Because some people don't want all the details here's a quick list of the benefits.
I'd like to introduce everyone to Rosie the Rebel, yep I named my vehicle! I have never done that before but I also don't think I have ever sat in a car for the first time and felt butterflies. So here is the rundown of our experience and my new best girl.We test drove a Toyota Sienna first because well it was a Toyota which is known for great resale value and it's long standing reputation as a good car. Now I am a researcher so I had spent hours prior asking people, reading reviews and getting my financing info in order. I received an email from Toyota after requesting a quote which I hate having to request a quote because then I know someone is going to email or call me and then I will feel pressured. I received what felt a little like a form letter telling me about the dealership and it's state of the art showroom floor. Let me tell you it was, with a coffee and drink bar! But I wasn't buying a showroom and honestly didn't want to feel like I was paying extra for it.
So I liked the Toyota but when we got there the cars were parked so close together I didn't feel like I could look at them on my own without being worried I would ding them and we had to have one pulled out. The things I didn't like about the Toyota was all the bells and whistles in the one we were looking at were just everywhere and I felt overwhelmed by button overload. The experience there was ok but I wouldn't say family oriented, in fact right in front of the entrance there were two people smoking and no one was saying anything to them. I really couldn't wait to leave.
We went to Kia of Puyallup because my mother goes there for all her service because the dealer she bought the car at, Auburn treated her very badly. She is always so appreciative that they "took her in as one of their own". It's a car dealership...who feels that way? Pretty awesome. We also didn't go to Tacoma where we live because the dealer there just always feels so slimy to me and I have had and heard of bad experiences there.
Upon driving onto the lot we parked and saw a salesmen heading towards us and what did I feel...dread. I was so hot and tired from toting around 4 kids that I just wanted to look and not have to be schmoozed. One of the very first things Rich Purdy said to us was, "I don't like to hassle or make you feel like I am being pushy so let me know if you need anything." A huge relief washed over me! He pointed us to the Sedona's which were all parked a nice distance between each other so we could open all doors and not worry about dinging the damn thing before we even bought it. And open the doors did we! The kids climbed in and found that the seats reclined in the back (point for the Sedona in their mind) that the middle captain seats easily pulled forward if they wanted to get in that way.
We looked at a Sedona LE which is a pretty basic model but after being overwhelmed by the gadgetyness of the Sienna it was a nice break. I climbed into a red one which was a nogo color for us but it wasn't actually a bad red and we ended up falling in love with it. Kia's paint has a lot of depth and metallic fleck in it that shows the high quality. My mom's black Sorento after like 7 years or something still looks beautiful.
Upon sitting in it I saw sparkles, lights and magical fairy dust because I loved it. Rich came out to check on us after I was sort of doing the standing around dance because we were ready to test drive. He let us pack up the whole family and take it out on our own! We could then test it in a real life setting with the car seats and talk about the way we felt as we drove it. I didn't even think dealerships did this anymore. He made us feel so comfortable about really getting to drive it.
So one of my biggest pet peeves in a test drive is when you get in and the thing is on empty. It happened at the Toyota dealer and the light was even on. Talk about stressful driving down the freeway worried you are going to run out of gas. My husband and I took turns driving it because I didn't feel comfortable putting the whole family in it and they had to go put gas in it at a Costco during his test drive. The Kia had gas in it yea!
The absolutely amazing thing about the location of the Kia dealership is the test driving possibilities. It is right by a local freeway, the downtown area but also by back roads and a huge windy hill so you can really test all the driving situations.
We got back into the dealership and the one thing I never heard from Rich was "What will it take to get you into the van today." It's the clique thing you always hear and I hate it!
What you guys don't care about is the finance details but it was made really easy for us and I appreciated the whole process.
While we were waiting for the financing portion Rich took me on a tour of the dealership, the service area and walked me through where I would go for maintenance. The one thing that really sold me on Rich and the dealership was that when we started the process he told me to park our van in the service area where it was shaded so it would be cooler for the kids. Then when he could see they were getting antsy and hotter he showed us where the play room was. A playroom! This made me see the lack of stress my service appts would have in the future. Of course there is a TV, but also free wifi and there is a window you can actually see them doing the maintenance. Big seller for Kia is free car washes for life! No appt just drive up and they will wash it for you. My van now actually has a chance to get washed on a regular basis.
There were so many little details that Rich took care of for us and amenities that I felt were geared towards families. A state of the art showroom is nice but not if I am trying to chase my kids around.
