1980s

2020s

LK EVOLUTION

 

I'M HONORED TO SHARE MY STORY WITH YOU!  AS WE HAVE ALL STARTED SOMEWHERE AND EVOLVED TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY, IT'S TRULY AMAZING TO REFLECT ON THE JOURNEY!  THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT WE DO, WHAT WE BELIEVE IN AND WHAT WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT ALL STARTED LONG AGO!  OUR JOURNEY HAS MOLDED US INTO THE AMAZING PERSON THAT WE SEE IN THE MIRROR TODAY!  SO, LET'S BE THANKFUL FOR THIS JOURNEY AND FOR ALL OF OUR DISCOVERIES AS WE CONTINUE TO WRITE NEW PAGES!

THANK YOU TO LIFE’S JOURNEY.

FOR GIVING ME PASSION THAT FUELED ME.

PURPOSE THAT CENTERED ME.

GIFTS THAT MADE A WAY.

A LOVE FOR PEOPLE THAT MOTIVATED ME.

WISDOM THROUGH MY HEART ACHES.

STRENGHT TO OVERCOME. 

HUMILITY THAT KEPT ME FAITHFUL.

THANKFULNESS THAT KEPT ME PURE.

THE CONIFENCE TO LOVE AND KNOW MYSELF! 

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1980s

1980s

 

I WAS RAISED BY AMAZING PARENTS WHO NOT ONLY INTRODUCED ME TO BUSINESS STRATEGIES, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY TAUGHT ME CHARACTER AND BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES.  GROWING UP, I WAS A BUSY CHILD FROM FORTH GRADE GIRL SCOUTS THROUGH SIXTH GRADE CHEERLEADING, VOLUNTEERING FOR AMERICAN RED CROSS, PARTICIPATING IN WHEELCHAIR SQUARE DANCING AT THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, AS WELL AS VISITING NURSING HOMES OFTEN.  

 

I CONTINUED PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS THROUGHOUT SCHOOL WITH TRACK AND FIELD, SOCCER AND CHEERLEADING.  I HELD POSITIONS IN MANY SERVICE CLUBS, INCLUDING KEY CLUB PRESIDENT MY SENIOR YEAR.   I STRUCTURED FUND RAISERS, HELD MEETINGS, MADE DECISIONS AND CREATED A UNION OF FRIENDSHIP IN A PEER PRESSURE ENVIRONMENT.  TO BUILD MY RESUME I AUDITIONED AND BECAME A FINALIST FOR PAGEANTS LIKE MS. FLORIDA STRAWBERRY QUEEN, MS. FLORIDA MODEL, ETC.  AT SIXTEEN, I ATTENDED BARBIZON MODELING SCHOOL, WHICH UPON COMPLETION, I RECEIVED THE ADVANCE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP. I THEN BECAME A BARBIZON MODELING INSTRUCTOR.  DURING THIS TIME, I ALSO PERFORMED MODELING JOBS FOR VARIOUS CLIENTS IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA.  THIS THEN LED TO THE CREATION OF MY OWN MODELING ACADEMY.  I WAS FASHION SHOW COORDINATOR FOR SEVERAL MALLS AND PERFORMED SEASONAL FASHION SHOWS, DEMONSTRATION AND MANNEQUIN MODELING.  THIS GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCES WITH THE MODELS AND MY STUDENTS.

I BECAME A CERTIFIED AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR AT THE AGE OF 16, CONTINUED TEACHING AND COMPETING THROUGHOUT MY ADULT LIFE.  I PRODUCED MY OWN AEROBICS AND FITNESS TV SHOW AS WELL AS A MAKE OVER SHOW TITLED, "HIGH JACK HAIR TV".  I PERFORMED COUNTLESS INFOMERCIALS WITH THE SAME INFORMATION THAT I NOW WRITE AND HOSTED A RADIO ADVICE SHOW AS WELL.

I ALSO STARTED IN HOSPITALITY AT THE AGE OF 16.  I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PEOPLE, THE FLEXIBILITY FOR MY CRAZY SCHEDULE AND THE SUCCESS OF THE INDUSTRY.  I WORKED FOR BRINKER CORP AND GAINED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.  I THEN PROCEEDED TO STUDY HOSPITALITY BRAND THEORIES AND BECAME INTRIGUED BY THEIR LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE.  TRAVELING, I CONTINUED TO EXPLORE AND LERAN THROUGHOUT MY LIFE.  THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BECAME A PART OF MY BEING! 

