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November 18, 2014

On a Technicality

Jeffery Grover

The last few months have been so busy that I haven’t had time to write about the projects I have been working on lately. I was asked by my friend Jeffrey Grover to be the key makeup & hair for the new movie he wrote called On a Technicality. Jeff is a veteran actor in many stage, film, and television roles. Now he is taking on this film here in Cleveland. Jeff is not only the writer of the film but an actor, a co- producer, and casting director.

As the stylist, I had a call time of 8:00 p.m. and was scheduled to work until 5:00 a.m. for two nights. This is a much different schedule than I am used to since I generally do print or television work during regular business hours. With past film crews, I haven’t been an integral part of the filming due to the late hours and my kids who are still in need of my assistance preparing for school in the morning.

This project is the first night film I was available to work. Jeff and I have collaborated on projects many times before and he is the utmost professional. He has so many amazing talents that I knew this was going to be worth the late night hours. On a Technicality is the first screenplay Jeff has written. It was conceived after an event involving some friends he met in the 80's while playing softball. This group of five guys, who met in grade school, takes a quirky bet. It celebrates their unique friendship, particularly when one in the group gets young-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

I, personally, have a great grandmother and late mother-in-law who were stricken with this terrible, mind-robbing disease, so this project hits home. I asked Jeff if he had family or friends who struggle from Alzheimer’s. Although he had not, he does have friends that have family who fell ill with it. In the past, Jeff has also worked with Judson Park on some of their Alzheimer's Disease projects.

With Steve Hacker filming and Andrew Gorell directing, this film will be in post-production this winter. On a Technicality will be a short film under a SAG Short Film Agreement. It will be eligible for submission to numerous film festivals in this category. The cast includes: Brian Zoldessy, George Roth, Scott Miller, Joel Hammer, Lindsey Mitchell and, of course, Jeffery Grover.

The two night filming went very well. The cast and crew were an absolute joy to work with both nights. Jeff did a great job getting such a talented and fun team together. I think I will keep my daytime job hours but if Jeff gets busier doing more films in Cleveland, I might have to rethink that thought. 

Lindsey and Jeff



November 11, 2014

Hot in Cleveland

The city of Cleveland is alive more than ever. I am happy that LeBron has returned.  I received a call in September from TVland wanting to book my company to style the cast of Hot in Cleveland. They were going to attend the CAVS home opener. I was so thrilled with the thought  I just might meet the ladies of this fun show. The network did say there was a chance the trip might not happen but wanted information about our services.

Two days before the game TVland did cancel. I was disappointed this happened but just an hour later I received a call from CNBC they needed a stylist for Morgan Brennan. For once it was good timing, had they called first I would have said I was booked and then got the call about the cast canceling. I received my itinerary and saw a 5 a.m. call time to meet Morgan and thought maybe I was seeing 5 p.m.? This meant I was to rise and shine at 3:30 a.m.

Morgan was very sweet and things moved along pretty fast. I was chatting with here about how much business has picked up with the changes to our city. The casino opening a few years ago, films being shot here and the move back home for Le Bron has just made the phone ring a lot more. Morgan said she heard this many times while talking to local people here, in fact her piece she was going to speak about on CNBC was about economics in Cleveland.  

Once I was done I rode around downtown. All the morning shows were on live, the stage was set up across the arena for a concert later on and ESPN had a booth set up on 4th street. Morgan said;” It felt like a super bowl game not a basketball home opener”. That night many celebrities were in town.  Parties went on late despite the CAVS losing. I think even though the cast of Hot in Cleveland weren’t here things were pretty HOT that night. The flame is lite in the city and I feel it will burn bright for a long time.

Below is a link to the piece Morgan did while here in town.

Morgan behind the scenes/ Jess Golden photo

Beiber/ Usher / Strahan: Jason Miller Getty Images

October 20, 2014

Busy Busy

Life has got the best of me the last few months and I haven’t had time to blog about projects I have been working on. The summer and now fall has been crazy with weddings. Every weekend I was able to assist many happy brides doing their makeup.  In September I did the makeup and styling for the cover of Cleveland Magazine and a few weeks ago worked with Beth Segal. 
 Tonight as I write this I am trying to stay awake to change my sleep schedule in order to work on a movie that will shoot the next two nights. More about that in my next blog  since many assignments have to stay quiet until  after it happens. I have some pretty cool things coming up soon so please check back to see how Cleveland is coming back.

September 14, 2014

Blue Jeans

 It is mid-September and it is 60 degree’s here in Ohio as I write this blog. I started to wear my blue jeans a few weeks ago.  I am actually a person that doesn’t hate wearing denim. My friends have issues finding the right pair, my kids don’t like how uncomfortable they feel in them.  Some people have stacks of jeans but wear basically the same ones, is it a collection or will they have separation anxiety getting rid of them?

