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La Habra caregiver gets well-deserved makeover on Hallmark show

By Amanda Gonzalez
La Habra Journal

La Habra resident Stella Skinner (second from left) on the “Home & Family” show.

Thanks to the Hallmark Channel’s, “Home & Family” show, La Habra resident Stella Skinner received a dream-come-true makeover.

Dedicating the last 10 years to watching over her parents, and her husband as a caregiver, Skinner, approaching age 83, wrote to the Hallmark Channel that her greatest birthday wish was for a makeover and felt it was her last chance to feel beautiful again.

After hearing Skinner’s story of selflessness and vulnerability, the show was eager to give Skinner some well-deserved, “me time.”

Previously seen on the red-carpet covering fashion for major award shows, Lawrence Zarian, the show’s fashion and beauty expert worked directly with Skinner–along with the rest of the glam squad, to help give her a brand-new outlook on life.

“Stella’s story was one that touched all of our hearts. Here’s a woman who has done so much for everyone else in her life and It was my job to help her look and feel her very best. On ‘Home & Family,’ our viewers are our family, and when Stella reached out to us, we wanted to treat her as such,” Zarian said.

Skinner’s makeover included a Macy’s shopping trip, makeup, a new hair style which involved cutting and coloring her hair from gray to auburn, as well as a manicure and pedicure. In the episode, Skinner joked that she felt she was living her very own, “senior-ella,” story.

Stella’s husband of 19 years, Sonny, was diagnosed with dementia and moved to a memory care facility, where Stella visits multiple times a week. On the days Sonny recognizes Stella, he will call her his sweetheart. Skinner still relives the magical moment of her time with “Home & Family,” when she watches re-plays of the episode at home from her DVR.

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