Ghinda Beauty Project: Our girl Chelsea…

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We were lucky enough to pick one of our custom bride’s brains before her wedding day. Now that the event is over and she is settling back in after the honeymoon, we’ve decided to share our girl Chelsea’s thoughts on her personal design experience as well as some planning advice!

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Did you have your dream dress in mind all along? Or was it something you stumbled upon in planning your wedding and researching your inspiration?

Chelsea: I didn’t have a dream dress in mind. After getting engaged I found many dresses that were absolutely lovely, but I was never quite sold on any of them. I then found Ghinda and realized I could design my own. I could take my favorite characteristics from each dress I had found and put them into one. As a result,my own dress began to feel like a piece of artwork. The ladies at Ghinda and I designed a gown from start to finish with my favorite textures and structures. My gown, like art, evolved overtime into something beautifully unique. I am so happy with the way it turned out. I wore an ivory gown made of lace, silk charmeuse and chiffon. It has open sides, a square back and a high waste line. My dress is simple yet perfectly elegant; it is timeless yet feels incredibly stylish and matchless.

How did your custom gown represent what you find to be beautiful?

Chelsea: Designing a dress at Ghinda was such an incredible process. The ladies at Ghinda are so vibrant, optimistic and trustworthy. I could be precise and specific without feeling dictatorial. I learned it is important for me to wear something lightweight and comfortable. I also learned it’s important to feel sexy! When it comes to wearing a wedding dress, there is nothing haughty about looking in the mirror and thinking, “Dang. I look good!” My gown is completely representative of me. I chose a dress structure that extenuates my best physical qualities. The design process was also a really beautiful experience for me. The culmination of the two – my dress plus the design process – has made me feel like the most beautiful and worthy bride.

How did your wedding reflect your personality as a couple?

Chelsea:  Jared and I created our wedding day aesthetic ourselves. With the help of family and close friends, we were able to get creative and personal with our ideas. We also chose two dear friends to play music throughout the evening, and we did our best to utilize locally owned and operated shops for items such as flowers. We are a romantic couple, but we are also very simple.

What are your best words of advice for couples who are planning their wedding?

Chelsea: Give yourself plenty of time. Jared and I had a longer engagement – 1.5 years. This gave us plenty of time to plan a traditional wedding in a thoughtful way. Remember no event is perfect. Although we have planned every detail, we know something will not go as planned. It’s normal, and it’s okay. I would humbly encourage couples to rid of the idea, “It’s all about us”. The wedding day will, by default, be a celebration of us as a couple. However, our wedding day is also very much about the support system that has cheered us on and has helped us overcome the hardships. Jared and I wouldn’t be the couple we are today if it wasn’t for our family members, dear friends, past teachers and mentors. We want our wedding day to be a celebration of them, as well.

Through our bridal appointments with you, we know you and your love thoroughly enjoy music. Tell us about the importance and specificity of the music at your wedding.

Chelsea: Music to us is very important. We are each lucky to have many friends who have pursued vocations and / or careers in music. We each chose one friend to perform on our wedding day. This is something we are each very excited about!

Which outlets did you use for your wedding inspiration? (Magazines, blogs,
friends, wedding planner, etc.)

Chelsea: We used LOTS of blogs. My favorite wedding blog is Green Wedding Shoes. I also enjoyed gathering inspiration from photographers, Lauren Anna Mills, Andria Lindquist and Lang Thomas Leichardt. Lastly, we spent a lot of time on Pinterest. However, while Pinterest was a great place to draw inspiration, it was also tricky to achieve what we saw in the site’s photos. Most weddings popular on Pinterest have a team of wedding planners (and a large budget) behind them. Jared and I collected bits and pieces from Pinterest photos and incorporated those into our wedding with an effort and budget that was comfortable for us.

What does beauty mean to you? Has your definition of beauty changed since
meeting and falling in love with your other half, Jared?

