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2013 Was a Fabulous Year!

Wow–I can’t believe it’s January (nearly February) already! 2013 flew by and was a really amazing year for us here at Make Me Fabulous. I wanted to share some of our biggest and most fabulous moments from the past twelve months! Take a look below and see what we were up to last year…

This brides dress was so spectacular it took her entire bridal party a full hour to get her completely in it!  We always wait till the bride is in her dress to see the final product and put in her veil!  Sometimes this means we have to do a lot of waiting around, but really we were busy doing lots of fabulous fun stuff too!


Starting off in February, Make Me Fabulous was invited to participate in the Electric City Couture fashion show; we worked with Changes Salon and April and Company and this turned into a year long collaboration!


In March, Make Me Fabulous was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings for Biz and Micah’s Saratoga wedding!


In April, we were featured in InStyle Hair Magazine for one of the MOST pinned images on Pinterest! The photo below is by Seth Guistimbelli.  What is even more amazing is that we didn’t even have a Pinterest page (now we do–see all the fabulousness here) when we received the notice! The original pin actually came from our friend and former bride Samantha at The Elegant Owl.


Make Me Fabulous owner, Alayne Curtiss, was featured in the book Twenty Something Girl, co-authored by former MMF bride, Melissa Fiorenza! Alayne is quoted on page 5, two pages after Gwyneth Paltrow, “I’m totally OK with that!”Alayne says.


In the late spring, Make Me Fabulous collaborated with JP Elario for a promotional shoot for Angela’s Bridal in downtown Albany–we worked on 11 brides! OK, so you can’t tell from this photo, but it was pouring rain all over our 11 beauties and their dresses after the staff at Angela’s Bridal and Team Fabulous spent 5 hours creating bridal perfection. We were running in between takes covering the “brides” with tarps, umbrellas, and coats!


Make Me Fabulous was featured in both Style Me Pretty and on the Carats and Cake blog for Mary and Drew’s Lake Placid Wedding with Tracey Buyce Photography! Major props go to David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design and Christine Wheat of Christine Wheat Events who worked for days and left no detail untouched to turn this remote Adirondack location into a wedding paradise.


We were so honored to be part of Namita and Dom’s Franklin Plaza wedding this past July after the couple survived a near death accident in Germany. How gorgeous was Namita?! Their wedding was also featured recently in HerLife Magazine! Indian weddings are filled with so much tradition and detail; our  team was in and out for Namita and Dom’s wedding for 12 hours! Photography by Niki Rossi Photography.



Make Me Fabulous welcomed several new products lines including bliss, philosophy, and stila!  This now makes us the carrier of 5 of the top selling cosmetics brands in the nation!

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In the fall, we were honored to be asked (again,) to collaborate with JP Elario of Elario Photography and Angela’s Bridal for another promotional photo shoot for the new Mazzone event space at 90 State St. in downtown Albany! Alayne found her inspiration for the styling for this shoot after watching an ad that appeared on You Tube one day while she was cooking and listening to Carrie Underwood. Plus, JP loves when brides wear their hair down! Check out our sweet assistant Rebecca in the back who we coerced to fill in for a sick model. She was heard jokingly saying, “You can get our own coffee today!”


In late November, we helped Kelly and Craig celebrate their wedding…just after Craig celebrated winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Our team raved that Kelly was one of the sweetest brides they have ever worked with! Photos by Servidone Studios and a special thank you to Katie O’Malley of Katie O’ Events or insisting that we find room for her beautiful couple!


And, a surprise bonus, one of our couples (#13) was included in the Huffington Post’s top 25 photos of the year! Congrats to Kate and Kyle!

Wow–what a year! So much has happened and I’m so thankful to the amazing #teamfab and our fabulous clients! We hope you enjoyed our look back on 2013 and we’re so excited to see what the rest of 2014 brings!

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Stay fabulous–


The Making of a Fabulous Image with JP Elario & Angela’s Bridal!

You may have heard that Angela’s Bridal is now open in downtown Albany…they recently made the big move from Guilderland to downtown Albany and had a FABULOUS grand opening celebration! Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the grand opening (we had a very special birthday to celebrate in our family–my eldest daughter’s 18th!), but I was so happy to be part of the opening…behind the scenes!

A few weeks before the grand opening JP Elario of Elario Photography and Janet Cooper, owner of Angela’s Bridal, asked Make Me Fabulous to help out with their collaboration to do some promotional photos. They enlisted our help to be on set for hair and makeup for the photo shoot and, of course, I said YES! How fabulous!

We ended up meeting on a Monday afternoon a few weeks ago for the photo shoot–it  was the best day for JP and Janet and our “brides.” So we assembled at the new (and oh, so fabulous) Angela’s Bridal store on State Street (just down from the Capitol) and started bringing the fabulous for ELEVEN models! Whoa! It was a lot of work–but so fun! Creating bridal looks on eleven ladies made me thankful that we typically just work on one bride at a time!

A Behind the Scenes shot by Amy!

A Behind the Scenes shot by Amy!

The Monday that worked for all of us arrived and, guess what? It was raining! We knew we couldn’t reschedule the nearly 30 people it took to bring this shoot to life, so we had to start prepping and hope for the best! Eight members of our Make Me Fabulous team spent five hours creating an “editorial look” for each and every model. We then we looked over each and every model to make sure she was perfect!  JP loves it when brides wear their hair down, so in true Elario favor, I decided that the models’ hair would be down. I tried to capture the 1940’s vintage style that is sooo popular today and pair it with striking red lips.  I knew the shot would be big so the hair needed to be big and the colors bold, so each girl stood out amongst the group. JP, Janet and I had sent inspirational photos of our and ideas back and forth for weeks.

