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Local Starbucks Barista Gets an ‘Ambush Makeover’ in Old Town Alexandria

Local Starbucks Barista Gets an ‘Ambush Makeover’ in Old Town Alexandria


'Ambush Makeovers' are hitting the streets of Old Town Alexandria. Circe Salon and Spa Owners Richard and Ellen Vlasak were looking for ways to engage local merchants and sneak attack makeovers seemed like the perfect way to do this.

This morning Circe Salon and Spa surprised a local Starbucks barista with their first ever ‘ambush makeover.’ The lucky barista, Shannon Murry, was blindfolded and whisked away to Circe’s salon for an all day pampering and makeover session.

“Richard is very fond of her [Shannon] because she is so nice to him in the morning when he goes in for his coffee. We thought it would be a great idea to surprise her and get her in here for a total makeover,” said Ellen Vlasak.

Kara Allan, professional stylist of Style for Hire, and Glambassador for Glamour Magazine helped picked out shoes, jewelry, and the perfect dress for Day.

Garden of Life

The summer month's approach … and now is the time in the garden of life, to attentively tend to the weeds of limiting thought and nurture our growth with the water of positive self-talk. As promised last month you'll find some helpful tips to help you with the challenges of finding a job and inspiring thoughts from Oprah's work and years of guests. Enjoy!

If you are presently looking for a new job -

      During the interview process, you will commonly hear questions or remarks about being under or over qualified. Should this happen, shift the focus by describing your skills, abilities, positive attitude and why you are interested in the position. Be ready to provide tangible contributions and measurable results you have achieved. Here are a few more suggestions my clients have found useful:

Oprah's Imprint

June 2011 Blog           Oprah’s Imprint

Although Oprah’s show has ended I read an article by Louisa Jewell that I want to share with you. There are also great references below and you can find more books listed on my website under resources. Enjoy the article…

Through the power of storytelling and television, Oprah brought to life many lessons taught by positive psychologists around the world. She used her final show to share her greatest lessons from 25 years of the Oprah show. Here they are…

You have the power to change your life.

Father's Day Manscaping at Salon Daniel

Dads can look healthy and feel healthy this year, when Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. pampers dads from Tues., June 14 through Sat., June 18, offering special services such as "color me natural," a special technique and color used to blend silver hair  to look natural  and feel younger. It will also be offering treatments for thinning hair, facial trimming and men’s waxing services, while donating 10 percent of all services to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. For a special treat, Salon Daniel will feature McLean-based, Sweet Leaf Café’s refreshing healthy teas and sandwiches on Sat., June 18 for their clients. To make an appointment, call Salon Daniel at 703.893.5000.

Report Says D.C. Is 5th Least Stressed 'State' In Country

Report Says D.C. Is 5th Least Stressed 'State' In Country

D.C. is an incredibly busy city, a city that houses some of the most powerful, most intense jobs in the world.

And yet, one report is saying that District residents are some of the "least stressed" in the nation.

According the report released yesterday by Gallup, D.C. is the fifth "least stressed" state in the country, trailing only Hawaii, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Small Business Focus: McKinley Marketing Partners Hires CMO

 Small Business Focus: McKinley Marketing Partners Hires CMO

With this week’s America’s Small Business Summit organized by the US Chamber of Commerce and last week’s National Small Business Week led by the Small Business Administration, both held in Washington, DC, many area small businesses are celebrating their successes. Among them is McKinley Marketing Partners, which just hired Mike Savage as its new Chief Marketing Officer.

With more than 15 years experience in leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies including vice president of customer marketing at Vocus and senior vice president of marketing at Merkle Inc., Savage is looking forward to growing McKinley Marketing Partners as he did these firms.

3 Memorial Day Weekend Destinations You Can Drive To On The Cheap

Despite some of the most expensive gas in years, D.C. residents are still traveling for Memorial Day weekend, travel website TripAdvisor is reporting.

According to their report, 36% of D.C. residents are planning to travel for Memorial Day weekend and 27% said that their plans have been affected by gas prices. 

With the increase in fuel costs, many locals are searching for get-aways that won’t burn holes in their wallets.  Introducing the top three Memorial Day Weekend “Gas Tank Getaway” destinations for the D.C. area, according to TripAdvisor:

1. Chincoteague Island, Virginia (Approx. 1 ½ Hours Away)

2. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Approx. 1 Hour Away)

3. Annapolis, Maryland (Approx. 30 Minutes Away)