Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa is a special gem I discovered recently in Chelsea, NYC and I'm so glad I did! Its founders Kristyn Smith, Claire Beevers, and Ali Hynes have over forty combined years of experience in the beauty industry, and the boutique offers services like bespoke facials and reflexology, to professional make up sessions.
Last week the spa hosted an event to support an amazing organization called Souljourn Yoga, created by Jordan Ashley. Souljourn Yoga aims to raise awareness and funds for girls education in developing countries by teaming up with both local and international non-profits holding US501c(3) status. Ten percent of the evening's sales went towards Souljour Yoga's upcoming retreat in Peru in collaboration with the Sacred Valley Project- a non profit organization that is dedicated to improving access to education for young women from low income families in remote mountain communities.
All Yogis take note that the Seva Adventure in Peru is scheduled for May 27th- June 5, 2016 and if you love to travel and give back, it's definitely an experience to look into.
"When creating Souljourn Yoga, I wanted to pick destinations that inspired me to bring out the wanderlust in the yoga practice while still choosing places that heavily need girl empowerment to equalize the education and opportunities allotted. Our first trip is with the Sacred Valley Project and SVP goes to places and communities that are literally off of the grid. They reach out to girls in these villages in the Andes Mountains and makes school, let alone, improvement of life possible as an educated girl helps to reduce poverty and creates not only sustainability for her community, but will also be healthier and have a smaller family due to simply being educated. This is unfortunately a universal story and it starts with just having the awareness of this injustice."-Jordan Ashley
The event was a fun filled night of wine, complimentary makeup touch ups and mini facials. The spa carries a variety of popular brands like Juara, Kaplan MD and UK favorite Rouge and Bunny, which guests got to experience during their services.
The overall tone of the spa is ultra relaxing, and during the entire visit you're breathing in this yummy, luxurious aroma. But the staff is the highlight. They're warm and friendly, and have tons of experience. I peppered the aesthetician with questions after my facial and she was super patient and offered great advice.
Smith & Brit is the perfect way to escape the bustle of NYC and slip off into a haven of peace and quiet. I can see myself becoming a regular, and I don't say that about many NYC spas. If you're on the hunt for a new spot, do yourself a favor and head over to Smith and Brit.
233 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011