Bottom line is I suggest you test drive other vehicles so when you get to Kia of Puyallup you will really know the difference in the dealership and what you are really getting for your money. The service department has a known reputation for being amazing, the place feels homey, and our salesmen Rich Purdy really took care of us!
Like them on Facebook , check out their website where there is a great amount of helpful info and please tell Rich I sent you! When you refer someone you get a $100 check in the mail and I am not just blowing smoke at you for a $100 but really because I believe everyone should be able to buy a car with this experience.
I know this isn't my normal kind of post but for those that made it through this thank you for reading and I hope it helps you out!
I recently was able to create myself a space in our house just for me and I am loving it. It has a door, a sink, lighting, my camera, a place to put my computer and all my makeup. Yes! It was a bathroom at one time but I swear we ripped the toilet out. My husband laughs because here I sit in this teeny room maybe 10'x5' and I have it all! I even have space on my desk for a little night cap if needed.
Because of my new little room I have been able to work on makeup looks more and really promote myself with that. I wanted to be a makeup artist for photoshoots and the entertainment business all my life but the one thing that stopped me was, I didn't want to move to where all the work is. I am just not a California girl sadly. I focused more on hair for the first 10 years of my career and I do love hair! The best thing about having both is I can do all the artistry in a photoshoot, and I am a bit of a control freak so that is great!
Here are a few shots I just did the past 2 days.
I have some pretty hooded eyes and because of that I can't wear all the beautiful popular looks right now but hey I still try. What I need to do is round up some friends and use their non hooded eyes to play around with. You can jump over to my gallery picture to see more of my work, I particularly love a lot of the stuff I have done with the roller derby girls. The events are always such a blast too!
Now for my secret wish list.
1. Anastasia* Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette. When I wish, I wish big dang it. I have been using powders to define my brows but I am finding in my pictures it is just not enough. All of their products are just getting rave reviews. Add this one to the dream cart. *I don't know about you but I cannot hear the name Anastasia without thinking Anastasia Beaverhousen!
Next on the drooling wish list. Sugarpill's loose eyeshadows. This one is called Asylum and I love it but I have only tried the Decora sample that was sent with my palettes. I seriously still have the sample and I dole it out in teeny bits. God forbid someone sneezes. They are all so beautiful though and I have seen many amazing looks done with the Goldilux.
I think that might actually complete my wishlist for the night, but that doesn't mean I won't be dreaming up more!
Sort of an abrupt ending but I am off to spend some family time, thank you for stopping by and kee
I am going to unleash the beast for you today and do the embarrassing unthinkable. Yep, I am going to show you a picture with my eyebrows completely overgrown! I wax my lip as well but hey I do have some pride! Why would I put myself through this degradation? I feel it is important for people to see the real benefits of having your eyebrows shaped, no matter what method you use. I prefer waxing but to be honest have never had threading or sugaring done.
Here we go...you tell me if you can see the difference. Side note...When I do my eye makeup I tame them a little with some eyebrow gel and sometimes fill them in a bit too.
Don't you feel like Dr Wexler is watching you with this picture, I know it's sort of creepy huh?
The great thing about waxing is there are many different shapes and styles for all different peoples tastes. I prefer mine pretty natural and have never been very partial to the very very thin brow and right now a little fuller is the trend.
Here is a funny and informative video by a makeup artist by the name of Wayne Goss that you must watch. Careful though and make sure you have some time because if you are anything like me, once you start watching his videos you will keep watching more and more. He's pretty funny and a great artist.
The shape of the eyebrows is a trend and so therefore for me to say one way is wrong or right would be an unwise decision because it could change next week.
I wax because I can do it myself and I like the effect but the other procedures that are available are waxing, threading, sugaring and I am sure ones I have not seen before. If you know of any please comment here and I would love to research them. No matter what method you decide on research the location and their sanitary practices. I have heard of some places that use the same wax pot for all different location. Sooooo someone might have had their butt waxed with the same wax being put on your face.
I have in the past done facial waxing but after my move to the new salon I decided to refer them to the ladies in the main salon. They make it a nice relaxing experience, well as much as it can be. With them it feels like a service not just having hair ripped off your face and they also offer facials and other spa services. Funny story...before I started working there I snuck in undercover and had mine done because I like to know something is good before I preach about it and I was pretty impressed.
If you would like to make an appointment with one of the girls at the shop give them a call at Willow Salon and Spa at (253) 759-2000 and please tell them I sent you.
Thanks for stopping by!
"Should I wash my hair before I come in for my hair color?"