Chelsea: Beauty to me is kindness and wholeness. As a young woman, my inner
confidence may fluctuate day to day. (I’d be lying if I said, “I am so confident
every single day!”) It is possible, though, for kindness and wholeness to be
consistent each day. Even on days when I may feel slightly “off my A-game”, I
can still practice kindness and wholeness. Therefore, I can still feel beautiful. Jared and I define beauty in a similar way. It wasn’t so much that he changed my definition of beauty but rather made me more confident in it. He’s just really freaking awesome like that. 

You are a writer, a photographer, and an all­‐around creative woman. Share with us some of what inspires you most.

Chelsea: BLUSH!* Thank you!I honestly am very easily inspired. I see a bouquet of flowers and want to create something like it right away. I see a colorful bird flying in the sky and inevitably draw metaphors from that and later create a relevant essay. People, though, inspire me most. Jared oftentimes calls me a “people collector” because I often meet someone and say, “I really like him / her! She / he did this or that! I want to adopt that quality! Now we are both awesome!” Besides my family, some of my favorite folks / creatives are Dr. Paul Farmer, Ashlae W. of the blog, Oh, Ladycakes!, a dear friend named Ryan and my closest girlfriends.

If you would, share with us your decision to do a “first look”. How perfect was it?

Chelsea: Jared and I surprised ourselves when we realized we preferred to do a “first look”. The consequences were so attractive to us. We are going to be together most of our wedding day. Why wait until the evening to see your husband-to-be on your wedding day? Hello! The moment we first see each other will be only ours to share and no one else’s. And, we truly believe my walk down the isle will be just as special. This way, though, my walk won’t be as anxiety provoking because I would have already seen Jared. The first look also allows us to take wedding photos pre-ceremony (and pre-tears). Therefore, our guests won’t wait a long while before cocktail hour. Let’s get the party started stat! We are very happy with our decision and encourage others to do what they feel best for them. A “first look” was simply best for Jared and me.


Photography of Chelsea’s beautiful day captured by L.A. Photography. You may read more about Chelsea on her lifestyle blog, Fenway Journal.

Of Silk and Willow…

One of our most recent brides was in love the idea of a clean, simple, and classic aesthetic for her wedding. Working with a girl whose vision was so clear was soothing. But also in that clarity is the absolute need for perfection. The dress she chose from one of our Collections was beautiful and just what she had envisioned. The custom maxi skirts we designed for her bridesmaids were clean, soft, and flattering (and could totally be worn again! Wink!) One detail we lingered on for some time was what kind of sash to pair with her gown. We were on the hunt for ribbons and sashes to complete the look and may have found one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Silk and Willow.

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Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Shellie Pomeroy has created a gorgeous line of silk ribbons and sashes using plant-based dyes which she sources from India, domestically, and locally. All of her imported dyes are fair trade and sustainably sourced and she even makes her ribbon spools from the fast-growing renewable Acacia tree. Not to mention all the materials she uses are biodegradable, reusable, and recyclable. (Three qualities we love and appreciate from any small business!)

Of her inspiration and materials, Pomeroy says, “I am drawn to silk for it’s durability, softness, and drape. The tactile experience of silk is alluring, and the colors it radiates are breathtaking. Each of my ribbons is made with the intention of love and longevity, an heirloom piece that can be re-used for years.”

Please discover more at their website, Silk and Willow, and fall in love with the richness and natural beauty of her products like we did.

Plant Dyed Napkins {ASSORTED COLORS}


All images from http://www.silkandwillow.com

All About the Bridesmaids…

Above, Grace Kelly and her bridesmaids in 1956.

Above, Grace Kelly and her bridesmaids in 1956.

