Featured Stylist & Artist: ROBIN

Hello! What an interesting thing it is to have sit & write about yourself! Well to start off in introducing myself, I am the gal behind the emails, coordinating, social media & all the other ‘behind the scenes’ bits, while still pursuing my passion as a stylist & artist. As a born and raised YYC gal, I always had a creative soul growing up, & actually received my first mannequin head for my 9th birthday. That is where my love of styling started. (and yes I still have that mannequin head!) Fast forward to 2009 where I graduated from Purely Inspired Academy of Beauty completing my hair styling diploma & makeup artistry certificate (where the talented & amazing Heidi mentored me in the start of my makeup journey!). Shortly after, I had an opportunity to be a lead stylist at a salon/spa located at a stunning vineyard resort in beautiful Osoyoos, BC. That fueled my love for styling & makeup, specifically bridal beauty & photo shoots, which lead me to joining Avenue Beauty over 7 years ago.

Hair & Makeup: Robin / Photo: Chic & Grace Photography

One of my favorite things about doing hair & makeup is having the opportunity to meet so many incredible people, and to be able to share with them ways to enhance their natural beauty. I love that we can use our craft to showcase everybody’s unique features as opposed to trying to mask and change the way we look. I want to help empower ladies, & to feel confident as their most beautiful version of themselves. Wedding mornings hold a special place, as it is an absolute honor to be able to be a part of such an incredibly beautiful and important day in a couple’s lives. The energy, the love & happiness we witness on these days is like nothing else.

There is another side of the industry that I truly love– having the opportunity to be a part of a bigger local creative community. I am so grateful to be have been able to meet so many local, talented vendors over the years- whether it be through weddings, styled shoots, workshops or local events. Having that bond with others that have such a passion for what they do, and to be able to all come together to create incredible things is so amazing.

On my time off I love anything to do in the sunshine! I am a huge sun lover & when the opportunity arises that I can zip out of town, my top picks are always Palm Springs or the Okanagan. Since travelling is not always an option, I also love shopping at some local boutiques, consignment hunting with friends and being able to hang out with my quaint but fabulous family (who I am so lucky to have here in the city!) I also have to admit that I do have a slight addiction to reality tv - a girls gotta get in her fix of that wild Hollywood drama haha! My friends & family have been an amazing support system through out the years & I am so thankful that they continuously let me steal them away to be models when learning new styles & makeup techniques or when I need a live model for an event/workshop. In today’s world, there are so many incredible webinars & online courses accessible, which allows us to continue growing our skills as stylists & artists. I love to learn from others & practice new creative ways, so will always continue to utilize that option as much as possible on my time off.

 

I am so honored to be a part of this incredible team & to have the opportunity to work with & learn from these incredible women. Not only in the beauty department, but in life, they continue to inspire me & I am forever grateful. Being able to connect with the amazing people in the city & to be a part of creating some of life’s biggest memories, is beyond words for me and I look forward to each and every booking. I am excited to meet some new clients, connect back with past clients & to continue to be a part of this amazing community we have in this beautiful city!