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By: Maddie Poteat

Staying active, being healthy and working hard are all things we believe are beautiful!  We dedicated last month to fitness as we know March can be the breaking point for many people… It’s still cold out, the days are not much longer than they used to be and we are all itching for warmer weather.  Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration to get us back on track so that is exactly what we aimed to provide!

By partnering with two local businesses in Omaha and Elkhorn, we were able to showcase different types of workouts and the amazing ladies who do them.  Sweating, working hard and staying active isn’t always pretty but what makes us strong and powerful also makes us beautiful!  Read below for a quick recap of the businesses we partnered with, the looks we showcased and the products we recommend when you are busy staying active! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles on Workout Models

Barre Code 

Our first partnership of the month was with Barre Code and Athleta at Village Pointe in West Omaha.  If you have never done a Barre class before you have never felt your legs and arms burn like this…  The workouts consist of cardio and strength training but the overall emphasis is on positivity and female empowerment.  

When styling this shoot, we went with styles that could be easily transitioned from work to workout.  Many of the classes Barre Code offers are over the lunchtime hour so busy professionals are popping in during their lunch break.  With no time to fix their hair and makeup after the workout, we made sure our looks could easily transition from one activity to the next.

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Braids
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Braid
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyles we went for our Barre Code athletes can easily be replicated at home.   The idea behind these looks was to keep the hair out of the face but provide a style that was easy enough to do at home and cute enough to wear to work (or anywhere else you are heading to that day!).

The double dutch braid in the first picture can be accomplished by crossing each of the three strands UNDER one another.  Just think about how you normal braid your hair and pull the strands the opposite way.  By doing this you are taking a normal braid style and mixing it up just a tad.  And by wrapping a small strand of hair around your elastic you take the look to another level! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Four Braided Buns Close Up
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Blush
Hair by Leslie Johnson, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyle you see in the first picture above may seem complicated but it is actually four individual ponies braided and then fashioned into buns.  Not only is this look extremely easy but it will also keep all those fly-away hairs in place as you transition from one barre move to the next.

As for products used to maintain these styles, Garbo’s Freshen Up Dry Shampoo is the answer.  Throw the small can in your gym back and give your hair and scalp a quick spritz after class.  The dry shampoo will absorb the oils while re-securing your hair back in place.  The best part is this dry shampoo smells amazing so you don’t have to worry about any bad smells lingering once you get back to the office! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Thin Eyeliner
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Up Half Down
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe.

To achieve the makeup looks for this shoot, we used Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture.  This light foundation will both protect the skin and hide your imperfections all while feeling light and airy.  By using products that were light and wouldn’t clog the pores, we ensured our models looked and felt beautiful while working out.

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Concealer
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Smoky Eye
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Crossfit Elkhorn

The other local business we partnered with this month was CrossFit Elkhorn.  A CrossFit class is a bit different than a barre class.  Focusing on power, speed, and athleticism, CrossFit is a much heavier workout.  CrossFit Elkhorn (CFE) is located a bit further west than Village Pointe – on 204th street in Elkhorn, NE.  With a membership of over 200 members, this gym is truly making its mark on the small town of Elkhorn.  With an all-inclusive atmosphere, CFE stands out among other CrossFit gyms in town.  Everyone is an athlete at CFE – no matter where you are on your fitness journey the trainers will help you reach your goals!  

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Makeup styles for Crossfit Athletes
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - French Braids
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Although CrossFit does differ from a Barre workout our approach to the hair and makeup for this shoot didn’t change too much.  Keeping the hair out of the face was priority number one.  Amber Klebba (@amberklebbapro) styled the first look by adding braids to the typical ponytail.  The tension in the braids along the hairline keeps the baby hairs, bangs and layers locked into place throughout your workout! 

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Bun
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Two Low Buns
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Another look we styled originated from a messy bun.  Grabbing your hair and throwing it on the top of your head may seem like the best workout style but unfortunately, buns easily fall out.  Add in a few powerful CrossFit moves and your once perfect top-knot is now resting on your shoulders…  Therefore, we added in an additional elastic, a few bobby pins and a quick spritz of hair spray to keep this one in place!

The next look we styled also included braids as they truly are a great way to keep your hair out of your face while you workout!  We added two buns to this version to make it stand out a bit!

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup Idea
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Red Lipstick
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Our goal this month was to inspire you to keep pushing through.  Whether you gained inspiration from the strong women at Barre Code or the powerful women at CrossFit Elkhorn, we just hope these styles were enough to get you back on your feet!

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Finishing Powder
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Highlighter
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

A HUGE thank you to those who helped make this collaboration possible – the hairstylists and makeup artists who volunteered their time,  Bonnie Eisenhart, her beautiful Barre Code Team, Justin and Lindsey Carraher and their amazing CrossFit Elkhorn Team!

Thanks so much for reading and make sure you stay tuned as we are working on a few Springtime posts that I’m sure you’ll love!

Sending love,

Maddie

 

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By: Maddie

We can’t believe it

We still can’t believe we are celebrating 30 years this month!  Not many small businesses have the opportunity to celebrate such a milestone so to say we are grateful is an understatement!  Hopefully you read the blog post our owner, Darcy, wrote last week (if not, you can find it here!) as she did a great job of sharing how thankful we are for the amazing people who work at our salons and for all of YOU who visit our locations everyday.  We really can’t say thank you enough!

