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Yes, Master!

I know its been two weeks since I’ve written, but I’ve been SWAMPED.  and guess what – I did it!  I made Master Student Designer!  Holy cow!

The goals were rough – for part time students it is $500 in services, $90 (18%) in retail, 90% or above attendances, 100% service time, 60% or better Request Guests, etc… but holy crap!  I made it!

I managed to somehowmake sure that my chair ALWAYS had someone in it!  During the month of April, there were two days when I did not have appointments on my books.  TWO!  One of those I had to reschedule someone due to an emergency and the other was the day that I left early because I wasn’t feeling well.

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE: start booking now.  even if you aren’t on the floor.  get a calendar and plan ahead!  Tell everyone when you’ll be heading out onto the floor and start booking it now!

Trust me, you’d much rather be performing real services than working on a mannequin head every day!

I was so nervous last Thursday which was the cut off day because I was still feeling far away from my goal – $46 in services and $32 in retail to go…ARGH!  That number seems huge when a haircut & style is only $12!!  AND, I had someone scheduled to come in for a re-color since part of her color didn’t take the week before, so i just KNEW i had to wrap it up either before she got there, or after.  Then, she called me.  Rebecca stated that while she was getting the re-color, she also wanted a new cut & style ($12) and highlights/lowligts ($50) added in to it AND she was bringing her daughter in for a mani/pedi ($26)! whoooo hoooo – I love Rebecca!  She’s so super duper awesome & I’m glad she’s my friend!

When they got there, i had to pass the manicure/pedicure off to another student because there was no way I was going to have time to do it.  I only had 4 hours (and yes, i’m still slow as christmas) and we had to do her base color, which was going to take a little less than an hour.  Then, we needed to do the cut (which was so perfect for her) which took another 30-45 minutes.  Now, the highlights/lowlights were actually a little complicated because of the chunking we were trying to achieve and that took another 1 1/2 hours.  Then her daughter asked her to buy the polish from her toes & nails being polished since she didn’t actually get a mani/pedi – she just got a polish change because the poor thing didn’t know there was a difference…. ($17 retail).  Rebecca and I started talking about styling products that she was going to need versus what she had at home.  He style was a real piecey-choppy look that needed lots of definition.

so i recommended the Redken Water Wax for her hair because to me, it isn’t as sticky as some of the others and the Polishing Milk to tame her flyaways.  She agreed ($28 retail) and she was really trying to help me out, so she put me over the top on my retail!

I can’t tell you how happy and excited I was!  The whole month I just kept saying – “It’s Done”.  “It’s SO done”.  I almost quit.  I almost gave up because it just seemed SO DARN HARD that last two weeks.  I was half-way there on the 15th of the month.  i didn’t think i’d EVER get there.  Then Ms. Vera, our campus manager, invited me in to her office to give me a heads up on my numbers and where I stood.  She said she knew it was already done and that she had no doubts that i’d do it.

I had to step it up and finish!  I had so many other students & staff rooting for me, (and heaven knows i had talked so much smack about how i was going to be their first Master Designer) i had to!

I am the FIRST Master Student Designer at the campus, The FIRST Part Time Student, and the FIRST to do it in the first month of being on the Performance Floor!  I have set the Standard!  I’m very proud of myself.

That was a rough month!  I stayed busy!  While everyone else was getting to laugh and joke and take breaks on time – I was working with my clients.  When everyone else was getting to leave on time, I was staying over to finish up styles or clean my station.  While everyone else was getting to school between 5:15 & 5:30 and then setting up their stations, i was there early, getting my station ready, so that at 5:15 I could start my clients.  It was fun, rewarding and a ton of fun!  I have begun building a great clientele made up of my friends, co-workers, and the best – referrals!  LOVE IT!

I’m sure you want to know what I get for making Master – PRIZES!!!  lol.  I get a T-shirt, a certificate, 3 hours of pampering, a makeup kit, and I get to choose an awesome prize- the choices include a new Andis Pro Clipper, a pair of Rainbow Titanium Shears, A Hot Tools Set which includes a blow dryer & a marcel iron, or a 30 pc (i think)  brush set.  Oh, AND you get a special name tag, and I’ m all about being special…lol.   I want the Shears. they are super pretty.  I think the Andis clipper is probably more valuable – but i like the clippers I have right now, and not too many men are coming through those doors – besides, I can always get them next time 😉

I’ll take pictures of all my swag as soon as I get it!

