Updated: May 4, 2020
Where do I even begin? In a nutshell, I am an entrepreneur, the CEO of The Beauty Studio, and The Beauty Studio Boutique, a full-time bridal hair and makeup artist and coffee enthusiast.
A little backstory on how I began this journey that led me here today. I have been working since I was 15 years old, every summer I had two jobs - one scooping ice cream and the other as a grocery store cashier. From the day I could start earning my own income it was up to me and me alone to work hard and make any money that I could. Oh, you want to go to prom? Pay for it yourself. You want a yearbook? Good luck. After high school, I went to STCC to study to be an ultrasound technician, simply because it was a responsible career choice and I wanted to make my grandmother proud. This lasted less than a year - after shadowing an ultrasound tech for 1 whole day I quickly realized this was not the field for me. I am all about doing something every single day that makes me happy, that makes me smile and that I can have fun with! I knew this was a career that could give me financial security HOWEVER I will always choose my happiness over any amount of money. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
So I did what any girl in my position would do - I got a job at the mall. I had rent to pay, car insurance, and food would be nice so I applied for a job at Claire's. Fast-forward 10 f*cking years. TEN YEARS I STAYED THERE. During this time I had moved from apartment to apartment with some of my closest friends, spent my days working and my nights partying. I was in my twenty's and lead a very irresponsible life. I had no vision of what my future plans would be beyond the next day, I just wanted to have fun! Drunken, stupid, irresponsible fun. Don't get me wrong these were some of the best times in my life, to live completely carefree is exactly what I needed during at the time, but Jesus I wish I had done that for maybe a year or two then got my shit together but everything happens for a reason.
Ten years in, the store that I was managing decided to close (with 2 days' notice) and merge with another location but I would be out of work for about a month. This is when my wake up call hit me hard! I was depending on a corporation who at the end of the day didn't give a shit about me. In a flash, I was out of work with no skills, no connections, and no future plans. A week into my lay off I started to think about the one person in my life whom I have always looked up to - my Aunt Debbie. Since I was born, she has always owned her own salon, been her own boss, and depended solely on herself and I wanted to be just like her. So I looked up Cosmetology schools in my area that had night programs so I could still work during the day (cause your girl still needed to make money for rent) and signed up immediately.
After cosmo school, I applied for a job at Sephora which quickly changed my love for hair to a love for makeup and the rest is history! The Beauty Studio was formed in 2015, I did my first bridal trial in my home office while my bride sat holding my cat in her lap. Gotta make it work!
Today The Beauty Studio has expanded into a full-service salon, spa, and boutique. I spend my weekdays surrounded by a team of the most genuine, hardworking, and inspiring women that I am lucky enough to call some of my closest friends. Weekends are spent traveling around New England to different wedding venues and I get the privilege week after week to be part of a woman's most important day.
When I am not working, you can find me watching Gilmore Girls, snuggling my two rescue Shih Tzus, or laughing to the point of crying with my fiance. Part of me is still that 20-year-old girl who refuses to do anything that makes her less than completely and ecstatically happy and that is something that will never change.
My goal is to be a woman who inspires, empowers, motivates, and lifts up the women that are around her every moment of every day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for checking out my website, I can't wait to continue this journey with you.