Story by Meredith Deal
Photography by Nancy J. Reynolds Photography
Wendy Stephens’ mantra “get back to it” has changed her life for the better, and she gives Paisley Magazine most of the credit. Encouraging herself to do more, she is now off the sofa and out meeting new and interesting friends, like the ones she met at December’s Paisley Partini, whom she now shops and dines with. “It’s true, Paisley is the catalyst—you all have inspired me,” she exclaimed!
Raised in Brunswick and married to Eric Stephens for 24 years, Wendy has two daughters, Olivia and Emily. She worked more than two decades as a local first-grade schoolteacher and reluctantly retired two years ago after brain surgery. In addition, she also lives with chronic Scleroderma. Full of humbleness and gratitude, she worked diligently for six months in cognitive and occupational rehab therapies. Now, at age 50, Wendy is pursuing opportunities to “get back” to her new lifestyle.
At Serendipity Spa-lon, a trio of cosmetology experts joined forces to plan Wendy’s day of relaxation and rejuvenation. On deck were an anti-aging natural facial, dimensional hair color, a makeup session and manicure.
First, a cool, springtime fashion ensemble was needed. Wendy selected a red and white paisley tunic dress at Lady Outfitters with help from sales associate Faith Smith. Featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and ruffled bell sleeves, Faith accessorized it with 18-karat gold-plate Spartina449 drop post earrings and Graceful Goods white bead string tie necklace with petite cross. The outfit came together seamlessly for a definite “got back to it” look.
Next day, Medical Aesthetician, Drew McMillan, greeted Wendy, helping her settle into the Spa-lon’s Diversity Skincare suite. After consultation, Drew treated Wendy to a total organic facial, perfectly accentuated with all natural products and therapeutic procedures. First, a zyme peel exfoliation, which features mist and spot dermaplaning and oils for skin balance. The therapeutic hand and arm massage was Wendy’s favorite part, which helped to increase circulation and ease her chronic pain. Drew used her own pineapple fragrance creation body custard. Then Wendy’s relaxing facial ended with thermal gel and clay masks, sunscreen from Drew’s product line and natural lip balm.
When Wendy showed master cosmetologist, Lisa Nicolas-Luiz a Sarah Jessica Parker hairstyle photo, featuring three-plus highlight colors, Lisa knew exactly what to do. After applying all over copper brown color and caramel highlights, Lisa then applied a third highlight in blonde, using a backcombing procedure for more dimensional color. “It will look like the sunshine hit it,” Lisa, said.
While processing, Nail Tech, A’lesa McElroy, provided Wendy with a gentle manicure. The color? Red, of course! Wendy chose “Color So Hot It Burns” by OPI™; the results – red hot!
Lisa applied Wendy’s makeup beginning with concealer, foundation, and blush to match her new hair tone. Final touches were eyeshadows, eyeliner, mascara and suede ombre lip color. Then, a gathered Spa-lon crowd watched in awe as Lisa worked her magic to complete Wendy’s new look. Her special blow out procedure quickly revealed the delightful trio of new hair color; they were popping all over. Eat your heart out, Sarah Jessica Parker!
Wendy raved, “It was so nice to be pampered, to have people fussing over me like I was a queen. This has re-energized and revitalized me. I’m feeling more confident and polished. Thank you!”
Lisa Nicolas-Luiz, Master Cosmetologist: specializes in haircuts, blow outs, keratin smoothing, dimensional color, bridal party services, makeup and ear piercing. Gift certificates available. 912-399-5470. Serendipity Spa-lon, 2485 Demere Road, Suite 102A, SSI. 912.638-1658.
Drew McMillan, Medical Aesthetician, Diversity Skin Care: Call Drew for your skincare appointment or gift certificate! 904.610.9597. Serendipity Spa-lon; 2485 Demere Rd., Suite 102A, SSI: 912.638.1658.
A’Lesa McElroy, Master Cosmetologist, Nail Tech: Manicures, pedicures – the best! 912.580.6906. Gift Certificates; Serendipity Spa-lon; 2485 Demere Rd., Suite 102A, SSI: 912.638.1658.
Lady and Gentlemen Outfitters: Your springtime experts in fashion design! The Shops at Sea Island; SSI; Mon- Sat, 10 am – 6 pm. 912.638.1776.