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April 14, 2014

Prom

 This year my daughter Abby will be going to prom.  It will be the first one she has attended.  I remember my prom; I wanted my dress to be unique.  I saw a picture in People magazine of this lady at an award show in this cool dress.  I took the picture to a seamstress, we bought a pattern close the style and then she made it for me.  I love the color fuchsia, so I went with that color instead of the black dress in the photo I found.

 Abby had no idea set in stone for her dress.  She had no pictures or even a color picked.  She just wanted to find one she liked.  Luckily, while in New York City a month ago, she found an amazing dress.  I loved my prom dress because I helped in the design, but she will always remember getting her dress in the fashion capital of the world.  We were all smiles about this dress.

 This year dresses for prom are ranging from bright yellow neon to silver metallic. There are traditional pastels such as pink and the new mint green but gem colors like blue and red are still around.  The key is finding the right fit.  The shoes are just as important too.  Strappy sandals with rhinestones are beautiful but a nude heel might be better if the dress is so stunning you don’t want to take away from it.  If the neckline has sequence or gems, you might want to wear a necklace.  Play it up with your earrings or wear a bracelet instead.

 Thinking about hair styles to show off the dress is important as well.  If the dress is strapless, hair that is down would look beautiful by pulling some off your face half up and half down.  If it is a halter styled dress, hair pulled up like a low messy bun  would show off the neckline.  If your hair is long, perhaps you may want to do a faux bob. That look is most hot on the red carpet right now.

  If prices are too high in stores, ask your friends about their dress collections.  Maybe you can borrow a dress they wore last year.  Keep in mind this event only happens once in your life. You don’t want to miss out on it because of money.  Good times with friends are priceless and having this memory will last a lifetime.

*Abby's dress photo will be added in May.

      
  


My huge 80's dress.



March 21, 2014

Spring

  Well it has been a very LONG winter and we are all ready to get out of the house.  In the last few weeks I have been busy. I had a cover photo shoot with Inside Business and a video shoot for the Dr. Phil show. I was hoping to meet Dr. Phil to ask him a few of my own questions but he was not at the taping. The episode will air in May nationally. Also my makeup agency is booking clients for 2014 and I am working on other projects.

  Last week I was in New York City with my girls to do some shopping and celebrate.  This year the older girls turn 16 and 18 on their Birthday’s and we had to really make it memorable. Nothing is better than staying at a Times Square hotel and taking in a play. Actually after not agreeing on a production we ended up at a comedy show and FOR sure they won’t forget that weekend.

  We also were able to check out the newest fashions. In stores the clothing they are showing is floral and Aztec prints. Sheer tops in pastel colors are all the rage.  Big bags to carry and printed shoes are seen in many  NYC stores. The weekend  there was busy with marathon runners and St Patrick’s Day celebrations. We were on the go the whole time so it was a good thing New York City does not close.

  I enjoy time with my family and feel blessed I can go away and have some fun. Spring this year is about new beginnings for me personally. In just a few short weeks I will be getting married again and I am so happy to be with a man that I can call my best friend and share life’s moments with.  I wish everyone a Happy Spring!

Inside Business Cover


Prints


Sheer


A great time!


February 18, 2014

Deja’ Vu

  While growing up in Cleveland, we had a morning show called The Morning Exchange.  It was hosted by Fred Griffith after the original host, Alan Douglas left months after it debuted.  Joel Rose and Liz Richards also were added.  Over the course of 27 years, Fred remained and had a few other co-hosts.  Both Robin Swoboda and Connie Dieken were part of this show at some point.  I watched each morning getting ready for school in the 1970’s.  At that time, celebrities would actually travel into town to be interviewed.  Authors would sit and chat about their newest novel and callers would call in and ask questions to experts talking about domestic problems.  It was all live and right downtown on Euclid Avenue.

 As a youngster I thought, how cool would it be to be at the station meeting all these interesting people? All the important people sat on the couch to talk to Fred.  Years later, both Connie and Robin  became news anchors at stations in town.  Robin was always funny while Connie was professional and so stunning.  In 2007, I had one of my biggest days ever in my career.  I was on the newest morning talk show, Good Company.  Same format as The Morning Exchange, but on another network. One of the hosts was Fred Griffith.

 Yes, I got to meet FRED GRIFFTH!  I was on to discuss beauty tips and I had 5 minutes to talk on camera... LIVE!  Very bizarre! I was going to be on a show just like I watched as a kid.  Fred was so professional that I wish I had had time to interview him.  I am sure he has stories to tell.  After that segment, I headed over to Baldwin Wallace College to be the stylist for then Senator Barack Obama.  In my eyes, this day was on the top of my list of professional achievements.

 As the years continued I became a regular on Good Company and actually sat on THE couch, a place reserved for only the biggest interviews.  What a thrill!  In 2011, I applied Robin Swoboda's makeup.  She was SO down to earth, living up to ALL my expectations.  In 2012 I met Connie Dieken for a shoot and have been her stylist for many projects in the last few years, so much so I consider her a friend.


