MAKE TIME TO UNPLUG

From someone who used to be allergic to the word “unplug” I somehow managed to (years later) learn how to do so. Not so much to do it but I learned why I NEEDED to do it! For my mind, body and soul…

It doesn’t matter what career you are in, if you work from home or take care of your family. All of these are job and you MUST take the time to unplug, relax and maybe even meditate. Be grateful for what you have. Take the time to write these things down in a journal. Create a zen for yourself. Create a happy place to escape to even if it just in your mind.

When you take the time to do this you will come back to wherever you needed to get to faster because you are feeling so refreshed.

When I gave myself this challenge of writing 30 blogs in 30 days for my How To Series I thought it was honestly going to be a piece of cake.

Ummm…

That was not the case. I had to create a posting schedule for 30 days and five weeks that would make sense and excite my readers. Manage the professionals posts that were sent to me as I had many guests help me create a few posts each week. Then I had to share my story as well as a few others every day. Almost every post was at a minimum of 1,000 words.

And I am so happy and thrilled to share with you that today is Blog #30. The end of my How To Series. I am not going to lie when I tell you how proud I am that I achieved this personal goal of mine. Again…

That being said I am going to take my own advice and unplug this weekend. I’m going to take deep breathes, write in my journal and just escape from my norm…

Aside from unplugging I will be working on The Happy Workaholic Podcast!

I wanted to leave a few of my favorite “unplugged” quotes. Please enjoy them below…

It was true pleasure writing this series every day and I truly appreciated all of the comments here as well as all over my social media channels.

I want to connect and/or stay connected with you! Let me know what is going on in your world…

Comment below and let’s chat.

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Now it is time for me to officially unplug until Monday and I hope you do the same…

KAG

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HAIR TIPS FROM PROS. PART TWO.

There is some great advice shared here to conclude the Hair Tips portion of Beauty Week. Just saying…

First off… I would just like to remind you of a little post I wrote a few weeks ago titled WHY COMMUNITY IS EVERYTHING!

About a year ago I became involved in a Facebook group and met an incredible woman Meg Blair. A group filled with some serious Lady Bosses.

Cut to a few months ago…

I knew Meg was involved with Monat hair products from seeing her posts so I messaged her as I was quite curious. I’ve been going through Chemo over the past few months and noticed I am loosing more hair and wanted some info on that line in the hopes that it could help me out!

Meg was amazing! Not only did she send me the link, she also sent me four full size products. If I never joined that Facebook community I never would have met Meg and/or tried these products. Building relationships in your personal and professional life is the key to happiness as well as success. This I know from experience!

I’ll admit I really need to start using my Monat products more religiously in order to see the best results but so far so good. It is amazing to see the result’s of others so I’m hoping I’ll end up like one of them soon. As of right now, it has kept my color in two weeks longer and the fullness and shine is on another level! That right there is pretty great considering the length of time I have been using them…

If you want to see what Monat products I am using check out my Instagram Stories later today…

To learn more about Monat follow Meg Blair below…

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Now I would like to introduce you to Tanya Ramirez aka @untamedinstinct on Instagram.

I met Tanya when I first moved to Beverly Hills. I went on Google my first day there searching for someone to save my hair because someone in Miami had just turned my hair to a pretty orange shade! That being said her incredible portfolio sold me! I booked my first appointment with her. She took a drastic unrealistic color and magically turned it into perfection and without damaging my hair one bit. From black to blonde is a pretty tough job! When I left LA for San Diego a few years later I still made the trips to LA to see her because she really is the best!

I asked Tanya to share some basic tips for us today. They are short, sweet and to the point…

Tips on the best way to part your hair. 
Heart-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Side parting
A side-parting helps to shift the focus away from the widest part of the head: forehead. By creating this diagonal line across the face, there is more emphasis on the lower structure of the face: cheekbones, lips, chin. Keep the top sleek with any volume in mid-shaft through ends of hair.
Square-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting helps soften the edges/corners of the face both in the forehead, as well as, the chin area.
A side-parting also helps shift the focus away from the wide areas of the face. There is more emphasis on the eyes, cheeks, nose and lips. Keep any volume to a minimum to maintain a sleek profile.
Round-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting helps create a center focal point and softens the outer edges of the face for an elongated shape.
A side-parting can also help shift the focus away from the wide areas of the face. This way there is more emphasis on the eyes and cheekbones. Keep any volume to a minimum to maintain a sleek profile.
Oval-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting can highlight the overall symmetry and balance of the face. Be sure to create some volume at the sides of the face with your hair to avoid an over-elongated profile.
A side-parting can shift the focus and create the illusion of a wider face to help balance out the overall structure. This face shape benefits from volume at the top and sides of the face.
Want to get in touch with Tanya? Click her links below and be sure to tell her I sent you…
I really hope all these tips have helped you and my Monat story has peeked your interest. And of course if you have a comment for any of us please leave them below.

