In 2010 I…


As the year is quickly coming to a close, I have been looking back at 2010. This has been a pretty incredible year. It’s time to pat myself on the back, since we all need to be our very own cheerleaders and feel grateful for all that we have accomplished and are blessed with.

In 2010 I…

Got serious about my health and fitness goals, and started running 3 days a week, seen herehere, and here.

Began consistently running 3 miles in under 30 minutes. My PR was 27:28 for my second 5k race in August.

Completed three 5K races,  and one 10k race, written about here, here and here.

Launched a website (technically December 2009, but it counts) and began advertising on theknot.com, which caused a serious surge in my wedding business, seen here.

Worked 7 days a week for over a year, and though this summer almost killed me with the nuts schedule, I made it through and STILL love my jobs.

Learned how to do professional bridal makeup, and have successfully begun making brides pretty on their wedding days, as well as began doing photo shoot makeup, seen here, here and here.

Managed to pay all of our bills on my income alone, at least a few times.

Went to my very first live MMA (mixed martial arts) event and had good seats.

Went to my first (then 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) San Jose Sharks games, seen here

Traveled out-of-state to do hair and makeup, seen here.

Began offering fitness competitors services for hair and makeup with Tiffany through Pumped Beauty, our new business.

Added a dog to our family with Marlo, the hyper English Bulldog, seen here.

Managed to lose (and keep off) 10 pounds, getting to my lowest weight in years, and fitting into a size 6 (and as of yesterday, a size 4 from LOFT and NY&Co!)

I typically don’t make resolutions that stick, but this past year I managed to set goals that were attainable and found ways to stick with them. My fitness goals were met by making “appointments” with friends consistently. Each time I hit a goal, I made new ones to keep myself motivated.

In 2011, I would like to continue on the fitness trend with my first triathlon. I also want to develop my shoulders (hello, delts!) and my bum, which I quite literally ran off in 2010. Business wise, I want to increase my salon clientele,  broaden my bridal reach, and nurture Pumped beauty so it can leave the infant thought stage and become a full-blown influence and standard setter in the fitness world.

Do you make goals or resolutions, and how do you stick to them? Share your 2011 goals with me and I can help keep you motivated!

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Celebrity inspired wedding hairstyles for 2010


I figured you would enjoy a post that details what my brides have been asking for style wise for their hair this season. I collected photos of the most requested wedding hairstyles for 2010 for you to check out, so here ya go! I would love to hear if you wanted any of these looks for your own wedding, or if you had something else in mind!

The side pony. This is hands down the most popular wedding look for my brides this summer. All the girls want some variation of this look. It’s gorgeous, a little casual, and shows off the back and shoulders without having a traditional updo. I love it.

Eva Longoria. This look is printed out and brought to trials, and even day of weddings by girls who want a sexy all up look. Usually the looks end up a little closer to the head, as they have to withstand wind, dancing and long hours, whereas Ms. Longoria had to walk down a red carpet and attend an awards show only.

Taylor Swift. There are many Taylor looks that come my way. I am not a fan of her tight spiral curls, but I understand the appeal for many women, and I do what they want. Taylor Swift has a very unique look, and she carries it well, so why wouldn’t a bride or bridesmaid want to look like that on a special day?

Carrie Underwood. OK, I have to admit Carrie is my go-to celebrity for hairstyles. She always looks fierce, amazing, polished, and classy on the red carpet. I love her hair, makeup, and the gorgeous dresses she is always in. I feel bad for her team, because she goes to a lot of red carpet events, and has to look fabulous each time, so they must have to get extra creative to find new styles for her to wear.

Lauren Conrad. Her twisted back curly updo, seen below in the upper right corner, is second to the side pony for most often requested styles. She’s a cute girl, her style is impeccable, and she has a classy way about her, so I approve. I usually make the twisted back look a little curlier for texture, but there have been many variations this summer.

2010 SAG Awards


So I had so much fun with the Golden Globes last week and decided to pick a few favorites from the recent Screen Actor Guild Awards as well. So, let’s get down to business! Enjoy!

With one of the best turnarounds from the Golden Globes to SAGs, Tina Fey looked much better in a Ferragamo purple dress than in the Golden Globes yucky black dress. She had pretty soft old Hollywood hair and simple makeup with gorgeous drop earings and no necklace to show off her décolletage. I was quite impressed with her style choices.

Ah, Anna Kendrick, she did it again and looked like a cutie in a pink sculptural  dress and weird ponytail thing. It was like she was attempting the Julia Roberts Oscars look from way back when, but JR obviously had some fake hair help and her ponytail was huge, whereas Ms. Kendrick’s pony was just a little sad and tiny. Other choices could have been made.

Christina Applegate was looking very pretty in her light blue dress and soft feminine hair. Simple, low, curled chignon and deep side part.

Oh, Penelope Cruz, thank you for coming back and once again showing how much of a one trick pony you are…ah, girl, I’m just playing, you looked FAB!! Her L’wren Scott dress was totally reminiscent of Kate Winslet’s costumes from Titanic, with those little dangling thingies, not sure, but hey it worked fine! Her hair looked supple, shiny, so pretty, so I forgive you for working the same look a few awards shows in a row.

Okay, so Sandra Bullock rocked the 80’s flashback shoulder pads in her silly Alexander McQueen dress, but hey, who am I to judge what is truly stylish? I really liked her chignon, that’s the perfect style for a girl with gorgeous features and who may be fighting humidity or inclement weather. Go Sandra, I am so glad you did the Blindside!

Oo la la…my favorite of the night….

Kate Hudson redeems herself with an amazing white dress (again, hello Golden Globes same color) and her hair looks awesome! I want a bangin’ body like Kate’s, and I also want to sing, dance, act, and be perfectly bubbly like her, but it is an imperfect world. If I had to pick one hairstyle to claim as a favorite (um, so hard, I love hair!!) of the night, it would hands down be Kate’s. It was sophisticated, showed off the amazing dress she wore, and highlighted the cool open back.