December 2014 Archive

Katie O's 12 Days of Sparkle: Day 8- Sparkle Mani's at Strut Spa

One of my favorite ways to relax and have some “me” time is getting my nails done. My girl Amy at Strut Spalontique does my favorite sparkly mani’s that put me in the holiday mood immediately!

For the holiday season they are even having a special: $60.00 for a regular manicure & pedicure and $65.00 for a shellac manicure & pedicure (sparkle that lasts longer!)–these are AMAZING deals!

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They even have a Mani/Pedi and 60 minute Aromatherapy massage for $140! I know what I am gonna ask Santa for Christmas!

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A perfect gift for the moms and friends that are in need of some pampering and beautifying in their busy lives!

Make sure to follow them on Facebook for specials and new arrivals!

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Katie O's 12 Days of Sparkle: Day 7 – Make Up Artists to add sparkle!

I have many lovely ladies in my life who help make me feel extra sparkly for those special occasions when I need to look and feel my best. While I try my best with my own beauty regime, I need a little help every now and then and each of these talented artist have done up my face for a special occassion and I always feel so amazing with their help.

Polina Lounello, Flawless by Tina (Tina Barbato), Perfection by Kyle (Kyle Garcia), and True Grace (Jennifer McCarthy Norton) are my go to freelance makeup artists in the Capital Region. You probably have an upcoming holiday party, New Year's celebration, or family gathering coming up; why not look and feel your best and get your makeup done to polish your entire look?  You desereve it!!

For me, I know that a good pair of eyelashes (done by professionals) and a great lipstick create the perfect look for any occasion. Every woman needs to feel sparkly, so why not pamper yourself with a makeup application for your next occasion?! Better yet, some of these ladies can even do your hair and all will travel to your home to help with beauty / sparkle prep. Win / win.

Check out a snippet of their work below and be sure to give one of them a ring when you need a little beauty assistance!

Polina Lounello of Polina Special Events Makeup. You can also follow her Facebook page here!

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Tina Barbato of Flawless by Tina. And on Facebook here!

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Kyle Garcia of Perfection by Kylefind her on Facebook here!  Kyle is offering a SPARKLE filled promotion right now:  $75.00 for Party Hair and Makeup plus a glass of bubbly while you are getting beautified! Call today and book your appointment!

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Jennifer McCarthy of True Grace McCarthy: Find her on Facebook here! truegracemakeup@gmail.com

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Katie O's 12 Days of Sparkle: Day 6 – Enigma Co.

There’s a new business in downtown Troy (another one of my neighbors) for those special men in your life that love to look good!

From the moment you walk into Engima Co. you quickly realize that you're walking into much more than just a men’s clothing store. In addition to their stylish, on trend clothes, there are displays of men's skin care and grooming products as well as home decor! Enigma is really a lifestyle store–the complete package, if you will.

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One of the perks of shopping at a small business is that you can often find things that you probably can't find at the mall. Enigma Co. offers unique, curated, high quality goods and they're available locally. Even better.

Part of the reason I enjoy supporting small businesses is that, more often than not, I find a gift that makes people say, “WOAH, where did you get this?” And that’s exactly the response you’ll receive from a gift from Enigma Co.

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If you find yourself struggling to make a decision or you're unsure of a size or fit, Enigma also has gift cards available for purchase.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook; they post special holiday deals, shaving classes, and new additions to their stock!

Located at 16 1st St in Troy, make sure to stop by Enigma Co. for those ‘hard to buy for’ guys in your life!

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Katie O's 12 Days of Sparkle: Day 5 – Slidin' Dirty

And on the 5th Day of Sparkle Katie O' gave to me…a slider from Slidin' Dir-ty!

There is a new restaurant in downtown Troy and it is slidin’ its way into my heart! The famous Slidin' Dirty food truck has put down some major roots in downtown Troy and I'm pretty pysched to say that they're located NEXT DOOR to KOWE headquarters! Perfect!

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The sliders are out of this world; including my favorite: the Soprano; chicken, fresh mozzarella, and a balsamic reduction. YUM! My husband, Nate, is a big fan of the Dirty Cowboy (how hilarious is that name!). Something we both love are the avocado fries with chipotle dipping sauce.  I didn’t even know there was such a thing! Not only do they have sliders (beef, chicken, and veggie options) but they have tacos, salads, and the most unique apps you have ever tasted. Everything is fresh, full of flavor, and unlike every other burger place I ever have had!  

Take a break from your holiday shopping and wrapping and stop by for their awesome Happy Hour specials: 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday and 9pm-Close on Monday – Thursday $1 off Craft Beer Drafts and $5 Munchies.  If you are celebrating your birthday you can enjoy a FREE Dirty Birthday 40 oz beer.

Fun mason jar drinks, a modern atmosphere in a historic building, and yummy food are only three of the many reasons why they are my 5th day of sparkle! Located at 91st Ave, Troy NY, Slidin' Dirty is open seven days a week…and their food truck is still available for your mobile Slidin' Dirty needs!

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