#2013 Through a Filter

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2013 was a FANTASTIC year for me in terms of growth.  From technical workshops and runway shows to amazing clients and weddings, this past year has been so inspiring and encouraging. What better way to reflect on my 2013 highlights than through some Instagram favs?! Thank you to all of you that made 2013 so special for me!  I have loved working to make your 2013 special as well!

    JANUARY
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First wedding of the year: my beautiful friend, Ruby, was married to her super sweet husband, Danny! It was so special to be a part of her big day with Danny... Even if they were married in New Year's Day. Even though my disgusting hangover Low Energy didn't help my cause AT ALL, I was so thrilled with the result. Beautiful woman, beautiful wedding. Also in January, a mega overhaul to my makeup kit. Thank you to M.A.C. on Oak Street, Chicago, for all of your help as I obsessed over every product selection, color, and texture to take my stock of products to the next level.

    FEBRUARY
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NEW LOGO DESIGN compliments of Colleen Ann Clark, colleenannclark.com. I love this design! I would put it everywhere if I could: my clothes, my walls, business cards, and so on. So grateful to have a bestie in graphic design. Colleen, you're the best, my friend. I've been really inspired this year by a growing relationship with GeorgeStreet Photo & Video. Over the course of the year, I've had the privilege of working on two photos shoots for their company. Pictured above on Jen, their spunky Director of Assignments, is one of my fav looks from our first time together.

    MARCH
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Biggest highlight of the month would definitely have to be working as makeup artist for SACO HAIR at America's Beauty Show. Prepping models with their amazing team for classes, featured runway show, and special presentations was such a terrific learning opportunities. Below is one of the makeup themes that I executed.

    SPRING
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A fantastic mess of AVEDA Spring/Summer looks and PROM PROM PROM!

    SUMMER
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Even though summer months of June and July are never my favorite (I hate not being able to control my temperature), this past summer still had it's great moments. Dance Concert makeup looks, Gay Pride Chicago, July 4th with the family, and a very special marriage proposal amped up my summer fun.

    FAST FORWARD TO FALLLLLLLLL (aka every makeup fan's favorite, Halloween)
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    HOLIDAY!
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First, a road trip to remember. My boyfriend, Jefferson, and I drove from Chicago to Providence, Rhode Island, to visit his family for Thanksgiving. A snowy stop at Niagara Falls on the way really jump started my Holiday spirit. Last, my stunning model for a class and demo I did for ASHA Salonspa, Chicago. I always feel reenergized when I get to play and experiment with our talented ASHA Team. P.s. My model, Victoria, is just stinkin' stunning! And an amazing skin care expert as well.

Whoa, that felt like a lot. These are just some of the priceless memories from 2013... Now 2014, you better bring it, gurl.