Monday, October 02, 2006

BEFORE AND AFTER
Best thing I ever did was impulsively swerve the car into the Supercuts parking lot several weeks ago.
The best.
Not the best haircut, but the best setting off a chain of positive events I've had in a long, long time. Supercuts in Portland, Oregon led me to Richard Penna Salon in New Haven, Connecticut, 3,000 miles away. A friend and fellow blogger, Suzy, was so disturbed by the Supercut revelation, she worked over her best friend and famous hairstylist, Richard, to do a "do" for me. Richard began the whole TV makeover thing with Sally Jessie Raphael. He is the king of the 30-minute before/after looks. We had met the night before, and I assigned him the task of staying up all night to determine my new look.
Richard delivered. The next morning, 6:00 AM "my time", fully caffeinated, I sat in his chair as he outlined the plan.
"We're going for a little less Junior League, and a little more 'now'," he said. "Your hair is too heavy and too dark. It's not at all 'you'."
As the old me was colored and cut away I felt the internal change as well. Loving the new hair and new attitude, feeling a life-long dream had just come true, he took it up another notch. "I'm sending you upstairs for complimentary make-up," he said.
The pictures are worth more than a thousand words, and a thousand words of gratitude will never fully express all that I feel towards Suzy, Richard, Diane and Janine, the artists that made it all possible.
Thank you.
love.

16 comments:

Carrie Wanna Be said...

I'm running out to get a plane ticket to CT, right now and have my appointment booked with Richard...$300 but it will so be worth it to get more of your hair in my bag and...to get MY hair just like yours!!

Carrie junkie said...

CANNOT MAKE ENOUGH about how I was going through INTENSE Carrie Link withdrawl...thank god you are back, posting again...GOD it's been like being in the f-ing desert going without dessert...honey, that's you!

Welcome back.

Carrie junkie said...

CANNOT MAKE ENOUGH about how I was going through INTENSE Carrie Link withdrawl...thank god you are back, posting again...GOD it's been like being in the f-ing desert going without dessert...honey, that's you!

Welcome back.

back At'cha said...

Well I hope those damn east coasters got you a decent cup of tea!!! Love love love the hair, and you would be a hit with the Aussies down under, they love a blondie with an attitude.

Paulie Ana said...

But remember, always, pretty is as pretty does...don't forget.

kario said...

Love it! You look fabulous! Hope you had a wonderful time.

Go Mama said...

Well, well...would you look at the chic Ms. Diane-Sawyerly-Fully Caffeinated! One hot mama.

"As the old me was colored and cut away I felt the internal change as well."

Love that. Carrie On!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!!!Love the Hair and that smile of your.M

Anonymous said...

No one mentioned the knockers. Did you buy those in Connecticut as well? Toeless

Jerri said...

Fully fabulous.

Ziji Wangmo said...

You look MARVELOUS! I'm lovin' the new hair. Thanks for the photos.

wholia said...

You look fantastic. The hair and the trip obviously both were a great move.

wholia said...

You look fantastic. The hair and the trip obviously both were a great move.

Anonymous said...

Pretty is as pretty does and buying knockers?? Nice immature senseless comment.

Look In The Mirror said...

Senseless Anonymous: Is that not the pot calling the kettle black...how is your comment anything but both immature and senseless? Honestly.

sue l said...

love the blog -- love the photos -- and having met you only after the transformation here on the east coast, I gotta say, can't imagine you with hair any other way.
It suits you!