WARNING! WARNING! LARGE POST AHEAD! *tosses up caution signs everywhere*
WARNING! WARNING! LARGE POST AHEAD! *tosses up caution signs everywhere*
Labels: anniversary, anthony hepburn, comox, fire, ida-marie, karen, Michael, sale
Today marks our fire anniversary, in other words, today is the anniversary of the day a really mean and scary fire threw a tantrum and destroyed our salon. But, today, we are proof that the mystical bird called the Phoenix does exist in some way or another. For us, it exists in spirit, as we too, rose from the ashes in more ways than one.
On October 28th/2008 at 5:00am, a suspicious fire was started in the recycle bin at the back of the building, and then continued to rage its way in to our salon, scorching and burning everything inside, and making the roof collapse in to the back of the salon.
Despite all of the smoke and really bad smells, there were some laughs though! We had mannequin heads stored up in in the back of the salon which, due to the ceiling being on fire, decided to fall down and land in the sinks, and some were hanging from the remnants of the ceiling here and there. The poor Fireman had to walk in to a very dim and smokey building after the flames were gone, and see these eerie heads strewn about. They were not warned of the heads of course, because having plastic heads around is quite normal for us *wink*
One of the Firemen kept one of the heads as a souvenir and drove around with it in his truck until he was asked to return it. Further proof that positive attitudes and helping hands can make the best of any situation.
Despite finding humor in things, this fire definitely did take it's toll on the business, especially the few months directly following the fire. It was a huge stress on everyone trying to find somewhere to continue being available for our clients. Nobody wanted to be put out, as it would put our clients out, and that's just not something we are ok with!
Thanks to the HUGE support shown to us from fellow Comox Valleyites such as Leanne Boyd from Level 10 Eurospa, Dianne McPherson from Cockeye'd Optical, Karen McKinnon (to name a few) we were offered space to cut hair, places to hold meetings and so forth. However our epic rise from the ashes had a lot to do with Aimee Harrison of Salon Pure in Comox, who so heroicly offered to share her space with us until we could get back on our feet!
Months of squishing together and surviving the crisis past for the stylists. Some of our stylists had to become athletes just to get to and from work every morning. Anthony, for example, had to ride his bike from his place all the way to comox and back every day. However, he looks fabulous doesn't he?! See, something good always, ALWAYS, comes from something bad.
It has been two years since it happened, and to walk in here you would never ever know. What Ida-marie and Michael have done to rebuild this place is awe inspiring. It's bloody brilliant actually, and from what I hear, we are busier than ever. I'm personally stoked about the reception desk having deep red stone like surfaces with shiny parts. It's sexy, and I get to stare at it all day!
But seriously, it's amazing, and I did not work here then, but I remember what it used to look like, and I remember how many staff we had back then, and I've heard so many comparison stories... let me tell you, we are, well, let me allow Daft Punk to say it best; 'Harder, better, faster, stronger'
To top it all off, we even had a few very brave people stay behind and remain in Comox to push through and make our Roots mark there. Thanks to them, our Comox location is starting to really take off, so we're so grateful they flexed their muscles and braved that storm for us!
So I suppose in sum it would seem that we should thank the fire, but that would be very misplaced thanks. All thanks, all claps and highfives, should go to every single person that helped this fabulous business survive, and to those that nurtured it to be a bigger and better place overall.
Here is to another billion years! (I'm serious, one billion. Don't argue with me!)
PS: Fire sale at Roots tomorrow! All Roots brand products are on sale for 50% off! Come in and get 'yers'!
Thank you for calling,
Howdy ho you ravaging people!
How is the end of October treating you all? Crazy that it's almost over... and even more crazy that it's almost Halloween already! I keep forgetting, and then getting bombarded with minor heart attacks every time a fire cracker goes off and startles me. Maybe I'm just turning in to a big wuss in my new found old age... senility is kicking in early. You would think after being startled more times than I can count, that I would realize 'hey Sadie, Halloween, remember?!'
I worked in our Comox location today, which was a treat. I don't think it was a treat for the staff there though, I was a bit on the hyper side for the better part of the day. Me + hyper + being at a desk for 9.5 hours = shinannigans. It's super fun though, so -I- am not going to complain. They are all such good sports out there though, and don't get me wrong, they dish out their fair share of verbal abuse and word slinging! Only to staff though, never fear. We only harass each other, promise.
The lovely Desiree was super busy again today. She sure knows how to pamper a person! I keep wanting to get in to see her and take another film of me getting hair torn out of my body, but I would not want to steal time from her clients. I'll have to kidnap her for a few hours. DISCLAIMER: By kidnap, I mean bribe with delicious treats, money and a box full of open ended IOUs.
