Scott Miller Style

My … What Big Eyes You Have

Everyone searches for that perfect eye cream. A lot of my clients will complain about their crow’s feet or maybe the puffiness under their eyes or the dark circles they wake up to each morning. I know I’m one of those people who have fine lines around my eyes. I’m always looking for the best eye cream. I tend to find one and stick to it for awhile. However, I’m always excited about the next best eye cream.

Institut’ DERMed has two eye treatments available. I love both of them and you can use them alone in the morning and at night or try them together. The Enhancing Eye Serum and the Enhancing Eye Cream Complex are my newest loves. 

The serum is amazing. It has a corn silk extract in it which is a rich source of vitamin K to diminish dark circles under the eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can also use the serum around your lip area for fine lines.

The cream complex just debuted a year ago. It contains Matrixyl 3000, one of the most respected and effective ingredients being utilized in anti-aging skin care today. It also works to mimic collagen building peptides creating a healthy, full look to the skin. The cream complex lightens dark circles, tightens eye contour and reduces puffiness under the eyes. You can’t go wrong with one or both of these amazing eye treatments.

:: hillary brotherton : esthetician
:: image : nerysoul

I realized while I was at the Scott Miller salon in Pittsford the other day getting my hair pretty’d up … that the delicious feeling of someone washing your hair is so amazingly perfect … that if I win the lottery, I know it would feel the same way! Scrumptious!!! 
:: ronnie f
we just could not resist sharing.

I realized while I was at the Scott Miller salon in Pittsford the other day getting my hair pretty’d up … that the delicious feeling of someone washing your hair is so amazingly perfect … that if I win the lottery, I know it would feel the same way! Scrumptious!!! 

:: ronnie f

we just could not resist sharing.

Drawing Inspiration from Canvas to Canvas


Most people are surprised to know that I did not grow up playing with my mother’s makeup simply because she was not a makeup wearer. What I did have to play with were crayons and paint. 

One of my earliest inspirations was my Crayola crayons. I remembered that by first grade, the 8-count, the 24-count and even the 64-count boxes were completely obsolete to me. As a first grader, I required the 120-count box. Even as a 7-year-old, I always felt “more was more.” I loved the variety and how they were not just your average red, blue and green. Although they had their place, I needed the magenta, the turquoise and the peach that the 120-count provided. I would use them ALL. I could even remember noticing the different textures and density of pigment within the colors. Of course, I could not put it in those terms at that age but I remembered distinctly that the classic red crayon was one of the softest and laid down a lot of color.

 I pay attention to all those things in makeup now. I would look forward to a brand new box at the start of the school year. As an adult, my box of crayons is now my lipstick unit on my vanity. It has the same tiered display as the Crayolas so I can see each and every one.

I also used to decorate cakes where I was always getting lectured as to why I wasn’t using the red, yellow and blue colors that my boss had mixed. I had to make something I felt more pleasing to the eye. Who wanted a cake with just red roses when you could pair them with burnt red and yellow with a tinge of orange? I was famous for my green flowers. I liked the monochromatic look of it. I was told that green flowers didn’t exist in nature. My response: “I just made it. They now exist.”

Continuing my love affair with colors, I took every art class there was to take in high school and continued into college. At cosmetology school, color theory was my favorite part. My world has been filled with every color I can imagine and it’s beautiful. 


:: jennifer c : makeup artist

From Avedon to Whittemore.


As hairdressers, we tend to find inspiration in most everything. Whether it’s the changing of the seasons, a geometric shape, music or a film, our creative minds lead us to do some great things. This is why I believe it is so vital to be familiar with the creative minds that have come before us in the fashion and hair world. Knowing how they begin their careers and what inspires them is an inspiration in itself.

Magazines are the best display of fashion out there. You have hundreds of pages of the top designers, models, hairstylists and colorists at your fingertips. The most influential magazine to me is Harper’s Bazaar, first published in 1876. This magazine considered itself as a style source for “women who are the first to buy the best from casual to couture.” For me there really is nothing like America’s first fashion magazine.

