Friday, August 27, 2010

Review: The Spa At French Pharmacie (Broad Ripple)

I recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at Broad Ripple spa, French Pharmacie. Located at 823 1/2 E Westfield Blvd., French Pharmacie seems hidden among the general hustle and bustle of Broad Ripple and College Avenues.

As I entered the spa, I was immediately greeted by Kristin, who would later do my "Classique" manicure and pedicure ($60). I was set to have the "Essential" facial ($75) first with the very talented Inga. I was taken upstairs to a room with several spaces that could be enclosed, for private treatments, by heavy curtains. It was dimly lit and beautiful, not to mention incredibly relaxing. I could have easily gone upstairs to take a nap for hours. Inga left me alone to change and then came back to start my facial. Once I got onto the massage table, I didn't even need the treatment. It was warm and soft and definitely sleep-inducing. I was more at ease than I had been in weeks before the facial even started. Once at work, Inga only provided me with deeper relaxation and some fabulous skin treatments. At one point during the facial massage, she was putting pressure near my eye area that made me thank her on the spot. I have headaches in that spot at least once a week and she was like an answer to my prayers! I need to have her on retainer! After all of the usual facial stuff (steam, masks, etc.), I was done. I honestly could have laid there forever, but I did have to get up for my mani and pedi. While getting dressed I had a quick look in the mirror. I was surprised to see that I had very minimal redness. Usually, my face is quite red and a little splotchy after facials.

As I headed back downstairs in my blissed-out post facial state, again I was met by Kristin, ready with water. She instructed me to pick out my polish colors from the selection of OPI they had arranged on a sleek, modern shelving unit. Unlike some nail salons, with row after row of wall displays with overwhelming choices of polishes, French Pharmacie had a lovely layout with a few dozen of the latest and greatest colors, plus all of the old favorites. I commented how much I liked the more minimalist selection. Kristin assured me that if I had wanted a specific color that I hadn't seen, they most likely had it in back.

Settling down into the pedicure chair, I was still very relaxed as Kristin worked on my feet. My favorite part had to be the use of Ambre Blends Solace Essence Body Cream after all of the exfoliation. Fans of my blog and friends of mine know that I LOVE Ambre Blends Solace perfume oil and wear it most every day. What a coincidence that the matching body cream, that I had yet to try, was used at French Pharmacie in every pedicure!

Moving on to my manicure, Kristin sat me down at one of a series of glass topped tables. They hardly looked like anyone would be painting nails on them. They were fabulously modern and chic and most un-nail salon like. And did I mention the light fixtures at French Pharmacie? To die for! Loved them! Anyway, Kristin did an amazing job with my manicure and painted my nails a great fall shade, OPI Royal Raja Ruby.

I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed my afternoon at French Pharmacie. I rarely get a reprieve from full-time mommy duty, so this was a very welcome treat to myself! Having my nails done is always wonderful because of all of the wear and tear they get from my jewelry making. I want to thank Inga and Kristin for a great day of relaxation! I'll definitely go back to French Pharmacie!

Be sure to check out the website for the Spa At French Pharmacie:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Back to School Guide

This year, my first child is headed to kindergarten. In honor of his leap to being a real big boy, MadrinDesigns is doing our 1st Back To School Guide!

Today, my son left for school with this great backpack! Perfect for smaller kids!

Land's End Featherlight 100 Backpack

Lighter is better.
  • Geared for kids ages 5-8
  • Padded back for added comfort
  • Padded c-shaped shoulder straps sit just right
  • Mesh side pockets hold water bottles
  • Webbing loop lets them clip on a lunch box
  • 360° reflective trim helps make them visible
  • Removable organizer pouch keeps their supplies contained
  • View embroidery, monogram, or heat transfer options to Make it Your Own

We received this great memory book as a gift!

School Years: A Family Keepsake of School Memories


School Years -- Families will love this cute and clever keepsake album for recording precious milestones and accomplishments. Both parent and child can fill each expandable pocket—there's one for every year from kindergarten to 12th grade—with photos, report cards, art projects, and other mementos. In keeping track of favorite subjects, hobbies, and friends, families create an ongoing memory book to cherish for years to come. Available from Grasshopper Store!