It got me thinking about the world of esthetics, and where men are starting to fit in to that scene. Men are getting more and more comfortable with booking appointments for things such as eyebrow waxing, back waxes, eyebrow tints etc. which is super awesome! However, I think we need to progress with this trend a little further, you know, refine it. A lot of men are still on the fence with it, and most never admit to having anything done. It's totally manly! You can't get more manly! Come in, get MAN-i-'cured' and walk out fist pumping and flexing those muscles!
PRO TIP: If you are a man, and you are reading this, please don't let this happen...
That, fellas, is just not cool ok? Never do that! This is just one picture I found, but I didn't want to post a bunch more because frankly I know you guys... you are going to see this, ignore my warnings and say 'DUDE! That's AWESOME!' and go get it done.
But hey, it's fine, we at Roots do not discriminate against new trends. We're cutting edge baby. If you want funky back hair designs, we will do it up. I promise to hold judgements, as long as you don't go convincing my boyfriend to wax 'l33t Gamer' in to his chest hair.
Tata for now! Tomorrow marks our one year anniversary since we had a massive fire at Roots, so I'll be revisiting that day in another post :) Bring the marshmallows and weenies! It's story time!
Thank you for calling,
Labels: Andrew Adams, annierose, anthony hepburn, ida-marie, Staff Christmas Party, staysea brown
Today was a great day of plotting future goodness at ye ol Roots Salon with Ida, Staysea and Annierose. I only worked for a couple of hours due to a massive migraine that's been plaguing me for a few days. I think Andrew spiked my coffee at work hoping that I would stay away and not be able to report his shinnanigans. Or, perhaps it was Anthony trying to keep me away for a while until he gets the perfect hair style to rawk and feels 100% film star ready.
It's been a busy busy couple of days over at the Receptionist camp!
Ello Ello ma'lovelies!
Happy start of a new week everyone! I know so many of you hate mondays, and probably for good reason, but just look at it this way, having a Monday means you get another Friday soon, and we all LOVE Fridays!
It's pretty quiet here at the Roots camp today. If you are reading this, and we are still open, you should come in and get pampered! If you get pampered every Monday, you will start to love them... that's my attempt at psychologizing you in to coming in to visit us. Did it work? Do I have to throw in some cookies and warm milk as well? I hope you have the same taste as Santa Clause because that's all I have to offer!
I did not end up making it to the staff bowling party, which means, I don't actually have any photo proof of the debauchery from that night. I heard faint rumors, a few rumbles of gossip, a tad and a titch of info that leaked down through the gossip chain, but no VISUAL PROOF. Visual is always so much more fun than words for those things. They can't wiggle out of visual incrimination, but with me only packing the verbal ammo, they can just say 'we were playing a nice game of Cribbage and sipping tea by the warm fire while classical music softly played in the background'... we ALL know that would be a lie, but I can't prove it.
I'm sorry, I tried to paparazzi my co-workers for you, but they were on to me and stayed one step ahead the entire night. I got a few photos of other people *cough*myself*cough* doing silly things that night, but why would I want to show you THAT? Not going to happen!
Enjoy your Mondays everyone. Remember, pamper yourself today at least once, and if you want to come visit us, we would love to see your face!
Blog ya later,
Thank you for calling,
Heyyyyy guys! Sadie the Receptionist here! Duh, right?
Just a quick little update to throw down for you since I didn't update yesterday! I was too busy having the fabulous Staysea Brown do my hair. She is slowly turning me in to a blonde for the first time in my life, minus when I was a natural blonde for about 2 years when I was a little kid. That doesn't count.
She has taken me from jet black hair, About 10 or so deposits of black color mind you, to a strawberry blonde in just two sittings. Not to mention, she gave me an inverted bob from long, drab and yawn-boring hair. It's another transformation in Sadie camp from yet another heroic person at Roots.
I am sure it will only take a couple more times before I can say I'm a blonde! Thank you darling Staysea, you rock my toe-socks off! We ate sushi afterwards in celebration, this should become a hair appointment ritual. Let it be written, let it be done son!
Tonight is staff bowling night. It is going to be a crazy night of Roots staff wielding heavy round objects and throwing them (hopefully) down a long strip of wood to knock over some pins. I am hoping the bowling balls go where they are intended to go, and don't go knocking over stylists rather than pins! I'm not saying there will be any alcohol involved. I didn't say it. I said nothing. No..thi..n....g
It should be great fun though! I promise to try and sneak a few photos of the debauchery on to this blog for you all to partake in giggling at. I will try and get some that are funny and entertaining, but that wont result in me getting multiple face punches on Monday morning from my fellow co-workers!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend filled with MORE SUNSHINE. It's been beautiful, we're very lucky!