Being able to capture these beautiful pictures in these high fashion magazines takes serious talent.  One of my favorite photographers is Richard Avedon who has done photoshoots for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. He would demand that his models conveyed emotion and movement which was way out of the norm for the motionless fashion photography at the time. He has worked with people from Marilyn Monroe to Malcom X to Bob Dylan. He also photographed London’s 1960s mod icon, Twiggy, who was known as the world’s first supermodel.

The biggest inspirations for me are the hairdressing greats: Alexandre de Paris, Vidal Sassoon, Christiaan Houtenbos, Orlando Pita, Oribe and Michael Gordon of Bumble and bumble. They have worked with the biggest names in the fashion world from Aubrey Hepburn to Naomi Campbell. As a colorist, Victoria Hunter, co-founder of the Whittemore House in New York City, is a huge influence and inspiration of mine. Her fearless attitude and her extensive knowledge of color is a force to be reckoned with. At Scott Miller, we have numerous opportunities to work with her in color sessions and they are experiences we will never forget.

There is no doubt that hairdressers have one of the most rewarding jobs when it comes to making people feel their absolute best. This is why it is so important to keep growing and learning so we can share that with each person we have the pleasure of serving. Staying current and new is expected but knowing the past and our history of hair and fashion is refreshing and will take our work to another level.

:: breanna b // assistant // scott miller hair

When I finish with the blowdry and place the hair with my hands, I look through the mirror and see them change. It isn’t always through words but an expression or look in their eyes. I can see a lightbulb go off. They feel powerful. They feel beautiful. They feel excellent, capable and stunning, ready to take on the world.:: mary m // assistant at scott millerimage: douceux View high resolution

When I finish with the blowdry and place the hair with my hands, I look through the mirror and see them change. It isn’t always through words but an expression or look in their eyes. I can see a lightbulb go off. They feel powerful. They feel beautiful. They feel excellent, capable and stunning, ready to take on the world.

:: mary m // assistant at scott miller

image: douceux

Winter’s Bite.


Dry. Flaky. Crusty. Not exactly a glowing report from your skin this season, is it? We need damage control. Clearly.

Exfoliate. Seemingly counterintuitive, this is essential to combat winter skin. Think about it. Sloughing off old dead skin sends a message to our body to produce more collagen. Behold … new regenerated skin cells. Check in with your skincare professional for recommendations on which exfoliating method is best for your skin as well as the frequency of exfoliation. Two workhorse brands we love: SkinCeuticals and Shima. Different price points. Both effective. Be gone, winter skin.

Moisturize. Your skin reacts to dehydration in not so very nice ways guaranteed to leave you red, itchy and irritated. As no one needs to add more drama to this particularly unseasonable winter, we need to add a barrier to our skin. The thicker and creamier the better. If your moisturizer flows easily out of a dispenser, it’s too light. Save it for summer (it will come, we promise). Go for the moisturizer in jars and pots. We happen to be partial to Bobbi Brown’s Extra series and the luxurious Crème de la Mer. Exceptional defenses that make skin feels invincible.

Invincibility on the outside is one thing. Let’s not count out the inside fortification. We’re talking about good eats. Eating right in the cold season means upping your immune system. Load up on vitamins E and C and say yes to zinc. In pill forms if you must but we are fans of mother nature’s offerings: nuts, berries and dark green leafy veggies. Boost your immunity from the inside out and watch your skin smile by functioning and looking its best. 

Now where’s that giant bottle of water …

image :: dailymailuk

Sunscreen in the winter. Fact or fiction?

It’s officially winter. The sun is hibernating. You really want to. However, there is a new year to break in. You brace yourself. You’re going to have to go outside. Eventually. But first, do you need sunscreen on this cold gray wintry day?

Yes. You do.

