Summer is the leaving season in Beijing, with many people packing up all the stuff that they’ve accumulated after years of taking up residence. This Indulge will be a bittersweet one as Pamela McManus is getting ready to make her big move with her husband and three kids to Dubai this summer. McManus has been in Beijing for ten years so she will be leaving many friends and memories behind.
McManus is an easygoing gal who had never gotten her hair colored. She usually puts it up and is ready to go. But her hair is plentiful and so long that Kenny Toh Jinshui (the new creative director of Blow + Bar in Shunyi) was dying to get his hands on it.
Kenny just arrived in Beijing after moving from Singapore where he was already working with Blow + Bar. He had some great advice and tips for McManus on her locks, and we walked away with more knowledge about hairdressing than we knew what to do with. We were keen to make a good impression on him, as this definitely won’t be the last time we make use of his hair-raising skills.
Kenny decided on an ever so popular and in-demand balayage look for her untamed locks. After this, he continued to color her hair and cut it into layers to frame it with her face. The beautiful look we had pictured was finally starting to come together!
McManus is not a big makeup girl, but this was a special occasion, so we gave her an over-the-top glam look to match her new hairdo. By over-the-top, we went as far as giving her fake lashes and candy apple colored red lips. She pulled this look off with so much grace, and at the makeover’s completion, McManus told us that she had never felt prettier. To carry her look into next level territory, we decided to have her try on a cool necklace from Sew Gorgeous, along with a very special grey tutu find at the recently opened Roundabout store.
We were ecstatic when we overheard McManus’ daughter tell her mother; “Mom you are so beautiful! Why do you look like that?” Leaving Beijing can be a complicated process. Saying goodbye to all of the friends and colleagues is never easy, not to mention the stress of picking up those roots and moving to another country thousands of miles away. This being said, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do so in style. We wish the McManus family all the luck in the world on their next adventure to Dubai.
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Blow + Bar Shunyi: 817 Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District (185 1083 1881)
Jewelry: Sew Gorgeous (WeChat: daniellesaponara)
Makeup: Beety (WeChat: 954883777)
This article appeared on p18-19 of beijingkids June 2018 issue
Photos: Uni You