Weekly Round Up: Kanye, Tacos & Hair

kanye-west

Do we all remember the time before Kanye West was a complete douche bag? It seems to be oh so long ago. His initial erratic/retarded behavior was charming, I laughed at the “George Bush doesn’t care about black people comment” because it was so completely ridiculous. I gave him creative freedom when he auto tuned like, an entire album. But then he went into a downward douche spiral that I could just not rescue him from. I listened to “Watch the Throne” and I loved it for Jay-Z’s creative force but for the most I stopped playing Mr. West’s music and forgot he existed. Then last night, I stumbled upon him again, not sure why. Sometimes a little space apart heals old wounds. Our break-up gave me the time I needed to regroup and appreciate him all over again. I listened to some of his old stuff and it made me want to run. I just wanted to get up and run. So I did, 4 miles inspired by Kanye at 8 P.M. The night before I was to leave for New Orleans. Here’s my play list people, check it out, he may just inspire you too.

1. Scream & Shout by will.i.am & Britney Spears
2. Heard ‘Em Say by Kanye West
3. Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
4. Monster by Kanye West
5. Baptism by Crystal Castles
6. Touch the Sky by Kanye West
7. Power by Kanye West
8. Paranoid by Kanye West

Now, on to hair. I met my hair soul mate yesterday at J. Henry salon in Portland. I felt like a single girl who had been desperately seeking for two years and then out of no where, BAM, there was my man. I have tried about a dozen salons in and around Portland, nothing was good enough, no-one understood and I spent many days crying as I left, wondering, what the hell just happened to my hair? I knew right away that this was going to be a different sort of experience. And immediately upon entering their space, my nerves calmed. J. Henry is literally one of the most beautiful spaces I have seen. It has an open floor plan, where the minimal approach is utilized with splashes of classically aged chic. I could see influences from Restoration Hardware and waves of industrial. It is a perfectly designed space. Then there was Adam, my stylist who aligned with my hair center straight away. He was like: “Girl, we are gonna put your hair on a ten year plan so in a decade, you’ll be walking on that shit. And it will look fabulous” And I was all like: “Whhhhhhatttt, YES! Yo, that’s what I’ve been missing, p.s. I love you” He did everything I asked, keeping my length in the most perfect fashion with a flare of bang that was just enough. He made my hair glossy, healthy, beautiful. And while working his magic he entertained me thoroughly with his “a little too much but just enough” personality which I loved, because I am the same exact way. If you are a woman and you are seeking an experience that will make you feel gorgeous, you need to visit this salon. It’s a gem, a rare gem, in a city that doesn’t always allow this sort of thing to happen. Visit Adam if you can, although I am sure anyone in this place is wonderful, I would expect nothing less from a place that obviously has very high standards. Every interaction I had with every person who worked there was professional, warm and utterly delightful. Adam and I are going to coast through this hair life together, one 6 week appointment at a time.

J. Henry Salon

127 Middle St.

Portland, ME

(207) 358-7555

el-rayo-taqueria

Lastly, tacos. There needs to be some discussion about food on here, right? Of course. Well, I finally made it to El Rayo and yup, it was every bit as good as I have heard. With a collection of authentic dishes and stiff drinks that will get you sloppy drunk, it’s a place everyone has to visit. Oh and lets not forget the awesome blue plastic marlin they place in every drink. I took mine home. They were too cute not too. Josh and I opted for the chips and salsa to start. I then had a burrito which was hearty and delicious. Josh had some sort of tacos, I can’t remember. They were on the smaller side but between the rice/beans and chips, even a man of Josh’s stature was feeling full. The wait staff was prompt and friendly, laughing at our sometimes dining awkwardness (we were sitting on high stools, ya know???) and coming over whenever it seemed we needed something. For dessert, Josh had the chocolate mousse with Mexican inspired flavorings and I had some sort of strangely weird but delicious coconut cupcake. The check, one hundred percent manageable. It was a great price for everything we stuffed in our face. So, if you feel like getting a little drunky drunk and shoving the hot and spicy in your mouth, this is the place for you. Just please, try and keep your pants on.

El Rayo Taqueria

101 York St.

Portland, ME

(207) 780-8226

I’m in New Orleans till Tuesday people so you all enjoy your weekend. Try to keep it light and tight.

xoxo

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