The Bigger Picture


I was born and raised in central Illinois. I am dedicated to personal growth with BIG ambitions, like really, really big! I am an educator in my soul and have always been. I have spent the majority of my adulthood and career in education and or leadership roles and now on the greatest stage of all, am a mother to a gentleman and a little lady with the best man I could ever dream of.

In October of 2022, I sold my large salon and spa in Champaign to work from my studio at home. This has given me the opportunity to give my clients the undivided time and attention they deserve when they reserve time with me, we get to spend quality time making them look and feel their best. I have been doing makeup and hair for weddings since 2012 and am now be able to better prioritize the beautiful brides that I have the honor of working with. I have built an INCREDIBLE team of top notch makeup artists and hairstylists that make up the Thrive Bridal Team and have the absolute pleasure of learning from them nearly every weekend throughout the year.


I educate for and am SO passionate about REFStockholm (Reference of Sweden) professional haircare and colour line. I get to share my passion and knowledge for this incredible company and it's products with other beauty professionals all over the region. Education always has been and will continue to be at the forefront of how I run my business. If I am not growing and learning, I can't give that back to my clients.

I am filled with sunshine and light that permeates every encounter with every client. Nothing makes me feel better than to make others feel confident. I am truly a beauty guru and would love to discuss any hair, skin, makeup, nail questions you may have. I truly want to ensure that my clients can recreate any look themselves and achieve any beauty goals you may have. Spending time in the salon with me will be exactly what you need... from a relaxing spa treatment to a full blown hair and makeup tutorial or anything in between!

If you're ready to look and feel amazing, book an appointment for the service that will make you feel MOST incredible!

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To ensure every client feels like someone special. To make you look and feel better about yourself when you spend time with me. The health and integrity of your hair and skin are my number one priority. Your time at Thrive will leave you feeling like you treated yourself.