Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Best Decision...

For the past three years I have been fortunate to have a wonderful salon in Grand Rapids taking care of me for my shows, photo shoots, television, special events and normal everyday life. :) A new hairstyle, a new hair product that does wonders for your hair, getting your makeup done...all of these things can make you feel like a new person. The folks at Cheeky Strut in Grand Rapids have always been dedicated to making me and all of their clients feel like their absolute best self. I want to dedicate this blog post to Cheeky Strut and share some of my favorite styles from the past few years. But first...a little back story. :)

Cheeky Strut is, hands down, the best salon I have ever been in. I love the atmosphere! From the sparkly unicorns, pretty chandelier, to the cutest bathroom I've ever seen, Cheeky Strut has mastered the laid back yet sophisticated feel all the while being a high-end and unique salon. Honestly, there is a special feeling when you walk through the door. You just feel good. I feel so welcomed every time. Cheeky Strut clients know what I am talking about. 

Never have I ever walked in and not been greeted with a smile by at least 3 or 4 people in the first 5 minutes and immediately been offered coffee, water or even a glass of wine. ;) Even if I am not their personal client, other stylists take the time to say hello and make me feel like they genuinely care that I am there. One of the most amazing things to me is how, Scott Sanders (the general manager) remembers EVERYONE'S name. I've never heard him not call a client by their first name. That goes such a long way with people and it reminds me how passionate those that work at the Cheeky Strut are and much they care about their client's happiness. 

Every time I am at Cheeky Strut I think about how lucky I am to have such wonderful people putting so much of their time and effort into making sure I feel confident and awesome on the stage and in front of the camera.

I remember my first time at Cheeky Strut. I was getting my hair done for a special event. When I sat down, Kaite Lyn (the owner and also a top stylist at her salon) looked at me and said, "I think we are going to give you a mohawk." Her confidence that it would look awesome made me not even think twice about it. Before I knew it I was saying, "Go for it," and I walked out of there with the raddest hair style I'd ever had and got a boatload of compliments. 

From then on, Kaite Lyn was doing my hair for my bigger shows, my album cover, my photo shoots...etc. She always had a way of giving me a completely new look, getting me to try something new and totally refreshing my style. I was able to find the right products that actually worked for my hair. I've said this before and I will always say it because it's true. For a girl that has had thin, not incredibly workable hair her whole life...Cheeky Strut made me love my hair again.

A little over a year ago I was thrilled when my best friend, Sara Catherine, graduated Aveda Institute in Grand Rapids and started working at Cheeky Strut. She started doing my hair for some of the bigger events and shows. The pink hair at the Thompson Square show...yeah, that was her. :)

If you are looking for a new salon, want to talk to someone who will be honest with you about a style choice and open to what you have to say, or if you are just in need of a fresh change...give Cheeky Strut in Grand Rapids a chance. It'll be the best decision you make all day. :) 

Message me on my Facebook Page (find me at Kari Lynch Music) about how you can get a special discount on your first Cheeky Strut appointment. All products below are available at Cheeky Strut. This month they are doing a special on Kerastase products (which I looooove) two, get one free! *thumbs up!

Here are some of my favorite styles and products from Cheeky Strut over the past few years! 

 Absolutely LOVE Oribe products! They work wonders on my hair. Available at Cheeky Strut. 

Opening for The Band Perry in Grand Rapids. 2010 and 2011. Kimberly, Neil and Reid. 

2011 opening for The Band Perry with Kimberly Perry. 

Can't tell you how much I adored this awesome chevron print in my hair. Inspiring idea by Kaite Lyn. She is pictured above with me when we opened for, Mat Kearney. She is AMAZING. 


Photo shoot with Erthtones Photography. My first time trying bangs (which I think I might have to do again. I really liked having bangs). I ended up using the picture with the flower in my hair for my first full band EP cover. 

 Opening for Jerrod Niemann at The Intersection. Loved these tight curls. 

One of my very favorites! Hair and makeup by Kaite Lyn and Sara Catherine when I opened for Miranda Lambert at Rock the Rapids 2012. I want to do this hair style again. 

Perfect hair and makeup for frolicking through the forest. Photo shoot with t scott photography. Hair Sara Catherine. Makeup Lisa Richards. Cheeky Strut. 

