Joelle Pittman, Hair and Makeup by Stephanie Brick Creasy

Stephanie Brick: Makeup and Hair Extraordinaire

Eyebrows changed my life – I kid you not – and it was all thanks to Stephanie Brick.

Joelle Pittman, Hair and Makeup by Stephanie Brick Creasy
Joelle Pittman, My hair and makeup (done by Stephanie Brick Creasy) this morning before my Local Memphis Live audition – I’m feeling sassy!

And she did my hair and makeup this morning before an audition at Local Memphis Live, which ultimately made me feel like a rock star. But first, let us go back to when I first met her that balmy fall day last year. I had just arrived at Amanda Hill’s studio where we were doing a pin-up shoot. I had been following the Memphis Bombshells on Facebook and really wanted to have some photos like that before I turned 30 (eeeek!!). I had seen Stephanie’s work before (both hair and makeup) via Amanda and I knew this chick was a genius so I bit the bullet. Plus, you know that feeling you get when you just *know* someone is cool? Well, not only is she cool, but I *knew* Stephanie was a hair/makeup genius the moment I walked in the door.

It was love at first sight and now I’ve had her do my hair and makeup for everything. She has done vintage to contemporary and I’ve loved it all. I would hire her to do my makeup and hair every day if I could afford it because it is no coincidence that my dates go way better when I see them after I see her…but this is still not how she changed my life.

She changed my life when I booked her for a makeup lesson. I asked her to teach me how to contour my face (aka make it look thinner – hello Kim Kardashian, thanks for introducing me to this concept) and not only did she do that (in the privacy and convenience of my own home I might add)…but she told me about filling in my eyebrows. And THAT is when my life was transformed. I know you think I’m being silly or dramatic or exaggerating…but I’m not. Not even a little. Everywhere I go now I get compliments on my eyebrows and there is a direct correlation between people telling me I’m pretty and me filling in my eyebrows. If these puppies aren’t filled in, I am one plain Jane walking through this world. Who knew eyebrows could make someone feel so sexy?!

Anyways, not only Stephanie Brick rock my world with the eyebrow revelation, but she also taught me how to correctly do my eye makeup. I’ve been walking around this world for 28 years with way too thick eyeliner looking like Cleopatra gone wrong…and now (I don’t mean to brag but…) I can finally do a proper wingtip!

Stephanie was a blessing in my life and I know that sounds ridiculous to some but proper makeup makes a huge difference…especially when you’re getting older and trying to hide the flaws and highlight the good. Her rates are completely reasonable and I implore you to give her a try – it can be life changing!!

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Oh, and she instilled so much confidence in me this morning simply by doing my hair and makeup that when I finally got into the office, I did this little series of selfies. And I ain’t a selfie girl. OK, that is a lie. I’m not a sharer of my selfies…but look at my phone, and it’s just embarrassing.

P.S. If you’re on Instagram follow her @lipslinerandrouge!

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Hard Rock Cafe Memphis Grand Opening

Part of my job as the Yelp Memphis Community Manager entails going to cool parties around Bluff City. Tough job, right? But someone has to do it! And I’m oh-so-lucky that girl is me.

Last night I attended the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis Grand Opening and was completely blown away. Treated like a true VIP, I got to walk the red carpet, sip delicious drinks, nosh on bites, as well as listen and dance to local legend Memphis Jones!!  Seriously y’all, I’ve been jonesing to mark him off my “Memphis Bucket List” (and with good reason) for over a year now.

Joelle Pittman and Memphis Jones at the Hard Rock Cafe Grand Opening
Joelle Pittman and Memphis Jones at the Hard Rock Cafe Grand Opening
Julien Salley (Hard Rock Memphis General Manager – he’s awesome), Joelle Pittman, and Jennifer Routh at the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis Grand Opening

I know some of you may be wondering why they had a grand opening. “Haven’t they always been on Beale St?” you may ask. Well, yes, but they moved. And the new space is gorgeous. Just a few spots down but it is oh-so-cool. And I’m in love with their outdoor patio upstairs. This is going to be THE new place for parties and Sunday Funday. Tipsy me forgot to take photos of the new patio but just trust me on this, go check it out.

Oshi Burger Bar in Memphis, TN

Oshi Burger Bar: New Memphis Restaurant

Oshi Burger Bar in Memphis, TN
Oshi Burger Bar in Memphis, TN

There’s a new restaurant in downtown Memphis, y’all! And thank goodness! Things were getting a little stale there for a hot minute. But have no fear, Oshi Burger Bar will alleviate your boredom and shake things up.

For starters, I’m digging the ambience…like a lot. Cow print covered booths and white marble at the bar…I’ll just be swooning over here because this is different from everything else in Memphis.

And you know that scene in When Harry Met Sally? You know the one…and here is a little refresher if you need it. Well, that **may** have happened when I bit into my 50/50 burger (Ground Chuck & Ground Bacon Patty, Onion Jam, Cheddar, Ballpark Mustard, House Made Pickles – I’m drooling as I type)…but not because I was trying to prove to Drew that I could fake an orgasm. It was, in fact, a result of the burger…and even the Malt Shoppe shake complete with Vanilla Ice Cream, Malted Milk Malted Milk Balls, and some are brave enough to spike it with Bourbon (although if I had alcohol in it, it would REALLY be because of the shake).

I’ve been super impressed with all of these new restaurants popping up around Memphis. We are definitely taking it up a notch in the restaurant department as a city!

To read more of my reviews, please check out my Yelp page.

Lamb tartare at Bounty on Broad in Memphis, TN

Bounty on Broad: New Memphis Restaurant Alert

Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare. Lamb tartare.

Lamb tartare at Bounty on Broad in Memphis, TN
Lamb tartare at Bounty on Broad in Memphis, TN

That is how many servings of the lamb tartare I could have at the new (and much needed) Bounty on Broad. For reals. No exaggeration. Everyone at my table agreed…and I think at one point we were even fighting over it because we all wanted it for ourselves.

So this place is a home run and they don’t even have their liquor license yet. Everything is served family style (which is why we were all sharing the glorious lamb tartare), which I liked so we could give everything a try. I really liked the brussels sprouts and beef bavette but another clear winner was the duck breast. Holy moly, y’all!

I’ll definitely be coming back here again and again. I can’t wait until their butcher is in place and I can order wine and cocktails. Memphis needed a place like this. It is unbelievably cool. Good job, y’all!

To read more of my reviews, please check out my Yelp page.

Rocking a tan

Spray Tans: My Latest Obsession

There is something about being tan that makes you feel instantly sexy and young. Oh, and thinner. Let’s not forget that addicting feeling! So I’ve been popping over to Esthetiques Skin Spa and Blowout Bar on Brookhaven Circle once a week to get my glow on. For $30 a pop I can get that sun-kissed look (minus the skin cancer). They also let you choose between alcohol-based solution and oil-based. It is a personal preference but I prefer the oil-based. It just meshes better with my skin.

Here are two examples taken a week apart:

Rocking the porcelain thing
Rocking the porcelain thing
Rocking a tan
Rocking a tan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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