Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DIY Pallet Wood Wall!



 Hey there! Recycling is a big part of our business so we were thrilled to get to breathe new life into sad, forgotten wood to build our own wood wall! We get a lot of compliments on it and people ask how we did it. I'm going to take some time to walk you through our pallet wall journey. I will say upfront this was probably not the most professional job, but we think it turned out great!



The first thing we did was collect a bunch of palettes. Deanna's aunt works at a store which happened to have a whole bunch of them up for grabs. The great thing was some of them were very old and some of them were new so there was a lot of variation in color on the different pieces of wood. 


 After this was the hardest part: separating the pieces of wood from each other. Because some of the pallets are old, the nails were quite rusted and imbedded in the wood. Also the wood gets super fragile. Deanna worked her butt off and got this all done, on a 97 degree day mind you. Some pieces could be pulled apart by hand while others needed the help of a handsaw.  After a lot of work and one nail in the foot we got a whole mess of wood to work with. 

 The next step was where a little math came in. I organized all of the piles of wood by height so they would line up in a row together. I then measured the dimensions of the wall to figure out how the square footage of what we would need. With that number I started to arrange my rows of pallet wood. I actually arranged it on the floor first to make sure I liked the color layout.  Also some of the wood was pretty scuzzy so I gave it a spray with a disinfectant cleaner and a light sanding just to make sure there's no mold or weird things! 


 Once the wood was all organized and ready to go we started to write on the wall.  Here is where you have some options on prepping. These are things we did not do but I saw on other DIY blogs and they seem like a great idea. To prep your wall you can either A: paint it black or brown so the white doesn't shine through (Because the wood is so irregular it's virtually impossible to get a tight fit everywhere). This way you would never notice the wall behind. B: if you plan on hanging heavy items on the wall I would suggest anchoring plywood to the wall in the studs.  You can create a really strong base to screw your pallets into if you use plywood first.  We knew we were not hanging anything heavy, just a simple sign, so we skipped this step. 


The next step was to start applying! We decided to start at the bottom and also start at the edge.  This way we made minimal cuts to the pallet wood. We basically just needed to cut each end piece on the right-hand side.  We used 3 to 4 inch sheetrock screws and screwed the wood right into the wall. Pretty simple!


Once finished, we found this great sign on Etsy for cheap! We just sent them our logo and they cut metal and painted it for us. 


And bonus, with the left over pallet wood we made these cool shampoo shelves!



We are so happy with our wall and we wish you luck building your own! 











Thursday, December 29, 2016

6 Amazing Small Businesses in MA

By Deanna Murphy

As a small business owner, I am proud of who I choose to support and do business with.  So when we started our journey of molding our salon I was more than thrilled to find some local businesses to team up with. I'd like to highlight some of my favorites!


1. Jarmak Wood- Oxford, Massachusetts
We found this super cool company as we were searching for the perfect reclaimed wood.  Jarmak collects timbres, beams, and flooring from historical buildings that are between 200 and 500 years old!  Being able to work with them was such a cool experience and their warehouse and lumberyard in Oxford are unbelievable. Our beautiful wood retail shelves are made from reclaimed floorboards from an old school house in Edgartown Martha's Vineyard, thanks to Jarmak.


2. Restored Salvage- Hopedale, Massachusetts
Design has always been such a  huge part of my life, just ask my dad who graciously painted my  bedroom walls black and ceiling navy during my teenage years. Yikes!  Once I heard of this store I was so excited to check it out!  One beautiful wooden  bench and two metal storage bureaus later, I was in love with this place! They have everything from old navy shipyard crates to handmade metal furniture.  For anyone with a love for recycled items or reclaimed vintage flare this place is a must!

3. Simpson Spring- Easton, Massachusetts
I am always looking for ways to improve what I eat and drink so finding Simpson Spring in Easton was like winning the lottery! Simpson spring is family owned and operated. Their facility is gorgeous with old wood beams, an original lab where the famous natural soda was created, and of course the spring where they source the water. The spring itself dates back to 6000 BC. They leave all the natural minerals in the water giving it it's undeniably great taste. They also have the water available in glass jugs and glass bottles which is great for someone like me who is trying to remove plastic from their life!

