Alison's musings on life, love, beauty and other junk.
Its about that time! We are so excited to announce our next Kid's Hair Cut Day!! Our salon shuts down exclusively for our little ones and our girls give out some sweet back to school cuts for $5! Spots tend to fill up fast, so make sure to give us a call to book soon.
Lately my teams been feeling the summer heat, a summer slump; if you will. We're all in need of a little pick me up. At our last meeting we talked extensively about our client experience and how we want joyful, happy people to come into our space. After some thinking I realized that my life mantra needed to be applied. You see, I believe that what you put out into the world is what comes back to you. After our meeting we came up with a plan. To spend a whole day spreading joy and sharing about our beautiful new salon.
If you follow me on snap chat [@Alison.Harper] you can see some fun snaps of us prepping for the fun and all through the day yesterday. We had a two part plan. The goal was to make at least, one person's day.
We started the day wishing people a happy work day while giving away free honey buns. Our girls greeted happy drivers on Main Street here in Laurel. We gave away a staggering 96 honey buns. [and we ate a few too.]
The second phase of our spreading joy campaign was to give away free blow outs, free brow waxes and some cute hair ties. We piled into our cars and canvased our local community. So far, we've got the phone ringing, and hopefully -we've made someone's day. We gave out over 600, YES -600 of these amazing deals. Which means, yes we saw 600 front doors today!
We had to skip this neighborhood! -ha.
We even made a few friends along the way. The guys from Big City Body Art in Laurel even gave us a few $25 off coupons you can snag in our lobby! We know our neighbors now!
At the end of this amazing day, I am so proud of my team. Our girls were genuinely happy to help spread a little joy today. They stepped out of their comfort zone and spent the day in the heat, and yet there wasn't a single complaint. It makes my heart sing to know that I've got such an amazing group of women working with me. Each from different backgrounds; and yet they stand behind my belief that putting good out into the world will only produce more good.
I am so excited to share that Amy & Garrison's beautiful wedding [organized by the talented ladies at Elizabeth Bailey Weddings and shot by my fav. Amelia Johnson Photography!] was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings! Seriously! If you know anything about me you know that I have a serious obsession over powerful, blonde women. [i.e. Leslie Knope, etc.] This just made my Monday. I don't have access to all of the photos just yet, I was darn excited. Plus, Amy looked amazing and really, really happy. Just as happy as I hope she'd be. BTW, AMY!! Your wedding is internet famous!! <3
Hope you have a blissful Monday!
Plus check out their amazing video by Mwendo!
Photography, Amelia Johnson Photography
Event planning, Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
Catering, Rouge Catering
Flowers, Wicked Willow
Officiant, Jesus Rivera
Calligraphy, Calligraphy by Maria Helena
Cake, Mary Elliot
Rentals, Loane Brothers
Bride's gown and veil, Watters
Hair and Makeup, Alison Harper & Company
Getting this salon open has been a very long process. A long process that I jammed into a very short period of time. To say that I have been living overwhelmed is an understatement. Just after getting opened a tornado ripped my roof off, followed by a hurricane that completely ruined everything. We renovated in under 2 months and opened right after the holidays. I can admit here, now; that I may have cruised through some of it on auto-pilot. I truly think there is only so much one can take and I've danced near that limit a lot lately. I did my job, crossed all the t's and dotted the i's but I wasn't present.
In all of this almost 4,000 sq ft space there wasn't space for me to work. My management team had an office, but I kept mine at home due to space constraints. It felt selfish to steal a corner of this space just for me, 'specially when we are hurting so much for storage. So, I'd pop into the salon for a few hours a day then scurry home to do my work. Just a few weeks ago, I started to notice a little fraying. Nothing huge, just some small stuff. Little issues started creeping up. Preventable issues, my management team started missing little things. I started feeling like I wasn't getting anything done. The salon became a time warp, that I entered and my to-do list was side tracked with other challenges.
I rolled this over, and like a dream I realized what the problem was. Me. I was asleep at the wheel. I wasn't present enough. I need to be here. I need to meet each and every person that enters my space. I need to help my management team, be the second set of eyes. I realized it wasn't selfish to take my own space, it was a necessity. After talking it over with Jd, we converted a small spa room into an office for me. Somewhere I could keep myself organized while still being around and present in my business.
It may not seem like much, but this is huge for me. I've never had my own office, -hell I've shared a bedroom since I was 18 months. I moved in mid-last week and I've already noticed major changes in my company. For the first time since the storm, I feel present. I'm involved deeper than I was just a few weeks ago and I can feel my team strengthen. So, this post serves no purpose other than to mark the ending of an era for me. The end of allowing this storm to impede on my business. The end of my sabbatical, the end of feeling overwhelmed and the beginning of taking the reigns back. <3
I don't know if I speak for all of us, but thank god Friday is here. I absolutely adore my job, but it is one of the first real weeks of wedding season and I haven't built my stamina up just yet. I also haven't seen the sun in a few days which makes a week feel extra long. I'm getting back into the swing of semi-regular blogging and Fridays are always my favorite. I get a chance to write about things that catch my eye over the week. Not that I don't love blogging my brides and beauty details but its fun to post whatever you want. So, apologies in advance for the randomness! Happy Friday!!
Laurel Main Street Festival //
If you are bored this Saturday come check out our salon at the Laurel Main Street Festival. It is literally at the corner of our block and runs from 9a-4p. There are hundreds of vendors, crafts people and businesses; plus music, carnival games and the like. My girls & I will be there offering free face painting so come by & see us!
DIY Mixed Drinks //
Happy Cinco De Mayo my friends! My jaw about hit the floor when I saw this on Pretty Little Wedding Things Tumblr. A brilliant and simple idea, you pre-mix your fav cocktail and seal it up for whatever kind of event you've got. This is perfect for rehearsal dinners, bbq's & if your hardcore DIYing it at your wedding. I don't know why I've never thought to do this! Plus, here's a recipe for one of my favorite mixed drinks, Raspberry Lemonade Sangria!
Waste 10 minutes, up your hair game //
All jokes aside, this article has over 30 charts chock'full of hair & beauty tips. From how to grow a pixie cut out to picking the right haircut out for your face shape. You'll be a pro in no time, plus it'll make the time at work go a little faster. Click here to get your learn on.
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