Girls Day Out – Spa & Food

Written By Ingrid Garner

When I think of places I want to go and escape for a bit, I don’t usually think of downtown Austin. Surprisingly, and above all, most thankfully to InFluential Magazine for drawing my name as the winner of the gift certificate, I was able to kick off my GDO with a most excellent hot stone massage at NAAVA Salon & Spa on 6th Street.

Entrance to NAAVA Salon & Spa on W. 6th Street in Downtown Austin

This 75-minute treat was enhanced by the use of fragrant essential oils (I used lavender and orange) that brought much needed relief to my stubbornly sore muscles. An option for prolonged pampering, though you may find it difficult to get off the table later, can be an added a foot or scalp massage for an additional $20. For bone-melting tranquility, cap your massage with Reflexology for $40. After coaxing myself to get up, I was served a very refreshing glass of cucumber water…a very nice touch indeed. I felt such serenity afterwards, I forgot I was in the middle of downtown when I came floating out. Quick note: if the trek downtown doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can also visit their Arboretum location. NAAVA offers a host of salon services for hair and nails and can even step up your beauty needs on your wedding day. All NAAVA salon and spa offerings can be found

Waiting Area

Waiting Area

Color  Bar

Color Bar

After my blissful hiatus at NAAVA, I trekked down 6th Street to meet my gal pal Nancey for brunch at Italic. After being served a complimentary cocktail of Prosecco and orange liqueur, we studied the menu to see what would tickle our eclectic palate. This was not an easy task given the salacious choices. Their brunch menu features French toast, breakfast risotto, egg sandwiches, and braised lamb hash. Plus other regular items like pizza, salads, and pasta are available. Brunch hours are from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Sunday. To see other food offerings and events, visit their website at

The Mani & Pedi Room

The Mani & Pedi Room

Not a bad way to spend a GDO or any day for that matter. Food and relaxation, what more could a girl ask for.

Viva Day Spa to Host Grand Opening Party for Newest Location at Domain NORTHSIDE | September 14

–Guest Are Invited to Celebrate the Opening of the Third Location on September 14 –

Viva Day Spa is thrilled to celebrate its third location at Domain NORTHSIDE with a grand opening party on Wednesday, September 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy an evening of spa specials as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka and mini spa services such as:

  • Chair & foot massages
  • Mini manicures
  • Mini facial treatments
  • Lip or chin laser hair removal sessions
  • Cosmetic injectable consultations

Guests can also take advantage of exclusive Grand Opening specials. For every $300 spent during the party, guests will receive a $75 spa voucher. Plus, guests who book a med spa treatment during the event will save 25% when they pre-pay and schedule for a later date.

As part of the celebration, Viva Day Spa will also be giving away incredible gift packages, including:

  • SkinCeuticals product basket ($500 value)
  • Eminence product basket ($350 value)
  • Vivafy Spa Package ($275 value)
  • Cosmetic injectables voucher ($650)
  • Free Night Stay at the Archer Hotel  ($250)

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet esteemed New York designer Eli Halili whose distinct line of high-end jewelry is available exclusively at Viva’s Domain NORTHSIDE location.

Viva Day Spa’s third flagship location offers a carefully curated menu of medical spa treatments such as cosmetic injectables (Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Kybella), photo rejuvenation (IPL PhotoFacial), micro-needling by SkinPen, laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, and laser toenail fungus removal. The new spa also has a retail space featuring hand-selected artisan gifts, cosmetics, premium hair care and skin care lines, and high-end jewelry.

Viva Day Spa was founded in 2005 by partners Laurie Aroch, Maya Aroch, and Shannon Mouser with the idea that a first-class day spa should deliver the finest services for the mind, body, and spirit in an environment that is warm, relaxing, and – above all – unpretentious. Viva Day Spa offers an array of individualized spa services for men and women with classic and current techniques in massage, skin care, and natural nail care. Viva Day Spa has two other locations in Central Austin (1811 West 35th Street) and South Austin (215 South Lamar Blvd.)

Wednesday, September 14

5 – 8 p.m.

