We Flock with FitWit: Win a 10-Pack of Studio Classes! 

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Ever found yourself intimidated at the gym? Felt the need to touch up your make-up and invest in a few hundred bucks work of attire just to hit the yoga studio? Allow us to introduce FitWit. Never before have we found a more welcoming way to work out. You’ll find a positive community there to cheer you on. Trainers that keep you motivated and, most of all, help you get results! We love that their philosophy is about living a healthy, holistic life, and not just looking good in a bikini (although no one is complaining about that!).

We’ve partnered with our friends at FitWit for a fun fitness giveaway! Win 10 Pack of Studio Classes  ($189 Value). Head to Instagram NOW to enter! The winner will be chosen Monday, January 23rd How to enter/rules: Just comment on our contest post on Instagram Tag a LOCAL ATL friend! (each friend you tag is an extra entry.) Be sure to follow @aviary and @fitwitnation eligible to win!

We Flock Together Giveaway

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Meet the Modern Mystic, Kelley Knight! In 2015 Kelley launched an Instagram account as a fun way share her love for all things tarot. Her beautiful images and insightful readings developed a following and Modern Mystic was born!

She's recently opened a shop in Paris on Ponce. There you'll find Kelley in her element, reading cards and charging crystals, as well as a perfectly curated collection of spiritual tools and groovy gifts. Think: candles, sage, lunar calendars and of course tarot cards. If you prefer to shop these goodies from home, she has just launched the online version of her shop.

To celebrate her success, we've teamed up to do a *magical* giveaway.

Prize Package:

A mini crystal kit ($32 value) 30- minute tarot reading ($50 value) Clearing candle ($20) Head to Instagram to enter! Contest will start TONIGHT, Thursday, December 1st and the winner will be chosen Saturday, December 3rd. How to enter/rules: Just comment on our contest post on Instagram Tag a LOCAL ATL friend! (each friend you tag is an extra entry.) Be sure to follow @aviary, @modernmystic_shop and @modernmystic_tarot to be eligible to win!

Save with our Scoutmob deal.

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New clients can save 50% (up to $30) when they check us out! Already part of our flock? If you’ve been curious about our other services now’s the perfect time for you to try something new. Current clients, try a new service and save up to $30 when you book with Victoria, Dee or Alexis! We offer a full range of salon and spa services including massage, custom facials, cut, color, tinting and waxing.

Check out the deal here or on your app.

Celebrating 7 years of nature + beauty

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Friends,

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since we opened our doors! The vision behind Aviary was to bring sustainable beauty and wellness to a serene space and to become part of the community.

To thank you for flocking with us, we’re throwing a month long birthday party with seven days of giveaways from our curated collection of natural beauty and wellness products!

We’ll be giving away all kinds of goodies like: hair care by OWAY & davines, scrubs & serums by Sircuit Cosmeceuticals and Dr. Hauschka, some of our favorite candles and incense, a well-stocked gift bag and even a big ‘ol gift card!

All giveaways take place on Instagram, so make sure you are following us here.

With Gratitude,

Aviary

How to enter/rules:

Just comment our contest posts on Instagram.  Tag a LOCAL ATL friend! (each friend you tag is an extra entry.) Be sure to follow @aviary and to be eligible to win!  The winner will be randomly selected and we’ll announce the results the day after the post.

Welcome to the nest: Dee

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Could your face use a little freshening for fall? Meet our newest nester and glowing skin guru, Amy “Dee” Stufflebeam.

An Atlanta native, Dee began studying esthetics with the goal of becoming a make-up artist but found that helping to heal problem skin called to her. Dee comes to us most recently from Village Health Spa. Her specialty is blending natural remedies with modern skin care to find solutions for every skin type. Her favorite part of this work? The relationships she builds with her clients.

When she’s not polishing skin to perfection, you can find her kickboxing, writing or working on her show, Bleux Stockings Society, a monthly live lit event.

You can book online with Dee here.