Happy Saturday my lovelies!
Thank you for calling!
Labels: annierose, audrey hepburn, crystal-lee, halloween, ida-marie, photo shoot
I have to apologize folks. I promised you a video tonight, and I don't have one to serve! I am a dirty, filthy HORRIBLE liar! I feel terrible, and I am super sorry! Just so you know though, it -is- in the finishing stages of being rendered and WILL be here tomorrow!
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone - Audrey Hepburn
It's been a great night over here! I've been having an uplifting evening of sipping warm drinks and watching news footage of the Chilean miners being rescued. It's been so inspirational, emotional and... GOOD! News that makes you feel happy? Wait... WHAT? impossible! I am having a hard time going to bed because I am so captivated by the footage, and I don't want to miss seeing one more come up safe and alive.
The happy story of the miners seems to completely overshadow anything I have to say today, just because in light of mass rescues that are complete success stories, most things seem trivial. I know they are not all rescued yet, but I know they will be!
But you don't need my reporting on the issue, I'm sure most of you have been watching as well. It's all over the place, as it should be!
I do however have my own piece of epic news to report... my eyebrows are waxed! I finally had April tame those beasts. I made the mistake of tweezing my own about a month ago, and I did a horrible job! They looked like two very misshapen, very odd, very deformed caterpillars. I kid you not. This is not comedy central, I'm dead serious. Anthony did a fantastic job of recording the entire saga of this epic eyebrow transformation, and I will have it posted for you tomorrow. I am putting myself out there for ridicule, and for a visual lesson in why you should never, never, EVER, attack your own face with metal pinchers.
April is an eyebrow master. She takes those eyebrows, whoops their arses and makes them behave and sit like a lady! She sent my eyebrows to bootcamp and they came back very obedient!
I am very overtired at the moment. It's been a great day, with a slight sleepless night trailing behind it. The combination of the two, with a side of 10+ coffees, have left me extremely hyper and yet so very tired. It's an interesting contradiction, but going to sleep soon is probably for the best... maybe?
I do want to rest up because I am working at the Comox location first thing in the morning, and I don't want to have to greet our beautiful clients with the groggy eye! In case you were just wondering, groggy eye kind of looks like this...
That would be bad, amirite?
Oh, and in case you've noticed weird words with links in my blog, they all link to my 'Sadieisms dictionary'. What the hell is that you say? Well, I tend to make up words, or use two words, mutilate them horribly and then string them together to form a completely unintelligible word that scholars all over the world would wince at. However, being that I do it regardless of said wincing, I decided to put a little dictionary up for you to reference when you don't know what I am going on about. Enjoy or mock, no extra charge!
Click me - Sadieisms
One last thing before I drag my sorry self off to beddy bye land; I took some random photos today in the salon as well, and I will share one with you. It was one of my favorites from today, and is oozing with hotness. I will leave you with this photograph of miss Annierose, Andrew and April the Eyebrow Ninja!
I promise to post a much more detailed, and slightly more embarrassing post on the morrow. You have my word. WORD!
Thank you for calling!
Labels: audrey hepburn, chester, crystal-lee, rihanna, roots, starbucks, tim hortens
I didn't work at Roots today because it's Sunday and we are not open on Sundays. We believe it should be a day of rest and self pampering. And that folks, is precisely what I did! I hung out with my old friends 'Senior Pajamas and Sir Coffee' and together we sat around the computer listening to a wide variety of tunage and catching up on what's going on around the internetz.
I admit to venturing out in to the world just once, and that was to take my dog Chester for a walk and to... well, get more coffee from Tim Hortens. I know that a lot of you that are not from Canada haven't discovered the sweet sweet nectar that is Tim Hortens coffee, but in my personal opinion, it puts Starbucks to absolute shame! It was so worth leaving my proverbial comfort zone for, I assure you.
So, back to my day of slothing..
I admit to having a bit of a guilty pleasure in reading celebrity gossip blogs from time to time. While on one of these blogs today, and still very much in the company of my dear friends Senior Pajamas and Sir Coffee I might add, I came upon a picture of Rihanna's new 'do'. Personally, I love it, but it seems the popular opinion is that she should go back to her dark hair 'bad girl' image. Maybe it's just me, but I have yet to see a hair style on the girl that she can't rock, and rock hard. It helps that she is drop dead gorgeous, and that you could probably shave her head, smear lipstick all over her face and tar and feather her and she would still look stunning!
