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New Year – Same You?

goddessEverybody’s talking about New Years resolutions this time of year, but most of what I hear is about what to do (or not do) and less about how to establish and incorporate belief systems that drive our moment-to-moment choices and decisions.

I gave my grandson a butterfly kit for Christmas, and he just called to say that they had finally completed metamorphosis and are flying around ready to be set free! Ahhh, the power of transformation is fascinating!

The Zen Theory of Change is simply noticing! “I free myself not by trying to be free, but simply by noticing how I am imprisoning myself, in the very moment that I am imprisoning myself.”

There are so many ways to seek change, enlightenment, passion, and joy, and many different words to talk about the process.

My life (and work) revolves around growth and transformation; it is in this process that I feel most alive! Below are some suggestions that may inspire you as you continue your transformation journey:

Ask yourself the following questions

What do I want for my health and well-being?

How do I want to look and feel?

If I don’t take care of myself, how will my health be in three, five, or ten years?

After you’ve taken some time to create the vision for your future and are faced with a decision about a self-care issue, you need simply to ask yourself “Does this move me toward or away from my vision?”

Here are six areas to start with:


Knowing yourself helps you become aware of your long-term needs and allows you to access and make adjustments moment-to-moment.

Personally, I am so focused on living in the now. There’s enough of what I need in the moment to deal with whatever is in front of me. It’s kind of like my purse (I need a new one!). I keep the contents low, just what I’ll be needing to get me through the day. I don’t want it to become a burden weighing me down. But I have to stay on it;  it attracts all sorts of things throughout the day that have to be purged.

Integrity and Personal Boundaries

Integrity is simply “walking your talk” and establishing personal boundaries helps you maintain your integrity. Over time, if you sacrifice your values at the expense of your self-care and energy reserves, the scenario will end in depletion or burnout.

One of my favorite quotes is from Dag Hammarskjöld: “Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your own experience or convictions.” I realize I can’t change anyone, but I can change how I act or react to them. There is so much peace and power in being responsible for myself and not giving anyone the power to control my thoughts or reactions.

Vital Practices

Three universal self-care components are integral parts of daily life: breathing, drinking water, and getting optimal nutrition. 

Seems like I trip up on all three every day, but I am most immediately in need of the constant reminder to breathe, consciously, fully, and with personal awareness. I love a little book called Taming Your Gremlin. Author Rick Carlson contends that every “choice” we make begins with a breath. An excerpt follows:

Step #1 Simply Notice: With each breath in and out we are experiencing a moment in time. It is in this moment that we need to be fully aware and present, because each moment is truly a present, a gift, it is what I like to call “God’s Eternal Now.”

Supportive Environment

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

From your home and work space’s physical environment to your friend groups, colleagues, and even family relationships, you have choices and indeed the responsibility to make each situation work for you. If you choose to stay in a challenging environment, you can create additional supportive relationships that can help you grow and learn in the very place you are planted.

Movement, Exercise and Rest

These three components offer you a way to energize and refuel your body. Movement and exercise improve mood, energy, and sleep. Our bodies run on a cycle of ultradian rhythms: multiple periods of  90-120 minutes throughout the day that our bodies move from higher and lower levels of alertness and energy. When our energy is waning, we feel  signs of  drowsiness, hunger or loss of focus. If we don’t take a rest or pause at this time, little by little the body’s energy is depleted. The key is noticing when you need a rest, and doing what you need to do to feel rejuvenated. 

Self-Care Team

Create a team of professionals to help. These professionals include but are not limited to the following: Physiologist, Accountant, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Professional Mentor, Primary-care Physician, and of course, an Esthetician and Massage Therapist!

See you at the spa!

Linda “brow boss” Ruberto

International Women’s Day Makeover Contest 2013

MakeoverWe are celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month this March. We’ve had our community nominate local women who are role models and an inspiration to others.

Meet our winner Judy Boen! Founder of Captive Hearts in Grover Beach, ordained chaplain  for the San Luis Obispo County Women’s Jail and Sheriff’s Department. Thanks go to Debra Jackson from Village Papery & Gifts for sharing her story.

KSBY will be joining us to bring her story to you later in March! Star Brows,  Pink Diamond Artistry, and Collections Rack will be doing the makeover, we can’t wait to honor Judy and her service to our community!

I was honored as Citizen of the Year for Grover Beach for 2012, what an honor to represent our community. I also operate three residential recovery homes for women who are recovering from the effects of drugs and alcohol.  They live in our homes from six months to a year as they progress in their healing.  Administrative offices are at 892 West Grand Ave. in Grover Beach. “My desire is meeting up to the motto, “Helping to Heal Hurting Humanity”. Chaplain Judy

Judy is an ordained chaplain and a former chaplain for Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, the state prison for women previously located in Oklahoma City in both general population and on death row. She has also served as a chaplain at the Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital. For five years, she was Director of Counseling and Client Services for the Bakersfield Crisis Pregnancy Center and has counseled both clients and families. She has also completed a two-year in-depth training course for inner healing through Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California.

Judy has served as chaplain for the San Luis Obispo County Women’s Jail and Sheriff’s Department in Central California since 2000.  She was awarded a Citizen Academy Certificate of Completion through the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.  She is often a guest speaker at community club gatherings, women’s meetings, retreats and co-teaches “Unmasked–a Face of Grace,” a course she co-authored.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors recognized Judy in 2006 for receiving the Commission on the Status of Women, “Service to Women” Award.  This prestigious award is presented annually to a woman who shows outstanding service to the community.   She also was awarded the ”Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women” from the Soroptimist Club both locally and regionally in 2010 as an outstanding community leader.  This award honors women who are making extraordinary differences in the lives of other women.” Captive Hearts website.










