I’ve been planning this shoot for months and the day was finally here!!
The day before the shoot, I ran around town grooming my eyebrows, adding some lashes and polishing those nails. I even added some hair before the shoot. Once we all arrived, we smelled the aroma of hot curling and flat irons burning as Janet patiently tried to add some body and bounce to her tresses — by any means necessary. Powder scattered and eyeshadow sprinkled as Sharise transformed her eyelids into a jewel-tone, golden hue. Meanwhile, Réal was on a rampage looking for something, anything to pin her dress in the back –she lost a lot of weight and needed a snug fit on her newly petite physique.
I asked, “Réal are you ready?”
She answered, “I have to put on my eyebrows and my lips, then I’ll be ready.”
I just laughed. I love girl talk.
I filled in my eyebrows and made sure my bold, bright lips were luscious. I even changed my lip color since, I didn’t think it was the right shade of purple. I added a fuschia-pink color, but everyone was convinced that it was still the same purple hue. (eh, I tried.)
Réal said the best part of the shoot was vibing to good music with good people. She also said that it is always fun to feel like a celebrity for a day – getting all dolled up and striking your best pose, of course.
“The vibe of the shoot was fun and over the top. I really enjoyed myself. The best part was striking a pose. It really allowed me to bring out my personality among the three other women.”
Janet thought the best part of the shoot was being able to freestyle our poses and just move to the music. And, boy, did I freestyle.
And, this is why we love beauty and fashion:
“It allows you to express yourself in a non-verbal way. You can have five different women in the same dress; but, allow them to choose their own accessories, hair and make-up and you will see five different looks.”
“Fashion and beauty are art, and as with most art forms, you can use both to express who you truly are. Beauty isn’t about the products you put on your face; but the pleasure you get from indulging in things that please you. Fashion is what you wear from season to season. Style is how you use fashion to bring the inward you outward — and it is eternal.”
“I love beauty and fashion because it is so subjective. There are no rights or wrongs, it’s a personal reflection of who you are and how you feel. It affects your mood and when you think you look great; you’ll always feel great.”
I consider myself a very personable being, but sometimes it’s hard to connect with someone on even the most simplistic level…. that is until you give someone a compliment. If you are in an elevator with a client and stuggling with small talk, compliment his tie or rave about her skirt and instantly, you will break the ice, loosen stress and be able to connect. More often than not, you’d find out that the tie was a gift from a cousin who traveled to Milan or the skirt was the last item at a Tory Burch sample sale that was snagged for 80% off.
The other day, my Asian manicurist ate the most smelly, black soup-like substance. She leaned in and whispered, “It’s for youth. See, I’m 55 and I don’t have any grey hair.” Instantly, we connected and I learned what I needed to keep my strands from going colorless.
“I love beauty and fashion, because of the bridge that connects people living in different worlds, both figuratively and literally. It helps you to identify. If you put a woman from each country in a room and ask for the secret to staying youthful and beautiful; honey, you better get a pen and pad, ’cause you won’t be able to retain all of the information that resulted from that conversation. Women love to share…. more distinctively, women love to share fashion and beauty advice.”
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And, I applaud the people that made this day come together:
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