Anyway, what do YOU guys think? Is this a hair style you would get? What about the color? I always love it when clients come in to our salon and want something completely crazy. They check in, then go 'poof' behind the big wall in front of the reception desk, and then they come around the corner to pay and it's like BOOM! New person!
It is not often that someone wants to go from a very casual style and color to something like the lovely miss Rihanna's new hair though. I almost want to put out the challenge to someone to get her new look just to see how many would actually take me up on said challenge!
Speaking of crazy transformations, I was creeping around online trying to find some unique costume ideas for Halloween because I'm always ALWAYS last minute with these things. I have a few ideas, but still haven't come up with anything conclusive. Maybe I should just go as myself, a receptionist, but give it that old school secretary feel. It would be fun to pull off an Audrey Hepburn look and secretary it up a bit! Just look at the picture to the right and imagine it... ok, ok, I think that might be fun, and I might just do it!
(Pssst, Crystal-lee? Are you reading this? I may need your magic makeup skills girl!)
What's on the agenda for tomorrow? It's a National holiday still, which means one more day of slothing! Or maybe I should embrace the Halloween costume idea I just came up with and go tackle some of the pieces I would need. Time to hit up the old faithful thrift stores!
Let me know what you all plan to be this year! I love hearing about Halloween plans, it is my second favorite holiday of the year, next to Christmas of course :)
Blog to you all soon, for now I'm off to go attempt to channel Audrey Hepburn and see if I can pull off her sultry stares and seductive pout face....
Thank you for calling!
Labels: anthony hepburn, Bryden, crystal-lee, Freebie Fridays, Huskas, Makeup, Mom, Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there in e-land!
What are you all thankful for this year? I'm thankful for a lot of things, but mainly I'm thankful for my beautiful mommy Linda, and my loving boyfriend Bryden, and my awesome uncle George and aunty Betty. I'm also, and this goes without saying, thankful to the Huska family for having faith enough in me to hire me at Roots Salon, and for providing me with every opportunity to use my talents, and to vastly improve on them. I'm now, officially doing what I love, and I can never thank them enough for that.
One second please... I'm getting faklempt... *grabs tissues*
I hope you all have a safe and love stuffed (see what I did there?) turkey day folks! Eat lots, and remember, there is no better feeling than undoing the top button of your pants directly after eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner. I even suggest doing that and laying on the floor. Groaning optional... but highly recommended!
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin
It was another stormy day today! Beautiful! I love it... but then I'm an October baby, so the more violent the storms get, the happier I am. Our clients braved the pounding rain and the tantrum throwing wind and still came in to get all dolled up. It's always cozy in the salon when it's nasty outside. Kind of gives it more of an intimate setting!
We had a lady come in today by the name of Joleen, who was last week's Roots Facebook FREEBIE Friday winner.
Pro Tip: Every Friday at Roots, we give away something splendiferous and awesome through our Facebook fan page. We randomly select one person from those who have 'liked' Roots, and drape them in gold!... or you know, haircuts, products, manicures and the like. I still say those things are as good as, if not better than, gold!
Back to Joleen!!
Last Friday she won a free makeup application and a free tube of our uber sexy lip gloss by Jane Iredale. She had something special to do tonight so she decided to come in and have Crystal-Lee make her look like a movie star!
She was super cool, and had no problems with me turning in to a shutter bug and snapping a couple of pictures of her pretty face!
Here is a before and after for your viewing pleasure! (Notice Anthony creepin' in the background pretending to be concerned with a client file when he really just wanted to cam whore! ... diva ♥ )
Pretty rad huh? I hope she had fun tonight, despite the INSANE wind outside... I seriously just heard it attempt to vandalize the windows in my house. WOW! :D
Much love to all of you, eat lots, be happy, have food fights, and I'll blog to you soon!
Thank you for calling!
Labels: annierose, anthony hepburn, catherine joiner, ida-marie, jen routley, kelsey, meeting, megan, mel dore, photo shoot
Hello beautiful people!
I just got home from an intimate little gathering of ideas with the lovely Ida-Marie (Roots owner and visionary god extraordinaire!), Annierose, Andrew Adams, Mel Dorey, Catherine Joiner and Jen Routley. Kelsey, another of our lovely receptionists, stopped by for a while as well.
We had a little sit down to chit chat and unleash our creative vision for the upcoming photo shoot! (You know, the one I said I can't talk about but would leak information if I absolutely had to...)
Well I have to. Here is the deal folks. After the meeting, a group of really angry suit wearing mafia types with cookie logos on their chests ambushed me. They kidnapped me and took me hostage! They brought me to a secluded warehouse where they threatened to feed me chocolate until I died. Don't get me wrong here, I love chocolate, and it was a very tempting way to go, however, I fought back like a brave woman on a diet! They wanted photo shoot information, and they wanted to see it posted on the blog by midnight or they would come back wielding massive chocolate bars! Frightening isn't it?!
