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Dear Beauties,

Some of you have emailed asking when I will be in the salon for haircuts, color and personal beauty consultations.  To help make this happen, I have a newsletter specifically for staying updated on my travel dates and salon days. Sign-up as a Salon Client to stay connected — I just might be coming to a city near you! If you are adventuring out to LA (that is where I live), please drop a line to see when I’m available : admin@sunniebrook.com. I look forward to meeting you!

Love, Sunnie Brook

PS. For my daily do in beautyland, follow me on Instagram + Twitter — @sunniebrook

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending the day doing all of my favorite things in Los Angeles with Kim from Eat Sleep Wear! Kim invited Jenna to come along and take photos so we could share our day with you!

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We took a walk down Abott Kinney to one of my favorite places, Axe,  for brunch on the west side of LA.
We both had a laugh about our unplanned twinsie denim dresses! The easy go to look for summer and frolicking around the city from day to night!

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The decor is simple with well designed wood details, a few delicious menu options (who wants to think too much on the weekends!) and a beautiful garden in the back which is the perfect setting for a larger group of brunchers. We tried to sneak a photo of the garden but it was booked for an event.

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Bacon x2. Eggs + Herbs. Cappuccino’s. Bread & Jam and lots of laughs!

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Next stop Marina Del Rey Beach!

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One of my favorite beaches in LA as it’s not too far  from me, minimal people, a pier to walk out on for viewing, and lots of pretty sailboats to look at. Some days I bring my bike and ride all the way out to Malibu for tons of people watching along the way and then a treat, usually ice cream, on the way back.

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Dress: Bella Dahl at Anthropology
Bag: Coach
Shoes: Steve Madden
Towel: Sunnie Brook Signature Towel

 

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Hat: Glady Tamez
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Saint Laurent
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We both love long walks on the beach hahaha!

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Beach hair is the best! A go to look for both of us!
Sunnies (left to right)  Elizabeth & James, Ray -Bans

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Enjoying the sunshine laying on my beach blanket!
Chatting about Kim’s wedding and what she is planning for her dress and hairstyle on the day!

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Next stop Ramirez Tran Salon so I can shampoo + style Kim’s hair for our Friday night out!  I take clients here
from time to time. To get the insider info on when I’m working there sign up here.

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Kim and I decided to give her loose soft texture that had movement and volume.  I really wanted to give her a look that she could re-create on herself at home with out any brushes during her blow dry. I call it the “Mermaid Mane”. Here’s her before and after.

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Every hairstyle starts with a healthy scalp because that leads to healthy hair! We started by using Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue. I chose this one for her because she has long locks and needs the extra strength in her hair. Damage rescue makes hair up to 10x stronger and doesn’t build up on the hair like other shampoo and conditioners. That helps her style last longer and gives her great looking hair. We both love the peachy smell which actually becomes even stronger when activated with water because of the fresh scent technology.

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In sections, I applied Kevin Murphy Volumizing Foam  and then dried sections using my hands. Keep the top section tied up and away so that you have more ease  and control while drying. To get maximum volume blow dry hair by lifting it up towards the ceiling.

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Once dry, wrap up large sections in pin curls and clip in place so that they cool down and hold the shape. Finish drying the top section lifting it up to the ceiling with your hands to give it maximum volume.

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Once the top is all dry roll it into a pincurl back away from the face. This will give it movement and keep it from falling forward all day. I used a fine mist hairspray to lock the look in.

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To add volume and texture use a small crimper or Sam Villa texture iron on the interior of the hair. Keep the pieces around the face and top of the head as is so they cover the textured pieces. This is a great trick to create volume that lasts all day with out doing a lot of teasing.

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Once curls are cool, take clips out and give hair a shake. Add a bit more of the fine mist hairspray if you want. I used Oribe dry texture spray to give her even more wow in her waves!

 

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The finished look! What do you think?!

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Said hello to my friends and salon owners Johnny Ramirez (haircolorist) & Anh CoTran (haircutter).

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Rooftop views in downtown Los Angeles for Happy Hour at Perch Restaurant!

