PBA Beacon 2017

Just wanted to share that today I was recognized by the Professional Beauty Association for my submission to their Beacon program and received an honorable mention. This means I am invited to participate in the Professional Beauty Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, which they call “PBA Beauty Week“. Events include the Cosmoprof trade show (which I am most excited about), the North American Hairstyling Awards, and about a bajillion opportunities to network and meet with any and all industry related companies and representatives. Attending a convention of this magnitude will be overwhelming for me in a good way – between education, product development, brand awareness, influencers, hair shows, I know I will need to go in there with a plan of action or I will literally lose myself LOL.

Anyways, excited for the event in July and appreciate the acknowledgement of my work by the Professional Beauty Association. Add that bullet point to the resume! You can watch the video announcement of all winners below to see my name, or just fast forward to the 2 minute mark haha (I’m under “Iowa”). A full list of 2017 winners is also available here.

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KC Trip: The Aveda Jam

My model Tomi and I with stylist Jon Reyman

A couple weeks ago I spent the weekend in Kansas City with a group of classmates to attend a hair show called the “Aveda Jam”. The “Jam” show concept/style is new to Aveda and Kansas City was their very first location to try it out. They held it at the Madrid Theatre in the Westport neighborhood and I was fortunate enough to be asked for the opportunity to do a cut or style on stage during the show, essentially “performing” with not only some extremely talented stylists in the midwest region but also with the Aveda Global Artistic Director of Hair Styling, Ricardo Dinis. The show also included Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Hair Color, Ian Michael Black, and featured Van Council of Van Michael Salons. Who else can I name drop LOL? Oh yeah, they also invited stylist Jon Reyman (pictured w/ yes the Kenzo Tiger sweater).

My experience for the Aveda Jam was outstanding. I cannot believe the kind of talent that was on stage and frankly as a student I didn’t feel “qualified” at all to be up there. But hey, when someone asks you to do something like this, you just say “yes” and go with it. I had a little under two weeks to prepare for the show, getting a model and even coming up with a look that I could do on stage in 20 minutes, but didn’t let that stress me out because I knew I would have the support of so many people in the audience. Truly I am so grateful for the opportunity.

Me with Aveda Global Artistic Director of Hair Color Ian Michael Black

Even better than the Aveda Jam show was the “watch and learn” segment that just our group of students got to have with Ian Michael Black and Ricardo Dinis. Basically an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” for hair stylists, we got to watch Ricardo do a full cut and style and get industry insight from Ian Michael Black. This education was so good and “awakening” in terms of my career and passion that I started crying at the end. YES. You read that right. I started CRYING haha. I can’t say I’ve had a public or private cry in a long time so this surprised me. And of course this happened right before we took pictures as a group and with the Global Artists so my face looks swollen. Go figure, I’m an ugly crier but honestly, who cries pretty? One of my friends saw the picture I posted with Ian Michael Black (above) and told me that my face reminded her of Charlize Theron in the movie “Monster”. She meant it in the nicest way possible and we both laughed about it.

Anyways, this little Kansas City trip was such an incredible experience and I am so thankful I got to participate in it. I hope Aveda does another Jam here in Des Moines, and would suggest for anyone to attend this type of show since it is high energy, there’s a DJ and an open bar. It’s definitely a show not just for industry professionals!

PHOTOS FROM THE AVEDA JAM 2017 KANSAS CITY SHOW

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Greenery and Hair Color

First post of 2017 calls for a timely 2017 related subject, right? Real creative, I know. Well here’s something I wanted to discuss back in 2016 but held out for all of three weeks when I started thinking about it.

pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-greeneryPantone recently released it’s “Color of the Year” for 2017 and I just have to give my opinion of interpretation on this and how it applies to the beauty industry. The 2017 Color of the Year “Greenery” is a warm, yellow-green spring shade that will be a beautiful option to try as an eyeshadow with a pink or nude lip. It is so easter-clean-spring-grassish and will look absolutely amazing on people with brown or blue eyes.

Now, with that being said, I MUST demand that people realize where the color of the year is practical and beautiful and where it is absolutely NOT acceptable. Please, please, please, I beg of you, do not interpret the color of the year to be somehow acceptable as a hair color. Read this again, carefully: The 2017 Greenery Color of the Year is not acceptable as a hair color, IN ANY WAY. LOL. I’m sorry to be so dramatic about this but sometimes I just feel people think that the Color Of The Year, once it is announced, is trendy and can go on anywhere and anything. No folks, certainly for 2017 this is not the case when it comes to hair color so don’t even think about throwing in some greenery inspired streaks or doing an all over green color like it.

There’s a reason Oscar The Grouch is so grouchy, ok, and it is because he lives in a trash can and his hair is green. Green on hair, and nails for that matter, is associated with poor maintenance and fungus, so there’s absolutely no reason to artificially recreate a color on your hair that mother nature uses to give off as a warning to others.

So, are we all in aGREENment about this? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fall Wants

Fall wardrobe, how I’ve missed you! Seriously love a comfy sweater dress and pairing it with some knee high boots. You’re covered up (almost completely) but the form fitting duo makes you feel confident and sexy. How awesome is it that this sweater dress from H&M is only $24? It’s a steal!

fall winter outfit idea

H M clothing
$24ย –ย hm.com

Black hat
$45ย –ย generalpants.com.au

NARS Cosmetics lip gloss
bloomingdales.com

NARS Cosmetics nail polish
net-a-porter.com

Feeling Neutral

Fall and sooner than you know it winter – I think of cozy sweaters, boots, coats, and leather. I always gravitate towards grays, blacks, and darker neutral colors. There’s just something not right about wearing a pink or bright and colorful sweater for Fall. Save it for Spring, right?

Seriously excited about this Botkier Leroy Satchel – I just ordered mine today!

simple  and comfy fall outfit idea

Elbow sleeve tee
blackfive.com

Opi nail care
$19ย –ย nelly.com

Fall Afternoon Walk Down Park Avenue

If you’re wearing an outfit this expensive, then you’re probably not going to take a true ‘walk’ down Park Avenue, but rather a walk from your multi-million dollar apartment to your town car. And anyways, a long walk isn’t worth scuffing up your Jimmy Choos, right?

Forget the price range of this outfit. The point is that it’s finally September, and you can pull out your favorite fall wardrobe pieces. I like being able to integrate leather tops and skirts (real or fake I don’t care as long as it looks good) in to my fall and of course winter wear. It’s sexy and sophisticated. dressy work outfit

Floral knee length skirt
societyofchic.com

Jimmy Choo black pumps
jimmychoo.com

Yves Saint Laurent black ring
$290ย –ย selfridges.com

MARC BY MARC JACOBS earrings
$66ย –ย harveynichols.com

Florals For Fall

Everyone does florals for spring, sure, but there’s nothing wrong with integrating florals in to your fall outfits. A little more subtle and a lot less bright than spring colors, but still feminine and gorgeous.

fall work outfit idea

Forever New white singlet
$65ย –ย forevernew.com.au

Carvela black heel sandals
$185ย –ย selfridges.com

3 1 Phillip Lim black bag
shop.harpersbazaar.com

Chanel lips makeup
nordstrom.com

Chanel powder blush
bloomingdales.com