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Makeover time!

Any newlywed bride knows that when the wedding planning is over, you go through a little bit of withdrawal. You have all this free time that you just don’t know what to do with. And of course there is the slow… ok, rapid decline of your body because of course you don’t quite stop yourself when those french fries are staring you in the face because you no longer have that dress to fit into.

Now, I am lucky enough to have gotten my wonderful job at the Mansion because now I can help plan other weddings. But the other part, well I am completely guilty. Add that on top of the faded tan and grown out hair that I haven’t cut in almost 3 months and I was in a rut. I’d wake up, shower up and do my make-up. Then I’d still feel icky.

So I scheduled myself a hair appointment. I have been seeing the same stylist for 3 or 4 years now. I love her. You know how you get attached to people, well she is no exception. Katy from La Pomponnee in Mt. Lebanon is a pretty stellar hair stylist. I trust her opinion and know she would never steer me wrong. I think this whole thing actually came about because I was an awful client and completely forgot about my appointment and had to wait an additional 2 weeks to get in to see her. By this point, I was so fed up with my hair that I was ready for something drastic.

I started doing research and found this picture of Reese Witherspoon on

I haven’t had bangs since the third grade. So I was hesitant to do something as drastic as that. But I couldn’t get that picture out of my head. So I took it to Katy and said, “What do you think?” I could tell she was hesitant, so I just asked her to do what she thought was best.

I also set up an appointment with the wonderful and fabulous Julie Marckisotto, owner of Pittsburgh Makeup, who did my makeup on my wedding day. You can also read the blog featuring an interview with her here. I was never a little girl obsessed with makeup and dolls growing up. I was more interested in playing with Tonka trucks. So it is no surprise that I never really learned how to do makeup.

Enlisting Julie to teach me how to ┬ádo my makeup was the best decision I ever made. She helped me go through my makeup bag and picked out the pieces that actually do work and the ones that are slightly (meaning VERY) old and needed thrown out. Then, it was on to teaching me some techniques so I am able to recreate the look again in the future. That’s why the lessons are so great! Sure, she can do my makeup for me, but it only lasts one day. With the lesson, I can do it over and over again.

We started with a day look, which of course, I didn’t get an pictures of. I forgot. Ugh. But then Julie showed me how to vamp it up a little and create a night look by just adding a little bit here and there.

I can’t believe I am about to do this, but I am showing you a before and after. The before is a little embarrassing because I am completely makeup-less and my hair is kind of all over the place. To be honest, it’s not like I go out in public looking quite THAT bad. But I was on my way to the hair stylist and didn’t really do much to myself since I knew they would do everything for me :) So here goes nothing.



Now I know it might look like it, but I did not cut the length of my hair. It was a self portrait, so it is just the angle. The bangs aren’t quite the same as Reese’s, but I trusted Katy.

So? Tell me what you think!!!



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