Love was in the air

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Love was in the AIR last weekend at Tera Rae Stephens blowout fundraiser at Tek Salon in Costa Mesa for Team Tiny Oranges benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and I was truly blown away by the turnout (pun intended!)

So many women (and even some men!) showed up to get gorgeous $25 blowouts, $10 brow shapings by Josette D’Agnenica of Tek Salon and $10 make-up applications by Jeni of Pretty Winks.   The women (and men, sorry guys!) walked out looking like a million bucks.

At the end of the event, Tera had raised over $3000 for pediatric cancer research!!!!!  A-MAZING.

The event was Tera’s brainchild and such an amazing idea. She came up with it out of her desire to do something to fundraise for our team and help kids with cancer. She is remarkable.  And gorgeous, there she is her KISS shirt which was quite fitting for the heart day weekend…

The photos in this post are all compliments of the uber-talented Lindsey from The Mod Chik and Kathleen from Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.

I am a big fan of both of their blogs and their photography so I asked them last minute if they would consider coming and taking some pictures for this post-event recap.  They showed up with the biggest smiles and glowing hearts.  Here they are (Lindsey left, Kathleen right. )  So beautiful on the inside and out…

The salon was truly overflowing with love that day.

I was so touched by the generosity of spirit of everyone involved…

…starting with the stylists.  Tera gathered 10 stylists to donate the better part of their Saturday to blowdry and style client after client after client.  All of which had a smile on their face the entire day. Blowout after blowout after blowout…

Here is the amazing team…

Then there was the delightful Sharon from Cupcakes & Cutlery and Lauren from A Fabulous Fete.  Again, big fan of their party blogs! It all started by me asking if they had any cute ideas.  Um, they did. The Valentine Day party theme cuteness was brimming over.  So much that it made Tera and I tear up when we arrived! They outdid themselves with vintage, romantic touches throughout the salon reminiscent of our LOVE theme.

Here is their darling beverage and sweet bar….

And mixers for the Bellini Bar! Thank you Kitsch Bar for the bubbly…

And of course, a candy bar…

Then look how Sharon did these cute flowers in vintage tins!  She took regular tin cans, then spray painted and adorned with themed hearts, doiles and vintage fabric.  So very sweet. You have to visit her blog, she has the most amazing party ideas.

And, when Lauren pulled out this piece I almost squealed!!!  A huge FRINGE heart to be placed on a fushia and lace backdrop for our “after picture” photo station!!!   I mean, what an incredible idea!

The signs were all hand drawn by Lauren (she does beautiful, whimsical calligraphy) and the fringe was cut again, by hand, out of tissue paper. Talk about a labor of LOVE!  Thank you Lauren – we loved it!!

At the event we had raffles of amazing hair products.

Hannah, the daughter of Timeout4Mommy.com (who incidentally was the one that came up with the name “Love is in the Hair”) was on raffle ticket selling duty all day at $1 a ticket.

She sold $180 worth!

Although only 12 years old, she might have a sales career in her future.  Or modeling.  Pixie cut also done by the talented Tera.  Just adorable.

Melanie from Sensitive Sweets did some of her gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free mini cupcakes for us that were soooo yummy.  If there wasn’t a sign next to them you would have never known there were FREE of all those ingredients!  If you know anyone with food allergies in their family – please pass on Melanie’s website.  She can make a custom cake or cupcakes for any dietary situation.

And the soon-to-be-open, Nothing Bundt Cakes on 17th Street in Costa Mesa, donated some of their bundtinis. The red velvet was to die for…

The guys from Spray White Tooth Whitening were also there doing demos and making women swish away to brighter, whiter teeth. A ton of people bought these kits afterwards – big hit.  Tek Salon sells these kits in case you are interested.

Fellow team member Sarah from Whoorl.com came by to see us as did Erica from CoreAthletica.com.  Sarah has a very personal story about how pediatric has affected one of her family members. I am planning a separate post to share her story as she has inspired our team to fight that much harder to find a cure for pediatric cancer.

The lovely Cassie from Smarty OC was there “live tweeting” the event!  Thanks so much ladies!  So amazing to have the support of the amazing women in this OC blog and Twitter world!

My friend Kristin was one of the first to arrive with her gorgeous daughter, her mom and grandmother. Kristin is the one who inspired me to start our team in the first place. She was a survivor of pediatric cancer when she was three years old.  Click here to read her story.  I love this picture…the cute little one must have been lulled by the sound of all the dryers!

A special thanks to Debra Hoppe, owner of Tek Salon, who donated the salon for the day and was there the entire time with a smile on her face.  The most positive attitude.  Ever.   Please check out the amazing stylists in this salon if you live nearby.  I love it Tek.

