Organizing Mentors to present at Golden Geese on Thu, Aug 27th

We are excited to hear from Lisa Geraci Rigoni and Dena Fleisher of The Organizing Mentors on Thursday’s Golden Geese Zoom call.  Their goal is to “help you reclaim your space mentally and physically.”  Since many of us are working from home these days, we are anxious to learn how to optimize our spaces.

Tune in Thursday morning at 8:00 am to meet the Geese and learn more!  Email us for Zoom meeting info.


Adam’s Educational Moment: Run An Effective Virtual Meeting

Adam Engel of Prime Title is the Geese’s Educational Coordinator.  He shares great info about networking and marketing with the Geese each week.  This morning, he discussed the following article from Kevin Eikenberry.  Maybe it will help you in your next Zoom meeting

Questions to Make Your Virtual Meetings More Effective

Few consider meetings the highlight of their workday – more probably consider it the bane of their work life. It is true that meetings, while important and potentially useful, aren’t always very good. Sadly, now that most meetings are being held virtually, it hasn’t gotten any better. The challenge is how to have more effective virtual meetings. And part of the answer is the questions you use.  Read On!


Makeup and Masks Can Coexist! (from Jennifer Kyle Herd of Mary Kay)


Hi Ladies,

I hope you all are healthy and finding ways to enjoy summer. Things are quiet in the office so I am using the time to sort through files and reorganize materials (it’s amazing what you find in your files after 26 years in business…)

Many of us aren’t wearing as much makeup these days (except for Zoom calls!) but for those who are, a big area of concern is how to keep your makeup from rubbing off on your mask. Last week, I came across a blog post from beauty reporter Niko Maragos who tried 5 different methods to to keep it from transferring to her mask. Niko had a clear winner and I thought I would share it with you here:

“After doing your skin care, load your brush with a bit of your foundation and then spray the fibers with your setting spray. Apply the product and work it in quickly: In my experience, the setting spray will cause the product to dry much faster than usual. I don’t recommend using a sponge for this technique; it will absorb the setting spray. Once your foundation is applied, follow with your setting powder and setting spray.”

Many of you already have some of the tools and products Niko mentions in her blog, but for those who don’t here’s what you’ll need in the Mary Kay line:

Mary Kay foundation: $25.00 (it’s transfer-resistant, just by itself!)

foundation pic
Mary Kay liquid foundation brush: $ 14.00

foundation brush

Mary Kay Makeup finishing spray: $18.00

makeup finishing spray

Mary Kay translucent loose powder: $16.00 (brush additional: $14.00)

trans. powder and brush pic

I am happy to report that I tried Niko’s method and it worked! I noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of makeup on my mask (it didn’t solve the problem completely, but it was much better) and my makeup looked fresher longer. You may have to experiment with the different steps to see what works best on your skin. For me, the setting powder made the biggest difference.

LIPS are still a tricky matter. Regardless of what trick you use, lip gloss smears all over the inside of masks, so I find I am wearing more lipstick these days. Matte lipsticks, lip stains and lip tints seem to stay on the best, but there is always a little color transfer to the masks, I find. Mary Kay does offer a matte lipstick formula, a limited edition lip tint and a limited-edition ultrastay lip laquer. Let me know if you’d like to see colors in person and I can send you samples and arrange a Zoom call to try colors.

Please feel free to call/email/ text me if you have any questions. I’m here to help!

Have a great weekend!


cell: 703-244-6718

Denny + Gardner’s Current Projects

On July 2, Norm Gardner, one of the founders of Denny + Gardner Remodeling, told us about several of their current projects.  The best part of Norm’s presentations are the pictures!  Denny + Gardner does fabulous work.  You can see for yourself right here:

Denny + Gardner Current Projects. GG presentation July 2



For more info, be sure to contact Norm at Denny + Gardner Remodeling, Building & Design


Mavrick Harris, Freedom Bank – The Utility of Credit Cards

Recently, our favorite Banker, Mavrick Harris of Freedom Bank, shared his thoughts on the value and utility of credit cards.  He recommends them over other payment methods for their security against fraud, limited liability and cash back rewards.  Here is his power point for additional details:

Utility of credit cards

To learn more, contact Mavrick Harris at Freedom Bank, 703-663-2300.

freedom bank

Andrea Olsen of FTC Interiors – Window Treatments, Shades and More!


On June 18th, Andrea Olsen of FTC Interiors gave a great presentation about different types of window treatments.  With more people working from home, many are looking for different options to increase privacy and reduce glare.  Here is Andrea’s powerpoint presentation for more info. and great pictures.

GG Presentation VII-June 2020

Have a question on window treatments?  Contact Andrea at 703-407-3770,,


How To Look Your Best on Zoom Business Calls – Jennifer Kyle Herd, Mary Kay


When participating on Zoom calls, there are a few key points to keep in mind to look your best:

Diffused, natural light from a window is the best light source. You don’t want direct sunlight on your face because it will blind you and wash you out, and you don’t want light hitting you from above, beside or behind you because it will cast shadows on your face. If you don’t have a window or good light exposure, you can set up a task lamp behind your camera so that it lights your face from the front. There are ring lights that are sold specifically for lighting phones for calls and videos but feel free to experiment at home to see if you already own a lamp that will do the job. If you have a Zoom app on your phone, you can use it to walk around your house and look for the best lighting conditions before setting up your laptop or computer.

Camera angle
The ideal position for your camera is slightly above eye level. If the camera is below eye level, it can cast shadows, enhancing and even creating double chins, and no one wants a view up your nose! If the camera is set too high above your head it can show colored hair root grow out and thinning hair. By positioning the camera right above eye level, your eyes appear more open and your jaw line look firmer. You can raise the angle of your camera using large books, a solid box or stand.� Also, don’t sit too close to the camera. Most cameras are wide angle and sitting too close feels weird to viewers and can distort your face. Lastly, if you are giving a presentation or are the speaker, make sure you look directly at the camera, not off to the side at the chat box, etc…

–The background for your calls should be neat and uncluttered. When in doubt, ask a friend what they think of your background. You can also use built-in backgrounds in Zoom to change the scene behind you, which can be an easy way to hide a less than perfect space, or a fun way to change the view.
–Touch up your hair before your calls with a comb or brush. Use dry shampoo to freshen up oily hair if needed, and hair spray to tame frizzy hair.
–For women, pay attention to brows, cheeks and lips. The camera tends to flatten faces and dimension is lost, so a little darkening of the brows to frame the eyes may be needed. Also, a little contour along the cheeks can restore wash-out facial planes and a brighter than normal cheek color often helps to brighten the face, as well. Mascara is an eye-opener most women benefit from and may be all that is needed to add polish to the eyes. Nude lipsticks are still the most popular shades for business but for Zoom calls you may need a brighter/darker/more pigmented shade to make the lips stand out a bit more on camera. After-hours calls with friends and family are a great time to try more fun, dramatic makeup looks, applied more heavily and/or with brighter colors. For business meetings, keep your look polished and elegant.

Need a personal color consult or a bit more instruction? Feel free to contact me at We can set up a virtual consultation, free of charge, with samples mailed in advance so you can still try before you buy!

Jennifer Kyle Herd
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Cell: 703-244-6718