Between two worlds

Fashion. One world.

Athlete.  Another world.

These worlds could not be any more different to live in, yet they could not be more similar in my  d r e a m l a n d.

This dreamland is where I work to live.  I work as a hairstylist and live as a dirt biker, surfer, snowboarder, lover and wonderer.

After spending the past week in New York City working backstage with Bumble and bumble at New York Fashion Week #SS15 Spring/Summer 2015 I realized where my worlds meet.  They are both high intensity, adrenaline pumping places both requiring practice and focus.  Being backstage with the best of the best in the fashion world  is as intimidating as it is to line up at the start for a dirt bike race with the pros.

One thingI have learned is that I belong in both worlds.  No
question.  I will continue to explore between both worlds with an open mind and heart.  I want to see where they will take me without limitation.d r e a m l a n d

New York Fashion Week #SS15

I would like to make an announcement…



I will be attending New York Fashion Week this coming September working beside the World’s most talented Designers, Hairstylists and Makeup artists!  This is a HUGE deal and something I never imagined.  I am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented by Bumble and bumble.

…and THANK YOU to all the people rooting for me!


Bumble vibes…

June 2nd I will be in L.A. for a try out to work with Bumble and bumble at New York Fashion Week this coming September. During the try out there will be 3 assessed skills (1 hr each).  I have been preparing by practicing multiple times a week for the past 6 weeks.  The Bumble pony tail, double french twist and curling iron set require a ton of Bb. products, blowdrying, combing, brushing, backcombing, hairspray and sweat.  LOTS of sweat.

I have a hard time using the word ‘if’ here because it isn’t a powerful word… so WHEN I am chosen not only will I have the chance to experience being backstage with the most INCREDIBLE fashion designers in the world, I will be side-by-side WORKING with the most TALENTED hairstylists on the planet!

This is a BIG deal in my world!

I am asking to put the good vibes out there for me…

nyc dream


Good bye 20′s HELLO 30!!!

I am stoked to have spent the second to last week of my 20′s in The Big Apple! (No one is counting here…)
I am headed home after 3 days at Bumble and bumble University and a total of 6 days in New York City! I have had 8 solid months of learning, teaching and inspiring as the Network Educator at 5th Element Salon since my last visit. I returned to the heart of it all to learn advanced hair styling in the Styling II class at Bb. University. I had been warned that this was going to be a very intense course. I am reporting back with real-life-actual-information after I sweated through the bobby pinning, hair spraying, hands-on course of ponytails, chignons (bun, if you are unfamiliar with the awkward word) and the-mountain-building double French twist. Now you are probably wondering how a ponytail or chignon and a double French twist could possibly make me sweat. I do work out regularly so this isn’t due to lack of fitness! I have to say I never knew that a ponytail or a bun could require such intensity, as many steps and so much focus. Notice that I failed to mention the double French twist in the previous sentence. Just imagine, really, the strongest possible foundation to literally build mountains on someone’s head. Now that’s difficult! That’s a double french twist. …And I passe! Now I have to brag. I not only passed, I received a huge compliment from my hands on educator Sabrina Michals! Btw, she is a Bb. editorial stylist who has completely inspired me previous to this class! Ohhhh, I’m lucky! Along with being at Bumble this week, just the simple fact of existing in one of the worlds most fashion forward and ‘anything goes’ cities was completely awesome!

Regardless of the sweat, stress and fear of blowing it this makes the closing of my 20′s quite exciting!

…and HELLO 30!!!! Im so ready for you.

The end. (Or shall I say, Beginning?)

Sabrina Michals and my Double French Twists.

Sabrina Michals and my Double French Twists.


this is my word for 2013.



  1. Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “his enthusiasm inspired them”.
  2. Create (a feeling, esp. a positive one) in a person: “inspire confidence”.
Sun and surf inspire me…


The Dark Side.

I look forward to the rainy Saturdays that are approaching us.  Cold and rainy weather always makes a tasty coffee sound good so why not add a camera and a hot model?  This is how I started my lovely Saturdays before work last winter. A little sparkle to start my day.  Summer light and fun got in the way of our weekly meeting where we can gabble non stop until our hour time expires and we have to scramble to our perspective ‘real’ jobs.  This mini shoot on a very early Saturday morning before Halloween shows us that even with some of the worst conditions – rain, hangovers, missing makeup and gloom can still turn into something great.  I am stoked to have the opportunity to take pictures of this talented, intelligent woman along with styling her hair as my ‘real’ job.

She is Marissa. She is Ms. Magpie.


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31F Delta flight 2258 PDX | JFK

Wednesday 7/18/2012:  10:38am

Am I there yet?! I woke up at 4:30 and have this incredible idea that if I stay awake the entire flight, then maybe, hopefully I will adjust to the time change. 4:30 west coast=7:30 east coast.  I like the sounds of it.  Fingers are crossed.

I won a free gogoinflight wifi pass for the flight (hopefully I’ll get the iPad too, but let’s not get greedy here).   I am surrounded by children, who are all well behaved besides the grom sitting behind me using my seat as a kicking bag.  I needed a massage anyways.  I just found out that my credit card has been frozen… I mean really, why would a 29 yr. old woman living in Hood River be traveling to New York City using her C.C. to hold hotel reservations and buy tickets to Cirque du Soleil?  I guess I’d rather have them be suspicious of Fraud than have to deal with a maxed out card when arrive.

Ok, so the REAL reason I am going to the Big Apple is to attend not 1 but 2 classes @ Bumble and bumble University!  Thanks to 5th Element for selecting me as our Bumble Network Educator, giving me this incredible opportunity to travel to New York for an experience (there WILL be more) of a lifetime!  My first class (which I happened to ‘win,’ -again thanks to 5th Element!) begins mañana is a Design Class, focusing on razor cuts #straightrazorsrscary.  It is a two day class where I will be learning radness.  My second class (4days) is the Network Educator Class where I will be learning the Bumble way… and how to teach it when I return to 5th Element Salon.  I am super stoked to have this opportunity and plan to share it with all of you (whomever you might be).  So keep your eyes peeled for more posts straight from NYC!


i apologize if i sound scattered or misspelled anything…

the early am and the warm sun coming in the window are catching up with me…