Papers-self lashes. Obsessed. (Available at Cheeky Strut)

Kerastase! These are the products that are currently buy 2 get 1 free at Cheeky Strut. You have to try! The shampoo and conditioner are fantastic.

Pink mohawk for my show with Thompson Square. I freakin' loved this. 

The photo I ended up using for our latest full band EP. Hair and makeup by Sara Catherine for Cheeky Strut. Photography by erthtones photography. 

Photo shoot with erthtones photography. Hair and makeup by Sara Catherine for Cheeky Strut. 

Opening for Little Big Town and Randy Houser. Hair and Makeup by Sara Catherine for Cheeky Strut.

This dark eye makeup was so cool for my show with Big and Rich

 The first time I had pink in my hair. This is one of my top favorite hair styles for a show. I have to do this again. This picture is from the second time I opened for Jerrod Niemann.

 Photo shoot with t. scott photography. Hair and makeup by Sara Catherine for Cheeky Strut.

Makeup by Lisa Richards at Cheeky Strut. Photo shoot ready. :)

Hair and makeup by Sara Catherine (pictured above) for the 2013 CMT AWARDS.

 Love this lady! Awesome Makeup artist. My eye makeup below for my show with Tyler Farr was my absolute favorite eye makeup ever.

 Rockin' the B93 Birthday Bash 2012. My hair was perfect for an outdoor festival. 


Hair and makeup for my show with, Justin Moore at Grand Valley State University

Hair by Sara Catherine - Makeup by Lisa Richards for my photo shoot with Eric Ellis for the AMAZING feature I received from the wonderful, Tieka for her blog - Selective Potential. You have to read and follow her blog! You will love it! 

Nothin' but love. 

xo - Kari 


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hometown love.

This summer we got to do a lot of traveling and play a ton of really awesome shows. I love playing in new places and meeting new people. It's been awesome to share our music with new ears and make so many new friends and fans. I think about it and I can't believe that it is August already. I remember a couple months ago looking at the summer ahead and thinking, "There is no way this is all going to happen in one summer." In June alone--a 30 day month--we played 25 shows. The same goes for July, and August is just as busy. I have to really make it a point to stop myself, looking around and take time to appreciate where we are and what we are doing. It easily becomes a blur of "where do we need to be and when" if I don't stop to take it all in. 

As much as I love being on the road and playing in a different place every night (it's basically my favorite thing ever), I absolutely love those opportunities to play at home base. The last few weeks were awesome for that. We got to travel up north and play in my hometown and we also got to play some fantastic shows right here on my band's home turf. I wanted to share a couple with you guys.

We played at Meijer Gardens this summer to a huge and awesome crowd. I remember looking out from backstage and thinking, "Whaaaaaaa?" There were SO many people there. A lot of familiar faces and a lot of new faces as well. It was an especially special night for us because one of my best friends and also the lead guitarist in my band, Ryder Jones, proposed to his girlfriend on stage. It was pretty neat how it all worked out. <3

Beautiful Night. Fantastic crowd. Photo by: Shaynon Munn

My Grams and Gramps were able to come to the show.
I'm in love with this picture of them. Ryd's mom took this one. :)

"If I may I think I might..."

So fun!

This one's bout ta get engaged and stuff.

 First comes love...

These photos were taken by the lovely, Laura Neiser. 
Please check out her awesome BLOG - Relatively Offbeat

Last week we stopped in to see our friends at eightWest. (eightWest is a local lifestyle show on WOOD TV8 hosted by Rachael Ruiz and Terri DeBoer). It had been a while since we'd been in to see the eightWest crew and they were just as sweet as always. They have been supporting and featuring my band since we became a band. I love the folks there. Everyone is always so welcoming and they really do an awesome job of supporting musicians from West Michigan. 

Check, Check. 

Green Room.

We had another opportunity to play at home this summer for the Lowell Showboat Summer
Concert Series. This show was SO MUCH FUN. I'm pretty sure I was smiling the entire night.
It is absolutely the most incredible feeling to have folks sing your original songs back to you. 
When we were playing my song, "Me and a Bottle of Wine," there were so many folks singing along. 
I looked at every corner of that wonderful crowd and there were people singing along. 
I can't put into words what that does for me. It's the most amazing feeling ever. 