And if you want to catch me behind the scenes follow me on Instagram and my Stories right here…

Until next time…

KAG

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THE CLIENT PERSPECTIVE

Throughout Beauty Week I have been giving you tips, tricks and advice from experienced professionals in their own craft. Today I wanted to switch it up a bit! I wanted to share a client’s perspective as well as some more info on brows…

Let’s jump right in…

Sabrina Dandridge is an actor and model currently living in NYC. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina many years ago when she modeled for my makeup line in Rhode Island where we both happen to be from. She was fantastic of course! I asked Sabrina to share her thoughts with me about getting her makeup done professionally.

Hear Sabrina’s point of view below on what it is like to be the one sitting in the chair…

In my opinion, brows are the bane of the face. It is important to have a groomed brow, and shaped nicely. I get my makeup done fairly often in the line of work I am in (actor, model) and the one thing I notice, that is consistent across the board, is the lack of knowledge, attention and tools involving eyebrow presentation. I almost always have to touch up my brows with my own researched products and proven tools, in order to achieve a more polished and flattering look. Glossier has a product, called Boy Brow, that has changed the game of brow enhancing (for me). I can’t recommend the product enough. It is by far one of the best on the market right now. I’m not being paid to say that, either. Makeup Artists, listen up!

A few things I love about getting my makeup done are the obvious pampering aspect. I won’t deny I enjoy that! Another is access to knowledge. I learn something valuable from every Makeup Artist I meet and work with. They are the experts, after-all, and they all have different information, tips, techniques and tools I like to absorb. I then apply what I learn to enhance my own routines and add to my beauty regime necessities.

Lastly, I love the creative aspect of what can be created and the stories that can be told through the medium of makeup and beauty platforms. I love being a canvas for that sort of expression. It’s a type of art, and I can appreciate the artistry that goes into it.

Want to learn more about Sabrina? Visit her on Instagram @theladymuse or her website here…

Chelsea Barber has another perspective I would like to share. Chelsea also modeled for my makeup line many years ago when we both lived in Los Angeles. She is now living in New Orleans and is one of the hair stylists I featured in HAIR TIPS-PART ONE.

Hear what Chelsea has to say below… 

Getting your makeup done is fun because it’s someone’s else’s vision of the beauty they see in you. Whether it is enhancing your eyes, your jawline, lips etc. a canvas through an artist’s unique mind.

You get to see different versions of yourself. Find out what you like and do not like.

Are you in the New Orleans area? Click here for more info on Chelsea Barber.

Back to BROWS…

Eyebrow Microblading is becoming more and more popular by the day. I know I have been dying to get them done. I just wish I was in Florida right now so that my good friend Gina could help a sister out!

What is Microblading?

It’s a Semi-Permanent tattooing technique that has hair like strokes to look like real hair. You will no longer need to fill in your sparse eyebrows or if you don’t have any.

Great for people who have lost their eyebrows or just want to open up their eye area.

As eyebrows frame your face for an amazing natural lift and feel like you can leave the house without any makeup.

Thanks again Gina for being a part of Beauty Week! If you are in Southern Florida you can find Gina’s contact info below. Be sure to tell her I sent you!

Ageless Beauty by Gina Bianca. Boca Raton, FL.

Ageless Beauty on Instagram

As always if you have a question for any of us leave it in the comments.

KAG

 

MAKEUP TIPS FROM THE PROS

As promised I have asked a few fellow Pro Makeup Artists to share some of their favorite tips. I must say they are pretty dam good.

As always if you have a question let us know in the comments and we will be more than happy to answer them this weekend for our Q&A.

Ready for some fab tips? Here we go…

Carly Ryan

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Tip #1: Skin Care is just as important as Makeup! I cannot tell you how many times clients sit in my chair and do not care for their skin properly. I find in particular, woman who have oily skin. Either they don’t use moisturizer at all OR they overdo it when it comes to exfoliating & masks.

Please do your research and invest in your skin, not only is it preventative care but it also affects the way your Makeup wears. I also highly recommend using a Foundation Primer, my favorite is Colorscience Skin Brightening Primer.

