A Female plant ally, 4 Leafed Shamrocks, and Clover Braids.

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IMG_6732Marley, our 9 year old has an undeniable gift for finding 4 leafed clovers (Shamrocks) . This gift she inherited from her father’s mother, who looks into a clover patch and only sees the ones with 4 leaves, they just jump out at her.

They say that people who find four leafed clovers (shamrocks) can see fairies, and that finding 4 leafed clovers is good luck, because only roughly one in every 10,000 clovers has 4 leaves……the rest have 3.

IMG_5049Here is one of Marley’s recent 4 leaf clover hauls. She sits in a clover patch for a couple minutes and this is what happens.

These 4 leafed clovers, as well as a few beautiful red clovers that are popping up around our house in Seattle and the huge abundance of purple clovers that are blooming all over Fayetteville Arkansas (where I currently am as I write this, gazing out the window at a clover patch)……..are the inspiration for today’s post.

It seems as though the older I get the more I am attracted to plant allies that are powerfully medicinal for women, and I have been paying more attention to clovers recently.

IMG_6865They grow so abundantly and are so lovely, both the shamrocks and the flowers. Some people consider clover a common weed because it grows wild in so many places, and it is easily overlooked because of that. So many of our most potent plant allies are overlooked as common weeds!

Clovers are a wonderful flower for tea, because they are a great source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.

For women specifically, clover is very helpful in softening the symptoms of PMS, and Menopause because it has an estrogen like effect on the body. They are know to aid in communication and are widely used to aid in boosting female fertility!

Susan Weed on Red Clover and Fertility-

One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red) blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.

To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won’t work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.

It is especially helpful if there is scaring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or “unexplained” infertility. It may take several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occurs until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion, too!

Read up here for more on the medicinal benefits of clover, and here on harvesting and drying your own.

Today’s braids are inspired by, and decorated with, clovers.

Peep this……….

Clover Braids DIY

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  • Begin by taking a section of hair from the front of one side, basically sectioning off from the top of the head straight down to behind one ear. Braid that section, then pull the braid across the back of the head.
  • Holding the ends of the braid, gently pull at the sides of the braid to widen it and make it more irregular.
  • Use a bobby pin to discreetly secure the braid to the head on the opposite side.
  • Repeat this with a section of hair from the other side.
  • Return to the first side, and create another section and braid beneath the first one.
  • Hold the ends, pull it apart, and overlap it to the other side, pinning it.
  • Do this once more from the other side. You will end up with 4 braids, pinned across the back of the head, back and forth.
  • Now, take all the rest of the hair that hangs down the back, and braid it. Secure the end with a clear elastic, pull the braid apart, then wind it into a flat braid against the back of the head. Pin it into place, hiding the end of the braid behind the bun.
  • Add more pins as needed to secure the hairstyle, and then go back over it and pull more pieces out gently to create more texture.
  • Adorn with clovers.

 

Thanks for being here!

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

Talking about Educating, Business Ownership, Working Motherhood, and the Hair/life with Jessica Anderson

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I had the honor of meeting Jessica in San Francisco last month, she came to Edo Salon from San Diego to attend our first ever Colorprint Workshop. We connected as fellow stylists, artists and mothers of daughters, and she shared a bit of her story with me……She   co-owns her San Diego salon with her husband who is also a stylist and shares with her a deep faith and partnership, and 4 beautiful daughters under the age of 7.

She is an educator of a very creative, organic hair painting technique that has put her on a path which has changed the course of her career and helped her to understand the importance of sharing skills, giving back, thinking outside the box, and expressing healing and love through hair.

Jessica’s journey to educating, and her experience of both business owner and mother as well as her pursuit of a creative life, really inspired me. Naturally, I had to know more. How does she do it all? How does she manage? Maybe through hearing and sharing her story, we can catch a little bit of her grace. Like through Osmosis, you know what I mean?

