Exclusive Indy website Snappening makes perfect parties a reality
Nothing makes you feel less pretty than the stress of planning a party. Event planning should be a snap, but everyone knows how time-consuming and stressful it can be to put together an event. Indy-area bridezillas, control freaks and pre-party pessimists can finally relax! Through extensive market research, Snappening isolated the set of experiences that mattered most to users and created an event planning startup designed especially to help Indianapolis plan fabulous events in a quick, efficient and cost-effective manner.
I’ve been there, done that when it comes to event planning. From a dinner party to an event for 50,000 people, making it picture perfect isn’t always easy. This is where the light bulb for Snappening went on. Snappening was designed with consumers in mind to not only help you with the planning of an event but to create conversations and community surrounding the event experience in Indianapolis. We want people to keep their focus on what matters most – having a great experience, not fretting the little stuff and focusing on being a great host.
From bridal showers to themed corporate soirees, Snappening does all the leg work for you so your event goes off without a hitch! Right now, we have more than 1,500 Indy venues listed, with new ones being added daily. We’ve got the intel on everything from the large event halls to hidden private event rooms at restaurants and plenty of reviews from other Snappening fanatics that will help you narrow down your decision! There are so many great venues available in our area, and Snappening is the first resource to put them in one place.
But the true convenience of Snappening isn’t just a venue list—we’re the ultimate planning resource, offering consumers a personal profile, customizable photo and planning documents, the ability to create multiple event pages, the ability to create saved searches, the ability to save and collect RSVPs online, a calendar tool and the capability to send multiple proposal requests to venues. We have it all.
At the beginning of any well-planned event, there is an organized hostess. Life is messy—we get it. But one area of it doesn’t have to be. Since Snappening allows planners to invite venues to join in on personal event planning progress and keep track of every party planning detail on a personal online calendar, you’ll never feel overwhelmed again!
We’re perfect for brides and business execs alike, actually—Snappening is perfect for anyone. We know what matters most to you: easy functionality, comprehensive listings, easy comparison tools, quick methods to contact providers and dedicated research materials to help provide advice for a variety of event types. Did we hit the nail on the head?
Crystal Grave is the president and CEO of Snappening, LLC. For more information or to sign up on the site, visit www.Snappening.com.
This week’s Pretty Face is Jami Marsh…and she’s super busy doing good in our city. Currently, she runs Lemonade Day – which is a free Greater Indianapolis area initiative designed to teach kids how to run a business: a lemonade stand! Kids of all ages can sign up here. Last year, in their first year, over 7,400 kids signed up, setting a Lemonade Day record for the largest number of kids to sign up in a city’s first year. You can also support the program by donating $5 – text “lemonade” to 20222 (messaging and data rates may apply).
1. Describe yourself in 140 characters or less:
I’m a native Hoosier, lived in New York City for about 13 years and came back to IN four years ago. I’m married and have two rambunctious boys, Wyatt & Sullivan. I’ve spent my career working in the non-profit sector and now run a fabulous initiative called Lemonade Day Indianapolis….secret talents? I can wiggle my ears, play a mean game of ping-pong (I’m the family champion) and I’m ridiculously clumsy (so much so I consider it a talent).
2. If we peeked in your handbag, we would find: My wallet, loose paper (tons of it), coins in the bottom, a pacifier or two and more paper.
3. What are your top 3 beauty must-haves? A good facial cleanser, moisturizer and Laura Mercier concealer
4. The trend/look I wish I could pull off is: skinny jeans
5. On any given day, you can find me shopping at: Borders or random stores/boutiques (I like to wander into places – a NYC habit)
While I’m not sure I can get on board with this season’s flowing ballerina dresses and flowery tops, there is one trend that I really love: khaki and bright yellow. This color combination is popping up (like daisies!) everywhere this spring, and this week I’m here to tell you how to pull it off in your everyday beauty routine.
