Camino de Santiago Bound!

In a few short hours Kevin and I will be boarding the first of our three flights to Spain. It was over a year ago that we decided to maybe do this Camino de Santiago thing. And now it’s here. Crazy crazy crazy!

I got a lot of questions yesterday about how much we’re walking and where exactly we’re going to be stopping, so if you’re new here, here’s some basic info:

Kevin and I are walking the Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago. We are starting in Pamplona, which is about 450 miles to Santiago. To get to Santiago in time we need to average about 15 miles a day (I’ve been saying 13 miles a day based on our guidebook but I just did the math and I just realized the guidebook was wrong. GREAT!). If you want to learn about the route we are following and the towns/cities we are stopping in you can do so here.

To make this a little more fun, our friends Lindsey and Jesse have decided to turn our trip into a gambling affair, and they have put together a bet on how many miles we will actually walk. We bought FitBits to track our progress, and Lindsey has access to our logins so we can’t cheat. She’s going to put together a tumblr with updates as well. If any of you reading want to join in, just email Lindsey at lleblach@gmail.com and she will send over all the info.

From Lindsey:

K&S have awesomely agreed to track the total miles they are going to walk (with a FitBit or something similar) and allow all their loved ones to bet on the number of miles they actually walk:)SO let’s make some money off of our friends soul searching journey! If you are interested in betting here are the details:

**Bets are $10. Email me with the total number of miles you think they will walk and your name and you can paypal me the money.
      -yes you can bet as many times as you would like – it’s $10 per bet.
      -whoever is the closest to the actual miles walked wins the pool – over or under counts
      -if there is a tie, the pool will be split between the winners
      -K&S will not know the numbers people are betting
      -20% of the proceeds will go to the Sunsar Maya so it’s a tax write off
       and we are helping little underprivileged children
       -I am working on a tumblr page so betting members can see updates and talk shit
       to each other or send words of love and support to K&S:)

So by now you must be asking how far is the potential route? Well they are walking from Pamplona to Santiago. Following the Camino Frances route, that is 718 km, which comes out to 446 miles over the course of about 30 days. So if they walk all stages of the camino without skipping or taking any taxis or buses, they would walk 446 miles. However, they have the option of taking cabs or buses at anytime which could shorten their walk – or hell they may get lost and add extra miles – hehe.
 
Only miles walked on the trail with a backpack on will count. Therefore, if they get to town, put their packs down and then walk around town to eat and drink – those miles will not be counted towards their total walked miles.

 

I think the pool is around $200 right now, but the more money the more fun, so if you want to send in your own bet just send Lindsey an email.

Also, Sunsar Maya is a non-profit started by our very good friend Jehan, who divides her time between living in San Francisco and working at the orphanage her non-profit supports in Nepal. She is awesome so I’m extra excited that her organization is going to get some money, even if it’s only a little.

Anyway, I’m going to try and blog as much as I can while I’m on the way, but because I am only bringing my iPad mini, I’m not sure how often that will be. However, I will most likely be checking in on social media every time I have wifi, so if you would like to follow along you can do so here on instagram or here on facebook.

Adios friends! Wish us luck!

 

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Megan C. StroupOctober 2, 2013 - 8:14 am

I am so excited for both of you and this amazing journey you’re about to take! Now following on Instagram so I can keep up with your adventures. :)
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BrittanyOctober 2, 2013 - 8:46 am

Have fun!! Sounds like you are going to have a great time. I cannot wait to hear all about it when you are done. Good luck :)

Eileen Ragan MulloyOctober 2, 2013 - 12:34 pm

safe travels to both of you! so excited to tag along on instagram! cherish every moment!
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nicole marieOctober 3, 2013 - 8:42 am

safe travels!!!

Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning Kevin and I start our three flight trek over to Spain. After 18+ hours of travel we should  be getting to Pamplona sometime Thursday afternoon. We will take a day to get our bearings and adjust, and then we’ll start walking Saturday morning.