 

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Rose and recap of our favorite moments of the day.
Jackets (left to right) Club Monaco, Rachel Zoe

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To see more photos from our day together check out #OwnthePart.
What are some of your favorite places to go in LA?

CHEERS! XO

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With my hectic work schedule, I often find myself super exhausted and low on energy. For years, coffee has been my go-to for energy (I love a good cup!), but as we all know, caffeine crashes can be brutal. Luckily, I’ve come across some great substitutes for coffee that leave me feeling refreshed and energized, even when I’m running on empty.

Revitalize Your Body

Many people tend to reach for sugar and caffeine when they’re feeling run-down. Being on set, it’s easy to reach for a handful of M&M’s or drink coffee like your life depends on it, and believe you me, I have done so many times.  A couple of years ago, I started making this healthy, energizing drink, and now a day doesn’t go by where I don’t start my morning with it. I usually have some with me on set as well- it’s a great mid-afternoon pick me up.

BEAUTY ELIXIR
2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (I like Braggs)
A squeeze of lime
Some honey
8 oz. of sparkling mineral water (Low Sodium)

BENEFITS
• Potassium – helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss, runny noses
• Pectin – helps to regulate blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol
• Malic Acid – gives properties of being anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal
• Calcium – helps create strong bones and teeth
• Ash – gives its alkaline property; aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels
• Acetic Acid – slows the digestion of starch; helps to lower the rise in glucose after meals

USES
• natural remedy for heartburn; replacement for toxic heartburn medications
• improve bowel irregularity; removing toxins from the body at a faster rate
• helps curb sugar cravings
• helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes; gives a smoother texture and complexion
• helps with joint pain and stiffness
• helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them
• helps reduce levels of glucose

If you don’t think the elixir is for you, check out my beauty tea. It’s super delicious, has lots of health and beauty benefits, and the proceeds go to Two Wings, which uses education, mentoring and life coaching to empower at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking in achieving their dreams in the greater Southern California region.

Get Excited About Exercise

When you’re feeling tired, the last thing you want to think about is exercising. The truth of the matter, however, is that exercise is one of the best things you can do to combat sluggishness. Take a short walk, spend 15 minutes doing yoga poses, jump rope for 10 minutes- you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get the benefits that come with getting your blood pumping. Find something you like to do, and stick with it. Reward yourself with a nice cup of sparkling elixir and let yourself splurge on a cute exercise outfit. Here are some of my favorites:

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A couple years ago I met designer, Amanda Thomas from LUV AJ jewelry while working on set. Not only did her creative designs catch my eye but her cool style, and fun nature. At the end of last year I was thinking of launching a hair accessory line, and Amanda was my first thought! We had been long time collaborators on look-books and editorials together so joining our creativity to make hair bling was a must. We created a selection of hair accessories, ranging from petite punk studded bobby pins, chain headpieces, to bad-ass statement hair combs. These pieces are hand-crafted in Los Angeles and perfect for a special night out or even an unconventional bride. Each style comes in brass plated 24kt Gold, Rose Gold, or Antique Silver, and can be worn many different ways.

See the full collection here, and the beauty video we made for you!

XO 

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Coachella = Woahchella! is an explosion of music, fun, fashion, and friendship every year! The fest is just around the corner! The first time I went I had just as much fun getting creative and expressive with my hair and makeup as I did frolicking thru the festival. People watching at this festival is tons of entertainment in and of itself. Whether you are a conservative country girl or free flying hippie these items will help you push the envelope on your attire, keep you cool, and provide double duty on your essentials. Here are a few of my last minute must-haves! read more >

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Meet Destinee Handly aka Miss Handly. She has worked with some of my faves — Audrina Patridge, Jenna Jameson, Lilly Ghalichi, Paula Abdul and Nasty Gal.

 

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I met the oh-so-gorgeous Miss Handly at a shoot and was intrigued by her personal style that I couldn’t wait to collaborate with her. For this fun nail look, she decided to incorporate real feathers.

