FLOW: 2nd location!

After months of planning & negotiating, we finally signed the lease for FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar’s 2nd location last week!  It will be located at One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA, a new mixed-use development that will be similar to Reston Town Center. I am so excited about the second location, and am in the process of working on the design, floor plan, lay-out, etc. From there, it’s all about approvals & permits – then we can start the build-out!   Here is what the exterior looks like:


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Perks at Work

One perk of owning FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar is getting your hair styled as you work. I’m loving this style on me: loose curls and a half braid. Hair by Hannah

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Loudoun Life

Moving from NYC to the ‘burbs of D.C. has been a big adjustment for us. I grew up in Northern VA but moved up to NYC and lived there for 10 years.  My husband Kaiser has lived in NYC almost his entire life! We decided to move back to the D.C. area to raise our daughter Rumi and to be closer to family. We still have kept our city apartment because it’s nice to go up there every now and again to get a taste of the city. He misses things like being able to get a “slice of pie” from the corner, or a bagel on a walk.  But we are appreciating many things about Northern VA as parents. When I was single, I didn’t like living in VA – I thought it was boring and dull.  It’s a different story when you have kids! You start looking past yourself and think about what’s best for your kid, and for us that means she has more space, more fresh air to breathe, and more time with family.

We love driving through Loudoun County and taking in the scenic mountains and farms.  Drive past Leesburg and you get into Purceville and Berryville where you can find hidden farms, orchards, and vineyards. I love finding little towns nestled in the mountains and valleys – it’s such an escape from the hustle, bustle and grind of day to day life.  Here we are at a little farm we found on the side of the road. We stopped to snap some pics of the beauty around us! Loudoun County is beautiful, calm and peaceful!

I wanted to be comfortable so I wore a chunky gray sweater, bell bottom jeans and a knit hat.  Rumi wore a floral embroidered sweater poncho and fringe boots.


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Rumi: The Fairy Princess

Every year I tell myself that I am going to design and sew a costume for Rumi – something fabulous  and creative – but I just realized that I don’t have time to go to the store and search for one let alone sew one from scratch! Running a business full-time while juggling motherhood leaves no time for crafty projects – the kind I envisioned myself doing with my kids when I thought about what it would be like to be a mom.  This year, Rumi wanted to be Tinkerbell for Halloween. I found a princess fairy costume from some Halloween store, and paired it with a silver tulle skirt I picked up at Target to create more fullness.   In the end, she was super excited which was all that mattered! And I don’t think she will care if the costume was custom made or store bought – she was just happy to wear a tiara and hold a wand (which begs the question – why do all little girls want to be princesses and fairies??)

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Guli’s Designs

My mom Guli is very resourceful.  She was re-purposing and recycling before it become hip and trendy to do so. Since I was little, I remember her hand embroidering and sewing details on clothing.  She has a knack for taking something shabby and redesigning it into something new and loves designing outfits for herself for evening wear. I always tell my mom she should have been a fashion designer.  Since she likes to dress in modest clothing, she finds creative ways of incorporating classic cuts with fashionable accents like custom beading and embroidering.

On this blog, I plan on showing some before and afters of her creations from start to finish. How she starts with a piece – be it a skirt, blouse, jacket, etc. and how she alters it or mixes/matches it with something else in her closet.  Here, I snapped some pics of her taking a vintage pearl and crystal beaded necklace apart, and sewing the crystal beads onto a crocheted tank top in order to cover up the deep v-neckline.  She also took a white chiffon dress apart and made it into a skirt.

I wasn’t there when she went to a wedding in the outfit she created, but the she did take a pic on her IPhone, which I have shown below. Stay tuned for more of Guli’s designs!