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.

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.