Inspired by: Gossip Girl

Love it, or love to hate it, Gossip Girl makes for one terrific guilty pleasure. I’m not one to watch the show while it is airing on TV, but I have caught a season and a half on Netflix awhile back, and it’s pretty fun. Twisted, petty, cruel, gorgeous, but altogether a mindless TV show that intrigues me like any good guilty pleasure show should.

I mainly began watching GG for the stunning hair, makeup and of course the amazing wardrobes that cast sport, but the drama and relations the characters go through is also pretty fun, I must admit. I have received so much inspiration for photo shoots, brides and everyday life from the hair and makeup used on GG, it’s always flawless and beautiful. What I wouldn’t give to be the assistant to the head hairstylist for Gossip Girl, I know I could learn so much! Oh and can I have Blake Lively’s hair already? She is just a knockout, and has the best hair ever. Sigh.

Though I am nowhere near caught up on the seasons, I still managed to read the entire book series this show is based on, in a 2 week period last year. Have I mentioned I love young adult fiction, and books in general? Well, that will be another post for sure, because books and reading make my life complete. Enjoy some eye candy, on me today!

Neon Youth

Ahhhhhhh, the joys of summer!

I am particularly blessed with a fantastic job that allows me to really enjoy a summer much like a school kid gets to. I take the kiddos to theme parks, movies, frozen yogurt, let them play video games, hang with their friends, and have a lot of fun doing it all. That is why I decided to capture some of the fun!

Bryn and her best friend Sophie love neon colors, and will wear these intense colors daily. Bryn inspired me to create a photoshoot using bright colors for wardrobe and makeup, style nice and easy summer hair, and play around outside, enjoying the sunshine and summer. All we needed was a lemonade stand and melting popsicles to really make this a super summer spread! This is my ode to summer, please enjoy!

Summer is a time for tea parties with your best friends

Summer is a time to reach for new heights, exploring the bonds gravity may, or may not, have on you

Summer is a time to laugh with your loved ones

Summer is a time to get a little sassy

Summer is a time to look ahead

Summer is for taking afternoon naps, just because

Summertime is for climbing trees

Summertime is for bubble blowing

Summertime is for freckles

Summertime is for daydreaming in vivid colors

Summer is a time for hide and go seek

Summertime is for best friends

Inspired by: Marie Antoinette

I’m not sure why, but the other day, I could not stop thinking about Marie Antoinette, the Sophia Coppola film with Kirsten Dunst.

I dragged Billy along to the theater to see this film when it came out in 2006, and I was disappointed at the time by the film itself, but my oh my, the fashion! The Hair! The Makeup! The Colors! The Desserts! It was a feast for the eyes, and I am now reliving the beauty, years later, and it is way better the second time around! I borrowed the DVD from my local library, and really paid attention to the details, the story line, the costuming, hair and makeup. It really is a nice film, but such a tragic story for Marie. I would hate to be married off to a man I’ve never met, taken to a foreign country, stripped of all my earthly possessions because they do not belong in the new court, live in a loveless marriage for years, criticized, watched, made into a new person, all to fit a model of what someone else thinks is right for the Queen of France.

I loved the food in this film! So. many. desserts. YUM!

Oh the sparkles! Oh the fun!

The makeup and hair were stunning! Look at this, gorgeous!

Oh, la la!

I think I am going to dress as Marie Antoinette for Halloween this year. What? It’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween! It’s my favorite time of the year (Autumn), and I love candy, dressing up, and fun parties!

Pretty people

I have always been blessed with gorgeous friends. I can’t help it, I attract pretty people into my life. I don’t discriminate, it’s just a proven fact that the people who come into my life and stay are usually very lovely, on the inside and out.

Part of my recent vacation was spent making my friends even more beautiful. As all of my readers know, I took a bunch of makeup classes and have been building my kit and skills. Part of that is to work on my timing, getting it down to about 45 minutes per person. Like most things in life, practice makes perfect, so I took a day to practice on a few willing friends. We focused on airbrushed foundation, and pretty eyes, and we had a blast!

Sharon is one of my running buddies, and a total rock star of inspiration for me. She has completed at least 2 triathlons that I know of, and has a half marathon and at least one more triathlon coming up this fall, with more next year. She runs several times a week, and I have gotten to run with her a few times when she takes “short runs”, which are the equivalent of my normal 3 miles that I think is tortuously long! After taking these photos at our session, I’m going to have to come up with a photo shoot to use her in, because my camera LOVES Sharon, and I’m dying to get more photos of her! Check out her killer smizing-that’s smiling with her eyes for all of you sillies who do not watch America’s Next Top Model! Yowza!

I put the rest of my makeup “appointments” on the following day, to test my speed and make myself stay on a timeline. I started the day with my friend Brittany coming in for her 1st bridal makeup trial. We have known each other since middle school, been close on and off throughout the years, and recently got together for dinner with our men. We chatted about her upcoming wedding (10/10/10 yeeee!!) and of course I asked about her hair and makeup, because I always like to offer my friends my services when  I can. She is having her cousin do her hair, but hadn’t made a commitment for makeup for herself, or hair for her bridesmaids yet, but knew she wanted to have airbrushed makeup. Well, I can offer that, and so I did! Brittany has been really committed to her health and fitness lately, and lost an amazing 30 pounds, but let me tell you, she has always been beautiful, no matter the weight, and now she just glows. I can’t wait for her wedding in October, she is going to make such a gorgeous bride!

Samantha was my next “client”. Sam and I met in high school, and I now cut her hair regularly. She just cracks me up with her fun single girl stories (come on dudes, she a catch!),  and I love hearing about the celebrities and former classmates she runs into at her serving job at Outback, and she is also totally motivating me with her several days a week Pilates class she is taking at a local junior college, for fun! She let me play up her eyes a bit, and we really liked the outcome.