Shanna from My Favorite Everything was in TWICE.  Once to volunteer her time to help for two hours, and then came back at 4:30 with her posse of hot mamas to drink some bubbly and get gorgeous for a girls’ night out!  THANK YOU Shanna!   And one of readers turned friends, Holly, also volunteered her time.  It truly meant so much.


Lindsey, me, Tera, Kathleen, Shanna

And everyone was sent home with a little favor of hair products and a label that said, “Thanks for your donation. Hugs & Kisses.” With of course Hershey’s Kisses included!

All in all, it was just such a LOVELY event.

Thank you to everyone for your support, donations and enthusiasm.  And thanks to all that donated their time and talent to make this special event just that – SPECIAL.  It was really a day that I will always remember.  It is quite overwhelming when you experience that much goodness in one room.  Again, the word I think of is love.

And, Tera, what can I say?  YOU ROCK!!  Thanks for all your hard work.  You made a big difference.

Want to join our Team Tiny Oranges and fight pediatric cancer?  We are a fun bunch – let me tell you!  Click here and click “Join Our Team” at the top!

See, this is how much fun you can have while raising money for a great cause :)..

Have a great weekend everyone!

XO

Jen

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Love is in the Hair: Get Gorgeous for a Great Cause

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Saturday, 02/12/11 is the big day for our BLOWOUT event Love is in the Hair at Tek Salon & Spa in Costa Mesa organized by the ever-so-fabulous hairstylist Tera Rae Stephens!

For a $25 donation you can get an amazing blowout (blow dry & style) by one of 10 stylists and get gorgeous for a great cause as 100% will be donated to pediatric cancer research.

Party planners Sharon from Cupcakes & Cutlery and Lauren from A Fabulous Fete have gone above and beyond to infuse so much cuteness into the event I can barely stand it.   Do you wonder what will be done with all this fringe? Come in and see for yourself!

The newly opened Nothing Bundt Cakes in Costa Mesa will be there with bundtinis and Melanie from Sensitive Sweets is donating her  yummy sweet mini cupcakes.

There will also be options to get a $25 spray tan or $10 brow shaping and a ton of hair products up for raffle (at $1 a ticket!)  Again, 100% donated to our cause.

This LOVEly event will be happening from 12pm – 6pm. Appointments preferred, but walk ins are also welcome.

Here’s how to book an appointment online:

1. Click THIS LINK to take you to the Schedulicity site for “Love is in the Hair.”

2. Click on ANY stylist – doesn’t matter.

3. Select the appointment time you want and click on it.

4. BOOK IT!

5. After appointment is booked, CLICK HERE to go to Tera’s personal fundraising page & make your $25 donation by putting $25.00 in the donation box and complete the form.  The donation is non-refundable. But you can feel good that your money is going to an amazing cause!

A little pampering, gorgeous hair, sweet treats, after pictures, raffles, product samples and more!  Not a bad way to spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon.  And, your donation counts, every dollar counts, to help raise money to cure pediatric cancer. Now that is reason enough!  Hope to see you there!

Tek Salon & Spa
230 East 17th St # 120
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
714.614.5588

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Book Your Appointments for Love is in the Hair!

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There are still appointments available {but they are filling up quickly} so I wanted to do a final reminder to book your appointment for the Love is in the Hair blowout fundraiser benefiting Team Tiny Oranges and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation!

The event, organized and brought to you by the fabulous Tera Rae Stephens, takes place next Saturday, February 12th, 2011 from 12 – 6pm at Tek Salon in Costa Mesa.

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend ladies and you deserve to get pampered and gorgeous for a great cause!

And your $25 tax deductible donation will go directly to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation to help find causes and cures for kids with cancer. Do you need a  better reason than that?

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT!
HERE’S HOW…

1. Click THIS LINK to take you to the Schedulicity site. You should see “Love is in the Hair” at the top and a list of 10 stylists.

2. Click on ANY stylist – doesn’t matter – they are all fab.

3. Select the appointment time you want and click on it.

4. Check to make sure the info is correct then click  BOOK IT!

5. You will then have to register with an email address & password for Schedulicity. When appointment is booked, you will receive an email confirmation.

6. After appointment is booked, CLICK HERE to go to Tera’s personal fundraising page & make your donation by putting $25.00 in the donation box and complete the form. Donation must be made at the time you make your appointment.*

{*Please note, the donation is non-refundable. So, if you book an appointment and then have to cancel, no refunds will be given.  But you can feel good that your money is going to an amazing cause!}

I am excited about all the fun things planned!  

There will be raffles, treats, a photo wall for your gorgeous “after” pic, music, friends and just a whole lotta fun!

