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Cooking With Joni Sare….

Happy New Year!! I have been so busy working and opening up a new skincare clinic- which I’m so excited about, and will share more soon. I haven’t done a lot of blogging lately :( and I miss it!  I have so much to share with you and lots to catch up on. Let’s start with my new food related obsession- It’s cooking, learning, and eating with Chef Joni Sare.

Here is Chef Joni!

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One of my passions has always been cooking- ahem…. more specifically eating, but I also love the creative process of combining new flavors, especially international cuisine!! This passion has actually turned into a  “gig” aka “side hustle” – but more like a side-alignment since it never feels like work. I mean my office is Joni’s beautiful kitchen, my desk is an oven, and my computer is the fridge!  Cooking with Joni is fun but every time I’ve taken a class or been an assistant I learn something new.  She is a natural teacher and makes what may seem like complicated cooking concepts easy. So, each class we prepare yummy food, discussing how to best develop umami with nice guests, and did I mention wine??? Someone has to make sure the Sangria is balanced, more on that later. Joni is a personal trainer for your kitchen. I call her the skinny chef you CAN trust. She specializes in Thai, French, Italian, Paella and more and she even has an Instant Pot class- for the busiest home chefs, which we have a lot of in busy Silicon Valley.

Leading Sangria instruction is one of my specialties with Joni,  and has earned me the nickname #sangriagirl. Did you know National Sangria day is December 20th? It’s also my birthday, which is fitting since I LOVE Sangria!  It’s like a health elixir the way Joni teaches it – I mean we add high antioxidant organic herbs. Trust me, this is the best way to spend an afternoon or evening, if you want to have a great team-building event with your workmates, girls night in with yummy food, couples bonding, etc. You can learn how to make Sangria with your own herb-infused simple syrups – I mean how healthy are you?!?!  and how to really fruit it up, to match any cuisine.  If you’re a serious culinary student, you  may even improve your knife skills- her tearless onion technique is life changing. Joni has taught me how to expertly dice a red bell pepper with no mess or waste and now I share this new skill with guests in my Ragu sauce, which you will enjoy with homemade pasta,  you make yourself in Joni’s Italian class..  You will learn to chiffonade, macerate, and my personal favorite deglaze. You will walk away with satiated taste-buds, healthy, tasty cooking tips, and last but not least a great memory.

Here is Jon’s website for more information.

 

www.jonisare.com

 

Hope to see you in the kitchen!!

 

Warning!! Taking a class with Joni may cause a sudden obsessive urge to purchase a crinkle cutter

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Event! The Makeup Show SF, Introduces, iArtist, an All New Beauty Event

I’m very excited to share that The Makeup Show will be launching iArtist an ALL-NEW BEAUTY EVENT in San Francisco from March 21st – 23rd!

Have you ever wanted to know how the best makeup artists in the industry reach their success? I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum reveals just that. Making its debut in San Francisco on March 21st, the event was created not only for professional makeup artists, but for anyone in a creative career. The forum’s sole purpose is to help create an environment for anyone, whether up and coming or a seasoned artist, to get insight from some of the most successful in the industry and be re-inspired. I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum will be a platform for those who may be looking to redefine their success, re-engage with their passion, and discover how to get back on their path.

Following iArtist, on March 24 and 25 the highly anticipated TMS Makeup Shop SF will also be coming back – who doesn’t want to shop the best cosmetics and talk beauty for 5 days?!  Below is a sneak peek of these events!!
  • I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum will kick off on March 21st with over 25 of the most successful artists and industry experts taking the stage.  During this three day event artists from Jordan Liberty, Matthew Jordan Smith, and Yvonne MacInnis will divulge in their best kept secrets and reveal how they reached success.
  • TMS Makeup Shop SF  is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  This is your chance to shop an exclusive luxury beauty event that introduces all the makeup must-haves and beauty secrets of the pros!  And did we mention sales?!  These products will be offered at steep discounts, some normally only offered to pros!
Click here for the complete list of speakers traveling to SF for the debut of iArtist – and they can’t wait to share their secrets!