I then packed up my gear (really, it is gear, and it requires packing. Have you seen my Batman utility belt?? It holds all of my brushes and is a major part of my gear) and headed over to Karina’s house. She has two adorable little girls. Victoria who is 4, even let me put the tiniest little shimmer on her eyes, and Alexis who is 9 months wanted to be a part of the action and got to sit on mom’s lap and witness at a young age the art of beautifying oneself. Karina was on the staff of my high school church youth group, and I loved counseling with her after I graduated. She is one of the sweetest, most down to earth mammas I know!

I came back home, set my gear up on the kitchen table, and then got to lay on the couch for a bit before my next appointment arrived. I totally get why makeup artists will carry all of their gear in large rolling cases, AND lug a director’s chair with them, the strain on your back when you bend over, even slightly, to apply makeup to a person sitting in a low chair, is excruciating. I may have scoliosis, and undergone two spinal fusions to correct it, but I rarely if ever suffer back pain like this. I will be investing in a tall chair shortly to remedy this aching, it’s so worth whatever money to save my back!

Amber was my last appointment of the day, and she is no stranger to being my model. She came in for one of my makeup classes a few months back, and we did the “Lux Bride” look on her, which was very natural, light handed, and pretty. She requested a darker, smokier look this time around, and I was happy to oblige! Amber and I met in high school, and recently reconnected through the wonder of social networking. Begin rant: What did anyone do before Facebook? I can see why class reunions were appealing once upon a time, but now we don’t have to suffer the indignity of eating terrible food and reliving our glory days of high school in a crappy hotel ballroom/rec center/high school gym, because we can just Facebook stalk them and check out what they are up to without ever having to actually speak to them! And I digress…. Amber is lovely, and I really enjoyed the new look we did with her makeup!

I just have to throw in these last few photos! My besties Sarah and Diane and I got together for a girls night a few weeks back, and we played with makeup then as well! I don’t know what it was exactly that got Diane laughing in that last picture, but it’s absolutely awesome.

Katie is married!

This past weekend I had the distinct honor of providing hair and makeup services for Katie. She and I know each other from high school, and through her siblings who I have been close with throughout the years. She was a calm and collected bride, taking the day in stride, not letting anything phase her. She was patient and relaxed, such a nice change from a lot of the frenzied activity that can accompany a bride on her wedding day. It was a pleasure working with Katie!

Katie and Josh chose Saratoga federated Church in Saratoga, CA as their ceremony location, and had their reception right across the street at the Saratoga Foothill Club, which was designed by the famed Julia Morgan. The White’s are not a particularly decisive bunch, so I had all of the sisters collaborating on Katie’s hair and makeup, making sure we were all achieving the desired look, which made me happy, because it’s nice to see a family that knows each other so well, as to provide the proper feedback one needs on a wedding day. Katie is the first bride I have provided makeup services for, so of course I was a little nervous, but she is such a trooper and left her makeup in my hands, foregoing a trial, and saying I could make her up so she would look nice in pictures, but still look like herself. I used soft neutral browns, and some peachy bronzes for her eye shadow colors, and applied individual eyelashes to make her eyes pop, used a soft pink blush on her cheeks, and a natural rosey lipstick and gloss to give her a polished and natural look. Her hair was simply curled, and a small portion was caught up at the crown of her head to secure her veil in. Katie was absolutely glowing- such a stunning bride- and I was so happy to be a part of her day.

5k and a TV pilot- in the same day!

It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!! The Henry Coe Park 5k  that I have been training for the last 3-4 months is tomorrow morning! In the last 4 months I have: sweat gallons, had more aches and pains than I knew what to do with, lost 7 pounds (woo hooo!!), ate cleaner than I have in years, listened to Lady Gaga more than I thought I ever would, accomplished so much, and made myself proud.

My goal: to finish the race in 31 minutes. This is on par with my training, knowing I run a consistent 10 minute mile, and the course is 3.1 miles. If I can do it quicker, great!

Now, I had originally planned on going to a yummy crepe breakfast at a restaurant in Gilroy after the race, but a few days ago, one of my salon co-workers called and offered me a really cool opportunity. His karate master instructor John Ozuna of KO Karate has a book coming out soon, and is hoping to launch a TV program called “Save Your Life” to correspond with the content of the book- using martial arts training to overcome obstacles in your life. Some of the stories he writes about are a Holocaust survivor using martial arts to battle the emotional demons and scars from what he went through, a child with autism who is able to “come alive” and interact with his family and friends through martial arts, and also how the master himself used his training to deflect a violent situation that erupted on the street in New York.

We will be filming the last scene as part of the pilot tomorrow, after my 5k. Truth time? Yes, I think so. I am freaking SCARED to do this project! I have worked on a film previously, but I did hair, and occasionally touched up powder and lipstick when the makeup artist was off set. This is my first project where I will be key makeup and hair. I have this slogan that I have stuck with for the last 4 years: FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. I have to embrace this idea tomorrow when for the first time I am completely accountable for how the actors look.  No pressure or anything.

I think if I am asking for any good wishes and luck, that it be for the filming, rather than the running. The running I have down, but the filming….yeah.

One last thing: good makeup is SUPER expensive!! Building my makeup kit has been quite the ordeal. I never imagined the cost makeup artists had to stomach when building their kits, because as a hair stylist, I buy bobby pins and products occasionally, and can use the same irons, products etc for every person. Not the case with makeup. Every person has a different skin tone, needing different makeup colors, and I have to provide them! Whew. You would not believe the amount of money I have spent the last 2 weeks, and I won’t share, because most went on credit, and that’s way scary!

Wish me luck!