January 2010

Petite Grandeur

January 28, 2010

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Grand things may manifest in many different ways. November 21st was a day of “petite grandeur.” Such was the case with bride Wendy. Her Kiawah Island wedding was intimate (13 guests), yet exquisite.

Wendy is a petite package of determination and someone who makes things happen. This is a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. That kind of decisiveness is a huge attraction for me.

She was on the original team of Kiawah Island employees who built the Cassique Club. For those who may not know about the low-key splendor of Kiawah Island, suffice it to say, Cassique is its world-class golf facility. . . from the exquisitely manicured greens and fairways to the spectacular club house to the vast amenities it offers its members. . . it’s top notch. This bride/client was an integral part of all that.

Wendy managed to put together an intimate wedding in a couple weeks’ time. But that’s what people who know their resources and are prepared can do. And don’t get me wrong. . . this wedding and all the preparations were lovingly put together. . . not thrown together as “a couple weeks” may suggest. You see, this wedding was to be Wendy’s swan song from Kiawah. Her beloved, Mike, was to whisk her off to their new home in Texas.

But that’s what Love will do. It’ll turn your world upside down. Love will ask you to leave a job that your heart and soul are invested in; Love will ask you to take your only child out of her school and away from the friends she knows; but Love will also promise to lift you up and move you on to newer and better life situations. And for all this, Wendy did what Love asked.

This couple was special to me for several reasons. They represented new beginnings at a time traditionally thought of as “in the middle.” Also, Wendy’s groom was game for being airbrushed. You can tell from the photos, Mike does not appear to be wearing makeup, but simply has a nice, evened out skin-tone. I have a soft spot in my heart for the grooms who are willing to sit for the 5 minutes it takes to de-shine and airbrush them. Their photographers love them as well.

And speaking of photographers. . . Jennie Beard of JB Fresh Photography was a delight to meet and work with. She managed to capture so much of the emotion that saturated the air that day: Wendy’s farewell to her home and work-family, as well as the faith in what the future holds for her, her daughter Sidney, and Mike.

Houston will no doubt receive this new family with open arms. But Charleston will always love you, Wendy.





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One of my earlier “makeup moments” came when I was about ten years old. My mom’s friend, Helen, who had been her matron of honor at her wedding, came for a visit. As I was always apt to do, I wanted to hang out with the ladies. . . hear their conversation, drink in whatever I could from the Gurlz Club (my mom was an original member:)

This particular conversation began when my mother was admiring her friend’s beautifully maintained skin (they were both in their 40s at the time). Helen leaned in closely as if to reveal the big secret. And what she said has stayed with me ever since then:

“Clean your face, she said. No matter how tired you are at the end of the day, no matter WHAT, wash your face with a wash cloth. It doesn’t matter if you’re about to fall asleep at the sink, your face will thank you if you clean it every night.”

And by “thank you” I know now that she meant my facial skin would be healthier, longer. These have been words to live by. Right up there with my “do unto others. . .”

So, from that point forward, I’ve always been a face-washer. Starting at ten, it made me feel like I was doing something grown-up. . . an investment of time that would one day pay off. How many nights I’ve wanted to flop in my bed and fall asleep. . . all through high school after sweaty cheerleading nights. . . all through college and sorority house nights when all you can do is flop. . . all through the flight attendant days when all you want to do on a layover is fall in your bed and let the exhaustion overtake you. Thank goodness I always had Helen’s voice in my ears, “wash your face!” It’s an ingrained part of my daily ritual.

Even last night. At about 9:30 p.m. I slipped off the last two stair steps after tucking in my daughter. What a klutz. . . I sprained my ankle. This morning I have a “golf ball” on my left ankle as I sit here and type. So, as my dear husband helped collect and put me to bed to ice my ankle, once again I heard Helen’s voice, “wash your face.” And I hobbled in and did just that. Guess what. . . I slept better just knowing my face was clean.

So, what about the two products shown above? They are both magnificent, inexpensive, and available at most drug stores or “super centers.” Both products have appeared on Allure Magazine’s “Best of Beauty” list in recent years. Purpose Facial Cleanser is clear, pure, and gentle. You definitely need a wash cloth for this cleanser. The Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads are very convenient. No wash cloth needed. They foam on one side and exfoliate and scrub on the other.


So, to all my clients who ask me what they can do for their skin. . . what facial or treatment or cure may exist for their skin conditions, I say begin by washing your face. . . every night.

Thank you Johnson & Johnson.

But most thanks go to Helen. I wish she could know how much her advice has meant to me throughout the years.





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