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Long hair is blooming this season. Whether your hair lacks proper nutrition, has suffered from damage or hormonal changes, is in the process of growing out after a bad haircut, or simply could be longer, thicker, or in better shape…then you’ll love this system we’ve designed for getting to your dream hair! It’s simple, really. We supply you with the products that we’ve found to truly work and the knowledge and tips for working towards your best hair ever – and then it’s in your hands to follow the routine at home and see real results in just two months. If you’re serious about committing to growing your hair out long and turning your texture around, watch the video below to see salon founder Kattia Solano explain our expert plan on how to get lush, shiny, strong beautiful lengths like hers via Butterfly’s favorite haircare regimen turned DIY CHALLENGE!
HAIR: Senior Stylist, Nicole Descoteaux MAKEUP ARTIST: Francesca Roman
We always love a good rendition of a fabulous 20′s hairstyle for an event or wedding! For the look, you’ll need to curl your entire head (no particular sections) just to get a good amount of curl in there as your base.
Section out the entire top of your hair – temple to temple and back to the crown. Starting on the sides – in front of the ear – take a small ponytail section and twist the curls around and pin it. The next ponytail is right behind the ear, again bunch up the curls and pin it. The third ponytail goes at the nape, bunch up the curls and pin it. Now create the same 3 ponytails on the other side of the head. This should look like a very short curly bob when all the ponytails are in and pinned.
Take down your top section and put on your choice of headband. If you can’t find the right accessory, you can even use an old belt, necklace, or bracelet! Beginning on the sides, start to roll the hair around the band and pin. This will incorporate the bottom and the top of the up style together. Take a hint from the amazing Francis (Butterfly’s makeup expert) and add some defining blush, a strong black eyeliner, faux lashes, and bright bold red lips to look and feel like the bee’s knees!
Going with a more fashion forward, edgy look doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice being glamorous or feminine. Take a hint from Butterfly master stylist (and salon founder) Kattia Solano who created an amazing 80′s rocker inspired fauxhawk ponytail braid on the fabulous Allison Sarofim for 2013′s punk themed Met Gala Ball. Best hair-of-the-night award, anyone? We think so! Here are Kattia’s how-to hair tips for rocking a similar look!
Start at the top of your head – take a “V” shaped section of hair and set with a small curling iron. On the sides, braid hair moving toward the back of the head. Start with less hair in smaller, finer sections at the root area while gradually taking more hair between your fingers as you braid your way through to hair’s ends. The narrow to wide effect is more flattering around the sides of the head and gives a more polished, elegant look. Secure each braid in the back and spray. The most important thing to consider is to make sure the braid is tight!
Go back to your top section, take out your set, and TEASE! Softly brush teased section of hair back, adjusting the amount of height to your personal preference. Tuck the middle section into where your braids are secured, connecting the two. Add additional pins and spray as desired. For more drama – that means length, volume, fullness, and even color – use extensions or add in a single piece attachment like a faux pony or braid (now available at the Butterfly Bang Bar turned STYLE BAR). For a pop of color without any extra accessories, try a hair chalking technique on a few strands, let dry and style.
Bang Bar Transformation: Good Morning America host Linsey Davis!
“Linsey has great features and a very pretty face so the faux bangs only bring out her beautiful eyes. The sexy look gives her style a playfulness. We went for bangs that were longer and a bit side swept for a softer shape and a better angle for her haircut’s length and her hair texture. Bangs over to one side really compliment a face shape like Linsey’s and soften a higher forehead. I wouldn’t recommend a blunt bang because the trendy look would be too specific…Linsey would need a bang with versatility if she were to go for it with an actual bang trim. Real bangs require daily maintanance so I would only cut them if she was ready to commit to styling them every day. For the bangs to look best on her texture, she would wash just her bangs (not all of her hair) every morning so they always look fresh and blow dry them with a round brush for shine.” - Master Stylist, Kattia Solano
We are all about the art of transformation here at Butterfly and can always appreciate a big, bold change! We love keeping our clients current, making sure we are always on top of beauty’s ever-changing trends ourselves. When Seventeen Magazine asked for our help in giving one of their readers a new look for Spring, two of Butterfly’s savviest technicians collaborated on an idea for a fashion-forward, flirtatious look. Here’s what our pros had to say about the big makeover – from the why of decision-making to the fabulously chic results…
Faye Goodwin, Color Expert “ I was aiming to create a color that was young and fun – yet captured a degree of sophistication for Emily, as she’s graduating from college this Spring and entering the next stage of her career. Emily has rich hazel eyes so I wanted to incorporate warm tones that would brighten her skin and make her eyes pop. We achieved a bronzing effect by applying a subtle ombré method, only creating the illusion of the trend with the use of just a single process and low-lites. I wanted her hair color to be unique, look fresh, and feel flirty while still maintaining a level of subtlety to capture her poise and vibrant personality! ”
Nicole Descoteaux, Senior Stylist “ I wanted to take advantage of Emily’s fine and almost “frizzy” texture and turn a negative into a positive with a super stylish look that’s perfect for her hair type. No one with fine hair likes frizz but with the proper advice, products, and the right cutting technique, it actually CAN work to your advantage. This haircut really works because she was willing to embrace going shorter, which is always best when making the most out of fine hair. We applied a light smoothing cream and allowed the hair to dry naturally for body and bounce. When it was almost dry, we applied the brush at random spots for a little smoothing and shine, keeping the look a little ‘undone.’ You can choose to use the brush or skip it – this kind of cut will look great and work with similar texture even if you just put your head upside down for a minute, with some heat from a dryer to perk it up. ”
We’re incredibly excited to have been named “Bang Experts” and awarded “Best of NY 2013” by New York Magazine! Butterfly Studio founder and creative force Kattia Solano says she credits it all to the time our stylists have spent training in the art of bangs – things such as hair movement, framing the cut according to face shape, and mastering the skill of faking it with a faux fringe. The fact is bangs have become a trend with staying power – the main reason being that you can do so much with them, so they are always in style!
We created the Butterfly Bang Bar because we truly believe there is a bang out there for everyone – and it has since proved to be a huge success! We say that bangs should be thought of as the ultimate accessory…the easiest way to do something different while achieving an ever-changing, new look! To bang or not to bang? Read on for a list of our expert bang tips before making your decision . . .