Summer Skin

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From heat to humidity and all that extra time in the sun, summer presents unique skin care challenges. Here are three simple reminders to help you put your best face forward.

1)    SUNSCREEN

Seriously, we can’t say this enough: Always wear sunscreen. The number one, go-to beauty and wellness weapon is sunscreen. Be sure to wear at least SPF 30 on your face and body. When in doubt, reapply and while you’re at it, grab yourself an adorable sunhat. Luckily, sunscreen has come a long way. Gone are the days of battling with sticky, white paste.  Our favorite brand, COOLA smells yummy, goes on easy and best of all is 70% + certified organic.

2)    HYDRATE

Hydration is key to good health, and bonus: great skin. Higher temps and more time outside make it easier to dehydrate. During the summer, you should be upping your normal eight 8-ounce glasses of water to about ten to twelve glasses a day.

3)    MINIMIZE

Consider a pared-down makeup routine for the warmer months. Not only does it give you that fresh-faced summer vibe, but it lets your skin breathe and helps keep your pores from clogging.

And, drumroll, please… we have recently added a must-have summer treatment to our facial menu:

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Antioxidant Booster:

This oxygen treatment addresses visible puffiness and dark circles around the eye area, making it perfect for tired or travel-weary skin. Revitalizes and balances dull, stressed skin with exceptionally powerful natural antioxidants sourced from the Australian Rainforest. Clarifies and refines the appearance of skin prone to blemishes, visible pores, sun damage, uneven texture or deep wrinkles. Book this one for after your next beach trip!

45-55 minutes…..$170We are offering this service at 20% off when you book online!

Fostering our flock | Julie Ann Travis: A modern shaman.

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Ready to get grounded and recharge? Allow us to introduce you to Julie Ann Travis. We are such fans of her shamanic energy healing work that we decided to co-host a 3-part series called Space & Beauty.  

Curious to know more? Cool, we thought so.

A: What exactly is a shamanic practitioner?

JT: Shamanism is the oldest form of spirituality on the planet, dating back over 40,000 years! A shamanic practitioner is someone with works with spiritual aspects of an illness or imbalance. According to the Siberian Tungus tribe, the word Shaman means: the one who sees in the dark.

A: What are some of the issues clients seek your help with?

JT: Many things! To name a few: Chronic illness (physical, mental, emotional), PTSD, releasing toxic patterns, empowerment, or simply seeking clarity on their life path. Basically, if there is something bothering you, there is a spiritual root cause.

A: Tell us a little bit about what we could expect in a session with you.

JT: All sessions could include one or more of the following:

Illumination: clearing and balancing the chakra

Extraction: removing crystallized or fluid energies from the energy field

Soul Retrieval: recovering essential lost part of one’s soul that have fled during past traumatic events

Destiny Retrieval

Death Rites

Ceremony and Rite of Passage

Space and Land Clearings

A: Tell us about your path to this work.

My path of Shamanic Practitioner began at a very early age; I have known since the age of four that I was brought here to be of service. I share a similar path of many shamans: the wounded healer's journey. Most of my late teens and twenties were full of chronic illness and deep depression. With the help of the beloved Q’ero shamans, I was able to step in and accept my calling to service during a vacation turned spiritual pilgrimage in Peru.

A: And finally, what bird would you be and why?

JT: I’d be a Robin. Since they are always in groups, it reminds me to connect with my local community. They don’t need to migrate and can make their home here year-round. Also, they lay the most gorgeous powder-blue eggs.

Come be part of one or all three of our events with Julie! Get more info here or BOOK the series HERE

WAX + AVIARY Present: SPACE & BEAUTY

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One of our favorite things about our work, is the opportunity to shed light on products, services and practitioners we adore. This time, we’ve teamed up with Myka Harris & WAX to produce a 3- part series of workshops with our favorite healer: Julie Ann Travis. A shamanic practitioner, Julie works with stone medicine and energy healing.  She has been a huge transformational presence in both our lives.  