4. Baking with Joy- Rockland, Massachusetts
No who doesn't love treats?! This girl definitely does! Baking with Joy in Rockland makes everything fresh with no preservatives and they also have a gluten-free section! Being of Swedish descent, my favorite treat they make is the Swedish almond cake. It literally melts in your mouth  with a sweet almond taste that fills you with joy, no pun intended! I bring this to almost every event I go to and everyone always asks where this delicious cake is from. Stop in for a treat and you won't be disappointed!

5. Animal Protection Center of Southern Massachusetts- Brockton, Massachusetts
Dogs!  Where do I begin for my love of dogs?!  Since the beginning, Verde has been a huge supporter of the APCSM in Brockton. Our relationship with them started when I used to run a pitbull rescue. It had just turned over from the MSPCA to the APCSM and seeing all the hard work and dedication the staff and volunteers put in to help these animals made me so excited to work with them. One way we help out with this organization is every time we purchase on Amazon we shop AmazonSmile and select Animal Protection Center of Southern Massachusetts and a percent of the sales goes to help the shelter! The biggest way we help support the APCSM is our ongoing fundraiser of candle sales in the salon. We donate 100% of the proceeds right to the shelter. And where do we get these candles? Thats right, they are local from Green Koala!


6. Green Koala- Marshfield, Massachusetts
We love having Green Koala soy candles for sale at Verde, and we always have our flavors of the month burning making the salon smell amazing. This super cute small business sell candles, soaps, lotion, lip balms, and more! They use all natural ingredients and nice essential oils.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday Make-Up 2016!

By: Jessica McNeil

Can you believe it's almost that time of year where we are all walking through the mall filled with Christmas decorations and children sitting on Santa's lap?   It feels as though each year goes by faster than the last! Aside from the fun of holiday shopping and the family dinners that come with the season, my favorite part of this time of year is being able to switch up my make up look!  As soon as the first day of fall hits I am ready to darken my color palette, especially when it comes to my lips. Fall and winter are the one time of year you can really pull off a rich red wine or even plum tone lip!  Here are two of my favorite go to holiday looks.


This photo is my festive everyday look, featuring Glo Minerals Matte Suede Lip Crayon in Bombshell. When it comes to an everyday red I absolutely love the color Bombshell, it's a classic pinup red. I feel it's really a shade of red just about everyone looks good in! Glo Minerals has the best matte lipstick I've come across yet!  They are very moisturizing and do not dry out your lips, which is even more important when wearing a bold color (Who wants to see flaky, dry, peeling lipstick?! )



 In this next photo I'm wearing a richer, deeper lip color, Glo Minerals Matte Suede Stick in Port,  which is something I'm more likely to wear to a holiday party.  For a more dramatic night time look I love this shade.  This product, like the crayon, is also matte without any of the yucky drying effects! It's a beautiful sultry color that lasts.


If both of these shades feel a little too bold for you and you would like something gorgeous but more subtle, I recommend lining your lips in with Glo Minerals lip liner in color Vino. This is a wonderful in-between color of red and plum and still carries a rich tone with a softer effect. Another benefit of filling in your lips with a lip liner is it stays on like a dream!


 One last thing! Glo Minerals has made it even easier to achieve these looks for the holidays this year with great gift sets! In particular the "Bold Pursuit" kit has a black eyeliner, cream eyeshadow stick (in the same shades as my photos above!)  end it also comes with a gorgeous limited addition "Date Night" lipstick which is a beautiful rich berry tone. Stop by Verde salon to see the colors in person and have one of our artists try it on you!

A note about the author: Jessica is one of Verde's most talented up-and-coming  makeup artists. Keep and eye out for her fabulous work! - Ashley Sexton, Verde's Co-Owner

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Verde Holiday Specials 2016!

We have some amazing Holiday deals this year and wanted to take the time to give them the attention they deserve! Choosing the right gift for friends and family can be hard, but you will find something for everyone in these beautiful kits!

KEVIN MURPHY GIFT SETS
  


KEVIN.MURPHY TOUCH OF REPAIR $70 ($100 Value)
With the purchase of REPAIR-ME WASH & RINSE you receive a FREE REPAIR-ME HAND CREAM.

KEVIN.MURPHY ANGEL DOO.UP $56 ($68 Value)
With the purchase of ANGEL WASH & RINSE you receive a FREE DOO.OVER.

