Bold, Polished and Beautiful: Ryann Doyle

How do you polish someone who works in the beauty industry?  Simply a little refinement here and there, I guess. Even those whose careers are devoted to making others look good – whether as a hairdresser, makeup artist, stylist, or otherwise – can use a touch of refinement to their look every now and again.  Last week, I showed you how to pose for a professional a headshot that will help you project the image you want others to have of you.  This week, it’s really just about putting your best self forward in a photo.  After meeting someone in person with your most polished self, why not leave them thinking about you with a professional and beautiful headshot on your business card?

Meet Ryann Doyle, a new member of my Polished by tu-anh team!  Ryann is in charge of all special projects along with PR and Marketing as well as new business and client services.  On the fashion end, she will be the lead stylist and image consultant working side by side with me with a strong background in hair and makeup.  The best part about our team is that we are all well rounded and multi-faceted, we can switch gears anytime and put both our left and right brains to use.  Read more about Ryann below.

Ryann Doyle before and after

Ryann Before…and After! Photo: Charles Martin. The best part about being a makeup artist and stylist is that you don’t need anyone to do your hair and makeup.  Ryann did a great job here and did not even need my help.

Ryann grew up in the small, rural town of Moseley, Virginia with her parents and two sisters. Even from a young age, Ryann could be described as a vivacious, outgoing, curious and creative spirit; always wanting to be the center of attention and make an impression on people around her.

After graduating from George Mason University, Ryann moved into Washington, D.C. and began her career in the beauty industry where she styled and made people look beautiful as well as assisting the salons and spas she worked for in branding and marketing promotions. Prior to coming on board with Polished by tu-anh. Ryann was with the prestigious Paul Mitchell brand and was also one of the first Design Team and Placement Leaders for Paul Mitchell Schools in the United States.

With Ryann’s creative talents, entrepreneurial mindset, positive energy, and the love for making people’s lives better, she is the perfect fit to join my team. Not to mention that I met her at Paul Mitchell three years ago and told her that she will be working for me one day and now here she is.  God works in such magical ways.

In Ryann’s free time, she loves to continue her education in the beauty industry by taking classes, spending time with her family and puppy Campbell, exploring all the delicious restaurants in Washington, D.C., scuba diving and staying active. As Ryann’s life continues to take her to new heights, personally and professionally, there is one quote she loves to live her life by…”Hold on tight, and enjoy the ride.”  Oh, and did I mention that she is single and available? 🙂 So gentlemen, not all the good ones are taken. (wink)

Ryann Doyle business card

What Went On Backstage?

Happy Friday! I am taking a short hiatus for the next few days as I am heading to a meditation retreat to center my creative energy and do some mind detoxing.  And that means no internet, cell phones, technology, or crazy social stuff – only calmness and quiet time in the woods somewhere in West Virginia. 🙂

I will be back next week with more amazing photos from the Goodwill Runway Show, including some of the stylish bloggers I met there, what the set up was like, and other guests enjoying themselves, especially the shopping part!

Before I go, however, I wanted to share with you these great photos of what backstage was like before the show.  Things are always a little crazy, but fun.  Many of these gals have worked with me for many years now, so they know exactly what to do and what I expect – they are total pros!  I just love them!  For the newer and younger models, I had the experienced ones coach them backstage on their catwalk and runway presence.  You know, it’s all about confidence and sex appeal.  That is all you need!

Have a peaceful and relaxing weekend and I will see you next week!  Namaste…

A special thank you to the hair stylists and make-up artists of Paul Mitchell The School at Tyson’s Corner for a great collaboration.  And thank you to Tony Brown and his team of Imijination Photography for the great photos!


Our teen models having too much fun showing off their first outfits.



All the shoes in the show were from your local Goodwill stores.



Randy having fun with one of the dresses.


Models practicing their turns.




The DC Goodwill Fashionista Gets a Makeover

DCGF before photoJust a few weeks are left until the 2013 Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show & Gala: The Art of Fashion at Artisphere in Rosslyn. Did you get your tickets yet?

As I continue to finalize the models, music, mood, and – of course – amazing fashions from our local Goodwill stores, I had to make sure to pay attention to one special person and that’s the DC Goodwill Fashionista!  She has agreed to let me give her a complete head-to-toe makeover and while I cannot yet reveal the outfits we chose for her, I can share with you a bit of her hair and makeup transformation at the hands of the team at Paul Mitchell The School at Tyson’s Corner under my creative vision for her.

Catch a glimpse of the makeover on the DC Goodwill Fashion Blog today and stay tuned for exclusive behind-the-scenes content in the weeks leading up to the big day on September 24th!  Looking forward to seeing you there!