How to Style: Clarissa Kosmak

Fashion & Beauty / Featured Sliders / Stories / September 18, 2018

Story compiled by Samantha Pogue • Photos by Julie Smith

Clarissa Kosmak and Kevin Stokes have often written love letters to each other. However, one unexpected letter changed their lives forever.

Clarissa met Kevin, an American Family Insurance agent in Eldon, through Match.com. As their relationship strengthened, the couple took some big steps to build on their future. Clarissa started a new career as a fifth grade teacher at Eldon R-1 School District in August, and Clarissa, her 9-year-old daughter and Kevin started a new family home life in Henley.

(Photo by Julie Smith) Clarissa Kosmak showcases a beautiful gown from Ana Marie’s Bridal, as well as a romantic wedding updo and makeup from Simply Beautiful Salon and Spa.

Before this, the couple had thought about taking the big leap. In fact, Clarissa expected him to propose around the holidays, but Kevin surprised her when he popped the question in front of her family, who lives in the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee. While the family opened Christmas presents, Clarissa discovered a gift to her from Kevin.

“His proposal was written on a scroll wrapped with a silver dipped rose with a pear shaped diamond ring,” she said. “Kevin’s proposal was sweet and sentimental. … I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

As a result, Clarissa responded by crafting a post-Christmas engagement story set to the poetic rhythm of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The couple will have a romantic “Winter Wonderland” themed wedding reception Dec. 1 at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia following a marriage ceremony Oct. 20 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

While planning her wedding, Clarissa was also looking for the perfect bridal hair and makeup. Thanks to Simply Beautiful Salon and Spa, she was able find her ideal style. Complete with beautifully cascading curls and soft volume, Clarissa’s wedding up-do matches her romantic, classy wedding dress, and she was delighted to with some new makeup hues.

Those colors and hairstyle match Clarissa’s own wedding dress, as they did with the beautiful, elegant ivory gown from Ana Marie’s Bridal she wore for her “How to Style” wedding makeover experience. “This was such a wonderful opportunity and a treat,” she said.

Clarissa Kosmak and Kevin Stokes Proposal Story: ‘Twas the day after Christmas

Twas the day after Christmas and all through the Kosmak’s house

Kevin’s goal for the evening was to get him a spouse.

(Courtesy of Clarissa Kosmak) these pictures were taken during Kevin’s proposal to Clarissa.

A package was placed below the tree with care

Kevin hoping it would be the last one Clarissa would tear.

Kevin with a smile and camera in one hand

gathered the family in for a moment that would be grand.

Clarissa was dressed in black and red

with a set of bright Christmas lights hanging below her head.

Away the family started to pass out the gifts,

when Clarissa grabbed Kevin’s special package in a blitz.

Kevin sprang to his feet to see her reaction,

as she tore away the paper and ribbon wrapped with passion.

When to her wondering eyes then appeared

A glimmering silver rose with a diamond that peered.

Excitement and bliss soon filled the room,

Clarissa silently read the love filled letter written by her soon to be groom.

Away off the couch she flew like a flash

Tore open her arms and threw them around his neck like a sash.

With excitement she said, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’

and sealed the deal with kisses expressed.

The family all gathered in congrats and cheers,

we’d all be one family for the future years.

All night we celebrated and went to bed out of sight,

everyone was happy and had a merry goodnight.

The Style Gurus

Dani Leadbetter

Stylist of Simply Beautiful Salon and Spa, LLC

Three years ago, Dani became in instructor at Paul Mitchell the School Missouri Columbia. From there she’s been able to certified in color, and she strives to stay up with the latest trends and techniques. She brings that knowledge and applies it at Simply Beautiful. Upon arrival, stylists start with an in-depth consultation followed by a head and neck massage. Dani’s goals are for clients to feel beautiful with a style they feel confident repeating at home, and to feel knowledgeable with the products they are applying.

THE HAIR: Dani began with curling Clarissa’s hair, pre-treated with an Aquage Beyond Body Styling spray to set and protect from the heat. She then created a small braid high on the crown to attach a large hair piece, which added extra volume and fullness for the fall of cascading curls. A soft sweep for the sides added a romantic look. She finished with Aquage Bio-Freeze Spray to set the soft yet secure style to last the entire event.

Danielle Withouse

Owner of Simply Beautiful Salon and Spa, LLC

Danielle, a Merrill University graduate, has practiced her craft for more than 27 years and has been a master stylist/esthetician for 25-plus years. She has trained with many educators and products lines, including Aveda, Aquage, Jack Winn Color, Goldwell, Paul Mitchell and Redken. Danielle ensures that all guests receive the best from her, feel loved and pampered, and are able to recreate the same results at home. At Simply Beautiful, every guests “inner beauty” blooms!

THE MAKEUP: Once Clarissa’s face was primed, Danielle chose a fair/neutral foundation and translucent powder, finishing the base with contouring to enhance her skin tone. Danielle chose a palette of soft and rich mauve and burgundy showers with a shimmer cream for highlighting the brow line, which was enhanced with a soft blonde shade. Black winged eyeliner with a deep mauve blended smudge and rich black mascara finished this dramatic eye. A soft rose with a shimmer gloss finished Clarissa’s flawless and stunning look.

Wendy Gladbach

Owner, Ana Marie’s Bridal

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 features an array of contemporary and vintage style bridal gowns like the dress featured on Clarissa, bridesmaids dresses and formalwear in women’s sizes 8 to 32 from leading designers, and accessories from top names in the industry, thus allowing brides to find everything for their ideal wedding in an relaxed, attentive and fun environment. Come experience Ana Marie’s Bridal – where forever takes shape.

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