Feeling Beautiful at Girls Rising Game Changer Awards

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

Roslyn, New York


I deal in beauty, every day. Makeovers. New hairstyles. After an appointment with me, I want my clients to look in the mirror and see that they’re beautiful. And while seeing beauty is important, feeling beautiful is vital. That’s why I took my daughter, Madison to the Girls Rising Game Changer Awards. Created by the all-female band, Antigone Rising, Girls Rising was created to help inspire girls and kids in the LGBTQ community to pursue roles in STEAM fields. These women understand that one of the best ways to show a child that they can follow their dreams is by introducing them to people who look the same as them, and are doing exactly what they want to do. They achieve this through outreach workshops and performances. They also throw two incredible parties each year: the Game Changer Awards, where they give out college scholarships to well-deserved high school students, and the Girls Rising Music Festival. 


This year’s Game Changer Honoree was hitmaker singer-songwriter, Paula Cole. I’m a fan, so I was pretty thrilled! Then I was able to watch my daughter sit front and center as Lucy Kaplansky and Sophie B Hawkins performed. She watched Antigone Rising bring down the house (with accompaniment by the North Shore Middle School’s select brass band), Madison was in absolute awe. As a budding percussionist herself, she was particularly impressed by Kristen, or as she referred to her as, “the girl in the sparkly, silver sweater.” 


After the show, Kristen greeted a starstruck Madison and then introduced her to the other performers. It was a night she will never forget! I know, as she practices on her little pink drum set at night, she’s thinking of Kristen, as well as all of the possibilities she’s been awakened to.  

Like I said, feeling beautiful is vital.

Special thanks to Gill Associates Photography for capturing my daughter’s special moment! Although the Girls Rising Festival is over, you can still participate by donating to help uplift self-esteem for other girls within our community.  www.girlsrising.org 


Beautiful Memories: Becoming A Wish Granter Through The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Co-written by Julie Tortorici

New York

For today’s post, I’m going to stray a bit from my usual must-have styling tips to write about something that I just had to share. On Thursday, June 6th, Make-A-Wish New York, will be holding their annual Power of a Wish Gala . As I’m sure many of you know, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to critically ill children. This organization has been very close to my heart since having the chance, seven years ago, to serve as a Wish Granter through the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hawaii. One of my proudest moments was being able to help fulfill a child’s wish of meeting Justin Bieber in New York. More important, was having the chance to speak with some of the children and their families who have had to face the tremendous challenges that come with severe illness. I have no doubt that the upcoming gala being held here in New York will be just as impactful to its guests as it was for me way back when in Hawaii.

Make A Wish Press Photo

I’ll be back here giving you hair and makeup tips in no time, but if you have a moment, check out this wonderful organization. Better yet, if you can, consider becoming a Wish Granter yourself. Become a Wish Granter. Trust me, it’ll be a beautiful experience.