Last year Jony & Kraig Lootens decided to be healthier together and adopted the Atkins diet, successfully losing 60 pounds between the two of them.
“The diet was ideal for Kraig so he could eat any meat and cheese he wanted,” laughed Jony, 32, a social worker for SSM Hospice in Jefferson City.
The couple are parents to Skyler, 7, Tanner, 5, and Gage, 1.
“Every time Jony got pregnant, I would gain weight too, but she lost it and I didn’t,” said Kraig.
After looking at photos of himself and not liking what he saw, he resolved to diet and exercise and he lost 45 pounds. Kraig, 37, who works for the city, now runs between one to three miles each day, and also exercises on his lunch break. Jony, who lost about 20 pounds, and Kraig continue to eat healthy, often keeping with the low-carb tenets of Atkins, but are more flexible now that they’ve achieved their goal weights.
To celebrate the couple’s accomplishment of a healthier lifestyle, they were willing to experiment with a new look.
Jony, who almost never wears makeup, gave stylist Catherine Crum free rein to change her look. Catherine’s detail-oriented approach enhanced Jony’s natural hair color and created a style that the busy mom is able to maintain at home—with a few extra pops of emphasis to really ramp up her image. Paired with clothing from Calena’s Fashions, Jony was pleased with her new look. Kraig also picked out a new outfit for the photo shoot.
Hair – Catherine, assisted by stylist Terra McClanahan, enhanced Jony’s existing blonde with Aveda highlights, and created a wearable style with tons of texture. She took off some length and used a razor for the layers, creating a clean silhouette that’s quick to style in the mornings. Using Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Style Cream and Thickening Tonic to tame Jony’s thick hair and add volume at the roots, Catherine then blew out the hair with a round brush. Aveda’s non-aerosol Shampure Dry Shampoo and some light teasing added texture at the roots to give the style some lift. Catherine finished the style with Aveda’s Anti-Humectant Pomade and pieced out Jony’s side-swept bangs with Pure-formance grooming clay.
Kraig’s hair was touched up on the edges with a razor, cleaning up the shape. The stylists added some subtle highlight to his short hair, giving the illusion of recent time spent in the sun. An Aveda styling product was added for some texture.
Makeup – For Jony’s makeup, Catherine created a look that’s natural with pops of emphasis on the eyes and lips. Using bareMinerals and Aveda products, Catherine worked on Jony’s base, matching her light complexion with bareMinerals Bare Skin foundation. She contoured with Faux Tan, blending with a large brush, and using brown shadow on Jony’s brows for a softer fill-in than a pencil. False lashes really amp up Jony’s eyes, paired with ash brown tones for shadow. A bright pop of color at the lips adds to the drama of the look, created with bareMinerals lip liner, lipstick, and gloss in shades of bright red.
Clothing – Owner of Calena’s Fashions, Calene Cooper, chose a great outfit for Jony. She wore a bright red mock turtleneck under a riveted black jacket and matching mid-calf length skirt. The black and red tones paired perfectly with the silver accents of a bracelet, belt, and necklace to create a dramatic look suitable for a night out.
Thanks to Calena’s Fashions and Catherine Crum the Salon & Spa.