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!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving....What we are making

The proprietor of Sabia, the lovely Jessica, is preparing something sweet for her contribution to Thanksgiving. Jessica heard about her recipe on the wonderful long running radio show, The Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta

This week Sabia shares Thanksgiving thoughts

As we all know, Thanksgiving is upon us, the markets are filled with warm and cozy options, whether you are hosting or attending as a guest, the majority of us will be preparing at least one item. We thought, we would take a break from the 'getting to know the ladies of Sabia' posts and get festive. This week, will be filled with ideas for the holiday, what we are making, what inspires us and what we are thankful for. 
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday filled with whatever makes you happy, be that food, football, shopping or just waking up from that nap and making yet another turkey sandwich....
xo Sabia

Friday, November 19, 2010

Joann's favorite things..

What is the one staple that we can always find in your purse?
‘My iphone and Jao lip balm, that’s technically two, but they are both always in there’
What is the last movie you saw?
Winter’s Bone’ - Great film, but very heavy.

Favorite item of clothing lately?
‘I recently bought a pair of shoes from Stella Says Go, just down the street from Sabia. I love them and have been wearing them almost everyday!’
What TV show are you looking forward to watching this week?
The Big C’ on Showtime - I LOVE Laura Linney & Oliver Platt!’

Do you have a favorite local coffee shop?
‘I’m probably the only person in Austin that doesn’t drink coffee, but I like LIFT. I usually drink tea or water, but the food is great!’

Is there a restaurant or dish in Austin that never gets old to you?
‘I love UCHI and UCHIKO, I could eat at either, everyday. The crispy oysters at Jeffrey’s are amazing and when I am feeling like Mexican, El Meson has the most delicious guacamole, that, accompanied with the Horseshoe Margarita...heaven!’
What is your favorite holiday ritual?
‘My family always celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas the weekend before the actual holiday. Both of my kids are married and have children. The holidays can be a bit stressful when you have to visit the parents, in-laws, extended family, etc..as well as trying to have your own traditions. By celebrating the weekend before, it helps us to take the stress off, relax and enjoy our time together’
Favorite Austin landmark?
Town Lake, right before the sun comes up. The lake is so beautiful and you can literally see the city waking up.’

Thanks to Joann for sharing with us...until next week...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Joann talks lash extensions and preventative skincare

Luckily Austinites aren’t subjected to harsh winters, but the weather does change, the heaters kick on and our skin is subjected to this. What are your tips for adapting to these changes?
‘Stay hydrated. This is a great time to do a series of peels to help repair the damage from the summer. Another option is microdermabrasion, which typically uses mineral crystals to help remove wrinkles. However, at Sabia, we use the NewApeel DiamondTome System, which does not use crystals, therefore resulting in little or no irritation.’
Tell us about some of the lash services that you offer
‘I love doing lash extensions! I have been doing them for about four (4) years now, they are so much FUN and make getting ready in the morning so much easier. A synthetic lash is individually applied to one of your natural lashes using surgical glue. I can create a natural look or we can make them look very dramatic, and who doesn’t want longer more lush looking lashes without the use of mascara?’

What is your before bed beauty ritual?
‘I have to say, I agree with Elizabeth and Emily, the Clarisonic is the best at washing away the day. Many of us don’t realize that it's important to spend a full minute washing our faces. The Clarisonic has a timer, so when it beeps, you are done! 
I use the LHA Cleanser with my Clarisonic brush, I then follow with the LHA Solution to remove dead skin and residual makeup and sunscreen and LHA Serum to loosen the bonds that hold dead skin together and finish up with A.G.E. Interrupter as moisturizer and A.G.E. eye complex, all by SkinCeuticals, Revitalash for my lashes and  Jao lip balm. While this may sound like quite a few steps, the key to aging gracefully is preventative skincare’
 *We mentioned the LHA Serum a couple of weeks ago here.

