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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Diner en Blanc: Noktivo Spa Discount and Nail Art!

Have you ever been to a nail salon and become overwhelmed with the fumes? Well, some of the chemicals most salons use are pretty toxic so you are breathing in some nasty stuff. The European Union has banned 1,300 chemicals from consumer products while the U.S.A has only banned 11. Scary.

Noktivo Non-toxic Spa in Lincoln Square | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Noktivo Spa is a true non-toxic, green, chemical-free spa in Chicago, which is incredibly rare. They are definitely ahead of the times; a few other salons offer non-toxic services, but Noktivo is a completely non-toxic spa. I had the opportunity to visit Noktivo last Friday night and chat with Jenny, the owner (who is adorably pregnant and unbelievably knowledgeable about all things beauty).

Non-toxic Noktivo Spa Pedicure Station | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Noktivo Spa Manicure Station | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Noktivo Spa SpaRitual Natural Nail Polish | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

 I sat down to their Express Mani/Pedi, which is an amazing value for $35. Do your hands and feet need a little more attention? How about a Milk & Honey or Lemon Lavender Mani/Pedi? Yep, no stinky chemicals here- only organic, delicious scents and aromatherapy oils. And yes, I WISH they had been open when I was pregnant! If you want to throw a baby shower, THIS IS THE PLACE, they host events/spa parties all of the time. They are total pros.

AND these are the manicure designs they came up with exclusively for 
Chicago Diner en Blanc 2014!

Diner en Blanc: Black & Blanc Manicure by Noktivo Spa | all dressed up with nothing to drink...
Black & Blanc
Diner en Blanc: French Sparkle Manicure by Noktivo Spa | all dressed up with nothing to drink...
French Sparkle
Diner en Blanc: Classic French Manicure by Noktivo Spa | all dressed up with nothing to drink...
Classic French
Guys- ladies aren't the only ones who need pampering! How about the Salt & Pepper Mani/Pedi, designed especially for the rougher hands and feet? Noktivo isn't an overly feminine space (more
eco-chic), so you can still feel out of place.

They also sell organic bath, body and beauty products. I am in LOVE with Lulu Blossom Sweetie Pie Solid Perfume- This is a sure crowd pleaser with top notes of lemon zest, whipped cream, Turbino sugar, and Madagascar vanilla. I carry it in my purse (diaper bag) and dab it on throughout the day.

Lulu Blossom Solid Perfume available at Noktivo Spa | all dressed up with nothing to drink...
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They also sell adorable gift sets!

All Natural Spa Gift available at Noktivo Spa | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Want to try something special for Diner en Blanc? Jenny and her team can come up with knock-out nail concepts especially for our event!

Diner en Blanc Noktivo Spa Discount | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Noktivo has generously given all Diner en Blanc Chicago attendees an exclusive 20% off all services until 8/21/14. Just mention BLANC when booking online or via phone! Check out their menu of services here and book your appointment today.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Diner en Blanc: Thrift Store Finds

My philosophy on style: it can't be bought so why not be stylish for less? I headed to Goodwill to grab some fabulous finds for Diner en Blanc! Check out what patience and a can of spray paint can do:

Diner en Blanc: Goodwill China Section | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Who needs expensive china?? This Goodwill (Northbrook) had a plethora of it- literally a whole row of white dinner plates, priced from $.49 on up. You do have to search to find matching dessert/salad plates, but I love to mix and match.

Diner en Blanc: Thrift Store Finds | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

I picked up a gorgeous wicker picnic basket ($6.99), 3 candlesticks ($.49-$2.99), 2 white dinner plates ($1.99 each) and 2 sets of dinner and salad plates ($1.99/set). I then grabbed a can of spray paint. This stuff makes it easy to spray and covers smoothly:

Tah dah!!!

Diner en Blanc: Spray Paint Project | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Even though the 3 candlesticks were different colors and materials (glass, wood and metal), they look uniform yet eclectic when covered in the same color spray paint. You can add tapers or hurricanes with electric candles for a different look. The basket turned out beautiful- this is just one coat of the spray paint.

Diner en Blanc: DIY Dessert Tray Materials | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Want to make a 2-tier dessert tray? Grab a candle stick, a dinner plate, and a salad plate. If you want to permanently glue them together, use E6000 craft adhesive. If you want it to be portable and easy to put together/take down, grab some adhesive putty. The Duck brand is white and will help secure your candlestick to your plates temporarily:
Diner en Blanc: DIY Dessert Tower | all dressed up with nothing to drink...

Elegant yet simple- now fill with macarons, éclairs, and profiteroles and swoon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School: FREE Amazon Student Account!

Do you remember the good ol' days, when you had to wait in a massive line with 200 lbs. of textbooks, only to then figure out a way to cart them back to your dorm room?

Well times, they are a' changing!

I just saw that Amazon is offering a new service- Amazon Student (similar to Amazon Mom benefits) and they are giving away free 6 month trials right now. If I was a student (and I might just sign up to get this sweet deal- hello University of Anchorage online!) I would do this in a second. Moms and dads- here is a great way to keep your kid on track and ship your kid all the stuff they forgot.

It is free for 6 months, then they get a 50% discount on Amazon Prime (normally $99/year, they get it for $49/year). And no, not everyone can take advantage of this. You need a .edu e-mail account or proof of enrollment. Here are some of the perks:
  • FREE two-day shipping on textbooks and tons of other stuff
  • Deals and promotions exclusively for Students
  • Borrow FREE Kindle Books & get unlimited instant streaming of movies & TV episodes when you join Amazon Prime for $49/year (50% off Prime)

Click on the banner below to check out the details.

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