As we gear up (pardon the pun) for our annual High Tech issue of Launchpad, we decided to raise the bar this time around; and by "raise the bar" we mean photo shoot! In a LP first, we produced our own Portfolio-style shoot, snagging legendary editorial/runway stylist Jason Stanton to create the "cyber-punk"-inspired looks. Our fierce team also included Jason's wife and amazing makeup artist Heidi Stanton, photographer Teren Oddo and, of course, our phenomenal model Ali, who proved fearless in all things fashion and hair.
Last Friday, I kicked off the weekend with one of the best blow-outs I've ever had at The Private Room in Beverly Hills, California. Just shy of a year old, the studio caters to the city's sophisticated clientele with an intimate atmosphere accompanied by fabulous artwork, tasty lattes (or wine, if you'd prefer!) and, most importantly, a small but very accomplished staff that seems to be all smiles, all the time. Salon owner Tina Dizon blew out my tresses in record time (I'd have to guess approximately 20 mins.!), but the best part?
Recently I was honored to Visit Michaeljohn Salon, and what a treat! Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the cozy space was jamming when I arrived on Friday afternoon. I met with Justin Surh, an accomplished stylist and colorist with 25+ years experience. He worked with Toni&Guy and Vidal Sassoon in London before he moved stateside. In addition to styling for the runway, editorial and TV commercials, Justin has worked with some of the best-known celebs. Julia Roberts? Check.
An interview with Emma Hack, the makeup artist behind the music video for Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye's hit song "Somebody That I Used to Know" is everywhere. The song is inescapable on the radio and even on television. The music video for the song has received over 175 million hits on YouTube, and has no doubt influenced the song's rise to number one on the charts. The unique concept for the music video has been parodied on Saturday Night Live and inspired a heap of copycats on YouTube.
A few months ago, I blogged on Byu-ti Hair Therapy in Santa Monica, California. [Read my original blog here!] Now, salon owner and Pureology ambassador Natasha Sunshine has opened a second location in neighboring Brentwood, California.
Lately, I've been on a bit of a lash binge. There's just something so glamourous about batting a set of full, luscious lashes. Luckily, us beauty editors get to indulge our inner-most beauty fantasies, and I've had a chance to test drive a few fabulous options for the lash-obsessed. Here are my prime picks for pretty peepers:
1. I recommend choosing the correct hairstyle for your hair texture.
Having just opened a new location in Beverly Hills, California, celeb stylist and salon owner Kristoff Ball, invited the Launchpad team for cuts and blowouts at his new eponymous digs. A mixture of eclectic art pieces, self-crafted furniture (did we mention Ball is also an accomplished carpenter) and a cool rockstar vibe (oh yeah, he's a musician too!), the atmosphere is anything but boring; just like Ball, who regaled us with exciting stories from his many years in the biz while knocking out bombshell manes in no time.
As the age old saying goes, "It's not the destination, but the journey." My journey, or at least this little blog, begins with a break-up. My girlfriend and I, after three and a half years, recently broke up. As everyone knows, break-ups are hard and they are painful, especially when you live together. However, when you are the one being broken up with, well, that just takes it all to a whole other level of pain and difficulty. So, I'm doing all the things one is supposed to do after a break-up.