So my plan is to use May to catch up on my State Board works since I had zero school time to practice since i had so many clients (YAY) and then make master again in June so I can qualify for the trip to the hair show in September.  Yes, Regency will pay for my travel, hotel & tickets in to the hair show, just for qualifying as a Master Designer in June or July!  So I’m claiming it now – I’m DONE!  then, after the show in September (which will be in Minnesota) I’ll come back in qualify again in December or January for the BIG show in March which is in Chicago – the ABS!  oh yes, it is SO done!  THEN, I’ll come back from ABS and Graduate!  YAY!

My next post is on Salon Faire – and I promise, there will be LOTS of Pictures!

“Tough as Nails” ain’t so Tough After All

You guessed it!  We’re in the Nails section – WHOOO HOOO.

1st nail is Sculptured, last 3 are tips & acrylic

Manicures, Pedicures, Acrylics, Sculptured, French Tips…oh, we’re doing it all!

Tried to get a better pic, doesn't look like it worked...

Loved doing the mani/pedi stuff too.  GO figure.   Feet don’t bother me, but some of the students just don’t care for it.  We’ve been practicing on each other, of course, so our hands and feet are all well taken care of now.  Well, except mine.  I don’t mind doing someone else’s feet – but you’re not touching mine!  I have to go to the foot doctor this Friday, which has been my biggest excuse for not letting anyone see my tootsies.

Doesn't it look like fun?

My favorite part is polishing and doing nail art – of course, we’re an O-P-I nail salon, so we some pretty great colors.

So far it is pretty basic.  Nothing too complicated, except the terminology.  There are lots of -chosis, hypo-, and other weird medical terms we are learning.

Mr. Maurice is turning out to be an alright instructor after all, I think we all just needed a good adjustment period.

People are getting upset because Regency is getting “back to the basics” and reinforcing the school’s dress code which seemed to have gotten a little lax lately.  Students are frustrated because they aren’t allowed to have their cell phones in class, but if Trena were here – they’d be sent home, not just asked to put them away.  I, for one, am glad they are getting stricter.  It was really getting frustrating watching people get away with the equivalent of  murder in the classrooms.  We actually had 2 students fall asleep – ASLEEP in class.  They were talked to later after being woken up, but umm.. yeah… I’d like to sleep too, but I’m not paying the money I am to sleep away my education.  If I’m that tired, I’ll just stay home thanks.

SOOO to update you on my progress so far – we’ve been schedule 297 hours, of which I’ve attended 295.77.  Almost perfect (it bugs the beegeesus out of me).  which, that hour or so that i’m missing is from a cumulation of minutes from the first 3 weeks of school when i was still getting used to clocking in and out.

Also, I get “introduced” to the Performance Floor on March 27 – WHOOOO HOOO.  As a part-time student, I will be able to take clients from 5:30 to 9:oo p.m. Monday through Thursday and then have our Rehearsal / Theory hours from 8-5 on Saturdays.

I got an explanation of this directly from Corporate last week and it makes a LOT of sense.  Daytime students will be on their floor rotations on Saturdays, so the floor WILL be open, however, Saturdays are when we as part – time students will be doing theory.  It just means we have to train our clients a little better to come in during the evening hours, after work, instead of having to a) leave work early or b) waste your Saturday waiting in a salon.  Totally doable.  If they tried to put daytime AND evening students on the floor on Saturdays, there wouldn’t be enough room.  There are 26 stations on the floor, so for a full day-time class of 30 students, that put 26 on the floor, two in the dispensary and two at the front desk… thus, part time students will need to be in the class room on those days.

I don’t think this will affect my goals of attaining Master Student Designer or the Star Rewards Program…

Also, we’ve gotten the “Go-Ahead” to start our Student Council.  YAY!  I am having a conference call with the campus manager and corporate later today to discuss the details and get the ball rolling.  YAYAYAYAYAYAAA  I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally get this thing off the ground!

