It Takes a Village…

DreamDry, Flatiron

DreamDry, Elegantly Modern Lobby

…to make me attractive. I spend the bulk of my days in food crusted leggings and toddler smeared tanks, unwashed hair in a bun with a blotchy face and a perma-smudge smokey eye (less colorfully known as chronic sleep deprivation) that extends down half of my face.  My remarkable transformation below–from exhausted mom to Old Hollywood inspired glam–snapped at a recent family wedding.

Offering up my best Ms. Lake

When crediting a village, I really mean my neighborhood team of hair stylists, colorists, spray tan technicians, manicurists and–due credit–some poor soul off somewhere in China perpetually hunched over and painstakingly weaving tiny eyelashes onto silicon strips…or at a minimum (and only just a hair less mind numbing), endlessly pushing the button on some droning industrial machinery.  Back in my village–NYC–master miracle workers, Rachel Zoe and Robin Moraetes recently set up fabulous shop in DreamDry, a 2,600 square-foot elegantly modern salon in the Flatiron District (35 W.21st St. 212-886-5194) that puts the awesome do in getting your hair did.  Similar to the blowbar concept, hairstyles (both up and down dos) cost $40.   Evoking iconic Hollywood glamour, choose styles ranging from the “Veronica” with its retro polished waves to the “Brigitte” a sexy voluminous bedhead look to the chic and sophisticated up-do of the “Audrey.”  For the extra busy mom crunching minutes, the salon offers time slashing wash free/dry only Express Styles ($30).  Mini Me/tiny divas are also welcome with Little Ones styling ($30).   And–goosebumps– coming soon: some Uptown/Midtown Love when DreamDry adds a second location on 57th Street/Columbus Circle this summer.  Yey! Made all the better when my “village” encompasses a 10 block walking radius.




About the Author

Mommy despot, marital dictator and dinner demagogue who--in reality--perpetually finds herself a tousled hair away from the inmates storming the Asylum. Territory? New York City, where she precariously navigates urban parenting as the aspirational wonder mom to 2 beautiful girls and mediocre wife to 1 patient husband.


  1. mf says:

    i suppose i should try that place out, drybar is already annoying!

  2. mdespot says:

    Totally! I’m super psyched about the summer opening of columbus circle location!

  3. Megan Broutian says:

    Hubba hubba! My dreams called, they want you back!

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