Although I am not yet married—No Rush, here!—I am honored to have been invited to 9 beautiful weddings as a young adult. (Three happened this summer alone!) I have been a bridesmaid in two and a maid of honor in one of those celebrations. I have girlfriends that tell me that they’re jealous because they’ve not yet experienced being a bridesmaid. Well, let me tell you, sisters, it’s no easy feat. It’s a serious once-in-a-lifetime event to dedicate all your positive vibes, thoughts, and most importantly, time to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the honor and privilege that it is to bare witness to loved ones on one of the most meaningful day of their lives. I’m actually kicking off our feature on bridesmaids by saying this: Enjoy it, soak it up, and learn from it.
Here are some fantastic reasons why:
Travel: Some couples decide to get married in their hometown while others decide to head to Napa or Mexico. The bachelorette party could be at Cedar Point or maybe even in Nashville. Regardless, as a bridesmaid you will probably have some travel in your future which typically means super rare hotel and flight perks from the bride-to-be! Not to mention, awesome intimate trips with a small group all for the same purpose. We love that!
Gifts: Let’s be honest…Every gal loves gifts. And although being a bridesmaid isn’t all about great swag, it’s still a perk! Your bride is going to want to say “thank you” in a beautiful way. And since she’s asked you to be a part of one of the biggest days of her life, it’ll probably be in the form of fabulous.
Dresscode = VIP: Maybe the dress your friend has asked you to wear is not your color, or maybe you’ve never worn your hair up outside of the gym in your life (a personal example), but guess what. You just have to do it! But with the snags (I mean literal snags if you’re wearing a polyester faux-chiffon bridesmaid gown) come the benefits: Typically as a bridesmaid you’ll get to sit at a cozy head table with the wedding party who you’ve already gotten to know, witnessing the married couple in bliss right after they say “I do!” Another bonus? Your group will be the first to be served dinner and get your champagne glass filled…and refilled!
TLC: A lot of weddings themselves are on the natural and more simplistic side these days, but one thing most brides don’t skimp on is beautiful, old fashioned TLC. Whether there are manicures and massages preceding the bachelorette party or practice blow outs before the rehearsal dinner, your bride is probably going to take care of you in the beauty department.
Photographs: As a bridesmaid, you get to have awesome, professional photos taken of you and your girls! The bride and groom obviously want a mega talented photographer to capture their perfect day, and you get to reap that benefit, too!
Lesson in love: Whether you’re head over heels already or you aren’t a believer at all, being a bridesmaid can be a great way to witness love in action. Through the ups and downs and stresses of planning a wedding, being on the sidelines gives you an inside look into awesome relationships on their way to the altar. By their invitation, you are holding the couple accountable for their love and care for each other for the rest of their lives. (And that’s kind of a big deal.) Being so close to such a huge event is truly a magical experience and something to hold sacred.


Content written by Donna Hoffman. Image from Google Images.

A Natural Beauty Project…

No matter how simple or in depth your beauty regimen, you have to admit that you do love to be pampered. But it seems that when we need it the most, it’s least likely to happen. You know what I’m talking about–The week before your BFF’s wedding, for example. Between work and helping to finalize the seating chart, it feels like there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get you through. Or maybe you still haven’t fully recovered from that last minute Labor Day trip up to Marble Head before school started this month. Well, it’s time to wind down and pencil in some “me” time because we’ve been researching some super simple, although lovely, do-it-yourself end of summer home remedies for what’s ailing you.
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Coconut & Coffee Body Scrub:

1/2 Cup Ground Coffee

1/2 Cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together. If your coconut oil is solid, heat it just a bit until it melts, but make sure it has cooled back to room temperature before adding the other ingredients. Once mixed, store your scrub in an airtight container, and use it when you need to feel revitalized! Let’s talk benefits:

Coffee is full of antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties which will draw out excess water and make your skin feel smoother and more firm. And, because of its texture, it exfoliates amazingly, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin super silky smooth.

Organic Cane Sugar will act as a second exfoliant. If Cane sugar is too course, you can leave it out entirely, or use a softer, less course sugar such as coconut palm sugar or brown sugar.

Coconut Oil is my personal beauty product obsession right now–I use it for everything from masks to makeup remover–it has awesome, healthy fats and proteins that will keep your skin smooth, moisturized, and rejuenated.

Cinnamon has antiseptic properties which can help clear bacteria from the skin. It also helps to stimulate blood vessels, bringing more blood to the surface of the skin which can help your skin appear smoother.

