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Whether you want to boost your hygee (AKA the art of optimal coziness), or you're searching for ways to bring wellness into your dwelling, we're right there with you. We aren't talking about a room-by-room makeover, but finding a few simple elements of decor to add beauty and balance to our homes.
Whether you find inspiration in the ahhh-mazing Zen design of your favorite studio, all those new stylish home brands at Target, or the trendy decor at your hair salon, we’ve got three easy ways to keep those good vibes coming every time you open your door, all year long.
Indoor greenery has come a long way since your mom’s spider plants. Pinterest boards, pop-up shops, Instagram pages…all dedicated to the hip botanical trend that’s here to stay. Creating a mini urban jungle is a simple way to refresh your pad this new year. Not only do plants up your decor game, they rid your air of toxins and can increase positivity and make you feel better.
No matter the size of your space—of the strength of your green thumb—succulents are a good place to start. They are tough (thanks to the desert sun), diverse, texturally appealing, and just look cool. Anything we can’t kill is a win in our book, especially with the heat cranking all winter long. Plus, budget-friendly succulents easily ship fresh from online retailers, like San Diego, California-based Pigment. We suggest using soil that drains quickly and is meant specifically for succulents, which you buy online or find at most garden retailers. Using fun, funky, and modern pots and planters—like animal heads or terrariums—will also spice up your space.
Purple is a timeless favorite—you really can't go wrong. And when it comes to crystals, the power of the purple hues in amethyst is always popular. You don’t have to be an energy expert or crystal guru to have amethyst in your home!
Promoting stress-relieving powers and balance, amethyst is visually appealing and can add serenity to your home. You can purchase amethyst in a variety of shapes and sizes, but we suggest going to pick out your crystals in person to ensure you choose the texture and size that you desire for your dwellings. After selecting your crystals, incorporate the amethyst into your decor by placing it around your home—wherever you feel like you need a little extra Zen.
Discovering your daily dose of motivation shouldn’t just come from social media, it should come from where you live. Inspire your decorating endeavors by spreading positivity throughout your house with motivational phrases. From trendy throw pillows to wall art, we suggest surrounding yourself with small touches of beautiful, modern encouragement.
When choosing inspiring imagery and decor, select one item that will be a focal point in the room where it is placed. The motivational item you choose should be something you don’t mind seeing on a daily basis to help boost your mood (and make you smile). Etsy is one of our favorite places to search for motivational and inspirational decor. Be sure to pick a color scheme that will stand out but is complimentary to your current design aesthetic.
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.