Working as an archivist, I spend most of my days secluded in a windowless, cold brick building working with materials that speak volumes but rarely say a word. I love my work dearly, but when given the chance to step out of this (Hollinger) box…I jump at it. This is why I always say yes when the lovely ladies of White Rose Collective ask me to moonlight as “model” for a day.
The love-child of Andrea Donoghue and Teddi Cranford, White Rose Collective is comprised of professional stylists and make up artists who bring high-fashion concepts to those of us who spend more time walking office hallways than we do runways. In addition to wedding prep, Andrea and Teddi leave their Manhattan-base to offer educational seminars hosted by salons in various U.S. cities.
After “modelling” for them last year, Andrea asked for my assistance on March 30th at Borrow Salon in San Francisco; I was only too happy to oblige. I emerged from the prior gig at Edo Salon sporting a sultry Dolce and Gabbana-inspired up-do, so I was giddy to see what the WRC team had in store for me that sunny Sunday. I was assigned to a wonderful stylist by the name of Julio Hernandez, an Aveda master stylist who hails from Southern California and has been in the biz for over 12 years. This handsome gent was a delight, and before I knew it my hair was whipped into a soft multi-extension dream.
While my normal photographer had a scheduling conflict and couldn’t accompany me (damn you, band practice!!), the fellows at Glass Coat Photo Booth were kind enough to let me the use images you see from a booth they installed in the salon for the day. The whole day was a hoot, and I highly suggest you consider this Collective for your next event or even just to treat yo self.