Ideas to Freshen-Up Winter

Hello my little snow bunnies,

Yes, I know – it’s still winter, and we are still sloshing around and wondering “when do we get to see the sun again?” Don’t fret, spring is RIGHT around the corner! While we are waiting out another Mother-Nature-tantrum, I thought I would share some of the things I’ve recently done that have picked me up out of my winter duldrums.

I will start by saying how gorgeous Charlize Theron’s hair was at the Oscar’s. She looked so FRESH and BRIGHT.

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My crazy brain actually thought “how would I look with short hair like Charlize,” and when I proposed the idea to my beautiful and talented stylist, Kim Burke at En Vogue Salon in Danvers, she just gave me the stare that only she can give me that says “no, Tara, I don’t think so.” So I told her to work her magic –  I wanted something short and “fresh” as I was feeling a little weighed down. And what a difference! Kim has been my hair stylist for years, and I have ALWAYS been happy. Thanks, Kim!

Before and afer hair

The next thing I did to freshen up my winter look is eye lash extensions. I’ve wanted to try these for about a year now, and I finally did it! Kim Bowen, Master Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and owner of To Make Beautiful in Stoneham, applied my lash extensions and I am AMAZED! They brighten up my face so much that all I really need is a swipe of black eyeliner, face powder and some lipstick. My winter makeup regimen usually consists of A LOT more than that, so I am thrilled.

2013 03 07 Before and after lash extensions

The lash extensions took about 2 hours for Kim to apply, but BONUS RELAXATION TIME, I fell asleep while Kim was applying them! The lashes last about 2-3 weeks, and then I will need a fill, which takes about an hour. Kim at To Make Beautiful also does bridal makeup, reiki, skincare and hair removal, and teaches spin classes on the side at Atlantis Sports Club & Spa in Danvers! Is there anything this woman can’t do? You rock, Kim!

One of my favorite things to do, no matter what time of year, is have my makeup done. I’ve had a few events over these past winter months and my go-to makeup artist/friend, Virginia Franklin, kicks butt! She works for MAC (my faaaaaavorite) at Nordstrom, North Shore Mall, but also has her own business Bridal Beauty and Event Makeup by Virginia Frankin. I am completely obsessed with the way she is able to “paint my face” (as Virginia likes to call it), and completely transform my skin and eyes from dull to radiant with some sweeps of her brush! I know I use the word “amazing” a lot, but she truly is!

2013 03 07 Makeup

These are just a few things that made me feel like a girl this winter, and helped to really freshen me up and get me ready for SPRING!!!

Your in style & flattery,



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