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I Am A Lady

I’m back from the spa and I feel so very pretty, like I should be twirling around singing or something. My hair looks fierce and let me just tell you how sad I am that I found the perfect stylist/colorist two weeks before I relocate! Where has this girl been my whole life? Well if anyone lives in southern New Hampshire or on the MA border and is looking for great hair you have to see my girl. Email me and I’ll give you the deets. It’s hard to find a good colorist here, I’ve been salon hopping for ages, and I usually end up looking very 80s (bad 80s not good 80s) and about 5 years older than I am.

Lauren Nicole Love

When I left the salon with my Giselle hair (someday the body will follow LOL), I felt like a million bucks and ladies, that’s a feeling we all need more often. If you haven’t seen the interior of a day spa in awhile book an appointment and go treat yourself – we all need the hair/mani-pedi/eyebrow/massage thing more often. It’s 88 and sunny here today, so on the way home I hit Starbucks for an iced coffee and turned up Sweet Dreams (this great Beyonce dance remix version) and with my moonroof open I enjoyed every second of it. I’m selling my car next week so I’m trying to squeeze it for all it’s worth. Then I’ll be living the train/bike lifestyle – no car – which I’m fine with but I’m enjoying what I do have while I have it. :) And guess what? When I got home a love letter and card was waiting for me from my dear mother. She’s been pretty much crying for six months since I announced I was relocating abroad and today her lovely letter just warmed and melted my heart. I can’t wait to see her in Boston in a few weeks – she’s coming to see me off and I can’t wait. She was my very best friend growing up and though we’re not as close these days her letter was the greatest most cherished thing – I can’t explain how much it meant to have her beautiful words and blessing for a happy life abroad – she’s accepted it all now and is absolutely thrilled for me and of course, I’m feeling better about relocating too. I guess I was waiting for her approval and didn’t even realize it until I got it. The cutest part is that she wants to come see me and she’s not a traveler by air so of course this is a huge deal for me (and her). We made a deal that since I’ll only be one hour from London by plane, that she can fly direct to London and I’ll meet her there and we’ll fly together down to Hannover. Yay, mom!

Lauren Nicole Love

And by the way, these two lovely prints are from Lauren Nicole Love on etsy, whom I first heard about today via twitter thanks to Michelle at Design Evolution who always tweets me the best stuff. (Love ya, girl). I love this message, empowering and to the point, I Am A Lady! Oh yes, that’s such a good thing to be isn’t it?

(images: lauren nicole love)

Posted by decor8 in Etsy Faves on July 15, 2009

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  1. nichole commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:16pm

    Oooh, I know that feeling! Love it. Nothing better than a fresh head of hair. It ‘s amazing how different you can feel.

    Enjoy it! And now you can enjoy listening to 80s music without feeling like you’re dressing the part.

    PS. Take a photo and twitpic it!
    .-= nichole´s last blog ..Check Out This House =-.

  2. tula@whorange commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:18pm

    shout it from the rooftops, sister!

  3. rebecca s. commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:30pm

    what a wonderful feeling! i just love fresh haircuts that look good.

    and supportive moms are not too shabby, either. :)

    sounds like you have had a great day…
    .-= rebecca s.´s last blog .. =-.

  4. Travelingmama commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:32pm

    Yeah for the spa! I know what you mean about unknowingly hoping for a parent’s approval. My Dad was really mad at us for taking his grandchildren away and didn’t tell me that he approved of me until after we had lived here for over a year.
    .-= Travelingmama´s last blog ..Corner View: the unveiling: showing your true self =-.

  5. Amy commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:34pm

    Glad you are feeling awesome! I don’t know how you can stand the anticipation of the big move – so exciting! So happy for you! :-)
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Tumbling… =-.

  6. Amber commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:35pm

    Too funny that you live in NH, I also live there as well and I just found this blog (love it btw)… still working on getting my blog up and running!
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..School House Rock =-.

  7. decor8 commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:43pm

    Here you go Nichole:

    Though I should have put on some makeup!!

  8. mati commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:43pm

    oh, holly, i totally hear you on the mom front! living 3,000 miles away from mine in maine. so exciting that you’re moving and you’re exuding fantastic excitement about your hair (ohhh la la giselle) and international move! you rock!

  9. Julieann commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:50pm

    seriously you are too cute, your hair is so long!!! and your mom, ahh mom’s even when we are strong independent grown up girls we still love to her mom’s approval!! I think I need to go download this Beyonce cd and than book a pamper day : )
    .-= Julieann´s last blog ..DWR Sale – The wheels of the bus are in my garden!! =-.

  10. decor8 commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 4:52pm

    Julieann you have to come to Germany to visit me, okay? We can have the best time there – my best pal is a makeup expert and can glam us all up — you’ll love it (and her). Book a flight for next year, you can stay with me! :)

  11. robin commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 5:13pm

    what a happy post!
    .-= robin´s last blog .. =-.

