Tomorrow we celebrate EB's one and only, Jenny Mattos! Jenny is the woman who originally created our wedding team and has dedicated countless hours to promote it's success. We appreciate your beauty, inside and out, your hard work and your loyal friendship Thank you for all you do. We love you and Happy Birthday!
A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of throwing a bridal shower for my best friend, Angela, with the help of three wonderful women Amy, Heather and my mom June. I feel like the four of us brought our strengths into the planning and were able to create a fun-filled brunch for everyone. We chose the Kentucky Derby as our theme and guests arrived in their big hats ready for a good time.
For months we scoured Pinterest for ideas and ended up combining a few different things to complete the look. The invitations were from the etsy shop “pok-a-dot.” The original design had roses in the bottom right corner but we decided to add the Mint Julep cup instead to get in the spirit of the party. Pok-a-dot designed the invitations, made the requested changes at no additional charge, printed the invitations and designed the favor tags. We were all very happy with her work and especially happy once our bride received her invitation and was surprised by the theme. Angela had mentioned throughout the years that she thought a derby theme would be fun for a baby shower. We knew she loved the idea of big hats and the derby style so we planned her brunch to be just that theme.
We held the shower in my mom’s backyard, which is in the country and boasts a beautiful country garden full of roses. My mom used some of her roses and also purchased roses from Neve Bros (Petaluma, CA) to make the floral arrangements. I am very lucky to have a creative mama to help with the details! We kept with the derby theme by using roses much like the derby uses flowers in the Winner’s Circle.
The brunch consisted of a vegetarian frittata and ham and cheese frittata prepared by my mom and I made a simple potato hash brown casserole. Angela’s mom and sister Amy brought a fruit salad, Caesar salad and delicious pastries from Della Fattoria, Petaluma Ca. Heather was on it with the drinks and supply was definitely not a problem with Heather being in charge. We had a mint julep station, champagne, wine (red, white and rose), specialty sodas, ice tea and cucumber filled water. Heather also provided the amazing desserts. We had an array of derby themed cupcakes, cookies and an oversized cookie that matched the invitation all prepared by Cotati Sugar Mamas, Cotati CA. The detail and precision was amazing and the taste was delicious! I do believe everyone was happy with the food and drink choices.
For décor we ordered many things online and at Michael’s Crafts. Amy found beautiful table settings on pinterest and we used that idea to build upon for the derby theme. We put three tables together and used pink tablecloths and striped table runners that were purchased online. Heather rented (Encore Rentals, Petaluma CA) the white chairs and added on the pewter plate chargers on a whim. The chargers really finished the look! Amy suggested we use mint scrubs as a party favor, so I made a batch using coconut oil, sugar and Young Living Spearmint and Lavender oils put them in mason jars and decorated them with ribbon and tags. We thought they looked cute paired with the pony-sized horseshoes purchased on Amazon. Once the main table was complete we worked on the beverage/ game table and present area.
Heather really found some fun stuff throughout the planning of the shower. While she was online she found grass table runners. We used a pink tablecloth and placed the grass runner over the top for the beverage/ game area. We had a mint julep area and wine area. We set up one end of the table with the three games we played: Put A Ring On It, Date Night Suggestions and Who knows the bride and groom best. We definitely got a few laughs from the games, but didn’t want to overdo it in that area. The game prizes were bottles of 14 Hands Wine complete with Winner’s Circle tags.
The present table was simply decorated with a striped runner, the oversized cookie, which matched the shower invitation and a flower arrangement in a silver vase that had a W for the groom’s last name.
The weather was beautiful, the big hats were a hit until we wanted to hug someone and lots of food and drinks were consumed. The bride was showered with presents, family, friends and most importantly the love of everyone.