Only about half of the incredible crowd at the Showboat concert.

Beautiful night for an outdoor show.

Sammie gettin' it done.

I loved how folks would just pull right up on the water and watch the show.

Sing, sing.

Thanks for such a fun show, you guys!

This little gal was a heart stealer. She danced and sang all night and then I brought her on stage.
Future star that one.


Matt strummin' away.


More folks watchin' from the water.

Not gonna lie...I wanted to steal this. 

This night was also the loudest folks have ever been to get us to return for an encore. Such an awesome feeling. Thank you all for doing that for us and for rockin' out all night...even though we did sorta, kinda go past the city ordinance time allowed. You gotta fight for your right to party, I guess. :)

Nothin' but love.

xo - Kari 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Let's just never leave...

The guys and I had the wonderful pleasure to play some awesome shows last weekend. 

On Friday we were up bright and early to hit the road to Jackson, MI to play the afternoon show at the Jackson County Fair. We got to meet some nice folks and it was gorgeous outside. Thank you to everyone who bought CD's. You guys made our day. :) 

Right after that show we had to get back on the road and travel 5 hours to get to Bay Harbor, MI to play the Harbor Jam that night. If you have never been to Bay Harbor, you are surely missing out. What a beautiful village! Petoskey has always been one of my favorite places in Michigan. It's just pretty everywhere you look. I was thrilled when we got set to play the Harbor Jam in Bay Harbor knowing we'd get to play in such a lovely little town. 

 Breathtaking view in Bay Harbor

Excited to play! 

The folks putting on the Harbor Jam were wonderful! Can't say that enough. They were all so great to me and the guys. When we arrived, we were treated to an awesome dinner at a popular local spot, "Knot" Just a Bar. The food was excellent and was just what we needed after 7 hours on the road. 

The show was a blast! You can't really go wrong playing on an outdoor stage that is right on the water. Folks brought out lawn chairs and blankets and some even pulled up in their boats and watched from the water. Although it cooled down quite a bit once the sun went down, it was awesome to have so many people stay out for the length of our show, blankets, coats, hats and all. :) 


Rockin' it out at Harbor Jam!

We stayed in the Bay Harbor Village Hotel that night which is hands down the cutest and most comfy hotel we've ever stayed in, with a pretty incredible view to boost as well. It had just about every accommodation you can think of and we were thrilled to drink our coffee and play our guitars on the pretty balcony the next morning. 

Ok, this will do I guess. ;) So prrrrretty. 

Morning coffee and a pretty view.

For breakfast we went to the Original Pancake House and had super tasty pancakes and more coffee before heading out. We could have easily stayed there all weekend. Ha! I think everyone had muttered the phrase, "Let's just not leave" at one point or another during our short stay.  

Pancakes in the Mornin' (Doesn't, Matt look thrilled to get his picture taken?) 

Shenanigans in Bay Harbor.

Ryder being a super hero. 

Cutest place ever award. 

Such a cool place! Thank you all for a wonderful time! We loved playing in Bay Harbor and hope that we can come back soon! 

Saturday we headed straight from Bay Harbor to Clare, MI (MY HOMETOWN!) to play the Clare Brewfest. We had SO MUCH FUN! I absolutely love getting to come home and play. I've been lucky enough to get to do it twice this summer and it is always the best feeling to see so many familiar faces. I got to see my family and tons of old friends. I don't get to play shows often where my entire family can be there and I am blessed that they are incredibly supportive of what I do and give me so much love to pursue this career. We played and folks were singing along and dancing and that made my night. The fact that there was a bunch of really, really good Michigan beer and a lot of the best doughnuts around from Cops and Doughnuts was just an added bonus. ;) 

Look how cute these gals look in their new Kari Lynch Band tanks! <3

Hometown Love. <3

We also got to work with our friends from Timbrel and Harp Productions again. We hadn't worked with them since we opened for The Band Perry at the Clare County Fair in 2011. They are a fantastic audio service. I've recorded in the Timbrel and Harp studio a couple times as well and, Mike is fantastic. Always a pleasure to have good sound and get to work with a hardworking  crew that does a wonderful job. Everyone working and helping put on the event was awesome to us. We had so much fun! Thank you for having us this year! 

Nothin' but love.

xo - Kari