Sun Stories – Zoe – Chapter 3 – Smoke

Zoey comes in and I tell her I have something for her.

Initially, Zoey is a little hesitant, but she’s smart and knOws a hookup when she sees one, and she probably knows I got this bottle at cost.

I place her favorite lotion in the hands of my new Number 1.


That’s Zoey hands holding the bottle of bronzer I gifted my number 1. (Look at those pretty nails)

I love giving presents to people I care about. For me… I love attention, and nothing else. I have no use for any material things anymore.

I’m happy with my my simple uncluttered life now. It’s so beautiful.

Time goes by and we’re in our busy season. I don’t see Zoey for awhile. I know she’s busy with her internship and school at Temple. That’s the beginning of real life and ignition for her.

I think about her occasionally but I really have no idea what’s going on with these students at Temple and their schedules. As much as I adore Zoey, she’s young, and her school, family, and work take priority and we’re just here to give her a tan. I have to have perspective on a girl on the rise.

Hell.. at her age I was in L.A. playing rock and roll in clubs on the sunset strip.

It’s a busy Wednesday night and Zoey rolls in.

“Hey Number one.”

(Delaney is waiting to go tanning and she is visually burned)

“I was going to text you, to let you know I was going to come in.”

“Zoey. It’s so great to see you.”

“I thought I wouldn’t be your number 1 anymore because I’ve been so busy with my internship and school.”

“Oh God no, Zoey. I thought of you the other day and just figured you were busy. You’re firmly my number one dear.”

“Oh yay. I was worried.”

We both sit down in a little corner of the salon and chat. There’s no one near us.

“I like that we can sit down together and chat and catch up.”

“No worries. It’s great to see you number one. How’ve you been?”

“I’m killing myself with finals and working at the Bellevue at my internship.”

“That’s great. I’m glad you’re moving forward with your career.

Zoey looks gorgeous. Her hair is like a river of dark chocolate, her face fresh and beautiful, glasses, and wearing business attire.

I’m so proud of her.

Zoey is moving forward in her life. But still giggly and cute as hell.

She has to wait for her sun bed because it’s so incredibly busy.

She sits on a little cushioned stool and I take a bench beside her. I’m so happy to see her.

It’s been insanely busy tonight. My coworker, Amelia has been amazing. She’s dealt with all of the new intake of clients and all I’ve done is clean beds and do laundry.

I like that, because normally I have to do it all, but it’s so nice to have an assistant to deal with the bullshit and all I have to do is clean beds and do laundry. It’s good for Amelia to deal with the technological parts of this business. It’ll make her a better employee.

Amelia’s amazing, and picks up the slack. She senses that she’ll have to do everything while Zoey is here because all of my focus will be on my current queen.

Its an unspoken agreement, but she instantly sees the value of Zoey and what she means to me in this moment.

It’s funny when this happens.

But we all know when it does.


Zoey goes to tan.  We’re in our busy season. It’s insane in the salon right now. Prom. Weddings. Honeymoon. Formal. Vacation. Tan for summer, etc.

I have seconds to close my number 1.

I’m scrubbing beds and letting Amelia know what’s available for the people waiting.

Zoey emerges from bed number 1.

I’m in the long hallway and she approaches.

“I have to wash my hands.”

I walk beside her.

“Remember how I told you about my friend at Square that hooks me up with free drinks?”

“Oh yea… that’s awesome.”

“So I know you’re crushed until May 12 with school and work.”

“Do you wanna go out after that, Charles?”

Those words from Zoey were like hearing the opening chords of “Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith in 1976.



Mind blown.

“Yea, but it’ll have to be after May 12th. Cause I’m done then.”

“Thank you, Zoey.”

“I should be thanking you, Charles.”


So I’m praying this happens. Zoey truly is my favorite. Beautiful, smart, and full of giggles for my jokes. (Oh she is truly interested in all of my stupid stories!)


Love her!


Have I finally found my true number one?