If a lengthy mane that cascades down your back has topped your list of must-haves ever since you first saw Marcia Brady doing one hundred strokes at her vanity, you’re in luck. ELLE.com has tapped Butterfly Studio’s Kattia Solano (herself boasting a mega-mane of Marcia proportions) for her best tips to becoming a regular Rapunzel. From synchronizing trims with the moon phases (really!) to whether the supplement Viviscal really works, to faking it with extensions, the Costa Rican native shares all her secrets and fills you in on how to let down thine hair.
ELLE: What are some simple things we can do to help us in our quest for lengthy locks?Kattia Solano: More salon visits! Haircut appointments should become more frequent. Schedule a trim every six to eight weeks. Then every four weeks, pair it with an in-salon deep-conditioning treatment because the longer your hair is, the fewer natural nutrients it gets–especially the length and ends. Follow up with a hydrating treatment mask, once to twice a week at home, to add moisture. A quirky tip is to get haircuts according to the moon phases–trimming regularly three days after a new moon or three days before a full moon. Some of my clients swear by it!
ELLE: Supplements can be a slippery slope. Have you found any that work without unsavory side effects? Kattia Solano: I recommend a prenatal supplement, as well as Viviscal! The latter is a hair vitamin that decreases hair loss and stimulates hair growth in both men and women. We have just recently started to carry it at Butterfly, and our clients have already seen a huge difference.
ELLE: Which products and heat tools should we use to encourage less breakage?Kattia Solano: I like leave-in conditioning treatments, whether you style your hair or not. My favorites are the Kerastase Thermiques–there is one for every hair type, which have an added bonus of thermal and UV protection. Shu Uemura makes a versatile leave-in oil (Essence Absolue), containing camellia oil to repair and protect long hair. It doubles as an overnight or pre-shampoo treatment, as well. Be gentle when using hot hair tools–nothing too hot. When blow-drying, don’t hold the dryer directly onto your hair and refrain from using metal brushes; they can cause damage to your ends. A must if you are ever using a curling or flat iron: Kerastase Fiber Architect! It’s a dual, non-oily serum that protects from heat, mends split ends, and helps your style stay longer.
ELLE: How about deep conditioning masks?Kattia Solano: Apply your mask or treatment on just the ends, avoiding the root and scalp. Put your hair in a ponytail and apply the product only to the tail. A little goes a long way–about a nickel to a quarter-sized amount. This helps in preventing greasy or limp hair. If you wash once or twice a week, apply a mask every time. Those with thick or coarse texture should always use a mask because conditioners may fall short in adding the right amount of moisture for their hair. For fine and medium hair or those shampooing daily or every other day, one to three times weekly works.
ELLE: Which products are you using to care for your own mega mane? Kattia Solano: My go-to hair care line is Rahua, made with organic and natural ingredients like Rahua Nut oil and palo santo, which is strengthening. I switch between that and Shu Uemura’s Shusu Sleek. The black cumin oil controls my unruly hair and gives it a silky, fluid-like touch. I apply the Kerastase Fusio-Dose Homelab treatments every couple weeks for color protection. Right now I adore the Milbon Nigelle HY treatment. It’s a three-step in-salon treatment to immediately smooth and reduce frizz. It also comes with a four-week follow-up conditioner to use once a week at home. It takes away ALL of my frizz and makes my hair a lot more manageable. At home, I stick to my Shu Uemura masks for smoothness like Prime Plenish, which has a restorative effect on hair.
ELLE: What are some ways you’ve discovered to switch up your look without busting out the scissors?Kattia Solano: I’ve played with different variations of long haircuts: bangs, no bangs, very layered, long layers, etc. Currently, I have long layers and a long side-swept fringe. I have some strategically placed balayage highlights to give my hair the illusion of movement. The easiest way to make the most out of long hair is to create different styles (playing with your part, for instance) or changing the fringe area and/or color. If you ever want that updo, bun, or pony to complete a look for evening, use extensions as an accessory. We recently used that mindset when we created our Butterfly Bangs Bar. Fake hair is the new faux lash!
ELLE: How about DIY treatments that help when growing out hair?Kattia Solano: If you have thick hair, condition with a blend of oils by applying it straight onto your hair. I love making an all-oil treatment to condition where I blend any natural or organic oils I have in my kitchen, like almond with coconut. Add a capsule of vitamin E into the mix for easy hair nourishment. Half an avocado is great too: The protein helps to strengthen hair and makes the treatment’s consistency rich and creamy. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. For fine to medium hair, add in that extra pump of almond or coconut oil into your existing mask treatment once a week.
ELLE: How about tips for dealing with awkward lengths during the grow-out phase?Kattia Solano: Be patient! Give yourself a little height at the crown, which helps elongate your hairstyle. Add a headband or scarf to bring the attention to the accessory and away from your length (or lack thereof). I have a favorite haircut that I give to clients at an awkward length stage I call the “waterfall haircut,” because it gives the illusion of long, flowing hair. The angles around the face start from the cheek and reach toward the lengths without taking the corner off. Then you over-direct all the layers towards the front. Clients always react the same way, with a big smile saying, “Wow, my hair seems longer!”
Charlize Theron says, “Every woman should do it!” Does this show-stopping cut seen at this year’s Academy Awards spark you with the want to make a bold change?
At the 2013 Oscars, Charlize Theron looked absolutely UNREAL…and we’re not talking about the gorgeous peplum Dior gown she wore. Simple yet stunning, we are absolutely obsessed with her cut! We are all about her hair right now – it brought out the actress’s most feminine, chiseled angles in the way the cut opened up her face, neck, and overall figure. She looked like the perfect modern goddess! Almost falling short of being a pixie, we feel this look is better described as a soft, “boyish” crop. Special attention with scissor work helped to create a fun texture that followed around the shape of her head and face, as fitted as a glove. On the carpet, Charlize talked about her short hair, mentioning “It’s the most feeing thing, I highly recommend it.” She said that tossing two garbage bags full of products truly gave her a sense of freedom…no wonder she wore the look with such confidence and grace! Inspired by the effortless, low-maintenance beauty of Charlize’s hair, Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano recently went for a very similar ‘do at her NYC salon chair. Kattia felt that a boy-like chop and a brilliant new shade of deep brunette with playful notes of highlights was more suited for her client’s pretty facial features, amazing eyes, and cool personal style…an unbelievable transformation to rival Charlize Theron’s!
The perfect dress doesn’t always have to be what makes an amazing Valentine’s Day ensemble. A sexy date look is all about finding a new way to play up your best features with personal style. Whether it’s your eyes, lashes, lips, or cheekbones – make the focus of the night your natural beauty by bringing out your face with a romantic makeup look. Our essential tips for enhancing, highlighting, and showing your playful, flirty side are sure to keep eyes on you all night!