Stay tuned as we wrap up our week with Joann tomorrow! 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Introducing Joann Ramirez

Where are you from?
‘Buda, TX'
What is your expertise?
‘Waxing, brow shaping & lash extensions’

Tricks of the trade?
‘Everything in moderation. There is something very beautiful about a woman who looks natural and ages gracefully. It’s understandable to want to slow the process via peels and injectables, just do it in moderation.’
Favorite beauty product?
‘I LOVE the LHS products by SkinCeuticals!! My skin feels smoother and my makeup looks better ever since I started using this line of products. 
I also can’t stop using the Goe oil by Jao after showering, no more dry skin!’ 
Favorite icon?
‘John Lennon’

Favorite Author?
‘At the moment, I am reading ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen, but I really enjoyed the ‘Millennium Trilogy’ by Steig Larsson, which started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Astrological Sign?
‘Technically they are my grandkids dogs, but I'll go ahead and include them :) PeeWee, Penny, Ziggy Ringo and Churchill’
Favorite Botanical?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lauren wraps up the week discussing the best brush, her magazine addiction and Martha Stewart

Did you ever have a hair disaster when you were growing up? 
‘I have had many a hair disaster and that is a strength in my career.  I know how it feels to have too much cut off, to not be listened to, and to grow out terrible layers for 2 years.  I remain conscious of this when considering how to cut or color my clients hair.’ 
What's the best brush in your opinion?
Mason Pearson mixed brush is great to have for detangling, smoothing, and conditioning the hair and scalp. An investment that will last many years.’

What's makes your job great?
‘I am able to constantly strive to improve because if I do not, someone else will do it better than me, in addition to that, I get to combine my creative skills with socializing!!’ 
Favorite magazines?
'Oh wow, Well, I have what someone whom I live with might call a magazine addiction. But, if I have to list them, I like the usual fashion mags like Elle and Marie Claire, I get inspiration from catalogues like J. Crew  and Martha Stewart Living (seriously good recipes in that one) and I LOVE the French couture mags that you can find for like $20 bucks at  Book People. Amazing visual stimulation!!!!’

What's your favorite holiday ritual and why?
‘I love to see people getting dressed up and looking fancy for parties and pictures.  We are so casual in Austin, it is nice to have an excuse look hot.’

Where is the last place you went on vacation?
'The Grand Canyon!! It was so amazing!'

What music have you been listening to lately?
‘My friend Anne made me a dance-y mix and it is all kinds of good stuff.  Au Revoire Simon is what comes to mind.’  
What's the last movie you saw?

Do you have a favorite local coffee shop? 
‘I have a few. Number one, Lift on South Lamar - they have this smoothie called the Elvis on Speed.
I drink it twice a week, it has nanner, peanut butter, almond milk and two shots of espresso. I think it is genius.  I also love me some Once Over on South 1st.’
What item of clothing / accessory do you pull out of your closet and wear over and over?
‘White shirts and gold chain necklaces. They never get old. Oh and boots!! I love boots more than any other shoe type.’ 
What TV show are you looking forward to watching this week?
‘I just got rid of cable as an experiment. I am watching Mad Men on Netflix.  I sometimes watch three in a row.’ 

What are your favorite places to chow down in Austin?
‘In this order:  Enoteca, Perla's, Eastside Showroom (the grits and greens!), Fonda San Miguel, Taco Deli & The Daily Juice.’
Favorite Austin landmark?
The trail around Town Lake, I cannot live without it.’  

Thanks to Lauren for taking the time to share with us....until next week!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


In a previous post, Lauren discussed the BALAYAGE technique. We wanted to know more and share with you, dear readers..

BALAYAGE literally means ‘to sweep’ in French. This technique was developed by celebrity stylist, Jacques Dessange, over 20 years ago in Paris, and also where Lauren studied the procedure. 
This two-tone hairstyle is also lately known as ‘dip dye’, a moniker borrowed from the fashion term for a graduated color from dark to light. This hairstyle embraces the visible root, but by ‘sweeping’ on the color it results in a more natural, sun bleached look. The highlights are painted on the hair by hand and in a sweeping motion from the base to the top of the hair. The color is applied heavier at the tip to produce a hairstyle that looks like you’ve spent a decadent summer on the French Riviera...and who doesn’t want that?



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hair trends, Isla Fisher and satin pillowcases

Are there any fun hair trends that you are excited about trying out on yourself or suggesting to clients?
'I love that strawberry blondes and redheads are so in right now.  Most people can look amazing with a warmer shade, it just needs to be the right one to flatter their skin tone and perk up their eye color.  I notice many more models and celebs going red and I love love love it.  Fair skin with light eyes looks great with soft golden copper shades, similar to Isla Fisher's.

Medium skin tones with light or dark eyes look great in deeper copper auburn shades, like Kate Walsh. 