This is not a because-we-said-so. There is reasonable logic that sunscreen is a year-round essential. Some to consider:

:: Sun rays will pass through clouds. More than 3/4 of them. Surprised?

:: Winter has its partners-in-crime. They’re called windburn and sunburn. Evil they are. Frigid temps and unforgiving winds … they come as a package deal. They are merciless on skin leaving them dehydrated, parched and crying for relief. 

:: All that abundant snow and ice? They reflect sun. Not only do you get hit once from above, you get a bonus round from below. Pay attention, outdoor winter sports enthusiasts.

:: Do we even need to tell you about our depleted ozone layer? Our natural sunshield is thinning. Enough said.

Yes, it’s winter. Yes, it’s dreary. Yes, the sun is there. Layer up. First layer: sunscreen. 

Now go say hello to 2014.

From Proust to Helen


Proust Questionnaire

[partially reprinted with permission from Post Magazine Oct/Nov 2013]

Inspired by the questions French novelist Marcel Proust made famous with his thoughtful and insightful answers, our Proust questionnaire borrows from the original while adding a few ideas of our own. Meet Helen Miller.

Your favorite food and drink?

By far, my favorite food is pizza. My favorite drink is red wine, pinot noir.

Your favorite color?


Your favorite flower?


Your idea of happiness?

Is being at home with family, preparing dinner, drinking some wine, and just having great conversation.

Your favorite author?

My favorite writer is probably Paramahansa Yogananda. I love his books. To me they speak the truth about love.

Your idea of misery?

For me, it’s negativity. Being around people who are filled with negativity and feel they need to share it.

Your favorite qualities in a man and a woman?

I think generosity, an ability to think more about the other person than themselves, having the understanding of what it takes to really be in a loving relationship. Compassion, forgiveness.  I think someone has to know how to say they’re sorry, for a guy. For a girl, it’s probably the same thing. I don’t think those qualities are gender specific. So I would say having gratitude, being loving, being able to say “I’m sorry,” having forgiveness, and one of the most important things is taking ownership of your stuff.

What character in history do you hate the most?

Hitler. That’s easy for me. My parents were in the Holocaust. I don’t want to say “hate.” That’s a strong word. Ideally, we shouldn’t hate anybody, but if I had to speak of a character that I would say was despicable or unlikeable, I would say Hitler.

Your favorite names for men, women?

I hadn’t really thought of it, but I think I like the name when I know the person, so Scott, Michael, Alex …

If not in Rochester, where would you live?

Somewhere by the water: I love the beaches in California, Italy, the Amalfi Coast, but I think I could be happy anywhere.

Your favorite artists?

For painter, I always liked Picasso. For photographers, I’ve liked Mario Testino, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz. I love photography books in general; a lot of ‘70s stuff has always been very intriguing to me.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

Generosity with their time, with their love: The ability to give in situations when it’s more about the other person than yourself. Love becomes that as well, but I think generosity is the opening of your heart. I think that’s very admirable in people.

What is your main fault?

I’m a perfectionist, and I think I’m a little hard on myself sometimes. I’m hypercritical; I’m always trying to work on it.

If you weren’t co-owner of Scott Miller, what would you like to be doing?

I always wanted to be an actress. I actually studied theater for two years of my college experience, but my parents were not in favor, so I had to pick something else. I ended up with a degree in economics, but I always wanted to be an actress.

Who are your favorite heroes and heroines in fiction and in real life?

Heroes aren’t really something I look to — even as a kid, I don’t remember having a hero. I would look at Mother Teresa as a hero, or St. Francis of Assisi. But in fiction, I have no idea. My mother also was a role model or hero. She was faced with the greatest nightmare that anyone could ever experience, yet she was one of the most loving people I ever met. We can endure a lot of pain and suffering and filter it out and still have a lot of joy and love in our hearts. I think that’s what I look for in people.

If not yourself, who would you be?