11 Habits That Make Women Look Worse and Get Sick More Often

Since childhood, we are taught that drinking alcohol and using filthy words are bad habits. However, sometimes even routine everyday actions can have a bad impact on our health and body too. Moreover, those habits often disguise themselves as being healthy. For example, did you know that a relaxing bath with bubbles can be dangerous?

We at Bright Side got surprised at how seemingly harmless habits can affect our health negatively and we feel eager to share our discoveries with you.

11. Wearing nylon tights often

The frequent wearing of nylon tights and tight jeans can promote ingrown hairs on your legs and in the bikini zone. It all happens because the tight material prevents the hair from growing through the skin and instead it starts to grow inside it.

In order to avoid this, you need to regularly scrub and moisturize the skin, and wear cotton or bamboo fiber tights, instead of nylon ones. Cosmetic items sold in special shops can also help fight ingrown hairs.

10. Using a sponge for washing the dishes

Scientists calculated that 1 cubic cm of the dirtiest sponges contains about 50 billion microorganisms. They get on our hands and we then touch our bodies and faces, and as a result, provoke rashes and skin diseases.

Cleanse sponges with the help of boiling water or an alcohol solution. The best alternative is to buy an inexpensive jute sponge — it is 100% natural, decomposes fast, and lasts longer than an ordinary sponge.

9. Consuming a lot of soy products

The protein that soy contains can be a complete replacement for animal protein, while soybeans contain many vitamins that contribute to sustaining a healthy body. When consumed sensibly, soy products help decrease the risk of developing oncological diseases, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Still, we should keep in mind that consuming soy excessively can cause constipation, bloating, nausea, allergies, and a malfunction of the thyroid gland. If a mother overdoes it with the introduction of soy in her diet during pregnancy, she can harm the development of the child.

8. Wrapping your head in a towel after taking a shower

Using a towel for a long time creates a sauna-like effect. The scalp begins to secrete more fat, it gets dirty faster, and it becomes oily.

If you have dry or curly hair, we have an upsetting piece of news for you — a bath towel absorbs moisture and can overdry your hair. What to do? Replace the towel with a cotton piece of cloth or a T-shirt. Your hair will thank you for it.

7. Wiping your face with a towel

Many beauty-bloggers recommend replacing a terrycloth towel with a tissue, especially if you like to wipe your face after washing it or after taking a shower. It decreases the chances of traumatizing your freshly-steamed skin, which could cause wrinkles or micro-traumas.

Use tissues or an individual set of waffle towels by gently dabbing the water to dry your face.

6. Taking a bath with foam or bath bombs

It seems that there is nothing better than lying in a bubble bath or using a special bath bomb after a long workday. Unfortunately, they often contain dyes and fragrances that disrupt the acid-base balance of the microflora in your intimate zones.

That’s why it’s better to not take these baths too often and to choose bath cosmetics carefully, giving preference to the ones with a more natural composition. If the tag shows things like diethanolamine, triethanolamine, and ammonium laureth sulfate, it’s better to not buy and use these products.

5. Drinking bottled water

Some people prefer to drink bottled water, considering it to be more pure than tap water. However, bottled water is actually not subject to the same strict requirements as tap water. More than 50% of the water is still poured into the bottles from the tap, without additional cleaning, which can cause problems with your dental health.

That’s why it’s better to install a filter at home. It will help get rid of the unpleasant tastes and impurities that can get onto tap water due to the bad quality of water pipes.

4. Keeping cosmetics in the bathroom

Oftentimes, cosmetic items are kept in the bathroom. Due to the fluctuations of humidity and temperature, the expiration times of these products decreases and their consistency changes too. Moreover, the light that electrical bulbs emit can heat up and spoil the substances inside.

It is better to keep cosmetic items in a dark place like a drawer, for example, at a temperature between 50°F and 70°F.

3. Wearing flip-flops

When you wear flip-flops, your foot doesn’t have the normal support and this can lead to damage of tendons, pain, and arthritis of the ankle, knee, or thigh. When walking in flip-flops, your feet are constantly tense and this affects your posture and the condition of your joints.

Some flip-flops can be made of plastic that contains bisphenol A, which causes cancer. That’s why it’s better to give preference to more comfortable, better-quality footwear.