Ginger Detox Bath Soak:

1/3 Cup Espom Salt

1/3 Cup Sea Salt

1/3 Cup Baking Soda

3 Tablespoons Ground Ginger

Mix together dry ingredients and pour into a comfortably warm/hot running bath. Try to soak for at least 30-45 minutes before rinsing off completely. Rehydrate with water before, during, and after since you will be sweating tons! Whenever I have done a soak like this, I am left feeling sleepy and relaxed, so it’s perfect to do before bed! (These soaks are NOT recommended if you are hypertensive, diabetic, or pregnant. Just a disclaimer!) Now, let’s talk benefits:

Epsom salts draw out toxins from your body while relieving aches and pains.

Sea Salt can relieve dry skin as it naturally opens up pores, improves circulation, which in turn helps to hydrate your healing skin.

Baking soda helps to detoxify and alkalize your body, and for those with sensitive skin, it’s colorless and odorless, leaving your less irritated than with commercial products!

Ground Ginger not only smells amazing, but it will  help you to sweat and release toxins from you skin and tissue, as well as assist in better circulation.

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Calming Face Mask:

1/2 Cup Plain, Organic Yogurt

1/2 Cup Raw Honey

Using a whisk, mix the yogurt and the honey together, then massage on your face for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water. (I love this mask!)  And the benefits are:

Yogurt has lactic acid which will exfoliate dull skin layers, smooth out fine lines, and tighten your pores.

Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great to help prevent and heal acne, and it’s a natural humectant which will give you a dewy glow! And in my experience, honey has helped fade my acne scars.

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Peppermint & Rosemary Lip Scrub:

1/4 Cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary

3-5 Drops of Organic Peppermint Oil

Combine the sugar and coconut oil. Let the rosemary dry out on your counter for a bit before mixing in. Then add your 3-5 drops of peppermint oil. To keep your scrub for the next couple weeks, store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. I’ve stated the benefits of the coconut oil and cane sugar above, but let’s discuss the others:

Rosemary helps to moisturize your skin as well as support collagen production.

Peppermint Oil has a cooling effect to skin–as we’ve seen in many lip balms before–it’s especially therapeutic and soothing when used on dry, cracked lips.

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Weekly Hair Mask:

1 Tablespoons Organic Light Brown Sugar

1/2 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil

Mix your ingredients together and slather mask onto already wet hair. Leave it on for ten minutes, rinse well (sometimes I rinse twice!) with warm water, and wash and style as usual.  Earlier, I listed some of the many benefits of coconut oil, but let’s talk brown sugar:

Brown sugar is a natural exfoliant with no chemical preservatives. It will help remove excess oils and impurities from your hair, and act as a scrub for  your scalp by removing dead skin cells.

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Nail Treatment

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Stir the olive oil and the lemon juice in a small bowl. Put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds, or until it’s just warm to the touch. Stir it and apply to entire nail bed and cuticles. Leave it on while watching an episode of Parks and Recreation (20-30 minutes) and then rinse with warm water. Let’s hear it for the benefits:

Olive oil will penetrate the skin and nail to help soften and repair damage. It will also moisturize your skin during the dry, winter months.

Lemon juice  will help strengthen and whiten your nails without the use of chemicals. Lemons are full of vitamin C and citric acid, so it can help whiten and brighten discolored nails.

We know you are stunning just as you are, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show yourself some natural chemical-free, DIY beauty love!!! Happy pampering!


All images from Google Images.

How To Style A Fashion Shoot

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To all my mentors, first of all, hello and welcome to How To Style a Fashion Shoot.

Going on set can be fun and at the same time stressful, while I was on set it was always fun for me, I knew the magazine publishers personally and that made it easy for me, because I knew what they wanted in the fashion editorial shoot.  Ask questions, for example, What is the story line?  What is the emotion behind the shoot? What type of feeling are trying to create?  Who are the designers? Are the designers going to be present? Where is the location of the shoot?  What time is the shoot going to be, mid-day/morning? 