The Reverse French Tip:
Sick of the basic pink-and-white French manicure? I am! That’s one of the many reasons I love the newest trend in nail polish: the reverse French manicure. Choose a khaki-toned nail polish – I recommend OPI San Tan-Tonio from the new Texas Collection if you’re looking for a medium hue. For something with a more nude finish, go for OPI for Sephora in Going Nude, Eh?. Paint your nails and let dry. Next, take a teensy brush – think pointy-tipped paintbrush – and paint a small half-moon of bright yellow polish at the bottom of each nail. I recommend something with a non-glittery finish, like Avon Nailwear Pro in Sunshine. To get a better idea of what the finished product will look like, check out this black-and-white version featured in Glamour.
Flower Hair Power:
For those of us who can’t pull off the flowery look in our clothes – I tend to feel like a giant doily – hair accessories are a great way to work with this neutral vs. bright springtime trend. Work into your ponytail, clip to a headband, or attach to the end of an oh-so-popular side braid. Check out these two adorable flower clips in khaki and bright yellow.
I’m not telling you to start caking on the yellow eyeliner, but a little pop of color goes a long way when it comes to updating your everyday makeup. If you start with a neutral eye look – think browns or light grays – it’s relatively easy to sneak in some color. For brown eyes, smudge a little goldenrod yellow into your upper lash line, like MAKE UP FOR EVER Pure Pigments Eyeshadow. For green or blue eyes, I suggest a greener-tinged color, like the shimmery greens in Kat Von D’s latest eye palette, Truth. I recently bought this palette, and the colors are much prettier in person. Pops of color will look better and better as you start catching some springtime sunshine!
The combination of brown and yellow may seem like a drag, but it’s uncomplicated to work with and so right now. This weekend, get your khaki and lemon on!
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Let’s be honest, every girl loves a good deal. We would be lying if we said that we didn’t live for the sale rack at our favorite stores. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to keep our eyes from straying over to the new arrivals. (Especially now that spring clothing is popping up everywhere!) That’s why we are here to fill you in on a few of our Super Savings Secrets for some of our favorite stores.
J. Crew – - Always a good bet if you’re looking for those classic pieces, J. Crew offers 15% off your entire purchase (minus sale items) for college students and teachers. All you have to do is show your student or employee ID. If you are planning on making a major dent during your next visit to J. Crew we recommend opening a J. Crew card because the first time you open it you receive 20% off your entire purchase. For every $500 you spend after that, you will receive a $25 rewards card.
Banana Republic – - Banana offers a variety of savings that are not publicized so listen up ladies! If you are a member of AAA you can receive 10% off your final purchase by showing your AAA membership card (this goes for GAP and Old Navy too). They offer a 10% military discount the first of every month, and a 10% discount for teachers with valid employee ID. Now you won’t feel so bad about buying those new linen pants you’ve been eyeing in the window!
Retail Websites – - Even those of us who love our designer labels crave a deal every now and then. Our solution? Discount websites such as Rue La La, Gilt Groupe, HauteLook and Ideeli. These websites are member exclusive sites that offer discounts on every designer label imaginable. To become a member, sign up and wait to be “invited” by the website. Once you are invited you will receive daily emails highlighting sought after merchandise from designers such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Citizens of Humanity. The window for the sale is timed, though, as there is a limited quantity of merchandise available. It’s all about timing, so be sure to scope out the sales before they go live so you can get your hands on what you want before they sell out! The e-mails are usually sent out around noon each day.
There you have it ladies! It was hard for us to willingly give away our savings secrets, but we figured every woman should be entitled to a guiltless shopping spree every now and then. Enjoy!
Paige & Jill
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This week’s Pretty Face is Melissa Gindling…you may have seen some of her columns for Indy Spectator or you might just follow her on Twitter! She works hard for the money at Exact Target during the week. Meggie Dials suggested we feature this lovely gal because she is “beautiful inside and out” and we couldn’t agree more!
1. Describe yourself in 140 characters or less: Indy born and bred, world traveler, long time ExactTarget employee, slave to my Italian Greyhound, loved wife and future mother.
2. If we peeked in your handbag, we would find: something that represents a trashcan. Old receipts, 4 lip balms, crumbs, Sabon hand sanitizer, an exploding wallet and other miscellaneous items that find their way out months later.