Tip #2: Foundation! If I had a dollar for EVERY TIME someone told me that they don’t wear Foundation because they like to look natural but then bust out a FULL COVERAGE foundation POWDER….I’d be Rich! I have news for you, you are wearing FOUNDATION.

Thick powder is not Natural and has the tendency to look more cakey than any liquid or cream and let me tell you why…

When you are using a Full coverage powder, most likely you are going to touch up with it right? Right!

The thing about that is that you are actually caking on layer upon layer of full coverage.

For a natural look, I like to build coverage with the liquid or cream foundation and set with a translucent powder.

Tip #3: Not everyone needs to be contoured to the Gawds! Yes, I said it! Of course we’ve all seen that Meme of Mona Lisa with and without contour and yes, some of us feel invincible with a good contour…

But this technique is called Corrective Makeup. Not EVERY face needs correcting. Some people are blessed with beautiful bone structure and really don’t need this at all, but with the contouring trend being so huge I find that almost every woman that sits in my chair says “I need to learn how to contour!” The fact is that there is no need to go so Hammer Time.

I personally show clients that subtle is always better, especially if you are someone whose daily makeup routine is 5–15 min. I really stray away from making a road map out of any face (you’ve seen it, especially with beauty gurus on YouTube and Instagram where they lay down both the light cream and dark creams at the same time and then try to blend everything like nobody’s business).

In my opinion, you are creating so much more work and it feels more complicated and scary to the everyday woman who needs simplicity in her routine. I always recommend to do foundation first, and then build on that. If you choose to contour, I usually suggest to use a cream as that is the easiest to blend out and looks most natural. This will help you ensure that you don’t apply more than you need to and you will still feel like yourself when you look in the mirror.

Lisette Reeves

Facebook

Instagram

Tip #1: Lighting. Always do your makeup in front of a window if possible, you get natural light and you can see exactly how the makeup looks on you. From the correct color to how dark it’s going on.

Tip #2: Always layer a light powder over any foundation before adding contour or blush so it won’t get muddy.

Tip #3: Use a correcting concealer with some salmon to deep orange depending on your skin tone to cancel out dark circles, before applying foundation.

Don’t use a concealer that’s 3 shades lighter because it won’t cancel out the blue undertone in the dark circles it will just make it look ashy.

Angella Dutton Theriault-Boston Beauty By Angella

My favorite makeup tip is to put your moisturizer in the fridge. Not only does it help keep a bit longer, nut the cool application helps to soothe, tighten skin, minimize the look of pores, and reduce inflammation and puffiness in the skin. It’s a must for me!

Lastly, here are a few of my suggestions I love sharing with clients…

Tip #1: If you are going to do a heavy eye makeup please do that before any foundation is placed on skin. It will allow for a much cleaner look. To clean up the fallout (excess shadow) use a clean foundation brush with a touch of moisturizer on it. It will act just like an eraser. Once clean and dry move on to foundation, powder, bronzer, etc.

Tip #2: Keep your brushes clean. Bacteria and dust can build up in your brushes over time. If they are not clean you are placing that into your skin which can cause an infection or allergic reaction.

Use a brush cleaner once or twice a week. This will not only clean but strengthen the hair of the brush. Once a month I clean them in baby shampoo and then let them air dry overnight. Make sure you lay them flat after washing so that the water does not go through the barrels and un-glue the brush.

Tip #3: Products that I tell clients they should always have on them for touch ups are concealer, powder, lipstick, gloss. Products you should have period are lash primer, skin primer and setting spray.

WOW! These ladies definitely have some pretty amazing tips!

So I haven’t updated my portfolio in forever but if you would like to see some of my work you can find it on YouTube right here…

Well I hope that you enjoyed some of these tips and learned a few tricks. Feel free to reach out to any of us for questions or leave a comment below in the comments.

Until next time…

KAG

HOW TO GET SOCIAL!

Happy Thursday! Keeping it short and sweet today!

How do you get social? Pick a few of your favorite social media platforms, local restaurants/bars or coffee shops to spend some time in this weekend.

I prefer Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and small family run businesses to hang out in!

Introduce yourself in groups, at happy hour or when in line for your coffee!

Engage when you feel comfortable and as much as you feel necessary!

Meet new friends in person and online!

Just spread some love and positive juju this week.

Why?

Because everyone needs it these days…

Wouldn’t it feel nice to know that you were the one to brighten up someone’s day?

Now that is how you get social!

