I first met Lisa, aka “The Nail Lady” or “The Purple Lady” a few years back while visiting my sister in Roanoke, VA. Lisa does my sister, Mary Ann’s nails – has for many years. In fact, she did my mother’s nails for many years and still does on occasion when Mom takes field trips with Mary Ann from her new digs at Richfield. (See my Blog post, “Creating Comfort In An Assisted Living Facility”.) Lisa boldly lays claim to understanding our family dynamics better than we do. You see, Lisa doesn’t wear blinders when she works with clients. She sees what she sees plain and simple. Oh, the stories she could tell…
Anyway, my sister and my mother both had nail appointments so I tagged along. Truth be told, I saw this as a fun time to visit with Mom and Mary Ann while enjoying the peace and relaxation of watching them get manicures and pedicures. We even stopped along the way and picked up munchies for the three of us to enjoy while we were there. (Lisa is so easy going that when we three women made it a social gathering she was fine!)
Now remember, I am an Interior Decorator. Imagine my surprise when I walked in the front door of her home and salon (the salon is built on the back of the house). Her salon being an extension of her home should have been my first clue as to the unique world I was entering! The world of “The Purple Lady”.
Purple, and lots of it was everywhere. I mean E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.!!!
Oddly enough, I found it incredibly charming. Then I entered the doors to her salon…
Where are Ouiser, Shelby and gang?
Stepping into Lisa’s salon was like being smack dab in the middle of Truvy’s Hair Salon in the hit movie, Steel Magnolias. I realized that her salon, like Truvy’s was a meeting place. It was a place to gather, confide in and receive support from other women. What fun! No rush, no clock ticking and no need to hurry. Going to Lisa’s was an experience in rejuvenation.
Since that first visit, I have gone back whenever I am in Roanoke and my sister has an appointment. I wouldn’t miss being treated to Lisa’s world for anything. Just like Truvy’s salon, Lisa’s shop is sheer delight and you never know who is going to stop in to chat or what is going to happen while you are there. I love everything about it and now understand how perfectly well her colors match her.
The Psychology of Purple
In the western world, the color purple symbolizes wealth and royalty. Varying shades of it such as violet symbolize good judgment. The color purple is very often the favorite color of adolescent girls. As adults, it symbolizes creativity and eccentricity.
Well Lisa, no surprise there! You fit the bill for being creative, eccentric and still in touch with your inner child!
Purple has both mental and physical affects on us as well. As I stated in my Blog post, “The Power of Color”, color affects both mood and behavior. Purple’s affects are to calm, uplift and offer a sense of spiritual peacefulness to those exposed to it.
No wonder Lisa does so well in her chosen career. By the way, most of her clients have been with her for over the entire span of her career, close to twenty years or so. I have no doubt that her soothing surroundings add tremendously to her success. Of course, there’s something to her listening ear, too!
Funny what color can do to folks. Lisa told me that one time she decided to repaint her salon. She changed it to a really shocking pink. Lisa told me that it was fascinating to observe the changes in her clients. While sitting and getting nails and toes done, many clients acted moody and irritated just like Ousier Boudreaux (played by Shirley MacLaine in Steel Magnolias) when in one scene she summed up her sourpuss attitude by saying, “I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood 40 years”. Lisa absolutely believes the bold pink affected her clients in ways they didn’t even realize so what did she do? She repainted the salon the soothing violet! Attitudes went back to normal instantaneously.
She’s proud as a peacock!
When I first decided to write about Lisa and how she lives in a world of purple, I visualized a peacock. Strutting her stuff just like a peacock showing all its living color, Lisa is the perfect example of someone true to her spirit. Not only that but, a peacock usually has some teal in its body and guess what color Lisa retires to every evening in her most personal space, her bedroom? Teal, of course! Like a peacock, Lisa spreads her beauty for all to experience.
You go girl! Keep spreading to others your multitude of gifts all the while immersing them in calming shades of purple!
And now for the back-story:
As I said, when I visualize Lisa I think of a peacock. So, I wanted to use a shot of one for the opening picture. Since resident photographer Susan Muehl had not yet captured the beauty of one for me in nature, I knew I was out of luck and would have to use something else for the opening picture and so I readied the post with a picture of a beautiful purple flower. To my absolute surprise, the next day Mary Ann randomly texted me a picture of a peacock that had appeared in her yard from where we don’t know. The peacock seems quite tame and has been named “Larry”. I call this “Synchronicity at its finest”. I needed a peacock and Larry showed up!