Viva Day Spa at Domain NORTHSIDE

11601 Rock Rose Ave Austin, TX 78758

Anyone interested in attending must RSVP to

Feel Ultra InFluential with NAAVA Salon and Spa

Feeling relaxed, refreshed and beautiful is always in style. We invite you to experience your preference of spa treatments at NAAVA Salon and Spa, the luxurious top-rated full-service salon and spa located conveniently on West 6th Street in beautiful downtown Austin and Research Blvd. in the picturesque Arboretum.

As part of the InFluential Package, you’ll experience your choice of a refreshing 60-minute facial, a soothing 60-minute Swedish massage, a relaxing 60-minute manicure and pedicure, or a stylish haircut or blow-out. Step away from your tailored NAAVA experience feeling InFluential and ready to go forth conquering.

To enter and win this InFluential Package from NAAVA, make sure you’ve connected with us on Facebook, you’ve subscribed to InFluential Magazine, and show us on Facebook at @influentialmagazine what was your most relaxing activity during the month of July using the hashtag #InFluentialExperience. A winner will be chosen on Sunday, August 7.

Special Ways to Celebrate National Romance Awareness Month from GetYourPerfume

Romance is in the little things you do every day

Celebrate National Romance Month and Involve All of Your Senses When Thinking of Ways to Say ‘I Love You

Summer is in full swing and life is busier than ever. It is easy for couples to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget to be mindful and take time to work on their relationships. Showing the special person in your life that you care, doesn’t have to be showy or extravagant. It also doesn’t have to cost a lot or require extensive planning. There are little things we can do every day that say “you matter to me”.

In recognition of National Romance Month, has put together a few of these gestures; ideas of how to build a little romance into your life every single day, from the scent you wear to the little ways you can spend time together.

Check out these simple ideas:

●   Holding hands — Just the simple act of touching can signal to your partner that you are present and engaged. Walk hand in hand to the neighborhood park and go on the swings or just sit on a bench and take in the sunset. It’s all about slowing down and enjoying each other’s company.

●  Embrace technology and text a little romance — So often our communication is purposeful: “Pick up milk”, “Don’t forget Jack’s karate class”… How about texting something to make the person you love feel special? How about “I miss you and can’t wait to hug you later.” 

●  Leave a message ‘old school style’ — If texting isn’t your thing, leave a voicemail message on their phone, a post-it on the bathroom mirror or a note in their work or gym bag. Just a few words to say what they mean to you and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

●  Stop by the local ice cream shop and share a sundae — What’s more romantic than one bowl and two spoons, with a side of sprinkles and a cherry on top? It’s nostalgic and creative, perhaps bringing you both back to the early days of your relationship and letting you enjoy the moment.

●  Pack lunch for your love — Pack up their favorite foods, including a little something sweet, and stick in a note to remind them that you think they’re the bees knees. They say the way to a man’s heart is through their stomach but here’s a tip: most women will adore a lunch packed with love too!

●  Go on a date without leaving the house — If you have young kids, this is a great way to enjoy your evening without the fuss and expense of a sitter. Light a few candles, lay out a little take out from a restaurant you both love, put on some soft music and stick a pint of the best ice cream that you both love so much in the freezer and you’ve got the makings for a lovely evening on the sofa. Throw on a mix that includes ‘your song’ and dance in the kitchen with the lights turned down low. You’ll never notice that you’re not out on the town.

●  Don’t ignore the little things — You may not think that your partner’s new role at the office is anything more than a lateral move but celebrating even the smaller things in life is a superb reminder for both of you to find joy in the every day.

●  Bragging rights — Do you think your partner is extraordinary when it comes to work, hobbies, their attitude or their style? Say so! Tell them. Tell your friends. Tell the world on Facebook. Your partner be thrilled that you think so well of them that you feel the need to share your thoughts with them and others.

●  Gifts aren’t just for birthdays — Is that the new book she’s been wanting to read, in the store window? Surprise her with it. Does the gourmet food shop have that jam that he loves in stock? Get him some for breakfast. Take the time to remember the things they love, to show that you heard them when they were talking about it… they’ll be bowled over.

●  Just like sharing activities helps to build romance, so does the scent you wear. If those who love you know that you’re in the room because you’re stuck in a rut and your signature scent precedes you, check out one of these romantic perfumes and throw them a curve. A subtle change to show your spontaneous side is nothing less than entrancing.