 I went to private school as a kid so it was rare that I wore them then. At age 13 my Mom bought me my first pair of designer jeans as part of my Easter outfit. Mom use to sew my clothes and I generally wore dresses so this was a huge event. As an adult I seem to wear jeans 50% of the time. I don’t know what it is with jeans? Maybe it is when we put them on  we gain attitude, toughness or even feel sexy. 

 This season there doesn’t seem to be an” in jean.” Torn, dark and faded are OK to wear. Here a few tips on buying a pair. It is best to still consider your shape. Larger pockets slim your butt or look for side seams that come around to the front, it will give you a slimming look.

 Maybe you don’t want blue jeans how about black jeans? A skinny jean with a little spandex or lycra might give your figure a sexy silhouette. When you go into the fitting room take in two pairs of the same jeans in the exact same size before you buy them, each pair fit a bit differently. Also make sure the zipper moves with ease and the slit for the button is open.

 I think as women we over shop for our perfect pair of jeans. Men are different they run into a department store look for their size MAYBE try them on and make the purchase. Why do I say this; because most men don’t have on jeans that fit. They are too long in the length and baggy in the seat. I guess most guys aren’t checking out their butts in the three way mirror like women do. If all else fails and you can’t find a pair of  jeans buy a denim skirt or shirt instead because this fall wearing any type of jean clothes you will be in style and look sexy.

Levi's photo credit

August 31, 2014

Skin Needling

 So I am out to lunch with a dear friend that is visiting from Montclair New Jersey and she starts talking about skin needling. I was completely perplexed. I said to her “What is this?” She then explains how women are using needles on their face to help with ageing. As much as I tend to be in the “know” how did this has gone under my radar?  I then look it up online and I found out I am WAY behind on this treatment.

 From what I have found out in my research is there is a pen like device that goes over area of the skin to be treated. The pen pulses the needles and then after fillers can be placed into the area treated. From the information the needles help the skin’s elasticity, help promote collagen growth and reduce pore size.

 When viewing the procedure it doesn’t look like it hurts but after; WOW the swelling. One doctor showed a patient with 12 days of swelling. I don’t know about you but I work and don’t have that kind of time to lie around. I also found pictures of smaller areas treated that seemed much more beneficial. Any acne scars that are very deep seem to benefit from the needling.

 I am lucky with my genetics that my skin is in good shape. I have kept the sun off my face for the last 20 years so I don’t have brown spots or freckles. I also haven’t done any fillers on my face at this point and I don’t think I want to try needling. If you are having acne issues or interested in trying to get rid of your wrinkles ask your dermatologist about skin needling but take my advice DON”T do a large area of your face or your vacation time will be used up watching the Vacation Channel at home. 

August 10, 2014


Catching up with Gilles!!!! 

Gilles Marini - Actor
Sex in the City
Switched at Birth
Hot in Cleveland
2 Broke Girls
Brother's & Sisters
Dancing with the Stars
Modern Family
                     Just to name a few

Gilles was in town to help promote AMfar Life Ride. A stop at the Harley Davison dealarship in Medina is where I was  able finally meet and talk to Gilles. This guy is the real deal. Thank you for your kindness and taking the time to chat with me. 

Kiehl's LifeRide 2014 to benefit AmfAR

July 31, 2014

Beauty Bag

 The world of beauty can be foreign to some people. Are you into your hair more than your makeup? Or maybe you only do your nails and skip makeup altogether.  Anyway you stack it up it can be overwhelming. From waxing hair off or coloring hair, to getting facials or spray tans it can cost you in time as well as money.

 I have seen how confused women can be shopping for cosmetics. They can stand there and literally take 30 minutes to pick out one lipstick. Many women spend over their budget and have buyer’s remorse after they get home and try to return their beauty bag the next day.

 Here are my tips to short cut all the drama of makeup. First get yourself a moisturizer that works for your skin type. If your skin tone is UN even you can look for a powder foundation or BB cream to help smooth out any flaws. Next find a concealer for under your eyes; you want one shade lighter than your skin tone.  Then use mascara and make sure to curl your lashes first.

 You can skip eyeliner all together or just add some liner over the top lash line to make the eyes pop. Use a little blush; apply it to the apples of the cheeks. On your lips apply a nice berry tone of lip balm; this will give color to the lips without seeming too made up. We all have busy lives and the last thing most of us want is to be in front of the mirror getting ready. We also don’t need to feel pressured into buying makeup we don't want.  I think knowing a good baseline on what products are truly needed in your makeup bag helps when going out to make a purchase and you won't feel like you have to return them soon after they are bought.