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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

Inside Anne’s Closet Fashion Show and Luncheon

Runway (Drew Altizer Photography)

Inside Anne’s Closet Fashion Show and Luncheon

Runway (Drew Altizer Photography)

 

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Runway (Drew Altizer photography)

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Inside Anne’s Closet Fashion Show and Luncheon

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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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Spring Cleaning: Morning Cleansing and Why It’s Non-Negotiable

Of course we all know to cleanse our face at the end of the day- we want to remove makeup and grime that accumulates. It’s almost a given that you may wake up with breakouts and clogged pores if you go to sleep with even the “cleanest” makeup on. Some say that it actually ages our skin to go to sleep with makeup on.

I have read recently, where skincare experts are recommending to just splash your face with water in the morning. I would never recommend skipping a morning cleanse. While we sleep our body is busy repairing, cleaning and cellular detox and metabolism is occuring- Our skin, weighting on average 10 pounds  is our largest organ and known as the “2nd kidneys.” We usually (hopefully!) cleanse before bed and apply serums and/or moisturizers containing oils and antioxidants. During the night while we sleep, these topical ingredients applied to your skin, have been exposed to oxygen. They have served their purpose and are no longer able to protect and nourish your skin. By morning the antioxidants have oxidized and the oils that are on the surface of the skin are going to be rancid from exposure to oxygen.  Why would we want to leave this on our skin? We definitely want to cleanse off the residue, as it can lead to inflammation. Water alone does not properly cleanse this residue. I recommend oil-cleansing in the morning. I use specially formulated herb-infused oil cleansers in my skincare practice. These oil cleansers gently dissolve impurities, impart nutrients that support a healthy skin flora, stimulate the lymphatic system, calm inflammation, leave the skin very hydrated and healthy.

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One of my favorite morning cleansers! Sacred Calm

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Suntegrity Lip Colors- The Most Wearable and Healthiest Lip Color Collection Ever!

Suntegrity is a favorite brand of mine! I was so excited when they came out with an organic, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30 lip color range.  They contain Konjac root, Wrinkle Feeling Spheres, to visibly reduce the look of any fine lines. The formulas are infused with organic shea, jojoba and cocoa butter. The colors are so flattering and they are as wearable and rich looking as they can be!  They use pure pigment- no dyes! They are light reflective and absolutely yummy, with a hint of stevia to sweeten them. I love them so much that I ordered the collection for my skincare studio -Facials By Pearl! If you’re in the SF Bay Area come and take a look! I will post more photos when I have a little more time to play with them, but here is a sneak peak of the gorgeous shades! To add to the beauty of this brand, both inner and outer, Suntegrity also donates a portion of each sale of the lip colors to Lipstick Angels!

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Valentines with Beth Quinn Designs- jewelry with soul-swag!

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I recently discovered an artisan jewelry maker who makes soulful and beautifully inspired pieces. It’s actually hard for me to put into words everything that Beth Quinn represents- her creative offerings are so vast. I will try, but I encourage you to take a look at her website.  There is something very special in her creations- I think it has a lot to do with blending the masculine, working with metals, which she learned and inherited from her Father,  and the feminine essence of creativity, which she cultivated from being inspired by her Grandmother. As Beth says, her jewelry is full of her love for the old, worn and shiny…. But also I see an artful blend of feminine and masculine- I just know when I put my Beth Quinn piece on I feel very inspired!

Beth is a self-taught jewelry and mixed media artist, who lives in Arizona with her husband and two young boys. All of her pieces are handmade in her studio. She uses tools she inherited from her dad when we passed away. I can’t help but think what a wonderful way to honor her dad.  Much of her jewelry has the word “she” in it- these little affirmations are meant to bring joy to the women who wear them- they include sparkle and are meant to be worn close to your heart. She also makes home decor and such a large variety of pieces that will add a bit of sparkle and soul-swag to your bedroom or even your office. She also makes these really cool dreamcatchers!

 

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Beth Quinn also has a number of gifts that give back.  Please see below and this inspiring necklace.

 

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SPECIAL FUNDRAISER CAMPAIGN  —  We are so excited to be teaming up the YOUnique Foundation  to bring you some jewelry that gives back to EMPOWER women,  this is a company that truly stole my heart with what they give back to the community  !! 40% of all the proceeds and sales of this necklace  go to the younique foundation ..

What is the younique foundation ??http://youniquefoundation.org/ 

We inspire hope in women who were sexually abused as children or adolescents by hosting them at a retreat, where they are uplifted by each other and learn skills that can help them find individual healing.
We educate parents and empower them to protect their children from sexual abuse while leading a public dialogue to bring the epidemic of abuse to light.

 

I also heart this heart bracelet- wrist wrap!

 

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The prices are so affordable – it’s actually hard to believe how good her prices are, since the quality is so high, on all of her individually hand-crafted items. These make great gifts for the women or even little girl (btw, she has a beautiful selection for little ones!) in your life or a little inspiring piece for yourself! www.BethQuinnDesigns.com You are sure to find something that will put a sparkle in your eye.

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