I have been to the Rave/Eagles Club too many times to count. The last show I attended was a sold out Mac Miller show in the Eagles Ballroom. Mac himself put on a hell of a show, and I had a great time myself. I was up in the balcony, which allowed me a great view of the stage, however, pretty much wherever you stand in the ballroom you can see the stage. It was in late May, so the room became very hot and humid. Although, I was jumping around a lot so that may have been the reason for why I was so sweaty. The new ladies bathroom is wonderful. It is very nice, everything works correctly, the doors do not stick when you try to open them, and the sinks run well. When my friends and I arrived, there was a long line to get past security, however, they check you rather quickly so it moves pretty fast. It is quite simple getting up to the ballroom, following the large staircase up to the beautiful room with a large painted ceiling and wonderfully detailed trim. The room was already packed with people when we arrived. Going up one more set of stairs, we arrived in the balcony. Security checked our passes, and we were lucky to get a box pretty close to the center. When the show eventually started, Mac Miller walked out and the crowd went crazy. His performance was amazing. At one point, my friend and I got up to get a drink from the bar. The prices there are a little high, but I guess they are like that everywhere. However, the water could have been a little cheaper. I understand the Red Bull being priced high but water and soda should be a little cheaper so that people have money to buy merch and such. We took our soda up to the penthouse, which has a spectacular view over Milwaukee, with three plasma screens above the bar, so that we did not miss any part of the show. When the show was over, it took a very long time to get down to the lobby and out the door. However, I guess this is a problem at pretty much every concert venue. I was recently at Marcus Amp. for Kid Cudi and Kanye West and it took my friends and I about 30 minutes to get back to the Summerfest grounds. The only cons that I really have are: the location is not the best, but if you stay away from the West side of the building where the not so friendly neighbors live, you should be just fine. Also, everything is pretty pricey, so bring enough money to buy merch and drinks. Overall, I had a pretty good experience at the Rave. I go all the time, and I almost always have a great time there.
I heard about Phoenix Hair Studio from my friend Sandra. It was the first Tuesday of the month and that meant PTA meeting night. I already had my outfit picked out; a sleek fitted black suit jacket and a pencil skirt to match. The imminent barrage of mom jeans and overdone makeup would be no match. Still- something was missing. As I peered in the mirror to model my new outfit it hit me. My hair was a mess! Something had to be done to this misshapen mop or all would be for naught. Where would I go and who could fit me in on such short notice? I suddenly remembered how gorgeous Sandra’s hair looked at our last MADD (mothers against drunk driving) meeting, and the name stuck out in my mind –Phoenix Hair Studio. I phoned right away and sure enough there was an opening. I was still a little leery though. I have to admit I’m quite picky when it comes to my hair- to put it nicely. When I arrived at the salon I was immediately impressed with the clean, open, and friendly atmosphere. Everything ran like clockwork from the beginning. Andrea Maleu was my stylist and a master in her own right. She took me in and really listened like she had known me for years. I had a picture of my finished style, but it was sub par compared to the vision Andrea suggested. We decided on a style that would be practical and impress, and Andrea made suggestions about what would look age appropriate and seasonal. This was my first salon experience I’d actually enjoyed, and my cut and color look fantastic. Phoenix Hair Studio was professional, affordable, and I would recommend Andrea’s hair genius to anyone and everyone!
Salon Nova provides the best service in the country. I know it is a bold statement, but I travel all over the United States and have lived in downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile Area for 10 years. I am so satisfied with not only the beautiful lashes Nova has created for me, but with the way I am treated by all of the talented professionals at this salon. Nova owns the salon (obviously) and there is definitely pride in ownership. This industrious young man and his staff provide a myriad of luxury services. Among the products and services he provides, my favorites are his lash products that he patented himself and Michael’s Keratin treatment. The salon itself is just like Nova, stylish and calm. Even though he is extremely busy, he has somehow managed to avoid the horrible noisy bustle that other high profile salons can not seem to avoid. I am in the aesthetic industry and have the privilege of seeing many beautifying treatments from all over the country. Working for a plastic surgeon for 15 years has given me insight as to what beauty is and what natural looks like. In other words, I have opportunity to go anywhere and I know my stuff! I choose Nova for his natural looking results. I am constantly asked how I got my lashes to grow like this. They are always surprised to find that they are extensions and immediately want Nova’s contact information. One word of warning though, always have breath mints because people get close trying to figure out if your lashes are real or not.