18 March 2016

Local Woman Makes Amazing Discovery!

A couple of weeks ago, I was noodling around on a local website, when I saw a link for a hair salon that is ridiculously near my house.  I clicked, and the website looked nice enough.  So then I decided to see if there were any Yelp reviews (I've had some luck with those in the past).  There were, and they were overall positive.  Most of the negative reviews had to do with the lack of parking in the area (duh), or that the place was too small (everywhere here is small, folks!), etc.  So on my way home from work, I decided to walk by and check it out for myself.

To give you some background, I thought I had found a pretty decent place, and had been there twice for haircuts before deciding to get color again.  I liked the guy cutting my hair, and I liked the place.  Well, when I told him about the color I wanted, he just blew up and told me there was no way he was doing that.  It would look awful, not work with my skin color, etc.  Now I know I should have just left the place at that point, but I was having an eejit day and said, "Well then what do you suggest" and he pointed to another stylist whose hair was a lovely color.  So I said sure.

And I ended up looking like Donald Trump was on my head.  Bright orange areas with fake blonde areas.  I had no one to blame but myself.  but I immediately decided I was never going back.

Now, back to checking the new place out.  I walked in, and it was clean, neat, and very pleasant looking.  Yes it's small (only 6 stations) and parking would be a pain (it's in a city neighborhood, so what do you expect? Anyway, I can walk there), but it seemed very appealing.  There was a very friendly young man at the front desk, and when I asked him if anyone there specialized in short hair, he immediately recommended someone.  So I took a card and told him I was gonna think about it.  I called a couple of days later and made an appt for a haircut.

So this past Tuesday was the appt, and I will admit to a certain degree of trepidation, as I always have when trying a new place.  But the stylist was so nice, and listened to what I was saying, answered questions, and had some suggestions.  I felt very much at ease, and left with a haircut that I liked, and an appt for another one.

That's all good.  But the most amazing thing?  The price!  In Center City Philadelphia, finding a place other than chains like Supercuts, etc. that don't charge $60.00 or more is a challenge.  (If anyone ever told me I'd spend that much I would have thought they were crazy.  But there you go.)  Well, this place charges $48.00 for their senior stylist (the one I had)!  I was amazed enough about that, but since it was my first visit, I got $10.00 off - my hair cut cost me only $38.00!!!  I haven't paid so little for a haircut since before we moved here. I know for some of you that may be still too much, but for me it's thrilling.

I just hope this stylist is a keeper.  So far, so good.  :-)

10 March 2016

Sisters, Not Twins

Last weekend, I stopped at the local Sephora because I had a gift card that a niece had sent me as an early birthday gift.  I was poking around, and I overheard something that I just loved!

A Bobbi Brown representative was in the store, and there was a woman maybe in her mid-thirties asking her about eye makeup.  The rep was very informative, but when they got to discussing eyebrows, the woman said, "My eyebrows hardly even show up, but I can never get them perfect with an eyebrow pencil."  At which point, the rep said, "Eyebrows should be sisters, but not twins."  She then went on to explain that too many people think their eyebrows have to match, but that is not the case.  She pointed out that even naturally, your eyebrows are symmetrical, but not perfect.

I really liked that analogy.  So of course since then I have been noticing people's eyebrows.  I have come to the conclusion that you don't have to have them look perfect, like this:

and I think that most people even if they try for this, and don't get it, look OK enough that you don't notice.  I'm a person who always notices someone's eyes, it's one of the first things I look at when I see a face.

And I have to say, I am always intrigued by this look:

where they are obviously drawn or tattooed, but in no way look natural.  I realize that a lot of people have really light eyebrows (mine are nearly invisible without cosmetic help), or have tweezed their brows beyond repair.  But having obviously drawn brows would make me more more self-conscious than having light ones.

Not a good look, if you ask me.

And even though I think this woman is beautiful, I can't get on board with unibrows.

Using the analogy the Bobbi Brown rep used, this would be conjoined twins ...

What about you?  Do you notice eyebrows?  I've always noticed them, but this week I seem especially obsessed with them ... you'd think mine were perfect or something!  ;-)

02 March 2016


I can't remember why, but the other day someone mentioned Twiggy.  Remember how groundbreaking she was with her short haircut, eye makeup, and miniskirts?  This was Twiggy then:

And then I found this picture of her from 2014, when she was celebrating her 65th birthday:

And yes, I know she has a stylist, airbrushing, etc., but she has to look pretty good even beforehand to look this good now, right?

Also, how is Twiggy 67 now?  Really!