On honesty and hair styling

There’s just something about the smell of hairspray in the morning.

Call me crazy, but to me, the scent of hairspray has always been the smell of possibilities. A morning filled with makeup, hair products, and helping girls look and feel their best is so exciting–I really do love working weddings!

For the last few years, I’ve focused on makeup. But I’ve always been fascinated by hair, in particular the art of the blowout and beautiful up styles. I always did my little sister’s hair for school dances, and though it’s been a while, I knew it was something I should pursue. Starting last year, I took a few mini-lessons from friends, and began practicing on friends and family.

I am pleased to say, I can now confidently offer hair styling as part of my services! I believe in living honestly and authentically, and it wouldn’t be fair to some of the extremely talented stylists I know to claim that I am as experienced as them. I am not. But I have a passion for it, and am always striving to improve my skills. That’s all we can do in life, right? Acknowledge what we love, find our heart’s desire and go after it!

With that, here are some pictures from the first wedding for which I did only hair! It felt so weird to leave my makeup at home and arrive with a just a bag of hot tools and bobby pins. But I loved it! All up styles in these pictures were done by me, makeup done by the amazing Makeup By Jaycie. ( I like to call her my mentor–she’s been amazing as I’ve started my freelance career. Check out her work and you will see why I find her to be so inspiring.)The bridesmaids who wore their hair down did their own hair, and the bride used her own personal stylist.  I’ve done a few weddings now, with both hair and makeup, and I will share more pictures soon.

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Thank you to Eric O’Connor of Allori Photography for the beautiful images! And Jaycie, thanks for telling me to just start doing hair already! You make me want to be a better artist, and I am privileged to be able to work alongside you!

What have you done that you thought was scary, and found out it was exhilarating?

Stay beautiful, ladies!

xo, Tricia

My Favorite Makeup Books, Part I

A long, long time ago, when being a makeup artist was just a speck of a dream in my young mind, I pored over makeup books. This was before the internet, Youtube beauty gurus and how-to videos–hard to believe nowadays! I loved seeing what was possible with makeup, from enhancement to utter transformation. To this day, I LOVE reading and studying them and have built quite a library.

This is a newer addition to my library, and I am showcasing it today because if YOU buy one makeup book, make it this one!


Here’s why you need this Jemma Kidd: Make-Up Secrets. Jemma Kidd is an internationally renowned makeup artist. She has 2 lines of makeup, as well as training academy in London. Her book is full of great step-by-step how-to’s and pictures, making it excellent for even a novice. She has sections on how to achieve wearable everyday looks, a chapter on iconic makeup (Bardot, Hepburn) and writes with the chummy tone of your best friend who just happens to be really skilled with cosmetics. (Kinda like me, right? Wink, wink!) I also love that Kidd addresses skincare and proper nourishment, because beauty absolutely starts with what you put into your body.

Whether you are an expert or just figuring out what makeup can do for you, this is a wonderful book. If I had a coffee table free from the terror of an 11 month-old and his powerful little hands, I would have this on it. It is so fun to look at and get inspired by. I will continue to post about favorite books and I might make it a first Monday of the month type thing. If I do, what should I call my book posts?

Have a beautiful week, ladies!

love, Tricia