And I'm back! I know it's been a while, but that was a much needed little vacation. It's been a long time since I've been anywhere truly different from my own surroundings, and a weekend on a ranch 3 hours outside of Mexico City was just what I needed. Granted, if you know me then you know I am not the best traveler. I get motion sickness on just about any vehicle that even slightly moves, and most of this vacation was spent in transit. But it was worth it for a day with the chickens, swans, horses, roosters, dogs, peacocks, and more in the middle of an orange grove. To say nothing of the fact that my cousin's wedding was beautiful and ultra-fun. And I got to see my family for the first time in 6 months! All good things.
As I mentioned, the night before I left for Mexico was the opening of Theo's new Broadway show, American Psycho the Musical! And it was an absolute blast. It goes without saying that Theo is absolutely transcendent in his role, but the show itself is an absolute ball. It's funny, scary, sexy, and unlike anything you've ever seen before. I'm so proud of him and everyone else involved! Also great? Getting to get all dolled up for the night! I've been looking forward to it for months, I mean, when else does a pleb like me get dressed to the nines and get their hair and makeup done? Enter Joli Beauty Bar.
I stumbled across Joli a few months ago as they are right down the street from my apartment and it was one of the happiest accidents in recent memory. Owners Zsuzsi Evans and Meg Black have created a fun and welcoming environment for their clients to pass the time while getting pampered. The salon itself is beautiful, with minimalist touches against white brick walls -- it's actually my dream salon. No tacky shit here. And I've yet to walk in there and not be offered a glass of wine, which makes them my literal soulmates. Zsuzsi actually went out and got us a bottle of rose mid-appointment because she knows my thirst is real. We snacked on fruit salad and chatted while Meg was busy creating my look for the night.
I lucked out and was able to rent this beautiful Marchesa dress, which is the nicest thing I will ever wear on my body, and I would like to be cremated in. Upon arrival at Joli, Meg, Zsuzsi, and I chatted about my look for the night, and decided that a wide-eyed Russian doll look would best compliment the dress without looking too over the top. Meg got to work on my hair first, and Zsuzsi gave me the most delicious shampoo I've had in recent memory. What is it about having someone shampoo your hair that is just the most divine sensation? I was telling Zsusi that I read somewhere years ago that the reason people open up emotionally to hair stylists is that it's so rare that our heads are touched in any way by other people, much less in a pleasurable way, that you can't help but spill your guts. It's an oddly intimate situation, right? Anyhoo, Meg got to work blow drying my hair and then let my hair set while she did my makeup.
We went with a smoky eye that wasn't too dramatic but that really defined my eyes, and big, BIG LASHES. All I ever want in life is lashes upon lashes, so I was thrilled. Meg also did some light contouring, which is what everyone should be doing, as opposed to the heavy contouring a la Kardashian. (Unless that's what you want, y'all. Live your life!) I wanted my features to be defined without being overwhelming. In the end, I absolutely loved the colors she used on my face. It's what I always try to describe to makeup artists but always seem to fail to do so, and Meg knew it instinctively. She also did an amazing job color-correcting my insane under eye circles, which you know are the bane of my existence. After my makeup was set, Meg went through my hair with a curling iron for some soft, romantic curls. Overall, I thought my hair and makeup perfectly complimented the dress and I was so, so happy with how I looked. I felt really confident and beautiful and pampered. You won't catch me stepping foot in any other beauty bar, mark my words!!!!!
The look lasted the entire night, which is always a concern, I only had to dab a tiny bit of concealer under my eyes before Theo and I hit the red carpet around midnight and I proceeded to look like an actual idiot who had no body control. But I expected that. Despite my overall derpiness, I'd say we looked pretty good! And it's definitely all thanks to Meg and Zsuzsi. If you're ever in the East Village and in need of a blowout, a full face of makeup, or even just some eye makeup to perk up your look, please pop into Joli. You won't regret it, I promise! Thank you Joli for making me feel so special and like I fit in among the beauties gracing that red carpet!