Thursday, December 17, 2009

Giving Thanks

I am in awe of how fast this year has gone by. I was looking at the last blog entry and couldn’t believe it was already August, now it's already the end of 2009. As I reflect back on this year I have a lot to be thankful for. My family


Brides: Raquel. Meredith we did this shot for a photo shoot with Wendy & Eric. Our Indian bride Ameet from Canada she was referred to us from another bride in Canada how cool is this!!

Students and associates who have made this a wonderful year. Forming new friendships, making people smile, giving our students the tools to be inspired, creative and have passion for what they do. I love what I do, it gives me a reason to smile.. Hey I'm thinking of my pal Dave Miyamoto, he makes people smile for a living you gotta love this! Also a big huge thank you to Wendy & Eric of L'Amour photography thanks guys for all the brides you’ve sent us this past year. I can’t express enough how honored we feel to have you refer us. Not to mention you're both so talented and a blast to work with.

So many new changes for us this year, we moved from our old studio space to the new space. Check out the new place below so much room, yay!! The old space was a bit cozy..

Students practicing the art of Airbrushing.

We added some new staff to take care of your beauty needs - a hairstylist and esthetician. Welcome Leina - Leina is expert at waxing, facials and eyelash extensions.

Heather our hairstylist has been with us for awhile, she's taking on more salon clients. Heather is great with color, cuts and styling she can even do hair extensions. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful staff in the salon and our amazing team of freelance stylists. Heather, Terri, Toni, Jill and Nathan thank you for all the hard work you do! Can’t wait for our holiday get together.

I’m also proud of the work our makeup graduates have been involved with-

Movies: Finding Gauguin & Coors Light Commercial, Music Videos, Short Films at UH, Various Photo Shoots, Fashion shows at the Honolulu Design Center, Tsunami, Bar 35, Level 4, and a few others.

Keep up the great work and follow your dreams nothing is out of reach.

Speaking of I was asked to speak at the Kailua Windward Boys and Girls Club. Any time I can inspire and motivate young girls to feel better about themselves, it's the best! I talked about what else makeup and the importance of taking care of your skin and good hygiene - start early! Heather talked about the importance of clean hair and scalp. It was a fun day plus we were able to go see the New Moon movie with them - nothing like having a bunch of girls screaming in a movie theater, ok Jacob is Hot!! So is Edward :)

I've included some pictures of this past year to show our journey with brides, students and well life in general. Hope you like them and a few from my photography class - a new hobby..

Next year I hope to be turning another corner creatively and I'm always up for some new adventures.. Cheers to 2010!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Time

As I sit here reading my last blog entry I can't believe it's almost August. Here’s a re-cap of our summer activities- In April we had the opportunity to expand our space. We re-opened Studio W May 1 our new address is 918 Smith St. Suite A ground floor across from Aloha Tower.

Our June graduating class has already worked on a photo shoot exciting NEWS..

Our March master makeup student Chantel is busy doing makeup and special effects on Maui. She's working as a key makeup artist for the feature film "Finding Gauguin" We are super proud of her accomplishments!!

As the makeup academy grows, I am happy to be able to provide a space for students to grow, learn, and to be inspired doing what they love.. Check back on Summer Time part deux for more blog news and pictures..

Heather and I are busy getting ready for the bridal expo this weekend at the Blaisdale. We will be talking with brides about their big day and doing makeup and hair- offering special discounts. Please stop by and say hello. Thanks Nathan - I just received your text and will be happy to have your creative energy to help us out this weekend!

Brides: Congrats to all of you beauties.. We wish you all the love, happiness and joy!!

Here are a few of our Brides & Grooms..

Congrats to: Mr & Mrs Miyamoto, and Nacholani :) Photo Credits: Dave Miyamoto & CO

Lindsay & Greg

Alice & Ashraf- Photo Credits: Visionary

Sukhi & Gordy- This was an awesome experience to be able to create a traditional Indian bridal makeup. Thanks Sukhi for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful day out at Turtle Bay Resort.

I'm waiting for the pics to come back from her photographer Sunny from Canada. This picture was taken from my digital.

Christine & Matt- Photo Credits: Christie Pham

Kelly & Stephen - Photo Credits: Christie Pham

Kelly looking like a princess.

We will be collaborating on a few wedding shoots with Eric & Wendy of L'Amour Photography. Here’s a picture of Wendy taken at the March OWA meeting. We were asked to do the makeup and hair.. It was a lot of fun, always a good time with the OWA peeps :)

I love this look very retro, my favorite.

This picture from another collaboration with James Anshutz Photographer- Bride Wars

Here's another picture from our shoot:

This picture will be featured in the new Bridal Expo magazine to promote James Anshutz Photography, Studio W and Masako Formals - who graciously loaned us the dress for the photo shoot. Thanks again to James, Kumi and Pauline.

Wishing everyone a fun filled, beautiful weekend..

Friday, May 8, 2009

Beauty & Fun!!!

Wow I can't believe it's already the month of May.. My daughter will be turning 12 almost a teenager. Ah.. Can't decide on Ice Palace or Dave & Buster’s either way it will be a day of fun and laughter.. Maybe some tears my baby is growing up.

Still keeping busy with our brides, we love them! We just finished an awesome bridal photo shoot. Will post the pics when we get them.
Thank you to Kumi and Pauline of Masako Formals for your generous donation.

Studio W was invited to do the hair & makeup for the Look Hawaii Launch Party at the Honolulu Design Center we had a great time and had some beautiful faces to work on!

