To the women who make it happen.

Cheers & Happy Mother’s Day to the beautiful strong women who share their bodies, hearts, and minds to create and care for so many.

Don’t forget to pamper yourself and enjoy your loved ones. I hope you have a beautiful weekend.

XO Carey

As my  gift to you mention this blog  &  get a kerastase treatment with your next service.

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The beauty in everything.

 I am feeling inspired by these looks today & this poem.
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Beauty

And a poet said, Speak to us of beauty……

We have seen her leaning over the earth

From the windows of the sunset….

She shall come with the spring

Leaping upon the hills

And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.

It is not a mouth thirsting

Nor an empty hand stretched forth,

But rather a heart inflamed

And a soul enchanted.

It is not an image you would see

Nor the song you would hear;

But rather an image you see though

You close your eyes and a song you hear

Though you shut your ears.

It is not the sap within the furrowed bark,

Nor a wing attached to claw,

But rather a garden forever in bloom

And a flock of angels forever in flight.

Beauty is life

When life unveils her holy face.

But you are life and you are the veil.

Beauty is eternity gazing

 at itself in a mirror,

But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

Kahil Gibran

Orb, Verrazan, & Rosie

Whether you are barside or at the races placing bets … mint juleps, hats & hairstyles … that charm will be making an appearance today at the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Here are some sure bets for your hair with or without the hat.

Oh & gotta love Rosie.
Have an awesome weekend.
XO Carey

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A quick tutorial on how to do the low messy side bun.

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Man Style

Oh yes, sideburns have no boundaries.  Race car drivers, politicians, comedians, musicians, athletes, and heart throbs alike sport this look. I’m not sure which one I like the best, but they all get points for the super manly quality added to their hairstyle by working the burns.

Life is too short to be little.  Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Have a beautiful weekend. It’s a great time to test out growing in these looks.

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A one dimensional view.

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Mirror mirror on the wall…

Your friend and/or your enemy.

After years of watching clients sit in my chair, talk about their hair, their frustrations with it, the things they like, don’t like or don’t want to change. There is always a moment when you notice how a person sees themselves in a one-dimensional mirror. How this flat perspective can be deceiving to the person on the other side.

First, most people do not get this flat view, or see you when your chin is down or when you’re looking at yourself with a tilt of your head, focused on things you don’t like. With mirror’s and photograph’s we build our ideas of how we look and yes to some degree they are true.

This view is hardly ever animated with a true smile, a look of happiness, compassion, or eyes filled with moment. Which is how the rest of the world gets to see you. From the side, from the back, from all the angles and more than that … you … caught in a moment; whatever that moment may be. These moments are always a perspective mostly unseen by you.

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

~Author Unknown

I wrote this post ages ago not ready to publish it when I saw this video it completed my thinking.

Its good to be bad. Five decadent things for your skin & hair.

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American beauty culture is teeming with rules. Always do this, never do that, and for the love of God, don’t ever do the other, and herein lies the rub, literally and figuratively. Americans in general take very little time for massage, facials and other bodycare; in my experience over the last decade, well over half my clients view getting facials as a special treat rather than a legitimate practice for their overall epidermal health. What’s more, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 60 countries far surpass us in vacation time, whether paid or unpaid, and anyone who has ever worked in a service profession knows that there’s a tacit implication that it’s noble to work while sick, despite all evidence to the contrary. We get less sleep than most countries’ citizens, thus cementing Americans in our position among the least kind to our collective epidermis, instead always searching for the quickest fix.

We are inundated with an ever-burgeoning glut of celebrity dermatologists’ cutting-edge procedures, technologies, and newly minted game-changers in the constantly churning active-ingredient market. I love a great moisturizer with retinoids or glycolic acid; however, I am skeptical of products that claim to do 10 things; surely if those 10 benefits existed in one product, at least three of the active ingredients would contraindicate each other. It’s just not feasible that a single moisturizer could contain a stable, and therefore realistically productive, combination of active ingredients in high enough amounts to actually do something.

I am not saying that nothing works, nor do I suggest that products shouldn’t be tested cautiously. In fact, I try almost everything; I’m a shameless beauty-product addict, having long ago become an aesthetician to parlay my obsession into a profession. I consider it part of my job to discover the next jewel in the rock-pile of What Works. To some, the mere thought is exhausting. To me, good times. Therefore, here are the five things that are tried and truly excellent for your skin—and to us overworked, stressed-out Americans, may feel positively decadent:

Eat guacamole as often as possible. Avocados are high in good fat and oil, and your face will thank you.

Get a facial at least every three months. This isn’t terribly expensive, and the more massage, the better; tell your aesthetician that you really enjoy the massage portions of your service. Facial massage stimulates cell turnover, circulation and collagen production. Plus, it feels really good, and you need that in your life, right?

Get more sleep. As I’ve mentioned previously, your skin does its best work as you sleep, making your products optimally effective and promoting fresh, bright eyes (and firming the surrounding tissue).

Put on a little weight if you’re thin. Your face loses volume as you age, and it can cause you to look haggard and more wrinkly (I got really skinny when I was injured a couple of years ago, and I can definitely attest to this.) The gorgeous and timelessly stunning actress Catherine Deneuve is rumored to have remarked that at a certain age, a woman must choose between her butt and her face. My face wins that hands-down. A lot more people (probably) see your face than your rear end.

Get down, make love. Sexologist and southern belle Dr. Gloria Bramer claims that having sex increases blood circulation, encourages cell turnover and amplifies collagen production, among many more epidermal bonuses. Just having an orgasm plumps lips, as well as producing dopamine and other happy hormonal bursts, all of which also increase cell turnover and circulation. Not to mention the sexy flush it brings to your cheeks!

