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West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2

West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Inner glow: Selecting hair and makeup stylists for the big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Hair stylist Lynn Geyer, left, demonstrates a “messy” hairstyle popular among brides at Los Altos’ Laura Z., A Hair Lounge, below right.

In between saying “Yes!” and “I do,” brides have a lot on their minds, even if they hire wedding planners. From venues to menus, the whirlwind of choices seems endless.

Whatever the wedding theme, picking a hair stylist and a makeup artist who know how to bring out the radiant bride is paramount.

A radiant run-through

For the bride who cares about using organic, plant-based products, Laura Z., A Hair Lounge at 220 State St., Suite 8, might be the best local choice.

The salon carries Oribe and Rahua hair products as well as the RMS

Beauty makeup line, which uses coconut oil for its healing properties. Hair stylist Lynn Geyer recently joined the staff from San Francisco, working on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

As the big day approaches, brides may undertake an exercise regimen to shape up and look good for upcoming photographs. Yet the outer bride will glow only if the inner bride is well nourished and pampered, according to Laura Zatarain, owner of Laura Z., A Hair Lounge.

“Most brides lack nutrition, and it takes a toll on their hair,” she said. “If they restrict weight, if they get stressed out, the hair gets weak.”

So what’s a girl to do?

The former Vidal Sassoon Salon hairdresser suggested that brides “should be in here a lot sooner for run-throughs – at least a year before.”

It takes planning for brides to have “a healthy radiance and glow,” Zatarain said. “I believe in keeping the inner bride as healthy as the outer bride.”

She recommends that brides incorporate her $40 aromatherapy scalp treatment into their trial run-throughs. The relaxing treatment conditions the hair with essential oils and Rahu hair wax made with ingredients from the Amazon rainforest.

Zatarain, 55, has more than 30 years of experience doing hair. An energetic woman, she’s passionate about styling hair, and balayage, or French hair painting, is her favorite.

In her years of attending Oribe product workshops and editorial shoots, she’s worked with celebrities like Linda Ronstadt.

The bridal hairdo trends now seem to run to half-up, half-down or “messy” styles, Zatarain said.

Her daughter, Natalia Zatarain, 25, an aesthetician who also works part-time at Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio in San Francisco, is available for bridal makeup.

RMS Beauty products have received awards for excellence from Allure and Elle magazines.

“These products are good for the low-maintenance bride who wants a more natural look,” said Natalia, a Los Altos resident.

She demonstrated the living luminizer, $36, a highlighter without glitter or sparkles to get in the eyes, a boon for those who wear contact lenses.

“This also gives you the fresh-out-of-bed look,” Natalia added.

Another beautifier, lip2cheek, acts as a lipstick and blush. The cream eye shadow produces a sheer color with lighter pigment than normal products. Created by Rosemary Swift, a former makeup artist who became severely ill and didn’t want toxic chemicals in her body, the makeup often appeals to those who want clean products.

“If you’re not into the intense fussiness of looking super glamorous, this makeup is for you – and a lot of people around here are low-maintenance,” Natalia said.

The RMS raw coconut cream, sold as a moisturizer, also acts as a makeup remover and facial cleanser. It contains lauric acid, which RMS claims has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

“Coconut also has the equivalent of 20 percent SPF without the chemicals,” Natalia noted.

Healing hair

Zatarain stands in the middle of her pristine white salon with a starburst decoration and an air fern from The Botanist on the wall.

First, she recommends the aforementioned aromatherapy scalp treatment, a conditioning treatment for the bride’s hair.

Usually this fix is applied at least a week before the big day. Zatarain starts by brushing with a $170 Mason Pearson brush.

“Brushing is really important to the health of your hair,” she said.

She sections off the hair and spreads different essential oils onto each section, including citrus, rosemary, sage and others. Massaging the blend into the head relaxes the client. She then wraps the hair in a towel turban and sets the bride-to-be under a hair dryer.

After she unwraps the hair, she washes it and applies the $89 Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask to brighten dull hair. The main ingredients include sunflower seed oil and quinoa. The final blow-dry makes the hair look vital and full of body.

Geyer demonstrated a typical bridal hairdo on Natalia’s hair.

“The day of the wedding, we never wash the bride’s hair – we need a little bit of grit to work with,” Zatarain said.

Ensuring a good hair day

Geyer offered the following tips for brides who want to ensure the happiest possible hair day.

• Clip photos of hairstyles from magazines or print out pictures from Pinterest.

• Do a trial run the week before the wedding.

• Show the stylist wedding-dress photos so that he or she can envision the hair with the dress.

• Bring any hair accessories.

What should the bride do if her hair comes apart during the wedding?

“You make sure it won’t,” Geyer said. “You have them do jumping jacks to make sure it stays in place.”

Brides can opt to have their makeup and hair done at the salon or at the wedding venue. Updos range from $60 to $100, but rates are higher for extra-long or thick hair or special requests.

For more information, visit ahairlounge.com.


A Wedding to Remember: A Hair Lounge - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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