AFTER GRADUATION, MY FAMILY MOVED WEST AND I ATTENDED COLLEGE FOR A SHORT TIME STUDYING BUSINESS. UPON REALIZING THAT MY PASSION WAS TO BUILD MY DREAM, I THEN GOT STARTED! 

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Totally

1990s

1990s

BEING AROUND MODELING, I REALIZED MY LOVE FOR BEAUTY AND FASHION, SO I ATTENDED A COSMETOLOGY ACADEMY AND BECAME A CERTIFIED HAIRDRESSER AT THE AGE OF 20.  THIS BECAME THE BEGINNING OF MY TRAVEL, TRAINING AND FUELED MY PASSION!

I DESIGNED MY FIRST SALON AT THE AGE OF 22 AND STARTED TO BUILD MY DREAM!  I TRAVELED, TREND WATCHING AND TRAINING WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY FROM COAST TO COAST.  THE WEST COAST STYLE WAS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE EAST COAST.  IT WAS AMAZING TO LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES, THEN TO CREATE MY VERY OWN SIGNATURE STYLE OF DESIGN.  I BECAME WELL KNOW QUICKLY FOR MY SIGNATURE STYLE AND SUPER SERVICE!  I FOUND MY PASSION AND WAS ON FIRE!

I TRAVELD TO NYC FOR THE FIST TIME IN THE 1990S.  I FELL IN LOVE!  IT BECAME MY FAVORITE CITY IN THE WHOLE WORLD!  I WAS A REDKEN MASTER ARTIST AND ATTENDED SEVERAL SYMPOSIUMS AND CLASSES IN THE CITY.  IT WAS TRULY THE TIME OF MY LIFE! 

I STARTED HOSTING SIGNATURE HAIR SHOWS FOR MY COMMUNITIES, BRING THE HAIR SHOW TO THE GUEST!  THIS WAS NOT ONLY EDUCATIONAL, HOWEVER IT BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER.  IT CREATED A SENSE OF GLAM AND BEAUTY FOR ALL INVOLVED.  IT DISPLAYED THE LATEST TRENDS, GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE FASHION WORLD, NO MATTER AGE.  IT ALSO HELPED A GREAT CAUSE, AS THE ADMISSION FEE WAS DONATED TO A LOCAL CHARITY.  

I THEN OPENED MY SECOND SALON IN FLORIDA.  I BROUGHT NYC STYLE WITH A SMILE!  THE 1990S WERE TULY EPIC.  THE AMOUNT OF LEARNING AND GROWTH THAT HAPPENED IN THAT DECADE WAS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME!  I AM BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF IT! 

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Poppin'

2000s

2000s

THE 2000S CRUSHED THE EPIC ERA OF THE 1990S.  Y2K, TURN OF THE CENTURY, THE NEW MILLENNUM, ALL THINGS MODERN CAME TO LIFE! 

 

WOW! SO MUCH EVOLUTION IN 2000S! I CONTUNUED TO WRITE LIFESTYLE COLUMNS FOR SEVERAL PUBLICATIONS, ALONG WITH OUR OWN. 

 

I OPENED TWO ADDITONAL LOCATIONS IN FLORIDA.  THE SL, STYLE & LOUNGE CONCEPT WAS BIRTHED AS WELL AS A FULL SPA & FITNESS CENTER.  THE YAI YAI PROUDCT LINE WAS LAUNCHED OFFERING MINERAL MAKEUP, HAIR CARE, SKIN CARE, PARFUME, BODY CARE AND NAIL CARE.  

WE APPLIED FOR OUR FIRST TM WHICH WAS APPROVED.  THROUGH THE YEARS, WE REALIZED THAT BEING A DIFFERNET CONCEPT WAS VERY COOL!  GUESTS AND COLLEGUES AROUND THE WORLD WERE AMAZED, CALLING YAI YAI UNIQUE!  