Maddox wears Uniforms from Land's End's, but if he didn't he would be decked out in this from Janie and Jack! Selections include:

Corduroy Blazer

Well-suited for the season. Our cotton corduroy rendition of the suit blazer features authentic details--single-breasted silhouette, notch collar with buttonhole, front flap pockets, faux leather buttons at the cuffs and leather elbow patches. Center back vent finishes the classic look.
100% Cotton Corduroy
Machine Washable
Sizes 7 and 8 Online Only
Rugby League
Color : Collegiate Khaki

Tattersall Plaid Shirt

Refined in Tattersall, our long-sleeve cotton poplin shirt provides a classic look to a button-front staple. Stylishly finished with buttoned collar, chest pocket, locker loop above the center back pleat and shirttail hem.
100% Cotton Poplin
Machine Washable
Sizes 7 and 8 Online Only
Rugby League
Color : Rugby Green Check

Printed Cuff Jean

Classic denim is fashionably presented in our cuffed cotton jean. Features crest printed inside cuff, rivet studs and plaid poplin inner waist. Zip fly with snap closure assists in dressing. Adjustable waist feature is available for sizes 18-24 months to 8.
100% Cotton Denim
Machine Washable
Sizes 7 and 8 Online Only
Rugby League
Color : Collegiate Indigo Wash

No back to school shopping would be complete without a new pair of kicks! Check these out from Endless!

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the details

Few adidas products have been as well received in the last few years than the legendary adiracer. By relaunching this iconic model in the Goodyear range, adidas is offering one of the greatest driving shoes ever. The design and style of the adiracer has been retained, and the versatile executions on the different makeups match the exacting demands of contemporary consumers.
  • Synthetic upper
  • Rubber sole
country of origin:
  • Indonesia
item number:
  • B0031MATOG
adidas is a name that stands for excellence in all sectors of sport around the globe. The vision of company founder Adolf Dassler has become a reality, and his corporate philosophy has been the guiding principle for successor generations. The idea was as simple as it was brilliant: to provide every athlete with the best possible equipment. It all began in 1920, when Adi Dassler made his first shoes using the few materials available after the First World War. Today, the adidas product range extends from shoes, apparel, and accessories for basketball, soccer, fitness and training to adventure, trail and golf.

adidas Originals Toddler adiRacer Lo K Retro Sneaker

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Review: Invoke Yoga & Pilates

On Thursday, I took my Mom for her first experience at a Yoga/Pilates studio, Invoke. Located at 970 Fort Wayne Ave. Suite C, Indianapolis, IN, Invoke came highly recommended from several different people, including studio manager, Erin, who I met at an art show near Talbott St. this summer.

I originally scheduled a pilates reformer duet session for my Mom and I. When we got to the studio, we were a little shocked to find out there was no record of the session I scheduled and paid ($35/person) for in the system. Luckily, owner Amy Peddycord was manning the desk and most swiftly came up with a solution.

Amy explained that the teacher we were supposed to have for the session had abruptly quit and cancelled out her appointments without letting anyone know. Without hesitation, Amy suggested we go join a Pilates mat class already in session, so she could have time to work on the problem without wasting our trip to the studio (we live in Greenfield, about a 25 min. drive).

Setting us up in the back of the room, with weights, balls, mats, etc., Amy ushered us in to begin class with Nicole. I must say, I was a little nervous. I was only experienced in Yoga, not Pilates. So my Mom and I were jumping in with both feet very quickly.

The class was wonderful and Nicole was a superb instructor. She was very accomadating to us as new students and gently helped us adjust our poses for the proper alignment. We followed along with everything very easily, but were also challenged by the movements. Nicole was sure to offer variations of each movement for different strength and skill levels. When she saw my Mom struggling with the pressure on her wrists (osteoarthritis), she came over and showed the modification to avoid the stress put on the wrists.

By the time the one hour class ended, we both felt like we had a great workout. Amy was ready for us when we came out and explained that she had put 2 FREE duet sessions in the system for us, along with the free class we just took, to make up for the mistake of our cancelled session. She was more than generous and very apologetic, which we really appreciated.

So, Invoke Yoga & Pilates Studio gets a thumbs up from me! I highly reccomend Invoke for someone looking for a new form of exerice or one looking for a great studio to continue their Yoga and Pilates work.

Invoke also features a great little boutique, featuring Ambre Blends, my perfume of choice for the last 8 months! Amy and I were also discussing adding MadrinDesigns to her selection. I'll be sure to let you know when that happens! Thanks so much to Amy and Nicole!

Visit their website,, for more information and a class schedule. Also find Invoke on Facebook!

And don't forget to find more info on Invoke's $8 Community Yoga class!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August News!

Catch MadrinDesigns @:
  • Noblesville Art on the Square, Downtown Noblesville, Saturday, August 7th, 2010, 10 am - 4 pm (featuring some wonderful artists in an idyllic setting!)
  • August's Issue of Fashion Wrap Up is now available! See all of the gorgeous photos of TAVIK swimwear and MadrinDesigns Jewelry! I've included some behind the scenes photos here:
Fashion Wrap Up Magazine (Online)
Editor: Christy Cripe Pastore
Style Editor: Crystal Serowka
MUA: Leslie Bardonner
Hair: Allure Salon
Photography: Michael Trace
Swimwear: TAVIK Swimwear
Jewelry: MadrinDesigns
Models: Amy Beers
Amanda Katherine
Tanah Marie Combs
Jennifer Scherer
Taylor Holden