Of course, I’ll keep you posted – but its easier if you subscribe 🙂

Here’s a fun quote i’ll leave you with:

“You can tell a lot from a person’s nails. When a life starts to unravel, they’re among the first to go.”
— Ian McEwan

Colors Make the World Beautiful!

Yup, you guessed it, we’ve been working on Hair Color.  WOW.  Never realized most of the things I’ve learned – for example, did you know that the “box color” you buy at Wal-Mart is actually really bad for your hair because it deposits metals?  Notice how when you color your hair red and it fades out and starts looking copper-y?  hmmm, or how about when you lighten your hair blonde and it starts to have a silver sheen to it?  hmmmm.

Oh, and have you ever noticed that if you get your hair colored at a salon that it seems to look and feel a LOT better than when you do it yourself at home?

Its because the color that the salons are using are actually better for your hair because they are actually color pigmented instead of metal pigmented.  I know this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it will when you get to school.

We learned about the color wheel and I swear I felt like I was in 3d grade art class all over again.  Regency Beauty Institute made it super simple:

brings back memories...lol

The law of color states that in all the colors in the universe, only three are pure.  These are called primary colors and they are Red, Yellow, and Blue.  (duh!)  The 3 Secondary colors are created by mixing EQUAL PARTS (<~~Important) of any TWO Primary colors – Red & Blue make Violet, Red & Yellow make Orange, and Yellow & Blue make Green.  Taaa Daaa.

Now, the 6 Tertiary Colors (also called T-colors) are made by mixing EQUAL PARTS of a Secondary Color with its NEIGHBORING (<~~IMPORTANT) PRIMARY.   Thus you have Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Blue-Violet, and Red-Violet.

Why is it important that there be EQUAL PARTS?  Well, if you mix more blue than red, you will have a tertiary color, blue-violet.  If it is EQUAL then you will have Violet.

Why is it important to mix NEIGHBORING colors for T-colors?  Because if you mix, for example, Violet with Yellow instead of its neighboring Red or Blue, you will get a mucky brown.  WHY?  Because you are, in essence, mixing all three primary colors which will always result in a neutral.

A lot of people are not understanding this concept.  This leads to much frustration.

Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel, such as Violet and Yellow, are known as complementary colors.  They complement each other but when mixed will cause a neutral.  Are you feeling the 3d grade art class yet? lol.

Regency's are black.

My Color Bowl from Clairol - not standard Regency Issue.

Anywho – we also learned how to do hi-lights, new growth retouches, darker color application, and lighter color application, and of course, we had to practice – SO I decided to go for the gusto & get some pretty pinkish purple in my blonde hair –

it is going to be PINK

Redken HiFusion Violet Red

awwww… messy application, but it was her first time!

From the back

there it is - we actually had to do it again after this.

We also learned that Redken is a very finicky color line. As you can see above, it didn’t really take well in my hair the first time – we only used a 10 developer when we should have used a 20.  I’ll take another photo to show you how AWESOME it is now.   Take your time and learn as much about the various lines of color as you can!  They have a demi-permanent line called Shades EQ, several permanent lines called Color Fusion, Hi-Fusion, Double Fusion, ShimmerOne, etc…  They are all different but it isn’t complicated really.  Regency has a “library” of sorts that has DVDs and other materials you can check out and the Redken DVD is actually pretty awesome.

We learned all about developers – there are 4 basic ones, 10, 20, 30, & 40.  easy peasy.  10 lifts 1 level.  20 lifts 2, etc.

Level is the term used to describe the lightness or darkness of hair and there are 10 levels – 1 being black and 10 being lightest blonde.

lots of numbers in coloring.  lots and lots.  but again, it isn’t as difficult as you are thinking it is and you shouldn’t get freaked out by any means – its basic things.

Yummy Cake for the going away party

ON another note – we had a “Going Away” party for our instructor Trena who decided to leave Regency to pursue other interests.  While we will all miss her, I’m sure whoever our new instructor is going to be will be fantastic and will be able to bring something to the table that perhaps Trena didn’t have.  Trena was an enigma.  She was amazing at hands on instruction and really took her time to make sure we “got it” and I know a lot of my class mates really appreciated that.  We will meet our new instructor tonight, so of course I will update you all on it!

