My Easter was spent drinking mimosas with the family and trying out new makeup combos on my sister and my mom. We had a pretty laid back holiday with 2 of my 3 sisters in different states; Kentucky + California (which totally stinks). So, I decided to use the down time dolling up the two females in my family who were in the same state as me. Check out my mom - hubba, hubba! Am I right? She doesn't usually wear that much eye makeup for every day, but I was going for a special occasion look; I think she looks beautiful! And you wouldn't guess from this hot babe photo, but she's usually pretty awkward when I try to get her to take a photo..so success! Haha - special shout out to Dominica of Outer Beauty Airbrush - she was kind enough to give me a few pointers and tips. Thanks, girl!

LOFT Chalk it Up to Style Event


A little while ago I was asked to take part in an Ann Taylor LOFT + Lucky Magazine event taking part in their Michigan Ave store. The two held a best dressed teacher contest and set up an event and photo shoot and needed a hairstylist + makeup artist to help doll up the beautiful contest winners. So, I dragged Kate along with me to cover the hair bit and we did just that! It was such a good time and all the teachers were so sweet and so much fun to get ready for their modeling debuts. Special shout out to Lauren over at Lucky Magazine - she was so easy to work with and such a lovely person in general! : ) Check out these photos from the event and stay tuned for the photos from the shoot!

Beautiful Session Marathon

It's back! Beautiful Sessions with Christy Tyler are back!! Woo! Haha - Christy is setting up a marathon day at a special price that includes hair (by yours truly), makeup (by the lovely Anjelica), and a photo goodie package that Christy lays out for you on her blog post about the June 1st date (and below). Christy is taking Beautiful Sessions to a whole new level by shooting strictly with film! This is sure to to take the Sessions to a whooole other level of pretty and you're not gonna wanna miss out on this special deal! Book your spot with Christy today!!



Here is the super gorgeous Johanna from our test shoot with none other than Towner Photo. How beautiful is she? I was lucky enough to work with her previously on a shoot, and this girl brings it on shoots lemme tell you. Take a peek and show some love for the crew on this one!

1960's Mod styled wedding


A while back I worked with a really amazing group of people and took part in a 1960's inspired Mod styled wedding photo shoot. We are finallly able to share the super fun photos (taken by photographer Tuan H. Bui), because we were published Friday on Ruffled! Woo! Special shout out to alll the amazing talent behind the shoot; especially Carlene of Naturally Yours Events who threw most of the details together! Check out our gorgeous models (including the fabulous Jena Nixon of Gold Noise DJs), and all the beautiful work that all the vendors put in at this amazing venue, Firehouse Chicago.

Shoot Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Tuan H. Bui Photographer / Event Planner: Naturally Yours Events / Florist: Fab Flora / Venue: Firehouse Chicago / Wedding Dress: Powdervtg / Hair and Makeup: Debra Petrielli / Savory Canapés, Sweets, and Cocktails: FIG Catering / Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes / Table Rentals:Tablescapes / Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen / Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well / Stationery: Spilled Ink Press / Models: Jena Nixon and Neil Cummins



I had the pleasure of working with the super adorable Chloe on my latest test shoot with Towner Photo. I mean, how cute is she? I'll tell you what, I didn't look like that at 14 years old. And at 14 she's signed as a BMG model, worked on over 200 photo shoots, and been in like a million and a half ad campaigns; I learned this through talking to her super sweet mom who was along for the shoot. You've definitely seen her in Kohl's, Claire's, Disney, and Lands End ads; just to name a few. Girlfriend is doing a pretty amazing job at such a young age, and I guess I'll be able to say that I was lucky enough to doll her up for her portfolio building shoot to move from child model to teen model (movin' on up!) : ) -- Anyway, take a peek and let me know what you think!

hair + makeup DEBRA PETRIELLI