truly Empower Women

 

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6 Ways to Truly Relax During Your Service

We know life is busy and things get stressful!  It’s always our goal to provide a relaxing experience for our clients, so today we’re sharing 6 ways to truly relax during your service at The Lash Lounge . . . take note!

 1. Get Comfortable

At The Lash Lounge, we’re not just there to transform your lashes and brows, we’re there to make you as comfortable as possible. Our plush blankets are always a hit with our clients as they lay back and relax during their service. We also recommend that you chat with your stylist and let them know if there’s anything else you need in order to have a truly comfortable and relaxing experience.

2. Keep It Quiet

Our stylists love to chat with their clients of course, however a little less talk allows you to truly unwind – which we want you to do during your service! So don’t feel like you have to talk. Keep it quiet so you can relax and let your stylist work her magic!

3. Avoid Too Much Caffeine Before Your Appointment

We all love our coffee, sodas and those super tasty Starbucks drinks that helps us get through the day. But if you’re all hyped up on caffeine, you may find it hard to relax. So save your favorite caffeinated indulgence for after your appointment – if you can!

4. Listen to Some Tunes

Some Lash Lounge salons offer headphones or earbuds so that clients can listen to music and unwind – and we also always welcome clients who bring their own! Listening to music is a great way to tune things out and enjoy that much deserved time during your appointment. Click here for some chill songs and best relaxing pop hits playlist!

5. Choose a Low Stress Appointment Time

If possible and your schedule allows, try to choose an appointment time that will keep the stress level low and allow you to truly relax during your service. For instance, if you schedule an appointment during your lunch break or cut it close before another commitment, you may feel stressed worrying about the next place you have to be. However we know that sometimes you just gotta work things in when you can, so do what you need to do but if you can – allow yourself that extra time so you can really relax! (Now it’s easier then ever to make an appointment at The Lash Lounge with our on-line booking.)

6. Put Your Phone On Silent

We rarely put our phones away, even for just a short time. During your appointment, every ding or notification may keep you from getting that much needed lash nap you’ve been dreaming of all week. So keep your phone in your purse and even turn it on ‘do not disturb’ for a short time. Everyone will survive and you will enjoy your “me time’ so much more!

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10 Simple Ways to De-Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month and no matter what it may be, from work, kids, relationships or just life in general, we all have stress. Take note of these 10 simple ways to de-stress and do yourself a favor and try at least one this week.

1. Take A Walk

While just about any walk will help to clear your head and boost endorphins, consider walking in a park or other green space, which can actually put your body into a state of meditation. (via huffingtonpost.com)

2. Finish The Tough Stuff First

Try to get your most complicated tasks out of the way early in the day so that they’re not looming over you for hours. Think of it as a “best for last” technique and you’ll start to look forward to your afternoons. (via popsugar.com)

3. Aromatherapy

Smell is often an underrated sense when it comes to our daily lives; we generally take for granted the ability to smell. In fact, smelling (and our olfactory nerve, which gives us our sense of smell) gives us the ability to connect directly to our brain. The olfactory nerve sends responses to the amygdala, which is responsible for our emotions, motivation, and nervous system. According to a study from the Pharmacy Department of Brazil, Aromatherapy has been proven to help reduce anxiety as effectively as prescribed medicine.  (via darngoodyarn.com)

4. Take The Edge Off

Find ways to take the edge off your stress. Simple things, like a warm bath, listening to music, or spending time on a favorite hobby, can give you a much-needed break from the stressors in your life. (via ewellnessmag.com) Psstt Ladies . . . take a break at The Lash Lounge where our luxurious, spa like environment makes relaxing during one of your favorite services the perfect escape!

5. Learn To Say No

Learning to say ‘no’ is an important aspect of maintaining a good mental health. We understand your need to help everyone, but trust us – that won’t bring you any good in the long run. It’ll just lead to a faster burnout, so focus on yourself and achieve a peaceful state of mind. (via spiritselfhealth.com)

6. Turn on Some Tunes

While classical music has a particularly soothing effect — it slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones — any music that you love will flood your brain with feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine. Don’t have your headphones handy? Try humming or making your own music. One study of stressed-out nursing students found that recreational music-making relieved stress and prevented burnout.(via huffingtonpost.com)

7. Establish Your ‘Me’ Time

People live really hectic lives these days, which leave them no time to wonder if they are truly happy and satisfied with what they’ve got. Establishing your ‘me’ time can help you to make that happen, so don’t be afraid to set some boundaries and do whatever feels right for you. Finding a new hobby can be extremely beneficial for your well-being, no matter if you opt for knitting, reading books, working out, hiking, or watching movies. There are a lot of different options you can explore, and it really doesn’t matter which one you’ll pick as long as you’re satisfied with it.  (via spiritselfhealth.com)

8. Connect with A Friend

Socializing is one of the easiest ways to distract yourself from everyday anxieties, so call up a pal to chat for a few minutes. Try to avoid any work-related venting and stick to fun, tension-free topics instead.  (via popsugar.com)

9. Visualize

A short visualization is an easy way to get back to center. Even the National Institutes for Health recognizes the power of “guided imagery” to elicit a relaxation response. Simply make yourself comfortable (at your desk, in an empty conference room — wherever!) and then try to picture a peaceful scene: a future vacation, your favorite beach. You can even visualize yourself accomplishing a future goal or, as Women’s Health magazine puts it, “picture yourself in an elevator, happily sandwiched between two hot actors of your choice.” (via huffingtonpost.com)

10. Unplug

It’s impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere. Cut the cord. Avoid emails and TV news. Take time each day — even if it’s for just 10 or 15 minutes — to escape from the world. (via ewellnessmag.com)