Forget the cookie cutter bride... carved right out of a run of the mill magazine. The bride of 2019 showcases her unique style & personality in creative ways!
Consider these simple upgrades to truly tell a story at your wedding; a story of love, coming together and unique surprises your guests will adore.
1. Caged Veil or Blusher:
A sophisticated tradition, however, designers are getting unique in their use of texture and embellishments. There’s no such thing as a one size fits all caged veil; from highly textured tulles, luxurious headband embellishments, like feathers, crystals and custom florals; purchasing a caged veil from a designer in 2019, offers many many options.
Or consider this, get creative! Purchase a run of the mill caged veil and spice it up to fit your personality. Call on local jewelers, florists, artisans, creative peeps you love...even your kids- or take on this fun creative challenge yourself. The point is embellish the caged veil in a way that reflects who you are!
2. Place Cards as Party Favors :
If assigned seating is something you’ve been considering... and you are going to spend money on party favor anyways, why not combine the two? Utilize a local custom design business such as Blissful Calligraphy (owned by Leslie Langer). Leslie offers many solutions when it comes to combining favors and place settings. All of Leslie’s gorgeous geometric pieces can easily be repurposed. A gift and a seat... yes please! See Leslie's unique pieces below.
Add texture in unexpected ways! I love attending weddings and trying to find that one special thing the happy couple designed to truly showcases their style. Sometimes it’s simple, like a highly textured fabric bow tie. Or dramatic like a replica Viking longhouse with fireplaces and furs everywhere...
Whatever it may be for you, create texture to draw interest. Surprise and delight your guests with unconventional decor, attire or swag. I love cheap little faux fur rugs, layer them dramatically at an entry way; custom cocktails are great - garnish them extravagantly. Check out your local artisans and Etsy (my fave for unique ideas) and don’t be afraid to ask for a customized piece from someone whose concepts you admire!!
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No wonder people are confused about which permanent brow service is right for them. Reasonable expectations can be hard to come by thanks to the news media, photoshop and mislabeled "Insta" brows (thats right, I made up a new term for those brows on fleek all over Instagram). While there are many options for your brows, the best option is to schedule your complimentary consultation - as every brow design & brow results are individual to a persons health, skin type, aftercare & expectations.
Schedule your consultation online today & lets talk bout your brow situation!
Every good stylist knows - that a great consultation is the basis of gorgeous results & happy clients! The consultation builds trust, loyalty and ultimately keeps clients hair safe & healthy. That being said…clients don’t always want to hear what the expert has to say.
This is due in part to Instagram, Pinterest and the occasional person who is pretty much just making up hair techniques that don’t exist (aka, the client is pretty sure that they know what they’re talking about cuz they’re friend told them or they read it online).
Don’t get me wrong, we love our clients! But, we also want to keep them safe and keep their hair intact!
So let’s back track a little so we’re all on the same page…The education required to become a licensed stylist is intense, it’s so much more than the trade school of yester-year. Stylists must know anatomy, physiology, chemistry, various techniques, etc…the list goes on and the hours put into learning is beyond that of a full time job. The recommendations a stylist may share with a client are based on time tested, repeatable results.
I can’t tell you enough how much it delights us when a client comes in with a photo of their dream hair, listens to our recommendations & trusts the process. You don’t have to understand the process at an expert level, but trust that we will get you to your dream color or length in due time.
As a client you are literally our walking portfolio & referral base! We want what you want, but more so…because if your hair falls out you’ll tell everyone but if we do a stellar job…you’ll probably just tell a few people. But seriously though, we really truly do invest in our clients results, emotionally and physically!
So when you arrive at the salon Kat Von D onyx and you want to be Dani Targaryen white…understand that we don’t work Pinterest magic - but we will gladly guide you through the proper steps to keep your hair on your head, healthy & shiny. And before you know it, you will be rocking Daenerys shades of winter!
Rose & Crown Salon
House of Boleyn: The Story of Rose & Crown
I’m beginning to believe that the DNA of our ancestors lingers somewhere deep within our core, whispering hints of our heritage. Such is my obsession with the United Kingdom, which began years ago. Getting lost for hours down family trees & verifying information between sources, going cross-eyed, my heart pounding with the excitement of discovery - just another day in the life of a genealogy nerd.
One such rabbit trail lead me to a name we all know well… Boleyn! I’m sure on the day Sir William Boleyn and Lady Margaret Butler wed, they never imagined in a million years that their union would bring some of Englands greatest triumphs and tragedies through their female grandchildren. The infamous Anne Boleyn and her majesty Queen Elizabeth…female heirs of the lesser noted grandmother Lady Margaret Butler, an Irish princess.
