May-June 2012 Style File

THE SCOOP

Make a Statement

Local jeweler Stacey Johnson is on track to open Statement—her second retail venture after she lost her namesake space due to the fire at 50th & Bryant a couple of years ago—in the North Loop of Minneapolis this month. “You know how most boutiques are mostly clothes and a little section for accessories? We’re mostly accessories with a section for clothing,” she explains. Besides her handmade baubles, there will be plenty of locally based lines (candles, soap, home décor) to complement national or global brands, all geared to the ladies. “We’re like the girl’s answer to our neighbor MartinPatrick3,” she says.  212 N. Third Ave., Mpls., 651-808-7663
 

Good Hair

Hair styling
Photo courtesy of Haus Salon

Where to go for the smoothest blowout in town

Grandma may have had it right after all—a weekly “shampoo set” makes good sense. Blowdry!, a new 10-chair concept from Haus Salon, is getting in on the trend. The Uptown salon will offer $30 blowouts, plus membership deals, among a few other services. “It’s a luxury—scalp massage, luxe atmosphere, well-trained stylists—that women now can have weekly, like a mani-pedi,” owner Jessica Reipke says. “Come in before a meeting, with a girlfriend, before a good date, or after a bad one.” blowdryblowdry.com
 

Meet the Dream Team

TC Syle Bloggers
Photo by Todd Buchanan

There are some exciting changes—and content!—on the newly revamped TC Style blog. (First change: the name!) Joining style editor Katie Dohman in dishing out the latest trends and style gossip are blogger and graphic designer Kate Arends (middle), hairstylist Justine Hornick (left), and master makeup artist Fatima Olive (right). Together, they will offer up how-to tips and tricks in fashion, hair, beauty, and home décor, not to mention the don’t-miss sales and events around town. Get in on the conversation at mnmo.com/tcstyle
 

Body Beautiful

Kasia Organic Salon
Photo courtesy of Kasia Organic Salon

Kasia Organic Salon releases a summer body-care must-have

No one wants to step out in skirts or swimsuits without smooth, glowing skin, but tanning beds are a no-go. Fake it ’til you make it. Kasia Organic Salon just launched Enliven, a lime-and-bergamot salt scrub loaded with hemp seed, sunflower, avocado, and jojoba oils to smooth and hydrate. Then add her coconut-scented natural sunless tanner, spritz defrizzer in your hair, and don’t forget sunblock. Voila, glamazon. 822 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-824-7611, kasiaorganicsalon.com
 

TREATMENT

Laser Focus

Skin Klinic of Edina
Photo courtesy of ThinkStock.com

If you’ve waxed (and waxed and waxed and waxed) to remove hair, you know pain. And I am here to tell you, waxing causes far more pain than you feel when someone shoots laser beams into your skin to heat and kill hair at the follicular level. Seriously.

The laser process is simple. Lie on the table. The specialist dabs cold ultrasound gel on the place you’d like to remove hair. Then she wields the laser gun, applying it to the skin and zapping it. The only sensation I felt was akin to a mild static-electricity shock—not a big thing at all. Plus, there was barely any redness in the skin after, and I had a cold compress to use if things got heated.

Lasers remove hair permanently—after you get it all. Crystal, my unwavering laser guru, told me some people finish in four sessions, while others take six—performed in four-to-six week intervals (depending on the area, amount of hair, and growth cycles). My appointment took about 15 minutes. No sweat. Or redness. Or pain. Or downtime. Seriously, why is anyone still waxing? Skin Klinic of Edina, 3916 W. 50th St., 612-920-7546, mplslaser.com
 

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Katie Dohman is a St. Paul freelance writer and editor focused on lifestyle stories. Formerly the lifestyle editor for Minnesota Monthly, she’s also contributed to Zagat, the Star Tribune, Experience Life, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, and BloomaBlog, among others.