Dark skin tone and dark eyes are most flattered with cool reds, like a dark cherry or mahogany.'  
Do you recommend sticking to just one shampoo/conditioner combo? Or do you have several in your shower?
‘If you color your hair, I recommend using the Phytocitrus shampoo and mask right after color and then weekly to maintain vibrancy.  It keeps the cuticle closed so your color won't fade nearly as fast and you will have SHINE!! 
The most important thing is to use what is made for your hair and scalp type.  Most hairstylists know the ingredients of their line of choice very well which can be extremely helpful in getting the perfect cocktail of products.  Don't use anything full of plastics and sulfates, they are not good for anything.’
Before bed beauty ritual?
‘Satin pillowcases are really good for your hair and skin!! Sleep in deep conditioner if your hair is very dry or porous and shampoo it out in the morning, it will look and feel amazing.  (I like Born Again Mask by Kevin Murphy)’
You recently spent some time in Paris learning a new technique, could you tell us about that?
‘Studying the balayage techniques by the salon that created it was really wonderful. It gave me the fine tuning I needed to be able to create color that grows out well, rather than just creating color that looks great the first 5 weeks.  That is a difference I take pride in.’

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meet Lauren Phillips

Where are you from?
‘That question can be a bit loaded for me, so I will be diplomatic and say.....A lot of places ;)’
What is your expertise?
‘My two areas of focus are hair color / chemical services & makeup. I particularly LOVE creating natural looking blondes and the ‘no makeup’ makeup look.'
Tricks of the trade?
‘Preparation, products and aftercare. Prepping the hair and skin allows a quality result. The correct products can do wonders for hair and skin, making color last longer and skin more radiant. Aftercare is MAINTAINING!’
Favorite Icon?
Favorite Beauty Product?
‘Wow! That’s a bit difficult to narrow down, but lately I’m very into Creme Blush in Cactus Flower by NARS.’
Favorite Author?
‘Depends on the moment’
Astrological Sign?
‘Labradoodle named Luci & Labrador named Daisy’
Favorite botanical?
‘Lily and any succulent’
Thanks! We look forward to hearing more from Lauren all this week!
Please feel free to send in any questions or comments and we will do our best to get them answered!
Until tomorrow...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Finishing up with Miss Emily

Emily has been so busy this week! But, we finally got her to answer our last set of questions...
Can you tell us what is always a staple in your purse?
‘Whether Im heading out on the town or to work, I always have TRUE pressed powder in Fair 1 and Jao Lip Balm.

What music have you been listening to lately?
‘I have been really into the male singer songwriters lately. David Gray, Amos Lee, Pete Yorn and Matt Nathanson.
Whats the last film you saw at the cinema?
Eat, Pray, Love’ - however, I wasn't a big fan. I thought the character was a bit whiney for my taste’
Do you have a favorite local coffee shop?
Sweetish Hill! Im there every other day for breakfast and a latte, skim no foam (in case anyone is wondering), please and thanks!’
Staple item from your closet?
‘Any of my scarves! This Southern girl is NOT OK with cold weather!’

What is your favorite TV Show?
Gossip Girl! I love the boys and the fashion is TO DIE!’
Favorite Austin restaurant?
‘Austin has so so many great restaurants! Too difficult to choose just one, but I return to Moonshine, Perlas, Imperia and Eddie V's
Favorite Austin Landmark?
Town Lake is where I take my pups!

Friday, November 5, 2010

What is LHA Serum?

What is LHA? 
LHA Serum NEW - Correct

Earlier this week, Emily mentioned the LHA SkinCeutical Platform Products, which include LHA Cleansing gel, solution and serum. 
Designed for aging skin prone to breakouts, SkinCeuticals LHA Serum combines LHA, glycolic acid, and aminosulfonic acid compound to enhance keratolytic activity, precisely eliminate surface cells, decongest pores, smooth irregularities, and minimize the appearance of fine lines. This potent serum works in concert with LHA Cleansing Gel and LHA Solution to prime skin for clinical procedures and professional treatments.
Ingredients - 

Lipo Hydroxy Acid (Capryloyl Salicylic Acid)
Provides precise and even cell-by-cell exfoliation to unclog pores while diminishing surface indicators of age

Glycolic Acid
penetrates quickly and breaks the intercellular bonds of skin cells

Aminosulfonic Acid Compound
Promotes efficient exfoliation while replenishing critical moisture levels
Provides precise and even cell-by-cell exfoliation to unclog pores while diminishing surface indicators of age including discolorations, fine lines, wrinkles, and rough texture
Improves skin tone and texture
Stimulates enzymes that help promote efficient exfoliation

Available at SABIA