Homie Improvement

I did something outside my comfort zone today. I spent the afternoon at a hair salon.


We’re here in Atlanta to makeover a living room, but since it may end up on TV one day, I thought I’d better do a little “homie improvement” before we get to the home improvement stuff.

I’ve been wanting to warm up my hair for a while now, and I thought this would be a good time to go for it and have fun with it! My friend, Meghan, whose shop “The Parlor” is located near the Perimeter Mall, specializes in color.

She doesn’t cut hair…she only colors it. Amy (pictured below) came in and cut my hair after Meghan was done coloring it. Check out my new (warmer-so-I-don’t-blend-into-light-walls-or-my-skin-so-much) hair color…

Amy was showing me how much more volume I could get with my new cut. I was really excited about that. (I have no idea if I’ll ever actually be able to create it without her help, but a girl can dream, right?)

Amy also introduced me to something called a “curling stick”…

Me, Meghan (back), Amy (right), and our executive producer Patrick (far right)

It’s a little different than a curling iron, and man I’ve gotta get one of those suckers! Totally natural-looking curls! (But holy scary-because-it-seems-like-you-could-get-burned-really-easily Batman!)

And even though I’ll probably always spend more time thinking about home improvement than I do homie improvement, I gotta admit, it was fun hanging out with the gang and their curling sticks today.

The best part, however, was splitting a 1/4 roasted chicken plate with this guy in the food court at the mall across the street when I was done…

Now if I could just have Amy teach him how to use that curling stick.


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  1. says

    Oh Layla! It’s beeeeeutiful! :) I’m hoping so so much that I’ll be able to come over a day this week. My lil man has ear infections, so we’ll just see how it goes. Your new do is just fab! XOXO

  2. Barbara says

    You look fabulous…made a beautiful gal into a sensational one. More sophisticated and polished…ready for your close-up!

  3. says

    Your hair looks great. I did not realize that your old color washed you out. The new color looks so nice on you. Great job!

  4. April says

    You guy look awesome! Love the hair and the outfit. You were adorable before but now your ready to show off to the world. Good luck with everything. You all will do great.

  5. says

    wow Layla! I always thought you were beautiful before, but now…well now you really look like a celebrity! Where is the red carpet?!

    A curling stick, huh?! Need to check one of those out.


  6. says

    you look amazing. It really brings out a glow in your skin and your eyes!! The right hair color makes all the difference and she did a great job. I know if I don’t have gold highlights and undertones in my hair, I look lifeless, but when I get the right base,my whole face brightens up!! You are more than camera ready!!!! xo Kathysue

  7. Jessica says

    You looked good before, but now you look absolutely beautiful. I recently took the plunge to “warm up” my too-blonde hair. I am a natural blonde, but had been highlighting my hair for years. You’ll find that you can wear different colors (of makeup & clothing). In the long run, it’s less maintenance & allows more time for “home improvement”. I can’t wait for your new show! Good luck to you & Kevin :)

  8. Katie says

    Dad and I love your new hair color. It makes you look radiant. You really look beautiful. We really loved the picture of Kev and you. Good luck this week with the makeover!! God Bless!!

  9. Tiff says

    That style and color looks fantastic, but if you keep smiling it won’t matter what your hair is like – it seems to me that your beauty shines from within.

  10. says

    Yes! What a nice improvement. I didn’t realize it until you did it, but your former color was veering into the…overly blonde…territory. Even in the b/w shot, the new shade is lovely.

  11. says

    it’s always good to pamper ourselves a little bit and i love your new “you”…..when you get back home contact me when you get a chance, i might have something to donate for one of your photo shoots!


  12. Cindy says

    Layla and Kevin: You are a beautiful person, inside and out. That being said, I really do like this hair color on you; it is so natural. The picture of you together is great! Have fun with your makeover,

  13. says

    Looks great Layla!

    I think they have a special glove you can wear when using the curler so that the hand doing the wrapping is safe! Then you just have to worry about your ears and neck. Yikes!

  14. Angie says

    You look beautimous!! Good luck with the show! We’ll be watching from Millbrook Cottage in Jacksonville (Alabama, not Florida!)

  15. Laura says

    Your hair looked beautiful before, but somehow even better now! I love that shade on you!

