Thursday, December 30, 2010

Here's to You 2011!


When I sat down with Amy Gibbons of Bags of Blessing two years ago and said, "here's what I want to do and you would be my very first designer BUT I'm not sure how I'm going to do it", I can only be filled with joy and relief that she believed in my vision as much as I did.  That was the beginning and we keep learning and reaching each and everyday.

I started Aesthetic Design Style to help people.  That was it.  That was my vision.  I thought I could combine my love of fashion with my love of people and hopefully help someone realize their dream along the way.  I cannot tell you the ups and downs I've encountered during the past two years; as many people have experienced when starting something from the ground up.  Each and every up or down has been a learning experience I have taken to heart and taken personally to help our designers and our boutique owners get where they want to be.  Not only have I learned so much about business in general, but I've learned a TON about myself.

The most important thing I've learned is that this is what I want to do in life.  How lucky am I to have found the passion I have always carried with me but hadn't known what it was.  On the worst day the thought never ever crossed my mind to quit.  There were a lot of things in my life that I've started but never finished (not that I'm proud of that), but my business was not one of those things and it never will be. 

This past year has also brought the answers to my prayers in the way of Janelle and Alyssa.  There is so much to be said for good people.  To have such talented individuals who can see my vision and genuinely care about the business as much as I do is truly hard to find and I found it TWICE!  Each brings their own specialty and talents to Aesthetic Design and 2011 is sure to be our best year ever.  To have clarity and focus and know what needs to be done AND have help doing it - there's nothing to stop us. 

We hope you stay tuned to all we have "up our sleeves" and keep supporting our wonderful designers and independent fashion as a whole.  Buying local here in Indiana or anywhere you are is important to each economy and if we all a conscious effort to do so the industry and our cities will thrive. 

Until Then:  "2011 is THE year of an independent fashion revolution" - me :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

From All of Us to All of You

Our focus all year long is to get our designers into boutiques and into the hands of shoppers around the world.  That's our goal. We've achieved, we've met halfway, and we've fallen short - it happens and we've learned from it all. 

We could not do what we do without you and all you do for Aesthetic Design Style all year long.  From the referrals to the facebook "likes" to the retweets we appreciate each and every acknowledgment that we are on the right path with what we are most passionate about.  We work so hard behind the scenes and to see things coming to fruition is simply the best gift we could ever hope to get.

This time of year it's so easy to get caught up in what someone else has or thinking we NEED so many things to make us happy.  The holidays are a nice time to sit back and re-evaluate where we are in our lives and what is most important to us.  Take the time to just STOP and realize what you have and appreciate each and every moment with the special people in your lives. 

Know how much we appreciate you and your support of us and all of our designers.  We look forward to working with many of you and bringing you the best and brightest in 2011.

Warm Holiday Wishes,
Julia, Janelle, and Alyssa

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hurrah for Indianapolis: Number Five in the Top 25 Shopping Cities

Forbes Magazine released an article featuring it's top 25 best shopping cities last week. Indianapolis ranked fifth on the list, beating major metropolitan areas like New York and Chicago. Perhaps the rest of the country sees the prize us fellow Hoosiers ignore. According to Forbes, Indianapolis houses 5,955 retail locations and 18 shopping centers. Add on the seven percent sales tax, and Indianapolis is considered a major jewel in the retail economy.

But what makes Indianapolis so great? Is it our big box retailing or our independent and local shopping finds? There are many local retailers, within the Indianapolis and surrounding areas, that offer better selection, price and quality than its mainstream counterparts. We couldn't feature all of them, but here are a few gems that can't go unoticed.

Fountain Square: IndySwank (photo pulled from IndySwank FB page) Journey down Virginia Avenue and you find the Fountain Square district. In the heart of Fountain Square you can find one of the creme de la creme of  vintage boutiques, IndySwank. IndySwank features vintage items and handcrafted works from many of Indianapolis' fashion designers. IndySwank's address is 1043 Virginia Ave #4 here in Indianapolis.

Castleton: Butterfly Consignment (photo pulled from Butterfly Consignment's Facebook page) Butterfly has been opened for a year, but has already made its mark on retail here in the Circle City. The shop sells gently used, new and handmade goods. It's your one stop shop for clothing, jewelry and body care items. Butterfly Consignment is located on 6697 E. 82nd St. in the Castleton Village Shopping Plaza.