Introducing Hollywood Iconic MUA – June Westmore

I contacted Scott and Lynn from Mindseye Multimedia Studio in Oceano the other day to help launch the Bridal Division at Star Brows. They are a very gracious couple with great ideas, and I look forward to working with them.

A big surprise was that they recommended I contact June Westmore. An internationaly renowned Makeup Artist who lives and works in our backyard? Who’da thought? Excited!!

I took Ms. Westmore to lunch and was blown away by her story. What a lovely woman – an industry icon who’s still doing makeup at age 70-plus. (I can only hope I’ll still be working then.)

June lives and works here on the Central Coast and currently does weddings. Here’s her Facebook page. I’d love to take a course from her, but in the meantime I hope to become a friend. 🙂

June Westmore is an accomplished and award-winning makeup artist who has spent many years working in the television and film industries. She is a multiple Emmy nominee. Her list of awards includes a Prime-time Emmy for Star Trek: The Next Generation, an RIM Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the Hollywood Makeup Artists Guild Award for “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Her Story

“I was born in Kentucky and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I knew from the age of eight that I wanted to make women beautiful. I saw the television program Queen for a Day where the lady who won got an unbelievable makeover on the show. It was one of the famous Hollywood makeup artists, Perc Westmore, of the royal family of Westmores who created the fabulous look for the lucky contestant who won Queen for a Day. From that time on, I knew what I wanted to do…I wanted to be a makeup artist.

“I grew up and became a hairdresser. Years later, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Perc Westmore’s nephew, Monty Westmore, with whom I had the opportunity to study and work on various projects. Years passed, and in 1994 I became Monty’s wife after years of lovely friendship. We were fortunate enough to be able to work together on many projects before and after we were married. When I asked Monty what I could do to repay him for all his training and insights into the makeup industry, he asked me to pass on the knowledge and tradition of professional makeup artistry. Monty is no longer with me, and I try to fulfill his wish with every face I transform. Monty was and will always be my best friend. I am still a makeup artist even though I’ve given up the Hollywood life; I still love making women feel beautiful.”

I was touched by the love story she told of herself and her late husband Monty. I feel it is really important to honor women who have worked so hard, contributed so much, and still have so much to offer.

See you at the spa!

Star Brow of the Week – Lily Collins


Actress Lily Jane Collins is 23, was born in Guildford, England, and is the daughter of  musician Phil Collins. I recently saw her in Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts (which I’d give three  stars).

Lily’s brows, as seen in the movie, were a real distraction for me. I can’t imagine why they’d draw so much attention to one feature and create such a big, dark, bold brow with the natural, youthful makeup she wore.

Oh well, her brows are simply gorgeous here with the perfect makeup and dress. Notice how the head (fan) of the brow is more mid-line than the traditional brow placement above the tear duct? Nice and full, well shaped, but not overdone.

See you at the spa!

Beautiful After 40

One of my daughters and I at the spa.

If you’re not over 40 yet, you will be someday, so listen up. 🙂

Let’s talk about what constitutes timeless beauty. (And you won’t hear the phrase “anti-aging” because I’m not – against aging, that is)!

Now I know American women are not known for their beauty, but I personally have known thousands of gorgeous women who hail from this land.

I’ve been in the beauty business all my life. I grew up in dance class (lots of mirrors), opened a performing arts studio in my 20s, did some modeling, sold cosmetics and skincare, ran a big salon/spa, and now I’m in a private studio-spa having the time of my life working with women to become more beautiful inside and out at age 56!

One of my most-read posts is  How Do French Women Stay So Beautiful. Since I’m writing this on the 4th of July though, let’s talk about how American women stay so beautiful.

Here is a link to a post called  The Most Beautiful American Women of All Time, in case you’d like to know about popular opinion.

And here’s my recipe for long-lasting beauty – not in order of importance and not just with regard to physical beauty:

  • Start self-care early in life. It’s much easier to develop and keep great habits than to try to undo bad ones like unprotected sunbathing, smoking, drinking, and drugs.
  • Exercise. Build “movement opportunities” into your lifestyle. Dance, walk the beach, bike-ride with your kids, explore nature with a friend, have a work-out date with your man.
  • Cultivate spirituality. Everyone needs hope, vision, a standard to live by, and a higher purpose to keep going.
  • Build community. Don’t be a lone ranger. You need love and support.
  • Drink water and eat right. “Yes mother.” You know the drill.
  • You are spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. If there is an order of importance for cultivating true beauty inside and out, this is it. Your soul is your personality, your emotions. Look inside, seek to heal, learn, and grow.
  • Get advice to stay fashionable. My daughters teach me about fashion all the time. Plug in to today’s look by reading magazines, working with beauty consultants (like me!), and finding darling clerks to work with when selecting new clothes or accessories.
  • Be confident. Be true to yourself, not just a follower. Blend personal style into the latest style. You might just set the next new fashion trend!
  • Ramp up personal care – especially after menopause. I used to hate my period, with all its bothersome side-effects – but now, I miss my hormones! They kept my skin hydrated, cushioned me from disease, balanced my mood, and provided a myriad of other benefits. Being a beautiful and healthy post-menopausal woman doesn’t happen naturally.
  • The skin is your largest organ – keep it healthy. Regular cleansing, exfoliation, moisturizing, and sun protection habits become more important with each advancing year. Make intelligent skincare a priority. I’m here to help!
  • Put yourself together before you leave the house. You feel better when you look good! 
  • Be nice. There is nothing more unattractive than a gossipy (oops), demanding (oops again), mean-spirited woman. You’re not perfect (neither am I), but know this: A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty.
  • Get plenty of rest,  laugh often and have fun regularly!

See you at the new spa!