The art of the blowout

Angela D'amario with her stylsit Jamila and her freshky blown doNow that blow dry bars are springing up all over the place, do you ever wonder how much more fabulous a professional blow dry is than one you do yourself? Blow dry bars specialize in styling hair. They don’t cut it or colour it; they dry it, pouf it, and even put it up. They are quick, and at about $35 dollars, are relatively less expensive than salons. Many serve cocktails, too.
Our own Angela D’Amario visited the Drybar for an evening of fun and styling. Here is Angela’s report:

I often fantasize about how much more free time I would have every day if I never needed to style my own hair.  My mane is curly and thick, and — beyond wearing it in its naturally wavy form — a pain to tame. Oh, how I envy ladies like Amber Rose who look fabulous bald!  

Last week, I visited Drybar, a wash-and-dry-only salon, for the first time. Blow-dry bars have been popping up in major cities across the U.S. They cater to busy women who want hair perfection in a breeze.

While there, I imagined how wonderful it would be to never have to wash and style my own hair again. I asked my stylist, Jamila, whether I could get by with a weekly blowout if I used dry shampoo. Jamila said those with less-oily scalps could do it, so I gave it a go. I was only able to make it four days before jumping head first into the shower to feel the relief of real shampoo.
Drybar is a fantastic option for looking picture-perfect for several days at social events, such as weddings, vacations, and during the holiday-party season. Drybar offers nearly 10 different styles, all cleverly named for cocktails, at $35 per blowout. From curly to straight to up styles, they have a look for every occasion.
I have a wedding next month, so I’ll be booking my Florida-ready blowout soon. I’m thinking Drybar’s beach-wave look.  
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Chocolate on the rocks from Godiva

Angels's favourite : Les Femmes CoupeAs we mentioned earlier, our own Angela D’Amario dropped by the Atlanta Drybar for a fun evening of blow-drying and cocktailing. While she was there, she was treated to a combination of two of most women’s favourite comestibles, Godiva chocolate and vodka.
Here is Angela’s report:

I’ve noticed, over the last few years, the vodka market has been flooded with unusual flavors covering almost every food type.  Three Olives has cake and fruit-loop flavors, and Bakon is — you guessed it — bacon-flavored vodka. While I don’t think it’s a horrible idea to flavor vodka after our favorite treats, it’s much smarter to take a beloved gourmet truffle brand and craft a distilled beverage around it.

Last week, I had the pleasure of sampling both Godiva’s Chocolate Infused Vodka and Chocolate/Raspberry Vodka.  While both are smooth and enjoyable to drink straight up (not to mention their fabulous aftertastes), I loved them in cocktails too. At Godiva’s Atlanta event, Femme Du Coupe’s Revae Schneider featured three of her cocktail creations.  My favorite was the "Les Femmes Coupe" (recipe below), which I swear will be a flavor party in your mouth.  Both vodkas are available across the U.S. and are sure to be hits with the millions of people who love the company’s chocolate truffles:

Les Femmes Coupe
Ingredients (for one drink)
½ ounce Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka
1½ ounces PIMM’S No. 1  
¾ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
2 droppers of Bittercube Orange Bitters
1 dash Regans #6 Bitters
Orange and lemon slices for garnish
Combine Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka, PIMM’S No. 1, lemon juice, simple syrup, Bittercube Orange Bitters and Regans #6 Bitters into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
Pour contents into a Collins Glass over ice.
Garnish with orange and lemon slices.
Ideal Serving Glass: Collins Glass ( tall thin glass)