I have often got flack for how much I love my birthday, but I can’t help it. To me, it’s a day of love, where my people shower me with meaningful words, thoughtful gifts and fuzzy feelings. Naturally, being a Leo, it has seldom been hard to pamper myself like a royal. This year I turned 35, and I felt a deeper urge to nurture my relationship with myself, others and nature. This year I wanted much more intention behind the love I received and gave myself.Read More
At our core, we live by “When we know better, we do better”. There has been a little seed that has been growing in Easton and I that has not waned, and after much seeking, now is the time to take action.Read More
I have worn every cut and color under the sun. Just check out these sweet photos. Most of these looks define exactly the woman I was at that stage of life. There were a few that were real mistakes, resulting in great lessons about what didn’t help me feel confident. That’s really the magic key, confidence.Read More
This is the season that my girls fight sickness after sickness, building their little immunities up one by one. After 30 minutes of getting ready for school on Tuesday morning, I finally came to the conclusion that they weren’t going to be able to go. They had come down with a mean cough that turned one of them into an angry little hulk and the other into an ultra-sensitive clingy baby monkey.Read More
I have been a licensed cosmetologist for over 13 years and have always worked full time behind the chair with guests. When I started in the industry, like most hairdressers, mistakes were common. Ladies and gentlemen, I turned my mother’s hair green. Thank goodness I had a patient mentor to save the day. In any trade, you learn almost more from those what not to do situations, than you do from totally successful ones.Read More
Happy Holidays Everyone! I can’t believe this year is coming to a close! I have been quite the bookworm in 2018. Below is a list of all the books I read in order and a little description for my fellow readers.
I found the Libby app this year and was able to link my San Diego County Library card, and read or listen to all of these books for FREE! I am constantly saying that our local libraries are one of our most under used resources. This app just brought my local library to me!
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
This was recommended by a guest. It didn’t disappoint. It is a bit of a mystery and drama about a young girl and her well off family’s summer vacation home.
Commonwealth- Ann Patchett
Loved this both funny and heartbreaking family story.
Lifestyle/ Personal Improvement-
The Ultimate Guide to Crystals and Stones- Uma Sibley
A great guide for all my energy peeps.
Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Divination- Richard Webster
An in-depth guide to over 30 different types of divination, from Tarot to Bibliomancy. This one lost my interest, to be quite honest. It was a bit too New Age for my taste.
Basic Witches- Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
This would have been a great and fun read for high school me. A bit too fluffy for me now. Cute though.
The More of Less- Joshua Becker
I was looking for good reminder of why I choose to live a minimalist lifestyle. I think I needed to revisit the principles after a bit of a hiatus from prior overindulgence of the subject. I liked this one.
Essentialism- Greg McKeown
Hands down, one of my favorites! This book is so well written and really invited me to change some of the toxic busy behavior I was creating for myself. It isn’t about getting more done in less time, it’s about getting just the right things done. McKeown has a brilliant way of making everything we make out to be overly complicated in our heads, actually quite simple.
The Hygge Life- Gunnar Karl Gislason, Jody Eddy
This is the first book I checked out on the Danish concept of Hygge, which roughly translates to a created feeling of warmth and coziness. Think candles, warm sweaters, hot drinks, and close friends in a cabin while it rains outside. Yeah, I got hooked and checked out every other book on the subject.
Practicing the Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle
I love this book for anyone looking to live a more mindful life. It was a great reminder to stop rushing and to focus on the present. There are some great tips in here on how to quiet the mind.
A New Earth- Eckhart Tolle
I started this book years ago, when Oprah told me it was a good idea. I was wrapped up in it for awhile, but at some point lost interest. After reading “Practicing the Power of Now”, I felt it was time to revisit. The book largely focuses on how by separating ourselves from our ego, we can live a more meaningful life and change the world around us.
Hygge- Marie Tourell Soderberg
This book has a beautiful collection of photography, evoking that true hygge feeling. The content is quite similar to that of “The Hygge Life”, explaining the concept through recipes, decor, and entertaining.
Live Lagom- Anna Brones
After reading about Hygge, I became interested in the Swedish term, Lagom. It translates roughly to- not too much, not too little, but just enough. My minimalist nature was captured from the start. Lagom can be applied to work-life-balance, design, beauty routines, cooking, and environmental sustainability. Really, it is a way to look at the world, slowing down and finding happiness in everyday balance.