Holy shit.

We’re as prepared as we can be at this stage, I think. Yesterday I laid out all our stuff for the next six weeks and it was shockingly bare when I saw it all laid out side by side. You’re only “supposed” to bring 10% of your body weight, which would give me less than 11 pounds to work with. And since my bag itself weighs almost 4…. well, you do the math. It means I get to bring next to nothing.  I’m basically bringing 3 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and then an “evening” outfit which is a tunic dress thing. That’s it.

Not pictured are our sleeping bags (sprayed with permethrin to prevent bedbugs!), toiletries, walking poles, and my iPad, but everything else is laid out in that little picture. My life for the next six weeks.

Well, for the next four weeks, at least. You better believe that once we get to Santiago I’ll be running as fast as I can to the closest Zara.

Yesterday after just a couple of hours of cleaning the house and packing my feet started to hurt. Yes, my feet were aching simply from CLEANING THE HOUSE. I fear this does not bode well for my future walking.

However, part of this may have had to do with the fact that at the wedding this past weekend (which was AMAZING!!!!) I may have consumed a bit too much wine, and I started to do my little shimmy shoulder dance that I tend to do when I’m intoxicated.

Unfortunately for me, this resulted in the following:

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My left ankle has been feeling a bit wonky and achy ever since.

Wearing 4+ inch heels to an outdoor wedding a mere three days before we are supposed to walk 500 miles. I’m a smart girl, let me tell you!

I also attempted to test out my walking poles this weekend (which I mentioned I have yet to use), and my friend Derek (the groom) told me I looked like Walt Jr. So uh, that’s awesome.

Anyway, I’m trying my best to not worry about all of this stuff because 1) there’s not a lot I can do about it, and 2) everyone that has done the camino keeps telling me that “the camino will provide” and to trust in that. So that’s what I’m doing.

Kevin said the more he learns about the Camino the more it sounds like some sort of psychedelic trip. There are a million Camino legends and everyone you talk to that has done it before will tell you things like “don’t plan, for if it’s meant to be part of your way, it will happen” “if you trust, the camino will provide” “the camino gives you what you don’t even know you need” “pick an intention and the camino will help it flourish!” and similar sentiments.

It’s a little more hippy dippy than I’m used to, but hey, I’m going with it! One of my hopes for this trip is that I get some clarity on what exactly it is I want to do with my life. I’ve managed to get really good at figuring out what I don’t want to do, but I’m still not so sure what I do want to do with this life of mine. And so I hope that if I start the Camino with the intention of self-discovery and exploration and clarification, the Camino spirit will work it’s magic on me, too.

After all, it’s a lot more fun to think of it like that than just a really long walk, right?

Either way, I can’t wait.

P.S. Thank you so much for all of the encouraging comments on my last post. It was exactly what I needed to help calm my nerves. Kevin refers to all you lovely people as my “support group” and it’s kind of true. So thank you again!

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LoraOctober 1, 2013 - 10:57 am

Bon Voyage!

Jenn from Much to My DelightOctober 1, 2013 - 11:00 am

I think it is SO amazing that you are doing this!! It sounds like a completely life-changing spiritual experience and I bet you will learn more about yourself in the next 6 weeks than you could over the next ten years. Bon voyage, safe travels, and enjoy this really special time in you and your husband’s life.

KariOctober 1, 2013 - 11:17 am

I’m so excited for you guys! I can’t believe you are able to pack so light–that is awesome and definitely makes me rethink when I bring two duffle bags for a two day trip:) Have the best time. I’m sure it will have it’s share of ups and downs, but it’s just really cool you guys are doing this. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
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MargaretOctober 1, 2013 - 11:28 am

Good luck!! I’m so excited to hear about it- and am hoping for frequent Twitter/Instagram updates!
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StephanieOctober 1, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Safe travels! I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back. I’ve already told Eric to “keep it in mind” for my 35th bday (which is way closer than I’d actually like it to be …).
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LauraOctober 1, 2013 - 12:07 pm

