Sharing the Joy....

Many people ask me if I like being a makeup/hair artist. Normally I answer back with a quick "yes", but truthfully that doesn't really cover the half of it. I don't "like" my job, I LOVE IT! Why?...well if you were in my shoes you would know exactly what I meant.
Even though I'm a makeup/hair artist, I wear a variety of other hats in my life as a mother, daughter, sister, wife, artist, teacher, beauty expert and a business woman. All of these elements add a lot of flavor to the mix, so I just thought to myself "you've logged a lot of hours on this interesting journey of yours, so you might as well share the ride". So I am! That will be the only way for you to understand what I love about my profession and why I love living in the moment....



As 2011 came to an end for me flying thur the air on my way home from MY little home I call paradise- Puerto Vallarta Mexico! My family and I celebrated our 9th holiday season in Puerto Vallarta. How blessed we are to be able to visit a place we have all come to love and a place that will forever be a cherished paradise in each of our hearts. Not only for the tropical beauty of Mexico and how we love getting away to the beach, sun and fun during our early winter season back home, but because of one thing-the family we have become a part of and are only fortunate to see once a year. Along with the local families and friends we have befriended who live in PV, but the families who come from Canada to New York and every where in between. We all meet on the best beach in PV (right where that circle of lounge chairs and the blue blanket sits in one of the following pictures). This continues to be our meeting place every morning and our ending place every year as we say goodbye to one another and bless each other with the best of the New Year. We love to join and celebrate with our dear friends who play Santa to the local children in PV on Christmas Day. How good it feels to give to another who only know you as a tourist stranger. But seeing the smile on those children's faces is all that matters.
What a year 2011 was for me! From last January where I had the opportunity to do a contestant in the Miss America pageant, to taking my daughter to see Lady Gaga. Having the chance to work on not one but four episodes of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Getting a strong business base going in the Los Angeles area and meeting a very good friend and mentor Tara Fontana and working for her. Having numerous brides during the year and some that are most memorable. Having my first bride/wedding at Disneyland. Attending celebrity events where I have met some very recognizable entertainers. Doing makeup and hair for Preston Powas's first music video, the cover for Franklin Covery Magazine and Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition which will air this early summer. Meeting and working with Rebecca Wall (she was the one who testified against Warren Jeffs), hearing the strength of this woman and entering her sphere of life as now a friend is a blessing all its self (look for my work with her later this year). Taking my kids and MIL to my favorite city in the world 'NEW YORK' for my daughters 16th birthday are just a few of my highlights of 2011.
In all it was a jet-set year, it felt like I was on a plane every other week! But 2011 was very good to me and I can only hope I have given back as much as I received. My family, friends and clients mean the very most to me. I can not express the gratitude and love I have for each and everyone of you. My fondest memory will be the loss of our family dog-Bandit, he is missed more and more every day. I will close here as the tears continue to fall thinking about our beloved beautiful boy Bandit.
Happy New Year to all, wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.

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