Hairdresser/Salon owner/Beauty Product Developer/Businesswoman/Wife/Mum, Lucy Marr epitomizes the Naturally Spirited attitude we go on about. She is the kind of women that astounds you with her achievements, but at the same time you want to be her pal. Lucy runs her own amazing spa and salon with husband Stephen, housed in the Department Store on Auckland’s North Shore, Lucy and the Powder Room is a dream getaway for any busy women and is always buzzing with Auckland’s busy IT girls. We caught up with Lucy for a quick chat to find out how she manages it all.
What does being Naturally Spirited mean to you?
Intuitive and instinctual. Women who are defined by their experiences, not by what they subscribe to.
Who were your female role models growing up?
Honestly, I know this is going to sound corny but my mum was pretty awesome – really creative, amazing cook and could turn her hand to anything. She has always had a healthy disregard for consumption and a keen nose for BS.
How did you get started and how did the concept for Lucy and the Powder room come about?
About 16 years ago I met Stephen. We both worked together in the salon and always wondered if we could diversify into beauty. People think that because my name is on the door, its primarily mine however we are equally involved in both businesses. We also saw a need for a sustainably oriented beauty space that was conceptual and had its own personality and character. A business concept that was considered and intelligent yet fun at the same time.
What’s the big dream/goal?
My motivations are intrinsic so personal growth, achievement, having great relationships is what it’s all about for me. Material acquisition doesn’t really spin my wheels, challenge does. I read this quote by Francis Ford Coppola the other day and it sums up how I feel. “The only risk is to waste your life, so that when you die, you say, “Oh, I wish I had done this.” I did everything I wanted to do, and I continue to. ”
Why do you think its so important women look after themselves?
Ha! Juggling six balls in the air, kids, work, hormones to name a few!
Seriously, once I started to learn more about female physiology and how vital hormones and lipids subside significantly after 40, I became really motivated to find alternative solutions. I’m not a big fan of artificially fighting the aging process and having seen what intelligent, active skincare and clever nutrition is capable of, I’m completely sold and want to share what I know.
If someone came into the the Powder Room and asked for the ultimate in relaxation, what would you give them?
Okay, this one’s easy: put aside two hours and kick it off with one of our luxury skin treatments. Next slip into the pedicure bay and treat yourself to a specialist pedicure with a hot paraffin wax treatment. While all this goes on, have one of our therapists mix you a potent shot of Greens & More – you’ll feel a million bucks!
Favorite places to eat in Auckland?
Where do I start? Definitely a plate of roasted octopus washed down with cheeky little glass of Alisa at The Golden Dawn. Or The Engine Room on the North Shore. I make a mean crab and lime tostada so my place is pretty good too!
Favorite places to shop in Auckland?
Defiantly PlayPark in Newmarket. Perusing Jessica McCormack’s jewellery at Simon James at The Department Store – this place is a veritable want shop!
Favorite places to go out in Auckland?
My garden at home with the kids. Cheltenam Beach – first stop, La Boulange at TDS, then head straight for the beach – whatever the weather!
For more about Lucy and the Powder room jump on their site.
Images from Lucy and the Powder Room.