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

Picture of Darcy Michalek

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

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
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