Just like sharing activities helps to build romance, so does the scent you wear.  If you’re stuck in a rut with your signature scent, check out one of these romantic perfumes and spice up your love life.

For women:

women scents


  • Nina Ricci L’Air Du Temps – You will love the spicy-floral blend of carnation, gardenia, and jasmine. The specially designed winged bottle is a romantic icon, and even the name —”the mood of the moment”—sparks romantic thoughts.
  • Lancome Tresor – This fresh scent is built on a bouquet of apricot blossom, rose, lily of the valley, and lilac, then heats up
    with iris, sandalwood, amber, and musk.
  • Chanel Cristalle – Citrus scents are fresh and clean, this blend of Sicilian lemon, honeysuckle, hyacinth, and vetiver, takes romance to a whole new level.
  • Estee Lauder Beautiful – Nothing says romance more than roses, with a mixture of rose, tuberose, jasmine, sandalwood, and amber, this fragrance hits every classic romantic note.
  • Mademoiselle by Robert Piguet – If you want to feel sexy wear a floral woody musk.  Infused with bergamot, almond and apricot with a note of orange blossom, this scent inspires romance.

For men:

mens scents
  • Gentleman by Givenchy for Men – This scent is comprised of multiple high and low notes including roses, woodsy, spices, and citrus fruits to make your man smell irresistible.
  • Paradise Homme by Alfred Sung for Men -  This incredible scent is a magical blend of rosemary, seat notes, papaya, anise and cardamom with soft notes of carnation and white amber. It is perfect for celebrating romantic moments.
  • Arsenal Blue by Gilles Cantuel for Men – Is another wonderful scent for men. It comes in terrific spicy and aromatic notes. His scent will last through an evening of dancing and romancing.
  • Guess Seductive Homme Blue – It is one of the most seductively addictive fragrances on the market for men. It’s irresistible sophisticated scent is comprises of citrus caviar, blue coral aquaspace, cardamom and black pepper. It is ideal for a special romantic interlude.
  • Armani Code by Giorgio Armani for Men – This is high quality fragrance comes in blends of apple, lavender, cumin, citrus, and woods. It is recommended for creating a starry-eyed night of romance.

Let’s face it, chemistry plays a big part in our romantic lives. Adding a hint of perfume will entice your mate’s desire to be close to you and build on that connection.  Fan the flame of your romance by trying out some new scents.

Get Your Perfume ( specializes in genuine designer fragrances, bath and body, cosmetics, skin care products and related gifts and accessories for men, women and children.

Summer Beauty Must-Haves Under $100


Callie Meuer, Stylist and Make Up Artist with Jose Luis Salon in Austin, Texas

Callie Meuer, Stylist and Make Up Artist with Jose Luis Salon in Austin, Texas

Summer is the season of all things hot and lively. The warm weather and sunny skies encourage you to wear vibrant, loose clothing and try new beauty products to make your skin glow.

Callie Meuer, Stylist and Makeup Artist at Jose Luis Salon shares her Summer Beauty Must-Have Under $100 in our May / June Issue of InFluential Magazine.

Check out the editorial and let us know your thoughts.

Partnership Led by Facebook Veteran Acquires Online Fashion Destination “Rank & Style”

New Leadership Team to Expand Site’s Proven Platform

An Austin-based team of entrepreneurs led by Facebook veteran Jamie Chandlee, marketing specialist Beth Newill, and operations executive Dalton Young today announced its acquisition of Rank & Style, a leading online destination for fashion and beauty top-ten lists. Current Facebook Global VP Blake Chandlee will serve as chairman of the group’s board, focusing on supporting the team as it shapes long-term strategy across new vertical markets, strategic investments, and scaling the business both domestically and internationally. The new owners look forward to building upon Rank & Style’s proven platform, which uses data-driven product rankings and strategic partnerships with major retailers to simplify the online shopping process.

Named a “Best of the Web” company by InStyle magazine, Rank & Style was founded in 2013 by Sarika Doshi, Pooja Badlani, and Sonal Gupta, a trio featured on FastCompany’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” list. Though they will continue to serve as valued advisers, the founders are turning day-to-day leadership roles over to the incoming team.

