Big UPs and Mad Props! What Makes Me Glow, From My Head to My Toes

Or actually, from toe to head…

Adrienne is the queen of pedi’s….and i’m sure mani’s and waxi’s and everything else she does but for me it’s all about the toes.  From Ninja’s to Mustachioed Bananas, cherries to zebra stripes, Adrienne never hesitates to create 10 little masterpieces for me to love and adore.

Lucia is the namesake of this salon on Broadway (and now open downtown!) and boy howdy does this lady know how to rock a Brazilian.  The first time i went all bare down there i was nervous as hell, but Lucia was warm, gracious, funny, and above all…fast!  Even while humming a tune, telling jokes, stopping to gaze at the ceiling to remember a thought, Lucia has you in and out within 15 minutes, you barely (hehe) have time to get nervous or feel pain! And although the Queen herself is my favorite she has trained many other women in the art of the….rip.  Check them out, you won’t be sorry!

I ♥ The Y

1) The facility is enormous, and clean.  Also you can pay to have a tote to leave your shoes there so you don’t have to carry them around.  The only downside? After months i sill get lost in the change rooms.  2) The classes are fab! From Dancefit with Johanna Ward to Cardio Kickboxing to my personal fave Yin Yoga with Angie, there is something for everyone. 3) Free nuts and appreciation!  Sometimes in the lobby there is a big sign that says “We appreciate you!” with little cups of nuts and berries.  How sweet. 4) The staff is fun, friendly, and energetic. 5) Everyone goes to the Y, except gym monkeys!  From skinny yoga bum girls to middle aged ladies, to old men who love Johanna’s class,  everyone fits in.  Except creepy over muscled dudes with bad tans!  Too bad 😦

So far every facial i have had at Skoah has been amazing.  I will continue to come here for several reasons.  The ambiance strikes a wonderful balance between warm and inviting and clean and clinical.  They say they’re not “spa-y” but the rooms are warm and cozy and have soft music playing.  The products (if you can get over the fact that they replace all their C’s with K’s) smell amazing and really work.  They make a point of encouraging loyalty.  The last time i was there i was given a free shampoo sample and every time you re-book within 2 months you receive money off product.  Also they send you a thank you email the day after your treatment.  They don’t push the products on you the way some spas do.  They simply make recommendations and leave you be.  The staff and business really seem to care about healthy glowing skin. It’s apparent from the obviously knowledgeable staff and the quality of the products.  And last…the messages…mmmmm the massages…..

Yes she is one of my bestest besties but when i say Josie is a hair goddess i mean it.  She took a gawd awful head of thick frizzy choppily colored mess and has transformed it time and time again.  From black to blond to red, with every color highlight of the rainbow.  From extensions to shaved designs Josie helps me show my creativity through my hair.  If it wasn’t for her collaboration i wouldn’t be nearly as fulfilled as a person as i am.

So those are the businesses and the people who make me feel pretty from top to bottom.  Thanks Ya’ll!


“Hey Adrienne, paint whatever you feel like!”

is what Josie and i said to Queen of Rad Pedi’s Adrienne from Polish’d a few weeks ago….

Yes, that is Josie with a skeleton in a witch hat and cobwebs and spiders.  And yes, that is Van Chick with a skeleton in a santa hat with mustaches on the rest of the piggies.  But wait!  Could it get more radifically random than that?!?

OK!  Staying with the Halloween/Random theme here we have a CANDY CORN VAMPIRE with a MUSTACHE!!!  Josie named him Pedro.  And to our right we have a BANANA with a MUSTACHE and MORE MUSTACHES!  The Banana is named Jacque.

Wow Adrienne, did anyone ever tell you YOU KICK SERIOUS ASS?  Well i just did and so i present you with…….




if you too want to have the bestest toes in the world/Van City check out Polish’d on Granville Yo.

This Just In! Facebook Stalking Leads to Cute Toes!

As you may or not be aware, i have been obsessed with getting kick ass, cute as hell designs on my toes for some time.  Generally I have gone to Bloom as their designs are pretty darn fab but recently Josie and I realized that Adrienne, our fave at Bloom was missing!  Where did she go?  We googled, found nothing, so we went to the Bloom FB page….maybe there would be a clue!?!?  Low and behold there was a message from a fellow Adrienne fan lamenting Blooms loss.  Hmmm, obviously it would make sense to message this stranger and ask “do you happen to know where Adrienne is?”.  Sure enough she did!  Polish’d is Adrienne’s new home, and what a cute home it is!  Nestled away in a little room in the upstairs of the Chop Shop on Granville is a pink and black paradise of funky finger designs. Phew.  And just like always Adrienne was funny and friendly as she painted out toes and left us walking out with these!!!!!!

Can you see?!?!  Can you see?!?!  Blue and black checks with CHERRY SKULLS on my big toe!  Yes, i am aware my big toes are humongous.  All the better for painting on!

And Josie got purple, WITH A CUPCAKE on one big toe and a LOLLIPOP WITH BAT WINGS on the other!!  It’s hard to see but i can attest, super rad!

The moral of this story is never hesitate to Facebook stalk, as it always works out well, and get your toes done at Polish’d, if you want to be rad like me.  And Josie.  Email Adrienne at