Broad Ripple: Rain Boutique (photo pulled from Rain Boutique's FB page) Rain Boutique is a place where California and Indianapolis meet. Owned by two longtime friends, Mesha Cabbell and Brittany Manning, the store specializes in denim, handbags, standard and plus size clothing. Rain opened up a second store in California in December 2009. Rain is located at 839 E. Westfield Blvd in the heart of Broad Ripple.

Downtown: Silver in the City (photo pulled from Silver in the City's website) On Massachusetts Avenue you will find a gift store that will WOW your senses. Open since 2000, Silver in the City was voted best local gift store four times. It shares space with its sister store, Home in the City. You can't walk out of this store empty handed. Silver and Home in the City is located at 434 Massachusetts Ave in Downtown Indianapolis.

Let's try to push Indianapolis to number one on Forbes' list next year. Make sure you support your local boutiques too.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Meet the Team

We have recently acquired some new members to our Aesthetic Design Style family.  This time they aren't on the designer side (though one is an AMAZING designer and I hope she'll join us in that capacity too) but the business side of what we do.  I thought an introduction was in order and a short interview with both would give you a small view into their worlds and why they are such a good fit for us.  So without further ado please MEET ALYSSA AND JANELLE ~

Alyssa, a native of Fowler, Indiana., is a senior at the Art Institute of Indianapolis majoring in fashion design. Not only does she intern for Aesthetic Design Style, but she also works at the Pitaya boutique in Broad Ripple. Once Alyssa graduates, she wants to work for a fashion house or label while working on her own line.

Janelle, born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana is a junior at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) majoring in public relations. She runs a plus size fashion and lifestyle blog called Ruby Leonne. After graduation, Janelle plans to work freelance in fashion public relations.

Now for a little fun ~ We asked Alyssa and Janelle the same questions and here are their answers ~

 1. Why independent fashion instead of mainstream fashion?
      Alyssa:  "I worked in retail for 3 years and I loved it at first then they started enforcing rule after rule so I  started hating the corporate world " 
Janelle:  "There are so many independent designers out there more worthy of praise then its mainstream counterparts. Independent designers are in touch with their audience. They see trends from the street first and play with those trends. Independent designers are under the radar, so they can experiment with silhouettes and fabrics. They don’t sway their aesthetic because of money. They stay true to their true love…fashion.

2. Tell us about your “aha” moment when you finally knew what you wanted to do with your life?
Alyssa:  "I worked at Joann Fabrics for three years and helped so many people pick out fabric and trims and even help them with their sewing questions.  Seeing how excited they were about there project made me excited and want to make things that made other people happy."
Janelle:  "It’s a funny story. I’ve always wanted to be a fashion designer, but I can’t sew or draw. In college, my initial major was journalism. Newspapers started shifting their dailies and merging with larger corporations, and good journalists were losing their jobs. One day I was watching one of my favorite television shows, Absolutely Fabulous. The main character, Edwina, is a publicist that dealt with celebrity, music and fashion. Just like that, I knew that is what I wanted to do. I changed my major to public relations immediately.

3. City or Suburbs?
Alyssa:  "City all the way"
Janelle:  "I’m definitely a city girl. I need the police station, hospital, ethnic hair salon and soul food/dive restaurant to be no more than 10 minutes from my house."

4. Favorite ADS Designer so far?
Alyssa:  "I cant choose one. I know and see all the dedication and see beauty in everything they make."
Janelle:  "Catou by Berny Martin. His looks are classic. His tailoring is flawless. His pieces are timeless and remind me of another Indiana designer, Bill Blass."

5. Your fashion story – how did you become obsessed?
Alyssa:  "Growing up in the country fashion didn't really matter to much. People never were seen wearing Gucci sunglasses while moving miles of grass that we called our backyard. But growing up I was always playing dress up and loved all the fabrics and colors. I never followed trends and always had my own style. No matter how much the kids made fun of me I wore what I liked and what I thought was trendy. I took a sewing class in school and found out how good I really was at sewing and life took off from there."
Janelle:  "I’m a child of the 80’s. Fashion and self expression was HUGE then. The 80’s were a period when street fashion set the guidelines for what the couture houses would construct. I remember watching Elsa Klentch’s “Style” with my mother and sister. My sister wanted to be a model and I wanted to be a designer. We would rule the fashion empire with our super fashion powers."