 

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Lipstick Angels – Warm Welcome to SF by Credo Dec 12th

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Lipstick Angels, a non profit that was started in Los Angeles is now in San Francisco at UCSF!! Lipstick Angels provides skincare services and makeup application for women going thru chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.  I’m honored to be a part of this wonderful team, as a Special Events Ambassador!

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We are having our first San Francisco fundraiser (20% of sales going to Lipstick Angels!) This is being hosted by the clean, green and incredibly awesome, Credo Beauty on Dec 12th. There will be wine, skincare tips, makeup applications and generous gifts with purchase. The event is from 5-7.  Come and get slammed up for the holidays for a very worthy cause. I would love to see you and share a toast and help you get some clean and gorgeous glam. Credo has so much to offer, and if you haven’t been yet you must come! Every purchase over $75 will receive a tote bag and a 7 piece free gift! RSVP to events@credobeauty.com

Hope to see you there!!

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CPR for your Hair! Welcome Madison-Reed to SF!

I tried it and I loved the new Color Bar in San Francisco. I’m loving my root reboot and color refresh, from Madison-Reed’s new location in San Francisco.

I was warmly welcomed by Rachael Thomas, who is the manager and lead colorist of the Color Bar. We all know sometimes seeing a new colorist can be a little daunting, but I was immediately at ease. I could tell I was in the presence of a skilled practitioner. Rachael went thru a quick but thorough color consultation with me.  She made an expert recommendation to blend two colors to make my perfect root and color refresh toner, for the rest of my hair. I loved the rich, glossy results and the perfect multi-dimensional color. It’s been 4 days since my visit, and my blow-out from Rachael is still looking fresh! If you can’t get to SF for a session, you can buy all of the hair color products online and they have professional colorists available via email and phone for complimentary consults.

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Rachael mixing up custom colors

It’s important to me that Madison-Reed is a cruelty free haircare line.  They are also at the forefront of innovation when it comes to ingredients. They are the first company to create a Smart 6-Free permanent hair color- there is no ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, PPD, phthalates or gluten. Those ingredients can be hard on your hair and really dull and damage it over time.  The color is made in Italy, where European Union standards are very strict when it comes to ingredients- so this is high quality and it really shows in the results. This Italian hand-crafted color is enriched with keratin, organ oil, and ginseng root which protects, hydrates and makes your hair healthy looking and shiny! There is a complete curated collection for your hair: Color, Protect and Revive.  It’s been 4 days since my color and blow dry and my hair is still looking salon fresh, with no wash needed yet! I will try to stretch it out for one more good hair day…gotta love a professional blow out!

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Before the magic happened

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After root reboot and color refresh with Rachael

I also took home some shampoo and conditioner, and a Color Reboot kit to touch up my roots in a few weeks. I will write another post about that once I use it. The color kit looks so easy to use and Madison Reed is known for quality salon color that you can do yourself at home. The sponge tip application for the roots is genius- less mess and more ease!  I’m actually looking forward to coloring my roots at home in a few weeks.

You can learn more about Madison Reed here

 

 

 

 

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Inside Anne’s Closet Fashion Show and Luncheon

Fashion with a Heart!

I recently had the honor to attend the 3rd Annual Inside Anne’s Closet celebrity fashion show and fundraiser luncheon, which was held at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, CA.  It was a wonderful event supporting a non profit that is helping to save lives, The Colon Cancer Alliance. 

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Inside Anne’s Closet Fashion Show and Luncheon

Packed house enjoying! (Drew Altizer Photography)

The mission of the Colon Cancer Alliance is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. It was founded in 1999 by 41 colon cancer survivors, their family members, care givers and friends. The lifetime risk for contracting colon cancer is 1 in 23 for women and men. 90% of colon cancers are diagnosed after age 50. Prevention is key and colon cancer has one of highest cure rates if found early.  The Colon Cancer Alliance has an informative and easy to navigate website.  There is even a quiz you can take to assess your risk factors, and so much more valuable information.  They also have financial assistance forms you can fill out online for help paying for screening and medical tests. There is also a helpline you can call to answer any questions. There are so many incredible resources available thru this truly amazing nonprofit organization.

