Tuesday, August 30, 2011


63 hours (and counting) without power. I've been through my fair share of hurricanes, and losing power has always been part of the deal. Thankfully, we have usable water, and that it's warm enough outside to suffer the occasional cold shower.
It makes me remember the folks that have been through ten times what we have this week. I remind myself that I have a house at which to lose power in the first place. I could go on and on about how bored I am, but in reality, I am so lucky. Tomorrow I will go back to work, power or not, and I am grateful.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Holy crap, I just experienced my first earthquake.

(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.
The quake sent hundreds of people spilling into the street a block from the White House, with other buildings evacuated in North Carolina and tremors felt as far away as New York City.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.

WTF Salons.

Seriously, WTF? I love the weird salons that pop up when I search for inspiration. Let's see what we can find today, shall we?

First, there's Pimps & Pinups. There's very little connection between Pimps and Pinups in real life, but we can pretend.  Stay classy, New York.

Next, we have Sexy Scissors in Austin, TX. Unfortunately, this fine establishment has closed, but it was basically a Hooter's with haircuts! You can still find them on Yelp here.
I actually really like the aesthetic of this next one. Chainsaw Massacre Salon is in Victoria, Australia. How ballsy is that name?!

Oh, Japan. You make all my bubblegum dreams come true.
It's a Hello Kitty Hair Salon!!!

Australia picks up where Austin left off with Hot Cuts!

 Anyone who's ever had a hair splinter would think twice before cutting hair topless.

Savannah has the Nerd angle covered with Color Geek Salon.
I was pretty down with this one until this guy showed up...

French maids anyone?
Moesham in Tokyo has them.

That's all for today. I'll leave you with a classic Hair WTF. It's not a salon, but it'll do.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Etsy Finds: Cicada Edition

Cicada Cuff
Cicada Pendant
Gocco Notebook
Mother of Pearl Necklace
Jewelry Box
Tile Pendant
Photo Print
Silver Wing Earrings
Bakelite Necklace
Collage Ring

Stuff I Did.

I finally got some pictures back from the shoot for Cowgirl Electra. Enjoy!

If given more time to work (it was late one night and I had to work the next morning), there would be more than just one style, but I'm pleased with the one that we did. We were going for a messy Victorian feel.
The photos are by Tony Hall. His work is awesome. You can find more of his work at anthonyhallphoto.com.

Monday, August 1, 2011

South in Your Mouth.

Last night we went to Croaker's Spot for the first time. We had been meaning to go since we heard about it years ago, but never got a chance. I have to say it was amazing.

When we arrived, they were busy, and there was a couple ahead of us in line at the host stand. Once they were seated we were told that our server had just taken two tables in a row, and that it may be a short wait before he got to us. That was fine since we'd never been before and needed time to look over the menu. It was only ten minutes before our server, Trae, came to take our order. He was good. Our drinks and food were ordered at the same time and he committed them to memory (we're always impressed when people are able to do that!). While we waited for our food, we had sweet tea (sugar-shock, of course) and took in the atmosphere. The place was bright and buzzing with Sunday supper energy! Funk and soul music accompanied by paintings of music legends set the tone to perfect.

photo courtesy of Style Weekly
When our food came, we were drooling. I had the Two Piece Fish Boat and Jess got the Butterfly Shrimp Dinner. The fish was golden and flaky, the potatoes packed with flavor. The Shrimp came with cabbage that tasted exactly like my grandma's. The Cheddar Ranch Grits were firm, not dry, and the cornbread was moist with a crunch on top. When Trae came by to fill our glasses and ask how everything was, Jess told him that it was some of the best food he'd tasted. To that our server smiled, looking completely un-phased, and said, "yeah, that's how we do".

The rest of the evening went just as smoothly, with the staff keeping up with the busyness of the night. They were efficient and calm, well trained to the layout of the small dining room. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. I'm going back very soon, and next time I'm saving room for dessert.

Croaker's Spot Restaurant
1020 Hull St.
Richmond 23224