I am so excited for you and I cannot wait to hear all about your adventure! This is truly once in a lifetime!
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nancy @ adore to adornOctober 1, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Have a wonderful and safe trip! Thinking of you and in the end, all that ends well is well! =D
xo,
nancy
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LaurenOctober 1, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Serena!! Good luck on your Camino! I know it will be an adventure of a lifetime for you and Kevin!! I cannot wait to hear all about it when you get back! Also, I am loveing the dress you wore to Gretchen’s wedding.. it is beautiful! Have so much fun and I will see you on the flip side!
~Lauren
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AngieOctober 1, 2013 - 1:42 pm

It’s Flynn ;) Looking forward to following you through your adventure.

nicole marieOctober 1, 2013 - 9:23 pm

holy crap!!!!!! ahhhhhhh
so excited for you guys!! it’s going to be amazing and such an incredible memory and life altering experience. safe travels friends! instagram a lot but be present and in the moment :)

Lisa @ Two MartinisOctober 1, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Safe travels!!!! I’m already inspired just by your packing! I cannot wait to hear about your trip!
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Carmen VecchittoOctober 3, 2013 - 6:57 am

Serena,
I am so thrilled that you are doing this. I am sure you will learn a lot about yourself and what you want out of life, especially since you have set your “intention” of doing so. This is so bold! It takes a ton of courage! I am totally impressed and I can’t wait to see pictures and read more blog posts along the way. You are going to blog along the way, aren’t you?

Way to take life by the reigns and plunge right in!

Anxiety Be Gone!

I woke up with a lot of anxiety this morning. I’m sure this is just a culmination of being super busy the last few days trying to wrap up loose ends with work, drinking every night this week because of social activities, and not sleeping so well because of the combination of the two, but it’s already 10 am and I still haven’t been able to shrug the ridden with anxiety feeling off. Our trip is so soon and I’m getting worried that there is just not enough time to get done everything we still need to get done.

For the last week I’ve been frantically trying to get together all of the last minute stuff we might need, and as far as packing goes, I think we’re good. Like I said before, I’ve become an absolute expert in outdoor gear, and I’ve spent more time than I care to admit researching things like wine, food, and hotels, so in the planning aspect, I feel okay. But I still have that fear that as soon as we leave I’m going to realize I forgot something huge and freak out.

And then there’s the whole physical part of it all. The fear that Kevin and I are massively under-prepared for the physical part of the Camino de Santiago has been slowly taking over my psyche. As I mentioned before, we haven’t done much training. And as in much, I mean we’ve done three longish hikes. That’s it. We bought walking poles a couple of months ago and we haven’t even taken them out of the packaging nor figured out how to use them yet. Way to go us!

For months I have been saying to myself (and others) “it’s just walking! how hard can it be?” but as evidenced by the horror stories on the Camino de Santiago message boards, it can be very hard. Blisters, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis…. there is a whole long list of things that can happen to your body from prolonged walking and make you unable to continue. And I so don’t want to be one of those people that halfway in has to stop because I didn’t train enough leading up to it.

But in one week Kevin and I will be landing in Pamplona, so at this stage there’s not a whole lot I can do about it. And worrying isn’t going to change or help anything.

So instead I’m going to take a deep breath, trust that it’s all going to work out, turn off my computer, and hop in the car with Kevin to drive to Ojai for the wedding of two of our favorite people.

And just typing that sentence made me feel better.

It will all work out, and life is good.