I CONTINUED MY TRAINING AND ACQUIRED MANY CERTIFICATIONS SPECIALIZING IN SEBASTIAN LA,  SEBASTIAN 

MAKE-UP ARTIST, REDKEN CERTIFIED ARTIST, REDKEN MASTER, REDKEN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUMS NYC, OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE REDKEN ARTISTIC TEAM NYC AND DECIDED TO BUILD MY OWN LABEL AND EXPAND, JINGLES INTERNATIONAL NYC & LONDON CERTIFIED FOR INTERNATIONAL DESIGN & COLOR, TONY & GUY, VIDAL SASSOON, RUTH ROACH, GRAHAM WEBB LONDON, TRESSA, BETH MINARDIFOR INTERNATIONAL COLORIST WITH MULTIPLE BRANDS, CHI CERTIFIED, MIZANI HAIR STRAIGHTENING, CREW BARBERING, REVITALASH, OLAPLEX, RAQUEL WELCH PIECES AND EXTENSIONS, HOT HEADS, TOP SECRET PIECES AND EXTENSIONS CERTIFIED LA, HAIR REPLACEMENT VENDOR , SPRAY TANNING AND MORE. 

THE BODY BLUEPRINT CONCEPT HAS EVOLVED FROM MANY YEARS OF BEING ON THE RUNWAY MYSELF AND FITTING MODELS WITH CLOTHING THAT JUST DOESN’T SCULPT THE BODY!  I SAT DOWN WITH MY FASHION DESIGN BOOKS AND SKETCHED EXACTLY WHAT EACH BODY TYPE SHOULD BE WEARING.  YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT I DISCOVERED.  THE FIGURE FLAWS ACTUALLY SPELLED MY FAMILY NICK NAME!  THIS IS WHEN THE YAI YAI YAI BLUEPRINT CONCEPT WAS BIRTHED.  WHEN I ATTENDED MERCEDES BENZES FASHON WEEK BRYANT PARK NYC, I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE FASHIONS.  ARTSY BUT NOT WEARABLE FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON.  I FELT A CALLING TO CREATE CLOTHING THAT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL BEAUTIFUL, SEXY AND UNIQUE! CELEBRITIES FILL THE ROOM, HOWEVER IT'S ALL JUST A BIG SHOW.  SOME OF THE ATTENDEES I MET WERE CELEBS LIKE PARIS HILTON, JOE PESCI, BERNADETTE PETERS…PRETTY COOL.

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Hipster

2010s

2010s

THE 2010S WERE A BIT DIVERSE.  EARLY 2010S SEEMED TO PLAY CATCH UP AFTER THE HOUSING MARKET CRASHED.  

IT WAS A TIME OF NEW BEGINNINGS.  AN ERA TO REINVENT AND RECREATE YOURSELF.  THAT'S WHAT WE DID AT YAI YAI.

OUR SL, STYLE & LOUNGE CONCEPT CONTINUED TO EVOLVE, AS WE ALSO BECAME CERTIFIED WITH THE FLORIDA BOARD OF EDUCATION AS AN ACADEMY FOR COSMETOLOGY AND MODELING.    

I CONTINUED TO BUILD OUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE YAI YAI CORPORATE HEAD QUARTERS TO PREPARE FOR THE NATIONAL LAUNCH.  THIS PLAYED A BIG PART OF OUR 2010S MISSION.  WE REWROTE THE ENTIRE YAI YAI BUSINESS PLAN, PERFECTED ALL BUSINESS PROCESS, FILED FOR PROTECTION FOR ALL OF OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND BASICALLY DID A CLEAN SWEEP THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE BRAND.  

 

WE WENT THROUGH A REBRANDING PROCESS AND CAME UP WITH A FRESH NEW LOGO!  WE THEN APPLIED FOR A ANOTHER TM.  WE PROCEEDED TO REDESIGNED THE YAI YAI PRODUCT LINES WITH OUR NEW LOOK!  WE ALSO REDESIGNED OUR HQ LOCATION WITH A FRESH, MODERN FLARE.  WE CHOSE COLORS AND TEXTURES FOR A NEW STORE BUILDOUT, THEN WE PERFORMED THE STORE MAKE OVER.  OUR GUESTS LOVED THE NEW LOOK.  IT GIVES AN ORGANIC, CLEAN, MODERN AND A FENG SHUI VIBE.