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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HOW TO CREATE VISION AND HAPPINESS BOARDS

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

How many of you have heard of vision boards? Or maybe even happiness boards? They have been around for so many years. I feel like the wave of talking about them comes and goes. And I see it trending everywhere right now! Hence, why I wanted to write about it and because I LOVE creating them obviously…

As a born creative of course I have one. I actually have two and once had three. That was just too much I know. I’ll admit it. Once I get into my creative zone I just cannot stop FOR REAL!

Just the other day one of my friends text me asking how to create one? We used to live together so clearly she remembered my wall of cork boards and so I think this is why she called.

My answer was that you need to think and visualize what you want and/or where you see yourself going. In your personal life and career. I am a HUGE fan of putting your thoughts into the universe and creating these boards is one very fun and entertaining way of doing do.

I actually see a lot of work shops for vision boards trending all over the world in fact. Celebrating with some bubbly and creating a special space for others to create together is genius. I think I actually need to be a part of these one day.

When you are creating a personal vision and/or happiness board you can put pictures (from magazines, newspapers, print outs) of where you would like to travel, your favorite quotes, a cocktail napkin from a bar you once celebrated at etc.

As far as your board type goes I personally prefer cork boards but white boards patterned quilt and a section of a wall. It honestly depends on your style…

Your boards can consist of fun items you collect in your travels and sometimes on the street. No joke! I have a very large screw that ended up in my tire rushing to the Golden Globes from a few years ago. Random but it reminds me of that crazy day of running from room to room doing makeup for my clients.

So that infamous screw is there to remind me of that accomplishment and also the not so happy part where I just got screwed! Get it!

My happiness board has fortune cookie messages (because I’ve been collecting them for years), ads from magazines that I just love. I mean some of these I have now framed because I just love them so much! And they are years old, so we can now call them vintage I guess! lol

Blue Lagoon in Iceland (that’s a bucket list trip of mine) my favorite quotes and mantras are absolutely on one of my boards.

When I get into a funk or need to switch things up I redo them. This is why I love using push pins. It’s easy to make changes without ruining your project you’ve spent hours working on. When it comes to my “work” boards I change them every first of the month!

It is so good to refresh your goals and plans. It’s called life and sh*t happens whether or not you are prepared for it. Your life can change in a second. Just look at mine for example. Insane, scary and absolutely annoying at times but honestly looking at work I have created on these boards continues to keep me inspired  and motivated in all aspects; business and personal.

If you are enjoying my How To Series please feel free to share along with anyone who you think could benefit from my writing everyday this month!

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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HOW TO CATALOGUE YOUR CLOSET

Hello and Happy Happy Friday!

I hope that you are enjoying this How To Series as much as I love talking and writing about it! Today’s topic of organization is your closet. Some people dread this area while others simply look forward to it.

Winter is right around the corner so this weekend could be the a great time for you to complete this project!

As I said in yesterday’s blog you need to be able to see what you have in the fridge and pantry so it doesn’t go to waste. This is so it doesn’t go bad. Well the same thing goes for your clothes. I like to to see everything in a clean and organized fashion. Pun intended.

There are so many ways to put together a closet and depending on the style and size of your closet will depend on how you catalogue it aka put it together.

I have put together many closets for clients over the years so I can tell you that I am an expert in this department. And when I tell you that I once spent three 12 plus hour days putting together two closets I am not kidding. Literally truck loads of clothes and accessories. So I think that all this experience qualifies me to be an Expert in this field right?

Let’s get to it. I want to be able to help you from the very beginning but if you don’t have the time then just pick up from where you would prefer to!

Here are my steps in creating the perfect closet…

First take everything out. I mean everything. Shoes, belts, hats. All of it. Lay it on your bed or sofas in an organized fashion.

Give it a good clean. I know this may sound annoying and a bigger project than expected but if you start with a clean and fresh smelling closet you will feel ten times more accomplished by the end of this.

Hangars. If you don’t have all of the same. Eventually invest. It looks and feels better. I prefer black hangars for a more sleek look but feel free to choose YOUR favorite.

Before you start putting together your closet go grab a few boxes or large trash bags and a garbage can. These will be for donating the items you no longer need and the garbage can so you don’t make a crazy mess. Hello…You know you have to stay organized while you organize. Honestly, if it is too much then just do it at the end. These are just my tips.

