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.

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!

wonder city, wonderfarm

Prepare to engage all five senses this coming Saturday at the first-ever Wonderfarm. A celebration of our unique community, Wonderfarm will combine farm food and local art to benefit two special Atlanta nonprofits – Community Farmers Markets and WonderRoot. The evening will include a seated dinner curated by Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and feature more than 10 of Atlanta's most crave-worthy chefs. Interactive performances, demonstrations and installations organized by WonderRoot will also be in progress.

It is Community Farmers Markets’ mission to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. WonderRoot also believes in inspiring positive social change through uniting artists and community.

In addition to a delicious dinner and equally enticing art, Wonderfarm will include a cocktail reception and silent auction from your favorite local businesses. And did we mention that this is the first time that the new Krog Street Market opens its doors to the public?

Head over here for ticket information and how to get involved. This is an Atlanta evening not to miss.

triumph & disaster

New Zealand brand Triumph & Disaster is a men's skincare line that churns out products just as powerful as its name (inspired by a Rudyard Kipling poem none the less). Derived with nature but engineered with science, the brand fits the category of a modern day apothecary. They even have the cool packaging to prove it. Triumph & Disaster has a knack for finding ingredients that work, too. Blending local indigenous ingredients with scientifically proven and natural ingredients from everywhere from Polynesia to Australia, they've created a line of men's essentials. Their products range from peppermint scented Ritual Face Cleanser to close shave ensuring Old-Fashioned Shave Cream.

One of our favorite things about Triumph & Disaster is what is behind the brand (besides the handsome faces it's creating worldwide). Dion Nash founded the company on the simple belief that "ritual and preparation are worthy endeavors and that being well groomed is something of which to be proud." It's about time that men get some skincare loving, too.

Come in and snag your favorite essential or set up a facial to try it out. Here's to Triumph & Disaster, what Kipling called "two impostors just the same."

juniper ridge, scents for the adventurer in all of us

At Aviary, we have a deep love for the natural world. That's one of reasons that we're so excited about our new product line Juniper Ridge. The world's only wild fragrance company, Juniper Ridge creates pure fragrances from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms and tree trimmings - all found while fearlessly hiking the back country. With scents named after the adventures themselves - Big Sur, Caruthers Canyon and Cascade Glacier to name a few - Juniper Ridge is both a unique concept and company. But what really sets them apart from the rest of the fragrance industry is their process. Juniper Ridge distills their colognes and perfumes, meaning that they handle every step of the process, from beginning to end. It always begins with hiking, capturing the smell of a particular wind or road or whisky-fueled campfire, and ends with a scent or harvest. Every product that comes out of Juniper Ridge's small workshop in Oakland, CA is so cared for that it's assigned a harvest number documenting everything from the plants that make up the fragrance to who collected them (go here to learn more about your bottle).

Declaring themselves hikers above all else, the folks at Juniper Ridge donate 10% of profits to various wilderness groups, in a mission to "keep the west coast wild" (and smelling sweet). Whether in the form of their signature cabin spray, cologne, perfume or incense, Juniper Ridge allows you to bring a little of the wilderness home.

kelly painter, aviary's new esthetician

We are so pleased to welcome esthetician Kelly Painter to the Aviary nest. After refining her craft at Aveda Institute, Kelly worked locally for Sweetgrass Salon & Spa and Key Lime Pie. She also operated an independent practice in Charleston, SC. Now back in Atlanta, she brings over six years of experience to the treatment table – alongside comfort, laughter and a healing touch. Book an appointment here, get to know her a little better below and most importantly, welcome, Kelly! 1. After earning a BAS at Georgia State, you sought a career that you could look forward to every day. Do you feel you've found that? What would you say is most rewarding about your job?

It's definitely a career I look forward to everyday. My personality requires that I care for people. Making others happy, makes me happy (the epitome of a Virgo). The immediate gratification I experience through healing touch or transformative results is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I am able to see, hear and experience first hand how my craft helps clients. That makes me grateful and thankful to have found my passion.

2. What initially attracted you to Aviary?

Honestly... the adorable studio. I was meeting another potential job option in Studioplex and saw Aviary. I thought to myself, "what an adorable place... I want to work there!" Luckily, Amy was in the process of hiring another esthetician and fate brought us together. Plus, working with more organic and healthy products has been on my to-do list. I'm so thankful for this opportunity.

3. Do you have any favorite tunes to play in the treatment room?

I'm really into anything ambient and ethereal, it helps take the client to a different place (essential to total relaxation). Luckily with today's technology, programs like Pandora allow for an array of amazing music. Long gone are the days of listening to the same cheesy CD's on repeat... thank goodness!