2. Dying your hair black

Many hair dyes contain paraphenylenediamine, which gives black and dark brown its tones. It can cause severe allergies, even coma, and the problem doesn’t necessarily appear right after the first dyeing. Dark pigments also have other poisonous elements. For example, coal tar provokes the development of cancer, while lead stays in the body and gets stored in the bones.

Pay special attention to the composition. Choosing hair dyes carefully can protect you from having health issues in the future.

1. Wearing long nails

It’s not for nothing that waitresses and nurses are forbidden to have long nails. Scientists have found that pathogens often accumulate under long nails coated with gel polish. There are more bacteria living under extended nails, than under natural ones.

The longer the nails are, the more complicated it is to clean the space between them and the skin during a regular hand wash. If you have these types of nails, wash your hands thoroughly and don’t forget about the zone under your nails.

What habits are you aware of that are damaging your health?


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Eileen- Chapter 7 – She Returns

I have to admit it. I’ve been missing my hire Eileen. She’s has only been here a few weeks and only works Thursdays and Fridays.

I’ve made it very clear that I absolutely adore this round of hires for the busy season at the salon.

Amelia and Eileen are both beyond outstanding, and crush anyone else we’ve ever had here before.

I see Eileen working here very Spring while she makes her way through law school at Drexel.

Amelia is hitting on all cylinders as usual, but Eileen has to go on Spring break. We’re all ready or these little eventualities when it comes to employing college age girls. We’ll work around it like we always do. I’ll do what I can to fill in and Achilles is simply resigned to the industry.

I know it’s happening, but Eileen is my hire. I really like her. Her experience as a hostess at Olive Garden in St. Louis has served her well here at our salon.

She’s always sweet and calm when she’s dealing with the clients. She’s picked up our system like lightning. Eileen is charming and beautiful.

She’s always dressed appropriately but the thing that she does that knocks it out of the park is her make up.

It’s never over done.

It’s absolutely perfect.

I like feminine women and girly girls. I grew up with three sisters and understand the dynamic of women. But Eileen’s make up is flawless every day. Eileen comes into this salon looking amazing every day.

I love that.

The face of the brand should look great, be friendly, tan and professional to sell our services. Eileen is all of these things.

I couldn’t be happier after all of the garbage that’s passed through this business.

Amelia and Eileen are like a sassy breath of fresh air that this salon so desperately needs.

Sadly it’s all lost on Achilles. He’s out of here at 3pm everyday.

But, I look forward to spending time with these wonderful women EVERYDAY!

We have a great time here. We work hard and we run all night, but it’s a fun job.


Eileen was gone for Spring break. We managed, but I missed her. I was standing at the counter when she suddenly walked in the door. Her lovely face. That smile. The warm soft voice. The rivers of raven hair. I was surprised to see her.

“Eileen…. I missed you!”

“I know. I’m back, so can I tan?”

I’m there killing it with Amelia and I’m happy to see my charge, but I was hoping for a little, “Miss you too”

It’s okay. I can’t except anything from an 18 year old girl back from spring break.

“Can I go tanning?”

I send her to 6 for the full-time. The Cadillac. 52 tubes. 180 watts, 600 watts in the face tanners. Eileen’s half German and Turkish….she takes it and she knows it. Good melanin.

We’re busy this time of year. Amelia and I are in the weeds.

We run the night and take care of all of our tanners. Eileen will be back next Thursday.

A girl comes out of room 6 with a necklace in her palm.

“Yo, I found this. Maybe it belongs to someone.”

I toss it in the drawer at the counter with the rest of all of the lost jewelry, rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. that gets left behind at a tanning salon.


Hours later I get a text from my employee.

“OMG Charles I think I forgot my necklace last night after tanning,.. Please tell me you found a necklace????

“Omg! We did!”

“Thank the lord. Omg!” That was a Christmas gift from Thomas!”

“Necklace is safe and sound.”


So we’ve had our little challenges with our new staff but I love them both and we’re ready to rock through the busy season!

More fun stories to follow!


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22 Halloween Costumes So Clever You’ll Wish You Thought Of Them First

“I love number 19!”

