Monday, April 2, 2012

30 Days of Beauty Instagram Challenge

If you're familiar with instagram (the iPhone/iPad app that allows you to share your life with friends through a series of photos) then I'm pretty sure you've seen the photo a day challenges.  For the month of April I'm going to try the #30DaysOfBeauty challenge.  You can join too!  It's really simple and fun.  Just take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and upload it with the date and hashtag (#30DaysOfBeautyApril).  The challenge started yesterday with lipstick.

Below is my lipstick picture for Day 1.  MAC's "High Strong" shade of lipstick is one of my faves.  If you plan to take part in the challenge drop a comment and let me know your instagram name.  I would love to follow you and check out your pictures.  Feel free to follow me on instagram too! (Terp4life03) See ya!

Happy Monday,

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Spa Week: Review - Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa

I'm baaaaaaaack! Can you believe it's April already?  I took a one month break from blogging...I have been so tired lately. *Calgon Take Me Away*  With all that has been going on in my personal life, I was so excited to receive an email for an opportunity to visit Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa.  I was invited out to their Salon to enjoy one of their many Spa Week Treatments. 

Speaking of Spa Week, your chance to take advantage of full service spa treatments for only $50 is right around the corner!  This Spring, Spa Week will be April 16-22, 2012, and you can start booking your appointments now!  Just go to to search for a spa in your area and call the spa directly to make an appointment.  Hurry, because time slots do fill fast.

Two weekends ago I drove out to Studio 921 in Baltimore, MD.  Not more than a 30 minute drive from where I live.  I was anxiously awaiting my 50 minute Swedish Massage all week, so I got in my car and rushed to get there.  I was in need of some "me" time and the experience did not disappoint!  

Immediately when I walked in I noticed the hard wood floors and mood setting lighting.  The tile floors and cherry wood gave the inside an upscale and relatively luxurious feel.  I must say that the interior was in perfect sync with the awe-inspiring atmosphere.  When you check in at the front desk for the spa they take you through a glass door to a completely separate area from the salon.  The girl at the front desk escorted me to their lovely locker rooms to change into a soft, comfy robe.  You then go into a waiting area to fill out some paperwork before your message therapist comes in to meet with you and take you to your room.
My masseuse was Annie.  Before she started she asked how much pressure I preferred.  I mentioned to her not too light, but light enough so that she didn't cause any pain.  (I had a bad experience with a spa before and I woke up sore from my massage the next morning.  UGH!)  Not with Annie, she was awesome!  She makes you feel welcome and her sense of perfect pressure is expert. 

In addition, to my amazing massage given by Annie.  She took the time afterward to show me around the rest of the salon and explained to me some of the services they also provided.  Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa offers:
  • Haircuts & Hair Styling
  • Facials
  • Skin Care - Laser Hair Removal, Botox, & Permanent Make-Up
  • Body Treatments - Salt Scrub and Microdermabrasion
  • Nail Services
I have yet to try any of the other services they provide.  I live only a half hour away and will definitely be back.  The salon itself is gorgeous; it seemed to be adequately staffed, and all the employees seemed friendly and professional.  Just one of the many reasons you should check out this salon and spa!  Also, there is free parking in the lot and its located right across from the wine market.  It's the perfect place for an elegant but casual dinner. The two combined make for one spa-mazing day!
If you've had a chance to visit Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa what are your thoughts?  Did you like it?  Would you go back?

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{Disclosure: Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa graciously offered me a Spa Week treatment of my choice for free, in exchange for an unbiased review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own and were not influenced in any way!}
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