Things can get hectic this time of year but we can’t resist throwing a little soiree with our family and friends to spread some holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a guide to help you prepare everything you’ll need to entertain this season and host the perfect party.
If you ask us, the most important part of any get-together is the cocktail when you first arrive. Around the holidays, guests are looking to indulge in seasonal favorites. We suggest something warm with a bite – a Hot Toddy.
Want to add a little something extra to last year’s decor or looking to change up your theme? We think this simple DIY combines nature and glamour in an awesome way – seriously. Just add glitter!
Buy or gather some pinecones, coat them in craft glue, sprinkle on gold, blue, or silver glitter, and voila! You’ve got a sparkly take on the seasons natural elements.
Everyone is a fan of a throwback, and you can’t go wrong with a cheeseball around this time of the year. Our resident Highbrow Hippie has come up with a pretty amazing version of this party favorite. Check out Myka’s recipe here. Anyone can make this. Trust us.
4.) Hostess Mani
Of course, you’re going to want to look your best as you mix and mingle with your guests. Getting your holiday mani before the madness of party planning takes over is your best bet – especially with the WAX Mani of the Month. December’s mani is nothing short of merry and bright, and durable to boot! This gel glitter mani gives you the festive effect you’re looking for while providing some serious gel strength that will hold up during your decorating and cooking.
Setting the mood with the right music is a crucial part of any party. Gather all of your favorite holiday classics and make a playlist for the entire evening. All you have to do is press play and let the good times roll!
Need some inspiration? Don’t worry. Check out Myka’s playlist here: Highbrow Hippie Holiday
The easiest way to set the ambiance at any party is to light a beautiful candle…or two, or three, or four! Personally, we’re huge fans of NEST. Their fragrances are so incredible. Pop by WAX to pick up our favorite scent – Sicilian Tangerine.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to make even your most bah-humbug of guests get into the swing of things, try a DIY photobooth! Hang a layer of tinsel along an empty wall, grab a Santa hat and other props, set up a Polaroid, and snap away! These photos provide instant fun and a great momento for guests to remember your party!
DIY tinsel backdrop here: Lovely Indeed
8.) De-stress and Pamper
The booze is gone, the music has stopped, and all of your guests have made it home safe and sound. This calls for a little R&R for the hostess! A pedicure, brow wax or tint, even eyelash extensions…it’s time to head to WAX to clear your head and get ready for the party fun to start again – but this time, at someone elses house!
We’re always on the hunt for the next best beauty brand and we know we’ve found something special with ILIA. We’re so excited to carry this incredible cosmetic line at WAX, especially during the holidays! Any beauty-lovin’ lady would be happy to be gifted ILIA – including yours truly!
We’ve compiled our favorite ILIA products to make picking up a few next time you’re at WAX a snap. Check out what we’re loving below!
“I can’t get enough of the 99 Red Ballons Lip Crayon. It’s the perfect holiday red without the pink undertone!” – Misty
“The Polka Dots and Moonbeams Illuminator is just the touch you need to give you a special glow.” – Jamie
“Everyone should get their hands on the Nighfall Mascara. It makes your eyelashes look fabulous and sultry.” – Priscilla
“If you’re looking for the absolute best pink ever, then look no further. Neon Angel lipstick has you covered.” – Myka
“The cold weather doesn’t mean you can’t stay bronze! I’m loving the Sway Illuminator bronzer for year-round use.” – Hasani
“Lust for Life is a limited edition color in the Tinted Lip Conditioners line…need I say more? Grab it fast!” – Lane
“The All of Me Multi-Stick is an awesome cheek tint. It’s so natural looking and moisturizing, too!” – Sam
“Talk about a pop of color! The Crimson & Clover Tinted Lip Conditioner can add something special to any look.” – Rhiannon
Misty is a graduate of The Esani Institute in Atlanta. She is WAX’s lead esthetician has been named “Best Waxer In Atlanta” by Allure magazine. Misty loves the immediate satisfaction of waxing and in her words she “doesn’t want to be good at everything she wants to be amazing at a few things.” Bikini design is one of those things – she has had many designs pass her way. In addition to bikini design she is also skilled at designing a great brow through waxing or threading. To add to the allure of the eye created through a great brow, Misty studied abroad at The London Makeup Academy and is a skilled make up artist. Misty is known as the “Gentle Waxer”. From her soft voice to her soothing hands everything about her is calm and quiet…But we know better – those hands have waved about in the air while regaling us with tales of a life well lived and embarrassing moments that we had to swear not to print here….
Favorite Indulgences: Chocolate, Online Shopping
3 Things That People Wouldn’t Know About You: I have 9 tattoos, I lived in Guam & I collect Salt and Pepper shakers.
Personal Soundtrack: Brazilian Girls
Personal Style in Three Words: Simple, Southern, Rock
First Job: K-MART
Childhood Ambition: To marry Michael Jackson and to be Madonna
To find out more about Misty click here
Lane is a graduate of the International School of Skin and Nails and has worked in many areas of the esthetics field over the past 10 years. She specializes in Brazilians and brows as they are the most challenging in waxing services. Lane believes that true beauty comes from within, and because of that, she is also a certified nutritionist as well as an accomplished organic food chef. She believes in the importance of customer service and appreciates client relationships that are created through making people more beautiful than they really are. She hails all the way from Canada so keep reading to find out more about our favorite import!
Ideal vacation: A beach where you can see through the water for miles.
