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LALLOUCHEIMSEPTEMBER 2010

Birminghams Guide to Living in Style

INTERESTED IN HAIR EXTENSIONSFind out the latest techniques in obtaining the luxurious hair you have always dreamed of

LOOKING FOR A GOOD FACIAL?Beauty secrets from a Russian esthetician

The ManFINE WINE LAURA KATHRYN

Behind the ChairFind out why all of Birmingham is buzzing about this Parisian stylist!

How a Birmingham native revolutionized the international wine industry

Leslie Pittmans fashion dos and dont's from the markets of New YorkSeptember/October 2010 1

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THE ULTIMATE IN GLAMOUR IS HAIR EXTENSIONS!For length For flawless voluminous hair For dazzling color effects For the worlds finest 100% human hair hand selected from Europe and Russia Last up to a year with proper care Call LALLOUCHE HAIR TEAM, International Hair Extension Specialist, for your free consultation 205-552-8294 www.francklallouche.com

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YOUR INNER PARISIANhe genesis of Lallouche Living is here! We are thrilled to deliver something sophisticated, yet eclectic to the citizens of Birmingham. This comprehensive style guide invites readers to explore different worlds within this Southern City. Perhaps its the way the crickets sing at night or the lush landscape that produces a brand of charm within our people that can be found no where else. Some of us are gregarious, others of us are melancholic, but most of us are a little of both. Compiling this first issue has been a community effort, energizing everyone who has taken part. In honor of Franck Lallouche, the man behind the chair, and the native Parisian, we will awaken the inner Parisian within the citizens of Birmingham. We dare you.Put on a striped shirt, take a 3 hour lunch, go window-shopping and get lost in your surroundings. You dont have to be in Paris to be a Parisian. Being a Parisian is a mindset, not a geographical circumstance. Its about creating a style that is decadent yet refined. You are a Parisian from your wardrobe to your wine collection. Its about setting trends. Its about feeling beautiful, regardless of your age, your creed, your income, or your gender. In our first issue, we travel to France, Russia, Italy, and Argentina, never leaving the Birmingham City limits! Alabama is a magnet, drawing many people from afar. Our medical facility, our beautiful women, and our universities always welcome newcomers. Writers like Truman Capote have glorified our wonderful state. Its time for a new generation to showcase our talents. Growing up here, I learned enough to take me to France, where I studied at the American University of Paris, obtaining a degree in International Journalism. I stayed in the City of Lights for four years, but the magic of the Birmingham people eased me back with a lullaby. This first issue of Lallouche Living is a marriage of the two cities, with a unique outcome that we know yall will enjoy!

Libby Malcolm, Editor-in-Chief libby@lallouche.comSeptember/October 2010 3

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LAL LO U C H EM E D I A G R O U PPresident, Chief Brand Officer Senior Vice President Editor In Chief Vice President of Operations Art and Production Director International Sales Director Photography Contributing Photographers Franck Lallouche Darrah Horsley Libby Malcolm libby@lallouche.com Laurent David ld@lallouche.com Arnaud Le Vert media@lallouche.com Darrah Horsley dhorsley@lallouche.com Scott McFadden scott@scottmcfaddenphotography.com Kate Phillips, Mary Helen Harris Birmingham Public Library Libby Malcolm Darrah Horsley, Stephen Humphreys, Valerie Virciglio

Senior Writer Contributing Writers

Lallouche Living is published bi-monthly by Lallouche Media LLC, P.O. Box 43192, Birmingham, AL 35243 For advertising information please call (205) 552.8294 Or email sales@lallouche.com www.lallouche.comAll contents 2010. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use in whole or in part of the contents without the prior written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Lallouche Living is a registered trademark of Lallouche Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Unsolicited photographs or articles are submitted at the risk of the photographer or author. Lallouche Media, LLC assumes no liability for the return of any unsolicited materials and may use them at its discretion.

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contentsS E PT E M B E R /O CTO B E R 20 10

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featuresFranck Lallouche | 7The Man Behind the Chair

Fantasy Hair With Extensions | 11Find out the latest techniques in obtaining the luxurious hair you have always dreamed of

Homewood Synergy Center | 13Come in for a facial, leave with a new lease on life

16COV E R S H O OT: Photographer: Scott McFadden Location: The Summit, Birmingham, Alabama Concept: Franck Lallouche, captured in one of his favorite Birmingham spots, The Summit, a place near his home and work, where he enjoys convenient shopping and elegant dining.

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ANGEL HAIRThe Parisian forerunner of beauty and style in his headquarters

sectionsStyle | 7, 18, 26, 32 Hair | 11, 12, 28 Beauty | 13 Review | 16, 23 Dine | 19, 20 Advice | 21, 30 Expert | 29 Tech | 34

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LALLOUCHEAbout the Man Behind the Chairby Darrah Horsley

FRANCK

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orn and raised in the

suburbs of Paris,

France. Without question Franck Lallouche is one of the hair industrys brightest stars.

His true passion is his creative ability to enhance an individuals features to the utmost potential, making sure that the end result looks glamorous, unique, and fashionable. Francks career began in Paris when he was accepted into the Toni & Guy Advanced Hair Academy. While there, he studied and was trained by elite educators in every aspect of hairstyling. Being at the academy could be grueling at times often working 18 hour days, sleeping on a friends sofa, and waiting for tips just to buy food. However, this

All women are beautiful and I am thrilled to help them accept and embrace their internal and external beauty!

was also a gratifying time for Franck, as he realized his dream. Working with some of the most famous stylists in the world has allowed Franck to fine-tune his talents to the great appreciation of his clients. After leaving the Academy, Franck was immediately hired at Toni and Guy Salon in Paris, France. From there he was recruited by one of the top salons in Israel, frequented by many Israeli celebrities. He quickly began to work on photo shoots for many top Israeli publications, as well as domestic and European fashion shows. This led him to embark on a career that has spanned Europe, Israel and the US. Fluent in French, Hebrew, English and a master of his craft, he keeps up with the latest techniques

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Franck is a Master Cosmetologist with a Color Specialist Degree, which puts him in the top 1% of colorists in the world.

and hair trends as they appear on the Parisian fashion scene. He is constantly working on his own innovative techniques, always pushing the boundaries of hair. Franck is now a Master Cosmetologist with a Color Specialist Degree, which puts him in the top 1% of colorists in the world. He is an International Hair Extension Specialist and an expert in Keratin Treatments. He has relocated to Birmingham, Al to be close to his precious daughter. He is a highly sought after hairstylist with many high profile clients who travel from all over the US to Birmingham. Franck

believes you never stop learning and continuing education is very important. He makes several trips a year to Israel and Europe, bringing back to Birmingham the latest hair trends and techniques. His clientele includes women of all ages. All women are beautiful and I am thrilled to help them accept, embrace and even flaunt their internal and external beauty! he says. With Francks artistic vision and impeccable attention to detail, you will leave his salon looking effortlessly chic and polished. L

TestimonialsFranck is a natural when it comes to hair. He can give you any look you want. Birmingham does not know we have a Hollywood Stylist! Thanks Franck! You are the best!!- Vivian Cory

Franck is a true artist! From color to cuts to styling...he is the best! We are so lucky to have him in Birmingham!- Sherry Kidd

I have had both long and short hair. It always looks healthy with great color. I trust Franck implicitly and I have never been steered wrong. He is the best! I send everyone I know and love to him! xoxoxo- Jaclyn Cardwell

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