the adventures of yoshi

Beauty & the Beats Part II @ Rare Salon

Posted in Artsy Fartsy, Events, Fashion by yoshi on September 19, 2011

Yesterday I attended the second quarterly installment of “Beauty & the Beats” at Rare Salon! I was greeted by the friendly staff of Rare and the beautiful Ness who helped coordinate the event.

Guests who attended were treated to special event services for $40, they included: decorative nail art and manicure by the infamous Naomi Yasuda, make-up by Ashley Spedale and JuliQ Monae, and/or a lovely hair wash and blow-out by the Rare Salon staff headed by the wonderful Fatima =) I actually got all 3 services done and my awesome new straight hair was done by Tammy Reynolds – teeeeehehehehehe!

While I chatted with new and old friends and waited for the next available expert, I munched on mini cupcakes (french toast was my fav!) also made by Ashley through Glittle Cupcake nom nom nom!

Accessories from Hardbody’s F/W collection were also available for purchase, I bought myself a cute ear piece with feathers and received another ear cuff as a gift! LOVE! I also received a pair of D. Brand denim and other goodies including stuff from ReedSpace! We also jammed out to music provided by DJ/Producer Lucas Fable.

If you weren’t able to make it, don’t you worry, there’s another one set for December and I hear it’s going to be even bigger! =)

Fatima and friends (and Tammy who did my hair and the far right!)

Me with Ness!

Glittle Cupcakes!

Ness' nails by Naomi

Got my make-up did and my hair is being washed =)


Me with my Hardbody feather earring

Ashley doing make-up

The lovely JuliQ Monae


New friend Sharon of

Sharon's cute nails!

Thank you Ness!!!!

This is what I wore... my leggings were a hit!

RARE by F.S. Charlie TEAM for this event included:
Ruth Roche- Founder/Creative Director of RARE
Fatima Sheikh- Owner/Master Stylist of Rare by F.S. Charlie
Kevyn Bridgeman- Senior Stylist
Tammy Reynolds- Master Stylist
Rocio Briceno- Apprentice/Stylist

Glittle Cupcakes:
Hardbody, NYC:
Mikey Likes It:
Naomi Yasuda:
OneSound Label:
Reed Space:
Tough Love:



…on pampering yourself

Posted in Food for Thought by yoshi on April 29, 2009

today i left work early to get a mani/pedi and finish some last minute shopping before my trip to vancouver tomorrow.

i’ve been to valley nails SEVERAL times over the past few years for events and what not, however, i finally decided to peep out their services: wax and nails.

why the hesitation?

honestly the pricing scared me as i was used to the bushwick ghetto treatment for just under 20 bucks lol.

i have to admit – i was totally FLOORED at their services. i love their waxing lady – she scolded me. told me that my other wax jobs (under the pits lol) were bad and that’s why my skin isn’t as smooth as a baby’s bottom (okay, so she didn’t use those EXACT words but basically that’s what she was telling me in her brazilian accent). the girls who did my mani/pedi were the nicest cutest gals from osaka area in japan. you will see my work below. one of the girls did up her nails with bows on them (using an previous pic from a valley event i attended not too long ago) and the other girl, maki i think, was just tooooo adorable – they did an AMAZING job.

the owner, julia, what can i NOT say??? having really spoken to her on a more personal level today and watching her as she works and as i’m getting my nails did, i am bowing down to her ability to run shop and be an amazing business woman. did you know valley nails did special complimentary mani’s during the topshop opening??? now THAT’s business.

i now realize why women pay money to get pampered. PLUS, they do crazy ass japanese nail art – SO MUCH DETAIL.

i decided to play with some fav’s – grey nail polish, hello kitty, and of course ICE CREAM! and best believe these were done allll by hand. next time i’m gonna do it up and get all nails done with some crazy ass jewels/diamonds/color/bows/etc lol.


grey polish on my toes too! and check out my $5 patricia field heels =P


*the girl with the bow on her nails did my pedicure – didn’t feel any of her nails scratch me even once!

(photo taken from valley sale event)



*i’m very hard to please so take my word for it – valley is the shit.

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