My Hair and Spa Adventure in Hendersonville NC

lux salon hendersonville north carolina hair After our last episode in Hendersonville North Carolina, we decided to head back to LUX Salon to have a few of the many beautifying and relaxing experiences they have to offer. When I walked in, Meagan immediately welcomed me and we talked for a few moments. Then Casey came up, led me away, and offered a cup of coffee. Gladly accepted. This was just the beginning. casey lux salon hendersonville I was taken into the “Quiet Room” which is a whole ‘nother world. The lights were dimmer, the music was softer, I was listening to running water… as Casey started massaging my hands with sugar; leading to an amazing paraffin hand wax. Wow! I am SO addicted. This was like the engagement period, the red carpet, the road to a wonderful experience as I began to relax and kind of let this take me away.

 

And it did… Jenna took over (or took me over) for a “Wash House Experience” that I will never forget. I am very high energy (I do more work in my sleep than you do in real life) but this completely melted my mind and “forced” me to relax a little more. The product they used was so refreshing on my scalp, and believe me.. her fingers did the walking.. and they gave me an incredible hair-wash-massage. You have never! At one point I shivered, and at another point I was covered in goosebumps, I even dreamed for a second as actual feelings came back into my body and soul. From a social media robot, back to a human being in less than an hour. I am tellin’ you! So WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Jenna. jenna wilson lux salon hendersonville north carolina Jenna Wilson Gary Charles Lux Salon Hendersonville NC Next, Jenna took me out to her magical hair station and cut my hair perfectly. She matched my style with a “haircut” that I felt very comfortable with. It brought the real me out even more; which if some of you would get to know.. is so beautiful hahaha! Anyway, you know what I’m saying’.. this place got the goods. If you do not know where to start, start right here, at LUX, and tell them Gary said they can hook you up! They will take care of you. Let their creativity give you an enhanced or new image of the beautiful (or handsome lol) you.




Hendersonville Hair Salon, Meet Lux

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While the social media team was working in Hendersonville NC recently, we received a “tweet” from Lux Salon. We had time to spare, and had heard so much about this spot, that we decided to stop by randomly and see what we find.

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To our amazement, we met the one and only Christine Audiss and the wonderful Jenna Wilson who welcomed us and toured our team. The initial feeling.. these gals are great and this place is comfortable; we wouldn’t mind spending more time here. We even got to see the “Quiet Room” .. luxury spa type relaxation at its best.

Hendersonville Hair Lux Salon NC

The final decision, we are putting this place on our Western North Carolina staycation mapper of things to do in Hendersonville. We are headed back to have the full experience, and we will keep you updated on our visit!!




Playing Dress-UP

I changed the way I look at jewelry Monday night.  I didn’t learn anything about measurements, techniques, or jewelry biz lingo really.  I don’t remember the names of the gorgeous gems or stones I was tinkering with either.  I didn’t want to know those things.  However, when Asheville jewelry-maker, Nadine Fidelman invited me into her home, she taught me all I could ever hope to learn about why we choose to decorate ourselves the way we do.

At first glance jewelry is like looking out into a crowd of people.  There are a lot of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles all running together into rainbow overload.  The first thoughts are, ‘oh I see pretty things,’ and then we start searching for a focal point.  It is in that search that we realize we’re being pulled towards certain things and we start to examine why.  While I was zeroing in on a generally smooth black stone with a noticeable organic crack in the upper right corner I could overhear one of my side kicks talking about the jewelry.

“It’s not just beads, they’re individual pieces,” I heard my fellow playmate Kelly Allen offer.

At first I thought, ‘yeah, ok, there’s a lot of different jewelry here.  I can see that.’  Then I took a breath and thought about that word individual. I realized what she meant, and that I wasn’t just looking at the pieces, I was meeting them.  I went back to my black stone, noticing the gorgeous, crystal-esque inclusions the flaw revealed.  I was in love.  I thought of my own personality, how I like the rawness in life, and the beauty I find in truth.  I also believe in fighting like hell and collecting battle scars…I thought of how hard it is being a writer and how far I still had to go in the world of manuscripts.  I wanted that beautiful stone.  I had found my connection.

