Get to Know a Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Jackie K Styles

Among other huge decisions that have to be made in preparation for a wedding, choosing someone to do your hair and makeup is a big decision. Enhancing your natural beauty on your wedding day is especially important, since it’s your big day. You want your beauty to shine, and you want to feel confident and fabulous. If you have a vision of what you would like your hair and makeup to look like, it is important to find someone who can take that vision and apply it personally to you. We happy to have Jackie Kalmenson with Jackie K Styles as a guest on our blog!

How and why did you decide to specialize in hair and/or makeup?

Jackie: After years of styling my friends hair and doing their makeup for fun they encouraged me to make a career out of my hobby. I decided to take their advice and looked into cosmetology school. I started out getting my certification in Fashion and Glamour Makeup in NYC followed by my NYS Cosmetology license from the Learning Institute of Beauty Sciences.

What is the mission of your company?

Jackie: To enhance women’s beauty and help them feel like the best version of themselves.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Jackie: I get inspired from watching red carpet events, what’s trending in celebrity style, and from each of my clients. We all have our own style that comes from within.  I have fun getting to know my clients and matching their personality with their hair and makeup look.

What is your favorite type of event to do hair and/or makeup for?

Jackie: I truly enjoy doing hair and makeup for weddings. I get to meet a lot of people, be social, and creative! What better way to spend my day!

How do you make sure that the hair and/or makeup is exactly what the client is looking for?

Jackie: I ask the client to show me pictures of hairstyles that they like. Pinterest has become the go-to for searching for styles! I also make sure to consult with them before I start styling. Honesty is the best policy. If I think a style won’t work for that individual I will give my professional opinion. I want to be sure that my client and I are on the same page.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a hair style and/or make-up for a client?

Jackie: I always consider what will enhance the clients’ best features. Whether it’s a certain hair-style that would look great or what colors to use when doing their makeup, I don’t create beauty, I enhance it!

What is your top tip for current and potential clients?

Jackie: When choosing a style for yourself don’t just think about what will look good…think about what will make you feel fabulous from the inside, out. It’s amazing how a jazzed up version of ourselves can give us such a great boost in confidence!

How far in advance should someone book you?

Jackie: Approximately 4 months.

Would you mind sharing a photo of one of your favorite events and tell us why it’s your favorite?

Jackie: Rebecca’s wedding was one of my favorite weddings to be a part of!  She has been a client of mine for the past 7 years. Over these years we have become great friends and it was so much fun to be a part of her and Mitch’s day!  Not only did I get to style her hair, I got to see them make their vows and celebrate with them after!

I was also lucky enough to work beside some uber-talented wedding professionals, Karen Brown New York, Samantha Mittler with The Dessertist and makeup artist Kelly Hushin.

What is the best way for potential clients to get in touch with you?

Jackie: The best way to get in touch is through email: Jackie@jackiekstyles.com or by phone: 516-375-6081.

I can also be found through my website, www.jackiekstyles.com.

Wedding Wire: www.weddingwire.com/biz/jackiekstyles-tarrytown/9a9fbf7992188e2a.html

Or The Knot: http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/JackieKStyles/Profile/HBF/074/493090/profile

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Get to Know a Cake Designer: Me Too Cakes

Choosing someone to design a cake for your event can be extremely difficult. It could be your favorite part of the event process… or it could be something that you absolutely dread. Even though a cake is something that is just going to be eaten, it serves a purpose much bigger than that. There is something about a cake that ties the whole event together, and if you think about it, there are a lot of decisions that go into choosing a cake. You have to decide on the flavor, the design, the size, the frosting, and more. The energy and talent that goes into making cakes is extraordinary, and choosing who to design and create the cake for your special event could be a daunting task. But we know someone that does the job perfectly: Me Too Cakes by Amy Kathuria! Here’s what she has to say:

How did you decide to specialize in cake design?

In my early 20’s I was working as a Pastry Chef for a French Restaurant that had a private dining room. I was asked to make special occasion cakes and wedding cakes. I really enjoyed learning to decorate cakes and decided to do an internship with Ron Ben-Israel Cakes. This opened my eyes and it became a passion for me to learn and create more.

What is the mission of your company?

To work more closely with the couple and create a custom designed cake that represents their personality. Resulting in a beautiful cake that guests will remember and enjoy the taste.

Where do you get your inspiration?

The Couple first and foremost – followed by: Nature, Fashion, Invitations, Magazines, Colors, Patterns, Craft Stores and other Cake Designers…

What do you like to know about a client before you design their cake?

Any personal touches they would like to add to their cake. The personal touches really can make your cake unique and memorable.

What is your top tip for current and potential clients?

The more information that the couple brings to the tasting or wants to share can really inspire a new cake design. Don’t be afraid to share little details such as how you met, how he proposed, where you are going on your honeymoon….The cake does not always have to match the décor of the room. It could reflect something as simple as the bouquet of flowers he gave you on your first date.

Have fun with your cake! Add touches or hidden gestures that your guests will either comment on later or ask questions.

How far in advance should someone book you?

Once all of your details are set such as invitations, décor, event space and you have established a theme for your wedding. Usually 3-4 months in advance.

Would you mind sharing a photo of one of your favorite cakes and explain why it’s your favorite?

My favorite wedding cake includes Poppies, it is my favorite flower.

My favorite Groom’s cake would be the Stryker Army Vehicle cake because we were able to incorporate a very memorable detail of a beverage they enjoyed when they were first getting to know each other. The Bride kept the Groom’s cake a surprise, which made the cake even more special.

Birthday cake – hands down goes to my favorite flavor Passion Fruit Mousse, Almond Jaconde sponge with Fresh Mango. Triple Threat – YUM!

What is the best way for potential clients to get in touch with you?

Email is the best way to contact me, with a description of what you are looking for in cake design and date of your event; amy@metoocakes.com.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Me Too Cakes! If you need more information, her website is: http://metoocakes.com/.

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