#WellnessWednesday Tip: The Perfect Pedicure

As chilly weather descends upon Chicago, we extend a Wellness Wednesday tip from NoMI Spa. Today, we discuss the perfect pedicure for the upcoming wintry months!


At NoMI Spa, we recognize that nail color is an essential element of a beautiful pedicure. Pedicure polish can certainly go through phases, from dark cherry, to bright coral, to candy-colored purple and glitter, just to name just a few. Many individuals will go from pedicure to pedicure, without stopping to let their toes go natural between polishes. However, the most nourished feet are smooth, soft, well-moisturized- and polish free! Winter is an excellent time to rejuvenate and refresh to regain healthy and beautiful feet.

For buffing to be as head-turning as fire engine-red toes, your feet need to look their best. Here are some tips:

  • Get in the habit of scrubbing your soles and heels every time you bathe and follow with body oil or moisturizer all over your feet (be sure to massage into your cuticles to keep them soft). At night, go for a thicker moisturizer.
  • Keep your feet protected from the sun during the day so they stay wrinkle-free in the future.
  • To top it off: buff. Look for a buffing block that is labeled with numbers or instructions on each side. You should start buffing (up and down or in circular motions) with the coarsest side of the buffing block and work your way to the finest side for the final buff.
  • Use the soft ends of the buffing block to brush away debris as you go.Done correctly, buffing will rid your nails of ridges and create a natural shine that looks almost like clear polish.

Buff is beautiful this holiday season!

Fall Beauty Tip: DIY Festive Scrub

It’s Autumn in the city, and we are embracing the scents and flavors of the season. One of our NoMI Spa nail technicians, Daniela, has offered up a fall beauty tip centered around the art of DIY scrubs:

“Not only is making your own sugar scrubs cost-effective, but they’re also easily adaptable to everyone’s preference. At NoMi Spa, we love to share our DIY recipes with our clients so they can bring the luxury of a spa day into their own homes. If you delight in the autumnal scents of coffee and pumpkin, you can turn them into a sugar scrub as well.

This scrub has a variety of beneficial nutrients for your skin. The sugars help to exfoliate dead skin cells while the coconut oil  is a miracle worker for the skin, as it nourishes, is antibacterial and antifungal, and proves to be an excellent moisturizer, all while bearing the scent of cookies. While coffee serves to minimize the appearance of cellulite and tightens the skin, pumpkin and honey smooth and hydrate the skin.

This multi-tasking DIY scrub is perfect to give as a gift, or to make a big batch and save it all for yourself.

Try out the recipe below and let us know how it worked for you.



2 cups sugar

3/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 tablespoons cinnamon

3 tablespoons espresso grounds

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons honey


Mix all ingredients together with a fork.

Add more sugar or oil depending on the consistency you prefer.

Mix until blended and enjoy!

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Get to NoMI – Kevin Caravelli

We kick off this gloomy Monday by introducing a NoMI staff member with immense knowledge of wine and passion for music, Sommelier Kevin Caravelli. Kevin recently joined NoMI Kitchen after 3 years at acclaimed Chicago restaurant, Alinea.

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Favorite Chicago Fall Activity:
The fall is a particularly special season for me because my birthday is on Halloween! It’s also a nice time that represents a change of pace; we eat heartier, belly-warming comfort foods and spend more time around the table with family and loved ones. My mother makes the best home-made pumpkin and pecan pies which I look forward to every year!

What’s your favorite item on the NoMI menu?
The Colorado Rack of Lamb is new on the NoMI menu for fall and it is a great dish which epitomizes the autumn season. I love the contrast between the spicy, crunchy textured chorizo chips and the subtlety of the lamb.

Something you might not know about him:
I am extremely passionate about writing and recording music. My style is reminiscent of the imagery the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, a time in our history which is drawn up as romantic, but in fact has deeply sombre undertones. Some of the artists that have influenced me are John Lee Hooker, Gram Parsons, and Television, a punk group from the 70’s. If my music had a scent, it would be tobacco.

If he could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
I would bring Alan Lomax, one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker, and has been another major influence on me. I would love to ask him to record with me, and we could drink some wine together in NoMI. I would select a wine with age for us to share, that reminds us of the history of wine as we discuss the history of music.

Come by NoMI Kitchen to experience our new fall menu and enjoy your favorite glass of red or white, delicately poured by yours truly.

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A #ManiMonday Tip for Autumn!

In celebration with the first #ManiMonday of the fall season, we’re bringing you a helpful tip from NoMI Spa supervisor and esthetician, Molly Lahood.  As the seasons change and the air gets drier, its important to think about the nourishment of your skin, including the cuticles around your nails.

An assortment of chic nail colors for the Fall season

An assortment of chic nail colors for the Fall season


Molly’s go-to season-changing manicure tip:

 “Keep your hands and nails looking polished this fall with the help of our favorite Deborah Lippmann miracle workers!  Cuticles are the protectors of your nails and fingers, but they also can make your nails look un-manicured if not taken care of.  We recommend indulging in the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil and The Cure cuticle cream to keep your nails in tip top shape!”

