You know you’re a mom when you can’t remember the last time you took some time for yourself and were pampered. In fact, (and here’s my big confession that is alternately a source of pride for me and a bit of an embarrassment) I haven’t had a proper haircut in a year and a half! It just seems to be so easy when you’re busy not to take the time to do something for yourself. So when I was invited to be one of the first visitors to Edmonton’s first Frilly Lilly location, I revelled in every second of be pampered and spoiled while having a shellac manicure and pedicure. And let me tell you, I could very quickly get used to this!
If you’re from the Calgary area, you may already be familiar with Frilly Lilly, a gorgeous and girly salon that specializes in manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Since starting out with one salon in 2005, Frilly Lilly has expanded to multiple locations in Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver, Santa Monica (California), and now Edmonton. In addition to the wonderful services, Frilly Lilly features signature bath and body products made in Calgary that are luxurious, smell ah-mazing, and can be purchased online and in their boutiques. Frilly Lilly is unique in that they specialize in a few particular services, and as I learned, this specialization means that you get high quality service, great personal attention, and a fantastic pampering experience, no matter what you’re there for.
Frilly Lilly’s Windermere location is beyond cute. I walked in and instantly fell in love with the decor, which includes distressed antique furniture and doors, a pink and white colour theme, and the most adorable floral chandeliers I’ve ever seen (seriously, I NEED these in my life). It was the perfect place for a gal to be spoiled and it was so much more peaceful and welcoming than other nail salons I’ve visited. In all honesty, I’ve never really enjoyed the experience at busier nail salons that seem to rush guests in and out – so that’s probably why I never think of visiting one. But the atmosphere at Frilly Lilly was peaceful and fun at the same time and the experience was so vastly different from other nail salons that I am now pretty much hooked (my wallet says “awesome”).
Natasha, Frilly Lilly’s head esthetician greeted me as soon as I arrived and took care of me. She was friendly and warm (and for those introverts out there, there was none of that awkward “I need to talk” feeling that can make these experiences less enjoyable – which was good because I legitimately almost fell asleep a few times, I was so relaxed) and she shared the background of Frilly Lilly with me. She was patient while I made the difficult decision of what colour(s) to choose (I went with a deep wine colour on my fingers and a marshmallow white on my toes) and she was very gentle, which is a big deal for me. I have a low pain tolerance, and sometimes even my own at home manicures can be a bit uncomfortable. But there was none of that here. The nail shaping and cuticle maintenance was easy and thorough and the products she used, all Frilly Lilly’s own creations smelled and felt amazing. One of the nicest things is the fact that there was no rushing – my manicure take just under and hour and a half and my pedicure was just over an hour long. I love that she took her time and there was no feeling that I would be rushed out the door for the next client. I could relax and decompress and enjoy the experience and the surroundings.
The pedicure area is a unique set up that seemed perfect for the boutique style of the salon. Instead of the usual ugly but functional pedicure chairs with the built-in soakers, Frilly Lilly features a great seating area piled with pillows where you can relax while having a spa pedicure. I actually nodded off a couple of time while Natasha was making my feet beautiful. I have to say that while I love the shellac on my nails, on my toes I loved it even more. If you’ve ever struggled with applying beautiful white polish, which looks chic in any season, a professional shellac application is perfect. The body scrub and lotion smelled amazing (a light citrus scent that is available to purchase as well) and was completely pampering. I forgot about my cup of tea, chatting, and the stress of the day and nodded off a couple of times. When she was finished, I couldn’t help but admire my pretty fingers and toes (and wish I was headed on a tropical vacation to show them off).
Following my mani/pedi, I had to check out the boutique located in the front of Frilly Lilly. It is fantastic and could become a major weakness for me for sure (seriously, just take all my money). It features gorgeous jewellery, scarves, and a wide selection of products manufactured by Frilly Lilly in Calgary. All of the jewellery and scarves are hand-picked by Frilly Lilly’s founder Debra during her travels and are unique – no two items are the same (meaning if you see something you like, you better grab it because if you miss out, it likely won’t be coming back). And the prices were incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed looking around and making a mental list of things I needed to come back for soon. I did end up picking out an adorable beanie to come home with me and I have no regrets. None at all. I just wish I could wear it to work.
All in all, I cannot recommend Frilly Lilly highly enough. This was by far the best manicure and pedicure I have ever had and I will most definitely be back. The beautiful atmosphere, the friendly staff, and the amazing products are all fantastic reasons to return and I consider myself very fortunate to have been invited to be one of their first guests in Edmonton. If you’re looking for a great holiday gift idea for your wife, sister, mother, or friend, I definitely recommend a gift certificate for any of their services. Huge thanks to Natasha, Mallory, and all the staff of Frilly Lilly Windermere for the amazing day, and to Debra, Frilly Lilly’s founder for creating a place that is not only inviting to visit, but possibly a little bit addictive!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,