June 21, 2016 started out like any other day with the exception of being 39 weeks pregnant. Our baby boy was expected to arrive June 27th which coincidentally was also our one year wedding anniversary. My day went along unhitched with my weekly doctors appointment, brunch and nails with my mom. If only I was aware of what was to come in the following hours. June 22, 2016 4 o'clock in the morning I'm awaken by mild contractions however, in the moment I had no idea I was in labor until 11 o'clock that morning. In the blink of an eye Hayden Michael was born at 6:49pm. Happy and healthy at 8 pounds 6oz an from that moment my heart was full.
Up until April of last year I was still working along side Jenny and Stephanie helping to create timeless looks and memories. The wedding of Lindsay and Eugene Stipanov in beautiful Fairfax, CA was my final wedding. Looking back on that day I'm grateful for Lindsay's kindness and understanding, as by the time we were ready to finalize the looks I had given up on my suede wedges and was working in bare socks. I had shed my black jacket and was down to a tank top. This was not a moment to be highlighted but it was real.You can read all about their magical day here.
We had just started to gain momentum with Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry during my pregnancy and unfortunately with a June arrival and three months on maternity leave I missed most of the 2016 season. I returned to the salon in October and quickly settled back into coordinating and prepared for my first wedding. This wedding was no different with the exception of having to pump and store my breastmilk. It was something that I had prepared for and I knew there was no way around it. The work we put into each wedding is a process that takes time with very little breaks. I'm not a stranger to working an entire wedding without eating, drinking water or using the restroom. Everyone is on a timeline and we pride ourselves on making our service time efficient and stress free. Needless to say I had some anxiety about not only finding the time and place but having to shed some professionalism. The mother of the bride was completely understanding and let me slip into a spare bedroom, but being a working mom despite the industry is short of glamorous.
Balancing the expectations of being a new mom, household tasks, pumping and working in an industry that sets high expectations on personal appearance hasn't been easy. My mornings always started an hour or so before Hayden's usual wake time however, nothing is ever usual with an infant so many days I'd find myself getting him ready with one eye done or a half head of curls. My go to hairstyle on those extra crazy mornings is a ratted bun with sleek finish around my face. If we had a great morning I'd get my morning pump session in, makeup complete and hair started before he woke. If time was really on my side I'd have my first cup of coffee and bottles made. I think any mom can agree that getting dressed should always be when you have one foot out the door because being within a foot of your child is too risky. Remember what I said about being glamorous?
Despite the chaotic mornings, late nights, long days and middle of the night feedings I wouldn't give it all up for the world. I'm blessed with an amazing husband and father who helps me out in any way possible and is always supportive of my endeavors. I'd like to think my niche for organization and coordinating in my professional life has helped me immensely transition into parenthood. At eight months old Hayden has become my little sidekick and life is returning to our new normal. He enjoys spending our mornings watching me get ready from his Finding Nemo Jumperoo where he laughs and giggles with excitement. Everyday brings unconditional love, adventure and challenges but with it also comes a little more glamour.
Happy Valentine's Day to the EB Elite Artistry's husbands! Thank you for all the love and support you have given each of us. We love and appreciate you all.
“Little Girls With Dreams Become Women With Vision.”
So anyone who knows me knows that I really do think I can do everything for everyone. Somewhere in the middle of the chaos I usually have a bit of a breakdown, re-evaluate priorities and come back stronger than ever. This is how I found myself the co-leader of my daughter’s Daisy Girl Scout Troop.
It all seemed so innocent when I arrived at the Daisy Day Event happening at a local school. I met some wonderful mothers and we started to learn the Girl Scout values and commitment. I was teasing one of my good friends that we should join forces and become co-leaders. It only took one second for my daughter, Gianna, to call me away from the meeting for my life to change. As I re-joined the group of mothers, the Girl Scout Leader congratulated me on volunteering with Ivette to be a co-leader. The only thoughts going through my head were: “This is how my big mouth gets my in trouble! Ivette I was being SARCASTIC! OH NO! How can I balance work, the girls’ dance classes, school and now Daisy Girl Scouts? We wanted to do 4H… Can I manage both?”
