Reny Ryan Brazil Born and raised in Brazil, Ryan owns Reny’s Skin Care in Pleasant Hill and is the author of “Confessions of a Brazilian Bikini Waxer.”
Ryan’s book contains tales from her waxing room, where she serves myriad clients. Stories are funny and spirited, like the author herself. “I won’t go anywhere without lipstick,” Ryan says.
EARLY INFLUENCE “When I saw Heloisa Pinheiro (the girl from Ipanema) in a magazine wearing a miniskirt, I rebelled against my Catholic parents, snapped one up and began strutting down the street like a model.” ICON Gisele Bundchen. PACK Bikini, hat, sunglasses and lipstick. BRING HOME Sexy dresses that you can only find in Rio de Janeiro. MISS MOST East Bay weather, but Brazil’s climate is just as fabulous. DINE Espetus Churrascaria in San Francisco for Brazilian barbecue and caipirinha drinks, or Monsoon Masala in Pleasant Hill for mussels made with Indian spices. DANCE Salsa at San Francisco’s Café Cocomo. SCOOP Go to Brazil in March when their summer is ending and the sales are fantastic. MANTRA “Absolutely adventure into Brazilian wax — it’s empowering and liberating and boosts your sex esteem.” www.waxconfessions.com
Johnelle Mancha France A self-professed Francophile, Mancha has lived in Paris and Florence and speaks fluent French. She owns Berkeley’s Mignonne Décor; her mother, Kimberlee, owns its sister store in Brantome, France. SIGNATURE Paint-splattered jeans, because I’m always reworking pieces by hand for my furniture line. SHOP Down at Lulu’s on Telegraph in Oakland for conversation-making vintage accessories, the Temescal farmers market for a taste of France. INSPIRATION French Elle Décor, Maison Française and other design-related reads at Pendragon Books on Oakland’s College Avenue. WHEN IN FRANCE The flea market scene in Paris and Rue Montegueil. PACK An empty suitcase. BRING HOME Vintage clothing and glassware, war postcards, quirky pottery pieces and decanter sets, digestif and aperitif glasses. MISS MOST The scent of the air when I’ve been away. GOOD GENES My “bama” (grandma) is still a fashionista at 70. MANTRA “Take risks! Try something new or relive something old, and when in doubt, keep it simple and classic.” www. mignonnedecor.com
Mignonne (“sweet” in French) carries home furnishings, luxe personal care products like soaps from France, and local artwork.
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