Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jessica shares her local loves

Favorite shops in Austin? 

Favorite accessory?
‘My pyrite ring by Gypsy Born Designs
Favorite gadget?
‘my iPhone’ 
What TV show are you looking forward to watching this week?

Is there a dish in Austin that will never get old in the eyes of your tummy?
Favorite Austin landmark?

Thanks to Jessica for sharing...Happy Holidays everyone! xo Sabia

Thursday, December 16, 2010

From holiday cocktails to Reggae music with Jessica

What's your favorite holiday ritual and why?
‘I am not a big fan of the holidays, but I will say I like to try festive holiday cocktails!’

What is the one staple that we can always find in your purse?
Jao lip balm. It's the best!’ 

 Favorite Movie?

Do you have a favorite local coffee shop? 
‘It's a toss up between Once Over on South First and Medici on West Lynn’

What music have you been listening to lately?
‘Reggae. I love summer and warmth and it makes me feel like I'm on an island...of mild mannered vegans and sunshine.’

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Beauty rituals and Sabia faves with Jessica

Before bed beauty ritual?
‘I have this facercise book...just kidding! I simply wash my face with my Clarisonic brush and slather on the Inventive Organics Herbal Healing Emulsion.’

Product that you are obsessed with right now?

Best part of your job?
‘I just adore all of the wonderful women who I work with here at Sabia. They are all unique, talented and a source of inspiration to me. Our clients are dreamy. I love listening to people, assisting them in finding their own inner beauty and have a sensory experience with products, or just bring a smile to their face for the day.  I've been here for 10 years now and love watching the store grow and evolve!’

Favorite magazines?
Where is the last place you went on vacation?
‘The last real vacation was Melbourne, Australia. It is very much like Austin in terms of supporting local businesses. They have a strong sensibility of architecture and vision within each establishment. There is also such a wacky variety of botanicals that I had never seen before. It's like Dr. Seuss land! It was quite inspiring.’

Monday, December 13, 2010

Introducing Jessica Slutsky

Where are you from?
'New Orleans, LA'

What is your expertise?
'Scouting new beauty products and vintage apothecary fixtures'

Tricks of the trade?
'Kill them with kindness, but maintain your boundaries'

Favorite Icon?

Favorite beauty product?
'Aesop primrose facial cleansing masque'

Favorite Author

Astrological sign

'Peanut - weenie dog'

Favorite botanical?
'Scent - Frangiapani + Sight - Ranunculus'

Jessica will be here all week, check back with us tomorrow for more!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Scents, Spirits, Sampling and Shopping! December 11th 2-6 p.m.

Scents, Spirits, Sampling and Shopping! December 11th 2-6 p.m.

Join us for our first ever Christmas shopping extravaganza, where we will be sampling our favorite lotions, potions, and elixirs.
Let us help you find the perfect stocking stuffer or create a personalized gift basket for that special someone on your list. Mind blowing bath salts, luxurious body balms, fragrant candles await you.
We will showcase the genius botanical designs of Brooke Howsley of Pollen Floral Art. She will be on hand to take orders for holiday wreaths, cut flower arrangements, potted succulents and blooming plants. There will also be a few beautiful arrangements and plants available for purchase during the event.
We will also have mixologist Megan Bute from local tequila powerhouse Dulce Vida Spirits blowing your socks off  as she serves up some special jalapeno hibiscus holiday cocktails.

Kacy's faves

What is your favorite holiday ritual?
'Driving around and looking at holiday lights, and food of course! I LOVE holiday food!'

What is the last movie you saw?
'Harry Potter, it was AMAZING!'

Favorite magazines?
'FADER, it always has the most amazing music photos.'

What music have you been listening to lately?
'Oh man, a little of everything, but I've really been enjoying M.I.A.'s latest cd.'

What TV show are you looking forward to watching this week?
'GLEE, it's so dorky, but I have been sucked in!' 

Do you have a favorite local coffee shop?
'Don't have one yet, probably the coffee that the Austin bikes guys bring over to us. They are the best neighbors!'

