The Art of Imagery

This month we explore the Art of Imagery and what people see not only with the naked eye but what they feel with the heart. I have explored a number of really cool people, places and things this month that are sure to help keep your image in tact. With these tips and tidbits,  we can alter the mental images, especially those produced by the action of colorful imagination, others have of us and how we perceive ourselves by staying on top of the trends. Stick with me and I’ll show you how to appreciate and perfect the Art of Imagery all around West Michigan.

LUV Manicures & Pedicures

When it comes to a woman’s beauty regimen, there is certainly a method to the madness.  And women must be able to treat themselves to a little pampering as a means of maintaining that beauty. In terms of manicure, pedicures and overall wellness, there’s no better place to escape than LUV Manicures & Pedicures, which opened its doors June 25th of this year at 2830 Broadmoor Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.  With 9 manicure tables, 16 Pedicure chairs, a waxing room and 3 state of the art drying stations, the LUV experience is sweeping the state. LUV boasts that whether it’s a splash of color to rejuvenate your look and enhance your beauty or the simple need for relaxation, you’ve found the right place, And I couldn’t agree more. Upon entering the facility, I was immediately taken aback by a fabulous wall of mini-cubicles, also known as LUVicles, where clients can house there own personal sanitized tools for their individual use each time they visit. The LUVicles are rented for $22 a month and a portion of the proceeds is donated to Breast Cancer research. As I moved beyond the wall and finished checking in at the computer station, I took a moment to take t all in. The space is clean, modern, fun and bursting at the seams with flavor in terms of its diversity in staff and polish offerings. I was already in LUV.

Next up,  my incredibly talented and knowledgeable nail tech, Carmelita Young, escorted me to my booth where I experienced the Lotta Hottsa Package, which includes nail shaping, cuticle care with a deep conditioning hot oil, accompanied by a massage and finished up with hot steamy towels. This is important when it comes to building and maintaining your self image because it enables you to feel good  about yourself and gives you the opportunity to be yourself in the shades you choose or the designs you request. When I asked the VP of Operation, Kelly Stecco why a good mani/pedi perfects the art of imagery, she stated: “A good mani/pedi is a reflection of your personality, the season and your mood”. “It a mirror image of your personal swagger”, she giggled. Located at one of the three busiest locations in the state of Michigan, LUV is an awesome place to perfect the art of beauty because in addition to being known for their manicure and pedicures, they also offer services like Waxing and Facials. It is a one-stop shop for all of your beauty maintenance needs. Once only offered on the East Side of the state, LUV is taking over West Michigan. They have two more locations coming soon to both the Grandville area in the fall and Knapps Corner by years end. So whether your doing the Shellac nails, OPI Gel or just feeling like rocking “Bikkini So Tini” in that gorgeous shade of Blue by Essie, visit your LUV Grand Rapids today and tell Carmelita, Women’s LifeStyle sent you.

Bang Blow Dry Bar

Blow Dry Bars are sweeping the nation and this is trend you’ll certainly want to know about. Hip, Hot and Happening, much like its name, Bang Blow Dry Bar is a real cool new location making waves downtown in the Heartside District. This is not your average salon, as a matter of fact, it’s not a salon at all, it’s a blow dry bar offering express service and style maintenance for the modern day jet-setter. What’s so unique about this Blow Dry Bar is that they specialize in “Blow Outs” and no matter your hair type and texture or the day of the week, it’s always just $35 to transform your coif. This great economical rate includes a wash, style and finish and patrons can choose from well described styles like The Wavy Gravy, The Hipster and the Bang Classic just to name a few.

Fresh off of London Fashion week, owner Lindsey Norton tells us that “they offer time period styled hair like the Bufont but with a modern twist”. But that’s not all they offer on-site, Bang carries BLOW Products, the Morroccan Oil line and really adorable hair accessories and jewelry made by local designers. And if that’s not enough to ensure you’re beautiful this month, they also offer a Blow-To- Go service, where they’ll bring the mimosas and blow-drys to you! They also offer patrons the opportunity to open a Bar Tab for just $90 which includes 4 blow-outs, 105 off products and 2 add-on services where you can choose from a make-up application, a hair mask, butterfly Kisses (Lash Application) or a stress relieving scalp massage. Call today and book your appointment, grab a pen… the number is 616.242.0508. Be sure to inquire about their Style of the Fly rates and happy hour specials, where you can get the perfect nip tuck for $15. This place offers affordable, quality luxury for your hair. Bang Blow Dry Bar is a happening spot where you never know who you’ll find sitting pretty under the dryer next two you. Cheers!