Trena took the time to make sure she showed us our wet works / chemical head for the state board – OH EM GEE – finger waves are nowhere near as hard as everyone said they would be (click the link for detailed instructions on how to).  You just have to find the right mix of gel/mucilage (which is, by the way, one step up from snot and stinks) and water.  Oh, and make sure your doll doesn’t have super long hair or super duper curly hair.  The perfect doll would have 5-6 inches of hair, uniform, and a slight perm.   My doll had 8-9 inches of hair and super curly hair.  lol – go figure.  I couldn’t take pictures b/c we aren’t allowed to have phones in the classroom, and I washed her out before I thought about it on break.  Sorry!

I’m trying to get as many pictures as I can for you guys because I know you love them!

O-P-I Contest for All Regency Students

I know, I know – TWO POSTS?  IN ONE DAY??? SAY IT AIN’T SO!  I figured since it took soooo long to get the other one up, i’d go ahead and share this one – plus this one kind of only relates to January and if i waited til next week, the month would be half way over…So don’t forget to go to the last post and read about our tests!

This flyer was put up sometime in the last couple of weeks in December letting all of us know that there is an O-P-I contest going on at Regency Beauty Institute for a FABULOUS black bag.  I love bags.  I also love free stuff.  Oh, and did I mention earlier that I’m a bit competitive?

Contest Flyer

Here’s a better picture of the bag (i hope…lol)

The Bag

These are the requirements listed – not sure if you can read them or not.

The Rules

OK, In case you can’t read them in the picture – here they are:

  • The contest will run from January 2, 2010 to January 30, 2010.
  • The student who has the highest retail sales as a percent of service sales for the month at each campus will be awarded an O-P-I bag.
  • All students are automatically entered into the contest with each retail item sold
  • All items must be sold to a paying guest and not to a student.
  • On January 18th, the contest mid-point, the Performance Floor Manager will run a retail report and announce the top three performing students to date.
  • On February 1st, the Performance Floor Manager will run a retail report to determine the top performing student for the campus for January.
  • On February 2nd, the Performance Floor Manger will announce the winning student’s name during both roll calls (FT / PT), and award the prize.
  • In the event of a tie, a random drawing of those students will be made on Saturday, February 6th when FT and PT students are both in attendance.

Now, as much as I LOVE the fact that there will be ONE WINNER PER CAMPUS, and the ALL of the students are getting entered – it kinda sucks because it is based on retail, which – you probably guessed it, those of us in Workshop aren’t doing yet.  However – I have a feeling that by the time we get out on the Performance Floor, there will be more contests going on, so i’m cool with that.

I know some of you that read this are already out on the performance floor – I’d love to hear how you plan on making your moves toward winning this bag this month!  Is it harder to sell the O-P-I products since we give the free polish away with a manicure or pedicure?  Or does that make it easier?  Any input would be great!

And, just because it’s MY BLOG – i’m ending with a picture of my kitty.

Pillsbury aka Pillzberry aka kitty kitty

Take a Look Around (Shreveport Campus Tour)

Ok, so I know I told you all I was going to review the kit on Sunday – but I had forgotten completely that I was hosting a cookie exchange that day!  However, I did remember to take lots of pictures of our campus on Saturday, So i’m going to give you a virtual tour instead:)  AND, you’ll kind of get to see the kit briefly!  All is not lost.

Saturday was a LONG day – we were there from 8:30 to 5, we got to meet the “day walkers” (j/k they were the full-time students who are currently on Saturday rotation – and they are AWESOME and FRIENDLY and HELPFUL – )

I did my first “layered” cut on Ms. Kim – whoo hooo!  She’s so pretty.  If there is anything I’m taking away from this class it is to TAKE MY TIME and don’t rush through it.  I see some of the other students who want to get done just for the sake of being done, but I take my sweet time because I want to make sure I’m cutting properly – trust me, i’m pretty sure my clients will rather it be done correctly over quickly, not saying i’m taking two hours to cut long layers or anything…lol

SO!  On to the tour o f my Regency Beauty Institute Shreveport Campus – oh, and all of these are taken with my iPhone, so pardon the quality 🙂

Entryway –  this is the first thing you see when you walk in to Regency Beauty Institute, be it to make an appointment, or come in to sign up for classes, or on your way down the hall to go to class.  This is where the POS (Point-of-Sale) computers are and where all appointment, follow-up appointments, and retail sales are made.