"I haven't washed my hair in 3 days will the color still work?"
"I have a ton of hair product in my hair is that going to affect anything?"
I am frequently asked these questions and the answer to all is...it's fine! Washed, not washed, gobbed full of product, that color or lightener is going to cut right though it all.
The only time you should really worry about it is if you will be having a high lift color or even more important an entire on scalp lightening service using bleach. When you shampoo your hair you probably make sure you scrub that scalp really well and this is where the problem lies. When you stimulate the scalp you are getting the blood flowing and opening the pores which could be an ouchie when the lightener hits that skin. If you have ever had a color service you know you get a tingly sensation when the color is processing sometimes, if you scrub the scalp it could cause that tingle to be a burn!
Bottom line is, when you come see me for a color service don't stress about dirty hair, or too clean of hair or that you needed to use the entire can of hairspray today, What matters is that you come in, have some coffee and lets make you feel nice and spiffed up!
Hope this tip helps and if you need some in person tips you can schedule an appointment with me by clicking "Schedule Now" at the top of the page.
This is one of those myths I hear all the time that scientifically cannot be true. Your hair grows from the root out and technically is not alive after it leaves the follicle.
It is important to trim it because it stops the ends from splitting. When the ends split they break off causing the hair to shorten and look frayed. When you have a nice clean line on the end it actually makes it look longer thus appearing that it grows faster.
"Ok but why am I spending the money on quality product to wash, condition and protect it then???" So as an example imagine you bought a new car, as soon as that car drives off the lot it will never be as fresh and new. That doesn't mean you don't wash it, clean the carpets and spend money on good wax to keep it gleaming? So in essence, hair like a car depreciates as soon as you drive it out the follicle. ;) You can preserve it and keep it shiny by choosing good products and getting a trim on a regular basis. 4-5 weeks for a short cut and 6-12 weeks for a long cut.
"I always tell the stylist I just want an inch and they take like 5!" I hear this all the time which is why I always show my clients what an inch actually looks like, make sure you are on the same page with your stylist!
If you are looking for a new stylist and want to get on a regime to keep yourself looking your best I would be honored to be that stylist. You can book me 24/7 right here on the site by clicking "schedule now" above.
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts and hope all is well!
So a friend of mine and I, you could call her my partner in crime have been friends since we were 21 and 22 and during that time we had some fun together so when it comes time for us to get out of the house before we rip our hair out we usually go out together.
She had an amazing idea to get away to this place up in Bellevue called the Bellevue Club. Her husband is a member here so to be honest the room was on him because it was a signing bonus I guess of sorts. She planned a full day of spa treatments for us and dinner at their schmancy restaurant called Polaris. So as a rule or habit I tend to be cheap but every once in awhile I love to splurge on a good meal. I'll get to the food later though because it is going to take up some space.
Upon arriving at the hotel we were greeted by a very nice valet person who helped us with our bags and then checked in. For some reason I was expecting a bigger entrance or something more hotel feeling. The lady that checked us in was extremely nice and helpful and told us we had been upgraded to a premiere room! Sweet! We didn't have time to drop our bags off first so we just headed down to the spa. Now her husband had said, "It's not fancy." I think from now on when he says that I will be inclined to believe him because he is really not fancy to begin with.
Something to know about the Bellevue Club that will make this all make sense. It is not just a hotel it looks like it's primary business is the "Club" aka gym. Here is what their site lists for the facilities because I would hate to get it wrong.
Yea so it is pretty huge! So when we went to the spa we had to go down a few stairs and into this hallway that made us feel like we were in the basement (because I think we were) and a laundry cart rolled past us. When we got to the spa door it really just looked like a Dr's office and then we found out that only the nail salon was located there. We were given robes and then taken a few doors down the hall into the locker room to put on our robe and then told to come back to the waiting room. So here is where things got a little weird for me. The locker room is huge and so easy to get lost in, just to find the actual bathroom portion is literally a maze. Since it is a gym locker room that is the ambiance you get, if you are expecting a little hazy room, with little sandals and spaish you are not going to get that. I went back to the waiting room by myself because my friends appts started first with the massage and facial and they are in another room down the way. I will admit while sitting in the waiting room I was second guessing our stay, the robes were one size fits all and my ass is anything but one size! The waiting room door was open as you can see in the picture below and right next to the waiting room...the mens locker room. Every time someone went in there they were looking straight ahead at me sitting there in a robe I was desperately trying to keep closed on the bottom.