The lovely lady Margaret Butler…later Margaret Boleyn links my family tree to that of Queen Anne. Sir William Boleyn, Knight of Bath, is my grandfather & son of Margaret Butler. He’s also a Boleyn that got to keep his head! It’s no wonder English history fascinates me, there’s so many twists, turns and stories to keep it exciting!
I’m often asked how I came upon the name Rose & Crown. It is truly and simply a nod to my heritage. Even the salon logo - a half Tudor rose (the red rose with a white rose) is connected to my ancestors. When visiting the Lacey, WA Rose & Crown Salon & Spa - we strive to treat every client like royalty and deliver a stylish, relaxing experience!
Fun Fact: The original Rose & Crown is an English pub and is still standing.
I am honored to carry forward the story of my family tree through my business. Stop by anytime & let us treat you like a king or queen!
Rose & Crown Salon
Starting a new business is always one of those “Just do it” slogan moments. The business plan is perfect on paper, but real life starts happening real quick! So it’s nice when someone shows up on your door step and proclaimes “I’m just doing it too, let’s do it together.”
That’s exactly how Kim Witort, owner of KMWphotography, reached out to me. Kim had been building a photography business part time and when career paths changed for her this year - she went full throttle into her passion & began building her photography dreams. Again “Just do it” came into play!
We are both new to building our dream businesses where 100% of the risk and reward lies on our shoulders. We both believed in networking in the right places and we immediatly saw how helping one another will do just that…help one another.
With open hearts, trust and a few laughs, a great business friendship (and friendship in general) was in full bloom. If you’ve never worked with Kim before, believe me - it is a ton of fun!
You may have noticed some of the gorgeous salon photos on the our social media, those are Kim’s and we’re the guinea pig as she builds her lifestyle portfolio (lucky lucky us!!!). Her talent at lifestyle photography has certainly helped me spend less time on the computer. PLUS I get to tag her in every photo, plus she makes us look gorgeous!
As you are out there seizing the day, I encourage you to be kind to others, be genuine…you never know when that chance encounter that seems like not a big deal can turn out years later to be your best business buddy!
Fads, trends, fear & loathing…the pressure to be media beautiful has inundated the minds of women since the dawn of time. Early cave women were most likely trading furs to achieve the latest in cheetah vest trends. Think about the S-bend Edwardian corset, ain’t nobody really want to wear that. None the less, ladies would break ribs to achieve this unhealthy trendy shape.
Accessing style ideals has never been an issue for women. Its human nature to want to conform and be a part of the pack, again I’ll refer back to our ancestors. However, believing what you see and hear - now that can cause some head junk.
One of my favorite sayings is “comparison is the thief of joy.” And while style trends come and go, big business is always on top of our desire to buy and conform. That’s just the nature of the beast and I’m guilty of falling for it. It’s taken many years of self reflection & of self-ownership to break the cycle of style greed and self hate.
I did let “friends” impact me by what they said regarding my appearance. Hurtful words that stick with you. Rarely do we remember the kind words someone had said. Magazines, tv, whispers, judgement - and you know what? I hear adults do this all day long - it’s not just kiddos.
What is it about criticism that makes us feel better about ourselves? In criticism of others appearances we choose to not be conscious about the fact that we are comparing ourselves and stealing our own joy!
I’m so happy to see the media opening up to more body types, so we can wear our bikinis loud and proud regardless of being “too” skinny or “too” curvy. We can rock our tattoos and Birkenstocks - or heels and blazers (with our tattoos). Fashion is self expression, not self hatred.
Next time you find yourself wanting to smirk or mock - maybe take a second and ask yourself where is it coming from in your core. And ladies - let’s support each others individuality through fashion (even if it’s painfully corseted)!
I dare you to compliment a stranger today! Let me know how it goes!
Rose & Crown Salon
So many puns are about to happen…but first the back story…
As with any small business a passion initiates the creativity that initiates the planning that becomes the goal. This is basically how my business concept took shape. In reality there were countless hours of research, planning and networking involved as well. Some how, this conceptual phase just flowed into going after it - inertia. I went full throttle, with a trusting, open heart.
The process of going after a new entrepreneurial investment is exciting and overwhelming. But I find that high intensity is the state of being where I am in peak performance and overall, it was as smooth sailing as it could be.
That is, until it wasn’t.
Out of no where a lemon tree sprouted sour fruits and dumped a rotten mound of them on my threshold. Also known as, a bloody deviation from my perfect business plan. It’s like grief when lemons get thrown at you. Quiet disbelief - bargaining - anger - peace & acceptance. And I had no choice but to cycle through those emotions quickly. Finally reaching a state of peace - I tied on my apron, stepped into the kitchen and set out to create a lemonade recipe from scratch.
