August. Chicago. 2017

August 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

This is my closet. I live in a small studio apartment in a high rise, and this is my only closet. It’s a walk-in closet, and it fits all my stuff. Yes, that is all my stuff. I am a firm believer that less is more. I can truly say that everything I have, I love. There are no ill-fitting jackets or yearbooks from the late 90s to be found. The files contain all my paperwork, the stacked boxes contain my office supplies, and that is how I roll. I haven’t always lived this way, and I am certainly happiest like this. I know where everything is at all times, I’m in a constant practice of tossing or donating things that I no longer need, and I feel like I can breathe deeply. My closet is a decent illustration of minimalism, though I aspire to even less. It’s a funny thing, I suppose…but the more one owns, the more indebted one is to those things. If freedom is the ultimate goal, then lots of things must go.


July. 2017. Chicago

July 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

It is summer once again, and it’s been really an amazing time to reflect and rejuvinate. Also, Chicago is the absolute best in the summer; there is so much beauty outside.

Here’s a rooftop view of great Lake Michigan peeking through some buildings: 20170723_141110

I love this city. In fact, I even wrote a song about it entitled “I’m Keepin’ Chicago” and recorded it with my friend Paul. I’m singing/playing guitar and Paul is singing backups/playing flute. Enjoy!

July. 2016. Chicago

July 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

I just recently came upon a photo from this old shoot. I love the ghostly feeling. I executed the makeup with lots of white foundation and brown washes of color on eyes and as a contour.

April. 2016. Chicago

April 30, 2016 § Leave a comment


Here’s a collage I just did, inspired by the idea of reinvention. Reinvention is a cyclical process, a process for me of collecting, piecing and rendering.

December. 2015. Chicago

December 27, 2015 § Leave a comment


I had the best time on WGN radio 720 am with Jen Bosworth talking about Beauty: Inside and Out. This was my second appearance on WGN with Jen. I was on last Christmas as well. Jen is an awesome host, hilarious and insightful. You can listen to our conversation here:

Nov. 2015. Chicago

November 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

No posts since July! I took a full-time position working in retail makeup this year and time has sped up. That said, I’m going to expand the subject matter of my posts to include a broader look at beauty…beauty as an expression of balance and flow…the internal and the external. Here’s another photo from the shoot I did with photographer Momoko  and model DeYandre. I think the photo compliments what’s been on my mind as of late: minimalism.


The makeup look I did for this photo was very minimal. A bit of foundation, a touch of powder through the brows, a neutral lip, a smudge of black liner and mascara, a kiss of blush. Natural, minimal makeup has always been my favorite to execute. The makeup is an afterthought to the subject. What is important is DeYandre, the energy that she exudes.

I had a Drawing and Painting teacher in high school who expounded upon the idea that less is more. I have grown to agree with him. Stylistically, minimalism is a reservoir of beauty: crisp, decisive and strong. The minimalist aesthetic has bled over into various areas of my life: my living space, my clothes, shoes, trinkets. Pairing down to the essentials has given me more room to be creative, I think. That said, I still have 12 lipsticks in my medicine cabinet…it may not seem like a lot considering what I do for a living, but the direction I’m going, it feels like a few too many.


July. 2015. Chicago

July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Residuum, the indie film by Edward Pioke which I worked on as key hair/makeup, just premiered at the Music Box in Chicago. The film, shot in 2012 in and around Chicago, features a stellar Chicago cast and crew. It was such an awesome experience to see the film on the big screen. The magic of cinema is like no other; it’s inspiring to see what beauty can transpire when so many talents come together. Bravo, Residuum!