3. What are your top 3 beauty must-haves?
a. Fresh Mamaku Night Serum – although I’m slightly freaking out because I can’t find it on the website any longer…
b. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly – for lips all year round and dry hands in the winter. As I get older, I find everything else dries out my lips.
c. Stila Bronzer – blush in the winter and all over coverage in the summer.
4. The trend/look I wish I could pull off is: my naturally curly hair and an eclectic vintage look. I’d love to pay less for clothes if I could pull it off!
5. On any given day, you can find me shopping: online. If I must go to a store, it’s Nordstrom (love that customer service!) or Goose the Market. Let’s be honest, food is my number one priority.
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Bootcut. Straight. Relaxed. Loose. Slim. If your guy has plans to add to his denim collection anytime soon, make sure these are the words he goes by. Heck, Painter can even be added to the mix—if his profession demands it.
But please make sure his search for jeans never…ever…ever includes the word Skinny.
In some pockets of Indy (pun intended), I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend—ridiculously tight-fitting jeans on men. And I’m not talking slender-fit jeans on men with equally thin frames. I’m talking about guys with substantial proportions who, for some reason, are choosing to pour themselves into a pair of blue jeans—stretching the denim to its strength-test limits. It’s unsightly…and frankly it’s un-American!
So it’s your patriotic duty to make sure your man’s wearing a pair of proper-fitting dungarees, and here’s a quick way to find out. The next time he’s donning denim, slide a comb into his back pocket. If you find you’re unable to retrieve it, then Greco-Roman wrestle those jeans right off him and try another fit.
You may find that it takes some trial and error. After all, when it comes to jeans, all men were not created equal. One man’s Loose-fit is another man’s Slim-fit. But just keep experimenting until you find the right style.
Do it for him. Do it for yourself. Do it for America.
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When you come to visit us at Bare Hare Waxing Studio for your first bikini wax, you may feel as if you’ve ventured into uncharted territory, and may even be a bit overwhelmed! The best way to prepare for your first bikini wax is to KNOW THE WAX FACTS on bikini waxing services!
Let’s start with the most dramatic style of bikini waxes – the Brazilian. The Brazilian bikini wax removes all hair from the pubic area, from front to back and top to bottom! You may be thinking, “there is NO way I’m getting on all fours” and we agree! For this service, there is absolutely NO NEED for you to get in any compromising positions. The Brazilian can, but not always, leave a thin “landing strip” behind – be sure to specify what you prefer. Some women may think, “I am too old to be doing that kind of thing” but let us assure you: The average age of women who DO get Brazilians is actually 34-46. Not 18 to 24 like you may think!!
Next on the list is the ever so popular French Bikini. With the French Bikini, you are able to go as far in to a “landing strip” as you prefer, but all hair will be left on your labia and backside (however, if you choose to have your bottom done, we can do that for an extra charge). The French is a great way to baby step into a full blown Brazilian. We tend to recommend the French Bikini to women who have never tried out a bikini wax before,but are curious about the Brazilian just not ready to jump right in.
And the most basic solution is the traditional bikini wax. This gateway treatment is done with your panties on and you’ll only have the hair removed along your bikini line on your upper leg. No matter what option you choose, take a deep breath and remember how great you’ll look in your bathing suit!
Bare Hare Waxing Studio wants to be your guide into the Wonderland of Waxing! We understand that your first bikini wax can be a little intimidating, and that’s why we do our best to make sure you are comfortable. We offer the best waxing services at the best prices in Indianapolis! We pride ourselves on customer appreciation, which is why we rolled out our Spring/Summer Pricing! We want you to enjoy your warmer weather season without breaking the bank, and since we realize you will be visiting Bare Hare more frequently during the Spring and Summer because there are more areas that are exposed during these months, we are offering great deals on waxing services! Please check our website for more info! To make an appointment or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a buzz at 317-721-8131!
DARE TO BE BARE at Bare Hare Waxing Studio! We look forward to meeting all of our Pretty Indy friends!
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Trilogy Salon, located at Keystone at the Crossing, is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration this weekend (both Friday, March 18th & Saturday, March 19th). Guests can sip on mimosas and nibble on pastries in the morning or enjoy wine, cheese and desserts in the afternoon. There will also be complimentary consultations with talented stylists and hand relief treatments all day. In addition, Grand Opening specials include:
- Save on Aveda Products – 10% off all Aveda products purchased on March 18 and March 19.
