Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Getting Married

I got proposed to! Everyone already knows so I don't know why I'm posting this blog! ha! I love my ring so much--it's currently being sized so I can't wear it again for a few days. I really miss it and I was super whiney when I had to leave it at the jewelry store.  boooo.  At least I have a fiance to remind me that he is more important than a ring.  He's borderline the perfect man.  Everyone has their faults or whatever but Braeden is so amazing that it's hard to find those in him.  I've never been treated with so much love and respect. 

I'm trying to decide what to do about this stupid wedding dress stuff.  I've been searching for something online but have not had any luck finding anything I can wear.  So now I'm attempting to make something.  I think it's going to be a colossal mistake but I'm doing it anyway.  If I can take my time on it, I'm hoping it will turn out to my liking.  Right now, I'm just staring at a pattern though hoping it will all come together all on it's own...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Here are some pictures from February and March...

We have a baby in our house! Scott and Alicia had a baby girl: Emmy Cherie!

The 7 year olds turned 8 which meant two baptisms! Zoe and Will

My cousin Ashley got married and she asked me to do her hair. I think it turned out quite pretty if I do say so myself! That took a whole lot of hair spray and shine spray! It was a lovely wedding and am so excited I got to be a little part of it.

I went to a Western Hoe Down with my friend Mike--I rode the bull too and there is video proof somewhere out there on the internet...:/

Cohen and Ryder are always a good time around our house! So happy to be with them all of the time!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mancut Trend

I get asked by my male clients more often than my female clients, what should I do with my hair? A few months back I printed out a bunch of pictures of different haircuts to give them some ideas and to figure out what their likes and dislikes are.
I noticed that more guys in movies and on TV were going after what I call the Don Draper look(Mad Men). It's basically a sharp conservative look--parted, slicked, short. I think that it has evolved from there though. It's almost a mix between Jersey Shore and Mad Men now.

Here is "The Situation". High fade, short and clean cut but no part.

When I saw Crazy, Stupid, Love, I went crazy and stupid over Ryan Gosling and fell in love with his short, high fade, but parted hair.

When Jonah Hill walked out all trimmed up with a new cut on Jimmy Fallon, I decided that this trend was for sure happening.

