Sunday, March 28, 2010

Japanesse Hair Striaght

I remember that 'altering age' where my hair started coming in curly. I liked the curls but they were out of control with the Louisiana humidity. When I did straighten my hair, which was most days, it was a matter of time before my hair made its way curly again. In all my b-ball pics from junior high to mid high school you can see the curls creeping out of my pony around my face. Those bugged.

So when I read about the Japanese Hair Straightening technique that had just gotten to the U.S. I begged mom for the service. Because it was new and training was limited to NYC only, the treatment was only being done in big cities (this was about 10 years ago. I had actually read about it in a magazine when Anniston's hair was sheik straight in Friends). So thank goodness family fun brought me to Chicago where I was able to get my hair straight. It changed my life. I can't rave about it enough.

After 5+ hours on hands on work on the head, it literally restructures the cuticles and ions of your hair making it straight to where it doesn't even go back. )Research the before and after shots). It is quite the process. And quite frankly, it is too straight initially. Once your hair grows out an inch, it gets more body at the roots but is still super straight. And the next few inches, my hair still hangs straight due to the weight of the rest of the hair.

The tricky thing for most, not really for me though, is that you can't have color in your hair to straighten it. There are ways to lightly color it after you get it straightened, but only the hair that has been treated--to where the roots for retouch up a year later can be treated again.

Although it is a bit pricey, I think I spend less money on my hair than the coloring crowd that have to answer to the habit every month or so. I can go a year and a half like I just did. I just had to straighten the roots or what had grown out curly which took some time. But it is so nice being able to air dry my hair straight. Although a chemical is used on the hair, I feel like my hair is much healthier with it because I get to avoid heat the next long while.

When I first started getting this done 7 years ago, there wasn't much information online about it. It is easily accessible now. Annie O'Connor has done it the past 4 times I've had it done. She was the only one doing it in Utah when I got here. Now there are about 3 0r 4 people. But she is very experienced (which is huge--not much room for error on over extending the hair) and is super economical because she only pays a stall fee and doesn't have to answer to pay overhead to the salon. She uses Lisco as opposed to Yuko or I-striaght which is the better product from Japan AND is very precise and very good at what she does. When I went to Chicago, it was a fancy salon and there might of been 3 people at one point working on my head, but they charred the baby hairs around my face. That hasn't happened with Annie.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Advertising with color...

This is a terrible pic and poor representation of the backdrop of the cashier in St. Louis's Kate Spade. The wall are white as could be and very pristine with this catchy quote.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Houston Livestock show & Rodeo


I enjoyed the livestock show and the decorated stalls for the heffers while in waiting for their big debut. Someone there to catch their poop and wipe the bum right as it fell too.

A rodeo is probably the best spectator's sport out there I'd say.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's Brooks & Dunn, baby...

B&D has been the prized concert I've been wanting to see for a while now. So when I heard about their debacle and plans to split, I knew I needed to act fast. I share a similar passion with my family so we made it happen last weekend in Houston where my sister lives. The weekend was great enough just being together. But this concert and the rodeo preceeding was heavenly. Yes, the smell of livestock, sweaty horses, and fresh leather is one I hope to enjoy in heaven.

I have the fondest memories of Brooks & Dunn playing at the barn growing up. It's the best background music while riding horses. 'Cowgirls Don't Cry' was one of my songs on our wedding video too.


I'd like you to meet...

Kix Brooks, who was born in Shreveport, LA and went to school at Lousiana Tech

and Ronnie Dunn with the tight black pants.

One is a bit more personable, loving on the micraphone. And the other is far more reserve, yet his lead part in the music vocals says it all.

Farewell, my friends. Your music is such a part of me.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Yale, BYU

As much as I love and enjoy wearing BYU apparel, I can't stand how everyone wears the same thing--very cookie cutter and falls under the same 'logo policy.' I understand copyrights but it's too bad that people can't freelance with the emblem a bit. I remember when a girl on our team went to design something different and creative, she was shot down by the guidelines to be strictly followed.

So I'm pleased to announce my love for Yale vintage apparel that simply slaps on the 'Y' I'm so familiar with. Here on the west cost, no one knows it is Yale.

