If you have baby fine hair (like I do), this is the messy bun tutorial for you! Oh, and all you lobs and bobs, feel free to borrow the double-ponytail idea to create your own updos (lesson coming soon).
I’m teaching myself to use Movie Maker so that I can FINALLY get some hair tutorials on here – are you proud of me?
Oh, well. Here’s a video of my wonderful shop, the BENCH. Enjoy!
Just when I decided to kick this blog up a notch, my world got crazy.
My business partner and I separated, I decided to start a whole new business in a new location (Free parking! Local artists and craftsmen! A new CPA! Why did I just order business cards for Illuminate?? Gah!), my daughter hit that lovely hormonal stage with bra talks, weepiness, etc., and my old cat Cleo started to show her age by getting sick, losing a third of her body weight, and looking very much like a kitty at the end of her days. That part, by the way, has really sucked.
Most of the summer, the one in which was planned many a camping trip and mountain bike ride along with taking the time to really recreate this blog, has become a John Hughes movie complete with ensemble cast, tears, alcohol, sleeping/anxiety meds, and a really great soundtrack. There’s a bit of heavy petting, a crazy relative or two, self-image issues, and the decision to keep the Oxford comma. Add to that the normal that is my blended family with exes and “other parents” and calendar dates that accidentally get saved as p.m. instead of a.m. and it’s a good time.
I really am determined to do something with this space I share with you. I have giveaways planned, pictures piling up of the work being put into the BENCH salon & gifts (my new shop located on Boise’s Bench, hence the name), something fun for the kids just in time for school (or Halloween…), and a great cooking page that is a collaboration with The Husband Guy. Just be patient with me, please. I promise we’ll have a great time once the dust settles.
Until then, enjoy this simple video to help relieve some neck and shoulder crankiness. It’s from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Yoga With Adriene. Trust me. You’ll love it.
This time last year I was filming a full-length feature film here in Idaho. It was…a life-changer. After years of not acting, I got to prove to myself that I was still capable of fighting and laughing and crying on demand. Mostly I learned that I am more than a mom, wife and business owner. I was still GiGi underneath everything.
Retreat is the story of a group of friends reuniting on the fifth anniversary of a good friend’s death. Sound like something you’ve seen before? Nope. This story is unique. The characters are real and flawed and beautiful.
During post-production (the actual editing of the film), the couple that owned the production company divorced after over a decade together. They took a few weeks to let the dust settle and then they went back to work. Stephanie and Gene are fantastic people who would never let the dissolution of their marriage detract from the vision they have as a production company. I respect them and wouldn’t have been surprised if they had sent a memo stating, “We can’t.” I mean, I’ve been through two divorces; I know how hard separations are. But, no. They continue to piece together the work we did. I love them for it. We all shared an amazing experience together and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.