Jessica. Jodie. Jennifer. Our opinion is that these “Three Js” got it right from head to toe! Representing different ages and styles of women, we go into why we loved their looks – plus on demand makeup tips and product recommendations by Butterfly makeup artist extraordinaire, Francesca Roman!
Our Favorite TOP 3! Jennifer Lawrence
Our vote for best overall look is in for the lovely Jennifer Lawrence as we are rooting for the underdog! We feel she nailed the fine line between classic elegance and on-trend modern. From afar, the look is all about simplicity – a traditionally draped Dior gown in a red-pink hue, hair away from the face, a clean face of makeup – but after taking a closer look, we noticed little surprises like the thoughtfully corseted details at the top of her dress that really charmed us! Because all memorable looks should have an element of surprise, the addition of a reflective metallic belt brought major cool factor to her look. We LOVED the choice of a messy updo – turning “undone” and “not too polished” into an appearance with youthful, flirty sex appeal!
Her standout makeup feature was definitely her fresh face. When we turned to our Francis for tips, she couldn’t stop talking about Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Airbrush Foundation. She says its mattifying power, semi-satin finish, and perfect level of coverage is why she is absolutely OBSESSED! Jennifer’s skintone would fall between a level 05 and 07 shade, FYI. So how do we we get our faces flawless? “It’s as much about the little details as the lining of her dress,” she says. “The trick is to go over with pressed powder using a large powder brush,” to cover every pore for a lasting, even complexion. Softness is harder to achieve with a pencil, so make sure to lightly fill in your eyebrows using dark shadow or powder. Add a bronze or metallic evening eye, and done!
Jodie’s look for us was ALL about the hair! It takes a strong woman to wear this kind of haircut, and between the smoldering eye makeup and sparkle of her navy gown, she just looked super current and on target. Overall, so age appropriate yet edgy. Onto the haircut….can we say, perfect length? So perfect. It wouldn’t surprise us if she refreshed her strands just before the show because the cut falls in exactly the right spot on her jawline, defining and shaping her face in the most flattering way! Normally, we wouldn’t recommend that blue-eyed gals go for blue shadow, but the smoky, deep hue was customized in just the right way to make the color of her eyes stand out even more. To achieve this, try blending two cool palettes in similar tones – choosing a basic matte shadow and a metallic/sparkling shade. Francesca recommends using Kevyn Aucoin’s #206 “blackened blue & taupe” shimmer shadow with matte duo “fog/cool smoke” in #203 for recreating Jodie’s chic eye makeup.
Jessica AlbaDoes this always-ultra-glamorous Mom ever get it wrong? From her soft waves to her color choices, Jessica Alba’s ensemble was delightfully well put together. She looked effortlessly stunning and just simply feminine and pretty. Turns out Jennifer Lopez (yet another J!) sported a similar hair style that night, but we think Jessica’s more romantic curls offered a touchable kind of beauty. With a minimal sweep of peach blush to match her dress, the importance of makeup here is all “lips & eyes.” Where Jennifer and Jodie wore natural toned pink, beigy lips…we loved that Jessica really went for it with a striking, juicy tangerine. We all know that bold color requires some wearing maintenance, that’s why Francis offers the essential move of layering lip liner. For Jessica’s orange lip, pucker up with a layer of deep yet bright “Red” liner by Kevyn Aucoin all over the lip, a layer of “Timeless” coral matte lip color, and a final touch of “Red” on top as the final step. As for the eyes…lashes, lashes, lashes! Go for voluminous falsies that flare out like fireworks and specifically, a curling mascara. Choose a black shade, but avoid jet black to keep the makeup look soft.
When people ask us what the secret is for having perfect hair, we say it all boils down to one thing – and one thing only. Getting hair HEALTHY! At Butterfly Studio, we swear by deep conditioning treatments like Fusio-Dose by Kérastase. From keeping color radiant and shine brilliant to strengthening sensitized ends and repairing damaged lengths – or hydrating dry, thirsty hair with rejuvenating nourishment, even adding body and density to fine, limp, or gray hair – these tailor-made miracle viles are simple weapons for giving hair LIFE, instantly!
With HomeLab, you get to take transformation to the next level with an at-home regimen, custom prescribed by your colorist or stylist. To get the most out of the treatments in your Kérastase Fusio-Dose Homelab, consider the following Butterfly Tips:
(1) TOWEL DRY BEFORE TREATING.
That goes for ANY conditioner/masque/treatment. It’s so important to take out excess water from the hair after you shampoo as to not waste your product investment. Otherwise, the product will literally roll off! The ingredients cannot penetrate and deposit their benefits onto the hair when it’s already saturated.
To ensure even distribution, you must work in sections. Part hair straight down the middle, splitting in two equal parts to start. From each side, take approximately one-inch sections of hair, creating one by one sections as you apply the spray treatment throughout your head.
(3) THE WAY TO SPRAY.
It’s best to begin spraying about 3 inches down from the top of your root/scalp – unless there’s a specific problem area (breakage, frizzy spots, etc) on which you may spray directly. Depending on your hair length, spray each section 2-3 times, working your way down. Longer hair will need the extra spray!
To get the best results, take your time to use the scissoring technique. After spraying, work each section in between two fingers, using a scissor-motion down to the hair ends. The natural heat of your fingers literally activates your treatment!
(5) KEEP TRACK.
Follow with spray-and-scissor motion and flip each hair section over to the opposite side when done. This helps with pacing so you won’t get lost within sections or have hair falling all over the place. It makes maneuvering through hair from one side of the head to the other a lot easier.
(6) FINISHING TOUCHES.
Once you’ve worked your way down to an empty treatment bottle, you can use a wide-tooth comb to brush out your hair. If you have any treatment liquid remaining, you can unscrew and apply the concentrate directly onto your ends. Use a cool water rinse (it’s worth the chill!) to seal in the hair cuticle for instantly soft and shiny results!
The Butterfly Bang Bar is all about inspiration! Take your fresh bang do’ and try mixing in some fun with hair accessories to change up your daily style…
Think Creatively. Your new favorite headband might already be right in your jewelry case. Find a wrap-around bracelet long enough like this black leather studded one pictured and – voila! No arts and crafts project required. We recommend pairing this with a side or low ponytail with volume at the the crown and wrapping any extra bracelet length around the base of the ponytail. If the buckle fit is not quite right in the back, try tucking in a few hidden pins or clips underneath. We love playful over-sized bows and velvet fabrics that say “holiday” – and jewels and gems with an antique metallic finish throughout the fall and winter season. If you’re skipping the appointment for a flawless hair-up style, we recommend going with not-so-perfect curls or waves, sticking to a more natural look to avoid appearing childlike. Think voluminously with Brigitte Bardot inspired height (far right photo) for the right kind of flirty! Shu Uemura’s “Volume Maker” texturizing powder stick is one of our best secrets to help get the right bump and texture.
