Monday, January 04, 2010

Welcome 2010

There was something beautiful about being almost totally offline for over a week, but it feels really good to be sitting back at my desk this morning. With a strong wifi connection. Crossing my fingers your post-break-transition is going smoothly.

I get a kick out of making goals and lists and plans pretty much any time of year, but it's especially fun in January. One of my resolutions for this year is so self-centered that I should be embarrassed to mention it (yet somehow I'm not): in 2010 I'd like to get my grooming in order.

I've been here in Denver for many months without finding a nearby stylist/colorist, a pedicurist, someone I trust with my brows, a favorite waxing shop, etc. It's actually kind of ridiculous at this point. Friends, there have been emergency at-home coloring situations. Very sad. (I should note, that I have seen the talented Natalie of Sensibly Styled twice, but after I found myself morning sick, I concluded that the trek to her house was more of a drive than I was willing to make on Colorado's snowy roads.)

Do you remember a mention in Glamour magazine awhile back about someone who sets aside time at the beginning of each quarter to make all her grooming appointments? I found the idea smart and practical and intend to adopt the practice.

What about you, Dear Readers? Working on anything in particular this year? Do you make resolutions? Do you dislike resolutions? How do you handle your hair/nails/waxing appointments? Seen any lists for 2010 that are inspiring? (I like my sister Jordan's list.) I hope you'll share — I love seeing what people are thinking about.

See dramatic hair-styling pics in Nathalie Gingold's Flickr set.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have someone come to my house. It's faster, easier and cheaper (he cuts my 3 kids' hair at the same time), altho somehow not more relaxing. I am home with 3 kids afterall. But it gets done, and I'm all about getting it done.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:42:00 AM EST  
Blogger ~j. said...

Instead of specific resolutions I tend to go with a theme. For example, this year is, It's Someday, as in, I've said, "Someday I'll do ______," and now I'm doing it.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:05:00 AM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Anonymous - I have totally had "I'm all about getting it done" times of my life. In fact, when I had 3 very small kids, Ben Blair used to cut my hair (it was a super-short style) with our electric clippers. Good times.

~j. - I LOVE the idea of a theme. I may have to copy you.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:10:00 AM EST  
Blogger trina said...

You will enjoy the following from my friend Kal Barteski's blog

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:25:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Tracey said...

Try Nikki at BANG Salon on Alameda and Downing. She's amazing and all my girlfriends go to her. Good w/ straight and curly hair and FAB with color.
For nails and waxing try Sanctuary Day Spa at the Cherry Creek Athletic Club. Fantastic Spa and good prices. Lola gives the best manicure I've ever had and Nina is amazing with the brows. I lived in LA for a looong time and went to the best peeps and these 3 ladies right here in D-Town are tops.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:27:00 AM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Trina - Kal's list is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Tracey - You are fantastic! Can't wait to check out your recommendations.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:34:00 AM EST  
Blogger Heather B. said...

I happen to be so very anal retentive about my brows not to mention that us curly haired girls need to find someone who can do something with our locks that don't turn us into a fuzzball. That said: I go to one place for all of my needs and I make appointments a few months out. For example: I have made appointments for my eyebrows from now until I leave for SXSW. In March. I keep in mind all of the major stuff I have going on (conferences, speaking engagements, etc.) and do it that way.

As for my hair? I only go once every six months anyway so that's pretty easy to deal with. And for my nails I go to the same place where I get my waxing done, again with scheduled appointments and then if I need something done in a pinch I go to the place in the mall.

Oh and thanks to I get a reminder for when I need a refill on body wash and face wash and lotions and foundation. Sad, but it works.

Point is that I'm totally with you here.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:34:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Destri said...

I too have a theme...Balance...its seems to have slipped away at moment.
I have a list that I made to help me find it.
{bullet know I love them}

As for the stylist in Denver...when I lived there I was a color specialist at Antione Du Chez. They generally have a good team.

As for the eyebrows, they are my personal fave to do. So maybe when I'm up there in a few weeks I can stop by ;).

See you at Alt before then!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:37:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

I don't think there is anything shameful about wanting to look nice. To keep my hair in order, I make my next appointment 6 weeks out while at my appointment. My calendar is usually pretty clear and I get a better pick of time/day than if I call the week I want it done.