 

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- TOOLS -
Base Coat
Polish
Topcoat
Feathers
Clippers / Scissors
Nail File

- STEPS -
1. Clean nails and apply base coat. We used one by Floss Gloss.
2. Apply 1-2 coats of your favorite colour. Three coats if using an opaque polish like ours, Fiji by Essie.
3. Let nail polish dry then thinly apply topcoat. Our pick is by Seche Vite.
4. Immediately apply tips of feather to middle of nail, trailing off the tip of the nail, and pat down gently. The softer the feather the easier they are to apply.
5. Apply top coat over feather and let dry completely.
6. Using scissors or clippers, trim the feather around your nail and file the rest off in a downward motion at the tip of your nail.
7. Apply your third layer of topcoat to really seal that feather in there. And don’t forget to swipe across the tip!

For more nail inspiration, check out her personal blog misshandly.com

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LADIES! Have you subscribed to Darling Magazine yet?! If not, you need this. It is, without a doubt, my favorite — cover-to-cover — read. Darling is a feminine focused and artistically styled publication with original content that truly enriches you. It is focused on The Art of Being a Woman. We are constantly wearing so many hats so to have a magazine that represents us in a more whole way is truly a blessing and dandy little treat!

After declaring my love for Darling, I got the opportunity to contribute. Pick up Issue no.3 to see my feature, Pony Do — three creative ways to wear the classic ponytail.

If you’re still unsure, watch this video from their First Issue campaign. XO

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We’re starting the year off right with a brand new Beauty Bee Newsletter and there is one main theme: TEA.
If you haven’t tried the Signature Beauty Tea, now is your chance as it can be purchased on its own in the SB Shop. Specially formulated to strengthen hair, skin and nails, this herbal recipe is delicious & nutritious. And it’s all for a good cause — 100% of this item’s proceeds goes to Two Wings. As you know, I’ve partnered with this inspiring organization and continue to find ways to give back. Indulging in this tea is yet another opportunity to help support the many woman who are in the process of healing their hearts and creating their lives. This weekend is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day so I hope you’ll be a part of the efforts to give a voice to the ones affected by this worldwide problem. Tea is the perfect time to start a conversation. Talk with those in your inner circle and brainstorm ways to get involved.

Beauty has a voice.

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Photography by Tim Walker

Beauty Bee Newsletter No.03 — the holiday issue — went out this week and we hope you got it (check your spam folder) and are enjoying all the goodies inside. There’s a pretty cool giveaway going on for all the subscribers, too. Something from  . . . drumroll please . . . the Sunnie Brook Loves Beauty Shop!

Update: Congratulations to Sarah C. of New Orleans for winning the newsletter giveaway this time.

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This thoughtfully curated store will be opening on November 12 and I can’t wait for you to “enter our doors.” More details on Monday.

Until then, there will be two (yep, 2) new videos posting this week. And you can busy yourself by reading some recent interviews with: Your Favorite Blend + The Hunted Few + Refinery29.

This girl feels the love.

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Why go shopping when you can borrow from the boys?! Here’s my Menswear Checklist for what you take from their closet. These can be worn as intended *or* with a little twist — bow tie in your hair or on your wrist?? . . . . .

no.1 : SUNGLASSES { Rafferty Aqua Tonic by Warby Parker }

no.2 : CUFFLINKS { Engraved by TopMan }

no.3 : TIE { Skinny Tie by Steven Alan }

no.4 : HAT { Trucker by To Write Love On Her Arms }

no.5 : BOW TIE { Spring Floral by Everlane }

no.6 : BUTTON DOWN { Single Needle Shirt by Steven Alan }

no.7 : DRESS SHIRT { Classic Spread-Collar by J.Crew }

no.8 : SOCKS { Rugby Stripes by The Brooklyn Circus}

no.9 : WATCH { Fly-back Chronograph by Timex }

no.10 : JEANS { Levi’s }

no.11 : HANDKERCHIEF { Peter Plaid Pocket Square by Original Penguin }

no.12 : BAND T-SHIRT { Bob Dylan Tee by Rockabilia }

no.13 : BACKPACK { Brown Suede Printed Rucksack by TopMan }

no.14 : BLAZER { Ben Sherman }

What are some other steal-worthy items?

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