I asked her if she would let me interview her for HTHG, and somehow, amidst building out salon #2 and getting ready to open, mothering her children, and taking all of her own and her husbands clients while he made a trip out of town, she found the time to thoughtfully share more with us about how she does it, why she does it, and how it isn’t easy but it is worth it.

unnamed-51Through just a very short time and little correspondence, it was easy to see that Jessica Anderson  is an extraordinarily committed person, both professionally and personally. This quality in her sheds massive light on an important aspect of achieving dreams and success, in general. A commitment to self, partner, service, family, faith, art, whatever is important to you. It is the commitment part that counts.

What is your full name, where are you from, where do you live now?

My name is Jessica Anderson. I am originally from Arizona but we moved our family to San Diego three years ago. If we would have stayed in Arizona we would have all melted away. The ocean is where we always had dreamed we would raise our family.

unnamed-53How long have you been doing hair?

I can’t really remember a time that I didn’t do hair.  Throughout my childhood, hair was a big part of who I was. I remember it being important to me. I shaved my head when I was 14 years old on a dare from my brothers and that following year of growing out my hair and blistering my own scalp with bleach every month was really the year I knew I would be a hairstylist for the rest of my life. Professionally, I have been doing hair for 15 years. My husband and I fell madly in love in beauty school and we have been inseparable since. We own two hair salons in San Diego and owned one in Arizona for seven years until we decided to move in here to San Diego. Our third location will be opening in San Diego in a few weeks. When we decided to move our kids to the ocean from Arizona we kept our clients in Phoenix, AZ  and my husband and I both still travel back to service our clients of 15 years every 5 weeks.

unnamed-49What are your specialties?

I hate to limit myself by listing off my specialties. I love it all. I love razor cuts as much as I love blunt bobs, heavy bangs and waist long hair. I love conditioning treatments and glosses as much as I love hairpainting. But I will say, I have been foil free now for 3 years and obviously hairpainting is a huge part of my career. I hairpaint everyone. So, if you threatened to cut off my hand for me to tell you my specialty, it would be hairpainting. But I would only tell you that because losing a hand would limit my time behind a chair.:)

What is your mantra for doing hair? (less is more, make it big, etc?)

Doing hair is everything except doing hair. If you can’t deeply and truly love strangers who sit in your chair, then you will never fully experience what the heart of the beauty industry really is about.  If you learn to express that love to your client, past their hair and past the money, (without being creepy) then you are doing what you are called to be doing and you are making a big impact on your clients lives.

Tell us about your jump from stylist to educator.

When I first started to hairpaint, some of my friends were wanting to learn the technique, at the time, this method was very new in the US and had not gone mainstream yet. I posted my first casual class on Instagram and 8 people showed up. That buzz on social media created a spiral effect of interest and the emails starting rolling in. I began teaching a few private classes at salons and thanks to the art of hashtagging, I fell into educating. I felt like I did not chose to be an educator, it chose me. Through the process of painting, I invented the idea of using real paint brushes as an essential tool in my technique. That is when Salvage Supply Co. really took off.

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Soon after that,  we started to see the paintbrush idea spread all over social media. Our business grew so fast that we needed help, so I hired on another educator, Michelle McGuire who is arguably one of my favorite souls on this earth and she paints hair like a mother. Together, we have taught hairpainting to hundreds of stylists and educators who have flown to the west coast from all over the country for our classes, some of whom are now hairpaint educators themselves.

Soon after the growth of our classes, we opened our online shop and became distributors of the bleach that we paint with from Paris, France. We sell bleach to hair stylists all over the country. I would say the thing that takes up the most time with being an educator, besides teaching,  is keeping up on social media and the emails (which can be challenging when you are a stylist, salon owner, mother, etc.)  I am really picky so I like to do all of our online marketing myself.

What inspired you to teach? Why do you teach the particular things that you do?

