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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Where did all the highways go?

so this is rt 1, this is how I need to get to work,anyone have a boat I can use? hahahahahah (the white line in the middle of the road is the 4ft median!!)

Taking the train is not an option either

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Kids on the Floor

You've just graduated cosmetology school and you're ready to hit the floor. Or, your hard-working hubby has been transferred across the country and you don't know a soul. Maybe you've just sent the last of your kids off to first grade and you're ready to go back to work. Your top priority: establish a new clientele. Here's how to do it, and make ends meet in the meantime.
Who Do You Love?
Before you go after customers, you have to decide what kind of person you want in your chair, so take some time to define your ideal client. "Spend two days at your kitchen table or home office, doing some soul searching," says PHYLLIS SADLER-TAMPIO, industry relations leader, HAIR CUTTERY. "Ask yourself, 'Where do I want to be?' and 'Who do I want to work with?' not 'How can I get a job?'" Jot down

your ideas in a journal, make a collage, draw diagrams, compose a Haiku. You could even write a little personal ad: "Stylist seeking perfect client. Must love highlights, garage rock, and razor cuts." You get the picture. Just create a portrait of the kind of person you'd like to see at your station.

Finding "The One"
You can't cut hair without a chair. Once you have a dream client in mind, look for a shop that will attract that person. "Go in as a customer to get a feel for the place," says SUSAN PETTIGRASS, area supervisor, REGIS SALONS. First, think like a client. Note the service, the way the stylists dress, and the interior decor. Is this a place your fantasy customer would love? Then think like a potential employee. Pettigrass says, "Choose a location that will provide built-in ways to get new clients. A mall is a great place because it has a lot of foot traffic." Beyond the Adidas factor, make sure a salon actively pre-books, provides education, builds customer loyalty, has a hands-on owner or manager, and does promotions. This means the shop cares about bringing in new clients - and retaining them.

A Financial Affair
"The salon you choose may not have an opening right away, but if you really want to work there, hold out until they do," advises ERIC FISHER, NAHA winner, owner of ERIC FISHER SALON in Wichita, KS and author of salon success books. To keep from going broke in the interim he suggests becoming a salon receptionist at your target workplace, or getting a position in the customer service industry. Gigs like waiting tables let you practice a part of your skill set that has nothing to do with scissors but just as much to do with building a book: communication. "The key to being a success in this industry is not just having a license, but how well you work with people," says Sadler-Tampio. Don't be shy about sharing your career goals with customers you meet at your temporary job. It may be that the guy who orders French fries today likes your service style so much that he comes in for a fauxhawk tomorrow.

First Date
If you're savvy, you may already have a few clients lined up once you start working at your chosen salon, but how are you going to fill the rest of those empty appointment slots? Ten years ago, Pettigrass was in that very situation. She and her husband had moved to a new town, and she had to start from scratch. First stop: your manager. "The salon should be run by someone whose primary job is to help you get business," she says. "One huge thing they should do is to send a high amount of walk-ins your way, because the stylists already working there should have well-established books." Pettigrass's manager let her put a chair outside the salon door during slow times, so she could offer free consultations and demonstrations to attract new clients. Fisher's salon has performance coaches that assist stylists by graphing their progress and creating strategies for increasing business.

Make Them Want You
But to get up to speed, you can't just rely on the boss. "Self promotion is so important when you are the new kid," says Sadler-Tampio. Fisher suggests having a business card, and an opening statement about yourself that defines who you are. "I handed out my card to everyone I met - neighbors, the mail carrier," says Pettigrass. "I even picked up clients at beauty supply houses." Fisher's new employees are required to court people he calls "influentials," highly visible members of a community. They don't have to be mayoral candidates or chamber of commerce presidents, just folks who have a circle of influence. Stylists must approach twelve of these heavy hitters a month with a VIP card offering a free service. "That person influences their peers, plus they come in and buy products," says Fisher. Another tip for raising your profile comes from Pettigrass, who volunteered to work at mall fashion and bridal shows and did makeovers on the local news anchors in order to get noticed.

More is Better
Once you have established a fledgling group of clients, ask for their help in bringing in more. Let them know you are looking for new customers, and promise to reward them if they help you. A method that always works is referral cards. Give each client three to five, and when all of those cards have come back to the salon in the hands of new clients - give your original customer a free service or a gratis bottle of shampoo. Sadler-Tampio points out that Hair Cuttery provides referral coupons to all employees. The company also pays for stylist mailings - either thank-you notes with attached coupons, or "Come Back" cards for those announcing their return to the business.

Don't get discouraged if the salon phone isn't ringing off the hook right away with booking requests. "It takes a stylist about a year and a half to get up to 100% capacity," says Pettigrass. But if you are determined, you can do it faster. Check out Fisher's two CD set, "90 Days to a Lifetime of Big Earnings," in the BTC bookstore for more tips on client building. And while you're getting your book to the bursting point, stay informed. "Read Vogue. Pull tear sheets from hair and fashion magazines. Know the top five celebrities and models influencing style," says Fisher. "Your knowledge will impress potential clients." Most of all, don't let the process get you down. "When I went through this, I was excited but also scared," says Pettigrass. "To go from a great clientele down to nothing…it was fear of the unknown. But everything worked out great."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On the Rocks

That's right! A rare earthquake centered in Virginia rattled parts of New Jersey and New York shortly before 2 p.m., causing buildings to sway in cities and towns across the region.