Giving Back to Breast & Ovarian Cancer: Our Butterfly Gives Back Sunday Brunch!
We opened our doors on October 21st to donate to a cause very special for the Butterfly team, our clients, and our community. With you help, we made an amazing day out of it! You booked appointments to support our event in which we donated 100% of service proceeds to the women’s cancer support organization SHARE! Our gratitude goes out to everyone involved…thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! It truly would not have been the same without every single one of you. We had delicious brunch food (thank you Benvenuto!) and yummy drinks, spent time playing with all of the adorable kids that came in for haircuts that day, painted faces, polished nails, created gorgeous hair (the famous Butterfly way), and had an absolute BLAST! We feel these photos show the spirit of the positive day and hope you have just as much fun viewing them as we did in these moments. Enjoy!
Min Kim, Butterfly Senior Colorist/Educator:
I have to admit, I have an amazing work schedule. Tuesday through Friday I spend my days with the best clients ever and often on weekends I have the privilege of representing L’Oréal Professionnel as a national educator and Balayage Artist. This customized technique offers many options on all types of hair. Every client (or model… when I’m traveling) leaves the chair with beautiful color designed for their cut, style, face-shape, and lifestyle. It’s a something-for-everyone kind of color service. Check it out!
Favorite Dresses: Blues & Prints
Cool blue hues and interesting prints were a trend on the carpert. We loved the delicate blue colored hues on Zooey Deschanel and Heidi Klum’s flowy gowns and Sofia Vergara’s sleek sea goddess dress in mermaid blue. Retro dress shapes got a modern update with fun prints like those seen on Ariel Winter and Elisabeth Moss. And even Butterfly Studio’s signature orange color made an appearance as Gennifer Goodwin’s accent print – so stunning!
Best Black Dress: January Jones
We thought January Jones made a statement in a great way with this Zac Posen dress. She went for slicked back hair and a bold eye to accessorize her voluminous, eye-catching ensemble. Some felt her look was too strong but we were fans of January’s pick for channeling her inner vixen.
Best Accessory: Emily VanCamp
First off, the intricate detailing on dusty, soft greige made for an amazing dress! Her ribbon bracelet stood out to us as the perfect way to glam up this look with the right amount of sparkle. On her other hand, was a matching ring for subtle embelishment…we’d wear both!
Hair & Makeup
Updos at the Emmy’s were high & tight like the styles on Kerry Washington and Hayden Panettiere. Very clean, neat hair was the carpet DO! For hair worn down, the curl was traded for hair set in soft waves like the ethereal ones on Kat Dennings or the old hollywood glam style turned modern by loose, bedroom waves on Christina Hendricks. The makeup must was matte, healthy skin made pretty with an accented eye or lip but nothing that would take from the wow-effect of any dress.
We were excited to glamify America’s Next Top Model winner Lisa D’Amato for Fashion’s Night Out before her special appearance at Express. Stylist Harmonie Redman and makeup artist Francesca Roman created this look to represent a soft elegance while still showing off Lisa’s fun personality! After salon hours, we headed to the fashion parade on the rambunctious and fashion forward streets of SoHo – stopping in to enjoy music (the Misshapes DJ set at Topshop!), cocktails, and shopping exclusives at stores like Dior, Guess, All Saints, and Michael Kors!
Taylor backstage at Erin Fetherston
Backstage at NYFW: Butterfly’s Taylor Brock created Bardot-inspired waves with twisted, side-swept bangs for Erin Fetherston. Following the collection’s “femininity with an edge” motif, legendary stylist Odile Gilbert thought to use open zippers for headbands! A simple and creative way to enhance your hair do’ or add interest to your overall look. Kérastase styling products were a must have to create gorgeous shine with just enough control while nourishing, strengthening ingredients worked to save all of the the heat styling and teasing a model’s hair endures during those 7 days!
Kérastase Product Spotlight:
Double Force Hairspray
Elixir Ultime Iconic Collection
John Varvatos Launch Party for “The Weapon”
We were front line on the red carpert for John Varvatos’ NYFW party, celebrating the release of his sleek sneaker line for Converse. It was a star-studded affair with glamorous celebs like Daisy Fuentes, Vampire Diaries’ Daniel Gillies, model Lindsay Ellingson, and even Tara Lipinski in attendance. Everyone was dressed for the occasion, but somehow incorporated a rock edge in their ensemble – something Varvatos is known and loved for! Inside of the Varvatos store on Bowery – which happens to be the location of the former CBGBs – gritty rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club emerged on the smoke filled stage to bring rock n roll back for a night with an incredibly explosive performance!
Elle Magazine’s Fashion Week Party: Jill’s Styling Report
The Backstage Secret
To achieve the appearance of the slightest movement in the hair, simple irons were used to create waves. The trick being to keep the ends straight.
Butterfly stylist Jill Guzzo says that the key for the model look was to keep the hair looking natural and go very minimalistic on the styling.
To pull the effortless look together Nectar Thermique by Kérastase for softness, shine, and thermal protection was used and finished with Double Force Hairspray for texture and hold. So casual-chic!
On the Runway at Nanette Lepore
Butterfly client coordinator Amanda got an invite for a fashion trip to remember, being one of the lucky few to witness Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2013 Collection first hand! Beyond the fashion, one of the coolest things about her runway show was electronic dance band Brazilian Girls playing their downtempo, fun beats live on the catwalk as the models walked. Amanda was right on the money – ironically wearing a top that was the right shade of green that day – matching the similar color tone trending in Lepore’s exotic/Asian influenced collection. Alongside the gorgeous greens were pinks, silks, and Lepore’s always pretty prints mixed with lovely, well-tailored black and white pieces to round out the line.
Our talented team of select colorists and stylists recently teamed up with Latina Magazine for their “2012 Makeovers,” transforming these everyday women into editorial models with a touch of Butterfly beauty.