We are family

Over the past 30 years we have made some great memories.  From Christmas parties, fashion shows, charity events and more, we really have had some fun!  Check out a few of the pictures below that we pulled from the ol’ vault.
Photo of Garbos stylists
Susie Ricki and Courtney Group Photo
Garbo's Salon, Regency Location, Group Photo
Garbos regency group photo
Garbos Group Photo in front of Aveda Banner
Garbos group photo with stylists in costumes
Garbos Group Photo
Crystal and Jules old photo

Don’t Forget!

As we close out our birthday month it also means the end of our giveaway!  Throughout this month we partnered with some amazing ladies to help spread the word of the $300 customizable basket we are giving away!  A special thank you to  @gracegatheredhome, @mpronspies, @lattesandleather and @bonniewyrick for being such amazing spokeswomen for our products!

We have received over 500 entries and are so excited to choose our winner after the contest closes tonight.  Make sure you check out the bloggers we partnered with and enter for a chance to win before the giveaway ends!  You can enter on any of these posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 or Post 4 (or enter on all of them and increase your chances of winning!).

Thank you again!

Thank you again for being part of the Garbo’s family!  We are so thankful to have celebrated 30 years in business and can’t wait to see what the years ahead hold!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Darcy Michalek

I’m Grateful

If you hang around me long enough, sooner or later you will hear me say “it’s impossible to be miserable and grateful at the same time”.   Life is tough, business is tough and some days it’s easier to focus on all of the tough stuff rather than the really good stuff.  Good stuff is long lasting, it sustains you through the difficult times, but it doesn’t do a very good job of that if you don’t take the time to remember what exactly you are grateful for. 

I would encourage you to just take a minute, especially when you are stressed out or overwhelmed or depressed or full of anxiety, just take a deep breath and think of all of your blessings.   The right now blessings.   I read somewhere recently that those who live constantly in the past are continuously depressed about things they cannot change and those who live only in the future are full of anxiety worrying about what might be.  Those poor souls then wake up one day and realize they missed their life because they didn’t focus on today and all of the gifts it has to give.  (My kids accuse me of having a bit of “Fear of missing out” because I love to stay up late and get up early and wring every bit of goodness out of each and every day.) You know, as I think about it, it’s also really difficult to stay in the state of “woe is me” when you are helping someone else feel better about their day or their life or anything for that matter.  So the one-two punch for combatting misery is 1) recalling who and what you are grateful for and 2) doing something kind for someone else.  Kindness matters.  Not much else does if kindness isn’t present in the intent.  So really, every day could be a day of thanksgiving if you think about it that way!

Throughout the years I have been blessed to know some of the most generous people.   People who helped me through something when they didn’t need to and who simply overwhelmed me with their kindness and extreme generosity.  Today I think about them and am thankful for those people.  Now I try to be that person to someone else because if we aren’t here to take good care of each other and help each other what’s the point? 

I see this in the wonderful talented people I get to work with every day.  These are people who love what they do and are absolutely and totally passionate about helping people.  Helping people feel better and look better, helping them escape for a little “me time” when a couple of hours in a few weeks might be all they have to spare on themselves.  The team I am blessed to work with is comprised of kind, generous people who love, and I mean LOVE, taking good care of others.   Don’t get me wrong, they struggle too, with life, with love, with heartache and illness and even death of a loved one but this team of people still show up every day on a mission to bring joy and kindness to others.

So many days I am running from salon to salon and I am greeted by friendly, wonderful, beautiful smiles at our reception desks and laughter and relaxation in our salons and spas and it just makes me smile.   I smile knowing that for just a short period of the day these dear, wonderful people I call my teammates are sharing great joy with so many and that is just awesome, and so are they.

I can’t end my time with you without thanking you.  Thanking you for trusting us to take good care of you.  Thanking you for telling us when we can do better.  Thanking you for the laughter, the uplifting words and your loyalty.  May God bless each and every one of our Garbo’s team members and you, our fabulous clients, on this Thanksgiving Day and every day.  

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Darcy Michalek

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By: Maddie

This week was a special week for us – we had the opportunity to join Omaha Fashion Week in its first bridal themed showcase – The Wedding Salon!

Omaha Fashion Week Models styled by Garbo's Salon and Spa Hairstylists
Heather and Jameson Photography

As the summer winds down (I can’t believe Labor Day is almost here!) and wedding season comes to a close, we were excited to show those attending the event the different hair and makeup styles we were able to create.  As the night’s exclusive makeup and hair vendor, we had the chance to let our creative juices flow and come up with the styles that best suited both the model and the dress they would adorn later that evening.  From up-do’s to braids to large back-combed styles, we really had fun creating each and every look!

Brunette Model in Wedding Gown
Heather and Jameson Photography

Just like a typical wedding day it was both exciting and stressful… doing hair and makeup for 70+ women is no easy task!  With only a few hours to make visions into reality, the floor was buzzing with activity.  As the final bobby pins were placed and the clouds of hairspray died down, the final products began to emerge… and let me tell you, everyone looked stunning!  It was hard to believe the women in the chairs were not getting ready to walk down the aisle but instead the runway!

Garbo's Makeup Artist Applying Eyeshadow
Heather and Jameson Photography

Weddings hold a special place in our hearts here at Garbo’s.  As a recent bride myself, I know how much trust our clients put in their stylists when they ask them to be a part of their special day.  So being able to showcase our talented teams’ abilities to a room full of people was a treat and we were delighted to be a part of Omaha Fashion week again this year!

Blonde Model in Wedding Gown
Heather and Jameson Photography

If you or any of your friends are getting married soon please consider Garbo’s when looking for a team to take care of you and your girls on your big day.  Drop us a line or send us a note (link below) to find out how we can help make your day truly special!

Sending love,

Maddie