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Sam Buffa Cut Throat 101
Mustachioed maverick Sam Buffa heads up the Cut Throat 101 shaving tutorial at the Freeman's Sporting Club barber shop to improve the visage of NYC's young, bewhiskered set. Read More
Originally published on October 8, 2007
Shave the Date
Cut Throat 101
Goldilocks sat at the bar anxiously awaiting her third date this week. She was frustrated.
Her first suitor was an artist from Greenpoint, and his beard was too bushy. Her second date, a banker from the Upper East Side, had rough stubble. In walked her third date.
And his shave was juuust right.
This chap had enrolled in Cut Throat 101, the new one-hour tutorial on straight razor shaving offered at the barbershop inside Freemans Sporting Club. (Not, incidentally, a real sporting club — unless you count hunting for chic 19th-century military-farmer clothing a sport.)
He learned tricks for getting the closest shave possible without irritating his skin or nicking his face. (Goldilocks thinks it’s “pretty cute.”) All the tools he needed were given out in class, and he even walked out with some great skin care products.
Which Goldilocks would surely (greedily) sample one by one.
But that’s a different story.
Available at Freemans Sporting Club, 8 Rivington Street, between Bowery and Chrystie Street (212-673-3209). Biweekly classes start October 14, 11 a.m.-noon. Call to reserve a space.
Nina and Julia Werman Valley
Sisters Nina and Julia Werman channeled their native Los Angeles at their LES lifestyle shop. A hyped-up Japanese nail art station takes manicuring to a whole new level. Read More
Originally published on January 9, 2007
Fight Tooth and Nail
’90s Nail Art Revival
You spent a few grand getting your Brazilian lasered, only to find out that everyone let theirs grow in. You invested months perfecting your low-rider look, then watched everyone pull up their pants.
Needless to say, you’re cranky about buying into another trend.
But you can’t hate the revival of ’90s fingernail art. For just a few bucks and a few minutes you can get your digits dazzled with rhinestones, swirled with sparkle, or decoupaged with lace.
Make a request to your local manicurist. Or head to Valley for full-throttle customized airbrushing or tiny, amazing acrylic sculptures. (Say no to fakes. Keep nails short and round.)
If you can’t embrace the flashiness but want to have a bit of fun, add a baby rhinestone to your pinky for a buck.
Still a little bitter about following the fad?
Go ahead; give it the finger.
Available at Valley, 48 Orchard Street, between Grand and Hester Streets (212-274-8985).
Joanna Vargas Facialist
Tucked into a tiny midtown spot, expert facialist Joanna Vargas plumps, hydrates, and beautifies the skin with the latest technologies, organic products, and a soothing countenance. Read More
Originally published on March 7, 2007
Just Another Pretty Face?
Facialist Joanna Vargas
Lo, how a rose e’re blooming.
In this weather? More like withering on the vine. Will you ever get that glow back in your cheeks?
Yes, tiny blossom. There’s little that Joanna Vargas can’t do to improve your visage. Moisturize, primp, tighten (the list of pampering verbs goes on).
Vargas, who recently set up her own shop, does facials and body treatments (buy a package; they’re not cheap) and offers doses of pure oxygen (a cure for jet lag or hangovers), but the Triple Crown facial with add-on body toning is the ultimate face-and-fanny combo.
Up top, she does lymphatic drainage; stimulates the production of elastin and collagen; and nourishes skin with oxygen, green tea, and vitamins — while your bottom is hooked up to a contraption never before seen in the U.S. The results: Everything’s tighter, higher, and smoother.
And that’s poetry in motion.
Joanna Vargas, 501 Fifth Avenue, between 41st and 42nd Streets, suite 707 (212-949-2350).