Contact our wonderful NoMI Spa associates at (312) 239-4200 or visit NoMISpa.com in order to book an exquisite nourishing manicure, perfect for the fall season.IMG_0240

Get to NoMI: Savannah Pendergrass

After a beautiful weekend in Chicago, we kick off Monday by introducing you to one of NoMI Garden’s newest bartenders, Savannah Pendergrass!  Savannah recently moved to the Windy City from the sunny coast of California and brought a sunshine attitude along with her.



Favorite Chicago Fall Activity:
I haven’t been here in the fall yet, but I’m ready to finally experience some seasons! In the summer, my favorite thing to do is ride my bike by the lake with my black lab, Charlie, so I’m eager to watch the seasons change from that view.

What’s your favorite item on the NoMI menu?
I love our Frites, they are hand cut and delicious! Also, the Tiger Roll is another favorite, it’s everything that a sushi roll should be: crunchy and fresh.

Something you might not know about her:
I am extremely passionate about the cocktail industry!  I’m attending school to learn more about cocktail consulting, training bartenders, developing spirits and glassware programs, and much more. It’s such an exciting and creative industry to be in and I can’t wait to see what it will bring.  In the meantime, I am so lucky to call NoMI Garden my “office”. It’s the idyllic urban sanctuary.

If she could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
I would bring my parents! They haven’t visited yet since I moved from California and I’d love for them to see what I’m accomplishing here.

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Get To NoMI: Aaron Young

After a beautiful weekend in Chicago, we kick off Monday by introducing you to one of our gurus of beauty and wellness from NoMI Spa, Aaron Young!  Aaron has been a Spa Concierge at NoMI Spa since it opened three years ago. Read on to learn a little more about Aaron.

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1. There are so many relaxing and rejuvenating treatments available at NoMI Spa.  Which is your go-to?

Without a doubt, the Hydra Facial. For a long time, NoMI Spa was the only luxury spa to offer this treatment at varying lengths (30, 45 and 60 mins). You can feel the results immediately and it’s a unique treatment because it’s a moisturizing and also treats the skin. *Insider tip: Come in for a Hydra Facial once a month for the best results.

2. Though short-lived, summer in Chicago provides a lot of fun. What is your favorite Chicago summer activity?

I actually prefer winter!  There are less bugs than in the summer and love fall fashions.  Weather that allows me to layer items with a good fall coat is what I’d prefer. Despite the bad reputation, winter in Chicago is actually really beautiful. To avoid drying out and stay healthy, it is really important to drink lots of water.  I try to drink up to a gallon a day.

3. What is something we, and our NoMI fans, might not know about you?

I love to bake! My background is in culinary studies so its always something I enjoy doing. I can do it for myself (no deadlines and no stress) which is very relaxing. My all-time favorites are truffles and pound cake.  I’m also really into DIY-ing my own natural aromatherapy body scrubs and treatments.  They are another great way to stay hydrated all year long.

4. If you could bring anyone to NoMI Spa, who would it be and why?

Definitely, Pattie Labelle — she’s my idol.  She’s one of those celebrities that is tangible, human, approachable…while also being a star. I would love to meet her one day.

Wellness Wednesday: the Guilt-Free Beauty Benefits of Chocoalte

At NoMI we have our fair share of love for dark chocolate and all its delicious goodness. On this Wellness Wednesday, however, we though you might enjoy some of the lesser known guilt-free beauty benefits of dark chocolate as told by The Huffington Post below.

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If you believe eating dark chocolate is really bad for your skin, it’s time to change the way you think. Indulging in the sweet treat won’t make you break out. In fact, there are beauty benefits to getting “chocolate wasted.”

Dark chocolate (the good stuff that’s low in sugar and high in cocoa) is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish skin. And its intoxicating aroma and conditioning properties make it the perfect ingredient for hair care. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should add dark chocolate to your beauty regimen.

It repairs dry skin. Iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E are among the many nutrients that we can obtain from dark chocolate. Swap out that extra cup of coffee or green tea for a cocoa-rich drink that will deeply moisturize skin and leave behind a healthy glow. Or you could slough away dead skin cells with a DIY chocolate body scrub made out of olive oil, brown sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.

It shields against harmful UV rays. Flavonols found in dark chocolate have been clinically shown to help your skin protect itself from sunburn, redness and other signs of UV damage. When applied directly to the skin, it also has the ability to repair and hydrate body parts that have been exposed to the sun. But we wouldn’t suggest slacking on sunscreen.

It erases wrinkles and fine lines. Things seem a bit calmer right after we nibble on a piece of dark chocolate, and we all know how stress impacts our skin. And as our friends over at YouBeauty explain, “Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles.” Sort of like eating your way to pretty.

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It adds shine to lackluster locks. A homemade hair mask made out of unsweetened dark chocolate? Why yes! Add honey and yogurt to the mixture before applying to your hair. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on for about one hour. Wash out with a cold water rinse and you will have super shiny strands.

It promotes hair growth. Copper, zinc and iron are minerals that promote the cell renewal growth process, and dark chocolate happens to be full of them. So eating chocolate every day will increase oxygen and blood flow to the scalp and lead to healthier and strong hair.

Have you ever used dark chocolate in your beauty regimen? Share the details with us!