My favorite part of going to a black tie (or in this case red tie) event is often the excitement and preparations leading up to it – especially when it means girlie time with my daughter. Tatjana and I spent a leisurely day getting ready for the American Red Cross – Red Tie Affair. We started with manicures and pedicures, and then decided to try out the most clever franchise to come along in decades, the Dry Bar – a new breed of hair salons.

Make-up for an English Red Cross fashion show
No cuts, no color, just blow dry and styling at reasonable prices – hence the motto, “don’t blow your money.” Prices start at $35.00 – practically unheard of in Hollywood!

Genius concept
They will even do a “dry on the fly” in your own home for an additional, yet still very reasonable fee, but…
Who doesn’t love a little pampering?
… the uber cool parlours are so lively and fun! Everyone is treated celebrity style, offering you Champagne and all sorts of goodies while you wait. We felt the salon would make our mother -daughter pampering feel a bit more luscious.
The “cocktail” menu
You can choose from a cocktail inspired menu of different blow dry styles including the Shirley Temple for girls age ten and under (how cute is that), or just let your stylist know what you want.

 

From Shirley Temple to Uptini

Tatjana opted for the Uptini, and I went with the Southern Comfort, beginning with a gloriously self-indulgent hair wash. BTW, the extra decadent ten minute neck and scalp massage “floater” is well worth a bit extra.
Pampered

As if it is not already the best deal in town, Dry Bar offers “bar tabs” too. Buy several blow dry’s in advance for added savings, or be a “bar fly,” and join a monthly membership as you would at the gym.
Style and sophistication
When Tatjana turned thirteen, I took over a hair salon and gave all her friends make-overs for her birthday party. You can hire Dry Bar for parties and events too. It was such a fun way to spend the day, and made us both feel so much more glamorous walking the red carpet that evening.

Photo courtesy of Andre Cohen photography
Look for Jewels from The Roving Stove in its new home at www.JulieAnneRhodes.com starting next Tuesday! What primping and pampering do you like to do when you get ready to go out?
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  • April 16, 2011
    5:04 pm

    I look forward to the new site!!I'm not sure why, but I love to have my toe nails done…maybe it's cuz it makes me feel made up down to the core. Mostly, before going out, I have a good soak in the tub in nice bubble bath if I don't have time or cash to be done up by someone else. Having 5 teen/twenty-something daughters now, it's also fun to let them do me up. I've been encouraging the 17 year old to consider cosmetology school…she even cuts my hair and it looks better than my regular hairdresser, and gives great french manicures. It's great girl time together. :-)

  • April 16, 2011
    11:36 pm

    Thanks for this post! have driven by many times and wondered if it was good!Mikki Pallas

  • April 16, 2011
    11:36 pm

    You'll love it Mik – they will do your make-up for $35.00 too.

  • April 16, 2011
    11:38 pm

    I love it! Need to find one of those is So. Fla.!Dawn Marie Whitmarsh

  • April 16, 2011
    11:38 pm

    I love getting dressed up and the pampering process that goes along with it. Facial, full body exfoliating, teeth bleaching, brows groomed, manicure, pedicure, hair, lotions potions and tricks. :) I'm glad you had fun. ♥Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • April 16, 2011
    11:38 pm

    You and Tatj look great!!!!!MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • April 17, 2011
    12:16 am

    gorgeous photo, Julie Ann!Cat Lincoln

  • April 17, 2011
    12:16 am

    Anne…. ;}Cat Lincoln

  • April 17, 2011
    12:16 am

    Your so funny Cat! Let me know when your in my hood again.

  • April 17, 2011
    12:39 am

    i am so excited for the new site! I also LOVE the idea of the Dry Bar! Fantastic concept! Glad you and Tatjana had a great "bond" day

  • April 17, 2011
    12:43 am

    Wish I had thought of the concept! It is so well executed too – everything from the hip salons, to the cute phrases, great service, low prices filing both need and huge gap in the market place – GOLD MINE!

  • April 17, 2011
    1:35 am

    What a great concept and as usual, some of the best ideas are the simplest. What a great time for mother and daughter to spend together. As a mother of a 3 and 5 year old… 16 months apart, it's reassuring to see that parenting has so many rewards and you're posted photographic proof of this.

  • April 17, 2011
    1:52 am

    You look beautiful,young and relaxed!Alejandra Casas

  • April 17, 2011
    1:58 am

    Thats so sweet – it was a fun day!

  • April 17, 2011
    3:38 am

    Im glad to hear that you had fun today!Alejandra Casas

  • April 17, 2011
    3:41 am

    Tatjana looks gorgeous…a beautiful young woman. You and Nick did a wonderful job!April Albrecht

  • April 17, 2011
    9:28 am

    What a smashing young mother and daughter team…….You both looked gorgeous. I must say, I love getting my hair done too. I think we need a Dry Bar Down Under. It certainly sounds like a brilliant concept idea indeed.Aussie Mum

  • April 17, 2011
    7:19 pm

    I love the idea of Dry Bar. There's nothing like having a professional style your hair, even when you don't need a cut! You and Tatjana look great, as always. It makes me happy that you have such a great relationship.

  • April 18, 2011
    2:26 am

    Gorgeous!

  • April 18, 2011
    4:19 am

    Dry Bar is a fantastic concept.Nancy Corcoran

  • April 18, 2011
    4:19 am

    Pure genius – would love to open a couple franchises in London!

  • April 18, 2011
    10:20 am

    What a steal!! People are genius aren't they. I'll bet they do a ton of business too. Your daughters hair looks beautiful. Wish they had that here! Cupcake