JP took a ton of photos inside the beautiful space that is Angela’s Bridal (we sprayed and shellacked and sprayed the models again)! And the staff at Angela’s just kept prepping dresses! We were all holding our breath and standing at the door with umbrella’s, tarps and plastic bags waiting for the rain to stop. And then JP said, “OK–let’s take this party outside, ladies!” We all looked at each other in fear, took a deep breath, opened the front door, and started walking up State Street!

At this point, I kind of freaked out–I mean, it was pouring rain, we had just spent more than 5 hours creating the most perfect hair and makeup we had ever done and JP wanted to take eleven models in bridal gowns and full hair and makeup outside!?! I almost had a heart attack!

JP insisted that I trust him and his vision and I’m so glad I did! The end result was so FABULOUSLY AWESOME and I’m in love with the image below! And, as you can see, it doesn’t even look like it was raining buckets! How does he do that?!


We’re so very happy for Angela’s Bridal and their amazing new store in historic downtown Albany! Congratulations to Janet Cooper and her incredible staff and thanks for inviting Make Me Fabulous to be part of the fun! Will you be stopping by their new store? Let me know in the comments!

Stay fabulous–



And They Thought I Was Crazy!!??

So over the winter and spring months myself and the MMF team were asked to work on some oh so fabulous projects for some pretty fantastic peeps!

Who knew… 7 years ago… people thought I was crazy opening a Bare Escentuals Mineral Makeup Boutique in OMG, Ballston Spa??? (not Albany or NYC!!!) I heard, “oh that place will never make it” and “why did you open in Ballston Spa?” Fast forward… 7 years later…we triple our size and we are asked to provide ALL of the artistry and chapter demos for Milady’s Standard Makeup textbook, the first in years. Pretty cool!

Watch, myself, Kyle, Suzan, Angela and Amy of MMF in action below, along with an international dream team of authors and artists who provided copy for the book:

The Make Me Fab Team was commisssioned for several days to provide all the makeup and hair demonstrations for the book, while I was also asked to return as assistant producer for the video DVD shoot.  Not only did we perform the services for the step by step photos and instuctions, but our team was there to create the dramatic after shots!.  We also  dissected every instruction given in the book for accuracy as real working makeup artists.

It’s so gratifying to be chosen as world class worthy of helping to produce an international textbook, while also able to provide the Saratoga Springs/ Capital District region hair and makeup services at affordable prices. Upstate NY is truly a fabulous place to work and live!

Thanks, as well, for the opportunity to work with other fantastic professionals including Aleish Pierce, Michelle D’aillard, another fab Ballston Spa native, and Gina Boyce.  And… another special fabulous thumbs up to Daysha (the coolest chic around) and Tom of  Visual Recollection in Saratoga Springs, NY, where we shot the entire book! Not to mention a few very gorgeous models, including Sarah Von Ouhl who saved the day and a very sassy burn survivor we endearingly refer to as T-Rex! A very special thank you go out to the most amazing editor, Jessica, who also selected us for the project. You have no idea how much I adore you and your quiet sensibility and calmness!

Watch for more behind the scenes as we return when Milady decides to shoot the companion DVD! Coming out soon!!

I have to say alot of passion, hard work and persistance have paid off!



Ghosts, Kyle and Clarissa

Well most of you know that I can do Beauty and Commercial stuff .   But recently I was asked to finish up some final scenes for a series that is in discussion to be picked up by BRAVO and The Travel Channel called “On the Lake.”  The series pilot was filmed all around Lake George and in these final scenes the producers needed more Ghosts.  Yes Lake George has lots of them. Did I mention that our host Kristina Krawchuk is well.. Fabulous.  She is so full of energy and super fun.  Not to mention a real professional.

Here is the beautiful trailer and some photos:

   The women who played this revolutionary ghost, Mrs. Oberting, is  stunningly beautiful.  You would never know from these photos.

Also, have been working really closely with Kyle on how to change her edgy MAC style into the softer sophisticated MMF style.  We both learned that they are definitely two different animals.  So Kyle has been testing alot.  Here with photographer Eric Truax, and model Bree,  I think she displays that she can definitely transition from one to the other seemlessly. 

And Finally, A very special bride marries into a very special family.  Many of you may remember a very special Mona Ghazi Dudek from Last November, She is Joe Elario Phoptography’s biggest Blog Fan and we had the pleasure of getting to know her family.   Well when brother Neema announced he was getting married they called on the Elarios and MMF to work our magic again!


Mona From November 2009

Well, might I add that new sister-in-law Clarissa is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and we were delighted to get to reunite with them all again in celebrating the addition of Clarissa to the family.

Senior Makeup Artist Suzan and New MMF Stylist Angela were there at the Hotel to get the bride, her mom and Neema’s mom ready while Mona and Gita got ready at the shop.

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Next week is another busy commercial week.  We are shooting another Mooradians Commercial, Some fashion still’s for retailer Fancy Schmancy and a Fashion Show in conjunction with Frank Adams Jewelers, David Yurman Jewelry and the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club.