I have no idea what the ten parents staring at me were thinking as I stumbled through the decision. Really was it even decision?! My daughter wanted to be a Daisy and she would want me to be the leader. I can do this I just need to delegate and be a good co-leader with Ivette. I took a deep breath and decided to get some positions filled in this troop. After a few minutes we had a treasurer, a cookie manager, a grandma who had been a leader who offered to mentor us and approximately ten little girls that would become Troop 10971. Gianna was ecstatic, Ivette and I nervous and once I arrived home my husband was baffled. This blog could really use a photo of Bryce’s face when I announced that he was looking at the newest Daisy Girl Scout Leader, but I wasn’t that quick with my camera. In the moment, I didn’t understand his reasoning for being upset. He does support Gianna and I being actively involved but he couldn’t fathom how I was going to add one more thing to my workload.
I am a wife to Bryce, a mother to Gianna and Lena, dog mommy to Dixie and a daughter to Dennis, June and Bob (step). I do all the household cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, driving kids to school and dance and all other miscellaneous mommy and stay-at-home duties. I am the Master Makeup Artist for Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry, which entails writing blogs, creating different styles for “look of the day,” communicating with brides, working with my team, educating myself on the latest makeup and makeup trends and most importantly doing makeup. I am an esthetician at Mockingbird Heights where I do facials, waxing and consult clients on their skincare needs. Now I am also the co-leader for a Daisy Troop. On top of all that I must represent my business at all times by having my hair and makeup done every day. I have had several people say to me, “Well, you only work two days a week so, you’re considered a stay-at-home-mom.” Hmmm…. There is no title for what most mothers do in today’s society. We want to be full-time mothers and commit to full-time careers. We can do it all! Right? Well, yes I do think I can do it all. I may not be perfect at any of it, but I give it all 100%.
This week we launch into selling Girl Scout Cookies and Gianna cannot contain her excitement. I am proud to be a co-leader to ten wonderfully unique five year old girls who will grow up to be strong women. I am blessed to be the mommy of my two girls and wife to my husband. I am beyond happy to have a successful business as a makeup artist and esthetician, which has always been my dream. My life will continue to be chaotic, loud and at times overwhelming. However, it will also continue to be rewarding, filled with laughter and challenge me to become a better person. Now I am off to start my first facial of the day…. Makeup – check, hair – check and kids happy - check
“There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you are Super Mom.” Stephanie Precourt
Hi! I’m Tina— the Social Media Director and Graphic Designer for EB Elite Artistry. I am basically the one that keeps everything running in the background while the other girls make all things pretty. Funny how a girl who can’t identify the difference between lip liner and eyeliner spends all her time with a couple of skin/hair/makeup obsessed professionals.
I didn't always spend my time talking about hashtags and pixels. In high school I had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of a profession. I knew I wanted to be a mom but I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do outside the home. I started taking classes at the junior college and fell in love with my Political Science courses. I’ve always loved history, so it’s pretty easy to understand why I would like civics, economics and the study of our country. I decided that I would study Constitutional Law and become a lawyer. It was very Elle Woods, if you will. Once I completed all my courses and was in my senior year at Dominican University it was time to intern…. quite a few of the attorneys who I met as a potential internship advisor told me something along the lines of, “If I could go back in time I would pick a different career.” I also heard from a lot of female attorneys that they felt that they missed out on a lot at home if they were involved at work or missed out on things at work if they placed priority on their home life. This really struck a cord with me as I felt my purpose in life was to be a mom before anything else.
I then decided if I wasn't going to practice law I was going to share my passion of it with others. I decided to get my Master’s Degree in Education and my teaching credential. I initially taught high school, however, I was very young and realized that I would rather teach a younger group of children that wasn't so close to my age. I switched gears to work with special education elementary school children and I have truly, never felt more rewarded in my life. I continued to do this for several years until I became a mom. I was very torn when I was pregnant because I was so sad to leave a job I loved, however as soon as I became a mom I knew that that was my purpose in life. I still work part time in education as I can’t convince myself to pull out completely.