SPACE & BEAUTY is designed to cleanse, ground and recharge every aspect of your life. Join us for the whole series or just a part. Sessions are $45 each or $120 for the series.

BOOK HERE.

Below is a brief description of each 1.5 hour workshop.

June 20, 2016 Strawberry Full Moon 7-8:30pm

S E L F

-Learn how to connect with your personal luminous energy field (LEF)

-Brief overview of the chakras (organs of the LEF)

-How to maintain a healthy and balanced energy body through practices of breathwork, spritzing (spirit water), setting boundaries, stones, smudge, intentions, bath, grounding and recharging on the Earth, all rooted in love

July 19, 2016 Full Moon 7-8:30pm

H O M E

-Clearing stagnant energies within the home (smudging, spritz, prayer)

-Smudging the home space, which stones are most beneficial to what areas of the home

-Protection for the home space

-Building an elemental altar (personal or ancestral) space

September 1, 2016 New Moon Time TBD

L A N D

-Alignment and balance with our relationship to the land we live on

-Creating a mandala

-Cleansing Fire Ceremony

We’re really excited about this series and can’t wait to go on this journey with you! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or for more info: Amy at Aviary or Myka at WAX.

You can learn more about Julie and BOOK HERE

Sizzling Hot Summer Hair

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From taming frizz to fighting flatness, summer hair care has its challenges. Perfect for festivals, travel or just romping around the city, stay cool with this easy summer ‘do.

  • Mist with Davines Sea Salt Spray
  • Tease your hair at the root to add oomph.
  • Sweep bangs to one side, and pull the rest of your locks back by loosely braiding a few sections into a low pony.
  • Secure with a hair elastic. Gently pull apart sections of the braids to achieve a lived in look.
  • Wrap one strand around the pony base to hide the hair elastic. Smooth with Davines Oi Oil to add shine and tame flyways.

More about Davines: We're in love with this boutique brand founded in Parma, Italy. Davines is all about smart sustainability. They  work closely with small family farms in Italy to grow their ingredients! Their line includes everything from shampoo and conditioner to treatment and styling. Swing by and check it out.

fostering our flock | dr. amy king - intuitive chiropractor

Dr. Amy King

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We first heard of Dr. Amy King a year or so ago when In Fine Feather did a feature on her. A chiropractor that approaches each client holistically, treating mind, body, and spirit? We were intrigued! Since then we’ve become huge fans of her practice Little 5 Points Chiropractic and happily discovered we are birds of a feather, too. Get to know one of our flock, Dr. Amy King.

Where would we find you on a Sunday afternoon?

Hanging out with my cute pup Bacon, brunching and exploring the city.

You just picked up your best friend from the airport and it’s his/her first time in Atlanta. Where is the first place you take him/her and why?

My favorite thing about Atlanta is all of the amazing local artwork we have, but if I had to pick a location I’d say The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. So on the drive up from the airport I’d take us though my favorite neighborhoods to check out all of the art, and then end up at the gardens to explore. I love the contrast of city life with such a huge and beautiful natural area in the middle of the city that's also connected to Piedmont Park.

What is your favorite place to spend time outside of the city?

Sweetwater Creek State Park or Arabia Mountain for earthing!

What are you currently reading?

I'm typically reading about 5 books at a time. Right now it's:

  1. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  2. Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
  3. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

And last, but not least, what bird would you be and why?

I’d be a hummingbird. They are said to be messengers of happiness, hope and joy. They lift us up during times of negativity while encouraging us to express love more fully.

To learn more about Amy’s practice in Little 5 Points or book an appointment, click here.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Yes, all those macaroni necklaces and art framed with popsicle sticks are priceless, but how about gifting mom with what she really wants; a little pampering.  Whether you’re shopping for your mom, mother-in-law, or just a lady mentor in your life, we’ve put together a list of gifts moms will melt over.

1)    Facials: Get glowing with a rejuvenating facial. We use pure, calming pressurized oxygen and all natural, organic products. Choose a package, or we’ll consult with you and help you decide.