Lorna's Fave!

  Lorna’s Fave!

 

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We moved the party to the carpet where  the impossible not love, Nadine plopped right down with us, kicking her shoes off ready to dig in.  She shared stories with us about where she had found inspiration for her work, and let her obvious passion for her trade seep out onto us.  We started tossing necklaces and bracelets around, trimming ourselves in the jewelry like we did our mothers’ as children.  We’d try a piece on in between sips of girly shelf white wine, and chat about what we’d chosen. I asked the other three girls what they thought of what they’d selected.

Nadine chatting with Kelly about healing stones

Nadine chatting with Kelly about healing stones

Kelly, who had remarked earlier on the individualism, was drawn to stones she knew to have healing qualities.  As cancer survivor, officially in remission since January; she keeps her eyes peeled for items in nature than bode healing qualities.  Her journey with her sickness, and attention to wellness has brought her upon her choices in jewelry.  Out of those stones, one in particular jumped out at her.

“This one looks like a fishing lure,” she commented excitedly holding up the yellowish vertical stone,” like my Daddy used.”  She set it down smiling.  She had found her connection.

Whitney Thompson, a native Ashevillian piped up from the other side of the circle, holding up a gorgeous blue stone in a similar fashion. “This one reminded me of the sea,” she said.  “It’s like when you’re little.  I just wanted to take my flip-flops off.  When I saw it I wanted to go to the beach and run around.”

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Whitney explaining what she loved about the piece 

Whitney’s stone actually provoked a childhood memory to surface, making her feel carefree again as she had in her most innocent years.  Whitney had found her connection.

The youngest of the group, Hannah, a 16-year-old, chose a piece unlike the rest of us, without a stone.  Her piece was raw, twisted sterling silver wired, manipulated by hand into an untamed yet simple set of earrings.  I chuckled thinking how the piece was like being a teenager, beautiful, unsure which direction it was going, and not as simple as it appeared to be.  They fit Hannah just perfectly, and hung daintily on her young ears.  She had made her connection.  I wonder if she knew…

Dainty Hannah

Dainty Hannah

While I was pondering this Whitney was perusing the backside of a necklace, “you know, their backs are just as pretty and detailed as their fronts.”

Nadine explained to the group how this is one of her trademarks.  I thought how much it made sense because there are different sides to women…many sides.  They are sometimes tucked away against our own skins for only us to enjoy and sometimes decided to be displayed so people can see our normally hidden sides.  Nadine told us she’d even been in public and saw her creation flipped over, showing them from the opposite sides.  What self-expression.

I learned something Monday night.  Jewelry isn’t just embellishment, it’s an embellishment of us.  Often times who we are is in the tiny details of the things we choose to let represent us.  We weren’t wearing jewelry, we were wearing little pieces of who we are.  I thought I was going to just play dress-up, and I did to an extent.  I just didn’t know I would be using Nadine’s art to dress up as myself.

 

If you want to make your connection with Jewelry by Nadine check out her collection at the Kress Emporium in downtown Asheville.

19 Patton Ave,  Asheville, NC 28801

If you’d love your own play date with Nadine call her 828-654-0993 or email her at nfidelman@pobox.com

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Have an interesting story?  Contact AskAsheville’s Lorna Hollifield at lornalh@gmail .com 828-280-1799

 

Find out more about Lorna’s writing journey at http://lornahollifield.com

Gnome Crushing

I was a little bit nervous.  I  noticed myself checking my make-up in the rearview mirror, and straightening my clothes obsessively.  I’d waited all week to meet him.  My hour was arriving and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  This man is a legend, and I know everyone wants him.  His origins are argued over, and remain part of his mystery.  However, the mystery isn’t necessarily reason enough to be nervous.  It’s the things he knows, the things he’s seen, and my thirst to know them.  I want him to share with me, and let me in on his secrets (which I think he hides in his beard).  I want him to tell me what he saw in the Bermuda triangle, or where the holy grail rests…I’m sure he’s the only one that knows.  Most of all, I want to capture his spirit, and walk the streets of my own town with him, seeing it through the eyes of a legend.  If he’d only let me loop my arm in his, and go for the ride.  I feel like a schoolgirl, and I know now it’s official…I have a crush on the Travelocity gnome.

