Are You Stealing From Your Salon? On Paper Cover Story

Who Owns Your Color Formulas?

You’ve decided that it’s time to move your career to a different salon. Before you go, make sure you know what’s “yours” to take with you. No matter what your reasons are for leaving, moving on can be tough—often with a lot of “gray area” issues to tackle.Can the combs and tools that you’ve been using for years now be considered your own property? Is the client information on the salon computer “theirs”? In this kind of beauty break-up, who gets what? 

Fellow BTC Member Sarah Davis has decided to split from her salon but was struggling with how to divvy up her coveted color formulas. She reached out to the widespread BTC community for advice on how she should handle this delicate situation: “Help! I’ve worked at my current salon for 12 years and it’s time to leave. Do I have a right to take my color formulas that I created for my clients while I was here? The salon is commission-based and a co-stylist friend of mine told me that what I created while I was employed by the salon is their property. I even read that a salon in NYC was suing a stylist that left with “their” formulas. My concern is the fact that I created the formulas myself…so I feel like they belong to me. Does anyone have any advice/been in this situation?”

You can read the rest of the article I wrote on BTC’s website. 

Thinking of Ditching Turkey for Tofu?

An Inside Look Into the (Mostly) Ups – and Downs – of a Vegetarian Lifestyle

Over the years, vegetarianism has been viewed by some as little more than a passing ‘fad’ diet, a way of life for animal lovers or those looking to try the newest trend in healthy eating. More recently, however, doctors, nutritionists, and everyday people alike are taking a more serious look into the potential health benefits that a vegetarian diet can provide. According to sites such as, vegetarians lower their risk for ailments such as diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension, and many others (as compared to their carnivore counterparts). To get more insight into the vegetarian lifestyle, I sat down with Jennifer DeGeest, a University of Iowa alum and a vegetarian for twelve years.

I started by asking about DeGeest’s inspiration to become a vegetarian and how she feels about the potential benefits of living a meat-free lifestyle. “I think being a vegetarian can be very beneficial to your health if you do it right… I definitely didn’t have health in mind when I decided to become a vegetarian. I was only eleven at the time, so I wasn’t too concerned about that. For me, it just felt morally wrong to kill animals for our own selfish needs when it’s really not necessary.” She adds to her explanation, “Everyone thought it was just going to be a phase, especially my brother. And honestly, that’s why I stuck with it when it started getting kind of hard after I started- just to prove him wrong.”

Indeed, willpower seems to be a main component of maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle. “I’ve never tried, but I would love to be a vegetarian. The nutritional benefits definitely seem worth it, except I just don’t have that kind of self-discipline,” laments 22-year-old Meghan Murphy, a self-proclaimed ‘vegetarian wannabe’. Murphy grew up well versed in the meat-free lifestyle. Her sister had been a vegetarian for 3 years, and her cousin for more than a decade. The only reason her sister stopped, Murphy explains, was because, “She wasn’t getting the protein and other nutrients she needed. Her diet ended up consisting of mainly meat-free junk food, so she went back to a more traditional diet.”

The aspect of adequate nutrition is a main concern of vegetarian skeptics. When asked her opinion, DeGeest believes that there are lots of alternate ways to make up the low levels of protein, etc. typically found in meats and non-vegetarian fare. She lists off vegetarian cookbooks, online resources, and smart shopping as easy ways to keep her health and nutrition on track.  “It’s really not difficult. There are lots of meat substitutions, and you can make a lot of dishes without meat in them, like spaghetti. It just might take some getting used to.”

Going out to eat may be more of a struggle, admits DeGeest; “It is really annoying when I go to a restaurant and have limited choices. There are usually only a couple of non-meat items on most menus and sometimes I have to get an appetizer as a meal or order something special, which I hate doing, but overall it doesn’t really bother me. They’re always willing to leave meat out of something.” If you’re looking for someplace to eat in the Iowa City area, she does mention places such as Red Avocado, Masala, and Oasis as having great meat-free options.

After talking with DeGeest and Murphy, it seems like the potential health benefits are just one of the advantages of becoming vegetarian. Those incentives, coupled with readily available health tips and information on the web make it clear that a meat-free diet is easier to incorporate into your life than you might have thought. Going out to eat has become less of a hassle as well, thanks to an ever growing selection of vegetarian friendly options at grocers and restaurants. If you or someone you know are considering becoming a vegetarian, DeGeest’s advice to you is simple: “Just try it!”

Looking For Inspiration? Check Out Marian Bantjes

At first glance, Marian Bantjes’ blog may seem a little overwhelming. The unusual background, unique layout, and elaborate text all seem to demand attention at once. But after taking a minute to scroll through her site and see her work, it all starts to make sense. Bantjes’ work is rife with bright, eye-catching colors, and intricately detailed patterns that make you stop and take a second look. Being a fan of boldness myself, I was hooked.

The most recent works she has displayed were created for just about everything- advertisements, posters, fabric, labels, maps, book covers…the list goes on and on. Which only makes sense; Bantjes describes herself as ‘a designer, typographer, writer, and illustrator’. Besides these technical skills, she regularly goes on worldwide speaking circuits, has written a book, and has even opened her own design firm. She does it all!

To top off her already impressive body of work, Bantjes has even been contracted to design for prestigious clients such as The New York Times, Penguin Books, Saks Fifth Avenue, and GQ Italia. Check out her work for yourself at her site,