lolagirl

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    Just sittin' here watchin' the wheels go round-n-round
  • Birthday 10/13/1999

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  • Real Name
    Lola
  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Detroit, Mi
  • Interests
    Wine, weed, pugs, gardening, cooking and travel.
  • Baby Due Date
    the twelfth of never
  • How did you find LL?
    the knot

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  1. How cool! Congratulations Dee. You will never forget your proposal story that's for sure. lol
  2. Thank you ladies, it really is where l'm supposed to be. The best perk is waking up on a Monday and thinking of all the things l need to do for the salon, pay the cleaning lady, get the towels ready for the week, pay bills and do book work, answer messages and organize the schedules....and then l realize and NO, l don't have to do any of that ever again. I can sit here with my coffee on my day off and enjoy my life! It's the freakin' bomb! We were up north a few weeks ago and l had my work phone and schedule and l was sitting on the deck and made 3 appointments with a cocktail in my hand, those calls would have gone unanswered until l got back, which always put pressure on me to get back. Plus fielding calls for the other stylist, l always felt pressure to get their clients taken care of. Not no mo.
  3. Ok so now that l have a month under my belt at the new place l can post an honest assessment of how l feel. At first l was like....what the fuck did l do. For the first week l was slowly bring in my supplies and kind of living out of my car, the dispensary where we mix up colors is sooo small, l don't think they originally were going to have 7 stations so it was cramped and my shit was just so unorganized. I actually booked an extra half hour per client just so it wasn't a rushed shit show and l really needed that extra time. I would come in and while I was happy, it just didn't feel like home. The girls are all nice, but of course at the point it was too early in the game to really know them, and l was like a fish out of water because they were all settled in and l was still organizing my space. I went to visit Gene, a guy that worked for me at his new salon and was like WTF why didn't I come here, there's so much space etc. l was having a little buyers remorse. Not having the responsibility was amazing, but was it worth it? Then l don't know what happened but one day l walked in and it all just clicked. l was so happy to be there, my stuff was put away and organized, my assistant was back from vacation and l really felt at home. My clients love the space, although a few of them did say they miss Lola Salon, because my number one priority was client comfort and this new space is a little cold. But all the cons of moving there slowly redeemed themselves. ln the beginning l was treading lightly because l didn't want to go in like a wrecking ball but after a few conversations with the building owner l asked about changing a few things and her response was mi casa es su casa. So I have since moved some things around, organized space in the office for us all to put our purses and supplies and it's just all working better. The owners of the building have committed to taking a few walls out and opening up the dispensary and making a better working environment so that's a plus as well. All the stylist are just really helpful with each other and all around good solid people. A few of the girls like to come and hang in my space between their clients, they have all made my clients feel really comfortable and they get my humor. No one is uptight or stressed, and they love Carolina, my assistant. l asked my self the other day ...if you could magically go back and have Lola Salon back and have things they way they were would you? My answer was unequivocally no. I'm happy that l have freedom, more money, more people to share hair techniques with, less responsibility and l'm no ones "momma". It's also freaking awesome that l don't have to go in on my day off and tend to things and l can make my appointments from anywhere that l am!
  4. I'm going to go post and update in my Big Changes journal right now. Thanks for checking in!
  5. Oh man how cool would that be!?! It's funny because we have a lot of table top cooking devices up there, we have a raclette maker, a few fondue pots, hobo pie maker(not table top but still) and our friends got us a table top s'mores maker. That would be perfect, l'd never have to turn on the oven again. l would spend all my time trying to recreate the freakin' fabulous pizza we had in Sicily.
  6. Thanks Dee and Mar. It's been a good week so far, it's been a little weird because my assistant is on vacation, and I'm still kind of slowly moving things in. It's more little annoyances like where to keep my tools that makes ergonomic sense etc. but the girls that work there are really nice and it's going to be really good once I get settled. There are so many things that I think they need to change that won't really cost them money to make it smoother for everyone that works there, but l don't want to come in like a wrecking ball so I will just make "gentle suggestions" and see how that goes. For example there is a decorative lantern on the floor in the bathroom and while its kind of cool, it doesn't belong there serving no purpose. I'd like to get rid of that and put a hamper there for our clients smocks. There needs to be another coat rack and more seating for clients because they overlap so I noticed some clients kind of milling around waiting. At Lola I had a really comfy seating area with a table and magazines so people could sit with wine, tea, or coffee and read a magazine and have their space. There is an office crammed full of stuff, just stuff that no one uses, that would be awesome storage for us stylists. So basically when they opened and were decorating they though more about what would look cool instead of busy stylists working around each other. l luckily have a separate space that l pay more for and there is one really sweet guy that l share it with so I'm not as crammed up but I just hope they are open to suggestions.
  7. hahahaha yes, that's the way I felt when I gave the keys back!! You can always make it about you, I'm actually stressing for you and your decision. Aww Gera you are getting sentimental. So sweet.
