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Contemporary Impressionism

Alicia Valentino

Professional image consultant and New Haven native Alicia Valentino knows closets.

More precisely, she knows what to do with what’s in them. She can transform a random…

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Pretty Site

Makeup station at Capture Salon

If the walls of 100 Crown Street could talk, they would share rich tales of Elm City life at the turn of the 20th century. Built in 1903, the New Haven Water Company originally occupied the building, which was designed …

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A Pretty Perch

The Bird Nest Salon & Gallery

The Bird Nest is rightly named—not only because proprietor/stylist Steven Uccello’s last name is the Italian word for “bird,” but also because the Guilford salon/gallery/gift shop is composed of found objects.…

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Letting Your Hair Down, or Up

Salon Lulu

We’re a down-to-earth crew, we New Haveners. Our fair city is just big enough to feel urban yet small enough to be locally focused, home-grown, and low-key. But let’s admit it: we’re also a drop dead fabulous bunch. So if …

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Making-Up Is Hard To Do

d.d.Nickel, photographed by Steve Depino

Ask make-up artist d.d. (of d.d.Nickel) about her favorite era, and she’ll answer in a heartbeat: the 1940s. “That’s when women looked like women and men looked like men,” she says with a twinkle. A look around her little shop …

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A Cut Above

“I wanted to be the female version of Indiana Jones,” Karma Salon owner Cheryl L. McMahon shared with me recently when asked if she always wanted to work with hair. I couldn’t help but smile at her refreshingly honest response. …

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