6. If you were a piece of vintage clothing what era would you be from and what piece of clothing would you be?
Alyssa:  "Eighties Punk! I love all the colors and the grungy leather. I would be an off the shoulder t-shirt its simple but sexy. It never goes out of style."
Janelle:  "1950’s black tea length evening dress or Audrey Hepburn’s signature black “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” dress. I look at my elder family member’s vintage photos all the time. Women dressed back then. They put on gloves to go to the store. We’re lazy now. Heck…I’m lazy."

7. Clutch or Messenger?
Alyssa:  "Messenger! I have too much stuff for a clutch. I'm always on the go."
Janelle:  "Both…depends on the outfit. If it is a formal event, I would carry a clutch. For everyday outings, I’d carry a messenger.

8. Why pursue a career in fashion in Indiana?
Alyssa:  "My family is here to support me. And I like the challenge."
Janelle:  "There was a time I hated Indianapolis and I wanted to leave. I had the option to move twice, but I never did. Just recently I was convinced that Indianapolis will be my home for good. I established a life; there is no reason for me to leave any longer. The fashion citizens of Indianapolis are making an effort in increasing fashion awareness here in Indianapolis. I want to help build the fashion community from the ground up."

9. Coco Chanel or Elsa Schiaparelli?
Alyssa:  "Coco she is classy and sophisticated."
Janelle:  "Chanel. Yes Chanel was the mother of women’s sportswear, but she was more than that. She came from nothing and grew against all odds and became one of the most revered women of all time."

10. If we polled all of your friends what would be one word they would use to describe you?
Alyssa:  "Quirky"
Janelle:  "Just one word…WOW…mmm…unconventional.

11. How long have you lived in Indianapolis?
Alyssa:  "Year and a few months"
Janelle:  "32 years…all my life."

12. Since so many of our meetings are held at Starbucks what is your favorite gourmet beverage?
Alyssa:  "Actually I hate coffee! It's just a good place for business meetings."
Janelle:   "Java Chip. Starbucks is made from holy hands; that’s why it’s addicting."

13. Where do you the Indianapolis fashion industry in 5 years?
Alyssa:  "I see it being more recognized by people. And I hope to see more designers coming out of the woodwork!"
Janelle:  "Indianapolis is a growing city. I hope within five years the city becomes a mecca of Midwest fashion. One day when someone refers to American fashion, Indianapolis will be mentioned with the main cities like New York, Los Angeles and Miami."

14. How in the world did you find us and what attracted you (besides our amazing designers, our sparkling personality, and our bright smile)?
Alyssa:  "I heard about you through school and I decided to do some research before I contacted you in the hope of a job! It all worked out according to plan."
Janelle:  "I found ADS on twitter and looked at the website to find out what the company did. I thought it would be a great experience to work with such a company. Once I met Julia, I was on board. I hope to grow with ADS and its clients."

15. How do you want to save the world?
Alyssa:  "The world cant be saved! But i can try to at least make the people living in it look good!"
Janelle:  "If everyone learns to love and take stock in themselves, I think the world would be a happier place. There are so many unhappy people out here; pulling everyone else down into their darkness. When people look in the mirror and like what they see, it builds their esteem and increases the love they have for themselves.  I want to help people like what they see when they look in the mirror. That’s kind of a Miss America answer…" (we like it :)

Believe me, we are the lucky ones - to have women who not only are empowered themselves but who also are in this world to help and empower others is simply a sight of grace.  There is nothing that stands in our way so watch for us in 2011 - we will be a force to be reckoned with! 

Until Then:  "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman

Monday, November 15, 2010

Shopping Independently for the Holidays

Wickedly Chic - Cortese Design Bags

And so it begins . . .

Holiday shopping is upon us and it's time to get out there and start shopping for those you love and maybe a few you're not too sure about but know you probably need to get something for :)  Just kidding - we all need to get into the holiday spirit and we at Aesthetic Design Style want to help make your shopping experience seamless and stress-less (not sure that's a word and if it's not then it should be).

