Archive | January, 2014

To spray or not to spray – that is the question

15 Jan

I see this happening at absolutely every wedding I work at, when bridesmaids come from the salon with curled hair that starts to fall down in a couple of hours (and for those with natural hair – I mean not colored – it starts even sooner then that). They take the hardest spray available and spray whatever is left like nobody’s business in a hope it will help. No, it will not, ladies! It will actually make it worse. Hard spray weights your hair down and you end up with straight hair that looks greasy and undone. If your hair does not hold the curl, and you know it ahea


d, try different style if to begin with!

If curls start to fall, let it go! You can brush them with soft brush to have soft curls, you can re-curl them (if it doesn’t have too much product = doesn’t feel plastic). But no spray, please!

Bao’s engagement – looking forward to May wedding!

13 Jan

We have met with Bao and her family in the end of November, what a beautiful day it was! Hair and makeup by Alina G Karaman ( Photos are taken by HNM Photoz (

Looking forward to see Bao again very soon, in May!1422443_625943654128631_1809284741_n 1460027_625943624128634_1606729387_n 1465110_625943620795301_1450950863_n 1467485_625943754128621_674277785_n 1477451_625943500795313_1370163768_n 1488058_625943844128612_805083394_n 1488119_625943707461959_30091922_n

Beautiful headshots from Monica True

12 Jan

I’ve known Monica True for some time now (2 years? 3 years? If to take into consideration that I came to US in 2009, 3 years is a long time). Working ¬†behind the scenes and knowing that modeling is a hard work, I believe I could never be one. It takes only 30 min before the camera for me to get tired of it. But Monica brings out the best out of you in first minutes you work with her. The beautiful head shots she did for me were so amazing, I could not believe it, and of course it was so hard to choose just a few from many great! Here is Monica’s web site if you want to look like you just got out of the cover of fashion magazine, but make sure you book ahead – she is a very popular lady¬†www.monicatrue.comweb Alina-6817 ret web Alina-6824 ret

Green smoothie sucess

4 Jan

Lately I’ve been skipping on my greens so I make sure I drink green smoothies. I remind myself about it every evening, but soon it will become a habit. I consider it as a snack


It is very easy to make one.

You need:

-any greens (kale, collard greens, butternut squash, romaine lettuce etc) – try to use only organic;

-any soft fruit (banana, mango, melon);

-any berries or one more fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc);


It may look weird or “too healthy” but believe me you will like it after you try.

For the beginners – use more fruit. When you get used to it, try 2/3 of greens, 1/3 of a fruit. Blend water with fruit and berries first, then add greens. No need for fancy blender – mine was about $40 3 years ago and still going strong.

Good luck!