To My Stylist – And Her Supporters

Dear Kelsey, 

I had no idea when I first found you to babysit my daughter, that our relationship would grow to where it is now. I am so thankful we have met, and that I came to you to get my hair done.

I arrived at Posh International Hair Studio on Tuesday morning with my blonde hair and said, “I want to be a redhead!” You said, “Okay!!” 

Though I’m not sure either of us knew the journey we were about to embark on. 

You colored, you washed, you cut, you styled. Then you did, what I think, was the most important thing; you told “Call me if you don’t like it, CALL ME if something is wrong.” and you MEANT it. 

You turned my chair around and I felt like Black Widow straight out of the Avengers, and I loved it! I left the salon feeling like a new woman, you snapped some pics, it was great.

 

Then, the next morning I washed it…

  
  
Oooh dang it! It turned brown! Ugh, curse my blonde hair (and my wild idea to be a redhead…)

What is Kelsey going to say?! Is this fixable?! What’s going to happen to my hair?!

I contacted you and you answered my questions. Yes it is fixable, and no it won’t fry your hair. You said, “We WILL get you where you need to be. No worries!” (Okay, I tried not to worry, by my anxiety usually has other plans for me. Still, I knew I was in great hands.)

I arrived the next morning and you had a PLAN. You pulled other stylists in for their opinion, which is a sign of a great stylist. Allison, Susan, and Jeff all jumped in, positive, supportive and ready to help. 

You and I endured the smelly, color removing wash, and I got to be a cartoon character for a bit! (That was a good laugh we had.)

 
You never once faltered, you were confident the whole time. When the color we picked was no longer available (I mean, just our luck, right?) you again asked Susan’s recommendation on what you were thinking of doing, and she agreed. 

You got that color on, gave me a wonderful deep conditioning treatment, and my hair came out beautiful!! I am in love with the color, and it is just what were going for!

   
I am so thankful for your dedicated, hard work. You are confident, professional, and a joy to be around. 

I am also very thankful to Susan, Allison, and Jeff for not only being positive, kind and encouraging to us both; but most importantly for being supportive and helping guide you! As I said, asking for help is a sign of a great stylist. Happily giving help, being polite and supportive while doing it, is another sign of a great stylist. Those are the ones who not only want the best for the client, but also want the other stylists involved to learn, and grow.

They are good people, Kelsey, and they will help you continue to grow beautifully in your profession. 

I am so thankful I not only picked you to care for my daughter, but also to be my stylist. I truly feel like I have gained a friend as well. 

I am already looking forward to the next time I come to Posh, as I know my hair is in good hands! I hope you’re ready to see me often, because I’m sticking with being a redhead! Plus, I’m going to need you to curl my hair for events, we both know you do it better!

All My Best,

“Leopard Print” Lindsay Spencer

Guest Post – How To Dress Well, Without Spending Too Much

I am very excited, and thankful, for this guest post. Andrew Hardy found me on Facebook and Instagram and reached out interested in guest posting. 

His first post is “right up my alley”, and even better, is geared toward men. Men’s fashion has been a growing and trending subject over the last few years; and I, for one, am thankful. I greatly appreciate a male who takes care, time and thought in putting an outfit together. 

Below, Andrew delves into the wonderful world of suits. Men of the world, it’s time to take note!

How To Dress Well Without Spending Too Much

My name is Andrew Hardy. I am an Image Consultant and my mission is to connect people with great advice and even greater clothes. Today a fashion blogger is paid between $5k and $50k dollars to review fashion houses such as, Gucci , Prada , Armani , Versace , Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel and Ferragamo. My goal is to show the common man how to dress well enough to mingle in these circles without spending a fortune in time and money, and to show those with a fortune to spend how to spend it well – in short, without letting the designers “shank your bank”!
  
Just a short walk from this storefront Is a little street called Savile Row. You may buy a fully bespoke suit at any one of the houses on Savioe Row for about the same as an off the peg suit by Gucci. If you have a few thousand dollars to spend on a suit I would definitely recommend starting with bespoke. A bespoke tailor will measure you and draft a pattern from these measurements. The suit will then be cut to your specification from a fabric of your choosing. The fabrics sourced by Savile Row tailors are second to none, and they will upstage a designer suit any day. The best part is that it will fit. I can’t think of anything more repulsive than seeing a man who has spent $2k-$3k on a suit that has dimples on the shoulders, divots in the sleeve heads and a collar that sits up off the neck as if it were made of cardboard.

For those of us on a stricter budget, I would recommend starting in a department store. Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom will often have someone who can measure you and tell you roughly what size suit you should wear. The suits you find in these stores are manufactured and shipped to each facility for $24 to $37 per suit. This is why I try to never spend more than $150-$200 on a wool or wool/viscose suit. I do not suggest buying one of these suits, unless you can afford another $60-$70 in alterations. My personnal suggestion is to find a good tailor.

If this is still too rich for your blood, you can try a resale boutique or second hand store. Often you can find a premium wool suit worn only a few times for $12-$50. Keep in mind fit is key. Shoulder and upper sleeve alterations are the most expensive, and little too big is better than too small. A good tailor will be able to make this look fantastic. Remember, a moderately stylish suit that fits well, is a world better than a expensive suit that fits poorly.

Change

  
I made a BIG change today! After considering this for awhile, I finally did it and colored my hair red! 

It is so different and I am so thankful I did it, I love the way it looks already.

Goodbye blonde, hello red!

Snack Time!

   
I think most of us reach a point in our day when we just need a snack. Before you reach for something sweet and full of sugar, give this a try! 

It’s natural, healthy, and only around 80 calories! Also, it’s quick!

One Laughing Cow “wedge” will spread evenly over two Corn Thins.

I unpeel the wedge and cut it in half, lengthwise, and then gently spread, and enjoy! 

I choose the Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil, but The Laughing Cow has many other varieties! Give them a try, and as they say, “Have you laughed today?” 
 

Filling Fruit Smoothie

  
I think you all know by now I greatly a good smoothie. I whipped this one up this morning, and it was not only tasty, but filling as 
How I did it:

4-5 Frozen Strawberries (about 1/2 a cup)

1/2 Cup Frozen Mango

1/2 Cup Frozen Dark, Sweet Cherries

1-1 1/2 tsp Chia Seeds

1 Single Serve Container Vanilla Yogurt (6oz)

1 Cup Milk (I use 1%)
Place ingredients in Ninja Blender Single Serve Cup, or in which blender you choose, in that order. Blend until smooth, serve, and enjoy!

As always with my smoothies, you can add a scoop of protein powder, or adjust ingredients as needed. 

Late Summer Style

  
I’m not going to hide it, it’s been a good week for clothes. I put this outfit together to go have lunch with a friend.

This is one of those styles that can be worn in summer, spring and fall. I’m guessing I’ll be able to rock it on warmer winter days too. (And yes, I will post it when I do!)
Outfit Inspiration:

Chambray Shirt – Old Navy (Men’s Section)

http://m.oldnavy.gap.com/product.html?dn=op712453002&dv=0&shopid=1&pdn=oc1010005&outlet=false

Black Maxi Skirt with Wide Waist Band – Yala Designs 

http://www.yaladesigns.com/bamboodreams-janna-maxi (That one is a little different from the one I have, but it is still a great option!)

Hot Pink Statement Necklace – Versona

http://www.shopversona.com/jewelry-necklaces (The necklace I am wearing is not available online, they have many other options in store!)
I finished off the outfit with black sandals and simple gold earrings. 
Happy Shopping!