The economy still sucks and people are losing jobs left and right - not to mention not being able to find a job or make the money you know you are worth.  I know it sounds meaningless to some when it comes to buying gifts while other people are hanging on to their homes by a thread.  Let us say that some of the very best gifts we've ever gotten or given have been the ones that are made from the heart so we all need to remember the reason for the holidays and what all of the celebrations are about. 

Wickedly Chic - Natural Clothing Co.

There are many ways to buy gifts for the people in your life that are special and don't break the bank.  That's what we're here to help you with this year.  Not only do we believe in our own very talented one of a kind designers but we've also run across some other AMAZING independent businesses who want to help your shopping endeavor as well.  These two businesses have some great selections for every person on your list and you can be assured that you'll be giving a gift from your heart while being frugal as well.  The fun part is that your gift recipient will think you spent a fortune but it will be our little secret! 

Wickedly Chic - Flipside Wallets

Wickedly Chic is one of our very favorite places to go online!  Liz Nonnemacher does an incredible job with this site and the meaning behind it.  Here's an overview of her site in her own words:  "Wickedly Chic is geared toward women (although there’s no reason why men can’t enjoy it too). The businesses that you see highlighted throughout our pages are independently owned. This means that big-box retailers (while they certainly have their place) are not our focus. Some of the businesses that you see featured carry handcrafted items and some of them are smaller shops which don’t create their own products but exist independently of a corporately-owned chain. One of the best things about Wickedly Chic is that no matter what the economic state of the world, you’ll rarely see items that cost more than $200.00. And if they do…I can assure you that they’re worth it…otherwise you wouldn’t see them here. This is a good thing….because let’s face it…the majority of us want excellent value from what we buy without breaking the bank. We like to treat ourselves without (too much) guilt. With Wickedly Chic, you’ll find a new array of items to check out (almost) every day, small businesses covered in depth every week, occasional giveaways, a different guest quarter column every week providing valuable info for both shoppers and business owners, a reader spotlight (with their personal shopping picks!) and much much more. Even if you feel as though you don’t have an extra dime to spend at the moment, the information here is free (and sometimes quite entertaining!)"

Don't miss Wickedly Chic's Holiday Gift Guide - it's jam packed full of great ideas for the season!

Green Eyed Monster - Organic Baby Shoes

This next business I stumbled upon when I was going from link to link to link one day and am so excited I did!  I signed up for their newsletter and I look forward to seeing the new stuff they have for me each morning.  Green Eyed Monster is my go to spot for new DIY ideas as well as a peek at some wonderful talent throughout the land.  A little background on how Green Eyed Monster® got started… (in their own words!)  "Ash and Kimmy are the sisters behind Green Eyed Monster® totes, an arty little biz bringing you the most unique reusable bags on the block. Given how much we enjoyed connecting with independent artists and designers through GEM, we thought we’d share the monster luv and bring these amazingly talented individuals together in one unique, handmade nook of the Interwebs!"

Green Eyed Monster - Hanukkah Bird Cards

Visit:  Inspiration:  Holiday Shopping 2010 on the Green Eyed Monster site for unique and fun gift ideas!

That's all from us for the moment - but don't worry we're busy getting our own holiday suggestions together for your viewing pleasure.  Don't go anywhere - we'll be back with our AMAZING picks for the holiday season.  Until then make sure you visit the fun businesses above and remember to HAVE FUN doing it!!

Until then: 
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. - Margaret Cousins

Green Eyed Monster - Give Cheer - Fabric Wrap

Monday, October 25, 2010

Blogging MIA - Project IMA

We've been "out of the blogging loop" for a while so we're back! 

So much has been happening and we have to be able to juggle all things fashion and blog at the same time (kind of along the lines of walking and chewing gum at the same time :)  So, here we go. 

Friday, October, 22nd was one of the BEST nights of fashion I've been able to witness here in old Indianapolis.  Project IMA - Fashion Unbound - the talent there pulled out all the stops and it was an amazing night to remember. THE TASK:  to create something phenomenal with recycled materials.  THE RESULT:  Out of this world!

Here are just a few pics from that awesome night and the talent that we have here - watch out world we're on our way up!!