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Me and the gorgeous bride-to-be a couple of months ago in Hood River, Oregon.
Happy Thursday friends!
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MichelleSeptember 26, 2013 - 10:21 am

Everything WILL be okay and everything will turn out exactly as it should. Even if that means you have to cab it, who cares, you’re in Spain!! I had the same feelings of “what if I forget something hugely important?!” – - and guess what, not one thing came to mind after we left that I needed. In fact, there might even be things that you’ll realize you never even needed in the first place. You guys are going to be great and do great! :) Enjoy the wedding! See you monday :)

xo

ritaSeptember 26, 2013 - 10:36 am

it is what it is – and all you can do right now is breathe. job changes are one of the most stressful things a person can go through – as is moving, which you are sort of also doing. i was totally overwhelmed when i quit and i let it get the best of me. just take deep breaths, maybe do some yoga, and get enough sleep this week – camino real will be what you make of it, whether you do the whole thing or just part, it’s the experience and the journey that matter! so cheesy, but so true.
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MoSeptember 26, 2013 - 10:39 am

You guys will be just great. It’s going to be the best thing ever. Have a great weekend celebrating Gretchen and Derek AND your freedom from Winston!

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeSeptember 26, 2013 - 10:51 am

Sending you so many anti-anxiety vibes! I’m having a similar sort of “what am i getting myself into” anxiety at the moment as my 10k race is this Saturday. I feel like I’m at the whim of my body and the weather and how my running shoes will feel. We’ll see and I know it will be fine, but it’s scary to not know!!

listening to feel good music ALWAYS helps me through times like this. Hope you enjoy your weekend away :)
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Julie / BoundSeptember 26, 2013 - 11:05 am

You will be great!!! The best part about it is that it IS just walking, and you can stop and rest anytime you want. If you have to stay an extra day somewhere to recover, I bet you can make it work. Plus it’s like the biggest adventure ever, so you’ll have massive adrenaline from doing something new!
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JessicaSeptember 26, 2013 - 11:37 am

Don’t stress it, girl! 90% of things we worry about don’t happen- or something like that! You got some killer shoes and are going to be just fine! I’m super pumped for you guys! XO
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Lisa @ Two MartinisSeptember 26, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Preparing for a trip gets me super anxious, too! Sometimes I wonder why I even bother going on vacation… (but then when I’m actually there I’m like ‘ohhhh, yep, this is why’) When we left for our honeymoon (volunteering/safari/European city) I was super concerned we wouldn’t have any of the right stuff, but it worked out perfectly! I’m sure you’re way more prepared than you think and that you will have the most AMAZING experience ever!!
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AngieSeptember 26, 2013 - 1:24 pm

So excited for you and Kevin – relax and enjoy! Several years ago I did the 4 day Machu Picchu trek and hadn’t even done 1 long hikes and I made it (you just have to tell yourself that you will make it). I know 30 days is a lot longer but you are on your own schedule – so you rest when you need to. I will say please make sure your shoes are broken in – that you can still work on and the hiking poles you’ll figure out ;)

nancy @ adore to adornSeptember 26, 2013 - 2:13 pm

I would guess that anxiety is part of the process? If you weren’t, you’d be a superhero! You and your husband are amazing for even doing this. Things will work out and things will be as they are. But you’ll experience this together and have the memories forever! =D *envious*

xo,
nancy
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nicole marieSeptember 26, 2013 - 3:31 pm

hahah welcome to my life for about 3 month before moving to spain. so much anxiety! but you’ve prepared everything you can, you’ve educated yourself and the only thing more you can do is experience it and i’m sure there will be a lot of things you learn a lot the way that no interent forum or research could have prepared you for.

no matter how much you prepare it’s going to have tough parts but you know what worst comes to worst you hop on the train and ride it to the next town for a break. definitely no shame in listening to your body and taking a short cut once/ twice /several times/ the whole way.

have fun this weekend!

Megan C. StroupSeptember 26, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Good luck with the final preparations! And just remember, no matter what happens on the trail (blisters, missed reservations, whatever), it’s going to be a FABULOUS experience!!!!
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This and That

Today is my last day of work.
Leaving a job, any job, is always kind of weird.

You go from spending 40+hours of your week with people
to suddenly seeing them maybe a couple of times a year.

Plus, this is the first time I’ve ever left a job
without knowing what my next step will be,
so it feels extra strange.