Big Mahalos to the team: Nathan, Sarah, Kela, Lesley & Christa and to Toni and Karlel for the invite!!
Here's a few pics:

Location- Location- Location - We've finally landed in our new space located at 918 Smith St Suite A. We didn't have to move too far a few doors down and our space is fantastic. We've added one full time hairstylist to take care of all in salon hair services and one part time hairstylist and an esthetician. We will now be including on our service menu haircutting, color, highlights, straight perms, facials, waxing and custom spray tanning. Both stylists have been in the beauty industries for over 10 years. Welcome Heather & Sarah. Look for the new photos of our Studio / Salon to post soon.

On the makeup academy front - I'm so proud of our students who have this last month participated in a fashion show, we referred a commercial to Christa and Chantel is up for a movie yay!!! Here's Christa doing makeup for LH fashion show.

Our graduates have been involved in movie shoots, commercials, photo shoots, music videos and weddings. I'm so proud of all of you, keep up the great work!

With summer almost here it's time to get your tan on - The safe way. Our tanning products are all organic. Come in and get the just kissed by the sun glow. You'll look like you've been on vacation for two weeks :)

Specials for May & June - Full body custom spray tanning for $45 normally $65 +

Waxing - Brazilian $45.

First time clients receive 10% off all beauty and in salon services. Call us to make your appointments 808-371-8242 or 525-7203.

Come in to the beauty bar for your custom blend foundations.

We transform the ordinary into the extraordinary! Wishing everyone a fun filled and beautiful summer :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Grateful and Blessed!

Every day I get to make women look good and feel good especially on one of their most important days of their lives is truly a wonderful feeling! It’s such a gift to be included on this joyous and happy occasion! I am forever grateful to be in the profession I’m in.

Here are a few words from some of the recent brides followed by their pictures and a link to the Nohea’s big day! I wish them all the love , joy and happiness in their journey together….

Hi Wendy,

Thank You for the wonderful job you did. I can't thank you enough for making me look beautiful..Thanks again!


Aloha Kakou!!
Although our magical day has not quiet settled into our minds, as realty is supposed to, we find ourselves still in awe. Thanks again to everyone for helping to make this day so breathtaking and memorable. Thanks again to everyone for all that you do and for being part of our lives.

Attached is the email with web address for the pictures. Enjoy.

Nohea and Josh

And thank you’s and feedback we receive from the trial sessions we do..

Hi Wendy,
I just want to say thank you so much!!!!! I will give you my room info as soon as I know it. Thank you again you and Terry are great!
See you soon,

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for the trial session this past weekend. I love my makeup!

I'll keep you posted about what room we're in. We'll probably check in on Friday afternoon.


Here's a few pics from brides, trial sessions and a fashion show, we did this last month at Tsukiji's in Ala Moana we partnered up with Salon Blanc. I love partnering up with them they are great friends and wonderful artists!!

Pamela- Married on March 7, 2009

Rika Married March 14, 2009!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!!

NEWS****I’ll be a guest blogger from time to time for the daily fashion report with the Honolulu Advertiser!! I’ll be writing about what else, makeup-
what’s in, what’s hot, the latest trends and product info.

MORE NEWS***** Studio W is expanding to a larger space to include more hair services, full body waxing, spray tanning (just in time for summer) facials and massage therapy!! Bye Bye old space...

Will be offering specials for the month of June for bridal parties and spa parties!!

Check back for the latest… With updated pictures from the March Master Makeup & Airbrush Classes and our new space!!!!

Warmest Aloha,

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fashionista Fashion Show at Pearl

When Alyssa called me to do the makeup and hair for her show at Pearl Ultra Lounge my answer was yes yes!!I love doing fashion shows. We wanted to create a fun fresh look for spring and right now the fashion trend is tropical with a 50's flair this was my inspiration for the makeup & hair. The clothes were fun and sexy.

Here are a few photos from the show. Please excuse the fuzzy pics it was a long day we were up early for a wedding at 4am I'll repost new pics soon :)

Thanks Alyssa we had a fun time with the girls!

Brides &...............

We started the year off at the bridal expo in January this is always a fun and upbeat event for us. I get a chance to talk and meet with soon to be brides who are excited, happy and a little stressed about getting everything organized. My best advice for brides once you decide on your wedding day. Try to book your vendors well in advance this will save you a lot of headache trying to book people at the last minute. Plus your favorite vendors may not be available. We book about two months in advance sometimes up to 4 months, we can accommodate last minute bookings. We had a big wedding party on Jan 31 congratulations to Nohea she looked beautiful! We wish you all the love and happiness on your new journey together.. Here's what she had to say about our services:

Aloha wendy!!

Thanks again for making me beautiful!!! You and your crew were awesome. I just wanted to share this with you. As soon as I get pictures from the photographers I will be sure to send them your way. Thanks again for everything. You guys are the best!!!

Aloha and God Bless
Mrs. Joshua Versola

pictures will post soon :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy New Year!

I’m not really into resolutions this year, I don’t think they mean too much. I do believe in reassessing yourself and striving to make changes that will benefit yourself and others. Life is too short to waste it on excuses or to put the important stuff off for tomorrow, after all what if tomorrow never comes. Be present with those around you, embrace your family and friends. Enjoy the gifts we have all around us. Don’t put off today… Do what makes you happy and follow your passions!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

A few images of the things in life that are the most important to me and make me happy!