I have noticed over the years that there is a ritual for girls right before we go out of town. Whether it is a weekend getaway or a luxurious vacation, there always seems to be a constant: getting pampered. Ha, I bet you thought I was going to say over-packing! While that may also be true, I have become a regular to a nice spa day to get me in vacation mode.

A few days ago, my girlfriend called me up and said “Let’s go to California.” Having never been, I was all in. After getting details sorted, I looked down and realized I desperately needed a pedicure.  Working at Kirvin Doak, I have the luxury of knowing where the hottest new treatments are, and there was a new treatment that I have been dying to try, the PAVÉ Crystal Pedicure. It is a pedicure add-on available for $30 at Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon at the South Point Hotel, which also happens to be one of my favorite Vegas spa and salon retreats.

I was completely unfamiliar with anything involving crystal bedazzlement, but it reminded me of the movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” when diamonds are referred to as frosting,” so of course my curiosity got the better of me!

With my appointment booked, I headed over for my amazing treatment at Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon. I have had my fair share of pedicures over the years but this one was an entirely new experience. It began with a lavish soak in an aroma-therapeutic bath followed by a gentle exfoliation process.

As I relaxed in my massage chair and sipped on a complimentary glass of wine, I received an extraordinary massage! Just like my pedicures, I am no stranger to massages, but this one in particular was out of this world. For nearly 20 minutes, it was as though every muscle in my legs and feet were liquefied.

While the massage was incredible and my toes were buffed to perfection, what impressed me even more was the PAVÉ Crystal Pedicure that I had as an add-on. The attention to detail during this quick 10-minute application was remarkable. My polish had dried, and I selected tiny crystals to match my color. While there were 15 different colors to choose from, I decided to take the traditional pink route and go with the Rose appliqué.

Curious how these tiny crystals were going to be added to my pedicure, I watched carefully as a light adhesive was applied to my big toe. Next, the crystals were lined up perfectly with my nail and set in place. Once the crystals were in place, my technician gently centered and straightened each individual crystal to ensure they were flawlessly aligned.

Having awful eyesight I could barely see the tiny crystals so I quickly grabbed my glasses and looked at the finished product.  It amazed me how tiny the crystals were, but I was even more amazed at the glorious sparkle that it added to my pedicure. I have never been one for a lot of bling, but the tiny crystals offered a touch of glam that wasn’t too little or too much.  Now that my toes have been frosted, I am officially ready for my California debut!

By Jackie Dadas