The Little Book of Hygge- Meik Wiking
This is my top pick on the subject! The beautiful imagery wasn’t there, as it was in the other books, but I found the content richer. I love the history of design, and actual research included in this one. If you are a super nerd like me, this is the one for you.
How to Hygge-Signe Johansen
I know, I have a problem. Somebody should have committed me for the amount of Scandinavian lifestyle books I read this year.
Soulful Simplicity- Courtney Carver
This is another one at the top of my reccommendation list for the year. Courtney Carver provides a raw and truthful account of how she went from suffering from MS, in debt and unhappy, to feeling well, slowing down and taking her life back. I listened to it on audiobook, read by the author, and think that the power of listening to her tell her own story, made it even more special.
The Art of Screen Time- Anya Kamenetz
This book came to me in a bout of panic that my children were spending too much time on their phones. Understanding that I am one of the first generations of parents to raise children in this landscape of digital overload, I knew I needed to personally do some research to find what was right for our family. I love that this book gave a full range of data from very young to teenaged children and did not just demonize tech. I truly think this is an important read for any parent in today’s world, wondering how to best manage screen time in their homes.
The Year of Cozy- Adrianna Adarme
This is one of those super cute and clever table books that I love to read and aspire to do, but am never really going to spend my time doing. Grain-free doggy doughnuts anyone? Yeah, it was a browse through and return kind of situation.
An excellent second book on Lagom.
Girl, Wash Your Face- Rachel Hollis
This is one of my favorites of the year. All my ladies, can you hear me? Just get it on audiobook and give it a whirl. I was hesitant because of all of the hype, but Mrs. Rachel Hollis sucked me in.
Our Scisters Salon journey has just reached it’s 8th year on October 1st. Say What?! I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the manifestation of this dream. Looking back on those two young ladies, all bright eyed and green, I want to tell them that I am proud of their commitment to keep their hearts in business. I believe it is a key component to our successes.Read More
One thing I know for sure is that if you keep score, you do more. I have heard my mentors repeat it time and time again. This concept can be applied to various areas of my life; fitness and health, coaching my team in the salon, parenting, and my own personal finances. There is one rule that I learned the hard way, try to focus on your own personal best. Stay in your lane.Read More
My intimate connection with self care began along side my motherhood journey, in the depth of my soul, in the darkness. Before babies I was a lavish Leo who knew how to pamper myself and had a healthy personal growth obsession. I took ample time for rest, relaxation and revival, but there was a missing piece that didn’t exist for me yet.Read More
f you are a millennial like us, or have spent any significant amount of time with Melissa and I, you have probably heard the term manifest recently. If not, you may have heard of this concept in the form of quantum physics, from the book The Secret, or the Law of Attraction. The idea, in short, is that the thoughts that you think, create your reality. But it's not so simple as, "I want a pony". Oftentimes, the universe will bring things to you in unexpected ways.Read More
We often get asked questions regarding if we recommend our guests take supplements to promote healthy hair and skin. I wanted to take some time to share my thoughts regarding optimal nutrition and beauty. Note that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, so this is an opinion piece. Since so many people have asked for it though, here goes.Read More
Hello Everyone! I have been wanting to add another tutorial to the blog and lucky for me it was Spring Break. My daughter was in the salon today helping out and I was able to use her beautiful, thick hair to do this twisted pony style. I hope you enjoy the video we made.Read More
Is it possible that like a tree, we are continuously cycling through shedding what we no longer need, to blossom into a new growth?
It's common to see major hair loss around life changes, hormones and different health dynamics. My response to questions of hair loss mostly link back to your body's reaction to phyical or emotional stress. But standing in the hot shower last night, holding clumps of hair in my fingers, I felt like a warrior goddess, shedding the pieces of myself that were no longer me. Could this hair loss be symbolic of the death and rebirth of myself?Read More
I am grateful to be able to keep the doors of my business open, to support my staff and their lives outside of the salon. I appreciate you for helping that dream come to fruition and for supporting it. With each choice you make to spend your hard earned money with us, you are helping us to create more smiles and more beauty.Read More
A few months ago, we got a new neighbor right next door, Bad Kitty Photography. They are a wild and fun bunch of woman who have fine tuned the art of boudoir photography. They asked us to team up with them on a project called Hot Shots, where we would spend a day beautifying 90 women with hair styling and makeup prior to their photoshoot. And of course, we were all in.Read More