Thanks so much to Kacy for sharing with us this week! Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

From feathers to bowl cuts with Kacy

Tell us your favorite hair products and accessories right now..
'Feather Extensions!' They are so cute, fun and an easy little peek a boo of style in your hair!'

'At the moment, my favorite shampoo is Phytonectar, it smells amazing and my hair loves it!'

Before bed beauty ritual?
'Wash my face and brush my teeth, pretty easy!'

The staple that we will always find in your purse?

Did you ever have a hair disaster growing up?
'Two words - BOWL CUT. I was little, so of course, to this day, it is still my dad's favorite haircut I have had. So sad! ;)'

What is the best part about your job?
'Working with such talented and professional ladies! I have never worked with so many people I enjoy!'

Last place you went on vacation?
'Oh, ha ha, too long ago to remember....home to Minnesota I guess, woo hoo!'

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Meet Kacy Carpenter

Where are you from?
'Mendota Heights, MN'

What is your expertise?

Tricks of the Trade?
'The Twist and blow, which is twisting your hair around your finger and blow drying to create soft purty waves!'

Favorite Icon?
Right now, it's my dog, DUDE, he is an unconditional lover, always excited to see us and is pretty much ALWAYS smiling.  Love that about him! More of us should be like that!
This is Dude in the snow.'

Favorite Beauty Product?
'Right now, I really am loving the Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy and the Kneipp Grape Seed Oil, it smells so amazing'

Favorite Author?
'Shel Silverstein. I love children's books!'

Astrological Sign
'I'm a Virgo. It's hard to admit...'

Favorite Botanical?
'Right now, I'm really into succulents'

...more with Kacy tomorrow!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Farah's faves from Austin to Marfa

What music have you been listening to lately?
'Tame Impala, Creedence, The Dead'

What are your favorite movies?
'Well, my family loves watching rom-coms (gag ;)), but I do it because they love it. Over Thanksgiving, we watched 'Love Actually' and I do believe, I may have had a tear in my eye at the end.
Contrary to what I previously said, my family all time faves are 'Overboard' and 'Chronicles of Riddick' My faves include the two just mentioned plus, 'Dune', 'Blade Runner' and 'Nights of Cabiria'.'

Do you have a favorite local coffee shop?
'I don't understand 'coffee shops', I just don't. But, if I had to choose, then it would have to be Emerald City Press - RIP.'

Where is the last place you went on vacation?
'Playa del Carmen, Mexico! It was amazing and I haven't been to Mexico in years and honestly I was a bit scared. But, man that place is beautiful and all of the locals were so sweet! I guess you would be happy too if you lived in paradise....wait! I almost do!'

Favorite gadget? 
'Garlic Press'

Are you looking forward to watching any TV shows this week?
'Well, I definitely don't love reality shows. I don't like to numb my mind anymore. There was a time for sure, but now I am so happy to be living in Austin that I don't like to waste what precious time I have watching TV. It is pretty hard to tie me down to make a weekly commitment besides my acupuncture (thanks Peggy G.!)'

Is there a restaurant or dish in Austin that will never get old in the eyes of your tummy?
'The Ciopinno at Vespaio, anything at Lambert's, oh and the bar side at Wink.'

So, your sister lives in Marfa. Tell us about her business there.
'I love Marfa so much! My sister, Brooke, just opened this rad vintage store called 'Little Liberty'. We have been discussing doing a pop up spa at her shop and then putting together a dance party afterwards. There is this little spot behind her store that has an amazing teepee and a dance floor that is BEGGING for a sweet party!'

Thanks to Farah for sharing with us! 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Farah talks work inspiration, Big Magazine and shopping in Austin

What is your favorite part of your job?
'Everything! But, if I have to narrow it down, I really enjoy sitting down and chatting with my clients, helping them to express themselves in a way that they normally don't. It doesn't have to be super deep or anything, just working together and talking in analogies to help them figure out a look or feel that they want. So fun!'

Any advice for the 'younger generation'?
"It's pretty simple, but, Smoking is very very dumb. Also, think about the environment when choosing your UV protector. There are a lot of unnatural chemicals that can be harmful to our oceans. And, as my mom always says, stand up straight and suck in your tummy!'