Amma the Hugging Saint. I think a lot of people haven’t been hugged that way. Or Beyoncé. She can sing, dance and act amazingly. Besides who doesn’t want to be Queen B?

If you could have dinner with any two people, one living and one dead, who would they be?

Eckhart Tolle, and dead, Paramahansa Yogananda.

Do you have a favorite movie star?

I’ve always loved Barbra Streisand. I just loved the way she was: a singer and actress, the glamour in movies like Funny Girl. I would say she’s always been a classic favorite of mine. For a male, I think it’s Robert de Niro. He can cross the line from crazy to fun.

What natural talent would you like to be gifted with?

Singing. Everybody in my family is going to laugh at that. When I wanted to be an actress, I could dance and I could act, but singing was not something that came easily for me. When you have all three talents, you’re much more marketable.

For what fault do you have the most toleration?

People who have not been exposed to certain things or haven’t experienced certain things, so the expectations shouldn’t be there. So if they don’t follow through or do what’s expected, it makes no sense to fault them — whether it is age or lack of experience or exposure.

What is your current state of mind?

Elated. We got great news today.

How do you wish to die?

Peacefully and knowing that I have given the people in my life a bit of something, a lasting legacy of some sort — that they felt loved by me.

What’s the most important thing about running a successful business?

The owners need to be able to understand their role. To provide an environment where people feel safe, loved, respected and cared for. They must keep their own emotional stuff outside of it (it’s never personal) and bring the best of themselves to work every day so that the people there feel empowered to be their best. No drama, anger, frustration or disappointment as these will never yield the results you want. Rather deliver messages with love and bring love to the workplace. I know a lot of people are afraid of that, but that is the key. You want to make sure that the people who work with you, who ultimately provide a service, clearly feel the love and are able to deliver a continuation of that amazing feeling. All your coaching has to come from a positive and constructive place to ensure all involved will have a successful experience.

What makes a successful marriage?

It’s similar to running the business: we have chosen to take ownership of our own stuff and realize that it’s more important to be more concerned with the other person than ourselves, and then again, nothing gets left undone.

What is your motto?

I have a few, but the one I probably use the most is: “When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, we change.” The other one is: “No self, no problem.” I say these to myself. You have to say all of this to yourself first. Whether you’re in a marriage or at work, if you don’t model the behavior you would like to see, then it’s not going to work. You have to be what you expect.


:: image courtesy of carrie mateosian photography

Gut Feeling


I have recently taken two massage classes to further my knowledge of the human body. Both classes stressed the importance of working the abdomen to maintain the health of the organs and lower back. The first one was Abdominal Meridian massage. It’s a Chinese theory of using pressure points along the chest and legs while slowly and gently massaging the stomach. The second class was Myofascial Release (MFR). This class focused on working the abdomen and the tissues surrounding it to relieve low back and sacral pain.

Meridian massage of the abdomen involves using pressure points that follow the stomach, spleen and kidney meridians while a gentle stomach massage is done simultaneously. We create space for the organs as well as bring more oxygen and circulation to the area. Many of our emotions are stored in the abdominal organs. We often crouch over when sad, stressed or even laughing. This natural instinct of bending forward to protect tends to cramp the organs. Abdominal massage will help to release some of the stored emotions and tension we carry in the stomach area.

Myofascial Release was the second class that had a strong focus on the abdomen. Does your back hurt when doing dishes or when you stand up fast from sitting at the computer? These are key signs that abdominal massage along with some sacral stretches could help your lower back pain. This technique is slow and gentle. We may hold a stretch for 5-10 minutes in order to effectively treat that area. Weak stomach muscles can lead to a weak back. Let’s focus on strengthening it.

A healthy and relaxed abdomen can lead to better organ function. Abdominal massage will help digestion, fertility, hip flexors, back pain and more. Just add 15 more minutes to your regular massage to receive these wonderful benefits. Treat yourself to 90 minutes and feel better from your center outward.

:: melissa spink | licensed massage therapist

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