“Rank & Style set out to ‘rank the world’ using a platform that was revolutionary in terms of its objectivity,” said Blake Chandlee. “We are committed to that platform and will continue to build upon it, leveraging it in new social spaces and expanding it into additional verticals. We see opportunity for amazing growth. We are particularly excited about tackling the challenge from Austin, where the technology community is bursting with talent.”

We have worked with some of the biggest retailers, best media companies, and fastest-growing startups in the world, but the relationship that makes us most proud is the one we built with our users,” said Doshi, Rank & Style’s outgoing CEO. “We are thrilled to pass the torch to a group that understands that audience so well. We are confident Rank & Style’s new owners will move the brand in the right direction.”

About Rank & Style’s new owners:

Jamie Chandlee

Jamie Chandlee

Jamie Chandlee previously served as a Facebook account executive leading the company’s efforts within the fashion and retail segments and working with top brands and agencies to align their strategic needs and objectives with Facebook’s suite of offerings. She will serve as chief executive officer of Rank & Style.

Beth Newill

Beth Newill

Beth Newill previously served as vice president for an omnichannel software solution and e-commerce startup, managing product, content, social media, and merchandising strategies. She will serve as chief creative and digital officer of Rank & Style.

Dalton Young

Dalton Young

Dalton Young is a lawyer who previously served as president of a data-driven litigation support company. She will serve as chief operating officer of Rank & Style.

Blake Chandlee serves as global vice president of Facebook’s GMS Partnership and Solutions Engineering Team, overseeing the company’s relationships with strategic technology partners and an engineering group focused on sophisticated clients and agencies. He will serve as chairman of Rank & Style’s board of directors.

About Rank & Style:

Launched in 2013, Rank & Style ( leverages technology and data to improve consumer engagement during the online shopping experience, from research to discovery to purchase. Using an algorithm to aggregate high volumes of influential data such as a product’s user reviews, editorial recommendations and popularity, Rank & Style has created a science around shopping with the aim of shortening purchase cycles. Since launch, Rank & Style has worked with leading retailers, media brands, e-commerce companies and others to drive traffic, build virtual storefronts, increase brand awareness, and generate revenue. Founded by a team who were included on Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” list and featured as a “Best of the Web” company by InStyle magazine, Rank & Style has driven millions in sales for its partners and become a recognized consumer brand best known for its influential daily rankings of the best products.

Ann Webb Announces the Launch of AW Clinicals

Renowned medical esthetician Ann Webb has been helping women look and feel their best for over a decade. A leader in the field of medical esthetics, Webb has launched her second skin care line, AW Clinicals. Developed in her own Ann Webb Skin Clinic located in Austin, Texas, the line includes spa grade cleansers, serums and peels that can be used at home to maintain healthy and more youthful looking skin.

Ann developed a passion for skin care after struggling with acne and general skin issues as a young girl. Her dedication to healing herself and a desire to help others struggling with the same problems motivated her to dedicate her life to the field of esthetics. After graduating from college, she worked in high end spas alongside expert estheticians, dermatologists and plastic surgeons in order to gain an in-depth understanding of skin health and care.

Ann Webb

In 2005, Ann opened her first skin care clinic, treating clients out of her home. As demand for her services quickly grew, she knew she needed a larger and fully equipped space. However, she also saw the need for more well trained medical estheticians, and thus launched the Ann Webb Skin Institute in 2012. Today, the AW Skin Clinic has some 17 therapists and 20 treatment rooms, and has treated over 15,000 patients.

AW Clinicals is a skin care line that has been meticulously developed and tested by Ann and her team at the AW Skin Institute. Ann has been a leader in the field of medical esthetics, a field which uses science as a standard for understanding skin care and health. Ann designed the AW Clinicals line to be the closest one can get to “medical esthetics in a bottle.”

You can currently purchase AW Clinicals online from the AW Clinicals website as well as in person at the AW Skin Clinic in Austin, Texas. Spas and salons wishing to carry AW Clinicals can contact the clinic through the wholesale section of the website.

Viva Day Spa Announces Expansion to Rock Rose Development at the Domain

Beloved Austin Spa to Open Third Location in March 2016  

Locally and woman-owned Viva Day Spa is thrilled to announce the opening of their third location at the new Rock Rose development at The Domain (11601 Rock Rose Avenue), which is slated for March 2016. The new location brings Viva Day Spa’s award-winning treatments to the burgeoning North Austin area, extending their footprint beyond the two existing locations in Central Austin (1811 West 35th Street) and South Austin (215 South Lamar Blvd.), to meet growing demand for quality spa services.

