…Saturday morning, very early, as I am an early riser…this is the first snow of the season…plows are running the scrape-race down the road, sparks & road chips flying…Christmas weather…and my thoughts turn to knit hats, warm gloves, turned up collars, and the white dusting that will rapidly accumulate on my shoulders once I venture outside…and I see our brick walk is shoveled, the path is clear…Noëlle awaits you…as does our always anticipated egg nog…it is a recipe we have used forever…foamy islands of cream floating gently in a lake of this most traditional drink…lightly spiced and enjoyed with a cookie or two…sit…relax…talk or not…mostly enjoy Noëlle in any way that brings joy to your heart and a smile to your face…stop in for a break during your day…you are welcome at anytime…peter de caprio…
…as we move closer to November 8th, our right to vote is becoming a vital concern…Adam Grant writing in this Sunday’s Times claimed that voter turn-out in California and New Jersey increased when the familiar advertising slogans demanding our participation such as “…you should vote…” and “…vote your conscience…” were replaced by the simple description of “…I am a voter…”…proving again that the pen is mightier than the sword, this simple change in grammar produced incredible results boosting participation by more than 15%…typically Americans average between 48% and 54% of our population in presidential voter turn-out and admittedly, words alone cannot change our voter turn-out records…other countries consistently rank well above our participation level…we are 34th on the world’s participation list…our obstacles can always be rationalized into plausible excuses…work pressures, family duties, physical limitations, the list goes on…Mr Grant himself admits to have voted only once in a presidential election since he became eligible to do so…i feel the importance of participation cannot be overstated so, in this company’s efforts to impress on our families the responsibility we share in becoming voters, Noëlle will open at 9:15 on Election Day Tuesday November 8th…and I personally am available to baby sit, drive, or otherwise assist anyone in need of help in becoming a “voter”… peter de caprio
…all…as we celebrate the long career and love and friendship of one of our company’s long standing employees, we are reminded of what this family has meant to all of us…it is with mixed feelings that I accepted Camille’s decision to retire from her position which she has held for better than fifty years…
she has weathered our name changes and location changes and staff changes and “boss” changes and other disruptions that might have stopped lesser souls…thru it all and more Camille has smiled her sweet smile and delivered her healthy helping of love and loyalty with a consistency that will be remembered forever…
her signature abilities will be missed and she will always be part of us regardless of her status of “retired”… wishing Camille our best as she has always shown us hers…peter…
…the weekend news pulled the air out of my lungs…collapsed my spirit…angered my voice….and saddened my heart for these people, those left, and for the ones to come disillusioned by cults of religion, or personality, or any other patterns that seek to control our minds, whether maliciously or benevolently…I rail against control…I love self determination…I detest inhumanity practiced as religion or celebrity or statehood…I applaud integrity and support fellowship…I stand for the future that belongs to us all…together we are family…apart we are doomed…
— Peter de Caprio
…it was seemingly a dark time, yet also hopeful, life-affirming, and ultimately enlightening…Noel was given her diagnosis in a room stuffed with white-coated doctors who were straight forwardly predicting an abbreviated life…what she heard was something to the effect of “…get your affairs in order…”…she smiled, thanked the good doctors for their help, and went out of the room as though graciously leaving a social event…her and I had held ourselves in check perhaps more from shock than any notion of keeping a stiff upper lip…once the emotion hit, the wave of what she faced nearly drowned us both…Noel had friends and family who were intimately involved in medicine, health & healing, and spiritual matters…she had faith, strength beyond measure, and an iron will…yet, for all that , she initially chose to hide and deny reality…the staff at Noëlle was sworn to secrecy, her family only told the bare essentials, and she refused to let the news flow to her fledgling relationship with Gillette Corporation, fearing the consequences of such a disclosure… (more…)
…I don’t know anything about death even though I have experienced the dying and the aftermath of a loss…what I do know because of those times is about life, what it looks like, what it feels and sounds and tastes like…and mostly I know when I am touched by it…by words and actions, smiles and intimacies, hugs, shakes, and waves of hello and goodbye…tony touched me deeply and I know he knew life…the give of it and the take as well…his all-inclusive smile, the squint of his eyes, the click of those glasses that hung around his neck…his sureness and absolute love of being there…that was what we shared and what he shared with all the others who called him friend…with his beloved family even more, ever more, and forever, he will be that life that touched that helped that saw the humanness in all of us and made him respond with all that was in him…to be missed is the greatest achievement of a life…tony we miss you and wish you god speed…friend, husband, father and life to us all…peter
The Boutique threw a party last Thursday…It was a resounding success and contributed to a great tradition…
The NOEL Foundation wishes to thank the night’s primary architects…Karen, John, Cathy…also thanks to the many staff members who helped out before the night, during the night, and in the aftermath of the night… (more…)
Welcome to Meet the ëxpert
Meet our top talent! Q&A with Noëlle Colourist Laura Olivapotenza
How long have you been a Colourist at Noëlle?
I have been a colourist at Noelle for 14 years. I love what I do! Being able to make people feel better about themselves is a true gift.
Trend Forecast for Summer 2014 colour?
Soft sun-kissed hair as if you’ve spent all day in the warm sun at the beach is a big trend for the Summer. Balayage highlighting is a great technique to achieve this look. I’d consider all of us experts at this technique. (more…)
Hair color has long been an exclusive and closely guarded skill that has historically defied attempts to codify its secrets. Into this world stepped a technology-based company, SureTint, claiming not only an ability to codify but also to substantially reduce the amounts of color used in the pursuit of a guest’s desired look. When presented with these claims, Noëlle was skeptical at best…in truth, some downright derision was heard. However, the concept was beguiling. Could it be possible to reduce waste and guarantee repeatability? Could Pandora’s Box be opened with a touch screen? The company became interested. The question became, would our colorists, the absolute best team in the area, would they support a move into such uncharted waters? They had their reputations and their guests to consider. To their ever-lasting credit, they voted “…yes…let’s try it…” A trial run was approved by every one of the Noëlle Color Team and SureTint made its debut here on Earth Day 2014, an auspicious date and everyone knows how Noëlle loves auspiciousness. (more…)
Welcome to Meet the ëxpert
Meet our top talent! Q&A with Serena Abelli
How long have you been a colorist at Noëlle?
In October of this year it will be ten years!! Can’t believe how fast it flew by! Looking forward to many more.
With at-home color kits on the market, what are your fears as a professional?
Everything! From color build up to over processing. I’d have to say my biggest fear at the moment is the at-home ombré kit. It has color-correction and damage written all over it.