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Fashionable guests! (Drew Altizer Photography)

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Mike Madden, Susie Lorenzi, Joe Madden, Wendy Madden, (Drew Altizer Photography)

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Arlene Inch, Lisa Welsh (Drew Altizer Photography)

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Kathleen Baty, John Paye, Maurisa Potts (Drew Altizer Photography)

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Jessica Aguirre with Maya Kapoor (Drew Altizer Photography)

 

This years Honorary Chair was world famous American Fashion Designer and colon cancer survivor Carmen Marc Valvo. He was inspired to make colon cancer prevention fashionable, and  spread awareness and the message of early detection by his good friend, Katie Couric.  Carmen Marc Valvo donated an amazing New York Fashion Week package with private cocktail parties with A-list celebs, and including a personal fitting and one of his elegant couture designer dresses! This auction was exciting and really got the crowd going, with Mr. Valvo spontaneously deciding to generously donate not 1 but 4 lucky auction winners this amazing package! That was a crowd pleaser!

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Carmen Marc Valvo- I had the pleasure to get to know him over lunch. What a great person!

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Emcee, Jessica Aguirre in her Carmen Marc Volvo

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With Michael Sapienza of the Colon Cancer Alliance

 

The elegant event was in honor of Event Chair John Paye’s (Stanford Hall of Fame Quarterback and former San Francisco 49er) mother Anne, who passed away in June 2013 at age 68 from the disease. Anne, was a lover of fashion and inspired friends and family to be proactive and spread the word about screening and prevention and reaching out to underserved communities.  Bay Area NBC anchor Jessica Aguirre was a spectacular emcee of the event, and looked gorgeous in a stunning Carmen Marc Valvo cocktail dress.

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Runway

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Runway (Drew Altizer Photography)

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Runway (Drew Altizer Photography)

 

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Runway (Drew Altizer photography)

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The grand finale with Carmen Marc Valvo and his couture collection! (Drew Altizer Photography)

 

The runway show included fashions donated by local and national retailers, such as Jenni Kayne, Louisa Spagnoli, Gitane, Brooks Brothers, and culminating with a couture evening gown presentation by Carmen Marc Valvo. Many local celebrities, current and/or former athletes from Bay Area sports teams, and on-air sports talent modeling summer trends, participated in the fashion show! Here is a listing of who was strutting it on the runway!

2017 Runway Models
Stanford University:

  • Harrison Phillips, Defensive End, Stanford University Football
  • Alameen Murphy, Cornerback, Stanford University Football
  • Alijah Holder, Cornerback, Stanford University Football
  • Bryce Love, Running Back, Stanford University Football
  • Brittany McPhee, Guard, Women’s Stanford University Basketball
  • Kaylee Johnson, Forward, Women’s Stanford University Basketball
  • Dijonai Carrington, Guard, Women’s Stanford University Basketball
  • Kelsey Humphreys, Stanford University Volleyball Player

University of Southern California:

  • Jackson Barrett, University of Southern California Volleyball Player

Pro Athletes/Bay Area Notables:

  • Tank Williams, Yahoo Sports College & Fantasy Football Analyst, Former Stanford University and NFL Football Player with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and New England Patriots
  • Drew Bennett, First Take NFL analyst, Former UCLA and Tennessee Titans Football Player
  • Khari Stephenson, Former MLS Soccer player
  • Toi Cook, Former Stanford University Football Player and San Francisco 49er
  • Steve Bono, Former UCLA Football Player and San Francisco 49er
  • Eric Byrnes, Analyst at MLB Network, Former UCLA and Oakland Athletics Baseball Player
  • Raj Mathai, News Anchor for NBC Bay Area KNTV
  • Jon Root, Olympic Gold Medalist in Men’s Volleyball, Former Stanford University Volleyball Player
  • Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Basketball Analyst for ESPN, Sideline reporter Comcast, for regionalbroadcasts of Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers games, Former Stanford University Basketball Player
  • Sonia Mathai, VP, Global Head of People at Synack
  • Lulu Eschelman, Handbag Fashion Designer, LumillaMingus
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