4. As an Atlanta native, what are some of your favorite spots - food, adventure or otherwise?

Oh boy, this is a tough one. Some places I really miss (Everybody's Pizza had the best pizza salad!) but here's a short list of faves:

Food: I love hand-crafted cocktails and light snacks at Leon's, plus I'm perfecting my bocci ball skills. For yummy comfort food done with an elegant twist we {my family and boyfriend} always head to Babette's on N. Highland. Also, my boyfriend recently became Sous Chef at Fox Bros BBQ, so no complaints when some amazing BBQ makes it's way home!

Adventures: I'm originally from Stone Mountain, so any time spent walking our dog {Biscuit} at "the mountain" is special. It's a great retreat for me, and there's just something comforting about that big piece of granite. We are really into neighborhood exploring as well. There are so many awesome green spaces in Candler Park/Lake Claire area! But on rainy days you will find us at the movies. Midtown Arts and the local AMC have everything we need (including awesome popcorn)!

5. And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

I have to say an Owl. Twice an owl has visited me (literally) and brought wisdom into a confusing time in my life. It's crazy how spirit animals do that. They are so magical and breathtaking to watch. Plus, who wouldn't want to turn their head all the way around?!

true love is an oxygen facial

Thanks to Karina Timmel and The Atlantan for including us in this month's "Beauty Boosts." After Karina came in for an oxygen facial (she went with the Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Instant Infusion with Atoxelene treatment), she fell in love – you know, just in time for Valentine's Day. Head over here to book yours. See you soon!

our feathered friends: dana hazels seith goes behind the scenes at the clermont lounge

Ah, The Clermont Lounge. We all know it, love it or are at least curious about it. After all, it's an Atlanta landmark. Unchanged since it opened its doors in 1965, The Clermont has attracted visitors both near and far as well as has given them all stories to take home. What they haven't been able to take home, though, is photos. The venue has held a strict "no cameras" policy – until now. Our friend and writer Dana Hazels Seith along with photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood were given an all-access pass to document the legendary Atlanta dive, creating the artfully produced, conversation starting coffee table book No Cameras: The Clermont Lounge (available here). Here's a little peak at Dana's experience: So owners Tracey Brown and Kathi Martin commissioned you with this idea? Will you tell us a little about your reaction to such an interesting project? Had you known them previously?

I heard they were looking for someone to document their story (visually and with text). I was overwhelmed at first, both with the subject and just agreeing to such a tremendous task of spearheading: Finding a publisher, conducting interviews, researching, writing. I never met either Kathi or Tracey (or been inside the Clermont Lounge) prior to my role in the project. They are both amazing women and I’m proud to call them friends.

This was a collaborative effort as you worked alongside photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood. Have you working collaboratively before during your career as a writer? What was your experience?

I have worked collaboratively before, but never to this degree. Going from concept to book form is a massive undertaking and I’m grateful I was naive enough to go for it with all I had, but writing is just one component of what made this project. Photography from Artem and design from Ryan (both whom PC Press, my publisher, provided) completed the bigger picture, so to speak.

It must have been quite the adventure having an "all-access pass" to such a landmark/slice of history. Do you have any interesting stories you could share?

It was an adventure. So many memories and stories – too many to count, actually – some funny, some sad, some disappointing, some hilarious. It was a wild ride and one I’m very grateful for.

They say you'll never forget a night at the Clermont Lounge. Name one thing you'll never forget about the experience.

It’s not really one night, per se, but I’ll never forget the ladies who work there. They make the Clermont the Clermont and honestly, no amount of words or photographs in a book could fully do what they do justice.

My advice: Go. Tip generously. And have a night you’ll always remember.

What's next for you?

Like most working mothers, perfecting the art of doing what I love while trying to spend quality time with my family is top priority. I’ll always write in some capacity and continue to run my communications firm, danapop. But now that this project is done and there’s a tangible book, I think I can finally exhale a bit.

And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

Ooh – this is tough, but I’d say an Osprey. They are birds of prey (often called sea hawks), ocean-dwellers favoring the coast, have a keen sense of vision, and an interesting ability to change their wing joints to adapt their surroundings (thanks, Wikipedia!).

I’d like to think I’m most of those things: smart, able to be flexible when needed, a strong sense of direction and internal compass, and someone drawn to the sea.

francesca hernandez, aviary's newest esthetician

We are so excited to introduce you to Francesca, our newest esthetician. A true adventurer with a passion for holistic health, healing arts and beauty, Francesca has worked at reputable spas around Atlanta as well as a resort spa in Bermuda.  She's now entering her tenth year in the industry and we're thrilled she's decided to share her sense of exploration, inspiration and knowledge with us. Here's a little about her – in and out of the treatment room: What initially interested you in your craft? With your first degree in studio art, do you feel the two go hand in hand? I first became intrigued in aesthetics and massage in junior high after I saw an article in Seventeen Magazine about spa treatments. There was something so pleasing about self care and the tranquil images that it left an impression on me. I also started getting into my own aesthetic rituals around that time, which in turn helped with my confidence as a teenager. I would buy exfoliant and masks from The Body Shop with my allowance money and do facials on myself at home. The visual arts has always been a life long interest. It definitely goes together as both allow me to use my hands and be in the moment.

