Your high school dance is coming up and you’re looking for ideas on how to pull it all together, reasonably. You’ve come to the right place. Here is your how-to guide of where to go for all things high school dance, from affordable up-dos and fabulous manicures to tuxedo rentals and dinner reservations. One more piece of advice, it’s never too early to reserve your time slot – make those appointments as far in advance as you can. That way you’ll get exactly what you want, when you want. Most of all, just relax and have an excellent time.

Julie’s Cuttin-Loose Hair Salon

523 N. Krome Ave.
Homestead, FL 33030
(305) 248-7441

The girls down south know that owner Julie Nicotra will take good care of their hair. Her salon has been around since 1980 and her staff of professionals can give you the look you’ve been dreaming of. Come alone or come in with a group for that special haircut, up-do, massage, wax, make-up application, manicure or pedicure. This salon can do it all, and at affordable prices. Nail tech Jamisha is amazingly talented and can do special nail art. Maylin, Jovi, Diane and Marilyn can take care of your hair. Packages are available so you can get pampered from head to toe. You can even stop by for a free consultation. Prices are listed right on the website. Credit cards are accepted but bring cash for tipping.


Neo Nails

426 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 362-5809

This place specializes in nails, if you can’t tell from the name. There are several pedicure chairs (the nice plush ones where you can soak your feet and lean back in comfort) and plenty of manicure stations, too. Neo Nails uses quality products and has a good reputation for being sanitary and clean. Manicures start at $15 and its location is just one block off 1-95 so it’s convenient for the girls in the north end of town. Make an appointment or walk-ins are welcome. You can even find coupons at the website.

Manny’s Formal Wear

8450 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33144
(305) 264-5516

You’ve got to love a place that’s been family owned and operated for over 35 years. That means it knows how to treat its customers, with great prices to boot. Manny’s boasts of having the largest in-house inventory in Miami and from the reviews, it’s true. You’ll find what you need here, no doubt. Manny’s carries top name designers at affordable prices, from jackets and vests and ties to shoes. Find the shop in the Festival Plaza.

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Miami, FL 33162
(786) 299-2113

Looking good is half the goal, the other half is arriving in style, all night, wherever you go. That’s where TransMiami gives you extra swagger. Not only is this company competitively priced, but you can choose between black sedans, SUVs, Navigators, stretch limos, Hummers and more. The drivers are always on time and their services are offered 24 hours a day. You may not think transportation is in your budget, but you won’t know until you give TransMiami a call. This is an especially attractive option for groups as everyone can pitch in, and everyone can step out in style.

Captain’s Tavern

9625 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 666-5979

Great for couples and for groups, this seafood emporium has been doing it right for 40 years. The restaurant offers romantic lighting, lots of saltwater fish tanks and the menu has something for everyone, even vegetarians. There is always a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish and unlike many fine dining establishments, you won’t be charged extra for salad or a side dish; most dinners come complete with a salad, starch and bread. You can get a creamy seafood pasta alfredo for $19 or sweet Pompano Macadamia for $23. If you have room for dessert, share a piece of apple pie for $5 or a white chocolate brownie for $6.

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