My Happier & Organic Lifestyle Journey: Beauty, Fashion, Make-up, Food

The past few years, I moved from NYC to DC area, opened up two salons, had twin boys, am raising our 4-year-old girl, and juggling a mountain of tasks while trying to maintain my sanity lol. I’m on a journey to live a happier, healthier lifestyle – and to do it in style! Here’s a new Samira Styles video where I talk about my journey and where I would like to take it this year and beyond:

New Lipstick Trend?

Two toned nail color has been a hot trend. Someone is trying to make this happen – but can’t imagine it will take off since lip color smudges so easily

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Today’s Inspiration

Today, I’m inspired by these looks. I love bohemian and tribal looks – and have some neat things in store….stay tuned!

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CocoRocha

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Golden Globe Hair Trend

A hair trend at the Golden Globes: parted up-do

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Make-up In A Minute: My Routine

These days between managing the FLOW salons and my baby twins/daughter, I don’t have a lot of time to spend on make-up, and if I do – whether it’s for a meeting, going to FLOW, running errands – it has to be quick. But for this video, I show you one of my make-up routines (except I don’t usually contour my fae daily) – from start to finish including moisturizing, shadow, liner, mascara, brow fill-in, foundation, light contouring/highlighting, and lipstick. Except I know how busy YOU are, and don’t want to sit through 20 minutes of seeing me apply it. SO, here it is: my make-up in a minute!

PS: most of the make-up that I am applying here is organic or natural based.

Most women don’t read the ingredients in cosmetics. What you put on your lips you eat. What you put on your skin gets absorbed in your blood stream. I’ve been researching organic and natural cosmetics for the past few years and have been shocked by what goes into cosmetics. Through sampling and use, I have found some of the top high performance and safe make-up lines to stock at FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar. It’s important that my clients are educated about what goes into their beauty products and help them to select ones that are healthy for them. So I’m excited about Vapour Organic Beauty’s collection of lip gloss that just arrived for the holidays. Research shows that what we put on our lips is ingested into the body. Elixir’s pure plant ingredients are processed without chemicals to produce a superior lip gloss.

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BENEFITS
– Moisturizes with plumping liposomes
– Contains revitalizing protective antioxidants
– Allows skin to breathe
– Organic purity

-Revolutionary non-petroleum, chemical-free formula
-No chemicals to ingest by mouth or through skin

 

Make-up Artistry: A New Chapter

I’m excited to be getting certified in make-up at Graham Webb Academy soon. It feels nice to finally be working on clients at my salon FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar. These are two clients I did the make-up for – one is a natural look for a Saturday wedding, and one is a smokey eye look for a party. Stay tuned for more before and after looks, and exciting news about this new chapter in my career!

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Mommy Make-Over

Ever since finding out I was pregnant, I avoided coloring my hair because of the chemicals.  For nine months, I let my roots grow so long that many people thought I paid money to get an “ombre” style lol.   During the pregnancy, all I wanted to do was lounge in my sweatpants, put my hair in a bun, and wear no make-up. But an owner of a blowout & beauty bar can’t do that – and so I felt the pressure to look good even if I didn’t always feel it.

Now that the twins are finally here, I’m starting to feel myself again.  Last week,  I decided to get my hair colored/highlighted – finally!  I chose Brush Strokes Salon in Herndon, VA for my mommy hair make-over. I met Mary, the salon’s owner, at a business development seminar months ago and I remember her telling me she is a hair color expert. She has been doing hair for over 30 years. I’m super picky about who colors/highlights my hair, but felt I would be in good hands given her experience, and I was right.  When I in for my appointment, I noticed the staff’s friendliness and the quaint and cozy decor of the salon.   Mary took the time to listen to what I wanted for my hair. I like it when my hair color is light, but still rich and not orange.  Nothing bothers me more than stripy, orange highlights, especially on women with olive skin tone, which I have.

Mary put in a 3 level dimensional color, sliced in a developer, and then wove in subtle highlights to frame my face.  She applied a semi-permanent toner, then gave me a square layer cut.  It is perfect for the coming season – it’s light, but still rich in color, and not so dry, brittle and dull as it was before.

After chatting with Mary, and knowing we are both salon owners whose services compliment each other, I decided to partner with her on a rewards program.  If you go to her salon and mention “SAMIRA from FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar” referred you, she will give you 10% off any service!  And, if her clients come to FLOW for a blowout and mention Brush Strokes Salon at check-out, they can get 10% off their blowout! I love supporting other businesses, especially when the owners are supportive of mine.

Brush Strokes:
711 Pine St
Herndon, VA 20170
www.brushstrokessalon.net

Here is the before and after!

Samira Before After

 

Here is what the cut/color looks like after a blowout at FLOW:

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FLOW: Grand Opening Red Carpet Party for Ashburn Location!

After a successful soft launch this summer at its second location, FLOW hosted its grand opening party on Friday, August 29th, 2014 from 7 pm – 10 pm at its One Loudoun location in Ashburn, VA. Guests received swag bags with samples & special discounts and $25 blowouts between August 29th– August 31st, at the Ashburn location, as part of the celebration.

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Me getting a blowout before the big event

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Sponsors of the grand opening party included One Loudoun, Real Housewives of Loudoun County, Scene 2B Seen, Suki Organics, Organic Bronzing Station, M Shakir Photography, and It Works! Body Wraps. Delicious food was served by Georgees Pizza & Grill in Fairfax.

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Me on the red carpet

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With the ladies of Posh Seven Magazine

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Real Housewives of Loudoun County

 

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With my sisters

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FLOW is a “one stop express beauty shop”, bringing big city service and affordable luxury to Ashburn. Women come in and experience a relaxing shampoo and blow dry style for a fraction of the cost and time required to get a full cut and color. They can choose from a menu of blowout styles including the popular F.L.O.W (Flowing Locks of Winsomeness – straight with body) or the Calypso (beachy waves or glam curls) styles. Women can also enjoy beauty services such as hair treatments, make-up application, lashes, waxing, threading, express or glamour manis/pedis and express organic facials.

 

 

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FLOW is also where glamour and wellness meet. The salon carries high quality organic, natural, sulphate/paraben free or chemical free products that are safe for hair in skin such as Kevin Murphy, Loma Organics, Eufora, Suki Skincare, and Zoya Polish. A keratin smoothing treatment by Cezanne is 100% formaldehyde free.

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The pink & white mod/retro interior design, splashed with pops of color, is inspired by the 60’s and is designed to make women feel happy when they walk in. The Ashburn salon includes eight styling chairs, two mani/styling chairs, two threading chairs, two make-up chairs, and a private waxing/facial room. The custom built blow dry bar with overhead pendant lighting, designer white quartz counters, custom mirrors, and eight European styling chairs are complimented by state-of-the art professional blow dryers, high quality brushes/tools and organic/sulphate/paraben-free hair care products.

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FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar in Ashburn is located at 44719 Brimfield Dr at the One Loudoun development (ground level between Sprint and Zooe’s Kitchen), at the corner of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome.

This Makes Me Happy!

This makes me so happy! All the long days and sleepless nights of launching a new business is so worth it – not just to make money – but knowing your efforts are being recognized by your community… and that your idea is well received and making a positive impact! My salon – FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar – won “Best Reston Busines” by the readers of Reston Now!

FLOW BEST OF RESTON WINNER 2014_2

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