Here is a list of  companies that will be there to make this event EXTRA LOVELY!

A tremendous thank you to my amazing hairdresser, friend and fellow team member, Tera for organizing this amazing event.  She has already raised over $1200 to fight pediatric cancer and continues to inspire me every day!

And thank you so much to all of the the stylists who will be donating their time and Saturday afternoon to give you beautiful hair!  The following stylists will be there from Tek Salon: Sekina Ball, Kim Breeding, Ashlee Domann, Ursula Imboden, Jackie Islip, Heidi Nelson and Cindy Perez.

And Alex Espinoza from Holiday Salon and Natalie Azzara from Salon Gregories.


Thanks to Debra Hoppe, owner of the fabulous Tek Salon and Spa, who so generously gave our group use of the salon for the entire afternoon.  Your kindness is much appreciated.


The awesome Sharon from the fabulous party planning blog, Cupcakes & Cutlery, has been so nice to donate her time to help plan and infuse major CUTENESS into the event with her amazing ideas.  Thank you!

Thanks also to Sharon for enlisting the help of her friend and fellow party blogger extraordinaire, Lauren, of A Fabulous Fete, who will be there to help decorate and style our event.   We appreciate your time so much ladies!

It wouldn’t be a party without some sweet treats, so special thanks to Melanie of Sensitive Sweets, for blessing us with her yummy goodies.  My favorite cupcake in OC HANDS DOWN! Sensitive Sweets specializes in custom cakes and cupcakes for all your special events and can make just about any custom creation free of any food allergens that your family might have.

Nothing Bundt Cakes opening soon in Costa Mesa was sweet enough to donate some of their, are you ready, BUNDTINIS! I can’t wait to try them!

Feeling a little pasty this February?  Not to fear!  Joann of Pretty Winks will be there offering $25 airbrush spray tans (normally $60!) to anyone in the mood for a little St. Tropez glow.   No appointments necessary – first come first serve on the day of.

Schwarzkopf has generously offered a TON of hair care products including shampoos, conditioners and styling products for us to raffle.  Yippee!

And Oribe will be donating  product samples for you to take!

So, as you can see, this is an event NOT to be missed! I can’t wait to see you next Saturday!  If you don’t have Valentine plans with your boys – bring a group of girlfriends along and make a plan to go out for dinner or drinks afterwards.  No need for a fabulous blowout to go to waste!

Email me at jennifer@tinyoranges.com  if you have any questions!  Thanks so much for your support for this great cause!  Have a great weekend!!!

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Love is in the Hair

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On Saturday, February 12th, 2011 from 12 – 6pm at Tek Salon in Costa Mesa, hair stylist and Tiny Oranges Team member, Tera Rae Stephens has gathered a team of professional stylists to donate their time for a special fundraising event offering $25 blowouts for GORGEOUS Valentine’s hair!

100% of the proceeds will be donated to her individual page and Team Tiny Oranges to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

The event was aptly named “Love is in the Hair” in honor of Valentine’s Day weekend {special thanks to Timeout4Mommy.com for coming up with the name!}  So treat yourself to a  fabulous blowout for your hot date or romantic evening at home and have your tax deductible donation go to helping children with cancer. This fundraiser is such a win-win it makes my heart sing!

Here are the details on how to book an appointment – reserve yours today to ensure your spot in this very special event.  This event will be huge & likely sell out … so don’t wait!

1. Click THIS LINK to take you to the Schedulicity site to book your appointment.
You should see “Love is in the Hair” at the top and a list of 10 stylists.

2. Click on ANY stylist – doesn’t matter – they are all fab.

3. Select the appointment time you want and click on it.

4. Check to make sure the info is correct then click – BOOK IT!

5. You will then have to register with an email address & password for Schedulicity.
When appointment is booked, you will receive an email confirmation.

6. After appointment is booked, CLICK HERE to go to Tera’s personal fundraising page
& make your donation by putting $25.00 in the donation box and complete the form.
Payment must be made at the time you make your appointment.*

*Please note, the donation is non-refundable. So, if you book an appointment and then have to cancel, no refunds will be given.  But you can feel good that your money is going to an amazing cause regardless!

I will be at the event the entire day, starting with my own blowout at noon!  I look forward to greeting you and thanking you all in person.  And, I will be MOST looking forward to seeing your gorgeous hair!

Tek Salon & Spa
230 East 17th St # 120
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
714.614.5588

{And…we are still recruiting team members to walk or run with us on May 1st! Click HERE for more information on how to join our team! Currently we are at 57 team members and growing and have raised over $2,500 for pediatric cancer.  Won’t you join us to make a difference?}

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