 

SO MUCH TRAVEL, SHOWS WERE EVERYWHERE!  FROM LAS VEGAS TO NYC, THE RUNWAYS WERE HOPPIN'!  

FROM THE OBMRE' TO BALAYAGE, PASTELS, GREY BLONDS, BEACH WAVES TO THE LOB, WHICH WAS A SHORT TO LONG BOB SHAPE, MESSY TOP BUNS, SIDE BRAIDS, PONYS AND LONG BANGS WERE ALL THE GOTTA HAVES OF THE 2010'S!

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Unsual

2020s

2020s

AS WE WERE ALL SUSPER EXCITED TO ROLL OVER A CENTURY, WE HAD NO IDEA THAT 2020 WOULD BRING SUCH BIZARE TIMES. 

WE HAD SO MUCH TRAVEL BOOKED AND ALL SHOWS AND CLASSES WERE CANCELLED.  FROM COAST TO COAST OUR COUNTRY EXPERIENCED A FIRST TIME EVER COMPLETE SHUT DOWN.  THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES IN HISTORY.  

 

WE SENT OUT MUCH PRAY NOT ONLY FOR OUR COUNTRY'S SAFETY, BUT FOR OUR INDUSTRY AND ALL OTHERS WHO WOULD SUFFER FROM THESE TRYING TIMES. 

AS OUR CITIES GRADUALLY REOPENED, AS DID OUR SALONS.  THE COMEDY OF GUESTS COMMENTS ABOUT HAVING TO WAIT TO GET THEIR HAIR DONE WILL BE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.  IT WAS AMAING TO LEARN JUST HOW VERY SPECIAL WE ARE TO OUR GUESTS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR THEM TO HAVE THEIR SALON SERVICES DONE.  THEY SIMPLY ARE NOT THE SAME WITH OUT US!  WOW, THIS TRULY BROUGHT A SENSE OF APPRECIATION TO OUR CIRCLE OF LOVE.  

I THINK EVERYONE BECAME MORE THANKFUL FOR ALL OF THIER BLESSINGS! 

SO, AS WE MOVED PAST THE SHUT DOWN, WE CONTINUED TO EVOLVE INTO THIS NEW ERA.  WE CAME UP WITH SOME NEW PROGRAMS, OFFERING PERSONALIZED, PRIVATE SERVICES.  WE ALSO CONTINUED TO EDUCATE GUESTS ON THE LATEST FASHIONS.

WE LAUNCHED WINE SOCIETY, WHICH IS THE YAI YAI WINE CLUB.  THIS WAS A BIG HIT AS GUESTS WERE TIRED OF BEING COOPED UP AT HOME AND WERE READY TO EXPERIENCE SOME CULTURE AND FUN.   

 

OUR TM WAS APPROVED, WE THEN MOVED FORWARD WITH THE FINALIZING OF THE DESIGN OF THE NEW YAI YAI PRODUCT LINES.

 

WE CONTINUED TO COMPLETE MY PERSONAL BRNAD, FINALIZED THE LOGO AND FILED FOR TM.

I DECIDED TO ENDORSE SEVERAL OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCT LINES TO DISPLAY ON THE LK WEBSITE.  THESE WILL VARY FROM BEAUTY, TO FASHION, TO LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS.   

 

WE ALSO FINISHED OUR INDUSTRY BRNAD, CULTIVATE2CREATE.  THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM, A STORE OFFERING THE BEST OF THE BEST INDUSTRY TOOLS, AS WELL AS A FORUM FOR STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS TO SHARE IN CREATIVITY AND OVERALL INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE.

 

WE ARE SUPER EXCITED TO FINALIZE OUR 501C3 NOT OR PROFIT ORGANIZATION, ONE SOCIETY! THE TM WAS APPLIED FOR AND THE WEBSITE WILL GO LIVE THIS FALL.  WE ARE CURRENTLY BUILDING OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AS WELL AS OUR CHAPTER LEADERS.  FEEL FREE TO CHECK OUT OUR FB PAGE.  

SO, WE ARE WAITING TO EXPERIENCE THE REST OF 2020, I FEEL THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

 

CHEERS TO HEALTH AND HAPPINESS!

 

LK 

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