To the right of the entryway is our product display.  As you can see, we are a Redken retailer (YES!  LOVE THEM) and an O-P-I Nail Product retailer – You get a free bottle of polish with a mani or pedi – which is pretty awesome too!

If you were to take an immediate right past the Retail section, you’d be walking in to the Salon area.   We have 5 or 6 rows of salon chairs / mirrors/ stations – whatever you wish to call them – for us to provide hair services.

To your left you’d see our dispensary – this is where all the chemicals and towels are kept.

At the beginning of your hair service, you will likely be taken to our shampoo area.  Here you will see our Shampoo Bowls/Chairs and our Dryers – so neat and pretty!

And of course – our Shampoo/Conditioner Bar where we stylist students select our shampoo & conditioner.

We also have a facial room, but there was a client in there so I couldn’t snap photos there because I didn’t want to disturb them – but its pretty awesome.

Our mani/pedi area was also occupied – but there are three or four mani/pedi chairs in that area that are uber comfy.

Now, if you were coming to the back of the building for class, right past the reception area you would pass my favorite spot – the Coffee area!  It is on the right.  You’ll notice that we make/serve Community Coffee – which is produced right here in Louisiana, and happens to be one of my favorites!

Directly at the end of the first hall is the Kit Display – (see, I told you you’d kind of get to see the kit).  Except for the bottom row – those are prizes reserved for Student Master Designers (part of the STAR Program).

To the right and left are classrooms (which I didn’t take photos of) and down the other hall are our lockers.  So Shiny!  And roomy!!!

At the end of the hall on the left is our break room 🙂  YAY Snack Machines!

this concludes our tour of the Shreveport Campus.  I’ll try and remember to update this post with photos of the mani/pedi stations & the facial/waxing room – I’ll take those photos tonight 🙂

Isn’t it Pretty?!?

So It Is Written, So It Shall Be…

Me 12/07/09

Ready for Class!

Last night was our first night of class at Regency Beauty Institute.  I was so super excited!  I arrived at 5:00 on the dot (so glad my hubby & I could work our schedule out that way) to begin class at 5:15.  I met three other girls who were starting with me – One of them is 18, no kids & works at a fast food chain during the day – Another girl is 21, has an 11-week old baby and stays home with the baby while her family works during the day.  The third girl is early 20’s, has a 5 month old, transfered from another beauty school because the class sizes were too large, and works as an assistant to a tattoo school owner (i think she & I will get along great since I have 11 tattoos!).  I’m the oldest in the class, followed only by the instructor.

My first contact of the night was with Ms. Vera who is the assistant campus manager and now acting campus manager as the previous CM was no longer with the company.  Ms. Vera is a very joyful woman who seems to take great pride in her job.  I met with her and paid my very first tuition payment – WHEW – so glad that part is over! lol.

When it was time for class to begin, we were lead to one of the classrooms where we were introduced to Trena, who will be out Workshop instructor for the next 4 months.  Trena was a very interesting character.  She told us that she would begin class at 5:30, so we had a few minutes to relax and chit chat before we began.  Poor Ms. Trena was a little sidetracked as the person who had previously used the classroom still had materials all over the place and she couldn’t find half of the papers that she needed to get started – but it was ok, we joked with her and overall she seems to be a very happy person.

Everyone seemed fairly happy to be there – some were a bit nervous and one seemed like it didn’t really matter to her – BUT,  I know it mattered to ME and I refuse to let other people get in my way.  One thing I love is that Regency Beauty Institute has a ZERO TOLERANCE for negativity on campus (and probably off campus too…lol).