All these questions will factor in the emotion for a shoot, and the last important questions, what do the model look like?  Styling a fashion shoot goes deeper than we think as artist, the personality…

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Who, What, Where, Listen…

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Some of us have been contemplating our wedding day for our entire lives. For others, it may be a newer idea.  Regardless, there are so many factors about your big day to plan out.  Maybe it’s the “where” you want to be wed.  For example, an island with white beaches sounds heavenly, or maybe you want to visit Mark Twain’s childhood home for a more casual, literary experience. Then there’s the “who”.  I know some of you are still dwelling on the fact that Prince William is just no longer available.  But we won’t discuss that today. There are even some of us who have our secret pin boards of the ever-important “what”. And the what I’m talking about here is the gown. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive purchase you ever make, it doesn’t have to be the most french (or maybe it does?), or the most white (so many beautiful blush, gray, and even gold options!), but what it does need to be is the  most beautifully fitting, figure-flattering, personality-reflecting perfect gown. I hope we’re all nodding our heads in a “you-go-girl-get-that-perfect-day” fashion right now.

 So, here’s a new factor to consider:  How many of you have thought about what music will be playing at your wedding? Will you walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon? Or will you so-called flashmob it down the aisle? There are so many important parts of a wedding for music: The walk down the aisle, the first kiss. Oh, when the two newlyweds make their exit, their entrance, when they dance together for the first time…It can be just breathtaking. I challenge you to think about your most favorite tunes and where they’d fit in to your day and share them with us!

 Here’s a list of 12 wedding song “Do’s” (old and new) that we l-o-v-e:

  • These Arms of Mine- Otis Redding
  • I’ve Just Seen A Face- The Beatles
  • Mirrors- Justin Timberlake
  • Never Tear Us Apart- INXS, and the cover by Paloma Faith
  • XO- Beyonce
  • Safe and Sound- Capital Cities 
  • Home- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
  • At Last- Etta James
  • If It’s The Beaches- The Avett Brothers
  • The Moon Song- Karen O
  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark- Death Cab for Cutie

 All I can say for certain is I really never want to see a bride walk down the aisle to The Drifters’ “There Goes My Baby”. That would be a deal breaker.

 

 

 

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Ghinda Beauty Project: Make You’s Leigh Ann Ehmann…

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Last summer, were were lucky enough to hold a Ghinda photo shoot at an an absolutely beautiful greenhouse here in Columbus. We were blessed with (dare I say) perfect weather, and an amazing team with their collaboration feelers totally tuned in. That was also the first photo shoot that I, personally, got to work alongside make up artist Leigh Ann Ehmann of Make You Special. And let’s just be honest, she is special! Leigh Ann starts work quietly, but is a hurricane when it comes to getting each girl ready for the camera. Everything she does is so precise, and beautiful. She will make a model striking in an instant, and without taking away from that individual’s natural beauty or features…She is truly an artist, and a joy to be around. After working with her again this spring, we decided we had to hear her voice on the Ghinda Beauty Project, and here it is. 

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Above, two of Leigh Ann’s personal favorite images of her work.

Donna: How does Make You LLC reflect your personality as an individual? How does it feel to be at liberty to put yourself into your work?
 
Leigh Ann: Make You is adventurous and constantly motivated by situations in which to be creative. Since I have a creative mind, I am historically unsuccessful at a 9-5 schedule. By unsuccessful, I mean unchallenged and under paid. To be at liberty to put myself into my work is the most refreshing way that I have ever earned a living.
 
Donna: You work independently, but do plenty of collaborating with others.. What is your favorite part about working solo? And also your favorite part about collaborating?
 
Leigh Ann: Working solo is nice because makeup is my art medium, so I am able to be creative and then influence my clients with said creativity. Collaborative work is a treat in a number of ways: I get to build relationships, participate in a team vision, learn from other creative minds, and benefit from killer final images along with behind the scenes memories.
 
Donna: You travel around often for your appointments and events, but what is your favorite kind of work space to be in?
 
Leigh Ann: The sets and spaces I have worked in are all accommodating and sometimes inhospitable in their own ways, but my favorite kind of work space is one with good, productive energy. The attitudes and passion behind a shoot creates favorable work spaces, in my opinion.
 