What initially inspired me to teach, was the hairpainting market at the time. Three years ago, people were doing balayage but very few were hairpainting. The classes out there were super pricey $750-3000 per class and the educators were not openly sharing their biggest secrets via social media. You had to pay high dollar to get any answers. Their lips were sealed. I was determined to master this technique and share it with the market of stylists who couldn’t afford such an expensive class. I was the first educator on social media to really come under market in class pricing but I felt that the industry was headed that way anyways so I took advantage and decided to share my knowledge for an affordable price to the average stylist but a price that was worth my time. I spent countless hours dissecting this method of painting hair and it  dramatically transformed my career into an art and changed the way that I visualized hair color forever and I wanted to share that with stylists.

unnamed-57What do you find the most effective way to teach other stylists? hands on? Demo, both? theory? discussion? etc.

I find that just getting straight into demo and hands on is the best method for my class. Theory and discussion is good for some types of classes, but for hairpainting, you can sit for hours and try to visually figure it out but until you take the hands on portion of this class, you are wasting time. There is so much technical information to take in and as visual artists, we don’t truly learn until someone is critiquing and supporting us. If you asked any of my students, they would tell you that the hands on portion of my class is everything. I am a strict teacher, I believe in giving people their investments worth. Even if they are giving me push back and not receiving the information gracefully, it is my responsibility to make sure they walk away with the basic knowledge they need to start their hairpainting journey.

What do you love about educating?

In general, I don’t love educating. I love people. I love seeing people start to feel what I felt the first time I hairpainted. I love meeting stylists all over the country whom I never would have met before and staying connected with them through social media. I love this technique to my core because I believe it is right for the client financially and it also feeds the creative soul of a hairstylist. When you believe 100% in what you are teaching then it will connect with the students. But as for educating in general, “eh”. I just love teaching this particular technique because it has so deeply affected my career and it gets everyone excited about their artistry again.

unnamed-55You are a mother, how do you juggle motherhood and career? any tips or tricks? share your secret?

I have several points to this question that I want to make. I am a mother of 4 beautiful daughters all under 7 years old. Being a mother is harder than I ever imagined it would be. Owning 2 salons, maintaining a clientele in another city, re-building a second clientele in the city I live, traveling, teaching, distributing bleach, maintaining great friendships, nourishing a marriage and being a good mother is even harder. The drama of daughters… Oh the drama can be unbearable at times and I can assure you that you don’t want to be a fly on the wall in my house during one of my dark mommy meltdowns. It’s reality tv material (so I’ve been told).

My first answer is, my husband and I have a true partnership. With six of us living in a 960 square ft bungalow, we team up. (yes, you read that right 960 sq ft, and the only thing I have to say about it is, “small homes grow tight families”)  Where I slack at life, he picks up. Where he is weak, I am strong. But some days we lose, we are both weak, we both suck, we are straight up defeated and those are the moments we are reminded that the more we lean on our faith and reach outward, the healthier we are as a couple …and that is how we handle shit.

unnamed-54Being a working mother is important to me and I am intentional about how our girls view our family life. It’s not for everyone, but for me it’s a big deal. My deepest hope for my daughters is to find the thing inside of them that sets them on fire, be good at it, share it, and find a way to bless other people with it. And if it means them one day juggling work and a family of their own, then they will know first hand that it IS possible by how much they were loved by a working mother. They will know that I worked my ass off because God gave me a natural talent, a passion, and a heart to serve people,( including them) and I used it for a bigger purpose other than paying the bills. I am so sure that one day they will grow up and look back and have complaints and judgments of their “working mother” but I know one thing, these girls won’t question their worth or their purpose because it is my priority to teach them that.
Where do you see our industry headed?

Social media in our industry is a blessing and a curse. For me, I wouldn’t be an educator without social media, it is my only marketing outlet. I wouldn’t have the talented stylists that are working in our salons if it weren’t for social media. We definitely wouldn’t be opening a second salon in just over one year after the last salon opening. The internet is a powerful tool for our industry and a great place to network and connect. Unfortunately, I feel like it is our only tool and we are slaves to it. It consumes our time, photo filters distort the reality and rawness of our portfolios. The realness of being a hairstylist is close to non-existent, masked by all of the perfect photos. The pressure to keep up and post our work can be exhausting. Sometimes I wish that we could just go back to being behind a chair and just be present with real people, not followers. Future hairstylists will have no clue what that even means.

