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!


Featured Artist & Stylist: KELLY

We can’t say enough amazing things about this beautiful lady. She is so full of love, positivity, drive and incredible talent. Kelly has been apart of the Avenue Beauty team for well over 6 years and we have loved every moment it. Her training started back in her native Chicago where she worked with Stewart Talent Modelling Agency in the commercial print department. From there, her talents took her doing photoshoots, weddings and reality tv. As a cast member of the Bachelor in 2003, she was able to continue her practice on her cast mates as well as for her post appearances including The View, Oprah and Ellen.

Once meeting her amazing husband (not from the bachelor), life took them over to Europe for a bit of time and she was able to continue her artistry on fashion shoots, public relation tours, red carpet events and personal styling. Her excitement for doing makeup, hair & fashion stems from using her beauty skills on a client’s outer beauty, which in turn makes that individuals inner beauty soar from within.

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Kelly loves working in the Calgary market around her family and skincare business. As a mother of 2 gorgeous girls, she is an incredible example to not only them but so many others. We are continually inspired by her balance of her personal life & work life, seeing her continually grow in so many ways and seeing her create so many beautiful looks!

If you have had the delight in working with Kelly, you can certainly agree that her love of the craft, infectious smile & laugh, and amazing talent shines through at every booking. We are beyond lucky to have Kelly on our team and can’t wait for you to experience her incredible talent.


Rustic Italian Inspired Wedding

August 2018

Rustic Italian Inspired Styled Wedding as Featured in Ruffled Blog January 2019


It was the perfect summer day in YYC for the vision of this styled photoshoot to come to life. We are beyond grateful to have been on board this incredible styled shoot that was inspired from the old world beauty of Italy- showcasing its beautiful earthy colors, soft hues, textures & timeless elegance.

Our location was in the beautiful Baker Park located in Bowness – it created the perfect back drop full of lush greenery. The inspiration for the brides hair & makeup was ‘elegant simplicity’. We wanted to create a style that was elegant yet effortless, and one that showcased & complimented the stunning hair piece designed by Joanna Bisley. Nikki has gorgeous locks to work with, and with a softly textured, low ponytail with some detailing in in the back, we felt it was a perfect fit with the accessories and the gorgeous gown. We wanted to keep her makeup light and fresh to compliment the details of the hair & softness of the dress and to ensure it fit with the light and airy summer style.

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Being able to do a collaboration of any size is such an inspiring & beautiful project for us. It allows us to see other amazing vendors in their element, allows us time to chat as often on wedding days, we don’t have those moments and allows us to expand our creativity in different styles/applications.

We encourage you all to check out all the beautiful work of the vendors below, and please enjoy the little gallery below of some more from this incredible shoot!

Vendors:

*Hair & Makeup: Robin – Avenue Beauty

*Photography & Styling: Chic & Grace Studios

*Design, Rentals & Styling: Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals

*Bride & Groom: Nikki & Lane

*Florals: Sweet Bloom Floral Design

*Bridal Gown: The Bridal Boutique (Designer: Elizabeth Dye)

*Grooms Attire: EW Menswear

*Hair Piece & Earrings: Joanna Bisley Designs

*Ring: Alberta Diamond Exchange

*Stationary & Calligraphy: Debbie Wong Design

*Cake & Cookies: Lemon Berry Pastries

*Caterer: Food Works Craft Catering

*Porcelain Tray: Tina Vidak

*Ribbon: Honey Silk Co

*Ring Box: Amonie Ring Boxes

*Vespa: Vespa Props

*Candles: YYC Wax