KEVIN.MURPHY SHINY THINGS MAKE ME HAPPY $56 ($68 Value)
With the purchase of HYDRATE WASH & RINSE you receive a FREE SESSION.SPRAY.

KEVIN.MURPHY PRETTY HOT AND TEMPTING $70 ($80 Value)
With the purchase of PLUMPING WASH & RINSE you receive a FREE BODY BUILDER.
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Glo Minerals Gift Sets


GLO MINERALS- LIP TEMPTATION $42 ($78 Value)
This trio of deeply pigmented red and berry tones are the perfect party tones. This kits includes a Suede Matte Crayon, high shine Gloss, and creamy Lipstick. Plus a new Pom Balm!

GLO MINERALS- BOLD PURSUIT $48 ($94 Value)
Create a modern twist on a classic look. This collection of limited edition items includes a Liquid Liner, 2 Cream Shadow Sticks, Lipstick, and a Precision Eye Pencil.

GLO MINERALS- ALTER EGO $85 ($144.50 Value)
From gauzy to gilded, you can create stunning looks with this collection for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Including a 8 shade shadow palette, Cream Shadow Stick, Cream Blush, Lipstick, Lip Pencil, and mini Texture Brush.




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

3 Must-Do's This Fall!

By: Holly Stokes, Coordinator and Salon Super Hero



Holly here, one of Verde’s Salon Coordinators! As a coordinator, I get an excellent overview of trends in styles, appointments, new products, seasons, you name it! With that said, I have some really helpful suggestions for you to kick off Fall, and make the most of my favorite season! Despite being raised on the beach, there is nothing better than the cool crisp air, and wearing a comfy hoodie and boots! 



Indulge Your Senses 

As the season changes, I love the warm, comforting scents of Autumn. At Verde during October we are carrying Green Koala candles in Apple Harvest, Vanilla, and Pumpkin Soufflé (you literally will want to take a bite out of each). Did you know that all of our proceeds from the candles are donated to the APCSM animal shelter located in Brockton, MA to help off set the adoption fee for a loving family? Pick one up today and enjoy the refreshing aroma and the joy that fills your heart knowing you not only helped an animal find a home but helped a family find their newest best friend.



Pamper Your Hair and Skin

Along with the change in the  weather comes a change in our hair care regimen; we change up the color to be a little bit darker, we’re wearing it down, and we’re blow drying more often. I am constantly getting guests this time of year saying “I just want something new!” With those changes can come dryness and static. I absolutely love the Young Again Oil by KEVIN.MURPHY because it’s a weightless oil infused with immortelle oil which is an antioxidant to protect hair from heat and environmental damage. I use it on my hair when it’s damp and again when it’s dry to counteract the static electricity that inevitably comes along with the dry air and sweater weather. Our faces can start to feel a little parched after the come down of constant sunshine. Hydration Mist, from Glo Minerals, is not only an excellent makeup setter, but it's an awesome refreshing blast of moisture anytime you need it. Just mist and enjoy!




Book an Appointment… For Real

Not only are we competing with our inner desire to get the latest seasonal trends, we have endless Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Holiday parties. All crammed into, what, 10 weeks? Psh... That’s a lot of pressure to look good all season. Your best defense? Have those appointments booked! The holiday season is the most competitive for those slots with your favorite stylist, so go ahead and commit! It breaks my heart when I get those last minute frantic calls like “I can’t let my in-laws see my grey roots!” So don't get left out in the cold, book ‘em.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Meet Lyndsey, Verde's Featured Stylist for September!


For the Month of September we are featuring Lyndsey Cosgrove, one of Verde's newest talents. We are excited to share some of the things that make Lyndsey a fabulous stylist, and a fun team member!
Lyndsey taking a selfie with her favorite lip color, Pop!
Lyndsey basically entered this world wanting to style hair. Every doll she had as a child got cuts, curls, or braids. She also insisted her mom patiently put her hair in sponge rollers at night so she could wake up with the Shirley Temple curls of her dreams. As Lyndsey grew older, her passion for hair grew stronger. Her clients evolved from dolls to friends and family. Completing cosmetology school and passing the state board test in 2012 was the obvious next step! "Working in this industry I feel grateful that I go to work excited for the day and go home feeling happy and fulfilled" said Lyndsey about working as a stylist. 