What are you most excited about, hair and life wise?

A vacation. We have not had a vacation in 8 years. There is always something stopping us. Another pregnancy, a new salon, another hairpainting class, car problems, money, real life, the list goes on. The jokes between my husband and I about never coming back from vacation and just peacing out and flipping everyone the middle finger and sleeping in and not caring about anyone, is pretty hilarious.

It’s a conversation that only we think is funny. Us two are the only ones who truly know the extent of stress we have taken on. There are darker moments of our lives that even our friends and family don’t know about. Stuff you just get through to make you stronger and more knowledgeable about being self employed but in the meantime, takes a toll on your stress levels. We realize it’s totally crazy we haven’t taken a vacation. And if we don’t get one in the next 3 months we will cut a bitch. I mean it.

Jessica, thank you so much, from all of us here at How-To Hair Girl. Your story is an inspiration to us, and we have massive gratitude to you for taking the time to enlighten us with it.

We hope, from the bottom of our hearts, that your get your fucking vacation before you cut a bitch, because god knows you deserve one!

Best, love, HTHG.

 

Hair Color Mist!

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IMG_5920Hi Darlings. I want to share today a technique that I have played around a bit with recently, beginning here……. The concept is adding a pop or kind of a watercolor wash of color in the hair by mixing your direct veggie color ( I used Manic Panic for this:) with water and applying it in the hair with a spray bottle. Hair Color Misting!

What I have found is that it creates a great marble-y sort of effect, and is a perfect DIY for either brightening up your existing color on the fly, or  just adding some fun temporary shade to rock for a few weeks.

As I have been experimenting with color recently, I have found that the veggie dyes, when applied to pre-lightened hair, really lock in nicely to the hair, in many cases rinsing almost clear as if the hair has swallowed up all the pigment and left only conditioner behind. This, to me, shows that we have come a long way in formulating color that lasts longer without bleeding!IMG_5903

This technique works best on pre-lightened or very light natural hair, but can be used on darker hair too, to create more of a cast of color and less of a pop:) I found that the pinks and purples show up much more than the blues, when sprayed in.

As you can see, I used this technique on level 8 natural hair, with slightly lighter ends.

IMG_5892-1I encourage all to experiment with the Color Mist technique and make it your own!

How To Color Mist

 

  • For this DIY, I mixed a tablespoon of pure color (Manic Panic Cleo Rose, Pimpin Purple and Bad Boy Blue.) to each 5 oz spray bottle, and then added about 2 oz of water, and shook the hell out of it.
  • Then, I sectioned off a rectangle of hair on top of my models heads, just isolating the hair around their natural parts, about 3 inches wide, from the front hairline to the back of the head, so that their natural color would fall evenly over their misted color.
  • Brush the rest of the hair straight down into natural fall, and make sure to have a cape or towel over your/your model’s shoulders:)
  • Begin to spray your selected color directly into the hair, starting with you mister a good 6 inches back  to get the feel for the amount/distribution of color that each mist gives.
  • Continue spraying the color into the hair with one hand, using the other hand to work that pigment into the hair. Use your artistic eye and intuition to lead you in continuing to spray in color where and how you want it.

For this tutorial, after working in the color with my hands, I allowed it to dry naturally in the hair without rinsing. Because there wasn’t much actual saturation with the color in the hair, just a light misting, it didn’t seem necessary to rinse the color out.

The end result was lovely, and it was so easy to do. I totally encourage you brave hair color DIY-ers to try this option out this Summer when you want a little low maintenance/commitment color in your hair. I was so pleased with this fun process!!!!!

And, because the color it watered down, it’s really hard to botch it, so great for color experimenters.

Also, I posted a quick video of the Color Misting technique on my Instagram, so check it out for a visual:) It is under the hashtag #colormist

May your hair be bright and colorful!

xo, HTHG

Intuition and No Basic Witch Pentagram Braids

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IMG_4632Witches are quite en vogue these days, in style, in theory and in practice. I think it is part of a massive uprising in feminine power and awareness and I am sure grateful to feel it happening around us.

