The windy city was awfully tranquil last night.

Spa Week Daily co-hosted Celebrate You: Chicago, a party at the 6000 square foot, newly re-opened, and quite beautiful Joseph Michael’s Salon & Spa in downtown Chicago. Why? To celebrate the independent lifestyle, the August 16th Chicago/West Coast launch of the $50 treatment directory on, and of course, you.

Following Joseph Michael’s annual participation in Macy’s Glamorama earlier this past weekend, bloggers and Chicago scenesters joined us for a relax-and-mingle evening of manicures, mini-massages, lip treatments, blowouts, wine, sushi, desserts and freebies, and the first thing everyone noted upon arrival? WOW— Joseph Michael’s employees are SO NICE! It’s true, the moment you walk in the door, you’re family.

The Joseph Michael’s Salon & Spa “Family”

The owner Paul (front left) made a great point about how he hires his staff: “You can always train people to get better at what they do and master techniques, but you can’t train people to be have a better personality.” Allison, who I had the pleasure of working with to plan the event, is an absolute doll. Paul says of Allison (standing next to Paul), “I never dreamed I’d find someone who I felt could run my spa without me. She does everything the way I would want it done, and that is priceless.”

Hair and makeup artist Ronnie (below with Afrobella) who shaped a lot of eyebrows last night, possesses one of the most coveted qualities you could want in your salon employee: It is impossible to meet him and NOT want to make him your new gay bestie. (Hayyy boo!)

Ronnie working his magic on Ms. Afrobella

It turns out a lot of the attendees had been slacking on split end maintenance–including me (and Jessica of Beauty Woo Me below). Hair stylist Eileen dished out some much-needed trims and blowouts, leaving everyone with voluminous locks and one less thing on their to-do lists. Very thankful!

Eileen doing my hair, Jessica Teas in line to be next!

I loved meeting a whole new set of bloggers, including ones I’ve enjoyed working with for months now. Congratulations to Kim who writes The Stylish Life— she took home the $50 Spa Week Gift Card raffle prize. I asked her where she was going to use it and she said: “Definitely Joseph Michael’s. I love it here!”

See the rest of the party pictures on our Facebook page.

To put on the event we partnered with Sherri Lamgburt, founder of, whose mission is to enhance single life via her consumer-facing site, and also to connect non-mommy bloggers and give them means to monetize their talent, something often taken for granted in the world of blogging. Know your worth!

All sorts of ways to celebrate you, but start here: Sign up for Spa Week and book one (or more) of the three luxurious $50 services Joseph Michael’s Salon & Spa is offering during Fall Spa Week (September 13-19).

  • 45 Min Lomi Lomi Massage
  • 45 Min Water Lily After Summer Soothing Wrap
  • 45 Min Microcurrent Turbo-Lift Facial

Joseph Michaels Salon & Spa
1313 North Ritchie Court
Chicago, IL 60610

Twitter @mychicagosalon

Award-winning Joseph Michael’s Salon and Spa delivers uncompromising care in a relaxing, unpretentious atmosphere. Voted Citysearch Best Spa, Best Facial and Best Massage 2009 and named Best Chicago Day Spa by Allure magazine 2009.

Photos by Jessica Lapidos

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