So sleep late, get a facial massage, have some sex and eat guacamole I say it’s our duty as Americans to change our all-work-no-play image.

Thank you Arika Casebolt

Baltimore-based aesthetician Arika Casebolt knows good skin in every season.

Easy, right! Whats good for your Skin translates to good for your HAIR. So I think you know how to do all this, but here is some avocado 101 and my two favorite ways to eat them plus Rodan and Fields skin care line that I am in love with.

Avocado’s…
Considered an aphrodisiac by some, this fruit is also high in good fat and packed with vitamins and fiber.

In addition to their high oleic acid content, avocados are a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin B6, as well as folate, copper and potassium (half of a medium avocado has more potassium than a banana). Studies have suggested that the fats in avocados may speed the absorption of carotenoids in other vegetables, another good reason to include them in salads and salsas.

Avocado, goat cheese, lime, & mint or simply the best way cut in half sprinkled with sea salt eaten right out of the skin.

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A thick slice of toast smothered in creamy avocado and spiked with fresh herbs and citrus is happiness on a plate to me.

Serves 2 for breakfast or lunch

Ingredients

2 thick slices of your favourite bread

1 avocado

Juice of 1/2 a lime

2 teaspoons chopped mint, plus a bit extra for presentation

60g goat cheese or feta

Olive oil

Salt flakes and freshly ground pepper

This is great stuff.

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Have a awesome weekend! C

A ponytail to remember.

With this weekend and the Easter holiday quickly approaching, here is a fun sophisticated look you can wear anywhere.

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Also the high ponytail, you cant go wrong with this one when done well… it always looks stylish.

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Have a great week, love & enjoy your families this weekend.

“HAPPINESS [is] ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Heavens to Betsy, you’re still here.

Not much to say about hair today except, it’s still hat weather so take advantage of the cute possibilities.

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ALSO…

I was stopped short when I heard this song yesterday, so I had to share. To these final days of cold weather goodbye…
( I have weakness for the piano)

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha

Spring new strengths & new thoughts.

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Spring forward and Im feeling these looks & loving that we get extra daylight!

Today Im starting a 5 day detox today that is not only healthy for you but for your HAIR, skin, & nails.

Check out http://littlegreen.me ….learn about Christy and I hope you give this a try.

In honor of international women’s day this week…

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Xoxo have a great weekend
Carey

I am launching Organic systems this month in addition to already having Phyto botanicals….

This month I have added organic color systems to my business. This is for the client looking for 100 % organic products to use on their hair. Many of us take the time to eat organic, use and support organic products & solutions. This line takes color into the future, and finally gives you a product comparable with existing professional lines. I have watched Organic systems for over a year now and believe it is the best option on the market. I am excited for those of you interested in Organic systems and look forward to working with you.

XO Carey

Since 1990, thousands of salons in over 40 countries have experienced the fantastic flexibility and benefits of the original ammonia-free, oil-delivered permanent hair color system.

All of our Organic lines are made with the best natural and certified organic ingredients to protect and nourish your clients’ hair. They are 100% FREE of Ammonia, Parabens, Plastics, Resorcinol and Thioglycolates! Plus, they contain no animal products, are never tested on animals, and are certified by PETA.

Gone are the dangerous chemicals that can cause health issues which could be career ending! Organic Color Systems gives a safer, more pleasant salon experience that results in healthier, more lustrous hair. It all adds up to beautiful color without the nasty side effects.

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Hidden beauty in the city. Reflective Art Brings Light, Color To Historic Spaces…and our imaginations.

Birthing ‘Cloud Terrace’ In D.C.

In the U.S., Dumbarton Oaks — a historic, 10-acre garden in Washington, D.C. — is also ablaze with colors. It has roses, azaleas, lilies and a new, temporary installation by Cao and Perrot. The pair arranged tree-high poles into an oval shape and on top of those poles they perched a configuration that pairs luxury with something very basic.

“It’s a wire mesh cloud made of two different gauges of chicken wire,” says John Beardsley, head of the garden and landscape studies department of the Harvard research institute based at Dumbarton Oaks. “It’s just plain old chicken wire… folded into elaborate shapes that evoke a big bank of cumulous clouds. And then it’s hung with 10,000 Swarovski crystals.”

… in tough times, art is more important … keeping the spirits up and the soul alive in difficult economic circumstances is terribly important.

– John Beardsley

Like those at Beauvais, the crystals at Dumbarton Oaks are on loan from the Austrian company. All 10,000 have been hand-tied to the chicken wire cloud, where they cast prisms everywhere. On a cloudy day, they glimmer like raindrops.

“And then it’s all reflected in an oval pool that the designers created to reflect it in,” Beardsley says.

Between sculpting the wire mesh and threading and tying each of the cut crystals, it took the landscape artists and some volunteers a month to make Cloud Terrace, which is open to the public through November. Until the actual installation, Beardsley had only seen drawings of the piece. He says he was relieved when it was finally in place.

“It’s a birthing experience,” he says, laughing. “We gave birth to 10,000 crystals and a wire mesh cloud.”

But in the midst of all the oohs and aahs, you have to ask how — in these rough economic times, with daily doses of joblessness, hopelessness and anxiety — you can justify the luxurious sparkle of artworks like this? Well, Beardsley says, the crystals are on loan, and chicken wire doesn’t cost much. He says the real investments were time and aesthetics. And then, there’s something else:

“There’s also the saying that, in tough times, art is more important,” he says, “that keeping the spirits up and the soul alive in difficult economic circumstances is terribly important.”