Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Design Diva

I love HGTV and anything about home style and design. When my friend, The Discount Design Diva Jennifer Convy, did a segment on LX-TV Open House I was on hand to do hair/make-up. Check out her fabulous segment below......

Monday, November 16, 2009

Kaylah Marin for NOH8

I've been working with new artist Kaylah Marin for a few months now. Here is a great image taken by photographer Adam Bouska for his NoH8 campaign. Kaylah looks amazing, of course :-D)))....

Kaylah Marin supporting NoH8 the campaign. Hair/Make-up:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Valerie's Beauty Tips

For a few months now I have been conttributing to Women's Online Magazine Los Angeles. Twice a month I give you tips and pointers on all things beauty. Check out my latest installment.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kaylah Marin in New York

I had a chance to go to New York this last weekend and work with new indie Alternative Neo-Soul singer, Kaylah Marin. She did a 4 day mini-tour and showcase which included appearances at Splash Bar and Fox News' Strategy Room. Here are some behind the scenes of Kaylah and the Cd cover that Dimitry L. photographed for her new club mix cd. Big shout-out to Jennifer Lyneis of UE3 Promotions for hooking up the trip.

Kaylah Marin Club Mix CD, Photo:, Hair/Make-up:, Styling:

Kaylah Marin @ Fox's Strategy Room

Kaylah Marin, Tony Graci and Valerie

Kaylah Marin @ Splash Bar New York

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Editorial in Style-ology Magzine

I love doing photo shoots and it is always exciting when I get to see my work in print. Dimitry and I have been pretty busy and have a few editorials out. The latest is in Style-ology Magazine. We did a nice beauty shoot for their fall issue. Here is the opening can click on the link to see the rest.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Emmy Award experience

With coming of fall, here in Los Angeles, also comes the beginning of award season. One of my favorite things to do is hair and make-up for an actress or director or anyone going to one of these big events.

This last week I got to do one of my favorite actresses for the 2009 Alma Awards. Francia Raisa works on the hit show "Secret Life of the American Teen" and was nominated for best actress in a drama series for her role as Adrian. I did her make-up for the red carpet and show while her hairstylist Gabby hooked up her hair. Of course, she looked amazing.

Photo: Getty Images

I also had a chance to do Irish Director, Dearblha Walsh and her partner Anna Nolan, for the Primetime Emmys. She was nominated for Best Director for Outstanding Miniseries ( Little Dorrit.) I was able to do both her hair and makeup for the Red Carpet and Show. Since she lives in Dublin, Ireland, she was telling me how she was enjoying Los Angeles and the whole Emmy experience, even though she probably would not win.

So later when the show aired, I happened to catch the presentation for Best Director and what do you know, Ms. Walsh won!! I jumped up screaming at the excited for her and then giddy at the fact that my hair and make-up would be seen on national TV. And she looked amazing.... hee hee

Best Director, Dearblha Walsh winning 2009 Primetime Emmys

Monday, September 7, 2009

Actors on the Rise

A few months ago, Dimitry and I had a chance to shoot Paulo Constanzo. He was in the middle of shooting this new series and took time out for this photo shoot. The series, Royal Pains, is now a bonafide hit and one of my favorite shows.

Actor: Paulo Constanzo, Photo:, Grooming:

We also had a chance to do a photo shoot with the new bad boy on 90210, Matt Lanter, who plays Liam Court. He is also the voice of Anakin Skywalker on the Cartoon Network series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." We had a great time working with such a nice guy.

Actor: Matt Lanter, Photo:, Grooming:

Red Lips for Fall

Red Lips are back for fall. Check out this sneak peak of a beauty editorial that I have coming out soon. Model, Susette did a great job as did my fave photographer, Dimitry L...... Stay tuned for the full editorial......

Model: Susette, Photo:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

New Editorial in Iconology Magazine

It's finally here.....the fabulous editorial photo shoot I did with Photographer Stephanie Matthews for Iconography Magazine featuring clothes from Project Runway's Korto Momolu. Check out the finished look of model Hazuki, who I gave very big hair. I love the way the shoot came out. This was my kind of shoot because I got to do both hair and make-up on all the models. Big props to Korto for her fabulous designs.....

Monday, June 29, 2009

Babkul Jeans

Former co-owner and co-founder of True Religion Jeans, Kym Gold, has launched a new denim brand. Babakul, which means "Hippie" in French, is her newest masterpiece. I had a chance to work on the look book for Fall 2009, doing hair for 4 models. The models did a fabulous job..... check out the website and the ad from the shoot below.......

Babakul Ad: Hair by

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My shoot with Photographer Stephanie Matthews

Last month, I got a chance to work with a fabulous photographer, Stephanie Matthews, on an editorial feature that should be out soon. We actually met a few years ago when she rented my studio to do a couple of shoots. So it was a long-awaited pleasure to finally get to work with her on this project. She was able to get the designs of Project Runway semi-finalist Korto Momolu for the models. Here is a little sneak peak at me behind the scenes with one of the models, Hazuki.... before with her short hair and after with big, big hair!

Here are the images from the shoot on the Chinese Laundry blog..... Stephanie did a fantatic job......

Photographer Stephanie Matthews

Valerie and model Hazuki, before.

Valerie and model Hazuki, after.

Dimitry L.'s Magazine Interview

My favorite photographer, Dimitry L., was interviewed by August magazine and this is the article. Now he can really say he is an international sensation!!

