Shop Local Saturday – Nude Sugar Bar

I got hooked on sugaring my body several years ago after having waxing treatments for most of my adult life. I really prefer sugaring for several reasons: it’s an all natural product; more environmentally friendly as there are no fabric strips to throw away; not as rough on your skin, and since it doesn’t rip off the top layer of skin (the way that waxing does), you can go over the same area several times to get those pesky, stubborn hairs; and I find it less painful, although I still pop an Advil before I go.

During the winter of my maternity leave, I stopped seeing my regular sugaring lady and when I was ready to go back and see her again in the summer, she had mysteriously disappeared. Since then I have shaved and trimmed and plucked and tried to find a new sugaring lady. I saw one that did great work but didn’t have a filter on her mouth and I refuse to be abused by the people I pay to perform a service for me.

So when the Mexico trip was upcoming, I Googled “sugaring corydon area” and up popped Nude Sugar Bar. I also found and loved this article giving a back story about the 20-something woman who owns the store and why she thought it was important to open a niche, one-service sugaring shop here in Winnipeg.

I called and made an appointment for Jan 21st, giving myself at least 48 hours between the time of my appointment and when my skin would be subjected to UV rays. I was allotted 45 mins to do a Brazilian and my underarms, which I figured would be plenty of time.

I arrived a few minutes early to fill out the forms that come with every new sugaring/waxing/facial place. Jaylene (I hope I’m spelling that right) ushered me into the cute, minimalist back room with clear instructions on getting completely undressed, except for my bra, laying on the table and covering myself with the towel. She knocked respectfully before opening the door, which was good as I needed one extra minute to get all the layers off, on the table and the towel on.

Jaylene was friendly and really put me at ease. I know estheticians talk about how they don’t even notice the nudity of their clients anymore and I’ve noticed that can easily turn into disregard for the client’s feelings about nudity. Jaylene walked that line very well, she wasn’t embarrassed about my nudity but she respected my feelings about being nude in front of a stranger, which I really appreciated.

She worked quickly, even while we were chatting about birthing, babies and pregnancy (she is pregnant) and I was in my car 10 minutes before the appointment was even supposed to be over. It was also the best sugaring job anyone had done in years, my skin was incredibly soft and I didn’t have to go home and tweeze any stray hairs that had been missed.

When I came home from Mexico, I received a birthday card from Nude Sugar Bar with an invitation to return for 25% off my next sugaring appointment. Nice touch!

Overall, my experience was great, I will definitely be going back. And while I went during lunch, I really appreciate that the store is open later during the week and on Saturdays so I don’t have to skip work to go.

Have you tried sugaring? Do you prefer it, or waxing? Let me know in the comments. Happy Shopping!

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See my wonderfully smooth armpit? It’s been over two weeks and I still don’t need to shave!

Shop Local Saturdays – Itty Bitty Baby

Who doesn’t like to buy baby gifts? I mean, sleepers, blankets, booties… all in tiny sizes. So cute! And even better when you know your purchase has supported local business that both makes and sells the items you bought!

This Itty Bitty Baby sleeper and hat was the perfect outfit to introduce my daughter to the world!
This Itty Bitty Baby sleeper and hat was the perfect outfit to introduce my daughter to the world!

 

While my daughter was small (she was never tiny, she wore newborn size for 10 days and was in 6 – 9 mo clothing by the time she was 4 months old), I found Itty Bitty Baby. They are a Winnipeg-based company that specializes in clothing for preemies and NICU babies but makes sizes up to 24 mo.

I loved this print so much I bought it in a bigger size!
I loved this print so much I bought it in a bigger size!

 

What I loved about this brand was the fabric was pre-shrunk before the clothing was made so you knew the size you bought in the store was the size it was going to be for the life of the item. They also labeled the clothing items not just with the month sizing but with the poundage sizing, which tends to be a much more accurate way to buy clothing that will fit babies.

And I purchased this purple floral set for a friend!
And I purchased this purple floral set for a friend!
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Thanks to Rebekah from Lipstick and Lullabies for letting me use this pic of her gorgeous babe!

 

Like I said, Cally was a big baby from the time she was born but she wore their 24 month clothing until she was about 18 months, when in other brands she was wearing 2 or 3T. The sleepers aren’t cheap (as far as sleepers go), ranging in the $18 – 25 range each but worth every penny. They washed well and she wore them again and again. The products from Itty Bitty Baby are some of the few things I have kept, just in case we have another baby girl.

Bought several of these hats for every occasion
Bought several of these hats for every occasion
And these bibs in several colours
And these bibs in several colours to match any outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And clothing isn’t the only baby items they have. I love the double-layered cotton blanket (I bought in both pink and blue!), the baby toques, scratch mitts, and bibs. And they also have nursing pillows and car-seat covers, which I haven’t tried but look amazing.

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This basic onesie washed amazing and was worn over and over and over until it was out-grown

 

While they don’t have many retailers here in Winnipeg, their factory is here and they have a factory outlet attached. According to their Facebook page, you must make an appointment to visit the factory outlet. If you would like to go and check it out but are too shy to make an appointment, let me know as I will be going sometime soon and we can coordinate.

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So cranky on her first birthday in her Itty Bitty Baby shirt and pant set. Love this outfit!

Update: I just checked Amazon.com as  the Facebook page suggests and they have tons of stuff for similar prices to the factory outlet. Feel free to browse the cuteness here.
Happy Shopping!

Shop Local Saturdays – The Style Bar

Welcome to my new series, Shop Local Saturdays. From now until Christmas, I plan on doing a weekly feature on local businesses. My goal this Christmas is to shop local whenever I can. So far, it hasn’t been going so great but I’m only half done shopping so I got some time to work on it.

Today, I want to talk about one of my new favourite stores for clothing for myself and my husband: The Style Bar.

Check out the line of denim she carries for women: Celebrity Pink. They come in several fab colours.
Check out the line of denim she carries for women: Celebrity Pink. They come in several fab colours. And fleece-lined tights are perfect for wearing skirts during Winnipeg winters. On super cold days, I even layer mine under my pants.

 

Regan (pronounced Ray-gan, like the president), who owns the store, is lovely. She always has a smile whenever I stop by and we talk about new trends in Winnipeg and she shows me what new items have come in.

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This basic black pencil skirt has pleather panels down either side updating the style for 2014.

 

She carries a lot of great clothing for men and women that are trendy and very transitionable: wear them to the office and then out for dinner or drinks. And all women’s items in store are under $100. Affordable, trendy and durable clothing – can you tell why I love this store so much?!

My husband has a pair of this line of denim for men - now he won't wear anything else!
My husband has a pair from this line of denim for men – now he won’t wear anything else!

 

My new favourite item that I recently purchased from there is this sweater:

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I’ve already worn it a few dozen times since I purchased it at the end of September. It is so versatile and soft, I just love it.

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These sweaters will keep your guy (and you!) cozy all winter

 

I also love that she carries some local brands including Lenard Taylor and Oak + Oar.

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The Style Bar is located in Osborne Village on River Ave, in the old Kustom Kulture location. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. A big thanks to Regan for sending the photos of her shop so I could include them in this post. Happy Shopping!