Book that has most influenced you: How To Create The Perfect Eyebrow
Things you can’t live without: Chapstick & my shoe collection
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Team Edward. Vampires probably have less body hair.
Three things people wouldn’t know about you: I love tequila & sci-fi and have a designer sunglasses addiction!
Find out more about Lane here.
Emily is our newest waxer here at WAX. You’ll be seeing a lot more of her as we enter our Summer season, but right now you can find her between the front desk and the waxing rooms making sure she knows all things WAX related. Growing up Emily always knew she wanted to do something to help people. After graduating from SCAD in Savannah she felt like something was missing and took a 2 year break trying new things. She’s always been a product junkie and decided to look into the skin care world and fell in love. Waxing gives that instant gratification and makes people feel better about themselves. In a perfect world she will one day move to Amsterdam continue her career all while listening to Fleetwood Mac on repeat, but in the meantime you can find her here at WAX, making the world a better place….one hair at a time.
Things you would save in a fire: My dog, my computer, records and of course, anyone else who is in the building!
Book that has most influenced you: Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Dream job: A model for Price is Right.
Personal style in 3 words. Funky. Comfort. Vintage.
If you could have anyone be your personal stylist, who would it be, and why? Rachel Zoe. She loves Chanel and has impeccable taste.
3 things that people wouldn’t necessarily know about you: I have a BFA in Art History from SCAD, I used to be a tour manager for a local band and I love ranch dressing.
Our resident lady about the town, P. Willow, lives the life we wish we could. You’ve seen her on our postcards, you’ve seen her slinking around our facebook and twitter. Now she’s blogging and ready to offer her two cents on life and living! Learn a little more about our “mascot”…
Childhood ambition: to become a backup dancer for Michael Jackson (duh).
Things you would save in a fire: My collection of vintage collars, my Jonathan Adler kitty krack jar, and my travel diaries.
Favorite indulgences: Body wraps, Mani / Pedis and custom blended perfumes.
First job: A bodega in Brooklyn.
3 Things people wouldn’t necessarily know about you:
1. I love taking bubble baths
2. I prefer vintage over new
3. I take about 5 naps a day. I’m a firm believer in beauty rest!
Skincare routine: Lick, smooth and repeat.
Personal soundtrack: Moon Pix by Cat Power
- A bottle of Château du lait 1986
- An organic latex mattress
- French Vogue
Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Micky became a peach in the summer of 1995. She graduated from Clayton State University with B.B.A. in marketing and soon after obtained a job managing an insurance agency. Late in 2010, Micky decided to make a career change and enrolled at the International School of Skin and Nails and later obtained her Esthetics license, and we are super happy that she did! Micky’s “passion for waxing” began while studying at ISSN. She loves the instant gratification of going from prickly and unsightly, to smooth and aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, Micky is passionate about creating, correcting, and/or maintaining beautiful brows, as she believes they play a vital role in your face’s overall appearance. Find out more about what Micky is all about when she’s not busy perfecting your brows…
Things you would save in a fire: My stiletto collection
First job: Mickey D’s, commonly known as McDonalds
Personal style in 3 words: Sexy, sophisticated, black
Your spirit animal, and why? A chameleon because I’m adaptable to any environment
Skincare routine: I cleanse, tone, and moisturize EVERY morning and night. I usually exfoliate and mask every 3 days
3 things that people wouldn’t necessarily know about you:
- I love math
- I love dogs
- I am half Jamaican
Dream job: Personal assistant to Idris Elba…he is soooo darn attractive (and he has a British accent….)
Misty is WAX’s lead esthetician. She trains the staff and has been here since our inception! She was voted Best Waxer in Atlanta by Allure magazine (woot! woot!) and has an amazing clientele who love her like crazy. When she’s not waxing, you can usually find her hiking with her pups, cuddling with her hubs or getting her new house in order. Here’s a few more things that Misty is crushing on this month….
2. Organic Strawberry Kefir
3. Monotribe a gift from my sweet husband, making sweet beats
4. Online shopping – Decorating the house with a beautiful Made in the USA couch from Thrive.
5. Instagram- posting pics of our pups Autumn and Gracie
Myka is the owner here at WAX and you can usually find her in one of the following places: upstairs in the office or mainlining espresso at our coffee machine….She is a beauty, design and fashion junkie. From the time she was a little girl at the age of 3 “putting on her jewelry” before she went to nursery, she has been enamored with beautiful things and making things beautiful. That is what led her to Paris to study Fashion Marketing and also what landed her in the marketing department at Diane Von Furstenberg in NY. Her desire to move beyond clothing pushed her to work as a stylist – creating beautiful environments for magazines and video shoots. Opening WAX is a combination of the things she loves and does best – creating the perfect space to bring beauty, energy and style into other people’s lives. In the tradition of sharing here are a few things that maybe you didn’t know about her:
Things you would save in a fire: Myself. Everything else can be replaced.
Book that has most influenced you: The Celestine Prophecy
First job: Front desk at a hair salon on N. Highland.
Personal style in 3 words. Evolving. Vintagey. Inconsistent.
If you could have anyone be your personal stylist, who would it be, and why? Lou Dillion….the whole Parisian messy chic thing. Or Kate Moss…the whole messy chic British thing.
3 things that people wouldn’t necessarily know about you: I meditate daily, speak 3 languages and once got stranded overnight on a sailboat with no wind, no water and no food. Fun.
Find out more about Myka here.