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Makeover winner experiences a day of pampering

Christa Gray, of Bethany, won The Oklahoman Life & Style section's “Give Me Liberte” makeover and was treated to a whole new look, plus a fabulous dinner last week.
by Heather Warlick Published: February 13, 2014

Christa Gray spends her time making sure others' voices are heard as an American Sign Language interpreter, working with students at Yukon High School who are deaf or hard of hearing, and as a deaf/blind interpreter with a new program, Sight Hearing Encouragement Program, or SHEP.

Gray's mother, who is deaf, was her inspiration for getting into the field she loves.

When not working to help others communicate, Gray is busy being a mother to her 10-year-old son, Tristan Duggan, and pursuing one of her passions — running.

She's in training for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, her first marathon.

She's an avid cyclist and met her boyfriend, Brady Schmiedeberg, when on a group race.

Her group had left her behind, and his group caught up. The two have been together since that day two years ago.

“I was always told to do what you love and love will find you,” she said.

From the top

Gray, 34, is a sporty mom who is always active and working hard. But taking care of her beauty and style is not big on her list of priorities.

That's why she entered the “Give Me Liberte” makeover contest, just in time to impress her boyfriend with a fabulous new look.

Because of her hard work to help others in her community, she was chosen to win the makeover.

“I feel like every woman really wants a makeover day,” said Danielle Keogh, owner of Liberte. “A day they spend taking care of themselves, investing in themselves. Sometimes women need a little nudge.”

Gray's makeover started at 8 a.m. Friday when she arrived at blo. in Classen Curve for a hair cut and color.

There, Ashley Kirby trimmed Gray's overgrown hair into a long bob with minimal texturizing.

Lexi Faught gave Gray a dimensional bright blond color with chocolate undertones.

Malorie Avaline, head stylist at blo., then styled Gray's hair using a rounded-edge straightening iron to form deconstructed loose curls.

What to wear

At Liberte, Keogh guided Gray through the store, which features international fashions she said are not found in any other Oklahoma boutique.

Keogh even has a line specifically designed for her shop.

“She tried on pieces that transition her from her early to late thirties. There's always this constant battle with yourself. You want to stay the same but also grow into your next level of style,” Keogh said.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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