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Ask and you shall receive! I have been getting TONS of requests on where to shop for curve friendly or plus size fashion, how to dress to flatter curvier features and how much skin is appropriate to flaunt! I will be touching on all of these topics :)
Here are a couple emails that got me thinking this is something I need to put more of a focus on...
I'm a really big fan of your blog/Instagram/Facebook page and just wanted to say thanks so much for all the work you're doing! As a bigger girl myself I do find days where it's really hard to love what's looking back in the mirror, but your updates help make it a little easier. I was just wondering if you have any suggestions for stores that you buy all your clothes! I love your style and it's so flattering to your shape, and I was hoping you'd help make the shopping experience a little better too!
I have been following your posts after seeing it on Tumblr. I have to say that you are an inspiration for curvy woman! As one who often battles with self love and acceptance, it has brought me comfort coming across your posts and seeing how you embrace yours. Now I am slowly but surely feeling comfortable in my own skin and 'eff'ing those beauty standards! Thank you for that. Truly.
I love your work, you truly are someone who inspires me, any good books you've read on self confidence and stuff like that, because you girl are on fire :) Just wanted to tell you that! I had a bad day today with someone in a clothing store saying something to me and just wondering if you had advice or things you would recommend ?
I have a very random question for you...I know you do more make up but was wondering if you could give any suggestion on where I could get any plus size dresses for my cousins wedding. The new stores (that I shop at) I find tailor to the thinner sizes so I'm having a hell of a time. You always look great when you post your pictures so I was hoping you'd have a suggestion for me :)
First off I want to thank my amazing clients and followers who have taken the time to send me these kind words! YOU are all helping me with the daily battle of pushing out negative influences from the media and so forth and accepting who I am right now!
I will have to say I am kind of lucky as I can shop at both regular stores and some plus size stores as my size hovers in both options. You may not be plus size yourself but I find that if you do have a curvier shape, larger breasts, a bigger butt, or large calves or quads - sometimes it's hard to find things that fit even if you wear a size 6/8 or smaller! Sometimes it's good to check out plus size stores as trying to make something fit that just doesn't, can be very unflattering. Just get over what the tag says and buy clothes that fit well!
Don't be afraid to get things tailored! I have started getting clothes tailored more often in the last 5 years and it's amazing! My pants are notoriously too big around my waist as I have quite a big bottom half, so buying pants that fit my butt perfectly and then getting the waist tailored in to fit is so great. I have done the same with blazers, I have larger arms and breasts but I only wear a 34 around in my bra so I always need it taken in.
As of late, the teaching/lessons aspect of my business has really taken off. Aspiring makeup artists or artists that have already been to school/self taught that are wishing to get more practical “real world” training. I thought I would let all of you makeup artist's (and mua's-to-be) know a little more about what solutions I have available.
I will now be offering lessons at 50% off for aspiring makeup artists. This promotion does not include the swag bag but will offer access to do multiple hours if need be. So, $50/hr focusing on whatever aspects of the business or application techniques you choose!
Topics Covered include:
- outlines and guidelines for your contract
- email responses and how to deal with common client issues
- how to handle multiple clients at a time, larger wedding parties, fashion shows etc.
- how to market and brand yourself on social media
Advanced training will include:
- shadowing me at weddings, photoshoots, and other events.
- learning more about the interaction with clients, what kind of demeanour and attitude is appropriate
- cleaning and sanitary techniques
- apprenticing for me/working along side as my assistant
Group lessons and individual sessions for non-professionals just looking to learn more about creating a great everyday look for themselves - that is something entirely different and my regular rates still apply.
I would also like to thank my amazing makeup artists currently working with me for making this such a success! I appreciate your passion for this industry, I also appreciate your patience while I've been working out these details and trying to find the best value for your investment.
If I have ever given you a lesson with me and you are a makeup artist (even if it was last week!) - please email me at -email@example.com - asap with an email stating Current Student (email title) - Interested in being in/staying in new program offered. I will start to be sending group emails and want to make sure I double check and get all of you on the list.
Just wanted to share this new information with all of you! Maybe you’re not a makeup artist but your daughter/son, sister/brother, niece/nephew is! Pass this info along to them as it might be just the thing they are looking for :)
As always ;) feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! Have a fabulous day :)
Non-professional Makeup Lesson Rates:
1-Hour Private Makeup and Skincare Consultation/Lesson (1/2 people) ~ $100 ($50 a person)
*You will be provided with false lashes a swag bag and some express applications ie. eyes, lips or cheek*
Makeup Party/Group Lesson:
1.5 Hours (4-6 people) ~ $200 (about $35-$50 a person)
3 Hours (7-10 people) ~ $350 (about $35-$50 a person)
*You will receive a swag bag and an express applications ie. eyes, lips or cheek*
Thought I'd get crafty again with a little DIY project involving leather and plaid - two of my favourite fabrics right now!
What you will need...
- an old plaid shirt (I got mine at Talize for $4.99)
- a piece of leather fabric (size depends on what size your want your leather pannel to be - I got 1 meter by 1 foot ish from Fabricland for about $16 with lots left over for another project)
- fabric glue that will work on thicker fabrics like leather. I used Quick Grip Permanent Adhesive Waterproof (got this a Fabricland for about $10)
To get started... Fold the back of the shirt in half, with the fold running down the middle of the back.
Next up... Cut both sides folded together and create a triangle cut out on the back of the shirt.
Leaving the back of the shirt looking like this...
Then take the piece that you cut out from the shirt and lay it flat over the leather fabric.
Next up, cut out the shape leaving about 3/4 of an inch around the outside...
Now, lay the shirt on the back side with the inside of the shirt face up. Lay the leather piece on overlapping the triangle cut out. Apply the Quick Grip glue along the edge in a very thin line, pressing gently as you go.
Here is the finished product!
What I loved about this project is I have lots of fabric and glue left over to add leather to anything else in my wardrobe! Also, it took me about 10 minutes to do :)
Hope this inspires you to take something from your current closet or hunt for a piece from a thrift store and create a one of a kind fashion statement! Have a fabulous Sunday everyone :)
This past weekend my family and I went to Guelph to celebrate our good friends 25th anniversary and vow renewal! I had the pleasure of glamming up my mom and my sister with hair and makeup, here are their looks:
I received tons of positive feedback from my sisters hair/makeup so I thought I would share a bit on what we did. Victoria, had a very specific look in mind. She had found a tutorial for a short hair up do online and wanted me to recreate it. I looked it up and there are tons of tutorials on this style so I'm just going to share with you what we used and how we did it. If you wish to look up a video tutorial or something more in-depth the look is called "Halo Up Do." This is the finished look...
What you need:
- Lots of bobby pins
- Hair spray
- Stretch head band that is the same colour as your hair
How to create the look:
- Place the headband on your head (stretching over your hair like a halo, as if you were wearing the band "hippie style") and secure it in place with four bobby pins. One on each corner of the head (above the right and left temple and below/behind each ear).
- Start at the back and take one inch sections, rolling the hair towards the top of the head and tucking under the secured head band. After each tuck, spray thoroughly with hair spray.
- Continue until all the hair is tucked in and sprayed. This may not look perfect just yet and if you have small hairs that didn't want to tuck now is the time to go back and pin them in with bobby pins.
- Loosen areas that are too tight for the softer look.
For Victoria's makeup I went with something that would compliment an up do. Focusing on the upper eye lid and keeping the lower lid clean and bright. I would say her whole look had a very angelic feel. I kept things soft with a rose pink on the lips and a gold highlighter on the cheek bones.
Hope you guys liked this post and as always feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event!