Exterior (Photography Courtesy of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture)

Exterior (Photography Courtesy of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture)

Over its ten-year history Viva Day Spa has been recognized as the top day spa in Austin and awarded  “Best Place To Treat Yo’ Self” by The Young Chamber of Commerce at the 2015 Fave Awards, “Best Spa” by The Austin Chronicle for several years (2014, 2012, & 2011), “Best Spa” by Austin Monthly 2014, “Best Spa” at the 2014 Fave Awards, and “Austin’s Best Places to Work” by Austin Business Journal in 2015, 2013, & 2012.

“We’re so thankful to our guests and the Austin community for our incredible growth over the past decade,” said Viva Day Spa partner Laurie Aroch. “Rock Rose at The Domain is a perfect opportunity for us to expand to a thriving area in the city and continue to nurture our loyal clientele. Plus, we’ll be surrounded by other authentically Austin restaurants and shops in a lifestyle destination unlike any other in town.” 

Designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the new space delivers a modern take on the warm, nature-inspired aesthetic guests have come to love at Viva Day Spa. Approximately 7,000 square feet, the Rock Rose space features two thoughtfully crafted levels designed to optimize the in-spa guest experience. 

Features of the new spa include two infrared saunas, a dedicated natural nail area, several relaxation lounges, a feature heated salt wall that releases positive ions throughout the space, and a large curated retail space with hand-selected artisan gifts, jewelry, cosmetics, and premium hair care and skin care lines. The fourteen treatment rooms will serve as quiet retreat spaces, with no two-treatment rooms exactly the same. Guests can also reserve the private group relaxation lounge, specifically designed for spa parties and gatherings.

Viva Day Spa joins other Austin favorites like Sway, East Side King, Birds Barbershop, Dogwood, and Salvation Pizza at the new Rock Rose development. Featuring an art-infused streetscape bustling with visitors, Rock Rose will offer the charm and energy of South Congress, East Austin, and West Sixth Street with the added benefits of easy access and plentiful parking.

Viva Day Spa was founded in 2005 by partners Laurie Aroch, Maya Aroch, and Shannon Mouser with the idea that a first-class day spa should deliver the finest services for the mind, body, and spirit in an environment that is warm, relaxing, and – above all – unpretentious. Viva Day Spa offers an array of individualized spa services for men and women with classic and current techniques in massage, skin care, and natural nail care. Treatments include massages, facials, signature spa packages, body treatments, hair removal, manicures, and pedicures.

Patrice Bisiot, Celebrity Hairstylist and Author, Shares His Favorite Things

Our November / December 2015 issue is aptly dedicated to Celebrating Favorite Things.

Patrice Bisiot, celebrity hairstylist and author of Mind Your Hair

Patrice Bisiot, celebrity hairstylist and author of Mind Your Hair

Celebrity hairstylist and author, Patrice Bisiot shares with us his Favorite Things and we’ve learned quite a bit about this busy superstar.

Bisiot has just released his long-awaited book, Mind Your Hair, featuring him and one of our favorite supermodels, Ms. Julie Anderson on the stunning cover. Mind Your Hair is a though-provoking book which will guide readers through the journey of transforming not only their style, but their life!

Read what Bisiot says are his favorite things, in our November / December issue and be sure and pick up your copy of Mind Your Hair available on Amazon and and prepare to explore helpful tips on living our best lives.

LaborDay Weekend Giveaway! Get a Free Ticket to PHYSIQUE – September 19 at the JW Marriott

Only this Labor Day Weekend, get a free ticket to PHYSIQUE, Austin’s Premier Health, Beauty and Lifestyle Expo benefiting Susan G Komen, September 19 at the JW Marriott.


Go to our TICKETS page and use code “LABORDAY” to redeem!

Applies to General Admission Tickets (not VIP). Kids and Seniors get in FREE! All users must register through our ticketing system and use a valid email address. You must bring your ticket (paper or digital) to the event the day of the show. This offer is valid thru 9/8/2015.