Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Jane Risdon and International Stylist and Journalist Dennie Pasion

Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

Details on how to participate are at the end of this next post in the series.

Today Jane Risdon has invited along her cousin Dennie Pasion who has enjoyed a fabulous career as a stylist to the wealthy and famous around the world. Fascinating background and her expertise is available now in workshops and books.

Author Jane Risdon and International Stylist and Journalist Dennie Pasion

Introduction by Jane

Families are strange entities. Some are close and live in each other’s pockets, never moving far from their roots, and others, like my own, have all flown the nest and ended up thousands of miles apart.

For the first time in twenty-five years, I saw my cousin, Dennie Pasion, via Skype, when we both were in a meeting with Ursula Williams of ‘Be Bold and Break the Mould.’ I recommended Ursula interview Dennie because of the fascinating life she has led, and the amazing stories she could share. She didn’t disappoint.

The last time I saw Dennie in the flesh, she was doing hair and make-up for one of the recording artists we (hubby and I) managed. We were in Cornwall initially, doing the photo shoot and later in London to finish it off. She was in England briefly, between assignments.

She’s lived, and worked around the world including Dubai, Africa, and America, working for fashion magazines, on video shoots, and for many celebrities — including Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas.

Dennie lived in a Zulu village – the only white woman to do so, at one time — in a witch doctor’s house. She has written books on hairstyling and make-up and runs seminars in person and online.

Recently she returned from South Africa and is busy building a new business utilising her many years of experience, and I cannot wait to meet up again. She is an inspiration to me and others. It is not easy to change your life completely after decades doing what you love. I know, I did it when I left the international music business to become an author.

My cousin is the perfect companion for a coffee morning natter, she’s had so many fantastic experiences and has so many stories to tell. I wish her a happy new life.

About Dennie Pasion

Dennie Pasion started her career in Beauty as a hairstylist. After travelling extensively, she worked in the United States working with leading artists and celebrities in the music and entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

During her residence in Las Vegas, she owned a hair salon and art gallery. She created shows and worked closely with magicians Siegfried and Roy for several years. Dennie extended her skills to photographic makeup by testing in Miami.

Her first editorial was for Paris Vogue. She returned to London to join the Terri Manduca agency expanding her portfolio with Fashion Editorials from The Face, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, and Details magazines. Her make up book, Making Faces was first published by Quadrille in 2000. In 1997 Dennie founded Project LoLA inspired by a personal quest to explore and develop triggers to ignite a creative process.

Her trend forecasts attracted companies such as Wella, Sebastian, Quiksilver, Rimmel, Roxy, Spinergy and Coty, in London LA, and New York. Pasion was based in the Middle East for a decade. Her instincts for style and cultural preferences regarding Beauty contributed to developing the present day lifestyle image of Dubai. Dennie has been a guest speaker for TEDX 2011 and Petcha Kutcha .

Clients have included: Poppy Delevigne, Erin Oconnor, Heather Small, Tilda Swinton, Dita Von Teese, Jodie Kidd, Lauren Hutten, Lauryn Hill, Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Blair, Jamie Oliver, Joanna Lumley, Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon…

She continues to collaborate on photo shoots for commercial advertising, and International destination weddings.

Dennie Pasion Facilitates masterclasses for both professionals and the public. Her workshops encourage imaginative and unique applications woven from inspirational stories.

Workshops: Hair and Makeup WorkshopAnd: 7 Libertees

After a year of relocating, reinventing, and recharging, I am happy to be in England in the perfect location to live and go back to my workshops and weddings. Join me with friends or work colleagues for our next “How do I look?“ Dennie. Direct message for bookings: Dennie Pasion

Books by Dennie Pasion

One of the reviews for Making Faces 4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful little treasure!!!

If you have just started working with make-up this book is great. It illustrates the versitility of make-up media and gives you lots of inspiring ideas. If you are already a make-up artist its up to date styles and techniques will help you keep up with the trends. The illustrations are good and the advice is simple and clear. I liked the step by step instructions which are especailly useful if you are trying to recreate one of the looks.

The size of the book is convienient as well, if you are a mobile make-up artist its small enough to take around with to give clients ideas, at the same time though its big enough to show clear images of the finished looks.

