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All you fashion-forward, take the bull by the horns, gotta look my best men out there…this one’s for you!!! We know you’re tired of all the great spa products and services being geared toward women. Now it’s your turn!! Want to start the New Year off looking and feeling fabulous? Check out what’s trending in male grooming at the spa…just for you!
Well-groomed, great-smelling men are all the rage these days…in and out of the boardroom. Men are being judged more by their looks, just as women always have been. As a result, they are seeking grooming habits that have previously been reserved for women. Men are visiting salons and spas, and even boosting their morning routine to compete against the fairer sex for those high-dollar corporate jobs, as well as to promote themselves personally.
Until a few years ago, a man was considered well-groomed if he shaved on a daily basis and sported a clean-cut trim. Not anymore! That antiquated ideal is out the window! Enhanced wellness and grooming routines are now the norm among the masculine species. Grooming rituals have drastically changed and men are negotiating with their female counterparts for extended mirror time in the morning.
Men-friendly services and treatments are quickly emerging within the spa industry. Facials, manicures, and massages…men are joining ladies at the spa to take advantage of the wellness benefits women have known about for years. And it’s about time!
But there’s one grooming ritual becoming quite popular among men that no one saw coming. Yep…you guessed it! We are talking about manscaping!! It’s out there and it’s a big deal! Waxing isn’t just for women anymore.
More and more men are hitting the spa to remove hair on their back, chest, arms, and they’re taming that unibrow. They’re even getting their “mankini” on! Hair removal in strategic areas such as legs, groin, and other private regions is becoming prevalent among men because it makes them feel cleaner and smoother. And the ladies certainly aren’t complaining about it!
Today’s guy is manicured, massaged, groomed, and manscaped! Watch out, ladies!! The competition has arrived and he looks fabulous!!
Submitted by Massage Luxe Michigan
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Shopping 101 or Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
This morning, I entered my inner sanctum (a.k.a closet) hopeful for a miracle.
What kind of miracle? You know, the kind where that unloved article of
clothing you’ve never worn suddenly is exactly what you need.
Glancing around, the first thing that caught my eye was a pair of
gorgeous but one-size-too-small pants I picked up a few years back. I’m
not sure what I was thinking when I bought them. Maybe that I’d
finally lose those last few pounds and they’d suddenly fit perfectly,
like a glove? As if.
And then there’s the fabulous wool sweater I snagged at TJ Maxx. It
was discounted so many times they were practically paying me to buy it.
Even though, it felt like sandpaper when I tried it on, who could resist getting a three hundred dollar sweater for 15 bucks? Maybe clothing,like fine wine,improves with age. I told myself, one day I’d put it on and
it would be baby-skin soft.
I’m still waiting for that day. If only there was a morning-after pill
for bargains gone wrong.
At least half a dozen times now, I’ve sincerely tried
to give away these painful reminders of sales gone wild. It always
plays out the same way.
First, I’ll grab a full-size trash bag. Not one of those wimpy kitchen
ones. No, I’m going all the way this time, I tell myself. Bag in hand,
I courageously enter the closet and begin the fashion inquisition.
“Have I outgrown you, are you outdated, will I ever wear you again?
My favorites beam back at me through their cellophane wrappers proof positive thatthey are truly loved because I take extra precaution to keep them safe.
Then it starts to get harder when I get to the things I only wear
occasionally, or that I’ve worn too much. Still, with each one I can
imagine wearing them again, or at least one more time. This black
dress might be a little too short now, but I wore it to that amazing party.
I danced all night long, ate too-many desserts and didn’t gain an ounce!
That dress has to be featured in a diet ad!
Finally, I get to the whole point of the exercise – all of those
purchases gone wrong. 90% off, who could resist such a deal? Apparently, not me.
I pause on each article of clothing and try to imagine wearing them…one day…in a not too distant future. Maybe I will be invited to an event where this isthe only perfect outfit. Plus, I have 3 different sets of jewelry to pair with it so it must have value.
Doubt encircles and that little nagging voice “you’ll be sorry, but sometimes I’m strong enough to carelessly toss the item into a bag. Yes, carelessly, because if I express my hesitation the clothes will try to convince me to let them stay.
After an exhausting emotional battle with my closet, I stand there with a
mostly-empty bag resting near my feet, filled with a mixed amount of
desire and despair. I start to have second thoughts.
With a sigh, I tenderly remove the cast-offs and hang them up again. And so the cycle begins anew.
How long do you hold onto a bad buying decision before letting it go?
Maybe that’s what retail therapy should really be about – the
relationship between the buyer and the bought. Breaking up is hard to
do, even when the object of your affection doesn’t excite you like it
used to and never really quite fit you in the first place.
