Sunday Tutorial–Happy Halloween!

Boo! Good morning everyone! This week’s video comes from Silvia Quirós and it features an awesome tutorial on zombie makeup! Silvia has a huge variety of Halloween and special effects videos on her page. The audio and picture don’t quite … Continue reading

Friday Favorites–Fall Addition!

Good Morning everyone! This week has flown by, and I cannot believe that it’s Friday already! In Wisconsin, it also feels like the change of the season has flown into high gear and taken us from 70 degree weather to 50 degree weather. Autumn is one of the best times to live in the Midwest because you get to experience a sensory overload–your eyes get to take in all of the magnificent colors, you can breathe in the crisp air, you get to feel the chill of the breeze but feel the sun warming your face–it is by far my favorite season. This week, I’d like to dedicate all of my Friday Favorites to fall.

1) Favorite Fall Makeup Look

2) Favorite Fall Photo

3)  Favorite Fall Beverage–Caribou Coffee “Apple Blast” (Carmel Apple Cider)

4) Favorite Fall Activity

5) Favorite Fall Trend

6) Favorite Fall Haircolor

Sunday Tutorial–The Perfect Mani!

Good Morning, and Happy Sunday! This week’s YouTube video comes from one of my favorite YouTube vloggers, MissChievous. As I mentioned in a previous Sunday Tutorial, she has wonderful videos that cover all things beauty and wellness. You’ll notice that in all of her videos, she has perfectly manicured fingers. Because of my love for nail polish, I wanted to post a video that goes over how to give yourself a great manicure at home. The video is really geared towards beginners which is why it is a longer tutorial, but she gives great tips throughout the entire video. While it’s great to get these results at home, I always like to get a professional manicure about once a month. Enjoy!

Fall 2012 Trend Report–Fashion

1) White Out

Whoever said that you can’t wear white after Labor Day is seriously biting their tongue this year.

Fall 2012–Derek Lam

Fall 2012–Zang Toi

Fall 2012–Alexander McQueen

Fall 2012–J. Mendel

Fall 2012–Lela Rose

2) Go Big, or Go Home

This season is all about going big. In fact, the bigger the better.

Fall 2012–Over-sized Bag

Fall 2012–Rebecca Taylor

Fall 2012–J Crew

Fall 2012–Winter-ized Maxi Dress

Fall 2012–Honor

Fall 2012–Chloe

3) Goldmember

If you get distracted by shiny things, then this season is going to be rough for you.

Metallic Trend 2012

Fall 2012–Alexandre Vauthier

Fall 2012–Vionnet

Fall 2012–Balmain

Fall 2012–Mara Hoffman

4) Color Blocking

A trend that will make it incredibly easy to get dressed in the morning.

Fall 2012–Diana Von Furstenberg

Fall 2012–BCBG

Fall 2012–Roksanda Ilincic

Fall 2012–Chloe

Fall 2012–Pierre Hardy

5) Homespun

Putting a little lumber jack in your everyday.

Fall 2012–Rodarte

Fall 2012 Trend–Rustic

Fall 2012–Aldo

Fall 2012–Elizabeth and James

Fall 2012–J Crew

6) It’s Electric

So much for traditional–add a pop of neon to any outfit.

Long Time, No See…


(photo from Aveda’s “Neo Goth” Fall 2012 Collection)

Hey everyone! It has been too long since I last posted, and so much has happened. I can’t wait to update everything, but I just wanted to say I’m back and committed to keeping up with the blog. Until then, enjoy some photos from Aveda’s Neo Goth Collection! I’m in love.






How time flies when you’re having fun…


I have no idea where the past month of my life has gone! Since I’ve last posted, which I know was quite some time ago, so much has happened! My Beacon entry has been submitted and everyday I hope that I will be accepted for such a wonderful opportunity. We have had our UpDo models and Manicure and Pedicure models at school–100% on all of them. We have also started Haircutting! I am so excited about it, and nervous at the same time. So far we have just worked on techniques on the entire head, but we’ll see what happens when we start combining techniques! I’m so sorry that I can’t post more, but I promise that this week I will touch on some topics that I’ve been meaning to write about. Hope all is well Hairniche world! P.S. I updated my Scrapbook page with some great photos!

