My Right To Bare My Arms – Literally I’m Going to Stop Wearing Cardigans

Jessica Turner’s piece on putting your bathing suit and getting out there was great. I have been swimming FINALLY this summer. Granted, it’s a rash guard and a bikini bottom but I’m out there.


A month ago I declared mentally and to Shannon from Mommy Tonk I was join going to take back the right to bare my arms. Literally show my arms off. I have been sweating for too long now.

Here is my video clip on it. I like to be a bit silly. You might know that about me by now. But I’m also being serious. Seriously silly.



Save The Date: ExMo MeetUp Back To School Pampering

Make sure you save the date and/or get your ticket for our ExMo MeetUp August 24th at the Assembly Salon in Beverly Hills.


Mommy Tonk and Expressing Motherhood headed over there last month to get our hair done before one of their LA gigs.


We had a really great time chatting with the owner Jessica. She has made the salon easy to park and cozy. You can also bring your kids to both get your hair done if you like!


Our ExMo event will be for moms only, not that we don’t love our little ones but hey, it will be the end of the Summer, we will deserve a little of that. Here is some info on the Assembly Salon.



L.A’s first braid and ponytail bar has gained great accolades from InStyle, Marie Claire, Lucky, Glamour, and many more, all within its first year of opening. Another fantastic point of recognition that really speaks to who we are is being starred as “one of the best places in LA to bring your pint-sized princess.”

Assembly offers fresh, fun styling for hair, makeup, and nails inspired by global fashion runways and epic red carpet moments. Services include braided styles, blowouts, updos, makeup, 5-free vegan friendly nail care and more.

Assembly chooses the products we use keeping in mind making the salon as healthful and less toxic as we can while providing beautiful results. We strive to make it a fun social environment where women are comfortable bringing their children or being while pregnant. Our hair product line is Kevin Murphy, which is cruelty free, and strives to be as less toxic as possible all while providing excellent styling. It contains ingredients like lavender oil, mandarin oil, and honey.

We love hosting many events, including parties for children. Examples of big hits with kids are manis with 5-free vegan friendly polish and organic lotions, and most definitely our braids and ponytails with ribbon and glitter. We are happy to create a customized program for your party!


We offer mommy and me classes for moms who want to learn more about braiding. Many moms come with their children for mother daughter time. And expectant mothers absolutely love getting braids that will stay put during their delivery so they can be comfortable and even photo ready!

Assembly has become the place to go for all busy women looking for up to the minute, quick styling. This year’s Awards Season included a bevy of braided beauties styled by Assembly such as singing sensation Judith Hill of The Voice, the beautiful Nathalia Ramos of Arrested Development and Bratz fame, and Katie Aselton of The League. Assembly is known for their fashionable hairstyles and flawless makeup among the stylish Los Angeles set, having worked backstage at the Grammys, and with many corporate clients such Rebecca Minkoff, Free People, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bloomingdale’s, and the celebrity- packed “invite only” Parties at Coachella.

This event is only $5. You will get food from Daphne’s, sample some fresh pressed juice from Orchard Flats and get some great goodies from Organic Tanning Salon OATS.


ExMo Alum Elizabeth Aquino’s New Book “Hope for a Sea Change”

ExMo alum Elizabeth Aquino has a new book out. We are very happy for her and wanted to share the news with  you.

She has published her short memoir Hope for a Sea Change: a search for healing by Shebooks. The e-book is available for download through Shebooks and Amazon.


When her three-month old daughter Sophie is diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder, Elizabeth Aquino and her husband Michael, are thrust into a nightmarish world of impossible decisions, toxic drug cocktails, and talk of brain surgery on their tiny child. As they grapple with the harrowing progression of their child’s seizures, they grow to understand that the doctors know little more about how to heal Sophie than they do. They are in a terrifying no-man’s land. This narrative of unintended medical trauma and the search for healing through alternative means will sear you with its stubborn hope, unexpected grace and abiding love.

“Elizabeth Aquino’s medical odyssey with her baby daughter, Sophie, just reached inside and wrapped my heart in a fist. I feel both broken and illuminated by the grit, pain and grace of this family’s harrowing search for healing. This is parenting at its most extreme. This is vast and stubborn and steadfast love.”
— Rosemarie Robotham