Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Scary Rain

So I know your probably thinking what does rain have to do this picture above right?  Well let me tell you a short story about a time in my life when I realized I am TRULY from Southern California!

One day while I was living in northern California with my dear friend from Michigan it began to hail.   I looked outside and thought, "there's no way I'm driving to work in that."  So just as I thought this my friend asked me why I wasn't getting ready for work and I explained to her how scary it was to drive in the rain and hail.  She looked at me with a smile and said, "Missy it's not a blizzard!"  Moral of the story, we southern Californians are weather spoiled!

Granted, it can be dangerous to drive in the rain but I believe we So Cal folks can take it to the next level.  So with all that said, dear friends and customers I understand why some of you didn't make it to the Pop Up Shop a couple of weeks ago.  I've learned that rain in So Cal means, bad traffic, bad drivers and scared driver (like myself).  In the end, I wouldn't call this past Pop Up Shop a success but it was a good time thanks to all those who attended, sponsored and helped out.

See the rest of the Pop Up Shop photos here!

Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving, now it's on to Christmas and FALL 2013! Yes, samples are officially in production!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Interviewing the Dreamer - Vanity Haus

Make-up Artist Jessica Diaz

 Wondering what is Vanity Haus?  Well here's my interview with the lovely and talented ladies of Vanity Haus.  Read about who they are and what this beauty team can do for you!

What is Vanity House?
Vanity Haus is striving to change women's beauty routine, it feels like now a days it's more of a chore, we want to make it more of an environment of luxury and an enjoyable experience. Somewhere that we can bring back female camaraderie.

 Hair Stylist Bethy, working a photo shoot

How did you come up with name Vanity Haus?
We threw a lot of things around for a while but just couldn't decide on anything. We wanted it to feel cozy and comfortable, almost as if you were at a girl friends house. And we wanted it to be versatile enough where we can really take it anywhere that our lives and creativity lead us.

When did you establish Vanity Haus?
All three of us were working at a new salon at the time, we were all really excited about the change that we thought it would bring. It seemed like it was going to be more than just a regular salon experience. A few months down the line we started to realize that it was the same old salon routine. It was like any other place. We had all been toying with the idea of starting a blog together or something similar for a while and from that and our experience at this place we just thought bigger.

Who's idea was it to team up with each other?
We're all just really awesome and why not! jk

 Are you guys friends?
Sometimes … yeah, we're bffs

 Have you always wanted to be a make-up artist? Hair artist, etc.?
I think we all had different career plans when we were younger.  Jess wanted to be a vet. Only for dogs… (lol)  But none of us seemed to be able to get our creative needs met by any of those plans.  Life just threw us in this direction and we have never looked back!

What kind of training or schooling have you ladies had in your field?
Bethy attended Paul Mitchell the School.  She's worked at high end salons and does a lot of freelance work in print, runway and film.  Jessica graduated from the Make Up Designory and has also worked on set as a freelance artist, in major beauty retailers and in a salon setting. Her product knowledge is impressive!  And I Alex, am currently working on my marketing and business degree.

Do you guys travel? Are you willing?
What look is your favorite to create?
Bethy:  We all have a different style, which is why it's so much fun to work with each other.
Jessica:  Alex likes to do crazy out of the box stuff, I like classic and vintage, really feminine looks, but then I like doing goth too! I just want to throw red lipstick on anything. And Bethy makes everyone's hair sexy.

Jessica working a photo shoot

Where do you guys see each other in 5 years?
In 5 years, we hope to be a household name.

Who would be your dream celeb to work on? And why?
Well Jessica has a MAJOR crush on Chris Hemsworth.
What is the hardest thing you've come across in your field?
Egos! Jk. We're very new in the business so we haven't been hit with anything too crazy, but I'm sure there will be plenty of make or break situations. 


What inspires you?
Everything and anything. Our families, our friends, color, texture, seasons… anything.

What has been the craziest moment in your career so far?
Realizing how much support and love we have around us while starting this whole thing. There is one person in particular who has taken it upon themselves to push us, encourage us and guide us. We love her and appreciate her more than we can express. We feel so blessed.
In your wildest dreams where do you see Vanity Haus featured?
Vogue, the fashion Bible!

Well Darlins, how would you like to get a complimentary mini make-over by these ladies?!  Join us on November 17th (2012) at Melissa Velia's 1st Pop-up Shop and you'll have the opportunity to get dolled up for your Saturday night affairs by Vanity Haus!  Time is limited so we recommend making any appt. to be seen by one of these talents gals.  Simply email us at with a time (11:00am - 2:30pm) you would prefer and we'll confirm it before the days end.  For all the other Pop-up Shop details click here 

If your interested in working with Vanity Haus or have a special event you'd like them to doll you up for, contact them at

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mini Model

Hello Lovelies, hope I find you all well.  As for me, I couldn't be busier.  About a week ago, I  had a photo shoot for our new Mini Bow Belts that had been previous postpone due to rain.  I had really been looking forward to this shoot because these Mini Bow Belts were my first pieces for little girls.  The Mini Bow Belts will come in black satin or in black, royal blue and red velvet.  Sizes from 2T-5T.  I think they'll be perfect for the holidays and after.

Anyways, before I show you the rest of the pictures from the shoot let me just tell ya, photographing children is tough!  Don't know if I could do it again. They sure like to wiggle and giggle!  Kyleigha, our mini model, was just so sweet and gorgeous but getting her to actually model was totally out of my experience.  Never the less, the shoot turned out perfect.  This girl's looks alone would make any shot, beautiful.  Her modeling career has truly just began.

Thank you, Kyleigha and mommy!

 Shop the new Mini Bow Belts at our upcoming Pop Up Shop! Details here.  Or, the belts go on sale at on Nov. 18th!