Since I didn’t have any idea how to reinvent lemonade - I called on my vibe tribe. Now vibe tribes can be hard to come by for some people. Since Lacey is not the community where I grew up, I set out pretty early on in our relocation to find my tribe of like minded people that will always have my back (and vice versa). There’s nothing like rotten lemons in your lap to make you notice more acutely who your tribe members truly are. I’ve always had a hunch as to who was in my tribe, but at this very painful moment, my tribe rallied!
They arrived with Costco bags of sugar and several sturdy juicers in hand, my new business recipe was starting to take shape. It wasn’t perfect, a little hastily attempted at first. But, I didn’t let the sourness of the lemons get me down. I gave myself the space and grace to ask my friends for help. Sometimes we got emotional, sometimes we celebrated… it’s all part of creating something magical from something yuck.
Life’s like that, throwing nasty lemons that you just can’t stomach alone. Your reaction is truly a state of mind, a choice to serve it up and make life sweet again. Recently, someone mentioned to me that they noticed a cycle in their life of blessed and messed. Which basically means, when we’re in the flow of killin’ it, expect a few lemons to get thrown at you. It’s like a drive by but with lemons, you’re gonna flinch, it’s gonna sting, it’s gonna burn, but if you choose, you can sweeten the experience.
Now I serve up lemonade regularly over ice with a shot of vodka & I never drink alone!
Thank you to my Vibe Tribe and remember, I got your back!
Ahhh, the grand opening…streamers, glitter, champagne, crowds….
It’s a lovely dream, perhaps a vision of what is to be….but it is not at all how our opening weekend turned out!
I first engaged in a battle with our salon furniture company. Monday morning before opening went something like this, “Hey man, I didn’t get a call from the shipping company yet with a delivery time.” Oh-woops we didn’t place your order, let me get that done asap and ship real quick like. Then Thursday morning “Hey guy, when’s it gonna be here?” Oh -oops it seems to have been delayed. So on and so forth.Start ups definitely involve a lot of micromanaging, one may even call me an expert at this point.
Friday we set out to find alternative stylist chairs via the interwebs. The furniture adventure took me to a local salon. One in which, I’ve driven past many times. Inside I find two wonderful women, both smothering me with kind words of wisdom and well wishes. Jess then joins the hunt and finds a chair in Tacoma. She goes out of her way to pick it up, has to remove it from an apartment on her own (these chairs aren’t light) and bring it to the salon. What a wonder woman she is! Thank you Jess! Friday evening is spent sipping Angry Orchards with the Rose and Crown team & friends, setting up and cleaning. We’re so ready, let’s do this thing!
Saturday is fast upon us and we’re ready for business. Everyone that is, except our POS software we’ve been struggling with since setup - and per usual it fails us again. I’ve now decided that POS does not equal point of sale. I spend hours on hold with help desk…long story short yet again - we pull together and make it work! But wait, there’s more. Sewer issues become apparent when blue hair dye flows down the shampoo bowl and up through the toilet. And this is where I have to say, our landlord is quite possibly the absolute best landlord that ever was. She acted fast and saved the day!
Upon reflection our lackluster soft opening was a success. If anything it proved that the right people are in position and our team works together beautifully.
I’ve never been more exhausted in my life, but it was truly wonderful to witness the people involved (whether they know their impact or not) become a part of our opening weekend story!
Champagne, glitter and streamers coming in the near future!
There's no checklist... no field guide to starting a business from scratch, let alone a salon.
I've spent countless hours researching, Googling, messaging - trying to find cohesive answers or consolidated information. Alas, no such thing exists.
If I had the time (which I don't because I'm a start up - oh and I'd like a life), but if I had the time - I would write and self publish an ebook that gave a little more than a vague idea of how to start a salon. But you see, the concept is so much bigger than a check list. There are many legal entities at play- IRS, L&I , governing cities, state licensing, cosmetology licensing....the list seems to go on and on. And undoubtedly someone will send you a letter or if you're lucky, call to tell you - you forgot a license somewhere.
Despite wasted hours of trying to connect dots, I found the process of discovery somewhat gratifying. I feel proud that this was information I assumed was available to a new business and when I learned there wasn't a checklist, it was ok knowing.
I would dig - find resources - make awkward calls - ask stupid questions...and ultimately find answers.
So here we are, literally days away from opening our doors. Licenses in place - amazing people excited for you, working with you and mentoring you!
What advice can I give? Pick up the phone. Even the phone calls with "big brother" (aka government entities) were incredibly pleasant, kind and helpful. Ask for help and don't delay - these processes are timely but not quick. Seek out a mentor, someone in the business, who has run the business and is willing to share lessons with you. They've done it, they've gone through the growing pains, achieved success, learned. Find a mentor who fulfills those categories. Over all, be kind to yourself. I've wanted to throw the MacBook through a window so many times, but when I overcome obstacles (granted they're small obstacles at best) - I feel a growing sense of accomplishment!
Owner Rose and Crown Salon