Meet Lacey Johnson. Sometimes her hair is pink. Sometimes it’s blue. Sometimes it’s purple! (Our personal favorite.) No matter what color Lacey’s hair might be, the one constant about her is that she’s all about music. We love how unique, fun and talented she is! You can find her on YouTube where she shares a variety of covers from different genres, especially of gaming and pop culture. Did we mention she’s also a singer? We met her in 2014 at 17th Street Recording in Costa Mesa when Marissa (MaryAnne’s daughter) worked on a live studio recording of Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Trouble Sleeping” and Lacey was the pianist and background vocalist. Since then, we’ve worked together on other song projects. She recently produced an original song, providing all the instrumentation for “Don’t Forget to Say Hello” with vocalist Armi Abiera and songwriter Jim Wendt. She shares her music on YouTube and also streams live music and gaming on Twitch.

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We love female business owners, and Brittany Reenan has created a cool salon vibe on the East Side of Costa Mesa.  Brittany is the salon boss, stylist, and creative colorist leading her talented team.

Woman Crush Wednesday Brittany Reenan of Salty Blonde Cut Co

She has been cutting and styling hair for 15 years.  She started when a friend invited her to share a retail space.  Brittany started with 3 chairs, then continued to expand.  She eventually took over this space and filled the place with many more chairs by bringing in other cool and hip stylist and colorist.  She kept the shared commercial concept alive by inviting pop up boutiques that rotate in.

Woman Crush Wednesday Brittany Reenan of Salty Blonde Cut Co

I found The Salty Blonde Cut Company last year and have been very happy with my cuts.  Brittany keeps her cuts are fresh and current.  She is friendly and takes her time to make sure that you are happy with the services.  

My reasons why I love this salon:

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Darcie Roberts

MaryAnne and I are so lucky to have such wonderful, talented, smart artists and entrepreneurs in our lives.  We want to share all these fabulous women with everyone!  For our first Woman Crush Wednesday, we are spotlighting Darcie Roberts!  We can personally and enthusiastically recommend Darcie!  Sonali has taken voice lessons from her, and she is a patient and wonderful teacher.  And now she is sharing her talents by offering  a summer workshop for musical theatre.  We are so lucky to have this resource right here in Orange County.  Although this is a musical theatre workshop, we think it would benefit any kiddo interested in show biz.

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In the Spotlight: MaryAnne Wendt, Videographer & Editor

Looking for vacation video tips? You don’t have to be a professional videographer to create amazing family vacation movies. You just have to capture the highlights and you can create fun music videos! I love walking around with my GoPro camera and shooting our special moments.

Here are a few vacation video tips:

1. SMALL CAMERA FOR ON-THE-GO:  

You don’t have to have a fancy DSLR camera. I highly suggest a GoPro. It’s small enough to fit in your purse or pocket.  It shoots in 1080p and it comes with a waterproof case for awesome swimming footage! If you have lots of space on your iPhone or other mobile device, the cameras on those are amazing. I just like having a separate camera for shooting video because you will suck your phone battery when doing video. Make sure you have extra batteries already charged and ready to go. Don’t forget to bring your battery charger and charge batteries every night during your trip. Have at least a 32GB memory card and bring an extra one. 

GoPro the Vacation Video Camera

The GoPro Hero3 is tiny.

You can get a GoPro Hero 3 for $199.00 on Amazon. The older models might even be cheaper. 

If you want the latest and greatest, the GoPro Hero 5 is $399.00.

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