It was during my time in the classroom that I realized my love of technology as it made everything so. much. easier. It started as a hobby, designing images and packaging here and there for friends and companies. Soon enough the girls at EB Elite Artistry were exploding onto the scene and needed help with social media and branding. This has been the perfect fit because it allows me to spend my days being a mom and doing design work, while still being able to be in the classroom from time to time.
If wearing all those hats wasn't enough, I also run a busy wedding coordinating business, Oh Splendid Day. I have always loved all things wedding and organization so the business sort of fell into my lap. I was naturally organized and started helping friends plan their weddings and running the show on the actual day so I figured other people would need that too. It keeps me busy and allows me to get my creative juices flowing.
You can call me the Jane of all trades and you can also call me when you need your kid tutored, your blog coded, and your wedding planned. But in all seriousness, I couldn't be more thankful for this amazing opportunity to work with a group of beautiful and talented women who want to make you gorgeous on your wedding day.
Born and raised in Sonoma County I have spent most of my time on our family ranch in Sebastopol California. In my teen years I raised horses and was active in the agricultural community. Many weekends were spent traveling to rodeos and barrel races across California. I graduated from Analy High school in the spring of 2006 and attended the Santa Rosa Junior College that fall. With a strong love for science and the medical ﬁeld I followed in my mother's footsteps and majored in Dental Hygiene. My mother attended college, in neighboring San Francisco, where she graduated as a dental assistant. Over the following years, my academic calendar grew to accommodate a minor in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology.
If you were to tell me when I graduated high school that in a few short years I would be a licensed Cosmetologist working alongside highly talented stylists I might of laughed. I've always had a niche for hair and makeup however, my time was not invested in those skills until my early twenties. In the fall of 2009, I met my husband who was my biggest supporter and the push I needed to attend beauty school. He encouraged me to pursue a path that I would of never walked. September 2010 a new chapter of my life began. Attending a private school opened the door for creative opportunities such as the Roustabout Theatre. Working alongside the Luther Burbank Center of the Arts I was able to design hair and makeup for their theatrical plays. I found a true passion for the creative aspect in theatre and volunteered my time to over ﬁfteen plays. In August 2011 I graduated with honors.
My career began at a local high end Aveda salon where I practiced my skills and specialized in a more therapeutic approach to hair and skincare. However, I found my inspiration and love for the industry quickly dulled. I believe that your environment plays a forceful role in where life leads you. I wear proudly a tattoo on my back that has the script "Love is built within us, for love denatures". The body is made up of millions of enzymes, which die or denature when their environment becomes toxic. The beauty behind this dark mask is if the environment changes to become nurturing again then these enzymes will come back to life and thrive. After only one short year I left the salon and was not planning on returning to the industry. I returned to the Santa Rosa Junior College and began courses in the Veterinary Technician Program.
During this time my husband and I returned to my family’s ranch. I was in need of a part-time job to help supplement my night classes. My search always led me back to what I knew and I applied for a salon coordinator position at Mockingbird Heights A Salon. It is here among these stylists that I connected with Jenny and began assisting her on location at a handful of Sonoma County Weddings. In the salon I specialize in coordinating with brides to make their wedding day a ﬂawless experience. Over the years we have worked along side each other and recently joined with master makeup artist Stephanie to exceed the expectations of our clients. I have great gratitude towards these amazing women for nurturing my passion and choosing me to be apart of this elite team.
Hi! Stephanie, Master Makeup Artist for Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry here to share
a little about my background. I believe my love for makeup, skin, hair and fashion
was inevitable. I traveled many paths until I finally found my niche as a Makeup
Artist and Esthetician. All of those paths shaped who I am today and I am thankful
for each experience.
