{Modern Beauty by Mariah} Beauty Makeup & Hair | Jessica

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{ Modern Beauty } a unique portrait package by Mariah Smith, a Sonoma County based photographer. Mariah is a true artist. She has an innate ability to create moments where her subject is feeling confident and gorgeous, and then to … Continue reading

Early Bird Gift Certificate Packages | Sonoma County facials + waxing

Either package makes the perfect gift for any woman who deserves a beauty break!
Moms, daughters, gift exchanges, girl friends, even for yourself! holiday 2011 sign Available as gift certificates only.
Buy before December and save. Early bird package rates good through December 1st 2011

Early Bird Holiday Gift Certificates | Sonoma County facials + waxing


Head massage              Early Bird 
              Holiday Gift Certificates!

   $29   Brow shaping & tint + Lash tint
               (regularly $55)

    $49   Brow shaping  + Express Facial
(regularly $70)


Perfectly packaged for gift giving  ::  Shipping available for a small fee

Either package makes the perfect gift for any woman who deserves a beauty break!
Moms, daughters, gift exchanges, girl friends, even for yourself!

Available as gift certificates only. Buy before December and save.
Early bird package rates good through December 1st 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Lipgloss

Do good while you look good!

Youngblood’s Pink Hope Lipgloss in stock and on sale for the month of October
Just $20 a tube!
A portion of each sale is donated to non-profit National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Swing in and get yours today!

Weddings, photos, and reviews!

We are halfway through our 2011 wedding season bookings and I am waiting (not so) patiently for the photos from brides filter in. When I leave the bride on her wedding day it is long before the big event starts, often even before she gets into her dress. The bridal party donned with gorgeous hair and makeup in their jammies, the bride scurrying around to finish up details in her complete bridal look (sometimes even the veil!) in her rhinestone studded bathrobe. So it is easy to imagine how anxious I get to see how it all came together once the gowns went on, the violins began playing, and the groom waited for his bride at the end of the aisle.

So wait, wait, patiently wait I will…. In the meantime, here are a few super sweet reviews from brides this season.


The text is so tiny! Give your eyes a break – read them on weddingwire


Katherine + Juan | Sonoma, Ca

This bride was so spunky and fun! Her bridal style was classy and elegant and together we created a look that incorporated both her taste and her personality. The outcome was amazing!

Her chic hairstyle was created by my partner and sister, Lauren Kelsay. Lauren works wonders with hair and really got to show off her skills by creating an updo for Katherine, even though her hair wasn’t updo length! With a lot of talent and a few tricks Lauren and Katherine’s creation turned out stunning.

Katherine and I created a look for her wedding day makeup that was smoky and sultry but maintained a classic and relatively timeless feel. Her eyes stood out in colors of taupe and grey, her cheeks were a perfect bridal pink and her lips balanced the look with a soft gloss. The result, paired beautifully with her gown and jewelry, was a super hot but still ultra elegant bride.

The break taking images were taken and provided by Diana Miller.
Diana did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Katherine and Juan as a couple, their fun loving spirits, and infections smiles.

Congratulations Katherine & Juan!


Congratulations Katherine & Juan!

April 29 2011  ::  Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Sonoma Ca
Wedding Coordination by Michelle Klaff, Sacramento Ca
Flowers by Julie Stephens Floral Design, Sonoma Ca
Cake by Fleur de Lisa, Santa Rosa Ca

Megan + Martin | Sonoma County, Ca

I love working with local love birds! I see so many brides come and go from other parts of the country (and world!) that it is so fun to work with a bride from our own little area. Megan and Martin were stunning together on their big day and it was joy to be invited to be part of it.

Megan and I created a look together for her wedding day that was smoky and sexy while still staying very clean and bridal. Focusing on her beautiful eyes I used shades of muted purple (her fave!) and grey to give them that pop. Cheeks and lips were more subdued with a soft pink, glowy feel.

The beautiful photos of this couple’s big day were taken by local photographer Chris Gonzales.  I met Chris briefly on the wedding day and was impressed with his ability to capture the special moments while maintaining a very discreet presence in the background.  His work of Megan and Martin is beautiful, enjoy!

Congratulations Megan & Martin!

May 21 2011  ::  Sonoma County, Ca

Bridal party hair and makeup by the ever so talented Betsey Oliver, Serendipity Salon


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My new love…pinterest

Truth be told, Pinterest and I are having a love affair. I’ve been completely sucked into this one of a kind site for for both personal pleasure and as a professional tool. I’ve spent more than a few long nights in front of the screen, unable to tear myself away, just one more pin! My favorite is compiling boards to help brides hone in on their personal style when it comes to hair and makeup for their wedding day.

One of the most difficult parts of creating a wedding day look with a bride is finding a starting place. One of the things that sets me apart from others in my field is the attention I pay to each individual client. Each bride is unique to me with her own likes, dislikes, dreams, and vision for herself as a bride. It is superbly important to discover and bring out exactly what she is wishing to convey with her look on this very special day.

In order to get the creative process started we need to find our starting place. Even with the web as accessible as it is with laptops, iPads, smartphones with huge screens and the like, quality photos of real brides with unique hair and makeup looks are actually quite challenging to come by. Until now.

Below are a few of my favorite styles from my hair and makeup inspiration boards thus far…visit the site for more and more and more inspiration. Just beware, you may not be able to tear yourself away.

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