You were born in Louisiana, but spent your childhood between Puerto Rico and Florida. What brought you to Atlanta? I initially came to Atlanta in high school after my mom got a job at a college here. Since then I've lived in other places, but I always ended up coming back to Atlanta. It just offers a lot here in the way of activities and interests, plus you've got a lot of good nature spots to balance it out.

As an adventurer, what's one of your favorite places in the world? Paris. I've never seen another city so well designed. It was like someone laid out the city so that every angle looks like a scene from a painting. It's definitely worth a return visit.

How about in Atlanta? As a foodie I am eternally grateful for the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Their selection keeps getting better and its worth braving the crowds. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is another favorite. I just got back from seeing the scarecrows and the Imaginary Worlds exhibit. It is always a pleasure to hang out there.

And lastly, if you were a bird, what bird would you be? An owl, but maybe a baby owl. I tend to be a solitary thinker but I'm wise enough to know I don't know it all.

nyfw beauty trends to give a go now

Let us turn our attention from the elaborate Dragon Con ensembles and makeup of the past week to what's happening in the fine city of New York. Sure, New York Fashion Week is showing us what's to come next spring, but what's to say we can't go ahead and give these emerging beauty trends a whirl? Its all got to do with lips and this fashion week, they're candy colored, especially when it comes to the orange variety. While it may not mean that we're trading in our beloved red sour patch kid for an orange one, it may mean we're trading in the classic red lip – just a little. Bubblegum pink and cherry red are also on the menu.

Grunge and glamour are the key words when it comes to hair. Alexander Wang sent natural, but voluminous waves down the runway which he achieved by blow drying the locks 75% then misting on some texture (Evo Mister Fantastic Texture Spray will do). Then, Rebecca Minkoff proved braids aren't going anywhere by drawing inspiration from our favorite Frida Kahlo. The roughed up, braided headbands the models wore were created by plaiting three ponytails into four strand braids and wrapping them around the head before loosely pinning them into place. Chunky top knots and low, textured pony's also carried fashion week's grunge and glamour tone.

Nails also continue to be on the rise. We can't wait to visit our friends at BUFF to try Ruffian's updated nude nail which were edged with shades like violet, red and army green and Tess Giberson's grungy nail. The distressed nails were created by applying one dark coat, which was immediately wiped away leaving only a bit of polish around the cuticle. Funky enough, right?

growing pains

At Studioplex in Old Fourth Ward, we are surrounded by growth and, although exciting, it presents a few potential traffic problems that we want our clients to be aware of when arriving to our destination for services: Clients coming from Virginia Highlands and Inman Park may be delayed by the upcoming construction at 280 Elizabeth Street.

On the opposite side, Edgewood Bridge is down, which causes traffic to go through a bit of a maze to get around it. Construction continuing on Dekalb Avenue affects this side of town as well.

The Krog Street Market development at 99 Krog also creates delays in the area.

Lastly, the intersection in front of Studioplex (Lake/Irwin and Sampson/Auburn) is now a four way stop and has a knack for delaying traffic during peak traffic hours.

We know Atlanta traffic can be unpredictable and at times, frustrating, but please keep in mind our late arrival and cancellation policy as well as travel time to and from your service. Please call us if you are running behind or need to cancel - 24 hours notice to cancel or 48 hours is required for prime time appointments!

stones, bones, leather, oh my

There has been number of times now that I’ve stopped someone, whether in the farmers market or on the street to compliment their piece of jewelry when they respond, “thanks, it’s Fossil and Hide”. When I learned that the unstoppable duo made up for the newest birds at the Aviary, I practically jumped up and down.

The ATL jewelry collaboration between Jenny Watts and Karen Horn Smith has taken the town by storm. Their unique approach to jewelry is captivating. Inspired by everything from rock n’ roll to taxidermy and teepees (they had their first trunk show in one), Watts and Smith create distinctive pieces to wear and love. And one thing we love about them is their utmost respect for nature and their desire to stray from mass production and generic jewels. The duo pulls from found objects like stones, bones, metal, leather, and... skulls. Try to find that somewhere else.

After a year of talk Watts and Smith teamed up to create Fossil and Hide. While they only debuted in March, the girls have created quite the following, refreshing their Tumblr and Instagram daily with new pieces. Ready to be stopped on the street friends?