Sunday, December 7, 2014

modern 18th century cosmetics

{photo credit: For the Joy & Jennylafleur}

For Taylor's make-up I did a modern take 18th century cosmetics. I airbrushed her foundation in a pale shade to give her the creamy complexion so admired at the time. Defined eyebrows, cream blush on the eyelids & cheeks and a berry lip stain completed the look.

| Photos: For the Joy |
| Hair & MUA: Jennylafleur |
| Model, Gown & Jewelry: Dames a la Mode |

Thursday, December 4, 2014

towering hair

{photo credit: For the Joy}

Inspired by the towering hairstyles of the late 1770s (and Taylor's luxurious head of hair), I created one of my favorite historical hairstyles for our recent photoshoot.

{photo credit: For the Joy & Jennylafleur}

I used a frame made of hair donuts & wire as my under-structure and faux hair rolls (or "boucles") to accent the finished style - the rest was all Taylor's own hair. Whew! The very front was curled and teased for texture and to add softness to the face.

Materials used:
bobby pins
Paul Mitchell Spray Wax (for back loop)
Paul Mitchell Extra Body Finishing Spray

| Photos: For the Joy |
| Hair & MUA: Jennylafleur |
| Model, Gown & Jewelry: Dames a la Mode |

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

stunning images

{photo credit: For the Joy}

I can't decide what looks more beautiful; the lovely proprietress of Dames a la Mode, her sparkly jewelry or the stunning images that For The Joy Photography captured of it all! What fun to work with such talented ladies

See more of the photoshoot on the For The Joy Photography Blog.

| Photos: For the Joy |
| Hair & MUA: Jennylafleur |
| Model, Gown & Jewelry: Dames a la Mode |

Thursday, November 27, 2014

hairspray for the win

{photo credit: For the Joy}

More behind the scenes from our photoshoot! Hairspray for the win!

| Photos: For the Joy |
| Hair & MUA: Jennylafleur |
| Model, Gown & Jewelry: Dames a la Mode |

Saturday, November 22, 2014

18th century photoshoot

Today's photoshoot was so much fun - I can't wait to see the results! Thanks For For The Joy Photography & Dames a la Mode, you ladies are awesome!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Head For Fashion

Thanks to the incredible generosity of a scholarship from Sense & Sensibility Patterns, I spent last weekend in Colonial Williamsburg attending the Conference "A Head For Fashion: Hair, Wigs, Cosmetics & Jewelry" - it was great! It was such a joy attend an event that combined my two passions, hairdressing & history!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

another day, another photo shoot

Another day, another photo shoot to style! This time some Regency inspired hair- can't wait to see the finished results!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

a licensed professional

It's official - I passed my cosmetology state board exams!! I'm now qualified to be a licensed professional!

Thanks all for your love, encouragement, help and support on my journey - especially the staff of PMTS Woodbridge and most especially the fabulous Miss Dawn - I could not have reached this achievement without you guys! Hugs!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

practice makes perfect


Today is going to require a lot of tea... My practical boards are tomorrow. Yikes! The only way to keep the nerves at bay is to practice. Umm... I wonder how many times I can run through the test today?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

my practical test proctor

I have the best sister in the world, it's true. Not only has she spent her day being my state board test proctor (so I can practice), she is washing my cholesterol coated doll heads (truly horrific smelly stuff used to mock hair color for the test) . If that isn't love I don't know what is!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

written exam - done!

Thanks all for the prayers and good wishes this morning! Glad that is done - now to wait for the results and prep for the practical boards, which I take on Monday! In the meantime I'm going to enjoy my post-test treat of mason jar flowers from Whole Foods...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

written state boards prep

Studying for the written portion of my state boards - test is at 2pm tomorrow eek!! Prayer would be much appreciated!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ginger's Gala Hairdo

Costume College: Inspired by a photo from the early 1920s, I styled Ginger of A Scene in the Past's hair on Gala night at Costume College to compliment her Lanvin Robe de Style inspired gown. She created & hand beaded her gown and bought vintage hair combs to accent her hair - doesn't she look amazing?! .

