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Like They Do It In The Factory

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As a blogger, we are dared to try new things and new experiences because of the nature of what we do.  I have discovered new restaurants, new shops and boutiques, we well as new hair salons through this blogging experience.  I discovered Kelly Cardenas Salon because they contacted me to try out their new location in Hillcrest.  After they consolidated locations and when my main stylist, Salvador, moved to Las Vegas, I decided to try out a new place through a recent contact in the blogging world.  Aaron Lacy is a stylist at theFactory, located in Downtown San Diego.  I swear it was Kismet when I walked in and Music For the Masses was playing in its entirety!

Immediately, I loved the industrial-style space of theFactory.  It’s very clean, modern and stylish.  Once I got settled into the chair, Aaron explained what he had planned for my haircut that day:  a simple and sleek bob cut, my favorite hairstyle.  Aaron suggested we take my hair back to basics, and took great care to even out any odd layers.  Without a doubt, this cut was one of the most precise bobs I’ve ever had.  It’s been about a month since I’ve gotten my hair cut, and it’s growing out beautifully!

Thank you Aaron for the amazing cut and the fantastic pictures!

theFactory is located at 1025 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101.  Contact them at (619) 255-6338 to schedule an appointment and please be sure to ask for Aaron!

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Outfit:  Unknown brand jacket from Wysh Boutique; Mossimo sweater from Target; Free People jeans; Jeffrey Campbell shoes; “Mason” necklace c/o Kendra Scott; rings by Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux; Leather jacket pin by Bananna Bones (from Gypsy Warrior), “Space Punk” pin by Major Crimes Division & “It Wasn’t Just A Phase” pin by Punky Moms UK; “Ceremony” Matte Lip Veil by Cryptic Cosmetics

(FTC Disclosure:  I was offered a service free of charge as a courtesy, but not necessarily for the purposes of a review.  Although I did receive a service free of charge, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.)

(All photos of me were taken by Aaron Lacy.  Post title: Lyrics from “Lie To Me” by Depeche Mode.)

Kelly Cardenas San Diego Celebrates 1 Year!

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Happy 1 year anniversary to the Kelly Cardenas Salon in Hillcrest!  Can you believe I’ve been going there for a little over a year (posts here and here)?  I practically celebrated with them throughout the day by first getting my hair styled and colored earlier in the morning (by Salvador of course), then going their anniversary party that night.

Congratulations to everyone at Kelly Cardenas, and cheers to many more years to come!

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My haircut and color from earlier that day.  Back to purple!

(Wearing “Keiko” Bon Look prescription sunglasses; Forever 21 dress; Zara long bomber jacket; La Vidriola Cassette necklace)

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With my hubby at the anniversary party

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With the stylist who works all of his magic on my hair, Salvador!

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I got to pose with Kelly himself!

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The Kelly Cardenas staff, from all of their locations: San Diego, Carlsbad, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Chicago

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My outfit for the evening: Lucy Paris jacket (bought second hand at Lost & Found for $20!); Forever 21 shirt; SOHO Apparel leggings; BCBGeneration shoes; Kate Spade bracelet and clutch; La Vidriola Cassette earrings; Lookmatic glasses

(Pictures 1, 3, 4 and 5 courtesy of the Kelly Cardenas Instagram and Facebook pages)

The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care Grand Opening

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At the beginning of June, I had a whirlwind night of TWO events in one evening!  The first was the “Night of Beauty” grand opening of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care in Carlsbad (first posted about here).  This award winning salon was located in Escondido, but relocated and reopened in a 3,700 square foot space in the La Costa Town Square shopping center.  The salon is large, spacious and beautifully decorated.  They offer a very large variety of services including a full hair care salon, skin & body care, massage therapy, spa packages, facial treatments, peels and microdermabrasions.

The night was fun and extremely interactive, with experiences spread throughout the salon.  From what I saw, there was a DJ, Braid & Brow Bars, Sensory Experiences (head, neck & shoulder massage or hot hand towel treatment), a massage chair, a “Tattoo” Station (decorative), wet bar, food, coffee and even shopping!  It was also nice to know that 10% of the product sales and all of the raffle ticket sales benefitted Dress for Success San Diego.  I’ve included lots of photos from the evening, and I was glad to get pictures of the beautiful salon prior to the public showing because it got crowded very quickly!  Congratulations to Heather & Shawna on the grand re-opening of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care at their new location in Carlsbad, cheers!

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“We’ve loved being in Escondido, but we’re excited for our growth into this blossoming area of Carlsbad,” said Shawna Cruise, founder of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care. “Guests will find that our team has remained the same and still offers the amazing care we’ve always prided ourselves on – just now in a new, larger space that we can’t wait to reveal.”

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Co-owner Heather Wilder and founder Shawna Cruise

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The Loft Grand Opening Collage 4Delicious bites by Bushfire Grill & yummy mini-cupcakes by SusieCakes

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IMG_5968 (2) (1280x1280)Cold Brew and hot coffee by one of my favorite coffee companies, Mostra Coffee!

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IMG_6122 (2) (1280x1280)My VIP gift bag goodies!  Thank you Colette of Contour PR + Social and The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care for inviting me!

A “Night of Beauty” Celebration on June 4, Hosted by The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care!

Next Thursday, The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care will be unveiling a new location at La Costa Town Square and hosting a “Night of Beauty” for their grand opening (please see all of the details and flier below).

I’ll be there, so come celebrate and say hi!