My mama was a cosmetologist for over 20 years in Petaluma and I was her favorite
client. I think I was 6 years old the first time bleach was applied to my hair. My
mama had a full clientele and had unbeatable style. I can remember her picking me
up from school and never quite being like the other moms. She would pull her red
firebird to the curb and exit with a new hair color or trendy makeup everyday. I
know a lot of the other moms didn’t understand or were jealous. They didn’t see the
endless hours of her hard work as a single mom. They didn’t see the sacrifices she
made to be able to shape her schedule around mine. They didn’t see her love of
gardening, her cuddles, her bedtime stories and excellent Italian meals. They saw
the stylist because this is the business she lived and breathed. Let’s be real every
hair stylist, makeup artist and esthetician is a walking advertisement for our
personal businesses. As a child I already understood this concept and loved playing
with my mom’s makeup and talking to her clients. I saw her as a whole person and
worshipped the strong, hard working and beautiful woman that she was and still is
to this day.
In High School, I struggled with deciding my future course. I wanted to be a
hairstylist, but when I was in Junior High my mom was diagnosed with Lupus. At
the time she knew several hairstylists with the disease and with so many unknowns
regarding the cause of Lupus, she begged me to choose a different career. My GPA
and extracurricular activities were definitely college worthy, but I couldn’t commit
to any plan. I was panicked and felt overwhelmed with my looming future. I
attended the local Junior College, received good grades and decided to major in
Childhood Development. A few years in to that plan I still wasn’t satisfied so I
enrolled at Redwood Empire Beauty College for the Esthetician Program. I felt like
this was compromise between my mama and myself. I would not being working
with the harsh chemicals that hair stylists came across, but I would be in the beauty
The first day of esthetician school I remember being told you look like a
cosmetologist not an esthetician. Yes, in fact I did look more like a cosmetologist
because in my heart I knew I wanted to be a makeup artist who was educated in
skin. I wanted to create stunning makeup looks while ensuring the integrity of the
skin was protected and healthy. All artists have a canvas and the face/skin is a
makeup artist’s canvas. I learned everything I could in beauty school even though I
felt like it was redundant and boring. January 2001 I became a Licensed Esthetician.
Throughout my early twenties I worked as a server at Mary’s Pizza, an esthetician, a
residential counselor for a group home, co‐owner of Ambiance Skin Care Salon and
even received my BA in Criminal Justice from Sonoma State University.
In my late twenties, I was hired by MAC Cosmetics and built my confidence as a
Makeup Artist. I enjoyed the artistry and learned so many skills as an artist working
for this company. I knew it wasn’t something that would be lifelong, however, it was
an unparalleled learning experience. In 2009 I married my husband Bryce, in 2011
had my first daughter and in 2014 while six months pregnant with my second
daughter I started working at Mockingbird Heights A Salon as a part‐time
Being a wife, mommy, esthetician and makeup artist has led to a fulfillment of my
initial goals and dreams. It becomes overwhelming, challenging and tiring at times.
However, I wouldn’t change any of the titles because I wear each with pride. I hope
that I can be as good of a role model for my children as my mama was all those years
ago. Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry has been my true dream career. No more
wandering trying to find my place in this world. I am on solid ground with my family
and career. I work with an incredible group of talented women who share the same
goals and work ethic. We are constantly brain storming new ideas, goals and ways
to challenge ourselves to be the best hair and makeup team.