It’s exciting, and I’m so happy I’m doing it,
but now that the date has actually arrived it’s also a bit nerve racking,
as I have no idea what my future has in store.

Though I suppose that’s life.
You never really know.

And while the unknown can be a bit scary,
I feel really confident that good things are on the horizon.

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And now some shameless self promotion…

I started a facebook page for this blog.
I held off on doing this for awhile,
because starting a facebook “fan” page (gag)
makes me feel so incredibly narcissistic and self-promoty,
but I finally gave in.

Because here’s the thing…

I love facebook.
I do.

I want to be one of those people that’s too cool for it.
One of those people that has
“better things to do” than go facebook stalk.
But I’m just not.

Instead I’m one of those people that loves facebook.
Someone that checks it multiple times a day
and likes friends’ photos and uses it to keep in touch
with people I haven’t been in touch with in years.
To me, it’s a way to connect.

Since I won’t be bringing a laptop,
I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post
while I’m walking the Camino de Santiago.
But I will be bringing my iPhone,
so I figure this will be the best way to keep up with me,
as I’ll easily be able to post some quick updates
and photos and what not.

If you want to follow along,
you can do so by liking it right here.

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Lastly, do any of you watch Dexter?
And if you do, what did you think of the finale?
Anyone else terribly disappointed and underwhelmed?

Dude, between that and Breaking Bad,
Sunday night was rough.

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TheresaSeptember 25, 2013 - 8:46 am

I don’t want Dexter, but Breaking Bad! Oh man, I am so sad it’s all coming to an end on Sunday! Best show ever! I am so excited to follow along on Facebook while you’re away. That way I can live vicariously through you! So awesome you guys are doing this :) I also finally started a blog Facebook page recently, figured it was about time. Have an awesome trip!! We’ll have to do another brunch when you get home so we can hear all about it!
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WhitneySeptember 25, 2013 - 9:28 am

I can’t even talk about the Dexter finale. What was that?!

Can’t wait to see your adventures…I’m a lover of fb too. No shame.
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StephanieSeptember 25, 2013 - 9:56 am

How exciting!!! When do you guys actually leave? Any time for a Bon Voyage drink? If not, we’ll def have to have a few Welcome Home ones when you get back!
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LauraSeptember 25, 2013 - 11:18 am

Best wishes on your new adventure!! I am so excited for you and all the incredible experiences you are about to have!!
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KariSeptember 25, 2013 - 12:13 pm

I know it must be scary, but this is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures! I just changed jobs. It’s weird not seeing the same people every day that you were used to hanging out with. I guess soon these changes will become our new routine and won’t seem so foreign anymore. Congrats!
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briSeptember 25, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Good luck on this next chapter of your life! Sometime change is scary, but sometimes doing the things that scare us the most offer the biggest reward!

ritaSeptember 25, 2013 - 8:29 pm

so so excited for you! i am a total facebook hater but am now following along! can’t wait to see pictures! xx

nicole marieSeptember 25, 2013 - 10:20 pm

wohoo about to become fb friends…
ps. i expect you two to be instagramming like crazy!

Bridesmaid Hair. And The Power of Yelp

So…. a few weeks ago I was in my friend Lindsey’s wedding.

It. was. awesome.

Kevin was a groomsmen, which made it extra awesome, because it was the first (and probably only) time that we’ve ever been in a wedding together. We had a blast.

The ceremony was at city hall, and the reception was at a beautiful boutique hotel right downtown. It was elegant and classy and fancy and we had a so much fun that I don’t remember most of it.

But that is not what this post is about.

This post is about hair.

Bridesmaid hair in particular.

My bridesmaid hair, at Lindsey’s wedding.

I’m very lucky that I’ve been blessed with a lot of awesome friends who for some reason have loved me enough to give me the honor of being in their weddings. And often as a bridesmaid, you and the other ladies decide to splurge and get your hair and makeup done.

