too much good stuff. don't want to bore. abbreviating what could otherwise be a super duper long post.
kicked off the weekend thursday afternoon with a hair chop for the teen, who decided to give herself a fresh start by cutting off all of the dry, split-end-y parts of her hair. she ended up lopping off about six inches:
friday afternoon was a frantic rush to get my shit together (frenzied last-minute shopping for tablecloths and all sorts of stuff, which wasn't easy since i'd managed to lose my effing debit card) and finally resulted in a lovely display at urban renewal salon's beauty bash:
the teen was a huge help to me, not to mention that it was nice to have her to talk to for the four hours we were there. she got to take advantage of the free perks during the bash, though - one of the girls curled and styled her hair for her. and, well, i might have sat down for a few minutes and got some waxing done. heh.
and look, cute cupcakes! they were really delicious, too. even the fondant dots - they were soft and chewy and yum.
i made zero sales. i think that because the beauty bash was a free event, people weren't thinking about spending any cash, but i did get a few good leads for possible trunk shows. and i got a lot of catalogs and business cards out there, so it was exposure, at the very least. oh, well - it was good practice for the setup/teardown process.
saturday saw us making a run to the mall, because i had absolutely nothing to wear. and i must say - h&m's new "garden collection" is fantastic. such cute stuff - i picked up about four tops plus a little dress for the bean for $75. score!
after another quick search for a tablecloth that was unsuccessful, i gave up and the teen and i arrived here about 45 minutes before the event time:
another frantic (and sweaty) rush to get my shit together, and we were ready:
it was a fairly quiet launch, although i was excited to have my mom drive down for it and my buddy kelley make an appearance, too. there were a few other folks who came in, and a group of women who appeared just as i had to start packing up. i think my best bet for sales is going to be actual trunk shows, so hopefully i can start booking more of them.
afterwards, i took the girls out for some ice cream. the bean really got into it (apologies to those of you who despise messy food faces):
the next morning, the hub (who'd been out for six long hours the night before at a volunteer gig) suggested a drive down to the beach to relax and enjoy the absolutely gorgeous day. he got no arguments from any of us.
the bean settled in with a DVD and her headphones in the back seat.
while strolling through malibu country mart, we walked right past jermaine dupri. i'm still amused at how short he is. but i didn't take a picture of him - it was kind of awkward. instead, when we realized we were driving right behind him, i snapped one of his car. heh.
we headed towards santa monica and 3rd street promenade, where we encountered this borat-wannabe. "very nice, how much?" didn't really apply, but it was still funny to me.
not really wanting to maneuver the bean's ginormous stroller through the crowds (and narrow shop aisles), i busted out our trusty ergo carrier. she likes to ride piggy-back style.
we ended up having dinner at trastevere trattoria italiana, where we watched the bean plow through half a plate of whole wheat penne pasta with their delish marinara sauce. it's always funny to watch her get her grub on.
afterwards, her usual request of "ice cream? ice cream, pweese?" sent us to milk, our favorite joint for dessert out on the west side. three words: nutella. ice. cream.
oh, so rich, but oh, so good. even the bean eschewed her scoop of chocolate ice cream in favor of sharing my scoop of hazelnutty-chocolatey goodness.
it was the perfect way to cap off a nice, long, fun-filled weekend.