A Close Shave.

Recently, my husband took a turn into his mid-life
and celebrated his 30th birthday.

{30? Really?}

Since we have been a little "experience" heavy lately,
it was actually really hard to think of an activity
that was worthy of such a monumental day.

I'm not sure how well I actually did at the overall day...
but I know I did two things right.

The first was booking dinner at the OXO tower
overlooking the skyline of London.

(One point, me. One point for you, too, if you go when you visit London.)

The second was taking Tyler to 
to primp & pamper him.

This quirky salon is the brainchild of Ted Baker.

Apparently, after experiencing a traditional Turkish shave in Turkey (duh),
Ted came back and opened up a shop to recreate the experience.

It's pretty fantastic, I must say...
and it wasn't even me with the appointment!


The clothes the barbers wear are awesome Ted Baker clothes.
They all are the same... but they all rock.

You get treated to some mean Turkish coffee for you while you wait.

They move giant razor blades around men's throats like it's no big deal.

How smooooooth Tyler's face was for days. Lovely.

They have bowls of matches & combs to take for free...
except you may realize when you get home, they aren't actually matches...
they're condoms.

And I made a joke about never having "these" 
when I need them to the guy as I shoved a handful in my purse.

And he giggled.

{Editor's Note: Sign up for 'Anti-Moron' coaching class immediately.}

Oh well.. regardless of the impression I made there,
the important thing is: Tyler really liked it.

And that's good...
because now that he's 30,
there's not as much to be excited about.

I kid, I kid.

PS. Im headed to Scotland for a "wee" work trip today
where I'll be hopping around Edinburgh & the country for a few days.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. Haha, the matches/condoms thing made me laugh!! Love the idea, though- I keep harassing Paul to get a proper barber shave, maybe this will help my cause! Happy thirtieth to Tyler, and have an excellent time in Scotland! I'm plotting a return trip to Mull soon... I love Scotland!

  2. hahaha, that's hilarious! I'm pretty sure I would've said something awkward too w/o realizing it. Happy 30th to Tyler!

  3. Happy Birthday to Tyler! And sweet Lord, I am dying of giggles at the condom story. TOTALLY something that I would do.

  4. Wow how brave! I would have shakin' in my boots had I been Tyler with those blades moving around my face like that. What a cool experience, though. And the "matches" story is so funny! Maybe you'll never see that guy again? Maybe?
    Happy 30th to your hubby!

  5. He's a legit European now, going to a barber and everything. What a neat experience... and what an awesome souvenir. Giggle.

    PS... Scotland? My heart just jumped when I read that. Have so much fun!

  6. Happy Birthday Tyler! Hilarious about the condoms, totally something I would do. Ted Baker condoms though, that sounds pretty awesome. :)

  7. BAHAHA!!!! This post made my day.
    Eat Cake

  8. Hhahahah! This made me laugh. And that place looks so cool!! Wish I were in London to give me boyfriend a little trip to Ted's Grooming Room! I'll have to remember it if we go there anytime soon!


  9. What an awesome barber shop/salon! I wish we had something like that in town for my man.

  10. happy 30th to your husband! Corey turns the big 3-0 on Thursday!!!

  11. Happy birthday to your hubby! A barber shop experience looks like fun, and I am still giggling over the "matches" hehe

  12. What a cool gift. Looks very fun.

  13. I am not sure I would let my husband get a shave like that haha I would be afraid.

    I wasn't sure if you went to Harding or not since there are many blogs attached to your account. My family is orgiinally from Arkansas and those little towns :)

  14. I love this gift! My guy is 30 in June and I have no idea what I'm going to do for him. I wish there were something like this in Oklahoma. Matt uses a razor like never but I bet he would love this. Happy birthday to Tyler!

  15. Happy birthday Tyler! What a fun birthday treat - and those anti-moron classes? Can I get in on that? I need those too.

  16. oooh I see this every time I take the bus 55 to go home from Oxford Street, I have always been curious, well now I know! I'll show it to N!

  17. Oh my goodness! I seriously think this is the best present a guy could get! I had similar thoughts for Flip the other day, when he had to go and get a haircut, but the guy is sooo stubborn, that we ended up shaving his hair off in our kitchen.

  18. Oh my goodness, the 'matches' incident made me laugh SO much.
    Welcome back to Scotland - hope you have a great time! If you're in Edinburgh, check out the French Fancies on London Street (don't be put off by the fact it's in a basement. It's awesome) :-)

  19. That looks like a great idea. My BF likes to play the manly man card, but I know he enjoys a good pedicure or massage now and then. I think he would love this. Wish there was one in San Diego!

  20. oh wow, that place looks incredible! what a fun little birthday gift!
    p.s. so very jealous that you'll be headed to scotland! have so much fun!
    xo TJ

  21. This looks like such fun!!!!! My husband's birthday is in a couple weeks and I've been racking my brain!!!!


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