Alone Up There

Hey there folks.

Just wanted to do a shout out today for an excellent indie documentary by Sean Patrick Shaul that you all should really check out called Alone Up There.  If you love Stand-up comedy like I do, you will definitely dig this film and all of funny folk interviewed in it. And if you Click Here, you will be directed to a page in which you can download it for only $7!

It is currently debuting on screen in the States right now, so if I have any people in Albuquerque, New Mexico out there, it is currently showing at the Guild Cinema Theater until Saturday.

Contains interviews with:
Peter Anthony, Matt Billon, Alonzo Bodden, Mark Breslin, Eddie Brill, Claire Brosseau, Kelly Carlin, Jerry Corley, Roman Danylo, Greg Dean, Marke Driesschen, Darren Frost, Erik Griffin, Toby Hargrave, John Heffron, Jeremy Hotz, Ron James, Danielle Kasen, Moshe Kasher, Simon King, Darryl Lenox, Richard Lett, Jay London, Mike MacDonald, Donovan Patrick Mahoney, Marc Maron, Joe Matarese, Rick Overton, Eddie Pepitone, Paul Scheer, Iliza Shlesinger, Randy and Jason Sklar, Bobby Slayton, Brody Stevens, Ryan Stout, Jeff Ullrich

Here is the Alone Up There trailer for ya

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Dead Reckoning Military Surplus

Just doing a little shout-out for a local company.  I recently purchased a tank from them (pictured below) and absolutely love it! So much so, that I ordered it in another colour.  Along with T’s and tanks, they have an awesome inventory of military goods, and it can all be found here Dead Reckoning Military Surplus, and they also have a store setup at the Vancouver Flea Market on Terminal every weekend.

Happy Shopping 🙂

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Salon Etiquette

When it comes to Salon Etiquette, I think that some people get a little confused or just really don’t even know.  So here are a few friendly tips to help you out.  Let me know if you have anything to add!

Be on time, a little early even.  When you show up late to an appointment you are not only inconveniencing the stylist but also the other clients that come in after you, because it has a tendency to have a domino effect.  If you do show up late and your stylist informs you that will have to reschedule, you need to respect that decision.  Ideally you want to show up a few minutes earlier, so that the assistants/reception can get you prepped. If you can not make it to your appointment, make sure you call the salon.  What you want to give is at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment, so that it gives the stylist the opportunity to fill that spot up.  And whatever you do, don’t no show!  It may not cost you anything to not show up, but it is money out of your stylist’s pocket.  If an emergency comes up and it is last-minute, give the salon a courtesy call and explain the situation so that the stylist can at least be open for a walk-in client.

 

Be honest about your hair history.  Don’t lie to your stylist about what chemicals you have used on your hair previous to your visit.  There is no need to be embarrassed about the fact that you have used drug store hair dyes or other home chemical treatments.  Your stylist isn’t asking to judge you, they are asking because it can affect the outcome of any new treatment on your hair if they aren’t properly informed.

 

Yes, you should tip your stylist.  I’m not really sure why people get confused about whether or not you are supposed to tip a hair stylist/esthetician etc., but they do, and yes it is courteous to do so.  The standard is 15-20%, depending on what you are comfortable with and how happy you are with the results.  It is also nice to give $1-$3 if there is an assistant that has done your shampoo, blowdry etc.

 

Don’t feel obligated to talk.  Chatting and getting your hair done go very well together, but if you don’t enjoy that don’t feel like you have to talk just because.  Stylists usually chat all day long, so it is a bit of a nice break if a client just wants to enjoy the experience in a bit of silence.

 

Don’t talk on your cellphone.  Trying to cut/colour hair when a phone is glued to someone’s ear is not an ideal situation, plus the entire salon doesn’t need to hear a one sided conversation.  Try and save phone calls till after you are done, and maybe just stick to texting if you have to.  Also, turn the ringer off and stick it on vibrate…..For the record, this rule applies to stylists as well! It is incredibly unprofessional and rude to even look at your cellphone when you are in the presence of a client.

