Maybe it's recession chic, but a slew of uptown ladies, like Elizabeth Vargas, Adrienne Vittadini, and Fran Weissler, have been avoiding the Fifth-and-Madison beauty corridor and heading to a new salon just north of the Flatiron district. Butterfly Studio is owned by Catherine Scherwenka and Kattia Solano, who learned the secrets of luxe service as veterans of both Frédéric Fekkai and John Barrett salons (the name "Butterfly" seems to express their sense of freedom from the more established coiffuriers). The loftlike space is packed with homey touches -- like a kitchenette stocked with fresh fruit, cheese, and wine -- and plenty of pampering, including cold cucumber compresses after an eyebrow shaping, and house-made honey-lemon-and-sugar scrubs. Right now, we appreciate any bonuses we can get (15 East 30th Street, suite 202; 212-685-8822).
Anna Sui Skincare
With neon-bright colors that match her sixties-inspired fashions, designer Anna Sui has added a new roster of skin-care products to her beauty line. The cleansers, toners, serums, creams, soaps, and masks are tailored to seven different skin types and range in price from $16 to $25 per item (available at the end of the month in the Anna Sui SoHo boutique, 113 Greene Street, and at Sephora stores early in 2002).