Contributing Editor/Stylist, Margaux Martinez
Stylist, Perry Kong & Colorist, Keith Bocklet
Stylist, Margaux Martinez & Colorist, Keith Bocklet
The Nude Lip. Matte or glossy, this huge-for-fall look is soft yet eye-catching and flattering for all complexions. A key tip for the perfect nude lip is to start with a nude liner to give lips definition. You can even use concealer beforehand to white out your lips for the ultimate nude tone. Like a primer, the lip liner helps with keeping color in place. Play with different levels of nude by filling your entire lip in with liner – or to work simply as a smooth and flawless finish. Use a nude pink or beige lipstick that complements your skin tone and apply over liner with a light application – we recommend finding your favorite color in each shade, alternating both or combining the two throughout the season. Another way to never let your nude lip get boring is to use a gloss over your lipstick or liner. Go smoky on the eyes or try a “wet look” using dark shadows, blend well, and you’re all set for glam!
Butterfly makeup artist Francesca Roman created looks for a few of this year’s Met Costume Gala attendees. Here’s the inside scoop on the event’s makeup trends, plus a quick look at our picks for some of the best and worst red carpet decisions!
“The most important accessory of the night was luminous, glowy skin. Being facial fresh, making sure to be well moisturized, is essential for having impeccable skin on a night as big the Met Gala. To wear the healthy look, it’s best to keep the eyelids a nude or frosty shade – even with no eye shadow in some cases – but make the eye pop with lots of mascara and lush lashes. I rimmed eyes with a coal liner pencil and a little of Chanel’s new Illusion D’ombre long wear luminous eye shadow – just enough to define but making sure not to create the effect of a smoky eye to keep with the night’s demand for a natural makeup look. My secret finishing touch for perfect skin – which I just LOVE – is the Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzing makeup base.” – Francesca Roman
Beyonce’s daring, shape-accenting gown made a comeback statement. The dress mixed elements of the evening’s trending styles such as lace trim, feather accents, and a pop of gemstone violet – a very Spring appropriate color. Gweneth Paltrow’s ever-classy simplicity mixed with her playfully alluring dress shape was stunning! Bright neon colors as seen on Kristen Wiig and January Jones were a big hit. Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Camilla Belle, Nina Dobrev, and Justin Timberlake were some of our other favorites while Ana Rubik’s overly revealing slit, Marc Jacobs’ wild number and Kristen Stewart’s clashing patterns were a miss!
Favorite Couple: George Clooney & Stacy Keibler
What a fabulous couple! They were both stunning from head to toe, defining what a star couple should look like – and setting the standard for the red carpet. With Stacy Keibler in a metallic Marchesa dress, the perfectly glamorous couple really sparkled!
Best Dark Colored Dress: Rose Byrne
If you’re going to wear a dark color to an awards show, or even a fancy evening out – this is the way to do it! The navy color of the dress topped with sequins made it very sexy but still refined. Rose Byrne’s hair was perfection. It was just the right length to flatter the feminine cut of her Vivienne Westwood dress. The details of the dress around her shoulders showed just enough skin, leaving the focus on Rose’s hair. The fun part gave her chic blowout a bit of a retro-flapper take and the dangling, long earrings pulled it all together.
Most Statement Making: Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara embodied the night’s theme which was flawless glamor, old Hollywood style. With her lacquered jet black color, vintage-length bangs and pulled back bun, she had a very strong look. The key to her statement ensemble was that her hair was her best accessory. It was extremely shiny, having almost a mirror-like polish. Rooney’s bold hair worked well with the softness of her couture Givenchy gown.
Best Dressed Overall: Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Gweneth Paltrow & Jessica Chastain Emma Stone‘s clean and understated updo was well put together. It made the color of her dress really pop! Her flowing Giambattista Valli gown draped her silhouette beautifully and the bow was a playful surprise.
Michelle Williams in bright coral? We love it! Michelle seems to always know how to get a nod for best dressed at events and awards. She keeps it simple, but still manages not to play it too safe. The red Louis Vuitton dress made her skin and hair appear absolutely radiant!
Gwyneth Paltrow was simply elegant in white. The dress definitely looked like it was a Tom Ford garment. We love that the front scooped lower on one side, giving the dress a flirty one-shoulder style. With her hair and makeup very minimal and a luxurious fashion cape shaping the gown, it was effortless and modern.
Black & gold weren’t just colors found at the awards ballroom that night. They were a wow factor on Jessica Chastain‘s Alexander McQueen dress. The embroidery was incredibly intricate and gorgeous – not to mention, studded in $2 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds! The complimentary colors were a sophisticated pair to Jessica’s fair complexion and strawberry blonde hair. She looked great!
Contest: What Celebrity Do You Want to Look Like?
For a chance to win a complete Butterfly makeover to look like your favorite star, AND a piece from the current Maggy London Collection – visit our Facebook page and follow the rules below. Good Luck!
Contest Guidelines:(a) Upload a photo of yourself on our Facebook via our “Contest Tab” (b) In your own words, tell us who you want to look like, why you want to look like said celeb, and why you deserve to be our lucky winner. Please keep it to a maximum of 150 words.
(c) Submit your entry by the deadline, April 15th.
(d) The winner must agree to have their photos taken for our website.
Butterfly Studio senior colorist, Tammy Kopie, on her favorite celebrity hair color seen on the red carpet of this year’s golden globes.
Pale Blondes: Tilda Swinton & Evan Rachel Wood
From the cover of W magazine to current beauty and fashion editorials, pale shades of solid color blonde are trending. Tilda Swinton and Evan Rachel Wood both worked the ultra-blonde style with a short, modern haircut – giving retro glamour a fresh take at the golden globes. The stunning look, worn slicked back on Evan and tousled on Tilda, shows that the versatility of this platinum tone pulled together with a sophisticated cut can be styled to make women of all ages look fashion forward.
Back to Red Again: Nicole Kidman
I was so glad to see that Nicole Kidman’s hair color was no longer so blonde. The change to a beautiful strawberry shade suggests that she is slowly going back to her iconic light red hair – which I love! Since Nicole’s makeup was on the natural side, her hair color worked as the best accessory to the embellishments on her perfectly fitted gown. With Evan Rachel Wood recently going from a classic red to the blonde you now see on her, and Nicole going back to red from blonde – it shows just how many fair-skinned women look great with both tones of hair color. Making blondes red is one of my absolute favorite color processes!
(Photo via Josie Maran’s Blog: Chicological)
Butterfly’s Margaux Martinez styled Josie Maran’s “Holiday” campaign shoot on Fashion’s Night Out. Margaux played with five inspiring hairstyles behind a Sephora store front window, with pedestrians looking in from the sidewalk outside. On Josie, Margaux transitioned the following looks from one to the other, which you can try when going from a day to night ensemble during the winter season. You can also pick any one of these easy, stunning looks for a holiday party or festive night out.
