Preparing for this first in a series of “Susan on Style,” aka S.O.S., makeovers, I immediately thought of my friend, Robin Holleran, 50, of Mendham. This vivacious, sporty woman is the first to admit that she doesn’t take time for herself while managing three kids, ages 15, 17 and 19; working full time as a business writer; volunteering in her community; and appearing locally as a motivational speaker. People enjoy hearing Holleran’s story of surviving a plane crash, nursing a broken back, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro four years later. This intrepid single mom had never blown out her hair or worn foundation on her face until now. “My friends don’t even recognize me. I couldn’t have pulled this off on my own,” Holleran says, “but I love my new look!”
Holleran’s polished look is accentuated with sparkling earrings, pendant necklace, cuff bracelet and cocktail rings, all from Kevin’s Fine Jewelry in Boonton and Totowa (973-790-8836; kevinsfinejewelry.com).
Hair, Makeup, Nails
Tom Harris of Panico Salon & Spa (panico.com; 973-364-9600) created a chic new look for Holleran with warm color, highlights and an easy-care hair style. Harris is the makeover designer for Modern Salon magazine and a master associate for John Paul Mitchell Systems. Panico associate Eden Fabbo treated Holleran to eyebrow waxing and airbrushed makeup, while Julie Rahm polished off the look with a perfect manicure.
An off-center twist at the waistline lends figure-flattering ruching to this wrinkle-resistant teal sheath dress by Donna Morgan (donna-morgan.com).
Bag & Boots
A blingy Burberry envelope clutch and black leather Sergio Rossi boots (with cool bow detail on back!) hail from 4 Ever Michelle Couture in Morristown (973-538-6700; 4evermichellecouture.com)