On our third issue of friends to follow, we see a huge jump in different styles of business. But, that's the point of these, right? We want to share with you different creatives & entrepreneurs in our great state and give you a variety of different jobs. We don't know what you may be looking for or finding inspiration through, but we hope this is a good start!
Monica Walsh with Ideal Bridal
I (Leah) have had my makeup done multiple times by Monica, and I can honestly say she is the best. Her style of makeup is so effortless, but really does a great number to your confidence. She focuses on enhancing your natural features and doesn't try to 'cover' those up. She asks questions, works with what you want, and makes sure you feel comfortable with the final look. She truly is one of, if not, the best and I could not recommend her more. If you're looking for hair AND make up (that's right... she does BOTH!), look no further. This is your girl! Be sure to follow along with her work. Most of her pictures are bridal, but she does not limit her clients. I would recommend her for ANY event (birthday dinner, bachelorette party, bridal shower... anything), because she caterers to YOUR wants and make sure you still feel like yourself. You can follow Monica here.
T.Madison is one of the best, curated boutiques in our city. I love stopping by and seeing what new pieces are there as well as chatting with owner, Taylor. Taylor is so personable and makes everyone feel better about themselves. It's no wonder this shop is such a success. Taylor has a timeless and classic sense of style that is shown throughout her shop. Not only can you get new pieces from this shop, but you're also able to shop the vintage side of things with Ninety 2 Vintage. In this collection of curated finds, you can purchase home goods, decor, clothing and accessories. If you're looking for trendy and affordable pieces, that are timeless and will make you feel like a true fashionista, you've got to do yourself a favor and check out the brick & mortar shop in Chandler. You can find Taylor here.
Tara Hainsworth of Hainsworth & Co
Guys, Tara is the REAL deal. She is beyond talented, giving and thrives off of others' success. We love that! There is something to be said about someone who put their knowledge and education out there for others... That is the core of her NEW salon, Hainsworth & Co. Opening in the new Palette Collective in Chandler, you can make your appointment with Tara or any of the other talented hair stylists that reside in this space. Tara owns the shop with her husband, Eric, and they are quickly turning this dream into a fast reality with repeat customers, educational experiences, workshops and so much more. You may have gotten a braid from Tara at one of our own events, like Babes & Braids or The Ivy Event: PHX! She has become one of our very favorite ladies in Arizona and wish her nothing but the best. If you're looking for a small business to support and are in need of a hair cut, hair color or pretty much ANY hair upgrade, you must reach out to Tara and get an appointment scheduled. You can find Tara here.
Ashley & Daniel Kim (And Emmy!!)
Ashley & Daniel are the incredible couple who photograph for Daniel Kim Photography. Primarily focusing on weddings (but not limiting themselves), these talented folks are two of our favorite people in Arizona. They are the type of people you meet and instantly want to be friends with. Cool, talented, funny and inspiring; these are just a few of the words we would use to describe them. Ashley & Daniel travel the world capturing weddings, but reside in our great state of Arizona. They love the desert light as much as we do, and their feed is FILLED with travel and lifestyle inspiration. Their style is on point, their images are stunning and they are going only up from here. They have the best baby (Emmy!), who has made this duo into our favorite trio. If you're looking for some travel inspiration, wedding or event imagery, commercial imagery (did we mention that Daniel educates photographers on this? - so cool!!),or even looking at just making friends with a couple who are down to earth and welcoming, we would recommend following both Daniel & Ashley. You won't regret it. For pricing and information on their wedding packages, you can check out their website here.