Butterfly Signature Blow Dry – Margaux chose a smooth blow out with lots of body as her canvas to help create the effect of beautiful, tousled waves.
Easy Elegance Updo – Go chic in minutes. Create a side part and pull front sections of hair back, away from the face for a half up/half down style. This polished look is great for the occasion when you don’t want to be too casual but also want to keep it simple.
Romantic Updo – A day to night transition from the “Easy Elegance Updo.” Start by pulling pieces from the half up/half down look and pinning them back loosely. Go for softness that is a bit disheveled with this style.
Edgy Ponytail – Start with hair that has lots of texture or volume. Pull hair back loosely with either one or two ponytails (one atop the other) – keeping fullness at the crown. This is a look that is pretty and has a touch of rocker glam.
Wind Blown Locks – Natural texture is key in making this look. Start with hair that is really full, has lots of texture, and has been worn in a pulled back or put up style. After some time, simply take down the hair, allowing it to fall without brushing it out. Shake up the look with your fingertips. Having lots of product in the hair helps keep the texture appear winded.
1. Shu UemuraEssence Absolue Kit ($68)
This holiday season, give the gift of the most luxurious hair elixir infused with precious camellia oil. This kit includes a complimentary travel size Essence nourishing protective oil for just the price of a single full sized oil. Travel size Essence Absolue (30ML) is also available on its own for $24.
2. KérastaseHoliday Gift Set ($82)
The ultimate gift of beauty for LESS! Sets include a full size shampoo ($36 original value), a full size masque ($60 OV), and a travel size Elixir Ultime ($24 OV). Available In – “Reflection”: Bain Chroma Riche, Masque Chroma Riche, Elixir Ultime. “Nutritive #1″: Bain Nutri Thermique, Masque Nutri Thermique, Elixir Ultime. “Nutritive #2″: Bain Satin 2, Masquintense For Fine Hair, Elixir Ultime.
3. Kérastase Travel Size Favorites ($15-26)
Our TOP choice for a stocking stuffer! Add a Bain shampoo, a mini conditioning Masque, a heat-protecting Thermique, or your favorite leave-in beautifying oil (Elixir Ultime, Oleo-Relax Serum, etc) to your gift bag.
4. Sir Elton John Holiday Candles by NEST ($36-46)
The delightful scent of evergreen trees, balsam fir needles, rich woods and a sparkling citrus accord blended together is available in a single 8.1oz crowned deep purple glass, or a gift set of six votive candles. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Sir Elton John’s Holiday Candle benefits the Elton John AIDS foundation. TIP: Purchase a votive set and separate in singles or pairs for an easy stocking stuffer!
5. NEST Fragrance’sHoliday Collection Candles ($16-34)
A warming scent combination of a sparkling holiday season is created by blending Pomegranate, Mandarin Orange, Pine, Cloves and Cinnamon with a hint of Vanilla and Amber. This gift pairs the comfort of a traditional seasonal fragrance with festive red velvet packaging to send your love or to say “thank you”!
6. Kérastase Chronologiste Treatment Kit ($145)
Give the special gift of a complete rejuvenating cure for the hair and scalp. Hair is left incredibly soft, supple and shiny with the hair fiber renewed, deeply nourished and strengthened. Scalp is regenerated, soothed and hydrated. Approximately 10 applications per box.
7. Tata Harper SkincareDeluxe Beauty Set ($65)
Treat the beauty lover to a complete regimen with these 8 essential products. We’re Tata Harper addicts, so we’re always recommending this mini-set to others for a full experience of Tata’s facial products and body treatment! Not to mention, it’s a fantastic travel addition. Includes: Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence, Rejuvenating Serum, Rebuilding Moisturizer, Repairative Moisturizer, Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Resurfacing Mask, and Revitalizing Body Oil.
8. Kérastase Homme Men’s Collection ($15-36)
Getting a men’s gift can sometimes be a challenge, but they appreciate products more than you think! The line covers every man’s hair issues – from an oily scalp to those needing a boost in their hair’s density – and has the clean smell of a luxurious men’s cologne. The flexible molding paste and non-sticky sculpting gel are best sellers!
9. SS PlatinumMiniature Styling Iron ($36)
A great stocking stuffer for short hair, bangs, touch-ups, and roots – or for a frequent flyer! The super flat surface of Nano-Reflect Titanium plates are smoother with less friction for an incredible glide and reaches a temperature of 400 degrees F in 30 seconds.
10. Malin + GoetzEssentials Travel Size Kit ($30)
This head to toe kit is ideal for your gym-loving friend to throw in their bag, for someone who frequents a weekend get-away, or for the product enthusiast in your family! Includes a travel sized: Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Bergamot Body wash, Peppermint Shampoo, Cilantro Hair Conditioner, and B5 Body Moisturizer.
To our valued clients, friends, family, and unique Team Butterfly:
Thanks to you, our Butterfly family, we are pleased to announce that together we have raised an incredible total to donate to SHARE:
$ 1 3 , 2 2 6 !
Overwhelmed with gratitude and emotions, our SHARE contact told us: “This is really very special given these hard times. We have found more and more women are calling our support line as they are dealing with financial issues as a result of the economy, i.e., losing health insurance due to job loss, lack of income to pay for treatment, etc. Thank you!”
We are so thankful that giving back to Breast Cancer in October was such a huge success! This is an unforgettable 10-year mark we have made! Every personal donation, each t-shirt sold, and all Fusio-Dose treatments helped contribute to our goal. We especially want to thank everyone who came in and supported our Butterfly Brunch. Fueled by giving back, and full of our collective excitement to be making a difference, the high energy of the salon on that special day could be felt by anyone stepping foot in the salon. Along the way, we saw old friends and new faces walk through our doors, and it felt amazing to celebrate such an important cause together. We’re grateful for the memories and new friendships we’ve made during this process. Your support is dear to us. We hope to continue making this a tradition with you and give back to other charities in the future!
“ I am so proud of everyone for opening their hearts to this cause. I truly felt that out of the many things I have done in my life, this was one of the best ever! My heart goes out to my entire staff for donating their time and their hard work. It is wonderful to have a team and community who are so supportive, and who were willing to do anything to make our event so successful. Many of our clients have been directly affected by breast cancer and have battled the disease. It was so touching to see those women – healthy, happy, and giving back with us!” – Kattia
Special thanks to the people behind our Give Back mission: Sujean Rim – for contributing her beautiful illustration and for always giving Butterfly the most gorgeous works of art over the last 10 years! Chad Kamenshine – for his creative web design. Benvenuto – for donating a delicious menu to our Butterfly Brunch.