IMG_6877Quilt of Divine Feminine Connection by Ozark Fiber Artist Sage Billig;

Witchcraft is a term that is difficult to define with precision. In this post, I use the term witch to refer to a woman who believes and explores her sources of inner intuitive strength which can be used to heal, transform, and get big, important shit done. The all powerful and connective/collective forces of unseen strength and energy infused with intention.

Witchery is a value that was first instilled in me by my amazing kindergarten teacher Judy Beerman, who had a girlfriend, a black mullet with a pink tail, and a guitar. She sang most of our lessons to us. It was Seattle Public Schools in the late 80’s and I lucked out with a radical, truth speaking role model.

Judy’s songs have stuck with me and shaped me in a huge way…..Lessons from the songs she sang about the Civil Rights Movement, our right to love, and the importance of Witches instilled deeply into my heart a need to understand and accept peoples differences while always questioning mainstream thought and building and trusting in my own intuition……..These were things that Judy’s songs taught me.

‘Who were the witches,

where did they come from?

Maybe your great, great grandmother was one.

Witches were wise, wise women they say, there’s a little witch in every woman today’

And the song goes on and on. This song was originally written and sung by Bay Area children’s songwriter, activist and pagan Bonnie Lockhart. Judy played this song a lot.

Digging into Intuition a bit, I recently read this, from the Power Path, and really loved it…..

‘Another potent and exciting aspect of this month is acknowledging the power of your intuition as a guiding principal in setting your intentions and trusting in a new direction.

Intuition is non-intellectual and helps us to feel into things, instead of rationalize them. Remember that rationalization uses language from the past and past experiences, where intuition feels into the future.

Your intuition knows your true values, and your values are important building blocks to the foundation of your future.

IMG_6204Knotted Magic Eye Necklace by Spanish Fiber Artist Nayra Del Bosc.

These words are very affirming to me. There is a lot of pressure on us to be rational and methodical in our decision making, but sometimes that can really be stifling to our connection to our own inner voice, which is always speaking. Trusting our intuition can take practice but it is so necessary to our souls to do that work.

IMG_6187In Honor of the exploration of the divinely Witchy ways in each of us, and in persuit of a healthy intuitive life, I present you this DIY braided representation of the sacred symbol of the Pentagram.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 10.25.50 AMA little history on the Pentagram.

The Pentagram is an ancient symbol of divine knowledge, a sacred symbol used commonly in Celtic tradition and Paganism, with origins dating back to Pythagoras, ancient Egypt, India, Persia and Greece.

It represents our connection to each other, and the sacred geometry of nature and all life, and our connection to forces unseen. Please read up more on the Pentagram to familiarize yourself with it’s roots and meanings, and then braid your hair into a Pentagram and divine that inner wisdom and connection.

IMG_4730No Basic Witch Pentagram Braids, DIY

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  • The idea behind this is that we are using tiny braids to draw the picture of a 5 pointed star.
  • Beginning with the lower left hand point, use a hair pin or something pointy to section off a tiny circle of hair, and start a nice tight tiny braid within that circle section. Continue the braid until it is long enough to stretch across the back of the head, upwards to the top center point of the star.
  • Now, create another tiny circle section where the top center point is, and divide it into three to create your second braid, braiding the ends of your first braid tightly in with the second braid. (The ends get added right into one of your 3 braid sections from braid 2.)
  • Now continue braid two until it is long enough to meet braid 3, in the bottom right point of the star. Add the ends of braid 2 into braid 3 in the same way, and create that bottom right point.
  • Now continue this same method to create braid 4 on the upper left point, straight across to braid 5 on the upper right, and back home to bottom left point at braid 1.
  • Add a tiny bit more hair into braid 5 at the base of braid one, to secure the star. Braid all the way to the ends if you want, just to be sure your star wont unravel.
  • To finish the Pentagram Braid, I hid the ends of the last braid underneath her hair, then braided all her hair down her back, secured the ends, and wrapped the braid into a bun, securing it with pins. Then, naturally, I added some flowers:)

I really believe that when we infuse our small daily rituals with intention, like brushing our hair and thinking about letting go of negative thoughts, or braiding our hair while thinking about strengthening our intuition, or wearing and adorning ourselves with items that were made with love, we really up our game on manifesting those positive thoughts into truths.

