DoTERRA Launch Event

On The 21st January 2017, the salon celebrated its 2nd birthday. To mark this milestone, I combined the birthday celebrations with the launch of doTERRA Essential oils. The evening started at 5pm. Clients arrived to a drinks reception with a choice of still or sparkling water with a drop of  lemon, orange, grapefruit or peppermint essential oil. Team doTERRA , myself, Linda and Sharon were there to help people with their choice and to educate them about the benefits of ingesting the oils in this way. This was a great ice breaker as everyone spoke to eachother about their choice of drink…the water was flowing and glasses were topped up often as everyone wanted to try other essential oils.

At 6pm Linda and Sharon gave a class on the essential oils. This Screenshot_20170415-165252-01class was very infomative and interactive as the oils were passed around for everyone to smell and apply topically if they wanted. Everyone was so interested and had lots of questions for the girls. After the class there was time for 1 to 1 chats with team doterra and at this stage everyone was peckish, so we all moved into the dining area where some yummy nibbles were served; crackers and hummous, fruit and lemon (EO – essential oil) dip, lemon EO cupcakes, orange EO brownies, and peppermint EO energy balls. This was a great talking point and everyone loved the flavour from the essential oil treats.

 

FB_IMG_1492271853398                                                                                At 7.30pm, I gave an aromatouch demonstration in the salon. The aromatouch is a very relaxing treatment which combines 8 different essential oils, applied to the back and the feet to create a feeling of overall wellness.

 

 

At 8.30 the evening was almost over and it was time for the raffle (tickets were sold during the drinks reception). Spot Prizes for the raffle included vouchers for: Salon an óir, Hallmark jewellery, Button & co, Cherub Couture Cakes, Charlys Cheesecakes, Mini Musos, and Fear free birthing as well as products from Dermalogica, Vita liberata luxury tan and PHYTS natural skincare. FB_IMG_1492271832897Also included were a diffuser from Redhaus Interiors, a pair of earrings from Hallmark, a doTerra introduction kit and an amazing hamper that everyone had their eyes on from TEVA pharmaceuticals.

I couldnt believe the generosity of local businesses and because of the amazing prizes, €410 was rasied on the night for The Solas Centre. The Solas Centre is in Waterford and provides a free cancer support service to those affected by cancer and their families.  It relies on events and donations to enable them to continue this amazing service and they were delighted with the funds raised. This was the second event I have organised to raise funds for them and I will continue to do this on the salons birthday every year.Screenshot_20170415-170145-01

After the raffle we marked the salons birthday with a cake and everyone received a goodie bag with samples of phyts and doterra orange essential oil and a discount card for the aromatouch treatment.

The evening was a huge success and I could not have done it with out the help from alot of people. Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who attended the event. you all made the stress of organising it worthwhile and the evening enjoyable. now to thank the people who made it all possible; Barry from tramore print for printing brochures, leaflets, stickers, discount cards and a pop up banner all at very short notice. Wayne Scholtz Design for designing it all. Wendy Devlin for doing the cake toppers, all the local businesses for donating spot prizes for the raffle. My Mom for helping me clean and prepare the house for the event (it was a CRAZY day), my husband for looking after our son and organising babysitters, Dena for being my model for the aromatouch treatment and of course this event could not have happened without team doTERRA, Linda and Sharon. Not only did they drive from outside Dublin to give a class on the oils, they helped me organise the event from start to finish and even helped with baking. The event really needed the 3 of us to get around to talk to all the clients and to keep it flowing and interesting for those attending.

Lastly I would like to thank Amy Kirwan from NewAims Productions for coming along and capturing the event… have a look at the beautiful video she put together.

Wedding Dress Wednesday

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On Wednesday 21st September, I, along with hundreds of women(and some brave men) Dared to Care in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, and wore our wedding dresses all day long.

