Tis the season…for summer vacations! And you know what that means: Making the dreaded to-do list before embarking on your fabulous summer vacations. But fear not, we have put together a detailed account of what you’ll need to check-off before packing up and heading out of town. And the best part? Every tip and business below is locally Greenville owned and operated!
- Have a Fabu-LASH Time: Professional individually applied lashes do wonders for your summer time looks! Why fuss with the daily routine of applying and removing liner and mascara? Let one of Venice Lash Lounge’s trained artists apply a customized lash fan so that you’re always poolside picture-perfect! Amber Marquez , owner of Venice Lash recommends the following tips for making the most of your investment.
- DO NOT come into your appointment with makeup on. Lashes cannot be applied until all the makeup is removed. Since the lash artist will require time to remove your cosmetics, it leaves them less time to spend on applying new lashes.
- Shower before you come! Lashes cannot be around moisture for the first 24 hours, otherwise it compromises the bond.
- Purchase Borboleta lash sealant to use in between your application appointments. It helps to keep the bond closed and waterproof during your water-filled fun!
Venice Lash Lounge is also your premiere destination for Lash Lifts, Microblading and Dermaplaning. Venice Lash Lounge is located downtown at 404 River Street, Greenville 29601. www.VeniceLashLounge.com
- Beach Hair Don’t Care: Let your hair do the talking for you this vacation. Jess Heckman, owner and lead stylist of The Beautiful Company (located downtown at 100 Green Avenue, Greenville 29601) recommends bohemian natural looking curls for this summer’s trend. www.BeautifulSalon.co
- “Create and set a light braid, take down and use our O&M Surf Bomb sea spray to set in those gorgeous beachy waves for a perfect day to night look.”
- Get Your Glow On: A Greenville favorite for years, The Browning Studio is your go-to spray-tan destination. Now with two locations (Woodruff Rd & Downtown) to serve all your sunkissed needs. Owner of The Browning Studio, Brandi Browning recommends scheduling your appointment a week out, and coming in 2 days before you depart. www.TheBrowningStudio.net
- Be sure to do a full body exfoliation and apply a thin layer of lotion before coming in for your customized airbrush tan.
- Always remember to wear sunscreen over your spray tan. A product she recommends to keep you bronzed while battling the sun’s rays is Image Skin Care Prevention Plus SPF 32.
- That Body Though: We spoke with famed fitness coach Lisa Booze of Booze Fitness and got three easy beach body tips anyone can do! www.BoozeFitnessTraining.com
- “WATER! Replace sodas and sweet teas with waters.”
- “Watch those poolside snacks! If you’re going to graze, do it with healthy options like veggies and fruit.”
- “We all like our beach-buzz, but be careful of the massive quantities of empty calories in alcohol. Choices like seltzer beers, vodka and calorie free mixers are your friends!”
- Dog-Gone-It: It’s always fun when we can take our furry friends along, but not every vacation allows for that! If you’re forced to leave them behind, be sure to do it with people who pamper your pup as much as you do! We recommend The Noble Dog Hotel located in Hampton Station. Chelsea from Noble Dog Hotel has tips to make the most of their stay! www.NobleDogHotel.com
- “Make your dog’s reservations before your own! Too many people just assume their boarding facility will have the room, but during high travel months its better to be sure than sorry.”
- “Meal plan and over pack food! So many dogs these days have special diets or allergies. Be sure to over pack food in case your flight is delayed or canceled.
- “Bring their favorite item from home! It helps for them to know you’re coming back for them.”
- Cool As a Cucumber: Leigh LaFoy, owner of All Weather Services, Inc (the only female owned heating & air company in South Carolina) recommends leaving your thermostat no higher than 85 degrees. “If you have antiques or real wood fine furniture we don’t recommend anything higher than 80 degrees, and if you have animals of any type we definitely suggest nothing higher than 76 degrees. This will keep your valuables protected but your electric bill manageable.” www.AllWeatherServicesInc.com
David Hawkins is writer and TV contributor who has worked with ABC, NBC, 20/20, The View, Time Out New York, The New York Post, The Advocate, New York Press and many more. A native of Greenville he recently moved back after owning and operating media strategy companies in New York, LA and Asheville. When he’s not writing for The Clutch, he works as a liaison between the media and press worthy local business to maximize potential PR exposure.