Mug Painting at Glazed Expressions

I don’t buy too many Groupons these days, but when I do, they’re usually for trying new things, like mug painting!

Katherine, Joanna, and Gina joined me for a little breakfast at Summerhouse Santa Monica, followed by mug painting and mimosas at Glazed Expressions (yes, it’s BYOB!).

Now, you may ask, why mugs? Yes, I already have many in my cabinet. Yes, I could go out and buy one. But for the same price, I can design a mug myself with my friends. 

We made our appointment for a Saturday at 11 am, so we were the first in the shop to paint. Bobby greeted us, and led us to our table. She showed us which mugs were included in the Groupon price, and we all chose big, wide mugs. 

Once more people came, we all got a tutorial on how to paint the mugs, how to use different tools, etc. In looking at others’ mugs for inspiration, I really liked a mug that had an ombré effect. I committed to that style and chose three shades of pink.

Bobby gave me directions on how to do the ombré: using a sponge, start with the lightest color and paint upward. Blend the next color to make a smooth transition, and then do again with a third color. I did three coats of this, and sponge painted the inside of the mug the darkest color. 

The paint is lighter and more matte before its fired, but I could tell already I loved it. What I also loved is that we all took different techniques when painting our mugs, including using tape and toothbrushes to create different effects.

When I picked the mugs up this week, I was so impressed with our work. I used my mug for my Sunday morning coffee (don’t you dare think you’ll get a pic of that, haha), and it wasn’t too heavy to hold and fit all of the coffee I needed.

I love these types of experiences: doing something creative with good friends. I hate to admit (but it’s obvious) that I don’t get out too much, so I really enjoy the moments I do! (Nothing against my family. ❤️) 

Anyone interested in coming next time?

Glazed Expressions
717 West Armitage
Lincoln Park


Week #36 – REVISIT Salon Buzz

It’s been nine months (whoa!) since I’ve had my hair colored, so what better way to treat myself after our busy catalog season at work than with a fresh ‘do?

I texted my friend Jill at Salon Buzz, and she hooked me up with subtle, sophisticated ombre highlights that leave me feeling like a (slightly) new woman. 🙂 Lovin’ the face-framing lighter pieces. Now I just need to learn how to curl my hair…

PS-Please pardon the bags and serious face in my before photo. Also, the lighting in the after shots is a little misleading, but you get the idea!

Salon Buzz
1 East Delaware
Gold Coast


Week #1 – Salon Buzz for Hair Color

New year, new me! Not only am I starting 2013 with a new blog, I also have a slightly new look!

I’m 30 years old, and less than a week ago, I had never colored my hair before.

My mom and sister Lauren have always told me not to dye my hair because my natural color is nice (everyone wants what they can’t have, right?). I appreciate their advice, and I’ve listened for probably 15 years, but now I’m going rogue…because I’m really into the ombre hair trend.

I consulted my friend Jill, who is a colorist at Salon Buzz in Gold Coast, months ago to get her take, and she told me to come in anytime. I finally went into the salon last week, and I had good company: My sister Lauren (who was looking for a “lift” in her hair color and cut), my friend Lauren (who was looking to go all-over darker with her hair), and I strolled into Salon Buzz for our color.

Salon Buzz is beautiful: two floors of high-end salon, buzzing with hair dryers, good music, and happy, chatting clients. The staff made us feel comfortable, hung up our coats, gave us smocks to wear, and I even got a cup of my favorite chamomile tea. All the women who work there have incredible hair, including Jill, so I knew we were safe.

Our Inspiration:
Me = Rachel Bilson (Here’s the photo I brought in!)
Sister Lauren = Olivia Palermo
Friend Lauren = Mila Kunis

With these hopes, we were going to come outta there looking pretty sexy. And in my opinion, we did!

Because Jill knows me well enough to know I can’t handle anything too drastic, my look is subtle, with ombre and face-framing highlights.

I love the results. Jill did an awesome job! I feel like I just got back from vacation with a sun-kissed tan! (I can see how this can get addicting…)

Would I recommend Salon Buzz? Definitely! Jill does excellent work.

Will I color my hair again? Definitely maybe. I’m really enjoying my highlights, but I also want to enjoy my rich brown natural color before the radon white hair starts really taking over. Of course it doesn’t help when I saw my husband after my visit to the salon, he told me he just likes the “natural me.” An indirect compliment, I guess?

But maybe hair color isn’t about pleasing your significant other. Maybe it’s about doing something for yourself every once in awhile. After all, this is my year, right? I gotta look good when I’m buzzing around town. THANKS, JILL and Salon Buzz!

Salon Buzz
310 West Superior Street
Gold Coast

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