Sunday Smiles

Good morning!! Last night, the circus was in town, so naturally, myself and two of my classmates went. It was so much fun! There were some slow parts, but the best segment, in my opinion, was definitely the elephant. I love every about elephants and have wanted to ride one my entire life! I was so happy while it was doing it’s show. Here is a picture that will hopefully make you all smile! Happy Sunday!


When life gives you lemons…

You know the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? This statement is a key ingredient in my decision to becoming a hairdresser. For as long as I can remember, I have found joy in working with hair. It all started with my Barbies–cutting off all of their hair and hiding it so that my mom wouldn’t see. After haircuts, I moved into hair styling where I successfully learned to French braid hair on my Cabbage Patch Kid’s golden locks. Moving even further I began to beg my father for all of the latest hair accessories or styling tools like butterfly clips (oh dear..) and 3-barrel curling irons. I began doing everyone’s hair for homecoming and prom, for senior pictures and parties, and I never got sick of it.

I had always planned on attending school for Cosmetology and then going for a 4-year degree so that I could open my own salon. Well, then life gave me a lemon tree. I had a falling out with my family and decided to attend a 4-year school for an Accounting degree. When I look back now, I feel so silly because I put my dreams and aspirations on the back burner because I was worried about the stigma of being a hairdresser–how foolish was I? College did not work well for me. I thought that getting general education requirements was absolutely ridiculous. I didn’t want to know about Anthropology, unless it was the store Anthropologie, and I certainly didn’t find any interest in Microeconomics. I needed to feel a connection that my university couldn’t offer me. After two years of school, my lemon tree began to blossom and lemons started falling by the dozens. I had a job that I hated and was working 50 hours a week and attempting to be a full-time student. This time, I slowly started to gather those lemons and juice them. I began looking for a new position, and it turns out, a little lemon juice if the first step to lemonade.

I was hired at an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa and instantly fell in love. I was surrounded by people who were passionate and worked with one of the most fervent product lines in the world. I started to rediscover who I was–I wasn’t an dejected, unhealthy person–I was Laura–the quirky, cheerful person that loved life. With my new enthusiasm and optimism, I gave Accounting one more shot, but after another year of failure due to my lack of motivation, I decided enough was enough, and so I applied to the Institute of Beauty and Wellness. I was accepted into their Part-Time Accelerated Program scheduled to start October 9th, 2011. My soul filled up with joy, and every day I knew that I was one day closer to beginning my education towards an remarkably rewarding career.

But you know what..?

I got a few more lemons handed to me. In July, I had to have an unexpected surgery that put me off my feet for over a month. Once I returned to work, I could only work part time for two months and still couldn’t stand for my entire shift. This meant that school would have to be put on hold. Luckily, lemon juice + sugar = lemonade! By having to delay school, a position opened up at one of our locations as a Team Leader.  I was nervous going in to this position because of the responsibility that I would have along with all of the new relationships that I would have to build up. It was an amazing opportunity and I put my all into it, and it really was one of the best choices that I have ever made in my professional career thus far. I now have the best support system and have added new members to my ever growing family.

And so here I am with one amazingly, huge glass of the best lemonade I could have ever asked for. There are always going to be times in our lives when we want to throw our hands up and give up or think that our lives won’t allow us to go for something, but you know…when life gives you lemons, you make that lemonade and you enjoy every step of the recipe. No matter the condition of the lemons or the lack of sugar, if you keep at it and work hard then eventually you will find the perfect balance of ingredients. Everything will fall into place…don’t you worry.

And so…a hairdresser was born.

My first words as a blogger. It’s quite the monumental moment for a Midwestern lass like myself.  My first words to the World Wide Web… To be honest, I’m not quite sure what they expect you to write here. It’s a lot of pressure, this first post–it’s like winning an award and then having a Kanye West incident…it’s all just rather awkward. So I will keep this short and sweet–this blog will be a journal of my growth as a hairdresser and all the hairy details that belong to it. Here are my first words, you’ll see my first steps, that annoying time when I become a rebellious teen, an emotional wreck, and above all, a successful adult. –fingers crosses– It’s been a heck of a pregnancy, but on January 9th, 2012, a hairdresser was born.