IMG_6863I wish this for all of us. Please stay tuned for more Witch Thoughts and Musings, and tell us how you feel about your own inner witch.

xo, HTHG

 

Little Mama Wolf and the Macrame Braid

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7U6A3707Hello! Today I’m excited to introduce a little split feature on a Omaima, an inspiring and thoughtful Seattle woman/mama who owns one of my favorite shops Beats and Bohos, and a DIY hair tutorial on the Macrame Braid, featuring Omaima, who we will affectionately call Little Mama Wolf in this post, because that is what her full name translates to, and I think that is just too cool to not mention.

I met Omaima through a mutual friend, Jenny MacLeod, who had a feeling we would hit it off. Omaima and I met for coffee, and chatted about life and dreams and business ownership and motherhood and I instantly liked her vibe. Listening to her story of getting to where she is, she spoke honestly with a sense of both humbleness and fierceness about the importance of creating and nurturing community within her space of business.

After planning a shoot together and having all of our models bail at the last minute (it happens;) We decided to just shoot a little hair tutorial on her, as a way to introduce her to you all and invite you into her world for a moment, and give you a look at her gorgeous long hair laced with silver sparkles, her fantastic 60’s vibe and her thoughtful words of life. Thanks you all for joining us for this one!

We will begin with a tutorial on the featured Macrame braid Hairstyle, before getting to Omaima’s interview. Before writing out this post, I gave a lot of thought to how I would actually talk you through the macrame braid technique, and I just couldn’t wrap my brain around it because there are so many overs and unders and arounds . So, I made a little video of it and posted it on Instagram under the hashtag #hthgmacramebraid to give a simple visual demonstration…….So to get the technique, hoping you are a visual person, watch the video and let it sink in. Practice it on string or rope to get it down, then it is very easy to translate it into the hair.

7U6A3771Using the Macrame Technique, I created this fetching art nouveau inspired hairstyle, with added dogwoods and ferns of course. Here is how it came together.7U6A3793

Begin by sectioning the hair into 3 equal sized sections.7U6A3784

Using the Macrame Braid Technique, braid as far as you can before your two tie sections run out of length.

Secure the short ends with the long center section into a ponytail with a clear elastic. Now, split the ponytail into 3, and do a regular braid all the way to the ends. Secure them with another elastic.7U6A3775

Now take the braid and wind it tightly up around one side of her head, so that the macrame part sits sort of low and off center against the head. Wind the ends of the braid around the head as far as they will go, then tuck the tail of the braid underneath her hair, and pin it securely so it disappears into her hair.

Use more pins to discreetly attach the braid to the head, like a crown. Add flowers to hide pins.

This is just one of many ways to rock the Macrame Braid, stay tuned for more hairstyles like this one…..IMG_2881

 

 

 

And now, words on life, inspiration, business ownership, motherhood and community with this Little Mama Wolf.

 

What inspired you to open Beats and Bohos? what is your vision for what it is both professionally and personally and community-wise?

7U6A3681Opening a combined vintage and record store had long been a dream of mine. I had been working corporate retail management for a while and was ready to pursue something I’ve always enjoyed and was more in sync with where my heart is.  While Bj was selling records full time it was only a side thing for me for many years and we decided to just dive into making it reality. Life’s too short to not enjoy what you spend your time doing, including your job.

Our vision for the shop is to create a welcoming space that supports artists and musicians but at the same time feels like a vortex to times past. We enjoy the connection of style- music – art and design. A curated vintage lifestyle shop – but also a space that brings people together. Music and arts in general are fantastic routes to do so.