  12. sweet fine day/Jenna commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 5:26pm

    good for you. the day sounds fab. I wish I can follow your lead sometime soon.
    .-= sweet fine day/Jenna´s last blog ..lychee sorbet =-.

  13. Shanon commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 5:37pm

    It sounds like you had the most perfect day!

    I just clicked on the pic you linked and holy wows, you do have Giselle hair– goodness! Your hubby is gonna jump ya the 2nd you walk in the door. (Or he has already, since now you are on the computer. Hehe)

    I love that you had such a great day. It makes my day, being laid up in recovery, not so bad, as I’ll just live vicariously. ; )
    .-= Shanon´s last blog ..I *heart* Danita Art =-.

  14. City Chic - Jamie commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 6:27pm

    What a wonderful feeling! I just got my haircut the other day and am still searching for the right person. It’s not just how they cut hair, but how you feel when you are there and when you leave, you know? Sounds like you found the perfect place! Better now than never, right? I hope your time left in the US is as enjoyable as this day was!
    .-= City Chic – Jamie´s last blog ..Gone Fishing =-.

  15. stephanie commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 6:34pm

    You sound like you are doing just great Holly, you have a wonderful optimism and are just glowing! I know it feels better when mom can accept your move too! It’s all good! And do enjoy your car for all it’s worth :)

  16. Janine commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:10pm

    aww your hair looks so good!! so effortless!
    i figured out how to make my hair look like yours every single day in 5 five minutes or less (hair washed or not!) with a straightener last year. it looks effortless, pretty much is and makes me feel so pritty everyday :)
    i’ve just booked my FIRST ever spa appointment. i’ve never even had one of those 5 minute/$10 massages at the mall hahah so this will be fun. I’m actually booked for an extraction facial (oww!) but i heard that there will be tea & that i will leave looking better than when i came in and who or how could you argue with that!

  17. gabriellevalentine commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:11pm

    OH! breaks my heart hearing your moving from your mom/best friend. My mom is my best friend and we live far apart. But an hour by air isn’t SO bad…I’m sure she’ll happily make the trip for you & the scenery!
    It is so hard to find a good stylist. I wish you luck finding one in the next city!
    .-= gabriellevalentine´s last blog ..Just Call Her Laura Ingalls. =-.

  18. kristen b commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:17pm

    holly- what a great post! you have such a great voice as a writer and express yourself so well-whether it’s fun (spa day) or heartfelt (mom stuff). I totally hear ya on both fronts! I’m a long time reader, but almost never comment (shame on me!). I’m so excited for your move overseas. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

  19. novelista barista commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:25pm

    awe i loveee going to spas!! sounds like a great time :)
    .-= novelista barista´s last blog ..wishful wednesday =-.

  20. novelista barista commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:31pm

    could u tell me where u got your blog layout from?! i have been trying to find a really nice one and have yet to!
    .-= novelista barista´s last blog ..wishful wednesday =-.

  21. decor8 commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:43pm

    novelista barista – I paid to have someone design it, they are a firm in England called Being Wicked.

  22. Julieann commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:43pm

    awww you’re too sweet! I will absolutely come for a visit! Maybe I will even treat myself to a stop over at my old home in London!! YEAAA something to look forward to.
    .-= Julieann´s last blog ..DWR Sale – The wheels of the bus are in my garden!! =-.

  23. decor8 commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 7:44pm

    Gabrielle – She won’t be living an hour by air sadly, but instead 8-9 hours travel time and about 5,500 miles! Wahhhhhh :(

  24. Sarah commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 8:32pm

    Holly- I really loved this post. Just something about how upbeat, positive and respectful you always are was really refreshing today! You’re one of my must stops everyday and I can’t wait to follow you on your next journey! Cheers!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Watercolors =-.

  25. Megan commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 10:38pm

    Mums are just the best. My mum is also big on cards when she wants to say something heartfelt. Which is just lovely.
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..Vote for Media Features =-.

  26. Yoli commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 10:48pm

    Well good for you! You deserve it sweet Holly!
    .-= Yoli´s last blog ..Alice In Wonderland =-.

  27. lauren commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 11:00pm

    hi holly– quick question about the “lady” print. do you know if it’s for sale anywhere? i absolutely love it, but i can’t find it in lauren nicole’s etsy shop. thanks!

  28. leslie commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 11:24pm

    After a long day this post has me giggling!
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..Festive Snapshots =-.

  29. Yansy commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 11:25pm

    I’m so glad to hear you’re happy with your hair. I agree with you about how difficult it is to find someone that doesn’t ruin your hair, or makes you look like you belong in the cast of Dallas. I just got a massage this week and I have decided that for now on I will treat myself to two massages per month.

    P.S. I wanted to invite you participate in my giveaway. I have a feeling you’re really going to like it. I know how you have a love affair with Butterflies!
    .-= Yansy´s last blog ..Another Design Board For A Client =-.

