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I’ll admit it: I love being pampered. I think pedicures are one of God’s greatest gifts to the world 😂

But booking appointments for my nails, hair, etc. can get time-consuming and expensive.

That’s why I’m obsessed with Groupon’s new BeautyNow feature. It’s a LIFESAVER, especially for someone like me who is always on the look out for a good deal in town.

My Favorite Way to Book Beauty Appointments: Groupon BeautyNow

If you’ve ever used Groupon before, you know how awesome the deals can be. BeautyNow, a feature in the Groupon app, allows users to seamlessly book their beauty services, enjoy discounted appointments during select times at top salons and spas, and a Cashless Payment feature applied post-service.

I recently took Groupon’s BeautyNow service for a test-drive with my best friend Alex. We were overdue for a girl’s day out, so we headed to Chicago’s North Side (Huron Nails) to get glam.

Booking the appointments through the app was SO easy, and makes getting your nails done a cashless experience. If you have the Groupon app on your phone, click here to go straight to the experience.

My nails turned out so great and I can’t get over how easy booking was using Groupon. I don’t think I’ll ever book an appointment without it, ever again!

Want to try out Groupon BeautyNow for yourself? Use the promo code “LENHART10” to receive $10 off!

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*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Groupon BeautyNow. All opinions are my own and honest.*

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As some of you may know (from my Instagram and previous blog post), I just attended New York Fashion Week for the first time a couple weeks ago. While the experience itself was amazing, it left me feeling pretty exhausted. It didn’t help that I started school the same week as NYFW, either.

To treat myself and recoup after NYFW, I teamed up with the team at mySpa to get a massage. (Side note: I am the biggest massage fiend. I think massages are one of God’s greatest gifts to the world and I never turn down the opportunity 😂)

Relaxing After NYFW with mySpa at Fairmont Chicago

I headed over to the Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park for a day at the spa. I had never been to mySpa before and was blown away with the treatment + facilities.

mySpa is an 11,000-square-foot sanctuary offering personalized massage, skincare, body treatments, manicure, pedicure and couples experiences, a full-service fitness studio and retail area. Each massage, skincare, and body ritual treatment room includes an array of music choices, including iPod docks for a completely customizable musical experience, and a menu of exclusive myEssentials add-ons for massages. (How cool is that?!)

The spa itself is beautiful. I loved the clean, minimal feel of the spa, which helped me to really clear my mind from the stresses of the week.

I received a 50-minute full-body massage from Michael, one of the masseuses. The massage itself was heavenly, and I definitely recommend Michael to anyone heading over to mySpa in the future.

After my massage, I got to use the facility’s steam room + showers. Everything was in perfect condition, and I felt like a princess my whole time at mySpa.

I would 10/10 recommend this spa for anyone looking for an oasis in Chicago! For more information about mySpa, visit: http://www.fairmont.com/chicago/spa/


What do you do to relax after a long week? 

*I did receive a compensated massage from mySpa at Fairmont Chicago. All opinions are my own and honest. I am not being paid for this review.*

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If you’ve been following me for a couple years now, you may know that I am (what Amelia Rose Studio’s owner Jodi calls) a “blonde-a-holic.” I love my blonde and have been bleaching + lightening my hair for years.

That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to get my hair colored by Jodi Shachar at Amelia Rose Studio. Jodi specializes in blondes, and I trusted her with my locks.

The sad truth is that my hair was waaaay overdue for a color. I had been double processing my hair (bleach + tone) for about a year, but “let it go” and my darker roots were overgrown. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my hair anymore, and I was a little lost.

Want to know how I used to dye my hair at home? Read my post “How to Bleach Hair at Home for the White Blonde Look”

But Jodi knew just what to do, and consulted with me during my appointment, suggesting that she add in both highlights + lowlights to give me a softer blonde. I was down for the cause, and in just a few hours, my hair was completely transformed into a beautiful, ashy, blonde.

About Jodie Shachar

Jodi’s story is really cool, and I loved being able to hear it told by her personally. She always wanted to have a baby girl but instead was blessed with 3 boys. Instead of giving up on that dream, she decided to create Amelia Rose Studio, a space that reflects all of the traits she would want her daughter to have: elegance, beauty, confidence.

Jodi’s energy and attitude is contagious, and I had such an awesome time chatting with her during my appointment. She really takes time with all of her clients + recognizes that blonde hair coloring requires a little extra patience + attention.

Another cool thing about Jodi + the salon? It is sustainable + a certified Green Circle Salon; which means that she recycles everything she can: foils, color, and even hair.

Before + After

Before you look at these photos, I’m going to ask you to not judge me 😂 I am well aware that I let my blonde go for far too long, and that’s why I needed Jodi’s help so badly.

Before

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After

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Book an appointment

Interested in getting the perfect blonde? Visit Amelia Rose Studios’ website by clicking here, or calling the salon at 773-519-1336.


*This post was made in collaboration with Amelia Rose Studios. All opinions are my own and honest.*

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Chicago’s most exciting music festival is happening this weekend and the city could not be more ready! I’m planning on attending Lollapalooza for my first time ever, and can’t wait to share my experience with you.

Before hitting the park, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need to look + feel your best. I’m partnering with Bed Head to show you how to get ready for this weekend in fun + stylish way!

Lollapalooza Hair Styling Essentials

There’s no doubt that it is going to be HOT outside at Lollapalooza, so it’s important to make sure your style stays in place and that you are not damaging your hair in the heat.

I’m using a few Bed Head products before + during Lollapalooza to keep my hair looking fresh. The great part about Bed Head products is that all the products were signed to be blended, layered, and cocktailed together! 

To protect my hair from the harsh sun, I’m using the TOTALLY BEACHIN’ Shampoo + Conditioner. The shampoo cleanses hair to remove sweat, sea, and sand (and trust me, there will be lots of sweat at Lolla!) The conditioner helps treat stressed locks and replenishes shine.

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I’m also going to be using my HAUTE IRON spray from CATWALK by TIGI to protect my hair from any heat styling I may want to do before going to the festival.

I love flat ironing my hair to get a super sleek look, but hate the damage it causes my tresses. Luckily, HAUTE IRON spray protects my hair from high temperatures while adding more shine to my look.

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Lollapalooza-Hair-Essentials

Like what you see? Bed Head products can be purchased at Ulta Beauty or at Ulta.com!

Come party with Bed Head!

You’re invited to an exclusive event at The Bed Head Hotel! Bed Head Hotel is taking place at The Hard Rock Hotel (230 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601) on August 4th + 5th from 12 PM until 6 PM.

I’ll be at The Bed Head Hotel on Saturday night and would love to see some of my blog readers there! Check out the picture below for more information.


*This post is brought to you by Bed Head by TIGI and Her Campus Media All opinions are my own and honest.*

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