One Lucky B!*ch

Recently I attended the Grand Opening of Sacramento’s FIRST Drybar. Add it to the list of things upping Sacramento’s cool factor. 

 
Aren’t these gift cards amazing!? Captures the Drybar vibe. 

Aren’t these gift cards amazing!? Captures the Drybar vibe. 

 

Drybar focuses on one thing…a great blowout. The location has a great fun/loud vibe - very helpful for someone like myself who lacks an inside voice. I hate when I get my hair done and I either have to sit silently for three hours or share my life story with everyone in the salon.  Not here!

"Drybar focuses on one thing... a great blowout.

IMG_8900.JPG

The Sacramento location has 10 stations and does about 90 clients a day. A service usually lasts around 40 minutes. Mine was a full two hours. Those with a ton of thick hair be prepared, the crew here are consummate professionals and your blowout may take longer. 

Drybar has a lookbook that offers various styles from the Southern Comfort - think big curls, to the Mai Tai - beachy waves, and more. {Check them all out here.}  I naturally went for the Mai Tai. Everyone knows how I love my curls. I highly recommend adding a floater to your service. It gives a full 10-minute head massage while your hair is being washed, and it is PURE heaven. 

IMG_8892.JPG
IMG_8800.GIF
IMG_8896.JPG

I felt like my service took a bit long, but I'm hopeful that as the new staff acclimate to the process, my next blowout will be much shorter.  Having horse hair also adds time! 

It takes a lot to keep my hair looking good!

It takes a lot to keep my hair looking good!

Let's Get Social: Schedules

Werk.  Werk. Werk.

First, go download Later and Planoly.  Then let's talk...

Everywhere you look, people are preaching social media schedules.  I bet that really helps people in their success and it sounds like a totally reasonable plan.  I wish I could tell you I am one of those people with their shit together, but I am not.

It probably seems weird to them that I would be sharing with you two apps that help with keeping an Instagram schedule, but there is a method to my madness here...  I promise.  

  1. I believe if you are dedicated and/or managing multiple social accounts then this is absolutely necessary for your sanity.  
  2. Sometimes I do have my shit together and I like that these apps allow me to preview what my feed will look like should I upload the pics in my 'drafts'.  

I'm sure you've heard this before, but I'll say it again - consistency is everything.  Not just in your voice, but visually as well.  I'm never going to have an all white feed because I have gray counter tops and dark hardwood floors, but I like there to be consistency in my look.  Loading my photos into these apps lets me see how this new photo could fit into my feed without actually posting it.

 
 

What's the difference in these apps?  Generally speaking they both do the same thing, but I personally use Planoly because they have a website platform, which allows me to load my "real photos" more easily than texting them to myself.  It does cost a little bit of $, but the solo fee is less than a venti frappaccino with an extra shot.  And after popping over to their site, I realize they have a free option if you're not posting more than 30 pics a month.  Check them both and decide what frosts your cupcake.

The thing that I think Later really has going for them is their newsletter!  I know you're thinking FUCK NO, not another email, but this is the one newsletter I actually read.  Not every day, but I read at least one article from them every week.  They share Instagram news, offer step-by-step tutorials and marketing/campaign brand stories.  All interesting to a social media hussy like myself.  Let me highlight for you the last few items I actually CLICKED ON AND THEN READ:

Now go forth, check these out.  If you take nothing away from this, just sign up for the Later newsletter.  Let me know what you think and if you have any InstaTips (can I make that a thing?) for me I would love to hear it.

Let's Get Social: Hilary Rushford

One of the most important things we do in our adult life is the same thing we did in our early life: education.  I know I was eager to get the eff outta college, but now that I'm continuing my education in areas that truly interest me, it doesn't seem so awful.  Education is important whether you're building your craft or staying relevant in your career.  Many jobs require continuing education because this crazy world is changing so quickly and often it's vital to what we do.  Especially when it comes to the world of social media.  

Screenshots from @hilaryrushford's Instagram Stories.  It's hard to catch a "good photo" while someone is talking - forgive me Hilary!

Screenshots from @hilaryrushford's Instagram Stories.  It's hard to catch a "good photo" while someone is talking - forgive me Hilary!

A quick search tells me that social media has been around for barely two decades and already there are plenty of dead platforms left behind in it's wake... Vine, Periscope, Google+, this is why you've got to continue educating yourself!  The options are endless thanks to the lovely Internet.  Some, like my coworker, can't even decide what to have for lunch, would argue that's a downside.  The good thing is that there is someone for everyone.  The Kurt Russell to your Goldie Hawn.  Over the last couple years I've watched a lot of webinars, some free, some paid and it's hard to sit through a class when you can't stand the sound of someone's voice or your belief system is polar opposite.

This post has grown to be longer than most attention spans (140 characters, amiright?) so what I want to tell you is that Hilary Rushford with Dean Street Society is the teacher I've found most effective and inspiring.  She's incredibly easy to listen to, she's "real", fun, confident and something that's important to me - she's not super mushy gushy.  She offers free webinars throughout the year, if you follow her on Instagram you'll easily see when those are, and those should give you a pretty good indication as to whether you'd like to hear/see more.  You don't want to fork over your hard earned monies on someone that puts you to sleep.  

Screenshot from Hilary's Instagram with Intention semnar.

Screenshot from Hilary's Instagram with Intention semnar.

When you're shopping different webinars, conferences and classes here is my advice:

  1. Research:  Find out who you're going to spend your precious free time with and who you may be giving your money to.  Peruse their website, Instagram and Facebook.  This should give you a good idea of who they are.
  2. Materials:  Find out about the materials that come with the teachings.  How long do you have access to their online videos or classes.   Lifetime access is ideal, especially if they continue to update their programs.  I like to go at my own pace so classes that expire in six weeks aren't realistic.
  3. Closed Facebook Group:  A great way to build a community with the other students, people in the same boat as you.  Most of the time these groups continue on long past the class has ended.
  4. Free:  Free doesn't mean a lack of quality.  Some people are out there sharing their passions because that's what makes them happy and you get to reap the benefits. For example, this blog is free! 

Again, if there's something or someone out there that you can't live without - please share below.  

 

I N S T A G R A M

 

© 2008-2017 The Girl Kyle • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • Site Design by The Paper Sac