  30. Vicki Archer commented
    July 15th, 2009 at 11:47pm

    A day for hair and spa – essential and very long overdue in my neck of the woods. Actually Friday is my day to do all those ladylike things. Good luck with your move – it is a huge change and challenge but so exciting at the same time, xv.
    .-= Vicki Archer´s last blog ..The Card Drawer… =-.

  31. Federica commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 12:21am

    What a wonderful feeling! Your blog is gorgeous! Thank you for all of the hours of enjoyment you’ve given me these past few months.

    Please, feel free to visit me at

    Greetings from Italy!
    .-= Federica´s last blog ..A new adventure =-.

  32. Kathy C. commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 12:49am

    Gosh, I found myself nodding all the time while reading this post.

    Love the hair! It’s rolled-out-of-bed-gorgeous. Yes, we could all use the Gisele hair even if the body will follow much later (hopefully!). :) A good stylist is worth their weight in gold. I found an amazing colorist 2 years ago and was so sad when he went AWOL. The salon where he was working didn’t know what happened to him either.

    Your spa time sounds so wonderful, topped by a great card from you mom and your empowering “I’m so fab” ride in your car and coffee!

    Have a great move to the other side of the pond and I’m hoping you find an equally good stylist there. Maybe you should put out a Tweet that you’re looking for a good stylist in Hanover. You’re bound to get a lot of recommendations. :)
    .-= Kathy C.´s last blog ..INSPIRATIONAL WEDNESDAYS: SERENITY =-.

  33. Rachel commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 5:53am

    I saw your Twitpic,your hair looks shampoo-commercial good. And I have a touch of envy…I’m desperate for a day at the salon.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..There’s Something in the Air =-.

  34. Jennifer commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 6:21am

    It’s scary and exhilirating all at the same time. The furtherest I lived from my mum was a 9 hour flight and I did that for 3 years. Much to her disgust it’s been 14 years since I lived “round the corner” but it’s OK. You both will survive. Your post today makes me think of that old Helen Reddy song – I can hear you roar from here.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..All Things French =-.

  35. lauren nicole love commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 9:13am

    thank you for featuring my work. you’re a doll! love your blog. there’s just so much PRETTY!

    – lauren nicole xoxo

  36. Amy commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 10:59am

    Now I really want to get my hair done, thanks ;)
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..personal =-.

  37. Marjolijn commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 11:02am

    Hello there!
    I just wanted to let you know that your blog has been mentioned in the latest issue of the Belgian/Flemish interior-magazine ´Actief Wonen´! Maybe you knew this already?
    Many greetings, Marjolijn
    .-= Marjolijn´s last blog ..He and I… =-.

  38. decor8 commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 11:08am

    Marjolijn; Thank you for letting me know — this is exciting news! Do you have a photo of the cover of the magazine and also of the page where it was mentioned? I’d love it if you could send that to me via email. My address is Holly @ decor8blog DOT com. Thank you so much!!!!

  39. Flassie commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 11:10am

    I knew you were a lady already.

    So cute that you feel like twirling or
    singing. I had to giggle about that.

    One day on one of my walks months
    ago I felt like twirling around and round.
    Thought someone would think I was crazy
    if I did though. lol!

    Guess what happened next? While on my
    way back home there was a little girl
    waiting for the bus with her father and
    she was twirling round and round. lol!

    I guess God was listening to my hearts
    desire and gave me the next best!

    God Bless You and Yours!!!
    .-= Flassie´s last blog ..{~*~Porta Potty Pitch 4 Pino~*~} =-.

  40. Mimi commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 11:13am

    What a beautiful post…I had tears in my eyes reading about the love story between you and your mom. Sounds like you’re having a perfect day…
    All the very best to you!
    .-= Mimi´s last blog ..Bleu treillage a la Miles Redd… =-.

  41. katie commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 11:18am

    i couldn’t find the i am a lady print anywhere in the artist’s etsy shop ~ can you assist? i would LOVE it for my baby girl’s bedroom. thank you!

  42. maria commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 11:28am

    I’m glad you had a wonderful day at the spa!!

    Such happy illustrations!!
    .-= maria´s last blog ..What I Wore Today: 07.16.09- The Great Outdoors =-.

  43. decor8 commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 12:05pm

    Hi Katie and others looking for the prints – Contact the seller directly through her etsy shop — she’ll be able to better assist you. Thanks!

  44. nina renee designs commented
    July 16th, 2009 at 12:47pm

    What a lovely post…it made me smile picturing all the details in my head :-)
    .-= nina renee designs´s last blog ..So Cute Gift: Nantucket Basket Purses =-.

  45. lauren nicole love commented
    July 20th, 2009 at 2:19pm
  46. Tina commented
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:42am

    I live in Raymond, NH and have been looking for a good stylist. Any help would be much appreciated. Especially since I need to look my best for my up coming job interview.

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