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me at christmas
The look on Steve Martin’s face is priceless, and perfectly exemplifies how I usually feel at Christmas time.

Usually around this time of the year I am a grumpy curmudgeon; fat and bloated from over eating, cursing the Christmas songs on the radio as I scurry about hunting for a parking spot east of BFE in order to complete my last minute Christmas shopping. And by “last minute christmas shopping”, I mean all my Christmas shopping.

Cut to the present. This year I am jolly and LOVING all the carols. Whats so different?? Two words: online shopping. Amazon, The Outnet, and Gilt have been my best friends this season. Oh shoot! I forgot Aunt Suzie’s gift!? NO PROBLEM. Amazon is STILL delivering by Christmas. And if your a “prime” member, there’s no added shipping cost! Hallelujah. Smiles all around!

With all that being said, I’ve been dancing around my house, wrapping gifts, baking cookies, and singing along like a regular old Who in Whoville.

Here are some ideas for my fellow compatriots that wait til the last minute to purchase Christmas gifts and/or stocking stuffers. These can still be delivered in time:

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  1. Beats Headphones – I have no idea re the quality of these, but they are so gorgeous! I personally can’t stand putting things in my ears, so for years I’ve been avoiding the ear buds and using big honkers like these. I am relieved these are back in style.Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 10.49.07 AM
  2. Ugg Boots – I am not saying these are back in style (were they every ACTUALLY in style?)- but they look SO comfortable! A true fashionista would never wear these out of the house, but since I’m only a fashionista in training- I hope that I receive a pair of these- FINALLY- since I’ve been wanting them since the fist time they were “in style”.Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 10.53.02 AM
  3. Nars Blush in Orgasm – Though I blush to write the name of this blush, its a universal must have. It looks amazing on all skin tones. A wonderful stocking stuffer.Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 10.57.01 AM
  4. Cheekies – I just LOVE these cheek and lip tints by benefit. A little goes a long way so these tiny bottles last practically forever. And they will perfectly fit in a stocking!Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 10.59.35 AM
  5. Jo Malone Candle – I know a candle may seem cliche and impersonal, but these candles by Jo Malone are AMAZING. They smell SO good. My favorite is Peony and Blush Suede (of course- anything peony, right?)
  6. A good book – People truly underestimate the power of a great read. Often I do not like to buy my own books- not sure why, I guess I always worry I’ll pick poorly. Pictured above are a few recommended to me that look amazing. Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 11.17.09 AM
  7. An oxblood colored handbag  – I adore this color and am always on the lookout for the perfect bag that wears it. Here Mr. Zac Posen has taken the “new classic” pyramid shape and applied it to something a bit more affordable. I actually prefer the medium in flat leather (not pictured here), but this mini patent version is adorbs! I met Zac at the Emmy’s a few years back. Actually a really nice and unaffected guy. Impressed, I will always support his work.

And for the men in our lives?? 

  1. A cool (stylish, not temperature) jacket or vest Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 11.26.50 AM
  2. Frye Boots – These are great quality boots with style. I love any man that can pull off the rugged look from time to time. Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 11.27.50 AM
  3. A badger hair shaving kit -MSM LOVES his! Says its the best gift I ever bought him. Can’t go wrong with that! Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 11.34.01 AM
  4. A great read! Men also love books- or magazine subscriptions….Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 11.36.05 AM

What the heck to wear while Christmas Shopping: 

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Here’s a pic of me waiting for MSM (holding the gorgeous peonies he surprised me with) as he gets ready to go to a christmas reunion at Nobu. I was able to squeeze in some online shopping via my smart phone while I waited! So convenient!  Jacket: Maje  Top: ALC  Leather Pencil Skirt: Helmut Lang  Booties: Alaia

 

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Clutch: Clair Vivier. Love!
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Totally off subject but I’ve been LOVING my new hair extensions!

Since I’ve saved so much time by online shopping, I’ve been able to go out with friends and enjoy all the holiday festivities. Free time + no parking problems + avoiding horrendous traffic = A happy Jill.  I hope you have all been having fun too.

Happy Holidays everyone! Have a Merry Christmas!

xoxo

QJ

QJ

 

Nine Zero One Salon is One-derful to the Nine’s! Part 1

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Photo borrowed from the salon’s website.

