Vintage meets Modern

HOC decided to bring summer to an end with one last photo shoot for 2017. Erica's vision for this photo shoot was winter white Glam! It's so fun for me to see each stylist vision/idea's come to reality on these shoots. As most of you know Erica is very passionate about her craft and when she puts her mind to something WATCH OUT it's on an it's going to be over the top amazing! 

So when she called me one night and gave me a date for which she wanted to do this shoot I thought she was out of her mind! I believe it was within a few weeks? we needed a venue, photographer, props, clothing, models, and of course hair and makeup! And we might as well throw in a horse! Yes, you read that right, a real live horse! But if any team can pull this off HOC can! 

So what did we do next? We got to work, we called our girlfriend Danelle who is a designer and owner of Devout Haus,  she also has the most amazing backyard, we asked if we could use it! Gave her the date and it worked with her schedule, Danelle being such a creative designer asked what the theme was and boy did she then run with it! (Killing it with her winter wonderland bed). Knowing she is a lover of horses asked if she could get a horse? and to my and Erica's surprise just like that we had the most beautiful horse coming to the shoot. We also had two of our HOC stylist help with these looks, Tara Mera @tera.mera_the_creator and Lasalette Oliveira @lasalettedoeshair . We reached out to Bay Area Beautiful @bayareabeautiful and Kelsey Croker @mua_kelps for our glamous makeup. Photograper- Kesey Neuer @Kelsey_neuer, such a champ to help us capture this vision.

The day of the shoot Oct 1st, a California Oct 1st, mid to upper 90's (oh boy) but we pushed through, our models look were old glam Hollywood. Styled with pin curls, gentle waves and good old back combing! These looks are so iconic and Erica put a modern twist on each model. From pink Cotton candy back combing, a modern day glam mohawk turned waved short style, to smooth spiral waves for a long hair, She even took one of our models from a pinned tight curl for one look to a short sleek smooth modern day look. This is not easy to do unless you wash and restyle, Erica was able to create this look with a brush, products and her magic hands.

This photo shoot was such a beautiful collaboration, it amazes me every time, from the idea to the planning to the actual day! creativity is born, each person who worked on this shoot saw Erica's vision in their own minds and helped bring it to life! Taking old glam Hollywood and giving it a new modern glam look was beautiful to watch. 

I think the main Thing I took away from this photo shoot is never be afraid to push the limits when it comes to time, when people are passionate about their craft the sky is the limit, doesn't matter if you want a winter theme and it's 90* plus degrees, or that the sun is on the wrong side of the prop, and that horses don't take direction from the photographer, at the end of the day we created memories and photos that will live beyond our time here on this planet. Future generations for years to come will be looking at our "modern day twist" someday and will be calling it "old Hollywood glam"

cuts for a cure

Meet Christopher, a gregarious friend, a supportive brother and loving son. His smile is contagious that lights up a room and is one of the most positive people we know. He enjoys the outdoors, yoga, walking, swimming and laughing every chance he gets. 

Christopher's journey began one and a half months before his diagnosis when he started experiencing strange symptoms: flu's, fever's, night sweat's, neuropathy (tingly feeling in his hands and feet), numbness in his jaw, joint pain in his arm and knees, molar pain and moving chest pain that started on the right side of his chest to the left side over the course of 1 week. He had seen a couple of doctors where each and every one of them offered the same diagnosis, that it was just the flu. 

Weeks after receiving his blood test results he was urged by a close friend to see a doctor do to a result that was overlooked (an elevated white blood count level of 47,000). Three hours after checking into the Emergency Room he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia also known as (ALL) Philadelphia Chromosome Positive on February 19, 2016 at the age of 32. February 19 was exactly one month before he and his partner were going to exchange their vows in Puerto Rico. After eight long rounds of aggressive Hyper-CVAD chemotherapy, he was in complete medical remission. Soon after getting the news he was in full medical remission he thought his cancer journey had ended, until he was urged to get a bone marrow consultation by a handful of doctors. 

 

It was until the bone marrow consultation, where he was told he needed a transplant because it would be tricky to treat the Philadelphia Chromosome Positive while on chemotherapy maintenance for the next few years. Three months after the bone marrow consultation he was told he matched with 1 person out of 25 Million bone marrow volunteers in the international marrow donor registry. The volunteer matched him 10/10, which is rare for a minority/Hispanic in the registry. The news was life changing. Two months after receiving the news, he was given a transplant date: Friday, March 17, which begins a new chapter in his journey. 

Please join us on Sunday, April 2 from 10am - 4pm at House Of Cabelo for a Cut-A-Thon! House Of Cabelo will be offering dry cuts, beard trims and braids for a suggested donation of $35. The event is benefiting the RiosStrongFoundation and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. House Of Cabelo will also be hosting a bone marrow drive to save others who are trying to survive this terrible disease. Hope you all can make it!