“To celebrate the salon’s opening, The Loft is inviting the public to a “Night of Beauty,” a Grand Opening bash on Thursday, June 4 between 6 and 9 p.m. The first 50 to arrive will receive swag bags stuffed with premium products and lifestyle gear, while all in attendance can enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers, raffle prizes, a live DJ and models, and beauty stations including a how-to selfie station, stress relieving treatments, Medi-Spa demonstrations, tutorials on summer’s hottest hair and makeup trends and more. Ten percent of product sales and all raffle ticket sales will benefit Dress for Success San Diego.”

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There's Another Color Waiting On Me

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I’m finally catching up on some past events I attended this year.  In this post, I decided to include my most recent hair color treatments, since both involve the Kelly Cardenas Salon in Hillcrest.  I got the fuchsia/purple color during the weekend of their grand opening celebration back in February.  I took my hubby with me, and we had a great time.  Kelly has great employees, and you can tell they all love working for him.  The second color treatment I got this past weekend, and decided to go blue again.  My stylist, Salvador, did an amazing job with creating depth, richness and texture in both the color and the cut of each style.  I guess I’m never going back to just one color for a long time!

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All pictures above were taken by me at the Kelly Cardenas Grand Opening party.  The last picture courtesy of the Kelly Cardenas Salon Instagram account from this past weekend.

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(Title of this post is a lyric from “Queen of California” by John Mayer.)

Color Theory: Hair by Kelly Cardenas Salon

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Now that I’ve had my hair colored, I just can’t stop!  Imagine the elation I felt to be contacted by the folks at Kelly Cardenas Salon to try out their newest location in Hillcrest.  Tucked away on 5th Avenue, Kelly Cardenas Salon is quite the retreat.  It’s a very clean, minimalist space with Kelly’s infamous dreads logo sprinkled throughout.

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I was greeted by Roxy, who contacted me initially, and was immediately offered a beverage and a place to store my personal belongings before being guided to a room to change into a robe.  The workspace is large with an industrial look, and is quite organized.  The hair dryers drop from the ceiling, which really eliminates the feel of being tangled with other stylists.  The “Color Bar” is where all of the pigmentation magic happens!

My favorite part of the salon was the room where the hair washing occurs, but I didn’t have an opportunity to take any pictures because there were clients being attended to at the time.  It’s different from any other salon I’ve been to because usually the hair washing station is out in the open like the rest of the salon.  At KCS, their hair washing station is enclosed in a separate room and darkened, with soothing music playing in the background.  It takes that service to a higher and more zen level.  It’s like going to your favorite massage parlor, but for your hair!

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KCS 5Salvador was my stylist for the day and he took such good care of me, asking me questions to ensure I get the color and cut I want, but gave me good guidance so that I understand what’s really best for me.  He did such a wonderful job that I went back again to get my second color selection with him.  I started with a subtle burgundy color for my first color change, then six weeks later I opted for a more vibrant purple.

From beginning to end, I felt completely taken care of, and didn’t have a worry in the world other than to enjoy the experience.  Not only did I have a great cut and color, but I also felt more informed about how to best style my hair and how to keep the color lasting all the way up to my next appointment.  Everyone was warm and kind, which made the atmosphere feel like I was with friends and family rather than just stylist and client, and the customer service was first class.  I want to thank everyone at Kelly Cardenas Salon for one of the best salon experiences I have ever had!

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KCS 11From left to right: Ashley, Fernando, Roxy and Salvador.

(FTC Disclosure:  I was offered a service free of charge as a courtesy, but not necessarily for the purposes of a review.  Although I did receive a service free of charge, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.)

San Diego Style Bloggers: Recap of the Beauty Blogger Workshop at Bellus Academy

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To quote the charismatic actor Matthew McConaughey:  “Alright, alright, alright!”  Here is my recap of the San Diego Style Bloggers at Bellus Academy in Poway.  Along with yummy desserts, coffee and goodie bags, it was a fun day filled with learning all about wonderful beauty tips for hair, make-up and nails.  I arrived a bit late, so I came in during the hair styling demonstration given by stylist Erik Thrane.  He did an amazing updo style. While pinning up the model’s hair, he mentioned that a good way to keep one’s hair pinned up securely was to weave the hair into the bobby pin, then pin it up into the hair.

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Stylist Erik Thrane:  Follow him on Instagram at @erikthranecolorist

After the hair styling session came a wonderful makeup demonstration by artist Marina Estrella.  She gave so many useful tips.  For instance, she explained that for mature skin (like myself), avoid shimmer and don’t do full coverage.  Instead, mix color with moisturizer to give a more satin look rather than matte.  A tip I used pretty much right away was regarding applying lip color: put the majority of the lip color while your mouth is relaxed, then smile to place the rest of the color.  My favorite tip of the day: “Blending is everything.  Blending is the secret of life…”  This is something I will carry with me forever!

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Makeup artist Marina Estrella:  Follow her on Instagram at @marinaaestrellamua

The last demonstration of the day was nail art by Ally Caraveo.  The entire time she spoke, she painted the nails you will see in the middle picture below.  She stated she draws her inspiration from street art, graffiti, and tattoos.  Wherever she draws her inspiration, it results in something incredible!  Then the Director Of Spa Nails, Trudy Reynolds (pictured with Director of Community Relations, Leilani Angel), gave us some information regarding shellac and what it means in relation to nail care.  This truly was a lovely event presented by Be Social PR, and our hosts at Bellus Academy were perfect!

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Nail artist Ally Caraveo:  Follow her on Instagram at @allycaraveo

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Leilani Angel and Trudy Reynolds of Bellus Academy

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Top photo:  A quick selfie with Nicholle of Topknots and Pearls and Tiffany of Glitz and Glam.  Bottom photos: Another shot of my lovely shirt from Wardrobe Ritual and my vintage Céline clutch purse (outfit post here).

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Oh, and I won the raffle!  Day of relaxation, here I come!