Friday, September 12, 2014

Hot California

For a shoot like this I set each models hair to give it a sexy, natural texture and added extensions when needed.. For the mermaid, long hair I did braids and twists then flat ironed them to create a beachy softness. Mermaid products: lots of Aquage salt spray. Pureology Strength Control hairspray. Pureology texture twist

Photographer Kevin Roche
Wardrobe Seaweed & Gravel
Wardrobe  Crawford Denim
Band Amerika Bear
Makeup Ann Denicolo
Hair Kira Pinski

click on the pictures to create a slideshow:)


Many thanks for fun times, good music, and beautiful fashion.

Photographer Kevin Roche
Wardrobe Seaweed & Gravel
Wardrobe  Crawford Denim
Band Amerika Bear
Makeup Ann Denicolo
Hair Kira Pinski

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Celebrating Freedom! Happy 4th of July!!

My family lives in Williamsburg VA where celebrating our independence from Britain is a big deal! I love watching Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry have conversations with the modern visitors. I love spending my time in the wig shop learning about the hair styles of the colonists. I love walking the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and the governors palace thinking about what it was like when America wasn't quite free, and then when we began our revolution for freedom.

On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress approved it's final wording of the Declaration of Independence. The words that I always remember are the gifts for EVERYONE of "Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness". That sounds like freedom to me:)

What makes me feel Alive, Free, Happy?

friends/family                     new places
rock climbing                      screaming
nature                                  laughing
travel                                   crying
music                                   smiling
hair                                      reading
fashion shows                     ice cream
being in/around water         baby animals
driving in my convertible    sky diving
roller coasters                     kayaking
art                                       rafting
meditation                          learning something new
running                               camp fires
backpacking                       dancing
cooking                              old friends/new friends

always had a crush on old blue eyes...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Glasses and Hair

Do the hair/glasses combo take over your pretty face? 2 quick tips...

 Part off to the side or just close to center..The glasses are  symmetrical so the hair needs to create balance. Diane Keaton has a short part..just about a knuckles length into the hairline then some teasing for volume with soft messy waves.

Glasses and bangs together can make the face appear smaller....expose a little forehead....sweep your hair high into a create length in the face.

 Amelie is always an example of bangs I love..And, within a month or 2 they are side sweeping and long:) These bangs would be super cute with glasses.

Warby Parker Eyeglasses has a Home Try On Program you choose 5 frames for 5 days and Warby Parker ships them to you for free (both ways). Many frames are $95 .. $150 prescription. Check out their line of summer surf inspired hues @

Friday, June 6, 2014

dream...anything is possible...

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
T.E. Lawrence

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Birds of a Feather Fashion Show

and Charity Luncheon benefiting Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego.

Thank you Leonard Simpson (show producer of Fashion Forward) for inviting me to lead this show (hair/makeup) with my incredible team of freelance hair/makeup artists. Always a fun change from cuts/color outside of my La Jolla salon.

What do I love about fashion shows?

The tense energy, the stress that the team is under, models worrying they won't get their makeup/hair done(model: I need lashes, I need lips, I need hair...model: Can I wear my hair like No it must all be the same)(Producer: How much more time until they are done?) short..quick..snappy commands, I love the pressure.

Then it starts to fall into place the lights, the  music, the clothes, the hair all come together in the final minutes.  I love the moment when the models leaves the backstage (finishing touches are happening in a cloud of hairspray.. adjusting clothes, taming flyaways, dusting powder to reduce shine, tying head pieces, looking for tags, strings, frays)

 Then she charges onto the stage.. our model in her full power captivating every eye. She is alive. The energy feels wonderful. I love that moment. On an experienced model the clothes glide down the runway. Her walk is slow, powerful. She captures the light in the fabric. She knows how to make her clothes move. She knows just the look of playful mystery to cast into the audience. An experienced model, a beautiful woman can transform fabric. I love the show.

And, before you know it what took hours to prepare and weeks of planning is over in less than 20 min.

What was backstage like at Birds of a Feather?

This show did not have the usual downtime. We were working on a complicated look with every second that we had. We began models at 9am and were done by 11:45. My team lost count of how many models we did the look for...At least 23 women and 5 men plus a few show staff...That means we had about 10 people through an hour at least..

Our goal was a consistent look, so I led it in an assembly line.( a method I learned working at LA Fashion Week)

For hair we did classic ballerina buns

Amanda Suarez and Maryanne Terrell had the task of smoothing everyone hair, making sure there were no cowlicks or parts, killing frizz, polishing curls..prepping the hair

Connie Novello and Alex Schmoker added lots of wax/gel and brushed hair into ponytails with no bumps, parts, flyaways. very tight and clean.

Danielle Gunderson and Michael Harris finished the hair, wrapping it into a clean chignon and adding extra hairspray to keep it polished.

It was funny because I would start to take a picture and it was always the same model in everyone's chair just moving through..

This allowed for a consistent look rather than having to redo any one model because something was out of place.  Everyone worked well together and flowed through into whatever task was necessary at the moment!! Eventually the hair team all moved into makeup to help with lips, lashes, ect.. hahah there was not a moments rest. WE LOVED IT!


Michael Harris
Maryanne Terrell
Danielle Gunderson

For makeup the assembly line was intense. This look was complicated, and I'm so proud at the consistency that was achieved.

Alisha Balijounas, Emalyn D., Gercy Gaiang did the eyes, lashes, feathers. They were incredible.

Danielle Gunderson drew many of the black lashes under the  eyes.

Kaycee Spicher did many different roles...all of the shimmer for the fairies, lips, skin, a few eyes.

Summer Elliot can take credit for almost all of the complexions..Models with gorgeous skin were coming to her and asking for her expert touch..She gave everyone creamy, glowing skin.

Roxy did some hair, lips, whatever we needed her to do quickly.


Alisha Baljounas
Kaycee Spicher
Summer Elliot
Emalyn D.
Gercy Gaiang
Roxy Garvan

 Dresses by Puey Quinones

Making ballerinas, fairies, and MMA fighter Rich Power look good...hahah pretty fun morning!!You just never know what's going to happen:)

Thanks again to my amazing team and Leonard Simpson for having us!!