 It is truly deja’ vu for me!  As a kid I dreamed of being on TV and thought how cool  these people and their jobs were.  Now I work assisting them.  It just proves that NO dream is unattainable.  You have to fight the odds, take the risk, and put yourself out there.  Lastly BELIEVE in yourself!  It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about you because they don’t know your story to judge you.  Only you know the odds you have fought to get there.   

http://archive.wkyc.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=133093

Fred


Connie and Me

Robin

WEWS 

My time in the hot seat! Good Company





February 8, 2014

Eye Candy

Over the course of my career eye makeup has changed so much, from blue eye shadow to the smoky eye. Usually, trends start at Fashion Week and move into the mainstream. Cream and glitter shadows are worn on celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Christine Aguilera. This type of shadow is pretty but I do suggest if you are being photographed by camera phones for an event that you mix in some matte shadow. This will help bring down the shine of the lids.

  First, before you apply any shadow, use an eye shadow primer first. A liquid foundation can also work on your lids, this will help shadow stay placed and not smear or wear off before you want it to. Many cosmetic companies sell lid primer. I like Laura Gellers it can be found at ULTA stores or on her website. You really don’t want to use more than three colors on your lids. If you do exceed three, it just looks a mess. If you’re afraid of color choices ask for help at the department store or Sephora. Don’t ask the clerk at Walgreen’s; while they are nice, they generally are not trained for this.

 Cream shadows have a nice pearl look to them. I suggest SMASHBOX Limitless it is 15 hour long wear. I use a lot of this product as a base and also alone. It has build able coverage and you can use matte shadows with it. London Butter has an awesome cream shadow called WINK color English Rose It comes in a tube with an applicator. The colors are beautiful and highly pigmented.

 As far as bold colors, Urban Decay has velvety suede shades. Pictured below is Free Love it is a peach color and in this  spring it will be a must have. M A C also has Pigment it is a highly concentrated loose powder shadow.  The gold I have photographed below has a sparkle high shine metal look. It does not streak or smear. I suggest with all shadows you do your eye makeup first to avoid shadow fallout on your foundation under your eyes.

 Eye shadow can look more intense my patting it on and not using brush strokes. It is best to use brushes not a sponge applicator. I hope these tips help you with your eye shadow choices. While I am at the makeup counter, I see the shadow colors and it reminds me of candy; not that it is sweet of course but how I usually can't pick just one.  


Laura Geller


Smashbox


London Butter
Urban Decay

MAC


January 30, 2014

Freelancing



  I have been working since the age of 12. My first freelance job was babysitting; I found families in the neighborhood or through our church preschool that I helped out with. I was quickly hooked on earning money. Once I was 14 I signed up for a work permit card so I could work at a catering company and from there I haven’t stopped. I loved having spending money as a teenager, then as I grew up working allowed money for  vacations and special items that I wanted for myself or the kids.  When I received my cosmetology and barber’s license I had to work to gain clients and keep them. Even after having children I worked part time so I did not lose clients to other stylist and help provide for my family.

  Freelancing is a great way to make your own schedule, set your own rate. There are draw backs; if you don’t work you don’t get paid. There are NO sick or vacation days and you have to keep every receipt, log all miles and file your own taxes and no health care.

  In fact many freelancers have gone without insurance until healthcare reform. The changes in my opinion are a joke.  When I was married I had coverage, after my divorce I had to pay my own. First it was $115.00 a month for a $2,000 deductible. Then it went to $172.00 and I had to increase my deductible to $5,500 no vision or dental either. This year it went up again, and the free screenings they offer now I had before so big deal.



  Freelancing is hard work in today's economy, finding people to spend money with you and then making a living once you take out  all your cost. In the 26 years of doing my books I have learned to be organized and be able to manage money otherwise those quarter IRS payments will come and you won’t have the payment. If you can manage your business you will be successful. You will have time for family moments and use your money you saved for an AMAZING vacation. 







January 19, 2014

Additions



                 Last July I was so happy to start a new division of my company Karen Siat & Associates. The year was a true success. We were able to book weddings and commercial work making planning easier for many clients. I am always looking to add artist and I would like to announce the addition of Megan Boo and Bridget Gilfeather Novick. Both of these artists bring such talent to the agency.

                Megan can polish up a bride or dirty up a model to re-create a SCI Fi character. Bridget and I met four years ago and I loved the way she did my makeup so I was  happy when she asked to be part of the agency. With years of cosmetic experience she can be there for a photo shoot or bridal event.

               Below are photos of their work. Please check out the website karen@karensiat.com to see samples of all the Associates. If you have an event planned call us, we will be happy to hear what your makeup needs are and get you on the schedule.

       

        
Megan Boo


Megan Boo

Bridget Gilfeather Novick

Bridget Gilfeather Novick



January 3, 2014

Brides

Did you get engaged in 2013? Please keep us in mind for your makeup needs on your wedding day.
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