So, I guess I have to share something now, le sigh, le moan *wicked grin*
I can tell you that the photo shoot this year is going to be the biggest photo shoot Roots has ever done. I'm talking epicsauce here guys. The people at Vogue might be a bit jealous by the time we are done, but whatevs, you can't blame the Roots family for being so talented can you? Vogue will have to just suck it up and accept our rivalry!
I can't tell you too much, but I can say that the theme is dramatic, sexy, cutting edge, theatrical and very very delicious.
Our Valley's own lovely miss Karen McKinnon from McKinnon Photography is once again going to be gracing us with her exceptional and envy inducing talents. Speaking of Karen, I got to meet her today for the first time, and after hearing so much about her, I was super excited when she walked in. What an awesome lady, and she is ridiculously sweet! Love her... ok, I will stop fangirling now...
As well as Karen, we are having a second photographer come from the glitzy Vancouver to shoot for us (not with bullets I promise!) I will keep his name a surprise... for now... *cue dramatic music* Between the two of them it is safe to say that the world needs to LOOK OUT! The world isn't ready for the stunning and highly fashionable photos that will come out of this shoot!
While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. ~Dorothea Lange
We are going to be putting out a model call, so be sure to check our Roots Facebook page, and keep an eye out on this blog, as well as local newspapers (if you are local!) for this. Have I said too much?! Oh dear... what a predicament! I want to spill the peas! Or was that beans? Whatever, I want to spill something!
Unfortunately two very sexy people could not make it to the meeting tonight, as they were busy making people even more beautiful. We missed you Megan and Anthony! We had a moment of silence and shed a few tears due to your unforeseen absence. It was a sombre meeting without you two to share your exuberance, promise.
I hope you are excited! I'm super excited! If I had seams, they would be bursting! I will be at the shoot keeping you updated and leaking as much as I can leak that day. We'll also be shooting on location, so hopefully I can get a few little sneak peeks out to you that day. I'll post some photos, and make like a ninja and stealthily post a bit of video too. I'm not going to be able to contain myself for very much longer.
Now I must once again bid you adieu. It's curtains for me, time to go listen to the raging storm outside and dream big.
Much love and thank you for calling,
Labels: annierose, anthony hepburn, blog design, crystal-lee, illness, photo shoot
Hello to all of you out there in 'internetz' land!
I know it's been a while since the last update, but I absolutely promise you there is a very good reason behind that! I have been busy whipping up a new layout for this blog *gently pats it*
The layout you see before your very eyes consists of 2 parts vision, 1 part sweat, 3 parts headache, 5 parts sore eyes and 10 parts determination. It is the product of me rising from the ashes of web design, where I put myself to rest five years ago. It's a whole new world out there in graphic design/coding land, so it was especially interesting creating this out of a generally basic, and slightly archaic, knowledge of how these things work.
It's not 100% awesome yet... I still have a few tweaks and adjustments to make coding wise, so please, if something is broken for you, not aligned correctly, popping out at you and waggling it's tongue, do comment and let me know so I can fix it.
Other than the above, I've also been busy at the lovely salon I call my second home. We're all crazy and happy, save for a handful of us that have come down with some sort of plague, for lack of a dramatic tone, how about we use the term 'cold'.
Save for a pretty nasty flu (See: not a cold) that I had a couple of weeks ago, I'm doing ok and I don't seem to be coming down with it. A couple of my poor fellow receptionist gals, miss Annierose and Crystal-lee, have been stricken however.
Despite the germ army invading our staff, we're all slugging through it and working as usual.
I've been collecting video footage so I can put together a little bit of a goodie bag of hilarity for you all, so that is something to look forward to! I look forward to sharing it with you so you can see what I see on a daily basis!
I did, however, steal a nice little photo of our famed and loved Anthony Hepburn, sporting a rather stylish and in your face hairdo!
In other news, there is a buzz going around the salon these days. Something about an epic photo shoot! I have to remain tight lipped about it, but I promise, if I can leak something out to you... I will. Shhhhh, don't tell!
I'm going to run and play with this layout a bit more, but I just wanted to give a shout out to all of you and let you know that the proverbial ball is rolling! And hey, you can follow this blog using the 'follow' section over yonder to your left, and there is a handy little RSS feed icon to the left and slightly up a bit.
I fail at directions for the most part, so if you just got lost... I apologize.
Until next time my lovelies!
Thank you for calling,