Readers, please share your tips on how to let go without feeling the
empty-hanger syndrome. How do you say goodbye to a good buy?
And by the way…what’s in your closet?
As spring 2014 gets into full gear and the year’s first crop of dandelions reach full bloom in my front yard, there are other signs of changes coming to our township! As many of us have already noticed, demolition and preparation has begun at the corner of Orchard Lake Road and Northwestern Highway. Welcome to the first visible signs of “Stages 1 through 4” of the Northwestern Connector!
To help us all to understand and to navigate the changes that are ahead, I’ve collected several items from the terrific online resources for the full project which are available here: http://www.nwconnector.com/
Disclaimer: All credit goes to the Road Commission for Oakland County, the Michigan Department of Transportation, West Bloomfield Township and the City of Farmington Hills for the content! I “liberated” a few highlights from that website that I am posting here, along with links back to the specific content available on that website.
A Snapshot of the Overall Northwestern Connector Project
From the online brochure available at http://www.nwconnector.com/files/2013_NWC_Brochure.pdf
(Click on the image for an enlarged view)
Plans for the Intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake Road
Timing for the Work at the Intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake Road
In Closing . . .
Hopefully, you will find this information provided by the Road Commission, MDOT, West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills as helpful as I have. As I think is evident, a great deal of planning has and is continuing to go into this effort. If the long term vision can be achieved, the results will be amazing!
As appropriate, I will publish future updates as the project evolves.
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BBCU is pleased to announce its fundraising program for youth sports and clubs. Fundraising is made simple with this program allowing teams and clubs to earn money. To get started, a team/club manager will register his/her team at www.bbcu.org/fundraising. Next, the manager will talk to his/her team/club and spread the word about financing or refinancing their loans at BBCU*. Lastly, for every loan that gets approved from someone who is affiliated with that team/club 0.5% will be donated back to that organization. If that loan application is denied BBCU will donate $5 to that organization.
Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union is a community credit union that is open for anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Oakland County. BBCU is conveniently located at 576 E. Lincoln Birmingham, MI 48009 and a branch located at 6375 Highland Rd. Waterford MI 48327. There are also hundreds of shared branch options for those on the go.
“This is a great way to earn money for teams or clubs. Since we are a community credit union we want to give back to the community and what better way than to give back to those organizations who support us” said Andy Staley, CEO of BBCU.
Earning money is a simple as 1, 2, 3. To get started or for more information contact loan officer, Debbie Kinnaird at (248) 647-5958 ext 202.
*Not valid for mortgages, home equity, lines of credit, or credit card loans. Loans subject to approval based on credit criteria and BBCU lending guidelines. Loan must remain open a minimum of 90 days to qualify. Loans paid off prior to 90 days may be subject to a penalty up to the amount of the rebate. Each loan may only be refinanced one time. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer subject to change without notice. Current BBCU loans are excluded. All applicants must become members of BBCU, a $5 deposit is required for membership. Limits may apply.
Our story began more than 80 years ago with a group of teachers. This legacy of people helping each other make smart decisions about finances is very much a part of who we are today. Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, financial cooperative that was formed to encourage savings by offering a fair return on members’ savings. The Credit Union then used those savings to make loans to other members at competitively low interest rates. Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union has maintained its strong financial stability and has proven that the convenience and service provided under the cooperative, member-owned and market driven philosophy results in the most safe, secure and successful means of providing financial services.
Linda Hatfield, VP of Marketing BBCU (248) 647-5958.
If there is such a thing as a shopping gene then I was blessed with an abundance of it. I was born to shop – or more precisely, to hunt relentlessly for sales.
Once inside a store, instinct takes over. Like a big game hunter stalking his prey, I cautiously approach the racks, searching for that one ultimate, cannot-live-without piece of clothing. It could be lurking behind a pair of pants or in the dangling in the wrong section on a hanger with the wrong size! Most of the time I don’t even know what I am looking for but once I am on the trail of my prized quarry I can be relentless. If it’s out there I will find it.
Retail outlets aren’t enough to quench my shopping thirst. For half the year I indulge my not-so-secret addiction to estate and garage sales. I enter rehab during the winter months when there’s barely a sale to be found and start shaking in the spring hopeful for indications of a garage sale fix. When I am driving my eyes are instantly attracted to the familiar red and white garage sale signs. In a trance, I find myself compelled to check out the usually false claims of “best “or “huge” sale. Typically I am disappointed and vow never to stop again…until the next “best” sign tempts me, encouraged by the memories of my last fabulous find.
I know I am not the only shopaholic in town. Fellow shoppers send me your favorite places and best deals, and I’ll incorporate them into a future post. We can swap stories and maybe even an item or two.
Besides, whoever said that saving money doesn’t bring happiness doesn’t really know HOW to shop.