Here is yet another variation. I personally really enjoy Joshua's hair from this last season of Project Runway. I am dying to do this on some guy out there that is totally confident in his sexuality....Joshua is clearly gay but that doesn't mean his haircut has to be associated with that, right?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I have the greatest friends and family.
I think it's finally time I write about this even though it has nothing to do with beauty. The last two weeks have felt like a year. I have been on an emotional roller coaster of heart break and sadness. I cried for 7 days straight. Just when I thought I couldn't cry any more, I would start back up again. (Eye puffery eye cream from Origins helped with the dark circles and puffiness. There is your beauty tip)
I lost my friend Mark on September 30. It's all very complicated and it might as well been a crappy movie but I don't want to go in to the details of it all because most people wouldn't understand. In the end, it doesn't matter because Mark is gone. I can't call him up and tell him I miss him. I don't get to tell him how much he means to me. I can't tell him how amazing his family is and how much I loved spending time with them and helping them out while they were trying to get his funeral ready. I kept wishing he was there through it all. I'm not going to see his truck parked in front of my house to go to the movies or anywhere else. We don't get to play golf anymore or sit and talk for hours or trade massages. We can't make fun of each other anymore and I don't get to tell him to stop bringing up awkward topics. I don't get to hear his voice or his contagious laugh. He has definitely left a huge hole in my life--more than I realized he would.
However, I know that I will see Mark again after I die. I know that our lives on earth are temporary and I really believe that my perspective is going to change once I am gone from the earth too. It will seem like it went by so fast because time will be so different. I can picture Mark looking down on a crying me and saying, "It's ok Trace, I'll see you in like an hour!" --just like a parent would tell their small children when leaving them with the sitter.
As much as I want him to still be here, I am trying to not wish him back. C.S. Lewis said in A Grief Observed, “What sort of a lover am I to think so much about my affliction and so much less about hers? Even the insane call, ‘Come back,’ is all for my own sake. I never even raised the question whether such a return, if it were possible, would be good for her. I want her back as an ingredient in the restoration of my past. could I have wished her anything worse? Having got once through death, to come back and then, at some later date, have all her dying to do over again?”
I know that Mark is in a better place. That sounds so cliche but he really is. He's free from all of the pains of having a body. I don't want him to come and be back in the middle of all of the 'terrible awful' he was in the middle of. It really would be selfish of me to want that.
My perspective has so severely shifted in so many areas that it's kind of overwhelming. Here are some things that I have learned about grief though--because everyone grieves differently which is at the top of my list...
-Grieving is different for everyone.
-Even though it might seem awkward, I want people to acknowledge my grief but only briefly.
-I appreciate the offers of people wanting to do things for me even though I have nothing for them to do.
-It's nice to have a lot of people around but I don't want to have to talk the whole time. I want them to talk to each other more.
-The reason why you take food over to people after a death is because they would forget to eat otherwise
-Tears and emotion come unexpectedly and in waves.
-It's ok to cry.
-Each person has a different purpose on the earth.
I don't know why Mark had to leave the earth when he did but I will miss him terribly. I have never lost anyone this close to me and it's truly surreal. I always think I'm going to wake up from a bad dream or that I somehow got caught in the middle of that movie Sliding Doors--somewhere there is an alternate me living it up and things are perfect and Mark is still alive, right? Hold on to your loved ones a little tighter today because you never know if you're going to see them tomorrow.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The other day in the salon a few of us got in to a discussion about having a woman as president. I said that I would not vote for a woman because women are crazy. Dina was adamant that not all women are crazy. I think this is mostly true but all women are subject to premenstrual syndrome and it is what it is. In an average woman's life she can get away with being crabby for a few days out of the month and she may make some rash decisions and the world will keep on turning. But can you imagine if the president of the United States was crabby for a few days, maybe even a whole week out of every month? Let's look at some of the symptoms of PMS.
  • Confusion

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Fatigue

  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness (See also: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder)

  • Feelings of tension, anxiety, or edginess

  • Forgetfulness

  • Irritable, hostile, or aggressive behavior, with outbursts of anger toward self or others

  • Loss of sex drive (may be increased in some women)

  • Mood swings

  • Poor judgment

  • Poor self-image, feelings of guilt, or increased fears

  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)

  • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement

As a country can we really afford to take the risk of having someone in office that has a 75% chance of experiencing all of these symptoms every month for 4 years? That's 48 weeks of their term=almost a year.

"I'm not going to make my inaugural address--I'm bloated."
"The Prime Minster hurt my feelings. I'm locking myself in the oval office until he can come up with a proper apology."
"Why is that congressman looking at me like that? What does it mean?"
"I'm calling in all of the leaders in the middle east for a slumber party and we're going to talk about our feelings and cry."
"Dear China, I'm sorry about that missile launch on your country last week. PMS!"

The president can't lock them self away for 5-7 days every month. A crisis could happen at any time and we need a person that is emotionally up for the task. I realize that not all women experience all of the symptoms of PMS and even if they do, it doesn't necessarily happen every time but the risk is there and I'm not willing to take it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I am searching for a story I wrote years ago about a certain incident while in Switzerland. I haven't found it yet :/ however I did go back and re read some of my first blog entries. I used to write about anything that I wanted to with no fear of the wrong people reading my stories. Since I have been working in the salon I have really had to hold back because sometimes I really want to write about the crazy things people say while I'm doing their hair and I know I can't. I didn't think about all of the crazy things that other people say to the other stylists though until right now. Those people will never find me! (insert evil laugh) I overhear a lot of stuff and to be honest, I don't really know who has said what because I don't ever really look at these people's faces as I am working on the head of hair in front of me. So now it's on like donkey kong! I can't wait to go to work tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

No Retreat No Surrender Training Scene

Here is to staying fit this summer...