Wow! That’s all I can say about 901 Salon in West Hollywood. Everything was WOW! From the swanky well decorated waiting room, to the ceiling mounted TVs over the wash basins, this place has it all.

TV's were mounted above the wash basins- and they were playing one of my favorites. Which, by the way, was quite apropos for the occasion. Can you guess what movie this is? ;)
TV’s were mounted above the wash basins- and they were playing one of my favorites. Which, by the way, was quite apropos for the occasion. Can you guess what movie this is? 😉

Recently I had received a very unfortunate hair cut (can we say “mullet”?) I eventually named it the “bi-layered bob”. It was bad. There was no styling I could do to save it. So Danielle connected me with her long-time hair stylist, Morgan, at Nine Zero One in WeHo. When I called and made my appointment with Morgan, I had no inkling of an idea about the adventure upon which I was about to embark.

Turning onto Melrose Place I thought “oh no!” because parking in the area is horrendous. There is NOTHING I hate more than wasting my time finding a parking spot. But the salon offers affordable valet parking- smart! So that was a “no issue”.

I walked up the stairs to a non-threatening reception area. Because this salon is a pretty big deal in LA, I wasn’t sure if I would meet the front desk and be confronted with rude snobby receptionists. Impressively my reception was a nice one. The decor of the entrance is clean and simple. There’s a wall of products separating the area from the rest of the salon. Shortly after checking in I was escorted into an elegant waiting area. This is where things started getting fun.  First, I’m pretty sure I had a conversation with Blake Lively about her cherry apple red Celine handbag (and how she loves it and has it in three different colors- slightly jealous I am). Secondly, the waiting area is decorated better than most of my friends’ apartments. Which, by the way, says a lot because, my friends have great taste and ridiculously amazing decorating skills. This room was donned with gorgeous shades of grays (not 50), uniquely textured fabrics, and pulchritudnious custom light fixtures. I took pictures for ideas on how to decorate the walk-in closet in my new home -that I haven’t purchased or even found yet. Ha!

This picture doesn't begin to show how beautifully this waiting room was decorated.
This picture doesn’t begin to show how beautifully this waiting room was decorated.

I sat in the waiting room for a moment, watching some other gorgeous handbags come in and out; a classic flap Chanel in navy, an interesting open weaved Chanel hobo shaped bag with fringe (big this season, I’ve been told). There was a vintage inspired crystal beverage dispenser with iced cucumber infused water to refresh my palate. I’m telling you, this place stops at nothing.

Morgan came to retrieve me and take me to her chair. Judging by her exquisite hair and awesome outfit, I immediately knew she was going to be amazing at her craft. We talked for a bit as she examined the texture and color of my hair- she politely avoided mentioning anything about the horrendous cut.  I explained “I want fresh color. I don’t want to be ‘in the middle blonde’. I want to stand out with gorgeous hair. I want a hair makeover. And….can we also do something about this horrendous” and honestly before I even finished the sentence Morgan interjected “you need hair extensions”. Seriously, she read my mind. I knew it. This woman is on top of it!

Morgan foiling my hair for step one of my hair transformation.
Morgan foiling my hair for step one of my hair transformation.

Morgan definitely knows the art of hair. My blonde was transformed from Bimbo to Bergdorf in less than three hours. I LOVE it! She succeeded in giving me what every other hair stylist told me I couldn’t have. Not only is my hair a beautiful shade of baby blonde, its HEALTHY. The products sold at Nine Zero One are nothing shy of miraculous. Morgan said these products, imported from Italy, were like “Chanel for the hair”, and she’s absolutely right. A little goes a long way, so the products are also priced very nicely.

Nine Zero One is expensive, but not overpriced. Its well worth every dime.

Before (left) and After (right)- Photo NOT retouched. I went from Bimbo to Bergdorf in less than three hours!
Before (left) and After (right)- Photo NOT retouched. I went from Bimbo to Bergdorf in less than three hours!

Now that my hair is a great color and texture, I will return for my extensions. More on part two of my hair transformation later.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to book an appointment, click here: 901

xoxo

QJ

QJ