For me, it is an enjoyable part of my path. It may not be that I will always sling vintage and records – but perhaps curate a gallery, style films/musicians, organize events/ people, or design using so many of the skills we use managing and running our small business.

7U6A3703We truly love using our space to build community. We have monthly events that couple music w art. The second Friday art opening/DJs/live music events are def community builders. We partner up w a local feminist zine,catcall, and have quarterly get-togethers that include feminist  discussions, and DJs or live music. Besides vintage wares and wearables, we carry several very locally (within 1-3 miles)made products, which supports the local crafters and artisans. We’ve worked w local bloggers and clothing designers/stylists and are looking forward to put together classes w various craftsmen.

 

What inspires you in general?

Art, life, bold expression – bold people, strong women. Women that lift each other up, sisterhood.

What pisses you off?

Injustice, inequality, sexism – people/ systems that discourage free thought and easily living a simple life. The fact that now a parent has to fear their children will be killed at school.  Oh, and drivers that don’t know how to use a turning lane 😉

What are your roots like (not hair, just like growing up, punk scene, how you got to be yourself)

I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio, BJ’s from W Virginia – but we both grew up on punk-indie  and the underground diy music scene. I had been a riot grrl and animal rights activist in the early 90s, but always a feminist. I moved to Long Beach, California pretty quickly after hs and started a “punk” house – or one with artists/musicians. Mostly female, in fact – appropriately named “the Booblytrap.  Those were def good times esp being able to have bands play in our living room.

I moved back to Ohio for a while and then more recently landed in Seattle.

I think I’ve always kind of been a defender of the underdog and a voice in support of what’s just.

What causes do you feel strongly about?

The Syrian refugee crisis hits close to home for me. It’s a sad state for humanity when we lock out so many in need.

Also, saving the earth – as individuals we can only do so much. Systems need to change, very soon for us humans to survive on this beautiful planet. We can change our energy sources and waste less – it’s just the big powers that govern that have given push back. Our country could be and should be leaders in finding solutions – but greed and money is our biggest roadblock. It’s messed up!

 

You are a mama, what do you want your daughter to know as she grows into adulthood?

 I want her to know she is beautiful and strong and she can do or be most anything she puts her mind to. What’s important in life is that you live it to the fullest – live your passion w compassion 🙂

What is your angle with vintage? favorite eras, pieces, artists etc, what makes B&B different from other vintage shops?

7U6A3686We do our best to have reasonable pricing w vintage that’s in great condition. The shop currently has a lot of 60s, 70s and 90s, altho we carry all eras. We like to have basics for the vintage lover as well as statement pieces. So a person can get some wide legged flares w a bright floral top.

What skill are you dying to learn?

So many!
I’d like to sharpen my sewing skills, for obvious reasons. Also welding so I can get into metal sculptures. macrame and weaving are on the list too 🙂
What is your MO with your hair?

I’m completely lazy w my hair usually; I’ll put it up in a bun or a pretty vintage head scarf is pretty common for me. kind of obsessed w scarves actually 🙂

What could you do without?

poverty and violence, robotic people

What would you like to see more of in the world? 

People working together in positive ways, progressive solutions. Kindness.

What/who are your muses?

7U6A3695The beautiful people that come into our shop – finding what makes them outwardly shine  – we love finding just the right thing for people, records included.  We actually think about specific people when out treasure hunting and they really appreciate it. Both of us will recall what some one picked up a few years ago and that always surprises people.

Describe your ideal vision for your future.

I have a couple ideas I’ve been playing with – but one main one is getting my dual citizenship w Spain since I’m half spanish, and traveling to europe bring vintage goodies back – having a boutique that specializes in European vintage. That way we could combine a couple passions; travel and vintage!

Omaha, we thank you and salute you, and are so glad we found you!

If you are in the Seattle area, check out Beats and Bohos on Greenwood ave and follow them on Instagram to get inspired by their beautifully curated vintage clothes and homewares, and hear about the great events they host that are open to a supportive community. 

xo , HTHG and Beats and Bohos