Thank you Nikki Blaine for the WONDERFUL pics!!

Until Then:  "No great artist ever sees things as they are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."  - Oscar Wilde

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Online Lookbook

It's FINALLY complete!  I feel as if the world stopped while our lookbook was being put together.  But it was worth the wait because I love the way it turned out.  Thanks to THE best photographer on the planet, Polina Osherov, the beautiful Michelle Pemberton modeling, and last but definitely NEVER least the incomparable Fashion Stylist Nikki Sutton for the front and back covers of the lookbook. These pictures were taken from the Sweet Revenge Lingerie show called Cabaret Lingerie back in March of this year and the corsets shown in the beginning and the end are available for sale.  They are hand done with impeccable precision and workmanship - they are simply a work of art for the body.

Creating a lookbook these days is of the utmost importance!  If you are going to talk to anyone intelligently about your business you have to have something to back it up - a lookbook is a good place to start.  I decided to start with an online lookbook simply for convenience.  I am able to reach important out of town contacts instantly and they are able to see what we have to offer on the spot upon the arrival of an introduction email.  There are some appointments (face to face) when I do use our printed lookbook and my clients are given a copy of that to keep.  They will also have access to the online lookbook as well for their reference or if they need to send it on to one of their affiliates. 

The process was relatively easy to do but it did take a lot of time and effort.  Remember when you are putting together anything that has to do with marketing or branding that YOUR name is on the line and it is important that you make a very good first impression.  I know your mother always told you to "never judge a book by its cover" and for most situations that does hold true - except for this one.  Lookbooks are your clients very first introduction to who you are and what you are about and you need to get it right the first time.  Whomever your client may be please know that they are inundated with people trying to sell them things every single day.  You have to find a way to set yourself apart and make your brand stand out.  Customer service is a HUGE way to set yourself apart but you won't get a chance to offer that part of your business if you don't get a first meeting.  The way to a first meeting is a good lookbook. 

I'm not only referring to fashion lookbooks here.  Photographers, models, artists, designers, interior designers, Marketing/PR businesses, there are many different sects of business that can benefit from a lookbook and an online lookbook is a good place to start for the novice.  I count myself in the novice category and I plan to learn and grow every day as well.  For now I need to make sure my designers have a presentation that represents them and their brands well and professionally because I am making a first impression for them and that's why I take so much pride in what I do. 

There was a wonderful blog post written in one of our very favorite blogs Style Sample Magazine regarding how to set up your own online portfolio.  Take a look at their view on lookbooks and hopefully you'll get a feel for if an online lookbook is best for you or if you will invest in a printed version - or there's always the combination of both which can only increase your chances of gaining that GREAT first impression!

Until Then:  "Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself." - Truman Capote

Thursday, September 9, 2010

NY Fashion Week & Fashion's Night Out

I just get giddy with excitement around this time of year (then again in February).  The anticipation of the new, the ornate, the outlandish in fashion just has me all in a tizzy!  Along with all of the hype of Fashion Week and it's new digs at Lincoln Center we also have one of fashion's biggest nights tomorrow (Friday, September 10th) Fashion's Night Out (FNO).  Here's more info about FNO directly from them:

ABOUT FASHION’S NIGHT OUT: Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative created to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry’s economy, and put the fun back in shopping. For one night last September, in New York City and twelve other cities around the world, designers, celebrities, models, and fashion editors staged exciting, one-of-a-kind events in stores open after-hours to the public. Shoppers were able to see Sarah Jessica Parker singing standards with Oscar de la Renta, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen tending bar, as well as Michael Kors, Justin Timberlake, Kate Hudson, Rihanna and Gwen Stefani (just to name a few) at various stores throughout NYC supporting the industry. Retailers saw a surge of new shoppers and increased sales, while customers relished the street-party atmosphere.

