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. 

 

Sweet Flow at Ghinda with Kim…

We are so excited to introduce you to Kim Emmelheintz! She will be hosting a vinyasa style yoga class incorporating music, meditation and more at the Ghinda studio in downtown Columbus starting May 5th. Kim was certified in Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga in 2011 and has since developed her own Sweet Flow Yoga.We will be posting more from Kim after her classes begin, so stay tuned in for that!  Her classes will be on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30 AM, and will be $12 per class. If you have any more questions for Kim, feel free to contact kimsyogastudio@gmail.com. We’ll see you there!!!

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Visit Kim’s yoga website at kimyoga.yolasite.com

Meet me in the center…

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We very much appreciate the healthy, centered, and spiritual mindsets of so many of our friends, our brides, and the community that makes up Columbus. Your passions have inspired us to open up our downtown studio for all modes of good health; Yoga, meditation, pilates, reflection… If you or someone you know is interested in using our space to host a class, or if you just need a new space to ground yourself, please email jennifer@byghinda.com for more information about time slots and availability! We look forward to continuing to grow our hearts, minds, and bodies with you!

That’s so Columbus…

We recently had the pleasure of shooting at several local businesses around Columbus and we were lucky to be accompanied by the oh-so-talented Stephanie Barnes and her camera. This is the second year we have teamed up with a few of the I Do! Bridal Event vendors to orchestrate a shoot that was beautiful, inspiring, and highlighted some locations that are so Columbus.

 

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Thank  you to everyone involved; We couldn’t have done it without you!
Locations: Igloo Letterpress, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, High Line Car House
Photography: Stephanie Barnes Photography
Hair/Makeup: Virtue Vegan Salon
Models: Rachael Schmitt and Chelsea Burgin
Accessories: Jamie Riley/White Truffle Studio

Gowns: Ghinda

 

High on Inspirations…

We are collaborating on yet another AMAZING photo shoot next week and felt the desire to share some inspiration with you all! We are teaming up with some incredible local businesses and artists (which will be revealed shortly!) in honor of the I Do bridal event coming up in February.  We are thrilled to be a part of the event again this year and encourage you to check it out! In the meantime, we have some super beautiful grunge-inspired, yet super glamorous hair and makeup inspiration for you…

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Thursday is for throwbacks…And being thankful, too!

As the playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder said: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” And we couldn’t agree more! Scientists have even proven that showing gratitude actually leads to better quality of life. And who doesn’t l-o-v-e that?!

So, in the spirit of thankfulness, here are some throwback Thursday images and memories for you all to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who was involved in any of these photo shoots…You all help build the dream, the beauty–and we couldn’t be more grateful. 

 

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Model: Taylor
Photography: Nick Fancher, Shutter Think Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Beth Gibboney Seitz
Jewelry: Peace Love Bride

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Model: Kristin Smetanko
Photography: Claire, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Jenna Burchett
Photo Direction: Katie Grace Kissel

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Model: Erin Thacker
Photography: Claire Roeth, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Brittany Hilbert-Stout, Spa at River Ridge
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Models: Jenn Rossi, Erin Thacker
Photography: Claire Roeth, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann Ehmann, Make You LLC
Hair: Brittany Hilbert-Stout, Spa at River Ridge
Photo Direction: Katie Grace Kissel

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Models: Jenny Powell, Amy Crandall
Photography: Stephanie Tucker Barnes
Hair and Makeup: Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories: White Truffle Studio
Flowers: Eco Flora Designs
Locations: Virtue Vegan Salon, White Truffle Studio, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Models: Rachael, Erin
Photography: Jessica Price, Bella Valentina Photogrpahy
Hair and Makeup: Sarah, Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories: White Truffle Studio

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Models: Eileah Ohning, Bekah Winske
Photography: Jennifer Schaaf Osbeck, Jojo Photography and Film
Hair and Makeup: Jenna Burchett, Salon Lofts

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Models: Jenny Powell, Erin Thacker, Morgan Kauser
Photography: Benjamin Derkin, Derk’s Works Photography
Hair and Makeup: Kelli, Beautimarked by Kelli / Brideface
Accessories: Juliet Carey, Maya’s Curls