Saturday, August 23, 2014

big RED hair

Costume College: Big hair, 1780s style. This style was created with a combination of my own hair and hair pieces/rats.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

quick change regency hair

Costume College: My second costume of the weekend, c1799. This I created with my own hair. I started with my 1840s hairstyle, removing the clip-in curls, and changing my center front part to a softer back-swept front with wispy curls. The ends of that front section I curled with a small Marcel iron and pinned over my bun to create height and movement. Not bad at all for a 15 minute quick change!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RED Victorians

Costume College Hair: My first costume and historic hairstyle of of the weekend, the 1840s. This I created this with my own hair, supplemented with clip-in sausage curls in the front and a curl to finish off (read: cover the pins) the high bun. I was super happy with the results, although I have to say no matter how well done, I think RED hair with a somber Victorian dress is a bit too jarring!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

the finished Roman hair

Costume College Hair: First up - my finished Roman Hair. I loved everything about this look, it was my favorite hair of the weekend!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

home from Costume College 2014

I had a fabulous time in LA! Somehow I was able to finish all my hair before my plane left Virginia. It was a race to the finish though!

I have lots of photos of my finished work to share but I need to recover from jet-lag and catch up on some real life first...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Roman hair fun

Heat resistant hair + perm rod + steamer


So tired of rope braids and rolling perm rods! It doesn't really look like it but my hair pieces are finally coming together. I'm super behind though, ahhh! I really need time to stand still for a day or so if anyone can arrange that... I have to say my Roman hairpiece is my favorite - having WAY too much fun with this one!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

three short days

Today's goal? HAIR! I need to arrive in LA in three short days with finished hair pieces for a hedgehog of doom, a baby pouf, random Regency curls and some Ancient Rome goodness.

Today will be about sorting out a plan for the curling/prep. I have curlers (perm rods, wet-set curlers, rag curlers, wooden dowels) and setting options (boiling water, steam, hot tools for heat resist fibers) to play with. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

website revamp

I've revamped my website to better reflect my current interests & my new career. Check it out and tell me what you think!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

officially graduated

Tonight I received my diploma from PMTS Woodbridge and officially became "alumni". It still doesn't feel real that I really accomplished this huge goal.

The moment was made all the more sweet because of the presence of my fellow graduates, my friends. How appropriate to celebrate our accomplishment together!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Phase Two members

One of the very best parts if my PMTS adventure was being part of Phase Two! It was such a joy and privilege to work & learn next to these awesome ladies and gentlemen - I miss you all so much!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

my last day

Its hard to believe I have ended my official time as a student at Paul Mitchell The School - what a challenging, inspiring, and wonderful adventure it was!

Friday, June 6, 2014


I just found out that I don't graduate on Tuesday, like I thought, I graduate TOMMORROW. So Saturday June 7th will be my last day at Paul Mitchell The School - wow!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

messy bun updo

I had way too much fun with this messy bun updo on Saturday - thanks for letting me play with your guest Sara L!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

my beautiful model

Mom's finial look from the Future Professionals In Action job fair last week. Not only is she a huge part of my support system but she is a beautiful model - thanks Mom!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

last chance!

It's official, my last day taking clients at Paul Mitchell is May 31st! (I won't graduate for another week but I need to spend that time working on tests and graduation paperwork.) I can't believe the time has flown so fast!

So if you want to sit in my shiny green chair (and pay those sweet school prices) one last time, call PMTS today at 703.498.2008 and request Jenny-Rose to book your hair, make-up or facial appointment with me!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baltimore Hair Show

Education and Fun at CosmoProf's Fashion-Focus 2014! My first professional trade show, there was so much to see and watch - it was a bit overwhelming but SO cool!

I was especially inspired by the Paul Mitchell Team - so many great tips and tricks! ‪#‎pmshows‬

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

cherry colored hair

It's been a long day but a good day - one of those days that the challenge of a complicated salon service is forgotten in the satisfaction and pride of it's beautiful results.

I'm also loving my new look - cherry colored hair is such fun!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

airbrush make-up class

Yesterday's airbrush make-up class was wonderful. From my shiny new kit, through the informative class, to playing with my beautiful model - a great experience! Perfect for photography and special events - contact me for details about getting an air-brush makeover session for yourself!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

from gray to strawberry blonde

A fellow lover of history: from long to short, from gray to strawberry blonde...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

good bye to the old

Bye, bye hair! Time for a new look even if winter wont end. Up next, new color...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Taylor's Française Dinner hairdo

More fun styling Taylor's hair! This time we went earlier in the 18th century and accessorized with the fabulous paper flowers and sparkly hair decorations from her Dames a la Mode shop!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

the Française Dinner

The fun, foppery, feathers, & Fabulousity that was the Third Annual Française Dinner. Not only did I have a wonderful evening, I officially had the highest hair in the room. We measured. I'd say mission accomplished!

More photos of the event (mine & my favorites from others) can be found HERE