last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

aviary's newest (full-time) bird: jenn jones

Remember when we announced that hairstylist and color specialist Jenn Jones was coming part-time to Aviary? Cue good hair because you can now find her here full-time (and we couldn't be more excited). A North Carolina native, Jenn studied at the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill, later honing her skills working at reputable studios such as Van Michael Salon of Atlanta, Mudhoney Hair Salon in New York City and the highly acclaimed alt-salon Graceland Brooklyn - where she still makes a regular appearance. Most recently, working as a stylist and instructor at the Aveda Institute Atlanta, Jenn has made Atlanta home with her her husband, photographer Raymond McCrea Jones, and their two young sons.

With over ten years of experience behind her, Jenn has locks on well, lockdown. She has a love of color - which shows through her expertise in techniques like balayge and being named Atlanta's best colorist by InStyle Magazine - and can make any dreamy 'do happen.

Jenn is available Sundays from 11:00-5:00, Mondays from 9:30-5:00 and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-7:00. Contact and booking information can be found here.

Welcome to the nest, Jenn!

jenn jones (seven things you didn't know)

Word on the street is that the Aviary’s new stylist, Jennifer Jones, is an expert when it comes to all things hair and color.  Having worked at studios such as Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, Mudhoney Hair Salon in New York City, and Graceland Brooklyn as well as instructing at the Aveda Institute in Atlanta, Jones has her craft down.  But here’s seven things you didn’t know about her (and extra reasons that we are lucky to have her):

I hear you're pretty mean in the kitchen. What's your favorite dish? Well I'm vegan and so are my husband and two boys. Along those lines I'm very passionate about filling mine and my families bellies with wholesome, organic food. So we do a lot of cooking at home.  My favorite dish to make is stir fry because it's simple, quick, delicious, and easy to clean-up; just scrub the wok.  The stir-fry I do usually contains tofu, onions, and seasonal veggies that I get from our local farmer's market.  Lately they have been filled with summer squash, carrots, and beans. I season them with a sauce made from rice wine vinegar, tamari sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and miso. Then serve it over brown rice or quinoa. Delicious!

Do you have a particular band, album, or type of music you like to listen to in the kitchen? We've always got music playing in our house. I listen to everything from ABBA to Queen to Billie Holiday and contemporary stuff like Gotye, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons. But I do a lot of Pandora radio, that keeps it fresh and introduces me to new stuff I might have not heard before. Which I love.

Music is something that runs deep in my family as well as my husband's and we're trying to keep that alive as we raise our own family.

What would you consider your most career defining moment (so far)? I would say becoming an educator at the Aveda Institute has been a very defining moment in my career. That totally took it to the next level for me. It's given me a chance to see things from a different perspective and challenge my own knowledge base. Teaching has helped me realize that I have more patience than I ever thought and it's helped me to strengthen my foundation.  Because I have to be able to teach everything, I've been forced to grow and build in the areas that I had previously been weak in. I really feel like I've grown exponentially since becoming an educator.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? There's a book called "Be Here Now" by Baba Ram Dass. It's a super intense book about transforming your mind on the path to enlightenment. Ever since I read it for the first time many years ago the title has become a mantra for me.  A reminder to stay present in the moment and enjoy every day that I'm given.

What's something that you always have with you? Easy, my iPhone. It's such an essential device for me. I use it for communication obviously  but it's also my encyclopedia of reference material, the camera which I use to photograph things that inspire me or spark an idea and  even a business tool for everything from note taking to business cards.

What's your favorite spot in Atlanta? One of my favorite spots in Atlanta is Grant Park.  It's close to where I live and has become the site of my favorite regular weekend family outing.  I take my 2 boys to the Grant Park farmers market almost every Sunday morning to gather goodies for the week and let my 3 year have his adventures with his best friends.

Do you have a favorite summer 'do? I've always been a huge fan of braids, and I'm so glad they're trending now. I've been seeing them everywhere. It's great.  Braids are perfect for summer because you can wear them during the day to keep your hair off of you while it's 90+ outside and then take them down and have nice waves for your evening out.  I'm doing a lot of braiding lately and working on some cool variations.