Amber Watson describes her personal style as relaxed. It matches her full-time job as a stay-at-home mother, chasing after her 5-year-old kindergartner Terry Samuel and 3-year-old Eleanor.
“My hair is usually in a ponytail or messy bun, with only a few days that I blow dry it and leave it down. I have longer hair, so it is good to keep it
out of food and the kids’ mouths,” she said with a laugh.
Watson used to work in Missouri politics like her husband, Trent, who is a lobbyist. She also lobbied, was a political staffer, and performed campaign research. From time to time, she still does research for political candidates during elections. When Watson does attend more formal affairs, her go-to shop is Ana Marie’s Bridal in downtown Jefferson City.
“Wendy (Gladbach), the owner, is a good friend, and in the past, she has always found something for me that I loved. If it wasn’t in my size, she would set me up with someone who could alter it. They just have an amazing selection,” she said. Watson and her husband are hoping to attend a formal event shortly after the holidays, and Ana Marie’s Bridal chose a beautiful long black gown with a unique open back design.
Watson is pretty open with changing her hair, and absolutely loved the low lights that compliment her natural red hues, perfect for fall and winter styles. “Nicole (Means, owner of Super Hair), was absolutely amazing. She did such a wonderful job with coloring, trimming and styling my hair,” Watson said, noting she really liked her makeup as well. “Nicole is awesome, and I really enjoyed this whole experience.” Now, Watson has a complete style she can use for attending her next formal party. “I would have not agreed to get a makeover before I had my children. But every once in a while, a mom needs to feel like a bit of a princess, too,” she said. “I have my daughter, but we can have two princesses in the house.”
Licensed Cosmetologist, Super Hair
Nicole is a graduate from Jerry’s School of Cosmetology and has been in the industry for more than 16 years. She has received additional training at the Midwest Bauty Show in Chicago, International Beauty Show in Las Vegas, Beauty Expo Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Discovery Show in St Louis. She plans on attending the Redken Symposium in Las Vegas 2019. She has attended many hands on training classes including Redken seminars, Schwarzkopf, Kendra bridal up-do class, Shellac nail classes, and Maribella special occasion makeup. She is certified in Hot Head Hair extensions and also certified in Keratin smoothing system.
Owner, Ana Marie’s
Wendy opened Ana Marie’s Bridal in 2015, creating a one-stop shop for brides in the heart of downtown Jefferson City. With a degree in fashion merchandising and management experience at JCPenney, she got a taste for the wedding industry while working part-time at a one-woman bridal shop in Iowa. Named after her two daughters’ middle names, Ana Marie’s Bridal has become a popular Mid-Missouri destination for brides since it opened in 2015. Her shop features an array of contemporary and vintage bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses and formalwear in women’s sizes 6 to 28 from leading designers, and headpieces, shoes and accessories from top names in the industry. Foundation garments and mother-of-the-bride and special occasion dresses also allow brides to find everything for their ideal wedding in a relaxed, attentive and fun environment. Come experience Ana Marie’s Bridal – where forever takes shape.
Hair – Nicole used Redken Color Fusion brown red to add depth and warmth to Amber’s already beautiful locks. Nicole chose to do a natural weave to make it low maintenance for Amber. After Amber’s low lights processed, she used Paul Mitchell color protecting shampoo and color protecting conditioner. Nicole prepped Amber’s hair with a light spray of Benefits 12 leave in treatment and Matrix gelee before blow drying Amber’s hair. After completely drying Amber hair, Nicole used Paul Mitchell Hot of the Press, to lightly spray each section and used a one inch curling iron to curl Amber’s hair. Starting from the nape and working up Amber’s hair. To complete Amber’s special occasion style, Nicole used Biosilk finishing spray, to add long lasting hold and shine.
Clothing – Amber’s wearing a jersey knit formal dress from Colors’ private line Glow, which is exclusive to Ana Marie’s Bridal. The dress emphasizes a women’s back with athletic cut shoulders and an open ladder design. Earrings and bracelets are from David Tutera Embellish.