However, committing to this is always somewhat of a gamble, because while a lot of hair and makeup stylists are amazing, a lot of them are… not. But you decide to take your chances, and show up armed with a lot of photos of what you want, and hope for the best.

And this usually works out. You usually end up looking great!

But sometimes the opposite happens.

Case in point: Lindsey’s wedding.

The woman that Lindsey had hired was fantastic.

Her assistant, who did my hair, was not quite so fantastic.

When it was my turn I took out my photo and told her that I wanted loose curls pinned back.

I showed her this picture:

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Easy enough, right?

She looked at it and says “oh, super easy!” and got to work. 45 minutes later, and she was done!

She slowly walked me to a mirror to show me her masterpiece….

(Keep in mind, the photo above is what I asked for)

And this is what I got:

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WTF?!?!?!?!?

Needless to say, I was not exactly thrilled with the look, but because I am a total coward when it comes to confrontation and telling someone I’m unhappy with something, I said nothing. I just kind of mumbled an “ohhhhhh…..” and then ran upstairs where the other girls were.

As expected, they burst into laughter and proceeded to tell me that there was no way I could go out in public with my hair looking like that.

Long story short, I took out my hair, brushed it out completely, curled it all over again, and had my friend Gretchen help me pull it into a side ponytail.

It goes without saying that it looked infinitely better:

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The hair ladies watched as we did this, but said nothing. No offers to help. No apologies.  No questions. Nada. It was awkward.

When the time came to pay, the assistant who had worked on my hair had already left. I asked the main hairstylist (it was her company) how much I owed, and I told her that as she knew, both the bride and I were very unhappy with my hair so we took it out and I redid it myself. She laughed and said “ohhhhohohoho” (she was French, that is my impersonation of a french giggle) and then proceeded to tell me I owed the full amount.

I was not happy.

So a few days later, I went to yelp and shared this disdain with the internet.

And what do you know… suddenly I get an email from the main hairstylist apologizing profusely and offering to refund me in the hopes that I amend or delete my yelp review.

I told her that if she refunded me I would happily change my yelp review.

She refunded me.

I deleted my review.

Happiness all around!

But this got me thinking…. this woman had all five star reviews until mine.

And once she refunded me, I deleted my review, and she was back up to her 100% five star rating.

So was my bad experience just a fluke? Or are most people essentially “paying off” their bad reviews in order to keep their reviews positive?

Man, the power of yelp.

Social media is crazy.

Have you ever been asked to change or delete a review?
And more importantly, have you ever had hair as bad as mine?!?

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KateSeptember 24, 2013 - 5:52 am

Wow! I’ve never been asked to take a bad review down! To be honest, I wasn’t even aware companies asked for bad reviews to be taken down. It seems a little sneaky for a company to do that in order to keep their rating high.

I have however had plenty of bad hair experiences. I’ve been in three weddings over the course of 2 years and while 1 out of the three times my hair looked FABULOUS, the other two times it looked horrible! The first style, the curls fell out within two hours because she didn’t put enough hairspray in it (and I have wavy hair so curls really love to stay in my hair) and the other style was similar to your situation, I showed a picture of a beautiful updo and I got a side pony.

Oddly enough the one that looked amazing was the same photo you showed!

MargaretSeptember 24, 2013 - 6:04 am

There was actually a story on the news this morning about companies paying people to write positive reviews and that an extra star on Yelp! can equal 10% more business for a company. It’s crazy how much people rely on online reviews and how these reviews might not always paint the full picture…

On that note- I have been in 4 weddings in the last two years, and I have been lucky enough to love my hair every time! Last year for one of them, I definitely lucked out because I was one of 5 bridesmaids who was actually happy with how mine turned out.
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KariSeptember 24, 2013 - 6:55 am

That’s too bad! Getting your hair done is always a gamble. I hate paying someone a ridiculous amount of money for an up do and then being so disappointed in it. If the stars can get their hair to look that good, why can’t we?:) Your hair ended up looking really cute, though, once you fixed it. That’s a tricky thing about Yelp. I would rather get my money back, too, but then you feel bad for the unsuspecting people out there. You did the right thing, and I’m glad you didn’t have to pay for that crappy style:)
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WhitneySeptember 24, 2013 - 7:41 am