    Here is a tip for that curling wand- most (all?) of them come with a heat protectant glove for the hand that is wrapping your hair around the barrel. Should prevent burns.

  16. Gloria says

    C U T E ! It’s amazing how that little bit of warmth changed your whole look, in a good way. It totally softened you. Love it. Your “after” outfit is great as well! How could this not end up on tv? Please oh please oh please HGTV.

  17. Tina says

    You look great either way.. Warmer? I don’t think you could look or be more warm that you are.. I just love you and Kev. Yall seem so in love with each other and with life.. Thanks so much for sharing these fun moments…

  18. Momsy says

    You look adorable; but then you always do! Good luck with your pilot shoot. Fingers crossed for you both.

  19. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    I had my doubts…………but……………………you look BEAUTIFUL.
    Look at your GORGEOUS eyes!!!!!!!!
    Beautiful before……………..
    Past Fabulous after!!!!!!!!!!

  20. says

    Wow Layla is that you? Hope Kev got a little pampering too. Well…just the stunning new wife might have been plenty. Getting very excited!

  21. Jennifer says

    Wow…your friend is definitely a color pro….looks so natural!! Have a great time with the pilot…I too am really looking forward watching it!!

  22. says

    Wow! I’ve always thought you were super duper adorable and gorgeous to begin with, but if it’s possible, you’re even more beautiful now! You are going to look great and do great on your show!

    I’ve always thought, a woman can handle almost anything if she feels like she looks good doing it, so let your new look calm any new show jitters. :)


  23. says

    As if you could get any more beeeauuutiful! :) Love the hair and the pic! Can’t wait to see what this journey has in store for you two sweeties.

  24. says

    This look is absolutely perfect for you! Now, your warm and welcoming personality is reflected in the warmth of your hair color. You made the totally right choice with this look!

    Beautiful inside and out…..I think so!!!

  25. Dawn says

    Super cute look! I love the warm ups! Funny how we love a bit a girl time but can’t wait to get back to our guys!

  26. says

    Layla…one more thing. Get thee to a Sephora or online and buy MAC blush in the hilariously named color called “Orgasm”. This color would be SO complimentary to your new look. It’s a peachy/pink/with-not-sparkly gold in it. You’ll look fabulous in it!

    This is not a paid commentary….I just love trying out new colors….and this one is a keeper……..

  27. Sherri Langford-Farrell says

    OMG, not that you weren’t as pretty as all get out before, but you look amazing!!! IF you’re ever in the DFW area, I’d love to do your makeup! I’m a former makeup artist who still loves to dabble. This hair colour warmed up your complexion so much. You just glow now!!!!!!

  28. Ruth says

    Love the new look. It brightens your face and makes you look beautiful, not that you weren’t beautiful to begin with. A great homie makeover.

  29. kelly in georgia says

    Girl you even looked great with the foil in your hair! And the final do is gorgeous! What’s the difference in the “stick” and the “iron”? I need a homie improvement too – something to get some height up top since the long hair pulls it down. Hope I run into you guys in a homegoods or other store in Atlanta next week as we move our son up there. Go eat at Murphys in the Virginia Highlands area or PF Changs at the Mall of Georgia while you are there.
    Good luck with the pilot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. says

    I LOVE the new hair color, Layla. Such a great color for fall! And it does look much “warmer.” Those curling sticks are awesome. They actually have special gloves you can wear so you don’t burn yourself…

  31. says

    Oh Layla! That last photo prompted me to come on over from my reader and comment on how beautiful your new color is on you! Gorgeous!! So soft and yet – still blonde bombshell!

  32. says

    You look fabulous dah-ling! I am so excited for you guys!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! Now I must go puchase a curling stick…

  33. Marije says

    Layla, you look amazing! I’ve always loved your hair, but this color is so flattering for you, it makes you all glowy :)

  34. Toni C. says

    love it! we need another pic with natural light so we can see all the pretty highlights! The cut is perfect for your sweet face. Best wishes on your new show!!

  35. says

    Wow, it looks sooo good! Perfect color for you for the fall season. I have a curling stick that I got at Target and it comes with a little glove so you dont burn your hand! Once you use it a couple times it gets really fast!