The saving grace for my nail services was my nail tech Tara. She was so nice and helpful and very down to earth. She did such a great job especially since I had been to a place 3 weeks earlier and had shellac done to my nails and it had turned into a mess. Tara had to really work to get the stuff off my nails and was apologetic lol about the fact that my previous service at a place somewhere else went bad. She really started the turn around for my visit.
After my nail services were done I trodded down the hall to the massage and facial waiting room, which was relaxing, warm and enclosed. What I would really expect from a spa area. My facial was first and the room was very relaxing but to be honest the facial was not as relaxing as some I have had in other places. I really felt like she was just washing my face (yes I know that's what a facial is) and well what really sort of sucked is the products she was using somehow creeped down into my eyes and I tried really hard to keep them closed but after I had thought it had been all washed off I opened them and sure enough my eyes burned like hell! They still feel a little angry today.
Massage up next and this lady was all business. She gave a great massage and made sure I was getting the amount of pressure I was after. My only comment is that it felt more like a sports therapy massage which is great because being a hairstylist I am of course all messed up but I guess it's just not what I was expecting. My friend also made the same comment when we met back up.
Back to the locker room where I searched the maze of lockers until I found mine. Now part of this honestly was probably my inability to think or walk proper after having such a nice long massage but I still got lost trying to get to the bathroom. What's uncomfortable about getting lost in a locker room is well...women change in a locker room so every wrong turn I took I was confronted by naked women. I am not a prude but you have to admit it feels a bit awkward...a naked maze.
By this point we were so incredibly starving because we hadn't eaten all day and it was already 6pm so we headed on up to the room to change for dinner. What we were greeted with was definitely a beautiful room. Funny enough the "premiere" upgrade put us into a king size bed...from 2 queens lol. In our years we have slept in the same bed many times so it wasn't a big deal but still funny. It was an extremely comfortable bed with soft linen and the room was set up well and had tons of amenities. The bathroom was pretty amazing, huge tub, separate shower there were gadget, buttons and modern little touches everywhere. See the picture of the soap for a good laugh on a waste reduction ideas.
We got ready and went to dinner but had a hard time finding the restaurant because a huge graduation party was going on and we had to cut through it and all the fancy (and frankly) uppity people to get to it. When a waiter walked by with a hordevours on a plate I almost wanted to just eat one! The restaurant has a nice decor and our waiter was great. I wish I had actually found out his name so I could post it here. Bald, tall guy with a sense of humor and good taste and recommendations. I was shocked because when we sat down and he asked if he could get us some drinks I replied back with "We just sat down could we have a few minutes to actually decide." Once I said it I realized it sounded extremely bitchy but he didn't even flinch and it made me wonder what he is used to. I was hungry what can I say but I did apologize! We both ordered this fancy martini which I don't usually do and it was way too sweet for us and you could not complain about being cheated on the amount of alcohol in this drink because after 4 sips we were both buzzed! It took a while to finish the whole thing but since I am not a big frou frou sweet drinker this was probably just issue. We then ordered orange vodka and soda water....strong and then we were giddy drunk!
Now to the food..it deserves an entire paragraph on it's own. We started with a carrot curry soup and it was so rich and so good, but if you get it stick with the cup because it is more than enough! We were offered some bread which uhhh of course we took. This was our bread consisted of.
Ok there was some real bread as well but doesn't this totally remind you of bread they would serve in the stereotype of Bellevue?
My friend had the shrimp and pasta and I had the prime rib with yukon gold horseradish mashed potatoes and broccolini. The potatoes were some of the best mashed potatoes I have ever had and if you tell my mother that I will deny it. For dessert we had a fancy lava cake that I cannot remember the name of but it was delicious! I got the fruit tart and it was pretty boring and the crust was a little like bland cardboard, that could have been the point and it was just lost on me but whoa was the toffee lava cake good!
At this point we were so full and so tired we completely ditched the idea of going out on the town and instead went to our nice room, put on the robes and watched some Chopped. I know...stuffed and we watch a food show? Hey, for some of us getting out of the house is getting to eat all your food without someone asking for it and being able to hear the tv and sleeping through the night!
So extremely long story short I would go back but not for the spa services. Next time I will try the other restaurants, eat at Polaris again, and utilize the other services like the pool, the jacuzzi and steam room. Since I had no idea what was there and the whole feel of it it wasn't what I was expecting. Now that I know we will plan our trip differently. All in all, great service people, great room and fun time.