Legend says gnomes around the world have been captured time and time again to stand post in boring gardens, entertaining the small lives of the tomato plants.  However, sometime in the 80s a group of good Samaritans, Robin hoods of the gnome world  if you will, decided to take a stand, steal these gnomes, and release them into the wild.  They then travel the world until their true homes are found again.  The Travelocity gnome is no different.  He’s been globe-trotting on his little gnome sojourn since 2005.  He’s been all across America, Europe, and maybe Mars.  However, last week, it was the mini-metropolis of Asheville that whispered to him.  Man, this town must really have something…

I met him on a darkened street corner after barely missing him at Hi-Wire Brewery (where I hear he got a little tipsy).  I was coming to meet him, but wasn’t quick enough, and that gnome, in his little nomadic nature, is like taping pudding to the wall.  He’ll just slip away without warning and slide into unmarked crevices. 

However, like ships in the night we passed briefly again.  I found him stumbling down a sidewalk fresh off the dance floor at Scandals.  He claims he was only there for Zumba lessons, though I wasn’t sure.  However, I didn’t ask many questions, but  just stretched out my arms.  I knew we had but minutes.  That famous portly creature leapt into my yearning embrace, and for a moment he was mine.  I could smell the history on him like a thick French musk.  His face and body had definitely taken a couple licks through the years, and he was wise to things I have no knowledge of yet.  I felt honored to meet him, and perhaps more honored that he’d been drawn like a moth to a flame to this town.  The magnet that is Asheville, NC, composed of quirk, beer, Southern Charm, beer, cultural diversity, beer, and an unparalleled charisma is now part of the patchwork quilt that makes up the adventures of this world-renown gnome.  Now I think the real crush I have is just on Asheville.  After all, Asheville drew the gnome.

Gnomy nose nuzzles

Gnomy nose nuzzles

 

 




Southwest Trading Company in Spruce Pine NC

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Southwest Trading Company is located at 279 Oak Avenue (locally known as Upper Street) Spruce Pine, NC 28777. They are located next to neighboring businesses Rivers Edge Outfitters & Moose Crossing. We spoke with Gregg & Lisa Henline, the owners of Southwest Trading Company. Here is what they had to say:

“We provide handmade rustic log and distressed furniture, for any room in your home: bedroom, living room, dining room and bathroom. Home decor including window treatments, pictures, lamps, quilts and comforter sets, rugs, mirrors, candles and lots more. Most furniture made in USA. Many other items either made locally or in the US. We also carry the outdoor furniture built by the Amish, of recycled plastic, which will virtually last a lifetime. The business started out 13 years ago with mostly Southwest/Mexican style furniture. Over the years it transitioned to more cabin/lodge rustic style. We do still carry a limited selection of the Southwest style. We purchased the existing business 6 years ago, and added home decor and accessories.

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Our staff includes Gregg and Lisa Henline – active owners and sales, Guy Pitman – sales, and Chris Henline – sales. Our ideal customer is the person who is interested in furnishing a new or existing log home with complete rustic motif for the entire home. We offer FREE delivery and set up in the local area. Most of our furniture is unique, one-of-a-kind handmade pieces, where no two are exactly alike. We love seeing the beauty in the hand crafted cedar, hickory, oak, sassafras and other types of wood. Greeting and assisting our customers in making the perfect purchase for their home is very rewarding. 

Southwest Trading Company is open Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 5:00. By Appointment at other times. The phone number is 828-765-8261. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest