Passion - Italy

Passion

What are you passionate about and why is this important today to find your passion?  In a world where stress is an everyday (or every minute) occurrence, is it even possible to be relaxed?  I feel like the answer is passion.  When you are following your passion, everything goes smoothly, you are happy, life is easy and you can attract what you want.  I am very passionate about beauty.  I look for and see the beauty in everything from fashion to nature, art to wine, beaches to jungles.  Beauty is everywhere and there is no accident that when you see it, you can’t help but take a deep breath in.  When you have a passion, you get lost in the moment, loose track to time, get transported into a different world.  It’s so exhilarating.  So, how do you turn your passion into something bigger than a high?  I’m asked all the time how did I start my business and here is the answer.  I sat down and made a list of all the things I was passionate about.  From people getting compliments everyday to having a feeling that I don’t work while at the same time, making a great living.  At the end, I stepped back and took a new look at my list.  I thought “what? Is it possible?  Really?  I can just take everything I wrote down and create a thriving business?”  And so it began.  I was lucky enough to believe it could work.  In a world where people work hard and their passion is secondary, how can you flip it and follow what you love?  I think the most beautiful thing is passion (and love).  Maybe our passions are our access to less stress, lower blood pressure, less disease, among other things.  Try it, I can’t wait to hear what you find.  Here are a few of my passions.

Passion - family

My amazing family

Passion - Italy

Amalfi Coast

Passion - Nature

Amazing Colorado

The Style Studio by Keri Blair

The Style Studio by Keri Blair

Feeling great about your body

Feeling Great About Your Body

Feeling great about your body could be one of the most difficult challenges we face.  As women, most of us deal with our relationship to our body on a daily basis.  I have found over the years that it’s the same story with a woman who is a size 2 or a size 20.  As women, we aren’t gentle with ourselves and in fact judge our bodies daily.  I was watching a piece on the Today Show yesterday morning on a woman, Joni Edelman, who blogged about this very issue.  She was very unhappy and practically killing herself over the years to be thin at the cost of not enjoying her life.  Now up many sizes, enjoying her life, she says, “I am happy.  I’m fat and I’m happy.”

Feeling great about your body

Body

I also love this photo and the project Neringa created called We.Women.  She said her goal was to challenge the ‘mass hypnosis’ that the omni-present media portrayal of the ‘perfect’ women creates. Check out this amazing project and more photos here.

I hope you know, I don’t have an opinion on what you should weigh, eat, the size you are or anything else about your body.  It is precisely that, your body.  I do however have an opinion about your happiness and your willingness to embrace yourself today and every day.  I know that this is easier said than done but here are a couple of tips I have to love your body.  I’ve given these tips to countless clients over the years of dressing them and the results they have had is AMAZING!  They actually begin to love themselves as they are now.  I hope these tips work for you and your friends.

My tips to love your body.

Tip #1:  Be gentle with yourself.

Tips $2:  Every morning stand naked in a full length mirror.  See how long you can look at your body.  In the beginning it may only be a moment in time but if you do this every day, you can work your way up to a minute or longer.  While you are doing this, take the time to look at parts of your body and see if you can appreciate them for what they are.  Maybe you don’t love your stomach but you can learn to appreciate that why you have that stomach is because you have an amazing child or children.  Maybe you can love it because it represents all of the fabulous meals and wine you’ve had celebrating your amazing life.  Your body is an incredible vessel for you each and every day.

Tip #3:  Buy clothes that look great on you now.  Not 5 pounds ago and not 5 years ago.  Our bodies change frequently and it’s best to change your clothing style with it.

It’s important to get the word out that a woman’s beauty comes from within.  It’s the way she smiles, loves, listens and leads.

Balayage

Balayage Technique – A must

BalayageBalayage technique what?  That’s exactly what I said.  Recently I wanted a change to my hair.  After spending the last 2 + years as a redhead without highlights, and the prior 5 + years as a redhead with blonde highlights, I was ready for a change.  I thought I was ready to try the Ombre look until I met my new colorist Jennifer.  She told me the best way to achieve the look in the pictures I brought her was the Balayage technique.  Now, I am an expert in the beauty industry and am embarrassed to say I had no idea what this Balayage technique was and in fact it took me hours to learn how to say it.  Apparently it is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint.  Which is exactly as it looked.  After mixing my two or three different colors, Jennifer, my stylist, pulls out a paddle with a special brush and it seemed more like watching a painter than a hair dresser.  I was amazed and LOVE the results.  Apparently this is the look we’ve been seeing on all of the catwalks and with all of the celebrities.  It looks sun-kissed with more dimension and total beauty.  You’ll also love the longer lasting results as you could be good to go for eight weeks or longer.  The added benefit is my husband says my hair is the best it’s looked in years.

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Valentine’s Day = Love

Whether you are single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is a day to express love.  I feel like over the years as we get older, Valentine’s Day has lost a little luster for us.  Maybe it’s because we’ve hardened ourselves to being totally available or maybe we just get too busy.  I say it’s time to bring the love back to Valentine’s Day.  I remember when I was little I would get so excited to go to school on Valentine’s Day with all of the cards I made for my classmates with candy attached.  I thought it was great to give them all something and what a fabulous surprise it was that when I returned to my desk, my box was filled up with a bunch of these really cool cards with notes on them.  It was a day to express love, admiration or just be silly and hand out hearts to each other. 
printable-kids-valentines-day-cards-11 Over the years as I talk to women in their 20’s and early 30’s, something has happened.  They aren’t into this glorious holiday.  They either ignore it if they are single or breeze by it if they are in a relationship making it no big deal to celebrate because after all, the flowers are overpriced and a dinner out costs a fortune.  What happened to the celebration of it all? Love is something we can express everyday with anyone or most importantly ourselves.  Valentine’s Day is an excuse to focus on love or just be silly about it.  What could you do this Valentine’s Day to love yourself a little more?  Maybe dress sexy just for you,  wear your sexy red bra and panties under your outfit for the day, you are sure to feel great.  If you don’t own one, what better time to go buy one.  Light a candle and have a glass of wine to celebrate the woman you are.  Take a much needed bath with flowers in it.  Anything you can think of but spoil yourself.  You could also surprise someone you love with a gift, a card or even just a smile and letting them know you appreciate them.  For me, going on a romantic walk or cuddle time speaks volumes!!

tummy trouble

Tummy Trouble: Slim Down Your Stomach

We all have parts of our bodies that we are self-conscious of and for many women it’s tummy trouble.  Whether you had way too many beans last night and your tummy is bloated like a balloon or maybe you have an extra roll or two chilling on your midsection, it’s safe to say that you probably don’t want anyone to be staring at it.  (Let’s keep our tummy trouble to ourselves.)  If you’re wanting to disguise that tummy as a prize, then check out our tips below to help you slim down that midsection.  No dieting or exercise required!

High waisted Spanx.  These are my favorites because they smooth out any bumps you may not want to share with the world and go perfectly under most everything.

Pants that hit at your natural waistline.  This is flattering because if you wear a lower rise pant or jean this will only accentuate your tummy trouble.

Ruched tops.  Oh how I love rushed anything.  This is an instant saver for your tummy making you look thinner and stylish.

Patterns done right.  I love this look because it deflects from your tummy or any other body issues you may want to defect.

Jackets that fasten at the waist.  Whether you button it, tie it or cinch it, bringing in your waist with a jacket will always help you look thinner.

shape wear

Trust Your Thinstincts® High-Waisted Mid-Thigh $72.00 – $76.00
Donna Karen Side Zip Slim Pants, $895, neimanmarcus.com
Michael Michael Kors wrap side zip ruched top, $125., farfetch.com
DVF Chain-LInk Jersey Wrap Dress, $398, nordstrom.com
Weened Max Mara ‘Tigre’ Jacket $445

 

Long Lashes

Long Lashes

Everyone is always asking me how to achieve those long, full, amazing long lashes.  I have two answers.  One is get Extreme lash extensions which are amazing!  You can read more about my experience with them in my LiveLoveLash blog.  The second trick I currently swear by to get long lashes and tell all my clients.  You start with an eyelash curler, then apply Lancome CLS Booster which is a lash primer that goes on white and finally add mascara and my favorite is MAC ‘False Lash’ Mascara in Black.  I have been doing this combination for awhile and people often ask me if my lashes are fake because they look so good.

Let me know how it works for you.

 

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Top Picture: L – Extreme Lashes R – natural lashes with nothing on
Bottom Picture: My favorite products

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Elf Eyelash curler, Target, $1.00
Lancome CILS Booster $25.00
MAC ‘False Lashes’ Mascara $22.00

beachy waves

Beachy waves

Beachy waves is one of the biggest looks right now in hair.  And yet, there are many people who still haven’t mastered it, like me (until recently).   Over a year ago I cut my luxurously long hair into a shoulder length bob.  I love the cut and have felt liberated by the amount of time it takes me each morning to get ready leaving me more time with precious Stella.  With my long hair, I was masterful at curling it and always achieved the perfect beachy waves, however, since having short hair, I have struggled with the perfect way to create this look.  I’ve watched videos, tutorials, read magazines, etc. and tried it all including the products they recommend to no avail.  If you saw how many curling irons, flat irons, round brushes, blow driers and not to mention all of the hair product I have, you’d be amazed.  Finally, I got it and am loving my success.  The thing that no one tells you is that achieving this look in your hair has a lot to do with your hair.  I have really thick hair so if I followed the instructions of how to do this like they did on a woman with thin or fine hair, it wouldn’t work on me, the waves would always fall out.  The point to my story is that I will tell you what finally worked for me but ultimately, it’s practicing different ideas until you find what works for you.

beachy waves

 

The solution for my beachy waves:  I section my hair off really well with clips so each section that I curl is only about 3/4 of an inch.  I use a 1 1/4 inch barrel and alternate each curl leaving the ends out a little.  First curl back, next forward, etc. going all around the head, then letting more hair down and doing it again.  With my thick hair, I turn the iron up as hot as possible and leave it in the hair for 8-10 seconds to keep the hold.  At the end, I toss it around a little and viola I have beachy waves that last all day.

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Hot Tools 1.25” curing iron, $39.99, amazon.com

Valentine's Day lingerie

Valentine’s Day Lingerie

Nothing is quite as sexy as what’s underneath.  This Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to get some new sexy lingerie.  An amazing bra can have you walk taller and look 10 pounds thinner all at the same time.  I also really love sexy boxers for men.  Here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day Lingerie.

 

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Saxx Platinum Boxer Brief Fly, $38.00
Marie Jo Jane Push Up Bra, $149.00, Sollingerie.com
Natori, ‘Feathers’ Contour Bra, $68.00

 

headshot

Headshot day

I think it’s very important any time you change your look or even once a year to redo your headshot.  It’s something that most people don’t think about but the value of having a fresh headshot is huge.  If your picture is out of date, when you meet with someone, they don’t know who you are.  I recently looked at a client’s profile on Linked In as well as her website and was surprised to see that her current headshot was several years old.  Her hair was a lot shorter and she dressed much differently (that’s because I gave her a makeover and she looks amazing now).  Show off the new you to the world and make sure your brand is always consistent.

As a benefit to some of our clients, we hosted a headshot day at our Studio.  Our amazing makeup artist Jessica was here doing everyone’s makeup so they looked their best and one of my favorite photographer’s was on location.  My team and I styled everyone in the best outfit and accessories to complete the look.  It was a lot of fun but most importantly, these photos turned out amazing and it was an great day.  We’ll be hosting more of these events in the future.

photo shoot

Tips for headshots.  First of all, find a photographer that you love or comes highly recommended.  They need to be able to capture YOU through the picture to whoever is looking at it.  Next, don’t skimp.  If this is a picture that you are going to show the world through your online presence or even on a business card, you want to look the best you can.  I recommend hiring a professional to do your hair and makeup.  If you can swing it, hire a professional to dress and accessorize you for the photo.  My last piece of advice is to have someone with you that can put you at ease and even make you laugh so that you don’t just have a fixed or fake smile but rather you are relaxed and having fun!

Makeup by:  Jessica Chynoweth with purleymakeup.com

Photography by: Megan Anderson with graphiquephoto.com

beauty

Got the Beauty Blues?

In our last post we discussed how your current wardrobe could be giving you the winter blues.  If that isn’t the case and you are still feeling down in the dumps, then it could be that your beauty regime has gone a bit stale.  Do you look at your face in the mirror and think “I look blah” or  “I am not excited about what I see?”  Then you may have the beauty blues.  Don’t fret.  This is all too typical of the way many women feel this time of year.  Your skin is pale and dry.  And for many we opt to stay comfy cozy inside; so we don’t put much effort into dolling ourselves up.  However, we say it is time to fight those beauty blues and start spicing up that beauty routine a bit with a few of our favorite products below.  You’ll want to look at your face twice in the mirror!

Beauty Blues

1. Cle de Peau foundation and concealer – The foundation is effortless and evens out the skin perfectly. The concealer makes you look like you’ve been sleeping for 10 hours instead of 3. Foundation $120, Concealer $70, Nordstrom.com

2.  Bobbi Brown lip gloss – With 18 colors to chose from, this sheer gloss is moisturizing, soothing, and gives your lips just that right amount of pop. $25, Sephora.com

3. Make Up For Ever aqua black eye shadow (liner) – Use this waterproof shadow for eyeliner. It is super easy to apply with a brush, glides on smoothly, and will last you through the whole day. $23, Sephora.com

4.  Nars bronzing powder.  This is the perfect product for adding a bit of color to your skin.  Brush it on just under your cheek bones, forehead, and jawline for a healthy glow.  $38, Narscosmetics.com

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