1. A Chicken Strip:

2. Wonder (Bread) Woman:

3. Cardiac Arrest:

4. Ghost Malone:

5. American Gothic:

6. When Life Gives You Lemons:

7. Cereal Killers:

8. A Pumpkin Spice Girl:

9. Bee-yoncé:

10. A Moosician:

11. A Black-Eyed Pea:

12. An Acute Angel:

13. A Freudian Slip:

14. A Gold Digger:

15. Hell On Wheels:

16. A Blessing In Disguise:

17. It’s Raining Men:

18. Llama Del Rey:

19. French Kiss:

20. Tequila Mockingbird:

21. A Stormtrooper:

In case it took you a second: Storm from the X-Men + a Stormtrooper = genius.

22. And A Zom-bee:

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What is a VSCO girl? Meaning behind latest trend taking over your Instagram

WEARING scrunchies, a seashell necklace and rocking a pair of Birkenstocks has taken over Instagram – and it has a name.

It’s called “VSCO girl” and popular among teens. Here’s what we know about the latest social media trend…


One of the most popular VSCO girls is YouTuber Emma ChamberlainCredit: @_EMMACHAMBERLAIN

What is a VSCO girl?

A VSCO girl is all about the accessories and very specific fashion taste.

They wear the iconic 90s scrunchies, brightly coloured backpacks, seashell necklaces and carry a hydroflask decorated with stickers.

A VSCO girl’s brand is to save the environment, so they are usually carrying a reusable straw.

They wear oversized tie-die shirts, denim or biker shorts and ribbed white socks.

For footwear, it can be anything from Vans to Crocs to Birenstocks.

VSCO girls wear little to no make up and keep their hair long and wavy – like they’ve just come back from the beach.

 This meme explains what a VSCO girl is

This meme explains what a VSCO girl isCredit: Instagram

What does VSCO stand for?

VSCO stands for Visual Supply Company.

It is an app that was created in California in 2011.

It allows users to capture photos and edit them with preset filters and tools.

The app lets pictures look like they were taken with a film camera.

What’s a typical VSCO girl?

The typical VSCO girl has a beachy, California style combined with a drop of 2000s or 90s nostalgia.

One of the most popular VSCO girls is YouTuber Emma Chamberlain.

The trend has been criticized for being exclusionary.

The VSCO girl’s love for expensive brands such as Urban Outfitters and Fjallraven Kanken backpack is one of the most criticized thing about the trend.

Also the typical VSCO girl is tall, white and thin – drawing more criticism.



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‘World’s Hottest Weather Girl’ Yanet Garcia Turns Heads In Curve-Hugging Dress

With another new day comes another sexy photo from weather girl Yanet Garcia.

As fans of the brunette bombshell know, the Mexico native has been named the “World’s Hottest Weather Girl” by her fans. Since gaining fame a few years ago, Yanet has already amassed an insane following on Instagram, having over 10.3 million fans on that platform alone. Garcia is well-known for showing off her amazing figure to fans in bikinis, workout gear, and sexy dresses that she wears to work. But it’s her latest post that really has her fans turning their heads to do a double take.

In this new snapshot, the 28-year-old stands on a metal staircase at the TV studio where she works. The stunner poses in profile, showing off her curvy figure in a green dress with horizontal black-and-white stripes. The sexy dress also features a high slit, showing off plenty of leg. The bombshell wears her long dark locks down and straight, and completes the sultry outfit with a pair of high-heeled black ankle boots that accentuate her legs.

Since the post went live on Garcia’s account, it’s earned her rave reviews, attracting over 283,000 likes in addition to 1,000-plus comments. Some followers took to the post to let Garcia know that they are huge fans, while countless others couldn’t help but comment on her amazing physique.

“Amazing curves,” one follower wrote, adding a heart-eyed emoji.

“Gorgeous mami keep doing what u [sic] do,” a second supporter urged.

“Stunning dress and lovely,” another fan wrote, capping off their brief remark with green heart emoji.

