Initially my first introduction with Tori was through Dakota Chappy, a fashion boutique, and Kat. Then on site doing makeup for a boudoir shoot with Susie and Kat!
I was born on Minot AFB in November of 88. My Momma a local, Dad an airmen from Michigan. Most of my youth was spent in Minot, with fond memories of a short time in Cali. Sometime after that, my parents divorced, my Dad remained in Minot and remarried, eventually moving to Illinois, where I have 2 amazing lil sisters, and 1 amazing lil bro. Elementary years were spent in Williston, followed by a summer in Aspen, CO where my mom interned for physical therapy. Then off to MN for middle and high schools. Naturally Minneapolis was the place where I would start my dreams. Young and broke I reluctantly made the move back to Minot in 2008.
In high school, I started working at Herbergers. I applied for the cosmetic counters, as I was already very into makeup and just altering appearances in general. My first job, I was placed in dress wear and accessories with possibility to move over to the coveted cosmetics dept. I had wild and brightly colored hair, but found my niche amongst the lil elderly shoppers whom received my appearance surprisingly well. Eventually, I was able to spend more time at the fragrance counter.
Fresh from high school my besty and I found a great 2nd floor corner apartment on LaSalle in Downtown Mini-Apple. In the process of applying/registering for Aveda, I started work full time as the Merchandising assistant and Team Lead in housewares at Urban Outfitters in uptown. One of the best Jobs ever P.S. I took a part time position at the newly opened Buffalo Exchange not too far down the street. I was taught a few things about buying clothes, and how to price consignment items, mostly I was the errand girl for the new, un-prioritized, barely older than me, manager.
Unable to afford rent on my own, my besty was moving home, so I followed suit. Only I was really going HOME this time. I started work right away at Herbergers as I figured it was an easy in. Much of my family had also worked at the Minot store at one time in their lives. I was hired as Fragrance Counter Manager, under the great Thomas Perrin. He taught me alot. Product knowledge, customer base, our market, and tricks of the trade. I had planned to work and save to move back to MNPLS and attend cosmetology school. I worked off and on (over 8 years) at Herbergers multitasking all 5 cosmetic counters, as by this point I had a good understanding of each of our brands. I remained part time up until my graduation from Headquarters Academy of Hair Design in Minot.
A quick stint at bath & body, a bit longer at Kay Jewelers, and a full year at JCPenny as the Womens Manager, with promise of Sephora Management as soon as it would be built. The flood was around this time. JCP acquired a new CEO with big ideas. Many people became unhappy, work loads shifted, and the flow of operation failed to make sense. My job wasn't fun anymore, and I wasn't learning or progressing any further. As much as I wanted to leave the state for school, I recognized that was an unlikely option and enrolled in Minot's Cosmetology School.
School was fun, a bit unstructured, but we were all artists. I worked at 3 salons before making the leap to rent my salon suite under my very own business name where I am now. I'm a bit of an introvert, so in the beginning I thought I made a terrible career choice. Meeting new people every day who maybe thought of a haircut as somewhat mundane. I chose this profession for the love of encouraging people, creating something different, and uplifting them with new outlooks. It was like I forgot how to be social. My anxiety was high! I still get a bit nervous from day to day, after all I'm flesh and blood too. I just want to make my clients feel good, and be able to enjoy doing so.
My younger self was all about parties and new people, new places. Going to concerts as often as possible, thrifting on the weekends after a long night with friends. Pushing boundaries and discovering new heights. It all feels so long ago, yet how did I end up here so fast!?
I'm still finding my way, trying to discover exactly what I can offer this world, and how to flourish by doing it. I value new experiences, and the people I hold close. I enjoy seeing new things, and taking the time to just live! I still can't believe I actually am my own boss. My dream of being a hair & makeup artist is actually manifesting. I'm so thankful I get to be creative in my every day life. However, putting myself out there, and exposing all of me is also a daily accompaniment to all of that. To be an artist, and to be entirely too self-critical, I believe these things are hand in hand. As if it's impossible to comprehend my own work, in hopes it's the quality I intended it to be. My best defense against the world, mySELF... is to be as genuine as possible, to be kind, and to impact those around me with good intentions. Remember where and who I came from. So I continue to strive for growth, and I create how I know to create.
Here are my style secrets:
1) A clean face with a nice smile! Let people know you're not an asshole, and spread some positive vibes. I tend to have RBF but I'm actually quite shy and most likely more scared of you then you of me! Good hygiene also counts. Even if I prefer the rock & roll look and a healthy dose of patchouli oil. Also give compliments, uplift others.
2) Versatility & Quality. Things that I can switch up with other pieces to help me transition throughout my day. Working in the salon, lunch with fam, walking the dog.... Good fit is key, and nice materials. Because comfort matters. Also, don't be afraid to get dirty. Life's too short.
3) Different but Classic. I look for special details, a well placed print or monogram, a unique stitch (my fave denim jaket has red enamel paint on the back of it's buttons.) Raw hems and torn necklines, as well as faded colors and aged screen prints, love me some vintage. But I need to be able to cherish these pieces forever! So hang dry, and pair with something timeless.