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Laura Mann is a writer, editor, blogger, and videographer based in Dallas, Texas. As the editor and head writer for the Center for Imagination blog, Laura writes about the psychology of creativity as applied to work, school, parenting, and life. Her Associated Church Press Award-winning “Imagine That!” column appears in the monthly Metro Lutheran newspaper based out of Minneapolis, and she spent time as a music writer for the Dallas Observer’s DC9 at Night blog, as well as the Observer’s print edition.

Nearest and dearest to Laura’s heart is fashion and beauty: the design, construction, and history of women’s clothing and cosmetics is her hobby and greatest love. She is a third-generation seamstress and first-generation punk rock eccentric, and spent time as a country music singer and fashion design major before getting her degree in Emerging Media and Communications from the University of Texas at Dallas. Laura lives in Lakewood with her boyfriend and pet parrot, and can usually be found either hunched over her laptop with a bottomless cup of coffee at the local coffeehouse, or scouring local thrift stores for vintage treasures. Follow Laura on Twitter @lauralately, on YouTube and Vimeo as lauralately, and on Pinterest as thelauralately.

Beauty Booked Launch Event At Tootsie’s In Dallas With V Spa And Pouf Salon

Beauty Booked founder Ritika Gill

Beauty Booked founder Ritika Gill. Photo by Laura Mann

The modern, digitally savvy woman is always connected, even when she’s on the go.  Beauty Booked founders Ritika Gill and Hilary Hutcheson know what it’s like for the girl who has everything, including a corner office: as former brand managers for L’Oreal, Gill and Hutcheson found themselves struggling to fit salon and spa appointments into their busy schedules.  They noticed that, although services from airline flights to pizza delivery can be booked online, salons and spas still required the traditional phone call and spot on the waiting list.  If you needed to make a morning meeting and an evening flight, but you desperately needed a trim and a fresh manicure, your options were limited to calling around, frantically searching for a salon with an open spot.  

Beauty Booked, Gill and Hutcheson’s answer to this conundrum, eliminates the need to call around and rework your schedule around salon & spa treatments: on beautybooked.com, beau monde belles can look up local salons and book appointments with the click of a mouse.

New York City-based Gill and Hutcheson had their business plan together within a few months.  With funding from the New York Angels, a prominent organization that helps fund and mentor young businesses, and other high profile investors, Beauty Booked was launched to great acclaim last year.  However, until now, the service was only available to NYC denizens.  When Gill and Hutcheson looked to expand their popular service, they settled on Dallas as the site’s newest market. The official launch of Beauty Booked Dallas was feted Thursday night at Tootsie’s boutique on Preston Road.  Sipping champagne and nibbling hors d’oeuvres, the fashionable set got a sampling of all that Beauty Booked’s affiliate salons & spas have to offer.  With manicures & massages provided by V Spa and hairstyling by Pouf Salon, the evening was all about beauty and relaxation.  Check out our photos of the evening!

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Meredith Gorea (left) and Sooae Lee

Alison & Courtney Edwards. Photo by Laura Mann

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Spinning some Madonna tunes. Photo by Laura Mann

Dori Araiza-Photo by Laura Mann

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Rachel Cowlishaw (left) and Elisa Monterroso-Photo by Laura Mann

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Erin Oden-Photo by Laura Mann

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Left to right: Mia Thomas, Meron Gashu, Stanita Jackson-Photo by Laura Mann

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Left to right: Rana Duwaji, Lana Constantine, Carolyn Johnson, Jorie Wages-Photo by Laura Mann

 

Finan Yosief in neutrals & a statement necklace

Finan Yosief in neutrals & a statement necklace. Photo by Laura Mann

 

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