When you begin to put your pieces back into the closet you want to group all of your pieces together. I prefer them to start at tanks and work my way up to heavy jackets. I also like to color code them. I lay sweaters flat on a shelf because they are too bulky to hang and hangar marks are awful! By the way if you haven’t worn a piece in a year and/or it doesn’t fit this is the time to drop it in the donate box!

Other items I fold are yoga pants, shorts, bulky sweatshirts and t-shirts. Although if you have the space feel free to hang. Again this is just how I prefer styling a closet.

If you have capsule wardrobes this project just became a lot easier. A capsule wardrobe consists of a limited number of items in your wardrobe. They usually consist of denim, grey, beige, black and white. Neutrals that you can rotate the pieces within your little collection. This wardrobe isn’t for everyone but is becoming more popular by the day. This is wardrobe is great for someone who travels a lot or a minimalist.

As far as pants, skirts and athletic wear I like to hang in half on a hangar and put to the left before my tank top section starts.

Before that I have all of my scarves. I have quite a large collection of those so they take up about 6 hangars worth.

If you have lots of behind the door space or extra room you can always hang belts and scarves there. If you are using hangars you can usually fit 4-6 on each. Use less space.

Now on to shoes. Shoe trees are the best for flats. I also love clear shoe boxes again so I am able to see all the pairs that I have. If you have a great shelf space line up the heels color coded of course. If not, stack them up on the floor under hanging clothes.

Sneakers always on a shelf or somewhere you won’t mind germs. I’ve had mine in an empty laundry basket before. This space was designated just for that reason. See I used what I had again. By doing this it will allow you to be creative as well as spend a lot less money.

If money is no object or you need some personal tips for your closet then lets talk! I can help you create a list of must have pro organizing equipment from on a budget to no budget costs.

Always set aside a formal section apart from your every day wardrobe. I prefer to have them after my coats. formal gowns, suit jackets, pant suits etc. If it is something like fur or vintage; cedar blocks are great for keeping them fresh!

I know this is a lot to read so if you made it to the end congrats!

Wishing you a wonderful Friday and if you have any questions just leave them below in the comments…

KAG

 

 

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

Updated 7/31/17…

I Chose This Life Series will launch on Wednesday 9/6/17!

Whenever I have an idea I immediately write it down in one of my “famous” notebooks. Then when I decide it is time to give it life I start my post-it/cork board process. If you follow me on Instagram and Stories then you know what I am talking about. I guess you could say it is my version of a “Story Board”. You know the white boards with the photos on them you used to see when MTV actually played music videos? And they aired the “Making of the Video” show. Just like that!

My cork boards are the special place for me to put together the puzzle pieces that I have floating around in my head. I’m a very visual person so being able to write it down and push pin it up really helps me in the creative process. And I’m so OCD, so the fact that my push pins can be moved around makes the process completely stress-free! lol.

So a few months ago I began that process for the I Chose This Life Series. I knew when I launched The Happy Workaholic Podcast that I wanted to use it as a platform for other Entrepreneurs like myself to share their stories. After all…the show is about Business, Luxury Travel and Life! So it’s a perfect fit and made sense!

My guests will share the raw, real and relateable deal. The path they took to get them to where they are today. The milestones, the mishaps and everything in between. Everyone has a unique story and I want the show to share these stories for others to hear and be inspired and motivated by them. I want my listeners to know that no matter what the situation everything happens for a reason. And there is no need for you to ever give up on a dream. We all go through life with bumps in the road. And it makes us who we are today! Trust me on this! It’s just a different scenario for everyone. And you will learn that when listening to this amazing series…

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES. WHAT IS IT?

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

on

The Happy Workaholic Podcast with Kelly Ann Gorman

I Chose This Life is a weekly series on The Happy Workaholic Podcast showcasing

Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.

Every Wednesday you will hear from a different guest who will share their journey, their struggles, milestones and personality as they keep it completely raw and real.

You’ll learn about their biggest motivators and why they chose their business

and life they are living now!

Guests will answer a list of questions throughout the show and the discussions

will be fun, fearless and focused on career!

Conversations you will not want to miss and lots of notes you are going to want to take.

Get your pens, paper and ears ready for the I Chose This Life Series…

Launch date announced on Monday 7/27/17 on Instagram @kkinvegas!

STAY TUNED…

Thanks so much for reading and I cannot wait for you to hear from all the incredible guests I have lined up…

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday…

KAG

Three Things…

Don’t forget to download The Happy Workaholic Podcast here. I just posted 3 new podcasts yesterday!

And follow me on Instagram for the next announcement Monday 7/27/17 here.

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