Women of MDS : Mena

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All of my personal styling packages are named after real women who have influenced and impacted my personal and professional life.

MEET mena

…the muse behind Style Workshops


What is your name?
Mena Garcia.

How old are you?

What do you do for a living?
I’m a makeup & hair artist.

How do you know Melissa? Where did you meet?
Melissa and I met during our junior year of college at Meredith!

What is your favorite item of clothing in your closet?
I love my staple pieces- a great pair of jeans and a white or black top! I love them because they match with any shoes and you can dress it up or down depending on the day.

Who is your favorite designer or brand?
My favorite designer is Chanel - it is classic, chic and timeless! My favorite brand is Zara because I can find classic pieces and trendy pieces, and just about anything I’m looking for!

What do you do when you’re not working?
Hang out with my kitties and my husband! (Or with friends & family)

What is your favorite book?
The Secret

Name one person who inspires you the most and explain why.
My mom. She loves everyone around her no matter if she just met them or if she has known them for years. She is so caring and always takes care of people who are in need without questions. She has the biggest heart and I am inspired by her everyday. 

Do you have a favorite Raleigh restaurant? What is your favorite thing to order?
Sola Coffee Cafe. My favorite thing to order is an oat milk latte and an acai bowl - best breakfast EVER!

What is your favorite color to wear?
I love to wear white or black. I like how you can style then with any color, accessories, shoes and any kind of jacket or cardigan. 

Who is your style icon?
Olivia Palermo!!

Describe your style.
My style has evolved in the past year - I would say I am trendy, feminine and a touch of edgy.

Name one fashion trend that you couldn’t get enough of when you were a kid.
Butterfly mini hair clips and candy necklaces!

Cat or dog?
I have 2 kitties but I also love dogs! 


Coffee or tea?

What do you love about your work?
I love that I get to be creative with colors, textures and looks! I also love getting to meet new people all the time.

List 5 words that the people closest to you would use to describe you.
Fun, silly, kind, forgetful and caring.

How do you combat insecurity or feelings of unworthiness?
I just think about all of the amazing things in my life and it puts everything back into perspective. Talking to a friend and listening to music always helps me feel better and re- charge!

What is your go-to Netflix show?
The Blacklist

Where is your dream vacation destination?
Maldives & Fiji

Share some of your dreams. What are some goals/dreams you hope to accomplish in 2019 and beyond?
I would like to grow my business and eventually hire a team of hair and makeup artists. I would love to be able to attend more networking events and collaborate with other creatives in the area!

What (or who) makes you feel really beautiful and confident?
When I put effort into getting ready (hair, makeup, outfit). I feel more confident when I am dressed well and put together.

What do you like most about yourself?
I like being social and connecting with people. I enjoy listening to other people stories and I always find something in common with people I meet.

Why do you think it is important to hire a stylist?
I think hiring a stylist is important because when you look your best it helps you feel confident in all areas of life. A personal stylist can get to know you and your style and customize their knowledge to your lifestyle and your needs.