  36. says

    You’re a beautiful gal regardless of the color of your hair! I love the photo of you and Kevin. Wishing you lots of luck with your show! I would love to watch you guys on TV.

  37. says

    You were always completely adorable, but I have to say I love the new hair!!! Such a great picture of you and Kev too! Best Wishes – you will do fantastic!

  38. Shar says

    You looked great before, but the warmer tones just seem to add more depth. Ain’t it grand when a new style works out! :)

  39. says

    I LOVE! your new color and cut. I thought your hair was pretty before but this color really goes with your skin tone. And the cut is cute, I am sure Kev thought you were just as pretty after as you were before.

  40. Tiff says

    For gorgeous curls with no heat involved check out ‘sock curls’ on google or youtube. There are some girls who do great how-to’s and the curls are beautiful and so easy to achieve.

  41. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    You know????? What can WE do to get you and Kev a show of your own? I would watch you two 10x over some of their new “stars”. You and Kev have never-ending-ideas-on-the-cheap and your personalities are just the BEST!
    I do think I have a “crush” on the two of you!!!!! Such a lovely duo.

    You too Kev!!!!!!!

  42. says

    Beautiful!! My friends and I called it a “curling wand” and then just “the magic wand” for short – because its so amazing!! You can get them at target for like 20 or 30 bucks..they are very easy to use! I’ve actually never even burned myself, its easier than it seems!

  43. Lisa W. says

    Layla you look fabulous, the color looks great! The toning down looks wonderful! Your hair always looks nice, (wether you learn to curl or not:) You guys always look so happy, gosh how do you do that, any hints:) ?

  44. Patricia Neron says

    Love it, you look fabulous. It’s very subtle and very natural your sure to get your own tv show now.

  45. kelly says

    that looks great! i think i need to do that too, it gets so blonde that roots come very quickly!! i wish i had long beautiful hair like yours!

  46. Sharon in California says

    Oh my goodness! Who knew a warmer color could make such a difference in how one looks. You’ve always been so pretty as a light blond but this color totally warms up the color of your face and you almost look like a different girl altogether. Excellent Choice Layla. You obviously have good taste in more than just decorating.

    • Layla says

      Well, thank you Sharon- but I gotta give all the credit to my friend Meghan. She’s the one who mixed it up! :-D

  47. Melinda says

    Always thought you were beautiful – now you are even more beautiful : )

    I would say let the camera’s roll because you are ready!

  48. kelly says

    We loved Decatur when we visited the Atlanta area last year. They little downtown is so cute & charming. And…may I just say you look AMAZING! Now you look like a natural blonde! :)

  49. says

    I like this “warmed up” look…I need to check those sticks! I need some curls because I am “blessed”(!) with skewer-straight hair!!

  50. Kim in MD says

    I love your new color, Layla! I recently added some low-lights to my hair, too! You and Kevin are just adorable. Now I have to find me a curling stick!

  51. Cheryl F says

    Love the new colour! I always go a little warmer in the fall and then more blond for summer. You look fantastic. Your fear of being burnt by a curling stick is one I can understand. I have had to explain more than a couple of red/brown marks on my forehead and neck just from curling irons. Scary hot sticks!

  52. kathy h says

    YOU CRACK ME UP!! I love your term “Homie Improvement”. May I steal it?

    Your hair looks great. Good luck this week!!! Sending some positive vibes your way!!

  53. Tina K says

    As a fellow pale person, I think the warmer hues really work with your skin tone. I’m loving it! You’ll look fab on the old tube.

  54. Deb Guillette says

    I love it! I don’t know you except for this blog but somehow I think you are just as sweet as you are pretty. You guys are the cutest couple ever and you affection for one another is sooo obvious. So nice to see in this hostile world. I love your sense of taste and you motivate me to want to organize and make things pretty around here.
    Thanks for the inspiration .
    Deb G. from Holden, Massachusetts

  55. says

    Hey there! I JUST discovered your blog and WOW! My sister’s name is Layla so I thought, “it has to be a cool blog”. :)
    Also, I have that pillow from IKEA too :) Looking forward to reading through all the fun stuff!

  56. Kristin says

    Wow! Your new look is amazing. Love it. Your face is much brighter with the darker hint in your hair.

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