- Refer-A-Friend Promotion – Refer a friend between now and Grand Opening weekend and you both get 10% off your service. Refer two friends and receive 10% off your next two services, refer three friends and receive 10% off your next three services. Just have your friend book their appointment by March 19 and you can both save (actual service date can be for after March 19). You will receive your 10% discount after your referral has come in for their service.
- New Customer Promotion – Haven’t been to Trilogy Salon yet? Book an appointment for March 18 or March 19 and receive 10% off your service. Just mention the “new customer” promotion when scheduling your appointment.
8691 River Crossing Boulevard
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Map & Directions
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Spring may be coming (and hopefully, quickly), but how many of us are still sporting that fabulous winter coat of paleness? This girl’s hand is certainly raised. To combat the blahs, pick up a gorgeous bold cheek color and instantly perk up your complexion. Here are some of my favorite picks:
I am in love with this product. The shades are all super gorgeous and the creamy texture gives you that perfect dewy glow. My personal favorites are Score (pictured), Fetish (a beautiful rose pink), and Crush (a vivid and bright pink – perfect for a burst of color).
Benefit’s newest powder in a box is a must-have for a quick complexion boost. This watermelon-pink blush has shimmery gold undertones (but not huge flecks of glitter, promise) and is sure to be perfectly flattering on anyone.
Make Up For Ever is known for its alluring collection of vivid color – and seriously, if you’ve ever seen the spread of MUFE’s goods, you should already know that it makes you want everything. This blush is no different. The highly pigmented liquid blush is quick to dry, so blend quickly. The payoff, however, is perfectly flushed cheeks that give you that “just worked out” look…without the workout. I love Caught in the Act (bright raspberry) and Walk of Shame (bubblegum pink).
This spring, my friends and I have decided to take our summer bikini-body training to the next level by signing up for the Mudathlon. Training for this down-and-dirty three-mile obstacle course is sure to whip us into shape, but what about the “ew” factor of getting mud everywhere? To make this grueling race sound as much like a spa day as possible, I dove in to the world of mud-related beauty products to prove that dirt can be, well, beautiful.
For Your Face
Luxurious Dirt: Pricey but effective, NARS Mud Mask just might be worth the cash. With the use of my teensy-tiny free sample, I saw immediate improvement in my face’s tone and texture, a reduction in pore size, and a general glowing effect on my skin.
Tea Time: A cult favorite of shiny high schoolers everywhere, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask is an almost-instant deep cleanser. It sucks dirt out of pores, soothes redness and blemishes with essential oils, and leaves skin feeling tingly and oh-so-clean.
Acne-Buster: Infused with acne medication, Murad’s Clarifying Mask is some seriously multi-purpose mud. The product’s clay content helps draw out oil and skin impurities, and the built-in acne medication cures breakouts and blackheads long after you rinse it off. Note: One of the active ingredients in this mask is sulfur, and it can leave an unpleasant scent on skin, washcloths, etc.
For Your Hair
Gloss it up: Once used to soothe sore joints and muscles, Fango has now been incorporated into haircare. Oscar Blandi Trattamento al Fango just sounds pretty; massage it into your wet hair, heat-treat with a hot towel for 5-15 minutes, rinse off, and enjoy the gloss-enhancing benefits of mud.
For your Body
Magic Algae: Enriched with algae (seaweed) and black mud all the way from the Dead Sea, Spa Sentiments Dead Sea Mud Mask cools and calms the skin, making it ideal for dry skin or sunburns. This black mud has also been used to reduce water retention and cellulite, making it the prettiest creepy-sounding spa treatment out there!
For your Feet: When foot lotions and scrubs just aren’t enough to get your tootsies sandal-ready, a pedicure with clay can make all the difference. Enter Avon Foot Works Lavender Clay Mask. Great for dry ankles and cracked heels, this mask dries in five minutes and smells super soothing and girly. Bonus: this product has micro-beads that slough off rough patches as you apply it.
See? Isn’t mud gorgeous?! Here’s to a pretty [dirty] weekend!