Jenny learned from a young age the value of hard work. Her grandfather came over from the Azores Islands at age 18 and worked on local dairy's to then buy his own, which is where she lives today with her family. This is just one of the many family members who she learned the value of hard work from. Because of these values learned, she puts 110% in the work she does. Here's what she has to say about her background in make up and hairstyling:
I've had a love for hair and makeup since a young age. I loved getting my haircut as a child. When I was a child my mom got a new short haircut and a couple days after she was walking down the hallway to clumps of my hair, when she got to me, I was sitting in front of the mirror cutting my own hair, my mom said, "JENNY, what are you doing?!" I replied, "I wanted to cut my hair to be beautiful like you mommy." By the time I got to grade school I always wanted to wear makeup. My mom gave in a little at 6th grade to face powder and gloss but soon let me wear what I wanted once I hit junior high school. Because of this, I can thank myself for blue eye shadow and brown lipstick in my 7th grade school picture. By 8th grade I started to beg my mom for my first highlight. All through school I always had fun with my hair, makeup and fashion. I've always loved helping girls out with their hair and makeup for dances, prom and even just for fun because I had such a love for it. When it came time to graduate high school my parents wanted to get me a nice graduation gift: a laptop computer. However, I insisted I wanted MAC makeup brushes. (I still uses ALL those brushes in my kit to this day) After graduating high school, I had a love for psychology and wanted to work with people so I thought I would major in that Howwever, while at school, it just never felt right. I loved my psych classes but had a hard time with my other classes. I thought that's just what your supposed to do: go to college after high school. While in school, I had a friend who invited me to a hair show. She said I would love it and oh did I love it! As soon as I walked in I was in awe. We spent the whole day going over product and hair color and cuts. By the time I left, I knew what I wanted to do. The next day I dropped out of school, started working full time and started looking into beauty school.
I'll never forget how scared I was to tell my dad, a man who work his way up in a company and on his offtime ran our family's ranch, add in my brother who is an engineer and I'm about to tell them I dropped out of school and want to do hair. But, I have to tell you once I worked up the courage to tell him his response was, "I always knew you would." He has been my biggest fan and supporter in my career ever since.
My first day at beauty school, I was so nervous wondering if I had made the right choice, I always had such a passion for the industry but never thought of making a career out of it until a couple months before that day. After that first day, I never second guessed myself again. I knew 100% I was doing what I should be doing. While in school, I never missed a day, did every extra class and hours I could. I did my 1600 hours in less than a year.
After graduating the school recommends going to a walkin hair salon to get your speed down or assist at a nice salon to learn more. Then after a few years, look into being self employed and rent a station. I knew it was going to be hard, but I wanted to be self employed and I knew I could do it with hard work and with my supportive family. This led me to the beautiful Mockingbird Heights a Salon. I started at Mockingbird Heights in 2007 and have been there ever since. When I first started at the salon it had just opened. Throughout my years at Mockingbird Heights I have grown my career and as a person. The women we have in the salon are amazing, we have truly grown into a salon family and I have learned something from each one of them, they help me grow each day I'm there. Mockingbird Heights is the first salon I worked in, and I hope to make it my only salon I work in.
One thing I can say and stand by is that I still have that excitement and passion for hair and makeup as much as I did when I was a child cutting my own hair to be beautiful like my mom and rocking my blue eyeshadow and brown lipstick in the 7th grade. This industry is continuously changing, there is always something new and exciting to learn but the beauty of it is, we are artists and get to make it our own which keeps my passion growing.
I read a quote this last year that so true to how I feel.
"They told me I could be anything I wanted. I wanted to make people feel beautiful, so I became a hairstylist and makeup artist"
This past year was an amazing one for EB Elite Artistry. We hit the ground running and are looking forward to what 2017 has in store for us. We are looking forward to showing you video tutorials, daily looks, and make up reviews as this is something we enjoy doing in addition to our hair and make up services. We want to introduce Jenny and Stephanie and a little bit about each of our styles.
Jenny is a licensed cosmetologist who has been doing make up professionally since 2007, while she enjoys taking courses and continuing her education she really takes pleasure in using her own techniques and tweaking what she is taught. Some of her favorite product lines are Mac, Urban Decay, Huda and Anastasia Beverly Hills and she looks forward to making videos featuring these and other products.
Stephanie is an esthetician with training from Mac and was a part owner of Ambiance Skin Care Salon before staying home for a short while with her children. Her focus is on healthy skin and creating a glow from within. Using her training and keeping the skin’s health in mind are how she executes flawless looks. She is also looking forward to making videos featuring some of favorite products lines which include Image Skincare, Youngblood and Mac.
Please check back often as we plan to share much more here on the blog and on our other social media channels including spotlights on our other team members- current and future.