Ok, back to the class – of course, it was just like an orientation – full of Rules and Regulations – not much more.  They basically read to us straight out of the student handbook – We learned about what is expected of us attendance wise & that we get two late passes a month – which we were told we should A) use wisely and B) don’t let go to waste by not using them.  This bugged me because I don’t plan on being late – I’m paying good money to be educated, I don’t want my hours getting messed up because I was late, purposefully or not, but I guess I understood what she was saying, I just don’t think it should be promoted or encouraged.  We learned about Regency’s Mission and Culture too.

We were also informed that our instructors are there to “teach you the techniques and requirements that you need to meet in order to pass the State Board exams”.  We were told that we weren’t there to learn “all that fancy stuff” and that we would be taught everything we needed to know in order to pass our exams.  This bugs me too, because, though I know she didn’t mean to, she came off as I’m-going-to-teach-you-the-bare-minimum-in-order-to-get-your-license.  Now, I’m sure we’re going to learn tons of really great stuff.  I’m sure it was just a rough night for her because it was a long day for her since she had been there since noon and she was used to being there at 5:15…but, I think maybe she just worded it wrong.  She says she teaches her classes the way she wished classes were taught when she was in beauty school.

There were also two other students there who started a few months ago.  Since Trena was the only instructor there – they had to sit in with our new student orientation.  At first they were reading the text book, as Mr. Trena told us there was some bad news coming – she didn’t think we were going to be able to get our nail kits or our textbooks that night because they were out of them – BUT, Ms. Vera was there to save the day because she had called Regency Headquarters on Saturday and they had overnighted our materials!  YAY – we were getting everything after all!

We talked about dress code –  which I previously covered – but it was also added that we were allowed to wear grey pants.  WHOO HOO.  oh, and no hats, lol – that part I missed previously somehow, since I showed up in my super cute hat! but they told me it was fine as long as I put it in my locker during class hours.

The two “older” students, who are younger than me but older to the school, decided that they wanted to go do a pedicure on each other while we were in orientation – so they were given permission to do so.

We continued on and talked about the STAR Program.  This is when I got excited again.  One of the perks of becoming a Master Student Designer is that you get to go on a paid-by-the-company trip to Chicago for a Hair Show – however, what stinks is that you have to qualify as a Master Designer by the end of January, and I won’t be able to qualify since I won’t be on the floor by then – SUPER UBER SAD!.  BUT, there are more perks to becoming a Master Student Designer like getting FREE STUFF!  Makeup kits, t-shirts, shears, all kinds of goodies are available…  I’ll go into more depth about the Star Program in another post as I work towards it, but you should know, that it DOES require that you be out of the workshops and actually on the floor doing salon work (aka guest services) as part of what they track.  They also track your attendance and your grades, your Guest Rewards participants, your Guest Feedback…etc.

We watched a dvd on Financial Aide – whooo hooo.  lol.  nothing I didn’t know already, but it was required.

We finished paperwork that other people hadn’t done yet – haha, I was the ONLY ONE who had EVERYTHING completed – eager much?

We were then shown how to clock in / out at 8:15, which I didn’t understand why we had to wait until exactly 8:15 but whatever – Then – dun dun dun!!!  We got to break open our kits.  YAY – we had to go through the checklist and hold up each and every single item.  And trust me, there are a LOT of items – I’ll review the kit soon too…probably tonight – but I want to wait until I have EVERYTHING.

BUT, before we could check our nail kits – we were told it was time to go.  We taped our nail kit checklist to the tops of the unopened boxes with our names on them, then took them and locked them in the dispensary.  Trena was ready to GO!  we were all trying to hurry and get our stuff together and get our kits out to our cars so we could come back in and clock out at exactly 9:15 per her instructions.  I really hope its not going to be like that every night.  I mean, I work a full-time job during the day so I want to go home just as bad as the next person, but I’m not a rush rush kind of gal.  She kept telling us that she had been there working since noon and I kinda wanted to pipe up and tell her that I had been working since 7 am and hadn’t had anything to eat yet, so she wasn’t the only one ready to go.

