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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Vogue’s September Issue Photo Shoot: T Minus 3 Days

Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell

I’ve shared insight on what I’ve been calling “My Anna Wintour diet”. Today, I thought I’d write about what I’ve been doing beauty-wise. I’ve been using products from the luxury beauty brand in whose six month ad campaign I will be featured. On Tuesday, before my photo shoot with Patric Shaw, Vogue.tv will interview me on camera on my philanthropy work, AskMissA.com and what I think of these products.

I’ve been letting my hair grow for a WHILE. New Year’s 2009, I got a super short pixie cut, which my gay BFF found to be quite unfortunate, if not simply tragic. He thought I had been given the same hairstyle as Julia Roberts wore as Tinkerbell in Hook. Sometimes we women just need a change after a particularly bad breakup.

There are a lot of great hairdressers in Washington, but when you are going to be in Vogue, you turn to the one you trust the most. So naturally, I turned to Nigisti Hailu, a beautiful, humble, elegant, and quiet Ethiopian woman who has been doing my hair since 2001, when she was with Andre Chreky Salon. She has been with Roche Salon on I Street for years now. She knows I cheated on her, but she understands that being self-employed isn’t easy and sometimes I prioritized saving money and getting a complimentary hair cut or color.  She likes my hair a particular shade of blonde — not too brassy, not too dark. When she’s done with my hair, I feel like myself. She has seen me through alot and today she did my hair for a photo shoot with Patric Shaw for Vogue’s September issue, and perhaps W, Glamour and Allure. As much as I wanted a change and a different look in 2009, now I want to look like me. Nigisti knows how I should look!

I’ve also been perfecting my makeup. As my readers know, I watch my pennies and save some places so that I can splurge in others. I feel that going to Saks Fifth Avenue and having my makeup done makes more sense than paying to have a professional makeup artist do my makeup. Always, buy makeup from the person who does your makeup, though! So I’m a big fan of Armani (Giannina Davis is who I recommend at Saks Chevy Chase) and YSL (Debra O’Malley at Saks Chevy Chase) makeup. Recently, I switched from La Mer foundation to Armani’s Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20. I think they are both great, but the Armani one is lighter for summer. One of my Miss A’s Faves is Armani’s #10 blush. It’s wonderful. It gives you just a hint of color and it’s totally sheer and natural.

So now that I have my fresh hair color and have done my makeup, I’m off to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year Gala to cheer on my friend, Katie Rost! I don’t plan on drinking tonight, and will likely stick to water.

– Miss A

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