Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spa Day with the Cutest Nieces EVER!

Saturday was Spa Day at Spa Di Da with Dana's stinkin' adorable girls! Here's how our day went:

We picked our colors...

Some of us are just made for the spa!

We put our toes in fizzy water

We were way too cute!

Adorable Samantha!

We got to snuggle up with Mommy

We got our make-up and airbrushed tattoos done, and we even got Girl Scout cookies!

Hanging out on the swanky couch

What a Day!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Makeover Disaster... No longer a disaster!

With the good advice of my friends, I headed back to my usual salon, Jersi's, and they kindly fixed my hair. When I walked in I had a baseball hat on, and the owner came up to give me a hug. I took off the hat and he stopped in his tracks, completely wide eyed and asked me if I colored my own hair, lol. I think the yellow on top and the orange edges freaked him out!

They somehow got the yellow and orange out (thank you, Arleen!) and I've ended up with a pretty, light brown. Although it's a bit chemically damaged now, I am so, so, so grateful that my hair is no longer orange.

Sat AM (where I should have left it):

Sat PM (The picture doesn't even do it justice, think orange and yellow with spots of brown):

Finished Product (yay!):

Makeover Disaster

Since a lot of change is going to be taking place in my life within the next few weeks (quitting full-time job, taking on a part-time gig, focusing on school, etc) Michael was kind enough to give me a Makeover Day! Even though I've lived in LA for over two years now, I haven't been fully able to shed the Seattle casual image. That being the a little scruffy, not very much makeup, jeans and a t-shirt look. Makeover Day was intended to bring out a little bit more sexy, classy... a little more LA.

The day started out at A.T.Tramp (a popular salon in Beverly Hills). I went to Michael's stylist, Robert, and got a great cut! I even added some very cute bangs. Since Michael's known me, I've pretty much had variations of the same cut and color scheme, so I asked for something different to make it a real makeover. The color ended up really pretty, however, I still looked exactly the same. When I left I felt classy and pretty, but not much different.

Next stop was lunch with Michael and then off to Bare Escentuals. I had my makeup done and the makeup artist was kind enough to teach me how to do what she was doing. I stocked up a few great kits and left feeling like a million bucks!

Here's where things start to take a bad turn... A.T. Tramp was able to get me in last minute for color, but because it was so busy when my color was finished an assistant dried my hair. And, she did a terrible job. Robert's beautiful haircut and my new color job just looked kind of bleak. So, when I left I felt a bit unsettled that Michael had wanted to give me a new look and I left looking exactly the same. Later in the afternoon, I decided to go to my regular salon, Jersy's, for a blowdry that was intended to show off my pretty new haircut and color. This is where things go terribly wrong. Four and a half hours later I walk out of the salon with tears streaming down my cheeks.

After hundreds (and, I mean hundreds) of dollars wasted, I look like a cross between Jane Jetson and Pebbles Flinstone. My hair is ORANGE. :( I should have just left my hair as it was, it at least looked classy.

SOLUTION: Try to fix it today, before the work week. *tears*

LESSON: To be more grateful.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Princess Day!

I am sooo excited... Michael and I are taking his three beautiful nieces (Katie 3, Alex 6, and Samantha 6) out for a "Princess Day" of beauty, fun and specialness!

We are taking the girls to only the coolest place in LA... Spa Di Da!

Spa Di Da is a kids spa that specializes in making girls and boys as magnificent as ever!

Here's what we're spoiling the girls with:

Start with a flower petal soak, manicure & hand massage with our juicy nectarine lotion, and finish it off with a sparkly polish of your choice.
(Includes 1 “Topping” Per Hand)

Thin Mint PediGirl
This pedicure inspired by the most enduring and universally familar Girl Scount cookie. Start with a dark chocolate dipped, mint chocolate fizzy foot soak. Then, after you've been cleaned and buffed, enjoy a relaxing foot rub with an organic, mint cholocate lotion as you snack on your very own delightbuful box of Thin Mint cookies. Top your pedi off with the non-toxic polish & sparkly top coat of your choice. (Includes 1 Topping per Foot)

Airbrush Tattoos of their choice

Makeup “Touch Up ”Dab of lip gloss, swipe of cheek gel, splash of sparkle and a touch of perfume.

We'll post pictures after their appointment next Saturday!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes...

"How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife."

Mike took me out for a special evening to see RENT at the Pantages Theater. It was my first time seeing the show! And, it rocked. And, we cried. And, it rocked some more.

We were so lucky to get two of the original cast members too!

Anthony Rapp!

And, Adam Pascal!

A big thanks to Michael for making sure that I didn't pay-per-view the show before seeing it live. Well worth the wait! :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Beachy Keen

Sunday was such a beautiful day to be at the beach! Mike and I invited a small group of friends for delicious bbq eats, drinks and sunshine. Malibu is such a fun place to go, and it's only better with the company of great friends!

Michael and Silvina being the gOoFbaLls that they are...

Jeremy was a sweet heart and helped the neighbor's old (and very wet and stinky) dog up the stairs.

Lara was having lots of fun dipping her toes in the ocean and writing her name in the sand!

The beautiful sunset was the icing on the cake to a splendid day at the beach!