I can’t imagine being told to take a review down, but I’m glad you got your money back. I had a situation last spring where I got my hair colored and my roots turned out this awful orange color. The stylist tried to tell me it was a reverse ombre (my ends were still dark brown.) I went in to see the manager and she tried to tell me it was what I asked for. I said screw it and bought a box dye in dark brown. I’ll never be scared to speak up again though.
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JulietSeptember 24, 2013 - 8:45 am

Ha ha, I can totally relate. I once asked for a low sleek ponytail. Instead, I looked like the girl from Napolean Dynamite. It sucked. The lady was so proud of her work that I paid and ran out, calling a friend on the way home and begging her to fix it. Another time my hair looked like I had four perfectly ugly donuts on my head with red eyeshadow and pink lips. Wtf? She told me it was a “soft bridal look.” That was my practice appointment for my wedding hair. I ran.

StephanieSeptember 24, 2013 - 9:34 am

WTF is right. I had a similar experience when I was a bridesmaid a few years ago. I took in a photo of a simple side braid that wrapped around and became a side pony. I do an unpolished version of it myself so how hard could it be? It ended up looking like a 10 year old did it and she used so much product in my bangs they looked greasy and oily before I even left the salon. I ended up re-doing the pony and pinning back the braids … and had to pay full price.

Speaking of which, I’ve heard of quite a few people that have been asked to take down bad reviews they wrote on Yelp. I’ve also heard that businesses can pay Yelp to take them down if the person who wrote it decides not to. I don’t know how entirely true that is but it makes me a little skeptical of the “all 5-star” business on Yelp now.
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LauraSeptember 24, 2013 - 10:46 am

I had the most awkward encounter when looking for an officiant for our wedding. We found someone on Yelp (because we are not religious so officiant was not high on my list) who had wonderful reviews. Well I emailed him and he told me he would cost $900! So I was like um noooo thank you. Turns out my sister in law who was getting married in May (6 months before me) had hired him as well and he was charging her $450. So I emailed him back and asked why the price difference and he told me it was due to the time of year. Her in May me in October.
Long story short I went on Yelp and gave him 3 out of 5 stars due to his pricing. Because when I go on Yelp this is something I want to know. And he emailed me all upset!! So I deleted my review and called it a day. AWKWARD!
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Lisa @ Two MartinisSeptember 24, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Well, I’ve never been asked to take a review down but I guess that’s because I don’t write many reviews… especially negative ones! But I am now very interested in whether many companies do this to keep their ratings high. Very interesting!

Also, good call on changing the hair style :-)

LindseySeptember 24, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Hahahha! This still makes me laugh. Both of our bridesmaids hair experiences have come full circle – the same thing happened to me and Molly at your wedding – except we couldn’t use yelp since they didn’t even speak english :).

It just a bummer that it’s always the assistants that suck :( I am just glad yours looked good in the end and you got your money back :)

On another note, I think it’s lame for businesses to ask for a customer to delete a post, instead they should comment off of the post with an apology or ask the customer to explain the situation if it’s been amended afterwards like in your case.

Love yah!

JeniSeptember 24, 2013 - 9:16 pm

Wow what a story! And it was teri le of them to put you guys in an awkward situation. i would have just not paid them. My wedding was just a few weeks ago and we had a horrible experience with a florist (when I ordered bulk flowers for my friends to put into centerpiece jars themselves, the flowers arrived uncut and unwashed!!) my plan is to call them to complain, and if they don’t resolve it (or compensate me), I will definitely write a bad review.

That being said, I think the review should be the last resort. Sometimes vendors make mistakes and I think this offers them a chance to correct, which also should be praised.

You looked gorgeous without done-up Barbie hair anyway!!

xx