Colorist: Aneesa Dial
Stylist: Roman Kusayev
(Inspiration) This season’s bold trends in fashion and beauty. We thought about color blocking and incorporated it with fall’s biggest color this year – red.
(Before) Amy had solid black hair color with a grown out pixie cut that hadn’t been cut for a year!
(After) Amy now has a shorter, clean cut. About 4 inches of length was taken off from the back to join it with the front for a sexy bob cut. Deep, cherry red highlights were playfully placed in hair, with the red mostly underneath. Depending on where Amy parts her hair, the look can be conservative with less red on one side or more fun when parted the other way.
(Inspiration) We were going for Rihanna’s flirty rock ‘n roll look – with her iconic red hair and short edgy hair style. Among all other colors, red is always statement-making and stands out the most. It says, “Look at me! I’m red and I’m confident!”
(Before) Ania had light brown hair with a one length cut. Her long length covered a section of her hair that had been buzzed off and buried underneath.
(After) Now she’s got an asymmetrical haircut which is short and buzzed on one side, but longer on the other. We chose a beautiful, rich red that could pass for a natural look – but was also bold and daring. The fun color makes the asymmetrical look very easy to wear. Ania loved the drastic, creative look we went for!
Team 3 – Tammy/Margaux
Colorist: Tammy Kopie
Stylist: Margaux Martinez
Model: Sara (redhead)
(Inspiration) Frida Khalo and the play on masculine and feminine. Also, the inspiring colors of Mexican art.
(Before)Sara: Long, natural red hair that had never been colored, which was almost all one length. Sara was totally open to a new look and gave us no parameters to work within, making her a “dream makeover!”
April: We wanted to go for a big color change with April, and a more subtle styling change. She had been coloring her hair very dark, and with the thickness of her hair combined with the dark hair color, there was no variation in tone.
(After) Sara: Her natural red hair was starting to lose its vibrancy. We enhanced her natural color, giving it back some luster for a more vibrant tone. Her big change was in the length, where we gave her bangs and a shoulder length cut.
April: The color change was drastic – we lightened her hair about 3 shades, bringing it softer in color and more auburn. April wanted to keep her long hair, so a slight change in the way her bangs fell with more layering in her hair now gives it more movement.
To get our technicians flowing with fresh ideas for the new season, we called for a makeover challenge. Teams pairing one stylist with one colorist were randomly selected. We felt that it would be a fun way to get our assistants inspired too – so, we put the winning team’s fate in their hands. Judging criteria was based on presentation skills, creativity, and overall vision. To choose the best makeover out of nine groups, we evaluated technique, color change, cut change, and the overall image of the makeover – hair, makeup, and clothing style. Serving as inspiration for the first three teams featured below are: Reese Witherspoon, NY street chic, and even Gypsy life!
(Inspiration) A 360 degree change, from one extreme to another. Alexis just got a new job, so we wanted to give her a new image. To stay in line with current fashion trends, we were going bold – with shorter hair and less contrast color.
(Before) Alexis had long hair that was too overpowering for her petite figure. She was a natural, dark blonde color with old highlights.
(After) We went with a short cut and used bright, bold color to make her haircut pop. Without the color, the haircut alone may not have turned heads. Instead, her sharp look is ‘New York chic’ that can be both corporate and fun for a night out.
Team 2 – Tracy/Kelly
Colorist: Tracy Madaj
Stylist: Kelly Finneran
(Inspiration) “The New Gypsies” photos by Iain McKell. The story is about going from industrial/punk to a very earth-conscious gypsy lifestyle, which lead to our interpretation of an ‘industrial to nature’ look. It even inspired our own photographic journey to admire the similar transition of Highline Park.
(Before) Virgin hair! Olivia had never colored her hair before and her haircut was one length.
(After) Color: Sectioned into a wide mohawk that tapered to a point at her nape, leaving 3 sections – left, right and mohawk. Left and right formula from scalp to collar bone was INOA 5.12 with 10 volume developer, from collar bone to end was INOA 9.12 with 30 volume developer feathering color at the seam to soften the transition, and on the last 3-4 inches, Platinium lightener with 40 volume developer was applied. The mohawk section was INOA 5.12 with 10 volume developer, roots to ends.
Cut/Style: Maintained the length by cutting seamless flowing layers to take out weight. Styled in a loosely structured, two section updo that can be taken down by just pulling a few pins. The style is then transformed into a soft blow out with a natural look.
(Inspiration) Reese Witherspoon. Blonde, with a really classic look.
(Before) Hesper had very long hair, which was very thick with no shape. Her color was a reddish brown. Hesper mentioned that she wanted to get the red tone out of her hair, so the goal was to get the color as light and blonde as possible.
(After) After lots of thin foils and highlight paneling, Hesper is now a pale blonde. A sexy, sleek razor cut took out weight and shaped the style into a very piecey bob. It’s a manageable look that is easy to blow dry, but it also looks great when worn natural.
We at Butterfly Studio proudly celebrated our 10th anniversary this year! This couldn’t have been accomplished without the support of every single one of you – our clients, staff, and the entire community. Our team at Butterfly Studio has always taken pride in coming together to work collectively towards the success of our goals. We all have a story to share about how breast cancer has impacted our lives; we are uniting in October and dedicating this month to Breast Cancer Awareness. We invite all of our clientele to join us as a family, reach out to our community and ask anyone that has gone through the struggle of breast cancer to join us through October as we stand up by giving back!
Breast Cancer affects everyone, from the women fighting against the disease, to the families and loved ones supporting them. Throughout the years, the cause has been held close to our hearts and we have always found the importance in being involved – whether by offering wig haircuts, offering free services to those donating their hair, or by simply accommodating women in treatment with a private, comfortable setting during their visit. We’ve even created jewelry pieces to honor friends and clients who have battled this disease with all profits from the jewelry pieces donated to charity. This year, we are giving back to SHARE- a local, nonprofit organization helping women with breast or ovarian cancer. On Sunday, October 23rd we are excited to say that we will be donating our time by providing full services and brunch. 100% of all sales made that day will be donated to SHARE!