Book here

2)    Massage: The power of touch does so much! Relax, soothe aching muscles and polish your perspective with a massage. We also offer prenatal massage for the momma-to-be.

Book here.

3)    Blowout: Give the gift of a great hair day! For a special occasion, or just because, a blowout is a great gift for moms who would not usually treat themselves to one.

Book here

4)    Stock their beauty bar: Grab a pretty basket and create a unique gift for mom. From a line of organic sunscreen people LOVE using (Coola) to sustainable hair products with ingredients grown by family farms in Italy (Davines), or a little plant-sourced alchemy/magic (Moon Juice) we carry a unique treasure trove of products.

5)    Gift Card: Can't decide? You can’t go wrong with the gift of choice! 

Lite Brite: Spring Hair Inspiration

Despite the strange shifts in weather, spring is in full bloom here in Atlanta (hello, pollen) and we’re excited to freshen up your tresses! Stylist Jenni Renshaw says collar length; multi-texture hair is hot for spring. Make this “spring breeze blown” look your own in 4 steps.

  1. Set the tone: Use Davines Minu shampoo and conditioner for vibrant, juicy color.
  2. Go sleek: Blow-dry with Davines Melu heat protector spray.
  3. Get styled: Section hair into 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces. Using a 1-1/2 inch barrel curling iron, start your curl in the middle. Leave the ends out for a tousled, wavy look.
  4. Finish it: Davines medium hold spray gives you soft, flexible hold.

To achieve this stunning shade, we’d use OWAY hair color for an organic, ammonia-free, bold and beautiful red! Craving a little more color in your life? Book an appointment for yourself here.

Instagram giveaway & INK + ALLOY pop-up!

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Join us Friday, April 29th from 5-8 at The Aviary for an INK + ALLOY pop-up!

Here’s the deal: Shopping can be fun and make a difference, and we don’t just mean a difference in your wardrobe! Many of INK + ALLOY’s free-spirited designs are hand-crafted by some of the thousands of refugee women living in Atlanta.

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Alyssa Cassatto & Gretchen Hollingsworth are the local lady bosses behind this ultra-inspiring accessory company and are proud to support these amazing refugee women who have fled war and persecution to start again. Swing by and pick up something for yourself or grab a gift with meaning for a friend. There will be bubbles, light bites AND a 20% discount. Lance Ledbetter from local record company  Dust-to-Digital will be there spinning his magical nostaglic tunes.

PLUS, we’re so pumped about this pop-up we decided to giveaway a gorgeous hand-blocked scarf from INK + ALLOY. Light and airy, these are perfect for the warm days ahead. Add them to a simple maxi dress for pop of color and pattern. They also make beautiful wraps for the beach or pool. Head to Instagram to enter!  

Aviary & INK + ALLOY  Pop-up Giveaway

How to enter/rules:

Just comment our contest post on Instagram.  Tag a LOCAL ATL friend! (each friend you tag is an extra entry.) Be sure to follow @aviary and @inkalloy to be eligible to win!  The winner will be randomly selected and we’ll announce the results Friday, April 29th. 

See you at the pop-up!

WHAT: INK + ALLOY POP-UP SHOP WHEN: Friday, April 29th from 5-8 pm WHERE: Aviary Beauty & Wellness Collective @ the STUDIOPLEX 659 Auburn Avenue Studio 125 Atlanta, Georgia 30312

RSVP: assistant@aviarybeauty.com

smoothies, shopping and tarot!

Join us on Friday, April 1st from 6-8PM at Madewell Ponce City Market for Smoothies, Shopping and Tarot! We’ll be serving up scrumptious samples made with Clean Program Smoothies and Treehouse Milk, Chef David Sweeney’s Seedy Bars and Modern Mystic  Kelley Knight will be on hand dishing out Tarot Card readings. You can get your shop on by taking 20% off any purchase of $125 or more in store at the event!

