Jessica Ann Helton

So much to be done…

I’ve been a bad blogger.

The truth is, I’ve been working like a mad woman, plus getting a lot done around the house. And getting out to enjoy the nice weather when I can (and when we get it). And planning mini vacations…

Photo by me.

In two weeks, Terry and I will leave for a long weekend in San Francisco. I’m so grateful we can go!

Beside not-so-patiently awaiting our trip, swirling in my head are the many things I can and will do to improve and streamline my business. The wheels are indeed turning.

Oh and do I need a catchy name for my services?

Oh, SF, I cannot wait to see you.

Isn’t it almost summer?

Normally, I can’t wait for fall. I live in layers, scarves and hats. I love eating warm food and drinking hot cider. When I’m cold, I can always get warmer, always put on a sweater. But summer requires loads of sunblock and I’m often too sticky and uncomfortable to enjoy the season! But given the non-spring we’ve had in the PNW, I’m longing for summer like never before. Yearning for it, even.

This past Saturday, we got a much deserved break from the rain. It finally felt like spring and my heart was happy!

Spring from the passenger seat.

Erin Skipley and I headed out to Alderbrook for a wedding, where the bride and groom’s dog wore a bow tie and the bridesmaids wore the most adorable dresses and statement necklaces.

This group was so relaxed, which I’m always grateful for 🙂

Don’t I know that dress from somewhere?

How great is it to choose your own dress when asked to be a bridesmaid for a friend? At first, the thoughts are positive; I can choose my own style! I can be comfortable! I control how much I spend! Reality is more complicated, however. The style options are endless, the color option limited, and even a shopping marathon can prove fruitless if you don’t get lucky.

My dear friend Amy had just this task recently for a friends August wedding. She ordered a dress online, which she quickly vetoed upon it’s arrival. So off we went to continue the search, this time in person. I’m not a big online shopper and, especially for such an important piece, I feel like you really need to see and touch to get a feel…not to mention try it on for proper fit.

After no luck at Nordstrom, and only minimal success at Macy’s, Amy and I popped into J. Crew. Good thing we did.

This dress isn’t part of their wedding line, but it was a perfect choice. Flattering fit, comfortable, clean and crisp, plus pockets! And completely affordable! I wished I had a legitimate reason to buy it myself. Amy purchase it in lavender to fit her friend’s wedding palette.

A mere few days later, while doing hair and makeup for Laina’s wedding party, the jcrew dress reappeared. This time, in navy. With homemade belts courtesy of Laina’s mom. So special!

I cannot wait to see the pro pics from this wedding. I’m officially stalking the photographer’s blog.

Nicole Richie at Nordstrom

Back in March, my friend Erin Skipley called on me to assist her with Nicole Richie’s Nordstrom appearance. Nicole was in Seattle doing a signing for her clothing line Winter Kate and Erin was contacted to do Nicole’s makeup.

Erin setting up.

Tools of the trade.

It was a pleasure to meet Nicole and to be on hand to help! The spring line ranges from structured basics, to flowy and feminine, with pretty paisley and floral prints perfect for the season.

Nicole was sweet and relaxed, and didn’t mind when I asked for a photo with her 🙂

Sarah & Jared’s Wedding

Last summer, Sarah contacted me about doing her hair for her August 2009 wedding at the Seattle Tennis Club, and of course I jumped at the chance! We met for a consultation to discuss her vision and try out some styles. Sarah was so warm and friendly, and she came well prepared with inspiration photos. I created a romantic look for her, with clean lines in the front and loads of texture in the back.

Sarah

Sarah was a dream bride to work with, remaining calm and collected despite the wedding day craziness. All photos by Sarah Rhoads Photographers and there are many more here and here!

Introduction

Firstly, thank you for visiting my blog. Here, you can check out stories and photos of the work I do, as well as find more information about me and my background. So here is my story, so far.

As a child, I loved when my mom would cut my hair. I would beg her for a trim, new bangs, or a complete chop. As I grew, I took control, resulting in crooked bangs and uneven layers. After awhile, though, I got the hang of it and by high school, friends were asking me to cut and color their hair.

Deciding to go to cosmetology school was a decision that came later, after many college classes and various jobs. I always enjoyed working several jobs at once, not the typical 9 to 5 grind, so beauty school was a challenge. And the idea of working in a salon was also difficult to wrap my head around. However, the stability was appealing and I was doing something I loved!

A late-night session with my doll head.

After 6 months as a salon stylist, I followed my path to become a freelance stylist. I utilized my networking skills, contacting Erin Skipley for advice on how to get started. I met Erin when she did the gorgeous hair and makeup at my friends wedding, for which I was a bridesmaid.

Me and Emory. Hair and makeup by Bellatrix Studio, photo by La Vie Photography

Erin is so lovely, and I was thrilled when she gave me the opportunity to assist her. Check out her blog for great beauty inspiration!

For more info about my experience and training, please click the “about Jessica” tab above.