Why SHARE, you ask? Our passion for self-improvement extends to the beauty of our clients. Through our caring approach, we believe in providing a service promoting health, wellness, and leaving you feeling beautiful from the inside out. In many ways, the NY foundation SHARE empowers its network of patients with the same piece of mind. SHARE is a support system helping women, their families and friends cope with cancer. They offer participants the opportunity to receive and exchange information, strength and hope – free of charge.
Please show your support!Find out how you can help give back with us by clicking here! http://giveback.butterflystudiosalon.com – Visit our official Give Back site for donation information
Lately we’ve been feeling the love from W Magazine – yet again, we’re thrilled to be featured on their “Most Wanted” list. Managing Editor Regan Solmo was asked to share her beauty secrets, people, places, and products that W readers should know about – and Regan, of course an expert in all things beauty related, was kind enough to recommend the Butterfly Studio Salon Facial, using Tata Harper organic skincare products. We at Butterfly Studio Salon have always been dedicated to the environment, as well as the health of our customers, and we’re ecstatic to be thought of so highly!
Founded on the idea that women no longer have to sacrifice their health to look and feel beautiful, Tata Harper’s products have been gaining a whirlwind of attention lately – recently, Style.com, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Elle, and Oprah have all taken notice of Harper’s skincare line, and you should believe the hype. Her skincare line is 100-percent natural, which means no harmful toxins. 20 percent of the ingredients used are grown in her very own floral and herb beds on her organically certified 1,200 acre farm in Vermont, while the rest are imported from organic, sustainable farms in the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and the Amazon. With its unique texture, the natural ingredients in the products are almost tangible, and unlike most skincare products I’ve used in the past.
And though she emphasizes consumer health, it’s important to note that Harper also focuses on eco-friendly production. She minimizes the use of plastic packaging, uses treeless labels, and buys her electricity from sustainable sources.
I found that the Tata Harper philosophy was ideal for Butterfly, so we’re now offering three different services that include Tata Harper’s products: The 30 minute Tata Harper Express Rejuvenating Facial, the 75 minute Butterfly Signature Skin and Hair Renewal Treatment, and the one hour Tata Harper Signature Facial. As an added touch, we have a customized music playlist for the customer to choose from, as well as a choice of three different kinds of aroma oils to create the perfect setting.
As for myself, after using Harper’s products for the last few months, my skin felt soft, silky, and smooth – and the fresh, floral scent that accompanied my newly rejuvenated skin was an added plus. But perhaps most importantly, not only did I feel great about the freshness and radiance of my skin, I felt secure knowing that I was making a health conscious choice in using Tata Harper’s products.
These days it has been challenging for small businesses to find ways to reward their team members for their hard work. I am very grateful that I was fortunate enough to reward 8 of my team members for exceeding our goals for 2010!
We began our excursion on Sunday, March 6th arriving in paradise in only 4 ½ hours and drove 1 ½ hours from the airport to arrive at our final destination of Tulum, Mexico. This is by far one of my favorite places to vacation – It’s a bohemian, cool, laid back town with exquisite white sandy beaches.
We stayed at the Coqui Coqui residences www.coquicoquispa.com/residences where there is a perfumery on-site where you can purchase their variety of intoxicating perfumes, soaps and candles.The combination of orange blossom and coconut scents with the sound of the ocean breeze made this the perfect setting for a relaxing get away.
The next few days were spent enjoying massages, doing a bit of yoga, swimming in the ocean and mostly lounging on the beach. As this past winter in New York was such a rough one, we all worshipped the sun for those few days! At night we hit some of Tulum’s best restaurants, one of them being Posada Margherita www.posadamargherita.com . Owned by native Italians, Posada makes the best homemade pastas, bread and also offers delectable seafood dishes using organic ingredients. After our delicious evening our palettes were left longing for more so we decided on Mexican food and headed over to El Tåbano. With it’s eclectic mix of traditional Mexican fare combined with Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisine, El Tabano made us feel just like we were in grandma’s kitchen. The gorgeous open air night sky and refreshing cucumber margaritas made it the perfect night!
Being in the beauty industry, we always come prepared with “equipment”; blow dryer, styling products, the works but being that Coqui Coqui is an Eco-friendly hotel, we decided to go au naturelle and skip on the blow dryers and hairsprays. Our hotel bathing water was actually sea water and with the combination of the ocean air we all had beautiful beach waves day and night. The best way to achieve this look is by always adding extra moisture to your hair with a leave-in conditioner of your choice. My Assistant Manager ,Yasmin used the perfumery’s own hair conditioner as she loved the aromatic scent of orange blossom every time the wind blew in her hair. My favorite conditioner/styling product was the coconut oil – It’s great to tame any frizz and conditions dry or sunburned skin. Our trip to Tulum was such a team building and bonding experience that we will never forget.
We at Butterfly Studio are constantly looking to improve ourselves. We always set up an annual outing that will offer us a new experience and leave us feeling inspired. This year I chose to take the team to the Trapeze School of New York. There were feelings of excitement and fear.
I shared with my team that when you overcome your fears and get out of your comfort zone, you can discover something new about yourself; as well as an inner strength that you didn’t know you had. This can applied to any aspect of your life, which is why I made the decision to bring the team to trapeze school. It was the perfect opportunity to try something new, face challenges, and build further trust within the team.
That day were we faced with challenging and very exciting activities. Everyone put all of their effort towards each task. Some of the more challenging activities were back flipping on the trampoline and walking the tight rope. I would say the most challenging of all was climbing up the 23ft. high ladder, holding on to a bar overlooking the entire school and knowing that you are about to leap into the air. The one thing that gave everyone confidence was hearing the team below cheering you on and shouting words of encouragement.
I was so proud of my team. Everyone did it! By the end of the day we had all conquered our fears, had an amazing time and it brought our team closer together. We realized that in order to be successful, it truly takes team effort and dedication to make it all happen.
These are some of the experiences the team had at TSNY:“I conquered my fear of heights and I don’t think I could’ve done it without the support of my team when I could’ve just given up.” -Dana Tizzio
“It was great to feel like a kid again. It gave me the feeling of being at the playground with my fellow butterflies.” – Margaux Martinez
“It was exhilarating. Something I’ve always wanted to do. I can check flying off of my list now.” – Amanda Rodriguez
“I did what I never thought I would do. Let alone could do. I learned to face my fears head on and the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone.” – Yasmin Ismael
“It was such a great experience. I felt so accomplished. I never imagined the opportunity to do something like this. Highly recommend this!” – Joanna Gonzalez
“Unbelievable! -To say the least. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.” – Maritza Mieles