FASHION’S NIGHT OUT 2010: FNO will return to New York City and launch in cities nationwide this year on Friday, September 10, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Last year, in NYC alone, more than 800 participating stores across the five boroughs feted thousands of shoppers who supported the fashion and retail industries—we expect this year’s event to be even bigger and better, with a lot of fun surprises!
FASHION’S NIGHT OUT ON A GLOBAL LEVEL: In the United States, FNO is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York. Around the world, countries led by at least fifteen international Vogue editions, will once again participate in the festivities. Nations including Australia, Britain, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey, each country will tailor its Fashion’s Night Out celebration to appeal to its unique retail environment.
CHARITABLE ENDEAVORS: A percentage of the sales from the Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt will be donated to the New York City AIDS Fund in The New York Community Trust. Be sure to check back in August for retailer information and locations.

Support FNO and look good doing it by purchasing a piece from their collection.  You can find out where to purchase HERE.

Until Then:  "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."  - John F. Kennedy

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fashionable Indiana Archives

Each month I can't wait to rush to the mailbox to see if my new VOGUE has arrived.  Oh, VOGUE, in all it's fashion glory with its beautiful people and fanciful items adorning each and every page.  It's like a gift to myself every month.  No one in my house is allowed to touch it before I do!  My oldest daughter knows that she is not to leap through it or read any article until I've done so first.  It's my own little pleasure in life.

One of my very favorite sections in VOGUE is NOSTALGIA.  I have learned about many incredible, intelligent, gorgeous, strong, independent women in so many of their articles.  I get to live each month in the past for just a few moments while I read about stylish women who wouldn't take no for an answer and persevered on to do extraordinary things with their lives and careers.  In the same breath I've also learned of many others who had it all but at the end of their lives died alone with no one knowing who they were.  The latter group are the women I enjoy reading so much about - they took chances and lived life to the fullest and even though they may have left us unknown, VOGUE somehow resurrects them each month so they really are never forgotten. 

I do believe that I lived in the 30's in Old Hollywood and did something to be rich because I'm just enamored with that era.  The clothes the clothes the clothes let's not forget about the clothes in this era - simply stunning and classy.  That was when people dressed to impress and it DID matter how you presented yourself to the world.  Once I get wealthy in this life I will only be in vintage Chanel, Balenciaga, and a few rare Elsa Schiaparelli pieces added in.  It sounds funny to think that one must have money to wear "old" clothes but it's true and when that day arrives that's what you'll find me in!

Along with my love of fashion I'm an absolute history nerd.  I love love love history and everything about it.  Art history, Russian History, US History, World History, you name it I love it - the only classes I received A's in when I was in school in fact :)  My major in college was Anthropology and I wanted to be Margaret Mead since I was 4 when my mom read me a story about her.  I say all of this leading up to the reason I browse the Indiana Historical Society web site all the time. 

During one of my recent investigative sessions I came across some wonderful images from the Root Store Fashion Show to the 4-H Dress Revue winners from the Indiana State Fair to the Herz Store League of Terre Haute Fashion Models.  I was surprised and elated all at the same time.  You don't think of the Midwest as being fashion forward but I was pretty impressed with the images I collected from their site - proud as a matter of fact.  Proud that back in 1933 these women not only made most of these creations themselves but they looked AMAZING and always put together at all times.  Now I can't personally go back to 1933 and hear what New York or LA were saying about our style here in Indiana but from what I dug up I don't really care. 

I hope you enjoy this trip back as much as I did!

Until Then:  "In the adjustment of the new order of things, we women demand an equal voice; we shall accept nothing less."  - Carrie Chapman Catt

P.S. - Thank you Indiana Historical Society for the wonderful images!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Re-Creations by Christopher & Julia

Aesthetic Design Style is happy to announce our newest venture - Re-Creations by Christopher & Julia!  We will continue our endeavor of making independent fashion and accessory designers come to the forefront of fashion - that's our main focus.  But now we've become multi-faceted by creating makeup artistry for photo shoots, runway shows, editorial spots, etc. 

I began as a Makeup Artist nearly 14 years ago.  I always kept my "foot in the door" but didn't welcome the idea of going back to it more seriously until recently.  Christopher Thompson, CEO of Re-Creations by Christopher, and I worked together on several fashion events/shoots and we just got to talking about the possibility of coming together to help more people.  So, we did.  We are now able to be in two places at once when it comes to makeup while still being able to balance our other full time careers.  We look at this partnership as icing on the cake. 


We are very excited about this partnership and we look forward to the many new people we get to work with!!

Until Then:  "The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."  - John Wooden