Opera Grand Rapids

Ever wonder how the beauty unfolds at West Michigan’s only professional Opera Company?  Me too. So I did a little research to determine exactly what is happening behind the scenes as they bring to life three main stage productions each season at Devos Hall. I learned that Opera Grand Rapids is West Michigan’s only resident, professional opera production company. Each season they bring to life three stunning opera performances, which are built from the ground up in Grand Rapids, utilizing breathtaking national singers, amazing sets and costumes, a regional chorus, and the music of the Grand Rapids Symphony. All of this local talent combined, works together to bring you extraordinary shows like La Travatoria coming in May of 2013 for the upcoming season. A dash of art and a pinch of imagination, make for the perfect show.

I GOT FACE Cosmetic Concierge

Wanna put your best face forward for your next Runway show, wedding, date night or special event? Consider I GOT FACE Cosmetic Concierge for all your beauty needs. I GOT FACE is a team of local free-lance artist dedicated, service oriented professionals who specialize in Make-up, Hair, Wardrobe Styling, Photography, Art Direction and Logistics.  I GOT FACE is available for booking in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Kalamazoo and just about anywhere supreme service and artistry is needed.

I GOT FACE Insider Artistry Tip: For great face, it is imperative that you have a set of awesome brushes for a flawless application. My absolute favorite brushes that have hit the shelves this Summer are the Japonesque High Definition Dual-sided Make-up Brushes. These innovative make-up brushes are incredible and feature dual-sided, dual-fibers that provide seamless application of your favorite beauty creams powders or liquid foundation. The unique design has a synthetic side for application and a natural side for blending to produce a flawless high-definition finish. The Japonesque HD Brushes launched at Ulta locations nation-wide this Summer. Make sure you visit your local Ulta store on Alpine and invest in your image, invest in you.

Circle Theater Grand Rapids

When it comes to the art of imagery, there’s no better place to let your imagination run free than at the Circle theater. Every summer, Circle Theatre produces five main stage productions from May through September. The summer season consists of three musicals and two plays, performing more than sixty performances and playing to over 20,000 local theatre patrons each year. It is the MISSION of Circle Theatre to enrich, entertain, and educate our community through exceptional theatrical arts in an intimate setting.  Now located at 1607 Robinson Rd. SE, this amazing Summer theater offers fantastic productions all season long for families and friends to enjoy. Circle theater was conceived in 1953, held its first successful season in 1954 and offers a unique play performance area which is arena style, or in the round with the audience seated around the actors. Similarly, what is unique about the company is that they offer one Magic show Production in an effort to involve more young people in the experience of community theater. The Magic Circle focuses on telling classic stories and mystical fairytales from a fresh, hip perspective. So if you’ve had this image in your mind of theater performances being a drag, change your perspective by visiting the Circle. For the music & concert lover in you,  check out The Great American Trailer Park Musical which will be running September 6th – 22nd this Fall. Visit the Circle Theater the season and check out a 4-star performance you won’t soon forget.

The Leslie Studio

Priding themselves in being West Michigan’s premier personal image studio, The Leslie Studio is dedicated to the nature of beauty. Their goal is to “highlight the unique essence that defines each woman” and they have helped generations of women do just that.  Whether it’s your make-up regimen that needs a facelift, your skincare or your wardrobe, the Leslie studio can help you “put it all together”. There staff has the know-how to support your style and personal image. The studio manages to stay on trend by offering the latest and greatest in mineral make-up, naturally botanically based skincare and cosmeceuticals. And the service menu is quite extensive offering a host of high-quality image services like personal image consulting, wardrobing, wedding make-up, Make-up Artistry, personal shopping and brow grooming.

Passing on the idea of beauty down through the generations, the Leslie Studio was created in 1982 and handed down from mother to daughter. Often called, the “building on stilts”, the studio is an architectural gem located in the Centerpoint/Woodland Mall area. It has a modern and familial atmosphere where even the busiest fashionista can relax and sip a delicious cup of tea all while reflecting on her own personal style and sense of beauty. You can visit the Leslie Studio at 3535 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. or you can call them toll free at 1-800-959-9322 to make your appoint and perfect your personal image.


About the Author:
Latesha Lipscomb is the quintessential authority on all things hip, hot and happening NOW in West Michigan. From stay-at-home moms to diva fashionistas, Latesha influences all types of women with her vision of the latest trends. She has devoted herself to helping women unveil their inner and outer beauty and uniqueness while inspiring them to live out loud. Contact her at


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