WHAT: Smoothies, Shopping and Tarot WHEN: Friday, April 1, 6-8PM WHERE: Madewell Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 COST: FREE

over the moon for moon dust

We’re over the over the moon with Moon Dust by Moon Juice! Imagine an edible way to heal and enhance your beauty, brain,  sexual energy, sleep, and spirit – and you’ve got Moon Dust! Packaged in reusable glass jars with just about 25 servings (depending on desired potency and taste), the dusts are made of transformative formulas using organic and wild-crafted herbs, adaptogenic plants and bioactive minerals that work synergistically at deep levels to improve your well being.

How does it work? Add one teaspoon to 8oz of any hot or cold liquid (we love them with nut milk water or tea) and don't be afraid to double dose! Get creative with Moon Juice Sex Dust and create Sex Dust ice cream with this awesome recipe.

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Enhance your sexual energy deliciously with Sex Dust ice cream!

Ingredients:

1 package of organic frozen strawberries 1/4 cup of coconut milk 2 teaspoons of Sex Dust

Directions:

Combine and blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until worked into a perfect gelato consistency. Serves two!

A note about parking at studioplex

You may have heard the news about the upcoming improvements coming to Studioplex and The Old 4th Ward. Studioplex is working to bring a boutique hotel to the space behind Serpas on the Beltline. In anticipation of it’s arrival, effective immediately, the back parking lot is closed in order to build a multi level parking structure.

In the meantime, parking at Studioplex is going to be transformed and one of our favorite additions is a valet!!! No more circling the lot hoping to find an available space, just pull in the front and drop your car off.

If you do not wish to valet your car, all the parking on Auburn Ave is still an option as is parking on Airline, just West of the Studioplex entrance. The valet will be an hourly rate similar to those at Krog Market, Inman Quarter and Ponce City Market.

Please continue to arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment in order to familiarize yourself with the new system. While change can be inconvenient, we are reminding ourselves that it is inevitable and a part of growth.

See you soon,

Amy Leavell Bransford & Aviary {Beauty & Wellness Collective}

be gilty & save big on your new spring ‘do

If you’re feeling like your ‘do needs something new for Spring, jump over to GILT Atlanta for deals on color, cut and blow-outs with our newest nester and decade-plus style pro, Victoria Gutierrez.

New and current Aviary clients are invited to experience Victoria's expertise (which consists  of training under Jon Reyman at Spoke and Weal in LA and styling for Emma Stone, Donna Karan, America's Next Top Model and more) by purchasing a voucher through Thursday, March 24th.  You have until June 7, 2016 to utilize the discount, so see you soon! P.S. Check out some of our favorite before and after styles by Victoria below!

thank you for your support!

 

Thank you to all who came out to mix & mats in support of Community Farmers Markets! Over 170 of you did yoga, drank beer with us and raised money for CFM. Our “little” event was sold out and we can’t wait to do it again!

Until next time,

Amy Leavell Bransford (with Rachelle Knowles, Tough Love Yoga, Sweetwater Brewery & Community Farmers Markets)

 

welcome to the nest: stylist victoria gutierrez

 
 

Meet hairstylist Victoria Gutierrez, a decade-plus pro at styling high-profile clients and Aviary’s newest coiffeuse! Victoria has worked with variety of clients of many cultures and backgrounds and has experience styling for film, photography, television and runway shows.

While living in Los Angeles, she worked alongside Emma Stone, whom she styled for Visit California’s “Dream Big” campaign video, The Foo Fighters (styling for the cover for Rolling Stone Magazine), Incubus, Miyavi, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, Donna Karan, Ne-Yo, and Access Hollywood to name a few. Victoria also lent her skills to participants on the latest season of America’s Next Top Model.

Victoria graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Orlando in 2005 and went on to study under Jon Reyman for Spoke and Weal in Los Angeles.

When she isn’t using her superpowers styling the stars, Victoria enjoys cooking, crafting & being being outdoors. She is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for all hair cut and coloring services. You can book online with Victoria here.