18|8 A Lafayette Men’s Salon

barbershop poster

My husband has been on the hunt for a decent haircut for years. He spent the last decade visiting “his guy” who had old fashioned barber chairs and always handed him a beer as he sat down. He would come home and inspect his hair, trim the bits that were oddly left longer than the rest, and clean up any dried blood. Yes. My husband thought it was normal to bleed when you had your hair cut.

It’s taken many years to convince him that it is weird to cut your own hair right after a haircut and that you should leave a hair appointment feeling like a million bucks, not searching for a band-aid. He has finally seen the light and the search for a replacement has been on for the last year.

Garret has really thick, super straight hair that would stand straight out of his head like a lion’s mane if cut too short. It needs some length and thinning out to lay down. He doesn’t want a difficult or trendy hair style. He wants the “professional” cut from the 1950’s barber poster. He has asked for recommendations and tried various barbers and hair salons. He’s been very unlucky, and I could tell he was ready to head back to his old-faithful and just make do.

We went out for brunch at the Cooperage this weekend and he was grumbling about spending $100 at a fancy-schmacy salon for a cut that was not great. He spotted a sign as we parked that said “18|8 Fine Men’s Salon.” It was like the clouds parted and sunbeams showed him the way to haircut salvation. Apparently, it’s not new and it’s a small chain. We checked it out after brunch and they fit him in for an appointment that afternoon.

18 8 Outside

He couldn’t stop gushing when he got home. They had beer on tap, sports on the televisions, hot towels for your face, neck massages after your wash, and a certified barber on staff who could give you a straight-edge shave if you were feeling extra manly. The best part? His stylist, Alicia, totally fixed his mediocre haircut and gave him a GOOD haircut! Good hair! I’m so glad that he found this place, and I can see the extra spring in his step, that little boost of self-confidence that good hair can give you.

** I’m also keeping 18|8 in my back pocket as a gift giving idea. I think a classic straight edge shave would be such a cool gift to give the men in my life.

xo, Lacey

Lamorinda Easter Egg Hunts 2015

Charlotte at Last Year's Easter Egg Hunt

Charlotte at one of last year’s many Easter egg hunts.


I love to drag out every holiday as long as possible. I look for every holiday event being organized near me and I try to hit as many of them as possible. Garret has a much more pulled back approach to holidays and believes that one egg hunt and one pumpkin patch per year is the perfect amount. Different strokes. So I try to arrange to attend one event with Garret and the rest with family or friends. Oh and the kids. Without the kids it’s weird.


Here are the 2015 Easter events in Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga.


Moraga Juniors  Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Admission includes one Egg Hunt promptly at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., games, face painting, crafts, and pictures with the Bunny! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.moragajuniors.org/events/spring-egg-hunt/,
Where: Moraga Commons
When: 9:00 AM
Price: $10-children 8 and under


Lamorinda Mom’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Egg Hunt, games, face painting, crafts, and a bunny petting zoo. 
Where: Moraga Commons
When: 10:00 AM
Price: Free for members (Members only event)


Lafayette Rotary’s Annual Candy Scramble
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Children will enjoy hunting for candy in Lafayette Plaza.  Bring your basket.
Where: Lafayette Plaza, Corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd.
When: 10:00 AM
Price: Free


Orinda Rotary’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Children will enjoy hunting for eggs at Orinda Community Park.  Arrive early and bring your basket.
Where: Orinda Community Park, 28 Orinda Way
When: 11:00 AM
Price: Free


Walnut Creek’s Spring Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Join us for a fun and festive family celebration! There will be face painting, fun prizes with the Bunny Basket, and hunting for eggs and candy! All ages are welcome!
Where: Heather Farms Park
When: Egg Hunt begins promptly at 9:00 AM
Price: Free



Bunny Brunch – Lafayette Parks and Rec
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Pancake brunch, egg hunt and show is a fundraiser for the Lafayette Community Center .
Where: Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Rd.
When: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Who: Kids, families
Price: Purchase tickets online through the community center – $8 advance, $10 day of event (if available)


xo, lacey