November 2009

Giving Thanks

November 26, 2009


I wanted to take a moment to thank all the amazing people who have helped me along in my business endeavor. Without your knowledge, encouragement, patronage, confidence, artistry, and all the other good qualities that I drink in from each of you, this would not be possible.

To Makeup Art Cosmetics (MAC), for the training, guidance, and support.

To each and every lovely face. . . bride, model, performer. . . for the patience, excitement, and feedback. Your kind words sustain me; being a part of a moment in your life thrills me.

To all the amazing photographers whom I’ve worked with, thank you for your generosity and sharing spirit. I will always give credit to you and your work.

To all the stylists and artists I’ve had the good fortune to come across. . . there’s always something meaningful to learn from our conversations and work together.

Last, but certainly not least, to my family and friends for your unconditional love and support.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” (William Arthur Ward)

Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!




I’m no hair stylist, but I am “hair friendly.”

I pay attention and can recognize something new and fabulous when I see it; this is a phenomenal hair styling tool. I consider myself in-the-know about lots of hair products, tools, styles, techniques. I have owned every kind of hair dryer, diffuser, hot roller, curling iron, hair straightener, brush, comb, pin. . . you name it. I still have my same set of Clairol hot rollers from my college days. So, I’m also something of a collector, too.

Several weeks ago I worked a photo shoot with the lovely ladies of Tresses Salon and the amazing photographers of King Street Studio (respective blogs to follow. . .). As the models were being styled, my curiosity was piqued by this new tool I’d never seen before.

It’s called the HAI Elite Rod and it looks like a wand. . . the resulting curls are nothing short of magic. Although the barrel is conical in shape, and depending on how you hold it, your curl grades from loose to tight. The curl it creates is reminiscent of spiral or ringlet curls. It has no spring clip to hold hair in place which is very important because it gets super hot. That is why a heat-resistant glove must be used in conjunction so as not to burn the fingers / hands of those using it.

This rod is made of ceramic and tourmaline. It’s the tourmaline that helps lock moisture into the hair cuticle. This is one styling tool that’s actually good for your hair. I’m always game for “good for” my hair, especially since I put it through so much with heat, chemicals, and styling products.

The gurls at Tresses hooked me up when I went in for cut, color, and style. Jacqueline knew that I was interested in The Rod, so she styled my hair with it so I could see how to use it and extoll its virtues. One of the many virtues is that the curl lasted in my hair for a solid three days. No kidding. This tool takes the term “curls locked in” to a different level.

She also cautioned me, as I am about to for you, that you must be very careful and use the glove with this. This is no regular curling iron. . . it’s a professional tool that gets extremely hot. This is a styling tool that was more than likely made for a stylist to use on someone else, but that is now being made available to the public. I do not consider it a novice/newbie tool. . . you have to be at least “hair friendly” to use it and not burn yourself.

So, I was hooked. . . after 3 days of curl. . .completely hooked. Last week I went back to get my own HAI Elite Rod. Before I did, I called around to several area salons and the professional beauty supply stores. No one has this; some have not even heard of it. Tresses Salon is the sole retailer on the East Coast of this amazing tool. Check it out at Tresses in the Oakland Market Shoppes, Hwy. 17 North, Mount Pleasant. Mallory, Jacqueline, Amy. . .or any of the stylists there can help you!

p.s. The photos that appear above are to illustrate the difference between my hair straightened versus Day Two of curls with the HAI Elite Rod.




November 24, 2009

I send heartfelt condolences to Barbara and Robert Kearns on the loss of their husband and father, respectively. P

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Luscious Lashes via MAC #4s, #7s, and #32s

November 19, 2009

I love lashes. Maybe it’s because I don’t have many of them, but mostly because it just puts a look “over the top.” In order to round out our discussion of lashes (see previous blog on Latisse), I must give equal time to false lashes. The pro’s are many; the con’s are few. Pros: they […]

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Proud Mama, Part Two

November 19, 2009

WARNING: Extremely proud Mama comments are forthcoming. Read at your own risk. Jordan, don’t ask me to delete this 🙂 Also, digressions are made all over the place. Rounding out the Proud Mama / musical weeks referred to a couple of days ago, I have one more experience to relay. This one involves Son #1. […]

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Luscious Lashes via LATISSE !!!

November 18, 2009

LATISSE. . . I’ve tried it, and I love what it’s done for me. . . long, luscious lashes that I’ve grown myself. Latisse is the brand name for a pharmaceutical by Allergan called bimatoprost ophthalmic solution. It contains the same ingredient found in a medication for glaucoma patients whose side effect is growth of […]

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Please Pardon a Proud Mama. . .Part One

November 17, 2009

Can a Mama brag for just a minute? We’ve had a very kid-centered week or two here in the Lesch household, all revolving around music. It’s been a state of grace, actually. Son #2, Culley, has embarked on an adventure his freshman year of high school known as The Wando Warrior Marching Band. The WHS […]

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Featured Photographer: Ashley Brokop

November 11, 2009

Photography by Ashley Brokop Makeup by Pamela Lesch As I think about Ashley Brokop and her photography, one word recurs: moments. She’s about them, she catches them, she’s in them. I’ve worked with Ashley twice, but with someone like her who wears her heart on her sleeve, it feels like I’ve known her much, much […]

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The Eyes Have It!

November 10, 2009

“Makeup may not change the world or even your life, but it can be a first step in learning things about yourself you may have never discovered otherwise.” This Kevyn Aucoin quote sums up why he is my favorite makeup artist; it emphasizes that what makes someone truly beautiful is internal. Makeup is a means […]

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Rollin’ in my Robin’s. . .

November 8, 2009

The more I think about jeans, the more I have to share. The next in my Denim Lineup are my Robin’s Jeans. I find these Robin’s Jeans fly a bit under the radar. As a matter of fact, the company website is still in development. They don’t quite get the press as the Joe’s or […]

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