Last week, Garcia posted plenty of sexy photos for her 10 million-plus followers — including a few from her place of work. As The Inquisitr shared, the 28-year-old showed off her assets to her army of followers while clad in a pair of insanely tiny white shorts.

The brunette beauty’s toned legs are fully on display in this particular photo, with her leg muscles taking center stage. Garcia’s skimpy shorts hug all of her curves, and she completes her outfit with a barely-there crop top which showcases plenty of cleavage. To complete the hot look, the beauty wears her long dark locks down and curled, as well as a beautiful bit of makeup.

Like her most recent post, this one also earned Garcia rave reviews, garnering over 500,000 likes in addition to 2,800-plus comments — a number that continues to grow.

Fans can keep up with Garcia by giving her a follow on Instagram.


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11 Small Things Guys Notice About You – Even If You Think They Don’t

Yes, they notice things other than your body and your looks.

When it comes to attracting men and knowing how to get a guy to like you, there are a lot of things girls often take for granted regarding which traits men find most attractive in women.

Most of the time, we simply assume that guys only notice a girl’s boobs and butt, and for the most part, that is what guys notice in women first.

However, that’s certainly not all they notice.

Whether you believe it or not, guys notice a lot more than just than such obvious physical features.

Take a look below to see some of the things guys pick up on when they’re talking to you.

Here’s a list of 11 traits men notice when deciding whether or they find women attractive.

1. Your personality

Even the sexiest Megan Fox lookalike will not have much success in dating if her personality is vapid, cruel, or otherwise just bad.

Though it may take guys a while longer to notice a bad personality versus a good one, they do eventually notice it. And that’s often what makes or breaks a man’s desire to date you long-term.

2. Your nails

Most of the time, we associate nail art with fashion choices that are more meant to impress ourselves or other women. But guys do notice if your nail game is on point.

As one of my guy friends said, “Nails are a good indicator of whether or not a girl really cares about herself.”

3. Your financial situation

This may not be the most politically correct thing for me to say, what do guys notice in women? If you’re loaded with money and if they may be more inclined to date you if you have a lot of cash in the bank.

There’s some good reason for this, too. While there are some guys out there who are totally okay with providing girls with money, most guys want to be sure that you aren’t with them for the cash alone.

4. How happy you are.

No one likes a Debbie Downer, especially not a guy who’s looking for love. If you look morose, angry, or suspicious, guys won’t want to be around you.

5. Your self-esteem

You know how you can tell that the guy with the Ferrari that constantly boasts about cash in his bank is actually an insecure mess? Yes, the same goes with guys.

This is doubly true among abusers, who often will purposefully seek out girls that they feel have low self-esteem for their next victim.

6. Your sense of style

People often think that fashion is something that only girls notice, but it’s really not. It’s what guys notice in women.

For some guys, the way you dress can be a major factor in whether or not they want to talk to you. Some even might fetishize certain types of clothing, such as yoga pants or high heels.

7. How active your social life is

Just like girls love to date a guy who has a lot of friends and an active life, guys want to date a girl who’s well-liked as well.

This doesn’t mean that you need to be Miss Congeniality, but it does mean that you need to have a life if you want to get a man.

8. How much common sense you have

If a guy wants to date for the long-term, he will want to look for a girl who has common sense and is capable of handling her own stuff without being babysat.

A girl who can’t actually think without making terrible mistakes in judgment isn’t sexy — at least, not if you’re looking for a serious relationship. Trust me when I say they notice this.

9. Your smile and your laughter

Both are things guys like to see a lot of and their absence is equally noticeable. There’s a reason why the girls who seem to be laughing all the time tend to get the most guys, you know!

10. Your scent

Most guys I know go a little bit crazy over the way a girl smells — perfume or otherwise. If you wear perfume, they’ll probably notice your signature scent. If you have a distinct smell, they’ll also notice that, too.

It’s a good thing, too, since that tends to be the first of a person’s senses to trigger memory.

11. How open you are to love

Speaking from experience, I can tell you that what guys notice in women is if they are hostile towards men.

On the other hand, if you’re very open to getting a new boyfriend, guys will be willing to talk to you.

Go figure, right?


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