Archive for May, 2010

Welcome Courtenay

Well you guessed it was gonna happen. With all the great press out there about our fab work and team, MMF is growing.  Take a look at  Courtenay’s bio.  She is truly Fabulous already!! A true fit for us, like all our MMF artists, she is so sweet and girly too!!  She starts Monday,  May 25th. Check out her bio…
Courtenay Christian specializes in cuts and coloring. She received her formal training in Southern California and assisted at one of the hottest salons in Newport Beach, working with one of the top stylists in Orange County, who is hairdresser to the “Housewives” on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County. One of her most memorable and professionally satisfying accomplishments was doing hair for the Red Carpet event at the Tribeca Film Festival. 
Courtenay absolutely loves what she does, and enjoys taking time on each individual client. She has spent five years working in a high-end salon in the Northeast and has recently joined the team at Make Me Fabulous!
Oh and a recent Rave from one of our 2010 brides.
My girls and I cannot thank you enough for making us all look breath takingly fabulous.  We got compliment after compliment on our hair and makeup and I was ecstatic sharing with everyone who had done the beautiful work!  It is clear to me why you have the best reputation around.  Thank you a million times over for taking part in my special day.  I promise to stop by the salon and will absolutely continue to stalk wedding blogs out there to watch for your work!  Best, Ayami


Anne Marie Soma

And beautiful editorial quality photos by our fabulous friend Matt Ramos.

Kelly was one of the calmest brides we have ever met.  Most likely because she lost her voice the day before the wedding and couldn’t speak.  Seriously, she and her entire wedding party were a delight!  Kelly’s hair and makeup were both done by our fabulous Erin!  How gorgeous is this??

Matt Ramos Photography




It’s Been Too Long

Well, its been another amazing month!  Wow, where did April go.  I actually had to refuse any new projects for a couple weeks because I haven’ t had a day off in over a month!!

Another fabulous article came out by  Apparently we held on to our Hot 100 status in the issues of Beauty Entertainment and Salon City trade magazines for April!

Here is the article and the actual link to it!!

Ballston Spa salon named 1 of Hot 100

BALLSTON SPA (April 30) — Hollywood … Manhattan … Las Vegas … Ballston Spa?

All of them are home to one of the nation’s Hot 100 salons, according to Salon City and Beauty Entertainment magazines. In Ballston Spa, it’s Make Me Fabulous — ranked 77th.

Make Me Fabulous was already well known to brides up and down I-87. While the salon does all of the usual beauty services — cuts, color, hair extensions, makeup, manicures, pedicures, airbrush tans and so on — it has become a star in preparing bridal parties on the big day.

“We do over 200 weddings a year, so we really have a little niche in that area,” salon owner Alayne Curtiss said. “That’s where we stand out.” 

Make Me Fabulous owner Alayne Curtiss’ salon has been named 1 of the nation’s Hot 100 by Beauty Entertainment magazine.

The salon has a team of 17, and it travels for onsite hair and makeup preparation.

“We’re all over the Capital District,” Curtiss said. “We’ve done weddings in Long Island, Plattsburgh, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont.”

Curtiss said this is because women from throughout the Northeast visit the area to be in bridal parties.

“The Adirondack area is really starting to become a destination wedding site for New York City brides,” she said. “People in that bridal party will go home and remember us and tell their friends.”

The downstate brides are willing to pay travel expenses for the Make Me Fabulous team — including a night in a hotel. Even with the travel expenses, Make Me Fabulous is competitive with the city’s salons.

The Capital Region’s cost of living is 1 of the reasons 3 area salons made the Hot 100, said Marri Aviza, owner of 73rd-ranked Rumors Salon and Spa in Latham. Brooklyn Attitude in Saratoga Springs is 83rd on the list.

“We can remain reasonable without sacrifices,” said Aviza, who added it’s easier to shine in the Albany area than have to battle for attention in the highly competitive New York City market. “It’s a great place to live and run a business.”

But being so close to Manhattan allows stylists to easily head to the city for trade shows and advanced training.

“It isn’t hard to go there and learn about the latest styles and trends,” Curtiss said.