Donna: What are your favorite “wind down” suggestions when things get tense at work?
 
Leigh Ann: I wind down by talking things out with non-industry, objective friends or family – usually my wonderful husband, and usually over coffee or wine. 
Donna: How do you think the idea of pampering oneself and beauty in general has evolved for women over time?
 
Leigh Ann: It may sound silly, but I believe our desire to pamper and beautify ourselves has not evolved one bit. Beauty is a constant pressure placed on both women and men by our spirit of competition.
Donna: Inspiration is something that all creatives need, and some days it’s hard to get there. What do you like to do when you need inspiration?
 
Leigh Ann: I like to do other forms of art for inspiration: sketching, painting, even cooking.
Donna: What is the most rewarding part about working in the beauty industry?
 
Leigh Ann: Working in the beauty industry challenges me as a student of communication and business.
 
Donna: At times, the media’s portrayal of what’s beautiful seems one-sided.  What do you feel is the most important element missing from the media’s interpretation of beauty?
 
Leigh Ann: Individual interpretation is missing from the medias portrayal of beauty. Unfortunately, the media has the ability to skew the subjectivity of beauty, and it is important to stay true to my roots amidst this over-stimulation of global society.
 
Donna: Last but not least, what does beauty mean to you?
 
Leigh Ann: Happy confidence.

Visit Leigh Ann’s website to learn more about her business, and how you can book her for you event! 

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal. 

Ghinda Beauty Project: The ladies of The Blowout Bar…

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We really wanted to get the perspective of some girls straight from the beauty industry, so we figured, why not talk to our gal pals (and super cute sisters!) Kristin and Kailen from The Blowout Bar? They have collaborated with Ghinda on a photo shoot recently and we fell in love with the concept, their attitudes and their salon–Now we want to get dolled up by them all the time! Anyway, here’s what they had to contribute:

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Donna:  Tell us about the moment you girls decided to start a business together.
 
Both: We’ve always wanted to go into business together. We were just waiting for the perfect idea. We visited our first blow-dry bar a few years ago together and from that moment, we were hooked. Once we saw blow-dry bars opening in other smaller cities, we knew it was time to bring the concept to Columbus. We took a trip to Nashville to visit a blow-dry bar that just had opened there. We decided to move forward with ours on our way home from Nashville. It was nothing but excitement! 
 

Donna: How does being a small business owner reflect your personality as individuals?
 
Kristin: I believe being authentic, positive, and fun overlaps into my business life and has become part of The Blowout Bar. 
Kailen: My passion and dedication to something I love and believe in has definitely translated into the business.
 

Donna: The Blowout Bar collaborates constantly with other local businesses. You even worked on hair for one of our photo shoots! What is the best part about teaming up with others?
 
Both: We love supporting other small businesses, and Columbus in general. We think that’s what makes this city so special. The willingness to try something new and support each other is something we love and will continue to do. It gives us the opportunity to meet like-minded business owners and continue to learn and grow ourselves!  
 
 
Donna: We all have our own ways of dealing with stress. What are some of The Blowout Bar’s suggestions for winding down when things get tense?
 
Both: Well it’s obvious, but a blowout can change your world! A ten minute scalp massage and a relaxing blowout can really turn a day around. There’s nothing like sitting back and watching a chick flick while sipping on a glass of champagne. We provide all of this at The Blowout Bar, so it’s a one stop shop to wind down or feel better! 
 
 
Donna: There are many negative stereotypes about women working together and maintaining an awesome, strong bond. You two are sisters–How does working together effect your relationship?
 
Kristin: We’ve always been best friends and even growing up, we never fought! We’re very similar, but our differences balance very well together when it comes to the business. Her strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. It’s comforting to have your sister by your side every day.
 

Donna: We love that you play “chick flicks” at your salon! What is your favorite? 
 
Kristin: Our favorites are constantly playing, but My Best Friend’s Wedding and You’ve Got Mail are my top two!
Kailen: The Notebook is definitely my favorite (even though it usually comes with a few tears!)
 