Dimitry L. for August Magazine

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Behind the Scenes with my friend TJ

Last week I went and saw my all -time favorite singer, Rachelle Ferrell at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. She was amazing as usual and after 20 years of following her and seeing her perform, I am still amazed. After the show I chatted with her sound engineer, Terry Jackson (TJ), well-known as being one of the best sound men in the business. You name an artist, he has probably worked on their album or tour. He invited me to come and hang for a bit at the rehearsal of the new EWF / Chicago tour. I love music and to see my favorite group behind the scenes was a blast. Thanks a million to my friend, TJ, for the VIP treatment.

Valerie and TJ at the mixing board

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Celebrity Trainer Valerie Waters

This is behind the scenes picture of Valerie Water's photo shoot for her new "I want my Bikini Body" workout. I got a chance to meet Celebrity Trainer, Valerie Waters, last week at a commercial shoot. We hit if off and she asked me do her and her models' hair and make-up for her new workout. Valerie is the creator of the Valslide and is regularly featured on Access Hollywood and E! News. She is the first person called by Hollywood’s elite when they need to either get in shape or stay that way. I use my Valslides to keep me in shape when I can't get to the gym.

(L-R), Model: Courtney, Celeb Trainer: Valerie Waters

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Shine on Me.....

I finally had a chance to go to UCLA's yearly, Festival of Books. If you love books like I do, it is a not to be missed festival. Along with lots of books, there were different stages with music, cooking demonstrations, kid's entertainment, poetry readings and more. Some of Saturday's celebrity authors that were on hand to speak and sign books were, Tori Spelling, Alyssa Milano, Tom Bergeron and Bob Barker.

I, however, was most excited about my Bay Area friend, Dexter Vizinau, coming to LA and doing a book signing for his book, Shine on Me. It is an amazing story about his Mother and how she raised both him and his brother, in spite of being blind. It was great to see Dexter in action and I was able to get a picture with him. Knowing Dexter, this will be made into a movie so I will keep you posted.

Shine on Me by Dexter Vizinau

Dexter in action signing books

Dexter and Valerie

Monday, April 6, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Weddings are coming.....

Well, seems like spring has sprung and wedding season is in full force. I had a chance to do the hair and make-up for a good friend of mine, Cara, for her wedding on the beach. She and her fiance wanted to keep it simple so they had no bridesmaids and I just insisted on doing her hair and make-up for her and her Mom. She loved the results and so did I......

Cara, Her Mom and Valerie

Cara the Bride

Adam and Cara at their beach ceremony

This is another friend, who I did hair and make-up for their wedding pictures 2 years ago at Grand Central Train station in downtown Los Angeles. They now have an adorable year-old baby girl......

Eli and Jo Daniels

Beauty Shoot

Last month I did a fabulous beauty photo shoot with hot new photographer, Jamiya Wilson, and model Sha. Sha and I hit it off instantly and chatted about everything from world affairs to hair and make-up. As you can see from the finished pic, the results of the shoot were fantastic.

Model Sha and Valerie

Model: Sha

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Behind the Scenes with Judge Penny Brown Reynolds from Family Court with Judge Penny

My friend, Celebrity Hairstylist Bryson Conely, and I had a chance to glam up Judge Penny Brown Reynolds for her NAACP luncheon last week. The Judge is the star of the hit show Family Court with Judge Penny and Bryson is her hairstylist on the show. I love court shows and it's a blast to be able to work with one of my favorite judges.....

Valerie, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, Bryson Conley

Judge Penny Brown Reynolds and Valerie

A Real Haircut

My Friend, Michelle, decided to get her hair cut after about 5 years of wearing it really long. Actually, the last time I cut it was about 2 1/2 years ago and I cut it to the middle of her back. So in 2 1/2years it grew about 3 feet. Amazing.....anyway, Michelle said it was getting heavy and uncomfortable and that it was time to change...... so I cut off 2 large and heavy braids and gave her a really cute cut.

Michelle before and Valerie making the cut.

Michelle and Valerie making the cut.

Michelle's cute cut after....

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Photoshoot with Casting Director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd

My favorite photographer, Dimitry L. and I do lots of models and actors and actresses.... but recently we got the chance to work with hot Hollywood Casting Director, Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd for a photoshoot. Twinkie's latest project is the much anticipated "Nortorious" movie.
Keep your eyes out for Ms. Twinkie.....she's rising fast!! Here is a fabulous article on Miss Twinkie Byrd.......

Casting Director, "Twinkie" Bryd, Photo:

President Obama Artwork

My dear friend and Artist, Dan Wooster, has created this amazing likeness of our new President. I can say that I have never had a picture of a president in my house but with my Obama obsession, this new art piece thrilled me. Dan is known for his large pieces, usually 5ft by 3ft and larger. This piece is 11inches tall and 7 inches wide. It is painted on 1 inch thick wood which gives it a slight 3-D effect. Each one is slightly different, but Dan captures the President's likeness, suberbly. These will be limited edition pieces, so hurray and get yours today. You can call Dan at 818 398-2064 to order your piece.

Hand painted picture of President Obama by Artist Dan Wooster.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mr. President

Wow!!! Words cannot explain the joy and pride I felt while glued to the TV witnessing history unfold while watching the inaugural events...... At last, we have a President that has poise and grace, humility and charm, confidence and intelligence!! I was mesmerized as I watched the new first couple (a real example of a loving couple) drive and then walk down the parade route. I'm glad I didn't have to brave the cold....but I found myself taking pictures of the TV as if I was on the parade route.......

President and Mrs. Barack Obama

President and Mrs. Barack Obama

My very own Shepard Fairey

One of the first posters I saw of President Obama was the Shepard Fairey design that is now famous. I fell in love with Shepard Fairey's design and was able to get one of the limited edition posters. Now you can have one of his designs done in your own image. Make your own "Obamicon" — your image in a style inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic poster.

Valerie as an Obamicon