This book would be helpful to both make-up artists and beauty therapists because the content ranges from simple looks to more complicated ones, with its guidance and some practice you can build on your techniques and achieve the more complicated looks in no time. Even if you not involved in make-up through work ‘Making Faces’ has some handy hints and tips for day and evening looks, it also gives you advice when experimenting with colour.

Unfortunately there are no famous people featured like those you will find in make-up books by Kevyn Aucoin but it is far more detailed and colourful than the beauty therapy NVQ books.

Overall its an excellent source of reference and inspiration for those with an interest in make-up!  

Notes from a Hairdresser’s Journal: Amazon UK – Making Faces: Amazon UK

Jane Risdon is the co-author of ‘Only One Woman,’ with Christina Jones (Headline Accent) and ‘Undercover: Crime Shorts,’ (Plaisted Publishing), as well as having many short stories published in numerous anthologies. She writes for several online and print magazines such as Writing Magazine, and The Writers’ and Readers’ Magazine.

Undercover: Crime Shorts was the February Free Book of the Month on the virtual library and festival site,, and her live video interview features in their theatre. She is a regular guest on international internet radio shows such as,, and The Brian Hammer Jackson Radio Show as well as a Podcast guest on Donna’s Interviews and Reviews and Be Bold, Break the Mould.

Undercover: Crime Shorts which is being used by Western Kentucky University, Kt. USA, in an Intro to Lit Class for second-year students this Autumn. Jane will be doing a Zoom Q&A session with the student in October 2021.

She is the Lead Panelist next March (2022) for an online discussion of The Intersection of Literary Fiction and Women’s Literature at LitCon, an author’s conference out of New York USA.

Before turning her hand to writing Jane worked in the International Music Business alongside her musician husband, working with musicians, singer/songwriters, and record producers. They also facilitated the placement of music in movies and television series.

In December 2020 Jane signed with Linda Langton of Langton’s Literary Agency in New York City, New York USA. You can contact Jane via Linda at: Langtons International

Books by Jane Risdon

A recent review for Undercover Crime Shorts

Apr 02, 2021 Jennifer Shepard rated it five stars it was amazing

This is the first book I read from this author and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait to read other books from this great writer! Amazing job! a must-read! A fantastic book that has it all! I happily endorse this story to any and all who are looking for a mystery enjoyable read and a completely different experience than anyone could imagine on their own. ¡Great book!

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon USBlog:Jane Risdon WordPressGoodreads:Jane Risdon Goodread – Twitter: @Jane_Risdon – Facebook: Jane Risdon 2


My thanks to Jane for introducing us to Dennie and her amazing career.. two very talented cousins.

I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.

Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.

  • An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
  • A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
  • A new blogger who you would like to showcase
  • An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
  • A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
  • Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Anyone you feel deserves a boost.

The format of the post

  • An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
  • Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
  • Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).

Send your introduction and the links to and we can sort out a date to air your post.

60 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Jane Risdon and International Stylist and Journalist Dennie Pasion

  1. Sally, thanks so much for inviting my cousin, Dennie, and I, to have coffee and a natter. I do hope you all enjoy reading about her amazing life. I shall pop over to her and share your link so she can come in when she can and comment. Appreciated, Jane xx

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  2. That was such an interesting post from Jane. Fun learning about her cousin Dennie, and an impressive roster of clientele. Don’t think I didn’t notice Joana Lumley on the list. AB/FAB! 🙂 ❤

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  3. Thanks Jane, for the fascinating post about your cousin. It’s always interesting to hear about people who have risen in their profession, the steps of their journey, and all the hard work. Dennie is a wonderful person to share her talent with others. Thanks for the wonderful post, Sally.

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    • Amy, thanks for dropping in. Yes, we have always hit it off, even as kids. We have both gone our own way career-wise and gone against the grain – not working in ‘proper’ careers. We have lots in common and lots to natter about. She went from school into hairdressing in England and then took off around the world creating a career for herself and many adventures along the way. I wish you could hear her stories, so hilarious and ‘out there’ at times. So, yes, we have both had some strange life experiences and I hope she will write a book one day. xx

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