OH YEAH – no food or drinks in the classroom – only in the break room – which we get to use for 15 minutes once a night – whoo hooo vending machine dinner 🙂 lol.  What stinks is that I’m addicted to coffee and we can’t bring anything in the room except clear bottles with no-spill lids that can only contain WATER…. which is better than nothing, but i know i’m going to be dragging butt without coffee if I’m having to pay attention after 7pm after being at work all day… thank heavens for the coffee in the guest services area (which I will make and clean up after since I’m the only one who drinks it at night evidently)

Oh, I’m also the only student that smokes & Ms. Vera is determined (already) to make me quit…lol – mostly because she had to let me back in the building during our break we had earlier in the night after I took a quick smoke.  I like Ms. Vera a lot!  I made sure I went well past the school entrance so that I wasn’t looking like a bum standing in front of their doors smoking – i went to the side of the shopping center and smoked and then came back, washed and sanitized my hands, downed some coffee and went back to class.

we were told that there was some kind of rivalry between night and day students and not to be offended if the day students didn’t talk to us because they were really just jealous that we had the best class – a little competition isn’t a bad thing, but a rivalry isn’t really a good thing either – I was sure it was an exaggeration until the “older” students told us that it was not only true, but that sometimes the day students wouldn’t even talk to them.  WOW.  I will break that tradition, I promise – it’s in my nature to be friends with everyone, so I don’t foresee

I asked whether or not we’d have a Student Council now since there are 6 of us in the evening part-time class.   They don’t think so since the school hasn’t been open 6 months yet, but we’ll see I guess.  I’d really like to be a part of that.

First impression of the instructor wasn’t the best, but I’m sure we’ll do better tonight now that all of the formalities are out of the way and we will begin going through the text book and having lesson plans in place.

Ms. Trena promises to help us immensely along the way if there is something that we just aren’t grasping.  We were told that she won’t leave anyone behind and that if anyone in the class isn’t getting something, we’ll go over it again and again until everyone understands it.  That’s a good thing too, but I don’t like too much coddling.

We’ll see – it was one night – so I’m seriously hoping that it can only get better.

Dressed to the Nines

From the Regency Beauty Institute Student Handbook:

“…Students must come to school dressed in a professional manner…”

the following must be worn at all times during school hours:

  • Solid black Apron *
  • Solid Black trousers or dress pants, knee length or longer skirts, or black dress;
  • Solid, print, or patterned shirts or sweaters in white, black or grey
  • Solid black shoes, dress boots, or open backed shoes

What that boils down to is that Regency Beauty Institute has a pretty awesome dress code :

Black closed toe shoes – Black pants – Black, Grey or White on top.

Jewelry, scarves, headbands, and other accessories can be in any color.

sounds easy enough right?  well, i thought so too – BUT,  now that i’m limited i’m finding all kinds of awesome COLORED tops to wear…lol. but that’s another story.  I also keep finding really freakin cute sleeveless shirts – which are prohibited – but again, that’s another story.

I have a lot of black  and white shirts – a LOT – so my husband didn’t understand the need for me to have more…HA!  Let’s just say he’s not a fashionista.  He also doesn’t understand the fact that i’m going to be working with chemicals…which is why i prefer not to wear white.

Plus, i want to look at leas SEMI professional – so that requires an upgrade (at least a little bit) to the wardrobe i currently have.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, after all – it is nearly christmas and i am on a tight budget – so i headed to Burlington Coat Factory where i scored three grey sweaters, two black sweaters, and two black pairs of comfy dress slacks for about $40.00 – YAY ME.

now shoes – the only black shoes i have are peep toe pumps, which are NOT closed toe, no matter how you squint your eyes, and a pair of black sneakers that i wore during the haunt, and one pair of black boots.

looks like those boots will be getting a starring role in my wardrobe from now on.  Luckily  – i like them, so its all good.  I’m heading out with V., one of my girlfriends, for some shoe shopping later…hopefully i’ll score a good deal on some flats or something.

* this is the only thing that saddens me b/c i have a pretty awesome pink bowed – skull & crossbone print apron that i want to wear realllly bad.

Now, once I make Student Designer, and then Master Designer, I’ll be allowed to wear whatever professional dress i want – as long as i have my name tag on – this makes me happy too.

that’s enough for today.  I’ll be back later to talk some more about the rules of the school