 
Donna: How do you think the idea of pampering oneself and beauty in general has evolved for women over time?
 
Kristin: Women are starting to care more about styling their hair. 10 years ago, all we did was straighten our hair to get it as straight as we possibly could! Now, there are dozens of styles to choose from and they’re all in style. That’s where we come in!
Kailen: The capabilities of what we’re able to do with our hair without permanently changing it have really evolved. There are so many tips, tricks, and tools out there that are able to transform any hair type or texture into something completely different. Women are learning that their hair can totally transform within a matter of an hour, and will keep that style for the next 2-3 days.
 
 
Donna: Inspiration is something that all creatives need, and some days it’s hard to get there. What do you like to do when you need inspiration?
 
Both: We love following certain fashion and beauty bloggers on Instagram. That’s where we get most of our inspiration and ideas from. Traveling is always a great driving force behind that too!  
 
 
Donna: What is the most memorable response you received from a woman who came into The Blowout Bar?
 
Kristin: I love hearing when women ask our stylists if they can take them home! It’s something I’ve said over and over. 
 
 
Donna: Last but not least, what does beauty mean to you?
 
Kristin: Feeling comfortable and happy.
Kailen: Confidence and smiles!

Photo of the girls pulled from their website See their Facebook page for awesome updates, such as the menu above!

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.

Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal. 

Ghinda Beauty Project: Jennifer Kessler…

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The project all began with a conversation this winter that I had with Jennifer Kessler, owner and Creative Director at Ghinda. After a day at our downtown studio, we settled in to finish our neglected lattes from that morning’s meetings, and wistfully discussed the impact the fashion and beauty industries have on us all the time—be it on the day of your wedding, your first day at a new job, the last visit from your family—and how, unfortunately, the force that these industries have on our lives can sometimes take us away from ourselves. Our goal behind the Ghinda Beauty Project is to present a reminder to all women  that beauty—really, truly, and simply—isn’t on the outside only. It shows itself in your drive, your actions, what you do when you get out of bed in the morning. Beauty has many facets and we are delighted to shed light on them with you. Don’t get us wrong, we still love (love, love, love)  shopping and getting our eyebrows done, but we want to take time to highlight other awesome features, too; The women we’ll be interviewing may be entrepreneurs, brides-to-be, freelance artists, or just acquaintances who inspire us. No matter what, we can’t wait to share them doing their thing, their way with all of you.

Working for Jen at Ghinda for the last 10 months has taught me many things. Not only have I learned more about business, but I’ve seen firsthand how a positive outlook and kindness can totally enrich my every day life.  So, in honor of her recent birthday, and since a conversation with her got this whole thing started, I talked her into answering a few questions to kick things off for the Ghinda Beauty Project:

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Donna: What does beauty mean to you?

Jen: Beauty is about being completely comfortable and free in your own skin. It seems like beauty is about knowing it’s not about what’s on the outside.  

Donna: What do you think has driven you to accomplish what you have at such a young age?

Jen: I have never considered anything else.

Donna: What do you think the secret to feeling beautiful in your own skin is?

Jen: Confidence that you are free and perfect in whatever way you choose to express yourself. 

Donna: You work with a lot of women–from interns to brides to photographers–There are negative stereotypes about women working together, how do you disprove them?

Jen: It’s about building each other up and being genuinely happy for another’s success.

Donna: Name three things that routinely inspire you.

Jen: Nature, artists, music

Donna: What are your best words of advice to up-and-coming entrepreneurs regarding confidence? 

Jen: Just jump.

Donna: Do you think femininity is too often defined by appearance?

Jen: Absolutely.

Donna: What is the most important part of your work day (besides coffee!)?

Jen: My workout/run time when I get to be alone and rejuvenate.

Donna: Did you have any birthday wishes you want to share? 

Jen: Yes!! But if I told them they wouldn’t come true. 

 


Photo of Jen by Jennifer Schaaf of Jojo Photography and Film. Hair and makeup by Leigh Ann Ehmann of Make You LLC. Jewelry designed by Jamie Riley of White Truffle Studio. 

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.

Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal.