Win the Ultimate Mother’s Day Makeover with the Village at Meridian!

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of my FAVORITE things about my job is doing makeovers.
I love helping women feel pampered and appreciated, and see themselves in a whole new light! And I believe every woman is beautiful, and shines her own special light on the world around her.

Last year I had the honor of partnering with the Village at Meridian to bless one lucky lady with a $1,000 Mother’s Day Makeover! Local mom Stacy Schreiter won the prize, and you can see the photos & story on her makeover here.

This year, I’m so thrilled to announce that we are doing it again! 

Here is your chance to win a Mommy Ultimate Makeover, complete with hair and make-up, shopping & wardrobe styling with me, and photo-shoot of your before and after looks with the exquisitely-talented Ammophotog! One lucky winner will be chosen on April 30th for the makeover session on May 9th! Must be 21+ and available for consulting May 2nd or you will forfeit the win.

Click this link to enter your mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister… or even yourself!

Or click here to check out ALL the details on the Village of Meridian’s Facebook page.

Prize includes goods and services from some of the Village’s favorite shopping destinations valued over $1000!

  • PURE Health
  • Lush
  • Axiom
  • SB Salon
  • Soma
  • LOFT
  • Chicos
  • Francesca’s
  • Paperie & Pen
  • Village Coffee

Best of luck to all the moms out there – I wish every single one of you could win this! May you be surrounded by love and appreciation for all you do, on this Mother’s Day and every day!!!


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A Very Special Mother’s Day Makeover, with The Village at Meridian

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week, I had the thrilling opportunity to work with
The Village At Meridian on their HUGE Mother’s Day Makeover Giveaway.
A drawing was held, and one lucky woman was gifted over $1,000 worth of gift cards and services from The Village, LOFT, White House | Black Market, Soma, Francesca’s, Oconik, Menchie’s, and the newly-opened SB Salon. 

And the winner was… Stacy Schreiter! A mother of two who works at Scentsy, Stacy is super active and loves the great outdoors. When we met up for her shopping day, she talked to me about how important comfort is for her, as she is always on the go, and a very busy woman. Our first stop was Soma Intimates, because a well-fitting bra changes how your shirts and dresses fit, and Soma does a great job of professional measuring and fitting! We armed Stacy with some new “pretty little things,” and moved on to the clothes shopping.

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 Shopping in White House | Black Market – their summer dresses are so pretty!

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Accessorizing in LOFT – Stacey LOVED their new Lou & Grey line; soft fabrics and colors, inspired by loungewear.  She loaded up on great pieces, all for 40% off!Ammophotog stylespygirl mothers day

We found a gorgeous necklace & earrings set at Francesca’s, had a delicious lunch at Kona Grill (they were giving away free cupcakes for moms! Yum!!!), and then moved on to SB Salon for some pampering time!

Hair stylist Amie Reynolds Shoemaker worked her magic on Stacy, using products from Bumble & Bumble.Ammophotog stylespygirl mothers day

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After hair, Stacy moved on to makeup, with Kristin Onne Merren. Kristin used natural luxury line Jane Iredale to even out Stacy’s skin tone, and added soft, natural colors to give her an easy-to-maintain, everyday look. 

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This smile MADE MY DAY!!!Ammophotog stylespygirl mothers day

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Simply beautiful Stacy!!!makeover village ammophotog stylespygirl

This ruffled blouse and long, flowy skirt from LOFT enhanced her hourglass shape and gave her petite frame visual height. And she loved this Lou & Grey Linen Blush Moto jacket – it’s so versatile, she can wear it with just about anything!!!makeover village ammophotog stylespygirl

Photography by: Ammophotog / Hair: Amie Reynolds Shoemaker  / Makeup: Kristin Onne Merren / Wardrobe: LOFT

Stacy, it was an honor to work with you, and help you find styles that suited your shape, and your lifestyle! I hope you felt as amazing as you looked. You are a vibrant spirit, a loving mother, and a beautiful woman!!! Happy Mother’s Day.



village mothers day taite tanyaP.S. I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful ladies who helped us on Sunday! All of the saleswomen were sweet, helpful, and gracious, and Amie & Kristin were simply splendid!!! I definitely want to visit SB Salon again – what a beautiful place! Special thanks to the Village at Meridian, for giving me the opportunity to work with Stacy, on her very special Mother’s Day. XOXOXO!!!