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Helmet Head

One of my absolute favourite things to do is bike riding, but with the bicycle comes the dreaded helmet hair.  If you are using biking as a method of commuting to work, it is a bit trying to make sure that your hair comes out looking halfway decent and professional for the rest of the day.  So here are a few tips on products and styles for you, that will help your tresses out in battling the helmet.

The 4 main products that are going to help you the most are a dry shampoo, sea salt spray, a smoothing serum and hairspray.  The dry shampoo can be applied to your roots before you put your helmet on and will soak up any excess oil and sweat so your hair doesn’t get flattened from moisture.  Sea salt spray applied before you put your helmet on will help to give your hair some lasting texture and help to maintain your volume, it can also be applied after your ride if you are wearing your hair down to put some texture back in.  A smoothing serum will help to tame those flyaways and frizzies that your helmet may give you.  And hairspray of course will just help to hold that style in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we all can’t look as effortlessly cute as my little man does in his helmet, here are some style options that may work for you.

Low Side Swept Bun

This style is great for the helmet as it sits nice and low.  The great thing about this is it can be as sleek or as messy as you would like.

Tousled Mane

Dry Shampoo and the Sea Salt spray are going to be your friends here.  Style your hair and then pile it on your head messily with bobby pins, and release it once you take your helmet off to give your hair that tousled look.

Milk Maid Braid

This look works great because it keeps your hair looking polished even with the helmet.  Don’t worry too much if the helmet has messed your hair up a bit, because it will probably work with the style, plus it can be fixed up with just a little hairspray and smoothing serum.

Side Braid

You can choose your favourite braid to pull this look off, but prefer the fishtail as the messiness that the helmet may create will work in your favour.

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Throwback

Just because I am feeling extra nerdy and extra bored this evening, I have resorted to collaging….and as a result of doing this, I am now determined to bring back the wrist fanny pack.

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Signature Hair

The following are my top 10 picks for signature hair that has aided its celebrities in skyrocketing to fame.  With some of these folks, their hair has had such an impact in pop culture, that you really have to wonder if they would have made it as big as they did if they didn’t sport these looks.

1.  The Rachel

2. Bieber Swoop

3.  Bardot Bump

4.  Beckham Fauxhawk

5.  Farrah Feathers

6.  Kenny G Curls

7.  Posh Bob

8.  Russell’s Rocker Shag

9.  Twiggy Pixie

10.  Fabio’s Long Locks

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Top 5 Items for Fall 2012

I am on a bit of a roll here with the top 5 lists, so I figured why not one more.  I am quite excited about the fashion for this upcoming fall, as it finds a balance between cozy, sophisticated and a little bit of sass.  These items are 5 of my favourite picks from the trends that I have seen, and will be making their way into my closet.

1.  Cable Knit Sweater

What is more cozy in chilly weather than a cable knit sweater? I am quite excited that these will be readily available this fall.   I am sure that there will be a bevy of colours to choose from, but I love a classic cream or white for the cable knit sweater.

Carry Brochu Walker $295

A|Wear $59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Jumpsuit

You are going to see some different versions of the jumpsuit this season with Bohemian prints, bold colours and a variety of cuts.  I love a flowy jumpsuit, but my favourite version that I have see popping up so far is a tailored version in neutral tones.  It is sophisticated, classy, flattering for a variety of body types and can be worn to work or for a night out.

Rachel Zoe $486

Mango $93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Red Shoe

This is probably one of my most favourite items, as it is bold and hot!  Imagine one of these sassy red shoes paired with the jumpsuits above, love it.  There will be a selection of reds from flats to pumps, and all will add a pop to your outfit and make you standout.

Luichiny $94

Aimee $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Military Coat

There will actually be several elements of military in everything from pants to boots, and my choice, the coat.  The military coat is a classic piece to add to your wardrobe and will not only keep you warm, but keep you looking chic with details of epaulets and double breasted tailoring.

Mango $155

Lipsy $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Slip Dress

The slip dress will be making its way into fall fashion, and will work as a fantastic layering piece.  Pair it up with your favourite tights, whether they are textured, bold coloured, or neutral and enjoy this throwback to grunge.

Free People $87

Coco’s Fortune $67

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