Cancer has hit my family hard in recent years so its a cause close to my heart. And while there are numerous events in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, this was the first one where I thought I could definitely get involved in….a great excuse to get the wedding dress out and wear it again 🙂

As well as wearing my wedding dress all day to raise funds, I decided to donate money taken in from waxing on that day to help reach my target of €500 (every Wednesday is Waxing Wednesday where there’s a 25% discount on waxing treatments, therefore that was the majority of the treatments done on that day)

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My day began with driving my son to Montessori. Driving was difficult! The skirt of the dress covered the gearstick and puffed up to the steering wheel… Maybe I   should have got a chauffeur for the day (next time :-D). When I got to Jack and Jills, the kids were so excited to see a real life princess. All the kids were smiley and excited, except for my boo:-(… I don’t think he believed that I was going to work. But I had my work shoes on and I had gotten him to help me turn everything on in the salon earlier that morning so I reminded him of that, gave him a kiss and left to go to Tesco before starting work.

I had to go to Tesco for milk but also to get a selfie with the Manager (my husband dared me to get a selfie with the manager and then he’d donate €50) so in I went and I thought I’d get the selfie over and done with first. Thank God the manager knew about Wedding Dress Wednesday and so was very warm towards me and happily stood in with me for a photo. He wished me well and I walked up and down the aisles to get my few groceries.

I rushed home to start my working day. My first 3 clients came together. I looked after them one at a time but while they waited, there were tea biscuits and homemade cake to nibble on as well as magazines to flick through. There was a lovely atmosphere in the salon all day and clients shared their wedding stories with me.

After 4 clients it was time to pick up my boo from montessori. As I walked in the kids were excited about “the princesses” return and so was my boy. He jumped up(looking proud as punch) and announced “that’s my mummy”. As I turned to leave, Chelley handed me an envelope with some sponsorship money that some of the other parents had left for me after hearing what I was doing. I couldn’t believe it. So nice!

I dropped Benjamin over to my sisters house and returned home to have lunch and a chat  with Dermot and Dave on TODAY FM. Today FM wanted to show that wedding dress Wednesday was happening all over the country so I was who they spoke to from Waterford. I was so nervous but the guys were so nice and it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Have a listen

 

That interview along with regular posts through out the day on social media, helped the donations to come in. I could not believe the generosity of people and by the end of the day I had surpassed my target of €500 and raised  €697.99

So I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. Those who donated online, in Tesco, in Jack a Jills and especially  those who got waxed by a crazy girl in a wedding dress for the cause.  The support that day was amazing and its a day I wont ever forget.

Orla  🙂

 

 

Spring is in the Air

20150326_164743_1Did you get out today? What a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the sky was  blue and there was no wind for a change!  It has been a long miserable winter but today spring was in the air and the misery of winter will soon be gone.

Well aside from the weather  it hasnt been that miserable…Christmas was an exciting time for me with our young son, Benjamin and the early part of the year brought with it more excitement again. Two birthdays in two weeks, would you believe!

The first birthday celebration was for the salon which celebrated its 1St birthday on Thursday the 21st January. The day started off with a coffee morning where all the proceeds went to the Solas Centre. In total €383 was raised which will help provide cancer support services like counselling and relaxation therapies to those affected by cancer, their families and their carers. So a huge thank you to all who supported the coffee Morning.

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The afternoon of the Salons birthday saw special offers on Phyt’s facials and products. Natalia from Phyt’s, was on-hand throughout the day with skincare advice and her reveal imager digital skin scanner. All-in-all, it was a very busy and stressful lead up to a very successful 1st birthday for my salon.

The second celebration was for my own 30th birthday! I know, right! lol. I have been spoiled by my husband, my son, my family and my friends. We had a beautiful meal out in 1920’s themed dress to celebrate the end of my roaring 20’s.

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So not a bad start to 2016… it has been busy and enjoyable. Fingers crossed that the weather improves soon and that the golden Spring sunshine floods through the windows of Salon an Óir not just on the once off but day after day after day.