One thing last thing, Bellevue is not usually my taste or brand of people. I live in Tacoma and I really like the blue collar feel to it but if I want to get all gussied up and drink a few super strong drinks and stumble to a comfortable bed this is definitely where I would do it at.
Thanks for your time to stop and read my thoughts!
So time to get honest here. It is my job when I go to work to have great hair and great makeup. Would you want to come in and have someone make you look beautiful who looks like they just rolled out of bed? Me either!
Now thankfully I do not go to work everyday because I don't think I could be fully made up everyday. Some days are filled with 2 year old boys being taken to play groups, Costco, unclean hair in ponytails and yelling "get that out of your mouth" and "Don't hit your brother"! But because I also run into people who are clients once again I don't want to look complete sweat pants mama, which is what I look like at home!
I have found though a way to try and make a happy medium. I am deeming it them the 2 minute mommy makeover, the 5 minute mommy makeover and the time intensive 10 minute whooping it up mommy makeover.
Here is the before and after pictures of the 2 minute and the products I used. I will be trying to make a YouTube tutorial too so you can see me in my crazy rushing ritual!
From right to left is what I carry in my bag, now I have more than you might feel you need but because of my oily eyelids I have to have primer and I carry the concealer because sometimes I have glad freezer bags under my eyes, full of coffee grounds I swear!
1. Sample size Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I received this in a palette from UD I think but have it in full size as well. Now when you see the price do not stop breathing! It is worth every single dollar you pay, and really it's only 20 bucks. It's a pretty big industry staple among many make up artists and keeps your eye makeup where it belongs, not on your knees.
2. Blush brush..obviously. This originally came from a Bare Escentuals kit I think it is this Flawless Face brush but I like it as a blush brush. Also good for blending out an eyeshadow that might have been put on too haphazardly.
3. Mary Kay concealer in shade Beige 1. I like this one because it is liquid but I don't feel like it accentuates the lines around my eyes. Hey! I've earned those as I'm sure if you have them so have you.
4. Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara. I usually have to wear waterproof which this is not but it doesn't irritate my eyes like other non waterproof do.
5. Be a Bombshell eyeliner pen...it's got a big tip that comes to a fine point. This was in a ipsy bag as well and it will be a repurchase because it is a must have for me!
6. Moxie lipgloss by Bare Escentuals Another ipsy score!
7. Mary Kay highlighter powder, comes with a light blush and highlighter in one. I use this as a blush and an eyeshadow. Great double duty!
Just a shot of my makeup bag next to something to help you see the size ratio. I could actually fit double what I showed in this post though
So that's it I think! Please feel free to email me, comment here, Facebook or Twitter me with any questions or comments. There are cute little buttons at the top of the page here to access those. I welcome suggestions on what you'd like to see too!
Thank you for taking your time to read my blog I really appreciate all my readers.
Now go enjoy the day, Little man sure is!
No I am not talking about Valium which is what "mommy's little helpers" used to mean, I am talking about tips on how to make a mommy feel..well..less mommyish about herself. Sure I love being a mom but I don't always like looking like a stereotypical tired mommy...even if I am! But I don't always have time to put on makeup and do my hair. Truth is I get to shower maybe every other day and sometimes on a rough week, every 3 days! No worries, I know there are others out there and I will keep your secret. I also don't always get to brush my teeth everyday. Sometimes I look at that couch when I am exhausted at night and I think...teeth...you can wait!
The next few weeks I will be posting some pictures, some ideas and even... if I can get my new makeup/filming room finished my first YouTube video! Hell yes I am terrified of looking like a dork, but if it will help you feel less like one even a little, all is worth it. I'd like to show you some tips that will make you feel better about yourself or less ashamed when you run into your child's hot math teacher at the grocery store for that gallon of milk you just ran out of.
Here is my listyness making a list of whats to come.
1. A mommy emergency go bag.
2. Taking your mommy ponytail/bun to runway mommy ponytail/bun
3. Making your hair go an extra day between washing.
4. A 2 minute mommy makeover for a trip to the grocery store
5. A 5 minute mommy makeover for a trip to the zoo
6. A 10 minute mommy makeover for a date night!!!!!
There might be more but that's what you are getting tonight at the "mommy me time" hour of 11pm on a Sunday night. I will be eating my bedtime toast, going to bed where I will dream of all the ways I will help you feel good about yourself as much as that Margarita you drank while hiding in the bathroom from your family made you feel!
Good night friends!
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I find so many things I love out on The Internet and I want a place to share it. Trends, tips, and hopefully some fun stuff too!