The bulldog resembles the cougar and makes for a great Vineyard Vine's tie.

I can't find a pic online but I have khakis that have the navy 'Y' splotched all over it like the J-Crew pants did with various symbols a few seasons back.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy St. Patty Day (a little late)...

I thought nothing of this outfit but apparently I was dressing the lepercon (sp?) part. The stares and comments for this onesie. Had to use my little nephew's craft to finish it out.

I guess it isn't the most flattering thing but so comfortable and perfect for the early am travel.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Crocheted Wool...

I love these coloful wood stools to place against an empty wall. Love them!


they're an etsy find recomended by Decor8

& this adoreable crocheted frame...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hugo Shoe Repair...

Finding Hugo Shoe repair had enhanced my quality of life. I'm sure we share similarities in becoming attached to a pair of shoes or in this case, my boots. It is such a good feeling to preserve the old and feel like you have the new.

I brought a pair of my brother's boat shoes to the local shoe repair here in town. I think they were my grandfathers--very old and worn out. The shoe was kaput with hardly a sole and with stitching coming undone. Even that local shoe repair admitted that I needed to contact Hugo. How good would you have to be to be referred to by your competitor?

So I found Hugo with the help of this little blue sign seen below. His shop is tucked away in a quaint 'hole in the wall.' But he is the master of shoes. He can make you a pair even. It is amazing to see what he does. His leather care is remarkable too. I've taken a few of my leather bags into his store to polish and give some TLC. It's enhanced their quality of life too.

My dad even sends his boots to me from Louisiana to get worked on by Hugo.

So recently I took my special boots to get repaired. With a new cushion to protect the heel, and a new polish, my boots and I both are both as good as brand new.


276 North State Street, Orem, UT 84057 (801) 691-0929‎

Before Pics:

Just trashed...

(cropped out the heel--opps)


My fellow colleagues...

This is my crowd at work. We are a lovely bunch indeed rocking it in the crafting world. Photobucket

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I got a new office...

My new office has a window! It might be to the warehouse, but it is a window nevertheless.


I guess it looks a lot like my old one considering the layout--but oh so different.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cuff Links

I love it how my husband wears cuff links. I think they are so handsome and add the finishing touch. I don't know if I ever recall seeing girls wear cuff links. But I really want a pair. I'd need the right shirt of course and that could be tricky for my long arms. But I saw some equestrian ones in a J McLaughlin store one time. I kept thinking about them months after but could never relocate them on the Internet--to this day. While I was in search, I found these. I like them but not as much as these others I saw. But I would happily wear these--with my jeans and boots too.
Because they are gold they are a couple grand so there is no questions. See for yourself here. But I still like and meanwhile will just have to keep wishing I had the perfect shirt and cuff links to wear.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

David Beckham...

Not feeling much to blog about today. I refereed to my never ending supply of photo folder to see what might spark an interest and I realized I never posted this one. This was from last Nov. at the soccer finals. I've never been the girl that went crazy over this guy but I was very excited to get a photo up close. His hair had something foreigh going on--European I guess.


Monday, March 1, 2010

4 days, 4 states, 4 anthro's

When I travel for work, I try to see the local anthropogie once I'm done with everything for the day. I had a good laugh last week with my husband when I realized I had been to Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL, and St. Louis, MO in three day's time. When he picked me up from the airport, we made a quick stop into Salt Lake's antho just so I could say 4 in 4 in 4.

Let me tell you why I love going to such a variety of anthropogies. Although the clothes overlap in each, the setup and the unique decor or 'special finds' are always so different. There isn't an item of clothing I've wanted from anthro in a while actually. But the apothecary cabinets and old cotton carriers (in the Milwaukee store) are amazing to see. I just love them.

I did come home with one thing last week. I only saw these Garden Markers in one of the stores. I think they are so neat. They aren't as old as they look, but I can just imagine these in a garden marking what has been planted. After doing some research, I found that you can get them here. They are a little cheaper to buy them direct of course.

I'm not sure I'll ever have a garden of mine own--I appreciate the grocery and farmer's market too much to do that. So I will probably just stick them in a Mason jar and enjoy.