As a stylist Lyndsey has amazing instinct. She has a talent for knowing not only what will look great on someone, but the best way to achieve each guests hair dreams. Lyndsey loves precision bobs, being trained at Vidal Sassoon in NYC, and beautiful dimensional colors, using various hand painting and foiling techniques. Her clients are loyal not only because of their beautiful cuts and colors, but for the fun and relaxed experience Lyndsey provides. Check out some of her favorite work!



In Lyndsey's own words:Q & A

1) Q. What is your favorite trend in 2016?
   A. Some of my favorite trends right now are anything 90's inspired. I love the modern twist on the clothes and hairstyles that were popular then. I also love that balayage seems here to stay for a while. I love playing with all the different variations of the technique.
2) Q. What would be your dream vacation?
  A. I would love to go to Thailand! I have never been to that side of the world and I would love to explore the history and the beautiful tropical areas.
3) Q. If you could only give one haircut the rest of your life, what would it be?  A. If I had to do one haircut for the rest of my career it would be a bob. There are so many different twists you can create with the classic style! 



Lyndsey had been hoping to make a switch to the Verde team since she heard about the eco-friendly color line and products, and unique and relaxed work environment. She said "I felt that the change would make a huge difference in my professional and personal life. And it has!" Moving forward in her career at Verde she hopes to become successful enough to buy a farm to fill with all her favorite animals! 
Lyndsey and her handsome BF of 7 years, Greg. 

Phoebe Cosgrove, the family's dog and accountant (J/K!)
We are so happy to have Lyndsey on the team and look forward to growing and learning together! 







Saturday, July 30, 2016

Meet Shannon, Verde's Featured Stylist for August!


Shannon Long is Verde's featured stylist for the month of August and we can't wait to tell you all about her! Shannon is one of Verde's newest team members, starting this past July. She is a great fit for Verde not only because she is extremely talented, she's also a super nice awesome gal!

Shannon and her girlies at Kendra wedding

Shannon has been styling hair since 2009, and has loved it from the jump. She especially loves dimensional colors and beautiful bobs. Shannon's guests are crazy about her not only for their beautiful locks, but she is so sweet and easy to spend time with. She has had extensive education in coloring, cutting, and formal styling. Her eye for hair and fashion is obvious in her own stunning personal style. Check out some of her work!

Multi-tonal Bob
Blonde 'Lob' (Long Bob)
Long Layered Balayage
When she's not doing hair, Shannon loves to snuggle her fur baby, Harley, and spend time with her boyfriend, Chris. You can also find her walking at Blue Hills, going to the beach, or just being outside! Shannon also loves kicking back and watching a good movie. Classic faves like 'The Goonies' to silly rom-com's like 'Somethings Gotta Give' are some top picks.


Fun in the sun!

In Shannon's own words... Q&A!

1) Q: If you could style any celeb, who would it be and why?
A:Emma Stone, because she changes it up and can pull off a lot of looks. Plus, I think she would be a blast of a client! I would also love to style Sarah Jessica Parker because I think she has a strong look and owns it, and subtle changes on her make a huge difference.

2) Q: If you were going to be stuck on an island, what would be your must-have products?
A:I would have to have Hydrate.Me Wash and Rinse, Staying.Alive leave in conditioner, and Glo Minerals tinted primer for the 30 SPF!

3) Q: What would be your Spirit Animal?
A: I would say a bear, because they are hard working and humble, haha.

4) Q: Which Spice Girl would you be?
A: This was a hard one, LOL, I would say Posh Spice because she had good style and a straight forward classy attitude !

5) Q: Why is Verde the perfect home for you?
A:Verde is the perfect home for me because it practices what it preaches when it come to being eco friendly, fun, and professional. I totally believe in the products and color we use. Everything delivers as it says it will. The team is always happy and helpful. The owners truly care for you and the career and just want the best for you, which is rare to feel constantly. It's a great pleasure to be a part of the team.


In the future, Shannon hopes to marry her dream boat boyfriend and expand the family to give Harley a human sibling. She would love to expand her travel experience and get to South Africa, Ireland, Italy, and see more of America. Shannon plans to continue to learn and stay passionate about doing hair. She sees the Verde team growing old together (and so do we)!

Shannon and her Bestie (A.K.A Mom)


Shannon and Chris, SO CUTE ;)