  8. Yes Gera, it was pretty sad. But freeing also. Rachel, it was exactly like the final episode of a sitcom. The people that have come through that door especially the crazy employees. Man if those walls could talk, the story they would tell. I feel so much freedom now like you said. l had my first day at the new place and l really like it. l like the vibe, l really like the girls and the guy that's right next to me. But you guys, I had ONE job in this industry before opening my first salon. And while I still own the business and it's a collective it was odd walking into someone else's actual salon. But again the girls were really nice, everyone had a nice groove going. It was all good.
  9. I was just getting ready to pop in and post. l was going to post last night but l was exhausted. We cleaned out the salon and it was sooooo sad. We started clearing it out Sat. and it was a bitch to get the mirrors down without breaking them, and getting the stations ready for the guy that l sold them to. The saddest part was watching Todd take down the big beautiful LOLA lettering on the front window. My bestie came by with a spread and some Aperol Spritz's and she hung out for the day. Her sister Amanda who worked for me came by and we got bombed , we had a little dance party, walked down memory lane and just laughed. Then Sunday four of our friends came and we just cleared everything out. I mean every last crumb of my life there. Again it was emotional especially being hung over but we did it. Then l took them out for dinner and it was a wrap! l met my landlord's assistant there yesterday to give her the keys, and all I felt was a HUGE sense of relief. l didn't feel sad at all just done. She told me l was getting my entire security deposit back which is exactly what l wanted. I start at the new place today, I booked myself light so I could get my footing and feel my way around but the rest of my week is really busy. I know it's going to take me a minute because at Lola everyone had a ton of space, so there are going to be some things that l am going to have to do different but l will adjust and adapt. I'm glad that hard labor part is over and now I get to just go and do hair! l got my booking system all set up and it ROCKS!! I can book appointments from anywhere and don't feel so tethered to physically being there to do the books. The new space is cute, but she is going to have to change some things to accommodate everyone , l'll take pictures of it today for you guys. Thanks for checking on me Hummingbird.
  10. Awww that's so sweet that he wanted to surprise you. Way to wreck Christmas Dee! lol no but really I think you do need to be involved in at least picking the ring, l don't think that's being bratty at all. lt's such a girl thing and you know your taste and you know what you like. I mean he couldn't pick out the right make up, or other items. He might think something frilly and gaudy is sparkly and pretty and that you'd love it. When really you know the cut and style you want. Maybe show him some styles that you like and tell him that you will stay out of the rest of the process. Let him ask you when he's ready. Trust that he knows you and he will know how and when to do it. That way he has some say and you will be pleased.
  11. Oh man Gera, when he sees me coming he turns right around and walks back into the building. He is a coward.
  12. #1 it is! So my fuckhole landlord's assistant Karen came down to go over some things with me about the space before I leave and talk about my security deposit. She has always been nice to me and l think she feels caught between a rock and a hard place because she gets it and he is a hot headed asshole. But she has to work for him. So we started talking and she said, "you know, l'm really sad to see you go, you have been a great tenant, and l know they are hard to come by" Well let me tell you l freaking opened up the floodgates on her. You know when you have a conversation in your head with someone and you just let them fucking have it? Well I kind of got to do that with her. I told her how inappropriate our meeting was, and how unprofessional it was that he complained about another tenant to me, I told her that I could have been putting my rent in escrow until he fixed the air conditioner, gutters that flood my back room and the electrical. I said that he never would have said "oh l'm the dick here" if l were a man, and it enraged my husband. Her face actually went red. l told her that he walks around here like he hates us when WE pay his nut. She kept saying, Lola l understand, I get it, I see what you are saying. But it's not like she was placating me, she was really listening. Then she said...you know l see both sides. And I said, please tell me what his side is because l don't get it. So she said you know he has to put a lot of money into this building, and he's stubborn. I said fuck that, he got this building for a song, and it was his choice to purchase it when he knew it needed work, HE'S the one that will profit in the end and this is what he does for a living, just because he's pissed doesn't mean he should fuck with the way other people make their living . I promised her that I would not breathe a word of our conversation to anyone so she kind of started to let me in on what an asshole he is, but not in so many words. She then asked me if l would reconsider leaving and I was like no way, not a chance in hell because he would still be my landlord. Man did that feel good. And the best part....he wants to put a For Lease sign in my window and show it while I'm still there, and he legally can, it's in the lease. So l said to her, listen, l know he has the right to put a sign in the window and show the place, but you need to know every time he puts a For Lease sign up for the other units people call me, and the very first thing they ask me is "how's the landlord". She texted me later and said out of respect to you we will not be putting a sign in the window until you leave. lol lol lol That whole thing felt so fucking good. I mean like a low level stress lifted from my chest.
  13. Thank you, I think l'm going with 1.
  14. The color is off on thes but which one do you girls like best? I leaning toward the first one
  15. Thank you Aprile and Millie. lt's all very exciting.