Sunday, July 6, 2014

web site update

My web site just got a mini face lift and went mobile!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tips of My Fingers- a short film

This was a really cool project to be a part of for Canon Cameras.
Starring the beautiful Lexi Thompkins, our film crew shot all over the city of Pittsburgh with a Canon film crew documenting how their new cameras worked on set.

Tips of Our Fingers from HUMBLE TV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pretty Living Magazine interview

I was very honored to be featured in this week's issue of Pretty Living Magazine's Wedding Wednesday.

I am always in awe of female entrepreneurs, and these girls are taking the Pittsburgh PR market by storm with their young, and fresh approach to the advertising and PR world. They have a blog, on line magazine, print magazine, and a very successful PR business…I guess the sky's the limit for these 20 something girls, and I just love their name!

I take great pride in working with my bridal clients and being a part of their very special day.
I've shared many laughs and tears of joy with my brides over the years and every one of the weddings that I have worked, on has left me with many wonderful memories, and even some repeat business from family members, and for that, I am very thankful.

Here is a link to the article that Alex Duffy from Pretty Living Magazine did with me…with thanks and  appreciation:)

Lilac Makeup Love

Could it finally be that spring has officially arrived here on the east coast?!

It's been a long, cold winter and it's so good to see the sun again!

With the arrival of spring, it is the perfect time to lighten up your makeup and ditch those dark and dreary colors from the fall and winter.

Everywhere I look, I see lilac…and nothing says spring better than the beautiful, fragrant lilac bush. The smell is intoxicating and so is the color, and its everywhere this season. It's on the runway, the nails, face and even the hair.

Lilac nails are a fun way to break into trying a little color. I happen to love this shade from Essie to liven up your hands.
play date

Purple shadows work well on most women. I recommend using it in the crease to brighten up the eyes.
I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows and love Asphyxia. It's great either wet or dry and it's creamy texture stays put all day.

To complement the purple shadow, try a purple liner. It's a nice change from the standard brown liner and really makes the white of the eyes pop! I love Urban Decay's 24/7 pencils for their excellent staying power.

Feeling brave?!
Why not try your hand at purple mascara from YSL- it's a nice daytime alternative to black mascara, and it's just fun!

One of my best finds for spring is MAC's Full of Joy blush. It's so light and fresh and works well with the purple palettes of spring. Apply it just on the apples of the cheeks for the most modern look in makeup.

And finally, you must pick up a sheer violet lip gloss for spring to finish your look!

…and wouldn't it be fun to have purple hair for a day?!


Friday, January 3, 2014

New year, new beautiful you

Happy 2014!

The new year is the perfect time to revamp your beauty routine, simplify your old makeup routine and start fresh.
It's time to give your makeup, and yourself...a makeover!

Begin by organizing your current makeup collection, take inventory of what you have, what you need and what no longer serves you. Toss any products that are old or broken. Discard any rancid smelling lipsticks, foundation that has separated, and dried up mascara.
Find the products that you know will work best for you and stick with them to save you time and money in the future. This is my favorite way to organize my makeup stash.

Get a makeup lesson from a professional makeup artist who will tell you what colors work best for you. Bring your current makeup that you use along with you and learn the latest tips and techniques to make you look your very best this year. Sometimes it's just the tiniest improvements that make the biggest difference in your appearance & makeup is one of the best, and most inexpensive ways to upgrade your look. Take pictures, ask questions...this is your time to learn the correct way to apply your makeup that is best suited for you.

Now is the time to ditch the heavy foundation and powder that can tend to be very aging, and try the new BB or CC creams for a lighter than air, perfect flawless looking, complexion. Today's new foundations are some of the best formulas I've ever seen. They often combine: a foundation, sunscreen, primer and moisturizer all in one, and a little goes a long way.

Matte lip colors and pencils are all the rage right now. The formulas are moister and longer lasting and not quite as drying as the matte lip colors from the 1980's. Try a fun berry, plum or purple shade to compliment the rich jewel tones of your winter wardrobe.

Today's lip colors are actually good for you, some even good enough to eat, like the BITE brand. Their lipsticks contain Resveratrol, which is equivalent to 5 glasses of kinda lipstick:)

Maybe it's time to visit your hairdresser and add a few highlights, (or lowlights), to your hair to lift your spirits during the cold winter months.
If you've never had bangs before, give it a try- they are a fun way to update your hairstyle, give you a younger look, and a great way to hide any lines on the forehead!
Even curling your hair a different way, can completely change your look. If you've always curled your hair with a regular curling iron, try a larger barreled iron for a fuller, looser curl. Don't brush it out when your done, just run your fingers through it to create a gentle wave and spray it lightly with a brushable hairspray like Elnett used by every top hairstylist in the world. I like the unscented spray the best.

I also love the new clip-less curling rods- it gives a nice beachy wave to the hair and instantly updates your look. You just simply wrap the hair around the wand, and loosely pick the curls apart with your's a beautiful look.

Another life saver for me on my shoots has been the Halo hair pieces.
It's a great investment for women that would like to add a little length or thickness to their hair. It is quick and easy to use, just place the halo on your head and pull your own hair over top of the hair extension. It is practically invisible to detect and worn by so many celebrities and news anchors...and the best thing of all, it can be washed, dried, colored and curled and does not damage your existing hair like hair extensions or clip in extensions.

And my final beauty tip to brighten to begin the new year as healthy as can be is to visit the dentist and take care of that smile and whiten those teeth. Nothing ages a woman more than stained, yellow teeth.
I believe a beautiful smile is one of our best assets and one of the cheapest "facelifts" we can do for ourselves, and the perfect accessory to show off that new lip color!

Here's to a more beautiful you this year!