Small town, big hearts and a lot of style!


Once again, the Hood River Gala Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Christmas Project was a hit.  All of our local business rocked the show. I personally styled hair for the Parts + Labor models along with Subi Katz.

 5th Element Salon teamed up with our local beauty Giselle Kennedy who choreographed 2 amazing runway looks.  Girl, you’ve got talent!

5th Element Salon

Thanks to all of our models, stylists and                                                           the audience for a memorable night!



Bb. backstage

Bb. backstage

SEPTEMBER 4-11, 2014


new york fashion week was incredible.  i stayed with the lovely family tiffani, jordan, chicken & couscous.  oh, and the occasional roach.  tiffani is from oregon and jordan surfs so we had a little more than just hair to talk about.  these two made my trip complete.  it went like this.

day one. assist jordan m. @ ohne titel test appointment (run through for show)

day two. bumble and bumble team for lead hairstylist james pecis @ yigal azrouel

day three. bumble and bumble team lead assistant to lead stylist jordan m. @ ohne titel; bumble and bumble team for lead hairstylist jimmy paul @ thom browne

day four.  bumble and bumble team for lead hairstylist james pecis @ MM6

day five. surfing @ rockaway beach

day six. lower east side exploration

there were creature like models transforming into hangers, their hair into short stories.  the people watching is incomparable.  the surf was small but necessary.  there were doors opening in front of me.  there were lots of great conversations, good eats and inspiration… and i was totally kidding about the cockroaches.

I cannot wait to go back for NYFW FW15 in February 2015

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…