I've been coloring my own hair with many compliments, even from my hairdresser, to save money. I use Natural Instincts. Since it isn't permanent I'm not damaging my hair as much and it's more manageable without the highlights, but still giving my natural color something extra.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:38:00 AM EST  
Blogger The Yellow Door Paperie said...

Such a great idea, I will have to adopt the grooming on a schedule idea. My sister scolded me for streak of grey showing and my eyebrows when I went home for Christmas.

I'm looking much better now!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:40:00 AM EST  
Blogger Happily, Becki said...

I'm the kind of person who keeps lists of goals and dreams on my refrigerator - I give myself lots to accomplish in any given month. :) So, in January, instead of setting more goals and resolutions, I like to decide on one character attribute I'd like to incorporate into my life throughout the coming year. This year I'm going to focus on commitment and learning to truly invest in and care for all the things the Lord has made me a steward of. :)

But I so love to read about everyone else and their New Year's goals! And resolving to take care of personal grooming seems perfectly reasonable to me. I might just add that to my list on the fridge... *big smile*

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger ellen said...

I'm making a list of 50 things to do this year (to celebrate a milestone birthday). One of them is to go on a trip doing humanitarian work (no big birthday party needed).

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 12:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sarah Bradley said...

As for my hair- when I'm at the stylist and checking out I always schedule my next appointment. I know approximately how many weeks I can go before I'm on meltdown about how reckless I look and that way, I don't have to worry about not getting an appointment when I need it!

Resolutions... I've got those! I'm actually really excited about my list this year!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 12:18:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tend to put off the grooming thing too...and then get frustrated when I can't get an appointment for another month! I posted my resolutions a few days ago, but I am so not tech dumb I only know to cut and here they are:
My New Year's Resolutions for 2010
1.) Listen more, talk less
2.) Buy a real camera and take photography lessons
3.) Be more patient
4.) Build terrariums with my tot
5.) Learn to knit
6.) Feel hot in my swimsuit
7.) Have more sex
8.) Leave my ego behind me
9.) Vacation with the fam in Mexico
10.) Focus on the positive
11.) Let go of some of my need to control everything
12.) Go away for the weekend with Hubby
13.) Cool off before I speak out of anger
14.) Remember my dog
15.) Learn how to run (for a future goal of running a race)
16.) Take the tot for his first camping trip
17.) Wear more lingerie
18.)Spend more time in the moment and less time thinking about what I have to get done.
19.)Be brave enough to be vulnerable
20.) Vacation with the fam in the mountains
21.) Gossip less
22.) Learn to use tech devices more expertly
23.) Learn to hang something, fix something or haul something without having to ask for Hubby's help.
24.) Be open to the possibility that what I am afraid of might actually be incredible.

Love your blog BTW...I was jealous of your snowmobiling trip. I'm a former Ohio's so much fun!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 12:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sandy said...

I've stopped doing resolutions and I love it. Instead I pick a quote that I want to live by for the year. This year's quote is "Don't wait for the Perfect Moment...take the Moment and make it Perfect." I'm going to embrace it and make life perfect because it can happen if you only let it.

As for my grooming... every time I finish an appointment, let's say with my stylist I make my next appointment right there with them. It keeps me from procrastinating or forgetting to make the next one. It works incredibly well!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 12:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger kelly said...

i look for people with cute hair cuts and ask them where they get it done. nails are more forgiving just try a few places eyebrows are the scariest just ask friends!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 1:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sarah said...

still no baby news?! this is killing me!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

My New Year's Resolutions always come with a grooming/style handle. I'm going to see my hairdresser tomorrow! Here's my list:

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:50:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica said...

I've always been pretty lazy about getting my hair cut- straight hair and a blunt cut allowed for it. But since I've had bangs I've recently made it a mission to not go so long that I have to part my bangs. Because for awhile there I was letting it get that bad. Yeah, like I said, lazy.

Anyway, I love making resolutions (and always turn to Jordan for ideas) so here are mine for 2010.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 3:17:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kara said...

I know everyone has given you suggestions but my friend kyrst has a salon in her basement she lives in highlands ranch! I can give you her info if you want email me at I have been known to drive from ut to have her do my hair! She also is doing glitter toes now!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 3:25:00 PM EST  
Anonymous paula said...

Not selfish! Mothers should feel proud of how they look. .

