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I have been growing out my grey hair for a year. I was really curious to see how grey it was, and I hoped I could cash-in on the silver hair trend! A couple of pixie-cuts later, and I love my new color!

This led to the need for new headshots, since all of my social media photos are with red hair, and, they’re five years old. I got a referral from a friend and booked a session with a photographer in a sweet little town north of where we are staying.

I arrived early, so I took advantage of the cool morning to walk around the town square and dispel my jitters, looking in the not-yet-open storefront windows. When I came to an interior design store called Diva, I stood transfixed, practically drooling over the perfectly  displayed furniture and decor. It was like Alice’s Wonderland.

I must have looked like a safe bet – my hair and makeup done, a black sheath, and platform sandals – because the manager, Martin, came to the door, unlocked it, and invited me in!

He told me the story of how he came to be manager: He wanted to work there so much that he showed up day after day, offering his help. When it became obvious he wasn’t going away, they hired him. 

I told him about growing up in my father’s interior design store, and my favorite place was the basement where all the drapery and upholstery fabrics were kept. In the late 60’s, early 70’s, I made slouchy shoulder-bags and long, fringed vests out of pieces of tapestry. I’d bring home silky scraps of embroidered fabric and custom-patch the knees of jeans, or exaggerate my bell-bottoms by opening the seam, adding the embroidery piece, and making them huge!

But here’s the best part… When I told Martin I was meeting a photographer for a headshot, he invited me to use Diva as my backdrop. Why would I refuse such a kind offer? I am very pleased with the photos; I felt like a diva, and I am certain it’s because of the gorgeous environment. In it’s own way, it was like “arriving” and going home, all wrapped into one!

If you’re ever in Georgetown, Texas, stop by Diva and visit with Martin and Blanche. She is the charming redhead. They’ll treat you like long-lost friends, too.

XO Donna


  • Diane August 16, 2018 at 11:44 am

    A Diva in Diva. Does it get any more perfect?!

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      You are so funny, Diane! But, yes, it was a pretty perfect morning!
      XO Donna

  • Laurie Stone August 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

    You look wonderful! I go back and forth between trying to go au natural. Very sick of coloring my hair. You give me hope.

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Why thank you, Laurie!! All grey hair needs is a great haircut and pretty lipstick, go for it!
      XO Donna

  • Victoria August 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    What a cool name for a shop. I started letting my hair go natural in Jan. and I love it. I have a lot of white in the front.

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      I think so, too. You’re so lucky!!! So many of the grey-haired women I studied on Pinterest have beautiful white hair in front. So chic!
      XO Donna

  • 1010ParkPlace August 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t have the nerve to go grey, but it is a pain to keep coloring the roots!! Love grey hair on you however, my darling diva!! xoxox, Brenda

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      It was a pain, for certain, but worth the risk. And I love the color more as time goes by. (What a great name for a song… )
      Thank you for the sweet compliment, Brenda!
      XO Donna

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski August 17, 2018 at 12:51 am

    The pictures are beautiful. I love the background too with the furry throw rug. I’m still going with very dark brown that seems to get red as it fades.

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Rebecca. You’re right, that fur throw was wonderful, and just out of shot was a huge fur pillow! You would have loved it, too.

      XO Donna

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au August 17, 2018 at 2:00 am

    What a fantastic series of events – I keep telling myself I need to have a professional “head shot” for my blog and FB page and keep putting it off because it’s just too out of my comfort zone. Maybe I need a fabulous store to offer to be my backdrop to inspire me 🙂

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you, Leanne. A professional headshot is a wonderful (and necessary) thing. To get it “in” your comfort zone, ask around for referrals from friends with great headshots – that’s the result of collaboration, meaning your friends were made to feel comfortable. And, what’s the harm in telling a store you love them, would love to have your new headshots done there, and that you’ll write all about them in your blog?
      Go for it, and please let me know what happens!
      XO Donna

  • Jane Lynn August 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    You are beautiful! And I remember making fabric inserts for my bell bottoms too!

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      You are too kind, Jane, thank you! Wow, it’s so rare I meet anyone else who did it, too! I don’t see why we can’t do it again (using luxurious fabrics) since flares are in style again! I will if you will. 😉
      XO Donna

  • Emily Gaffney August 20, 2018 at 7:09 am

    I’m inspired! You and I have virtually the same haircut… and I think I’m virtually the same age… and I believe my *real* color is virtually the same as yours! Thanks!

    • Donna O'Klock August 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Well, Emily, I guess my work here is done! LOL. I hope you go for it, and let me know how it turns out and how much you love it!
      XO Donna

  • Mona Andrei August 22, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Truly stunning!!!

  • Beth Havey August 22, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    YOU LOOK AWESOME!! And you also know how to pose. You go Girl!

  • Mamavalveeta03 August 25, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    You look GREAT, Donna! I especially love your bangs pushed over to the side… super-flattering and modern looking!
    When my hair finally gets grey enough all over (It’s currently “mouse” when it grows out….not the most flattering) I intend to stop coloring it. Oh for my grandpa’s beautiful head of snowy white hair!

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