Although you are now back in Austin, you still work in New York as well, can you elaborate on that?
'Yes, I travel every other month to New York where I work out of the same salon that Oribe works out of when he is in NYC, so I think that is pretty cool!'

Favorite magazines?
'There is a magazine called "Big" that I love love love! It's released quarterly, its huge and filled with amazing glossy images by artists and designers from all across the globe featuring a particular concept that is 'Big' at the moment. My personal fave was 'BIG Horror', which contained so many different  crazy pictures of different artists and what is their idea of 'horror'. Utilizing beautiful models, perfectly styled and accompanied by stories of beautiful tragedies. Really unique and amazing'

Since, 'BIG' is not as readily available, I'll also take French Vogue, V, Scientific American and Nylon. 'Teen Vogue' used to be awesome, but something happened a few months ago and it's like an over 35ers mag now, and I'm not talking cool over 35ers, I'm talking mom jeans.

Favorite shops in Austin?
'Creatures will always be my fave for more than nostalgia's sake before I moved. But, New York changed me in a fancy brand kind of way so, I'd have to say that I love Spring Frost!  I also just discovered that the outlet mall in San Marcos has a Pendleton store and the Last Call by Neiman Marcus is so much better than the one that's here in town.

Favorite accessories?
'Thick bracelets / cuffs to put my hair clips on, hair ribbons and shooooooooooes'

Thanks for the share! We will finish up with Farah tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Farah on her favorite hair trends, tools and tricks

Can you tell us about any fun hair trends that you are excited about trying out on yourself or suggesting to your clients?
'YES! The Platinum Seamless extensions are the absolute coolest extensions that I have ever seen. I say this with total honesty, as I have never really loved extensions because they are not as fun to style or cut as natural hair, but the Platinum are gorgeous and move just like natural hair.'

Before bed beauty ritual?
'One cup of hot tea and I ALWAYS sleep on a silk pillowcase'

Do you have a favorite hair tool?
'Definitely the Y.S. Park Round Brush. It is hollowed out with Japanese perfection to make the brush perfectly balanced and the bristles are a mixture of boar and nylon, set in at different lengths to put a perfect tension on the hair. I would also like to add that I am in LOVE with my new Y.S. Park combs, we don't carry them at Sabia, but they are pretty amazing to cut with!'

Can you recommend any supplements that you are using in your regimen?
'Vitamin E is doing amazing things to my skin lately'

What is the one staple that is always in your purse?

Did you ever have a hair disaster when you were growing up?
'Yes! My mom might kill me for saying this, because, she too is a 'Hair Stylist Extraordinaire', but she was practicing a technique 'cutting with the curl' and I was selected as the model for a trial run. Let's just say, it wasn't a 'look for me'. The layers were a bit too short and I ended up wearing my hair in clips for most of my 6th grade year. Ironically, that is precisely the way that I cut hair now, which has evolved to cut with the natural bend of the hair. Perhaps my past experience helped me to perfect this technique into a way that works for me and my clients.'

What is your favorite holiday ritual?
'Thanksgiving for sure. My mom takes this holiday very serious, spending days cooking the sauce for her amazing lasagna. I just love any family get together, because we are always cracking jokes and laughing. But, Thanksgiving is extra special, because, everyone makes their one dish and we can spend the rest of the time enjoying each others company.'

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Introducing Farah Reid

Where are you from?
'I am originally from San Diego, CA. I moved to Austin when I was nine, with my mother and sister. I have had the absolute pleasure to grow up playing in the greenbelts and tubing down the rivers.'

How would you describe your expertise?
'Hairstylist extraordinaire - making ladies look beautiful and cool.'

Tricks of the trade?
'Giving Confidence by bringing out the modern beauty'

Favorite Icon?
'Goldie Hawn'

Favorite hair product?
'By far the Japanese brand, Molto Bene's, Clay Esthe'

Favorite Books?
'The Road', 'Dune' and 'The Power of One'

Astrological Sign?

'Woody & Ruby - The original Boston Terrier Comedy Troupe'

Favorite Botanical?
'Tunisian Patchouli'

Farah will be here all week, until tomorrow!