Curtiss has been learning about styles and trends since she was young. As a kid, she was the one at slumber parties who would do all of the other girls’ hair and makeup. After getting her bachelor’s degree in marketing, she came home to help her mother with the family restaurant.

But after the restaurant was sold, Curtiss followed her passion — entering the beauty business. She ended up spending 14 years with Clinique. She had to return to college to become a licensed esthetician.

Once again, she came back to Ballston Spa, this time to start her own business. Since then, she has not only thrilled brides but has done work for national magazines and advertisements, guests on the Rachael Ray show and Larry King Live and the on-air personnel at Channel 13.

“I always loved doing this,” she said. “I just never dreamed I could make a career of it.”

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For commercial projects I had the opportunity to be involved in the 2010 American Cancer Society Gala. This year’s  award ceremony, fundraiser  and video presentation were held at the Hall of Springs  in late April. 

Without being involved in this project I would have never known the  amount of support E. Stewart Jones has given to the cancer community.  This man and his family had gone through a  long painful struggle losing wife and Mother, Penny,  to ovarian cancer and E. Stewart has made it his mission to support those suffering in our community with cancer.  There was not a dry eye in the room as we taped Mr. Jones telling his story and reaffirming his commitment to stop this disease and those who suffer from it! 

I also traveled to Newburgh, NY to film an entire 3 year marketing campaign for Walden Savings Bank that included Print and  Video shots between multiple locations around Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Walden, NY.

In addition, Suzan, Erin  and I shot some additional video spots for the NFIB, Pre-Approval opposition,  Excelsior College, Broadway Auto Clinic and Long EnergyPamela and I also traveled to Boston for advanced airbrush tanning training.

Also,  been doing some intense beauty testing with photographer Kermit Hayes!  OMG,  I cannot wait for you to see these.  It may be a bit because Kermit is a perfectionist with the camera and the mouse!

I was also asked to be a founding member in two new exclusive wedding associations.  One of which I was also asked to be a board member! They are SWEP-NY – Society of Wedding and Event Professionals and NYWB –New York Wedding Boutique.

We also began our wedding season with some really fabulous weddings:

The first was Kelly Harrigan, Kelly was photographed by Hayden Yund   Hayden is the daughter of one of my makeup mentors.  I took my first makeup class from her mom who is now a successful commercial stylist and her father is a long time photographer, writer and editor for the Times Union.  What a lovely woman, mother and photographer Hayden has become!

Photo by Hayden Yund Photography

Also, A wedding I’ve waited for since last year.  Danielle Brock, photographed by Matt Ramos. You may remember the wedding of Ashley Papa, last November also photographed by Matt.  Well Danielle and Ashley are great friends and I got to see them BOTH again! Oh and did I mention that Danielle’s images are so gorgeous her wedding has been chosen to be featured in the New York Post.

Matt Ramos Photography

Also the wedding of Kathleen and Chris, photographed by Alisha Clark of Clark+ Walker Studio. Kathleen’s kitty never left her side the entire morning as we prepped for the big day!   


Clark + Walker Studio


Clark+ Walker Studio

Just love my new pink brushes, that MMF bridal coordinator, Jessica gave me for Christmas! 

Our girls also had a great time  at the Glen Sanders Mansion.  The team did a fabulous job.  It was a  first with us, for our new MMF girl Kyle.  Kyle has so much experience. She has worked for MAC and Clinique in the past and loves working with our brides.  JP of Joe Elario Photography  loved Kyle’s work and that of our ever fabulous Erin as well.

Joe Elario Photography

I grabbbed this photo too, because I loved this pink bouquet by the newly wed Kris Ann Elario of Fleurtacious 

Joe Elario Photography

Ok so in the midst of all this…my baby,  Haley,  qualified for a state pageant at the end of May, so we had to have a photshoot for new headshots and get this… I’m already booked on weddings that weekend so I had to hire a pageant coach and hair and makeup person to take my place.   I am hoping to make it in time to see her crowning!! 

Dan Doyle Photography

Dan Doyle Photography

Dan Doyle Photography