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 3:57:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always start out the year with a full body check from the dermatologist because skin cancer runs on one side of my family (the Irish side). I try and make it to the manicurist once a week towards the weekend when the kids are in school for a full day. Just a quick manicure with a very transparent pink since my nails are short. My manicurist likes to tweeze my eyebrows for me so I let her and then I get the full tweezing from a professional at the same salon maybe once every 2-3 months. I don't like to make resolutions. I find keeping a to do list big enough with two little guys running around. They are small things like: move legos to basement, see a concert, finish t-shirt design, start tree house plans...

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 4:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger mandihoffman said...

Brows on upper 15th. They are fabulous.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 4:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Ceridwen said...

What's the gender?

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 5:00:00 PM EST  
Blogger Cheaping Girls said...

Never be ashamed of grooming goals! I think more people should have that as a priority.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 5:45:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I know where you are coming from with not seeing a stylist or colorist yet. I am in the same boat. I just moved to NYC and I have not found one yet. I know that there are tons here but I want a referral. Preferably I would like to find that "diamond in the rough" of a stylist. Meaning someone who is good but will not take my next rent check as payment. Have any referrals?

As for balance in my life I have resolved to do at least one thing for myself everyday. Whether it is taking a nap, reading, or exercising as much as I want. My time is for me to enjoy.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:46:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i listed some of my resolutions on my site…

i totally get you on the grooming thing. i need it too.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 9:06:00 PM EST  
Anonymous saksham said...

You always come up with great stuff I just love your site you are very talented I’ll recommend your site to my friends and family members great job very appreciated..keep it up..

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Greeneyes said...

Waxing the City is hands-down one of the best wax salons I've ever encountered. There are two locations at LoDo on Market St. and Denver Tech Center, right off I-25 & I-225 junction, you can book appointments online {and they send reminder e-mails}, they have a no-tipping/straightforward price structure, and their work is marvelous. I recommend either Jessie at LoDo or Jessica V. at DTC. Top notch service all around.

This is only tangentially related to grooming, but I also have to recommend another little something for yourself. Get a bra fitting {once the abundance of baby-rearing subsides, of course} at Store of Lingerie/SOL in Cherry Creek. The service is incredible, the bras and lingerie are breathtaking, and getting the girls fitted by this staff is almost life-altering. {For example, I love the look of lace bras but hate the thought of "peeking through". They introduced me to a thin silicone liner that you slip into the cup. Presto! Gorgeous, lacy bras with no peeping.} They are thorough, pleasant, and knowledgeable about what makes a woman look and feel gorgeous.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger PMG Smith Family said...

My resolution this year is simply to be healthier and a better example for my son. I'm striving to be healthier physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Physically, my goal is to lose almost 30lbs. Spiritually, my goal is to get back on track with daily scripture study, personal prayer, and just generally being more aware of things having to do with my spirituality. Emotionally... honestly, I think once I take care of the other two things, my emotional and mental stability will take care of itself! :o)

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:48:00 PM EST  
Anonymous michelle said...

(Shameless self promotion alert)

I think you should call Brows and let us take care of you.
I think we would be simpatica...We are all about design, good space, local artisans, and perfect brows!!

Just sayin....

tell the girls up front I said you get the friends and family discount (shh, don't tell ;-)

Brows on Upper 15th

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:48:00 AM EST  
Blogger Skout said...

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 1:05:00 AM EST  
Blogger Skout said...

I didnt make resolutions this year.. I made a list of 10 words... 10 little meaningful words ... that I could call on to ground me and re focus my direction...


its my 10 4 10 list


Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 1:12:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Alissa said...

OK...I need to find a popular blogger from KC to post the same question to get some great recommendations, such as you have. You have great readers!! I am even writing down some of the suggestions from Denver (SOL) because I visit there.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 9:40:00 AM EST  
Blogger Amy said...

When I've moved to a new area and don't know who is a good stylist to go to (I like to see there work before I trust them with my hair!), I usually check for a woman at church with great hair, similar to how I need mine done (i.e. long layers, highlights). Then I ask the lady for her stylist's info. Has worked like a charm!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dianne K. Nelson said...

I made a list last year of the 40 things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 40. At this time, that gives me about 4 months to accomplish the list. That's my big focus right now in the way of resolutions.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 8:15:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Adrienne said...

I just posted my 10 resolutions for 2010 on my site. Somehow actually posting them makes me feel a little more accountable than if I was just making a list for myself!

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 1:48:00 PM EST  

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