Actress Karla Souza by Nicholas Iverson

Had the great pleasure of working with photographer Nicholas Iverson on a headshot for actress Karla Souza, who was in Philly shooting a new show for ABC with Academy Award nominee Viola Davis.

Karla is a natural beauty, so we kept it that way, with simple hair and make-up.

Crossing fingers and toes that this new show will continue to be filmed in Philadelphia!

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Author Jennifer Weiner in The New Yorker

Had the pleasure of doing hair and make-up for Jennifer Weiner‘s recent shoot for a January 2014 article in The New Yorker.

It was also an honor to work with photographer phenom Pari Dubrovik, who is a darling person.  I didn’t style Jennifer’s beloved doggie in any way…..

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Celebrity Client: Ali Larter

A few weeks ago, I worked with actress Ali Larter.  She was in town to appear on QVC’s In the Kitchen with David, to promote her new cookbook Kitchen Revelry.  The book came out of her love of food and entertaining, and even a gluten-free vegetarian like me found good things to try as I flipped through her galley proof.   (She also turned me on to St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur that’s great with champagne – I’m so there….).

I first saw Ali in one of my all time favorite chick flicks, “Legally Blonde.”  But she’s known more now for her work on the TV series “Heroes,” and you’ll see her in a new series soon called “Legends.”

Caught her on Instagram, of course….. beautiful skin, golden tones and individual lashes on eyes, and a pinked lip (Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Fascination) that would go well with her happy orange dress….

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Martha Stewart Weddings party in NYC

Got to attend the recent party thrown by Martha Stewart in NYC for her wedding magazine as a guest of my pal Marie Labbancz, one of the top wedding photographers ever.  Ran into Kristy Rice of Momental Designs – we’ve done a couple of shoots together featuring her spectacular handmade custom invitations and stationery…..

We said “hello” to Randy Fenoli of “Say Yes to the Dress,” as well as top wedding planner Mindy Weiss.  Fun night!

Marie Labbancz, Rita Rojas Sullivan, Me, Kristy Rice and Jessica Dal Santo Zielen

Society of Professional Women know what not to wear to work…

I’m a big fan of TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” So when Eileen Connelly-Robbins and team from the Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s Society of Professional Women suggested doing an event patterned after the hit makeover show, instead of looking at them funny, dear friend and image consultant Megan Kristel (kristelclosets.com) and I said “okay.” Thus began the months of work it took to coordinate the event that was held on May 13th at the Radisson Valley Forge.

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Job One was to round out the make-over team by finding our Nick Arrojo in the dashing hair stylist Vann Ou from Bubbles Salon. The moment I walked into the joint, I could tell that Vann, who manages Bubbles in Bryn Mawr and now in Rittenhouse Square, was the “Nick” we were looking for…

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The entire event, from “before” to “after,” was chronicled by David Campli (Campli Photography) and Dave Williams (MediaWave Productions). David C. told the story in photographs, and Dave W. produced the three videos you see below. (Fun Fact: I did the voice-overs for the videos, and also contributed one of my original songs – from another life – for the background music).

The SPW team (special thanks to Ashley Miller) identified our three make-over winners, all Chamber members and either self-nominated or nominated by friends or colleagues:


– Susan Graham is a Marketing Manager for Bryn Mawr Hospital, and the mother of two little kiddles. In light of her work and personal load, she has a remarkably good sense of humor…


– Paula Kielich is the President of Pals for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing companion animal programs to the handicapped, elderly and mentally-impaired. A feisty little lady with beautiful eyes and skin…


– Lori O’Leary is the Executive Director of MusicWorks, a music therapy program started by her husband, musician and therapist Jerry O’Leary. She is the dearest person, with the most enviable bone structure…

Megan Kristel, who is very simply the best at what she does, invaded the closets of each winner, found clothes with hidden potential, then took each of the ladies shopping at Elizabeth Maar Boutique in Haverford to find pieces that would pull their looks together – many thanks to owner Nellie and super saleswoman Joyce for their help. The story continued at Bubbles Salon, where Vann and I tag-teamed our new friends into top form:

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Lori:

The event benefited my favorite local charity, Main Line Animal Rescue, and the organization’s fearless and inspirational leader Bill Smith talked about their fight to stop puppy mills. I mean, the man got Oprah to pay attention, so enough said. (Fun Fact #2: our little girl cat, Lana Turner, came from MLAR, and it’s taking all of my powers of self-control to stop myself from inserting a picture of her here.)

And here are the “afters:”

Call us “crazy,” but in spite of the logistical challenges involved, Megan and I agreed that we would actually do this again! Many thanks to all involved…

Eileen Connolly Robbins, David Campli, Susan G., Paula K., Lori O., Megan Kristel, Dave Williams, Vann Ou, and moi!

Clean and Green: Harmony Cleaners

I love it when one of my jobs has an eco-conscious angle, and this feature in Bucks Life Magazine (July/August 2009) is no exception.  Sisters Debi Sarandrea and Vicki Brown founded Harmony Clean in 2003 and the products they use in their home cleaning services are non-toxic and safer for inhabitants and the environment.

I had a lot of fun doing make-up for these two eco-entrepreneurs.  You can visit their website at www.harmonyclean.com.

Remarkable Women: Dr. Miriam Franco

Big surprise: I do a lot of networking.  The whole idea of purposefully connecting with people to further my professional agenda was an abomination to me for years, due, as I will now freely admit, to poor judgment on the part of my inner social rebel.   Case in point: meeting Miriam Franco.

Dr. Miriam Franco, MSW, Psy.D. , is a psychotherapist and an Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Immaculata University.   In addition to being a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist, she is certified in Integrative Guided Imagery.   Little did I know that guided imagery is a method that uses breathing and sensory images to teach people how to achieve deep relaxation while conscious—I could have saved a lot of money and dignity during the 80’s if I’d known about this alternative strategy  for what I referred to back then as “relaxing.”

One of the guided imagery CD’s that Miriam has produced is called the Stressless Bride: Relaxation and Guided Imagery for the Bride to Be  miriamMiriam was just featured in the July bridal issue of Main Line Today magazine (photo by Carlos Alejandro, make-up by moi) and explained that guided imagery is “a user-friendly method that can be practiced almost anywhere—except while driving.”  I’m guessing there will be no Guided Imagery for Road Rage forthcoming.

Saying that most brides-to-be could use a little relaxation is quite an understatement, and I can’t think of a better engagement gift (don’t wait until the bridal shower to give your friend/sister/daughter/betrothed the gift of guided imagery, since she’ll be needing much stronger therapy by then).  The Stressless Bride is available for purchase on Miriam’s website, along with her other titles.

Miriam is a wicked smarty pants and we really hit it off when we met at Starbuck’s this spring.  She and I are about the same age, we’re both musical, and we both have Master’s degrees in religion.  My inner social rebel was forced to slink away and has never looked back, because she now knows that the best thing about so-called “networking” is the opportunity to meet and befriend remarkable women like Miriam!