Special love & thanks to my assistant-for-the-day Taite Mendenhall, a fabulous stylist in-the-making! Keep your eye on this brilliant young lady – great things are in store for her future in the fashion industry!!!




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From Outdoorsy to Office Pro: A Very Special Makeover

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Last month I put together a makeover as an auction item for Bogus Basin’s First Annual Bogus Bash fundraiser. The young lady who won received a generous gift card to Boise Towne Square Mall, wardrobe styling and shopping assistance from me, hair and makeup services from Graeber & Company Salon, and the opportunity to reveal her new look LIVE on KTVB Channel 7’s midday news. Since most of the attendees of the Bogus Bash were sport & outdoors enthusiasts, I was curious to meet my winner and find out what kind of makeover she had in mind!

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can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am, for the upcoming launch of my new makeover show, the Every Woman Project!

I believe every woman is beautiful, not for what she wears but for WHO SHE IS!!!


This show is all about honoring the women in our lives who deserve to hear how precious and wonderful we think they are… and how BEAUTIFUL, inside and out! 😀

Here, for my StyleSpyGirl friends, is an EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK at the first 5 minutes of the Pilot Episode! I hope you all will join me on October 11th at our Red Carpet Screening Event, to see the entire show and meet everyone involved!

Here it is… First 5, just for you! Enjoy! 😀

Every Woman Project – First 5 mins of Episode 1! from Parallel Worlds Productions on Vimeo.

Be sure and follow our Facebook page for updates on the Screening Event, and how YOU can be involved!!!

Love & hugs,


Great Gear For Getting Gorgeous!

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the barrage of beauty items in magazines & stores today, it can be daunting to find the things that work best for your specific needs!

During my time as a makeup artist, certain items have become my favorites, both at home and at work. Here’s my Top Ten list; I hope you find some helpful ideas here! 🙂

1. Cetaphil Soap & Lotion. Every dermatologist I’ve ever spoken to has recommended Cetaphil, and I’ve been devoted to the stuff for years. The basic face wash and body/face lotions are chemically simple, non-inflammatory, and work for almost all skin types. They never cause break-outs, are unscented, and are non-comedogenic; my acne-prone, rosacea-sensitive, combination skin loves Cetaphil!

2. Makeup Primer. Most women only need primer when they’re getting ready for a photoshoot! If your skin is smooth and evenly-colored, primer is probably unecessary for you. However, if you have scarring, uneven skin tone, oily skin that gets a mid-day “glow,” or the beginning of fine lines, makeup primer is a mini-miracle in a bottle! Smooth it on after moisturizer, and before foundation, to absorb oil and give your skin a smooth, even surface. For normal skin types, try Arbonne, Bare Essentuals, or Smashbox primers. For ultra-sensitive skin (like mine!), try Youngblood primer (available at Two Rivers Spa in Eagle) or Korres mild primer/moisturizer combo.

3. Foundation. High-end luxury: Chanel Naturally Luminous Fluid Makeup. Gorgeous and decadent! Mid-range: Youngblood Powder, Compact, or Liquid Foundation. Formulated by a gal who worked with burn victims; for normal to uber-sensitive skin; luxurious, natural, and flawless-looking! Budget-friendly options: Revlon ColorStay Foundation (for normal-dry skin), and Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation (for normal-oily skin).

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Eyeshadow primer is similar to makeup primer; it holds eyeshadow in place all day, keeping color bright & true, and lessens build-up in eyelid creases. Smooth it on your eyelids, let it dry a few seconds, and follow with eyeshadow. I’ve tried multiple brands of primers. MAC’s eyeshadow primer has fabulous staying power, but over time it dries out, and can pull & tug across the delicate eyelid area. I prefer Urban Decay’s version because it goes on so gently & smoothly, and lasts a very long time.

5. Eye Liner & Shadow. Urban Decay is hands-down-fabulous for eyeshadows. Their pigmentation is strong, with fantastic staying power. Choices range from matte to shimmer to full-on-glittery, and their prices are reasonable. Urban Decay offers single shadows, and their mixed palettes are a fantastic way to try a variety of colors. Budget-friendly option: L’Oreal’s HiP line. For eyeliner, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil is wonderful! It’s waterproof, safe to use on inner lids, glides on like a smooth paint, and lasts all day! Budget-friendly option: Head to Fred Meyer and check out their “Styli-Style Line & Seal” waterproof eyeliners. Longer-lasting than most, with solid pigmentation. I like the twist-up pencil in black or brown for all-day wear!

6. Eyelash Curler. Most gals have tried an eyelash curler now & then. It’s an easy way to add drama to your eyes. Caution: Overuse can lead to eyelash breakage, as can worn-out curler pads and squeezing the curler too hard or too long. My choice for occasional usage is a partial-curler. Japonesque and Sephora both sell small/partial eyelash curlers. You can target the middle of your lashes for a wide-open look, or curl certain sections to add drama where you want it.

7. Mascara. I’ve tried so many over the years, looking for lush, bold, dramatic lashes! Cover Girl’s Lash Blast is an almost-perfect choice; the dense brush separates lashes & deposits a lush amount of inky black mascara. I love the drama & ease of this mascara! The only drawback to Lash Blast is it’s texture; it dries out quickly, so you can’t apply layers to build drama for evening. But if you’re a one-coat user, Lash Blast is fabulous. For those of you who like to layer mascara for extra drama, I recommend one that dries softly and with great separation, like Maybelline’s Full & Soft or L’Oreal’s Lash Out. After it dries, you can add dramatic coats of Lash Blast to pump up the volume! Luxury options: Dior’s DiorShow Black Out mascara, or Bare Escentual’s Buxom Lash.

~~~ UPDATED 1-9-2011 ~~~ L’Oreal just upped the ante with a fantastic new mascara! It blows the other brands out of the water, and is a great makeup buy for under $10!! If you are looking for one mascara that does it all, try the new Volumnous Million Lashes in Blackest Black!!

8. Bumble & Bumble Hair Thickening Spray. Do you have fine hair that needs a little extra oomph & body? I’ve tried many products over the years that promise to thicken or “plump up” hair. The only product I’ve found that consistently delivers on that promise is Bumble & Bumble’s Thickening Spray. Spray it in before blow-drying for body & thickness. You can also re-style it the next day; simply dampen your roots with a spritz or two and blow dry.

9. Fekkai Styling Cream. For those of you who are as addicted to your flatiron as I am, this lushious finishing cream is a minor miracle. Infused with olive oil, instead of the usual silicone, it doesn’t just coat your hair; it quenches & moisturizes, infusing damaged locks with lustre and movement. A tiny amount (pea-sized for normal hair, half-a-pea for us fine-haired gals!) smoothed over the ends and brushed through gives sleekness without weighing hair down or looking greasy. Luxury option: Oribe Smooth Style Serum, also available at Two Rivers Spa in Eagle. Truly the Cadillac of hair care products, this cream can be used on wet hair for styling, or on dry hair for extra silky shine. (Note: Oribe’s Shampoo & Conditioner For Beautiful Color are the best products I’ve ever tried for stressed & processed hair!)

10. Tanning Spray. I’m a big fan of avoiding sun exposure to stave-off wrinkles! But the truth is, tan legs look leaner than pale legs. So what’s a sun-conscious gal to do? Tanning beds are a recipe for skin damage, and lotions tend to be streaky & uneven. My solution: spray tans! I love, love, love L’Oreal’s Tanning Spray. It’s easy to use, almost fool-proof, natural-looking, quick, and inexpensive! Whether you are new to the self-tanning world, or a veteran tanner, give this product a try. The light mist sprays on quickly, dries in seconds, and you wake up the next day looking bronzed and beautiful!

What are your favorite self-care products? What beauty items do you find yourself coming back to again and again? I welcome your comments and suggestions! 🙂

Where to buy: Bumble & Bumble, Oribe, & Youngblood are available at Two Rivers Spa in Eagle. Dior, Bare Escentuals, Smashbox, Korres, & Urban Decay are available at Sephora, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. Arbonne cosmetics are available through a local rep (see links section). Fekkai is sold at many hair salons, as well as Fred Meyer. All other products can be found at your local drugstore.