Jonathan Husch, chair of the department of geological, environmental and marine sciences at Rider University in Lawrenceville estimated the intensity was about a 3 in New Jersey, meaning most people felt a mild shaking, as if a large truck was passing their building or house.
"Earthquakes in the eastern part of the U.S. are not unusual. They're not common, but they're not unusual," he said.
The quake in Virginia may be the largest ever recorded in that area, Husch added.
Many scientists who study earthquakes say the New York City area is overdue for a moderate earthquake that will damage buildings.

"This wasn't it," Husch said.

OK so I have to admit i was slightly freaked out, not scared (only because it stopped quick enough) just rattled my nerves. I came home after work and saw the devastation in my backyard (LOVE that Photo) and started Post Earthquake clean up and discovered something worse there was not 1 but THREE hornets nests under the chairs!!!!! talk about tears and screaming! bee's deff trump a New Jersey earthquake!

Seismograph not only measures earthquakes but how my heart reacts to bees!! haha

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Best Time to Wear a Striped Sweater... anytime!

So i recieved my first (stack) of september fashion magizines! LOVE all the fall trends, Hate the need to sell my liver to keep up with the trends! well I hate that I have no one to sell my liver to, really! anywho, anyone I talked to about how to go from assistant to stylist (beside talent [thanks Empire of Boredentown for all you did]) has said the best leg up you can do is look the part. stylist have this confidence to try the latest trends,good bad or ugly. and you need to be eye catching as an assistant to outshine you position and people start asking you about style. trust me your stylist will notice, and most importantly your boss will notice.

Now living on an assistants salery is just plain impossible, and the thought of new clothes just makes you laugh! I know i have been there!
-first stop eating out for lunch
is there honestly a policy that a deli/pizza place must be within 10ft of a salon????
and packing your own lunch helps you control your calories and who couldnt afford to lose a few lbs?!
-second it is ALL about the color
even tho the michaels kors cluch is to die for it is not just about the cluch its about the color of the clutch!!
-yes most salons are a black on black kind of place (Mystiqe is not! another reason I love it) look ate accessories in the "Hot" colors
That being said here is

what is hot this minute!
High voltage bits of red and an up to the minute edge to this falls ensembles

Silver is the new neutral
(yes its silver not grey,jeeze just say Erve Ledger why dont you?)

Hint of Lace
a HINT to much and you Will look like a street walker, and no one wants a prostitute to shampoo thier hair. (ok tbh. there is prob a clientele out there for that)
and too little lace you just look like you forgot to check a mirror before work!

Polka dots

again less is more you are not trying to re create I love lucy! but this is an awesome trend to do on the cheap!

What trend are you excited to try?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


My life at the moment is so much of a rom-com I am seriously on the lookout for hidden camaras!
so heres te recap. the prince and I left the kingdom and went our separate ways. for a little while it was fine. then I met captain America and he was a perfect gentleman but it was just not what I was looking for so once again I'm on my own. no worries, prince charming has pulled a Hail Mary play. Now he is working on things to make our life better. ::sniff:: awww! but for now it's just a wait and see. I mean diseny, the notebook, when harry met sally. all taught me how there is a moment in yourlife that you just hear music and the wind blows your hair perfectly and suddenly no one is around(and just at the perfect time they re-appear to applaud your engagement!LOL) but life has taught me that someone completing you is fiction,and those movis are to set everyone up for failure. only now he is sanding here and when I close my eyes I hear violins.

Exercising 15 Minutes A Day Increases Life Expectancy By 3 Years!

Just 15 minutes, people! You can do it! We believe in you!
A new study has found that a little exercise can go a long way. 15 minutes of exercise a day can tack on an extra 3 years onto your lifespan!
Taiwanese researcher Dr. Chi-Pang Wen, lead author of the study with over 400,000 participants, said:
"The 30-minute a day for five or more days a week has been the golden rule for the last 15 years, but now we found even half that amount could be very beneficial. As we all feel, finding a slot of 15 minutes is much easier than finding a 30-minutes slot in most days of the week."
Patients in the 12 year study reported weekly exercise regimens and were placed in groups such as inactive, low, medium, high, or very high activity.
People in just the low exercise group, which consisted of 15 minutes of exercise per day, reduced their risk of dying from cancer by 10% and had a three-year longer life expectancy than the inactive group!
So how easy is working out for 15 minutes a day? Pretty easy!
I know I will be walking the boards tonight as part of my better than nothing exercise! HAHA!

It's Back On! Sex & The City Prequel Series Happening!

Although it was reported that there was no chance of Sex & The City returning to television, it appears that not only is HBO VERY SERIOUS about adapting Candace Bushnell's The Carrie Diaries - her young adult novel that focused on a younger version Sarah Jessica Parker's iconic character and her senior year of high school - but that the network is looking to find another outlet to launch the series!
Maybe CW altho they already have gossip girl. who knows. What I do know is I will be picking up a copy of the Carrie diaries and read up!! besides HBO owes us this after the trainwreck they called satc2