This Is Where Hollywood Women Gather to Talk Beauty and Wine

Jonny Cournoyer
From left: Helen Johannesen, Jenn Streicher, Ashley Streicher and Kristie Streicher

The familial glam squad known as the Streicher sisters host a monthly series with Helen's Wines at their STRIIIKE salon in Beverly Hills, which this week featured Jimmy Kimmel’s better half, Molly McNearney, on getting involved politically on a local level.

The Streicher sisters — makeup artist Jenn, brow guru Kristie and hairstylist Ashley — are one of Hollywood’s most sought-after glam squads, and their Beverly Hills salon STRIIIKE is one of the city’s chicest places to be pampered and shop. It’s also now a place to go to learn about wine. They’ve partnered with Helen Johannesen for STRIIIKE x Helen’s Know You Know series, which happens monthly and brings on a third collaborator for ever-changing varieties of vino-soaked beauty fun.

Says Kristie, “We are already big fans of Helen’s and attended one of her first wine classes at Clare V’s West Hollywood location, and fell in love with the idea of hosting our own wine class."

Ashley, Mandy Moore’s and Emily Blunt’s hairstylist, adds that "I love Helen’s energy when she talks about wine. It’s similar to the passion we have about beauty. I think there’s a huge missing link when it comes to both wine and beauty knowledge, so we wanted to share our expertise with women who are also passionate about it." The evening events, which have limited slots for RSVPs open to those on the email list, are "a fun way for us to be able to educate our clients and peers and unite a group of women," she says.

Tuesday, Feb. 28’s session was themed around strong women and strong wines — no boys allowed. Johannesen, who calls the evenings "light, fun, educational, giving and empowering for women," dabbled in grape varietals that are different and unfamiliar, as well as championing female vignerons. "Strong women need to be open to things that are new and different," she says. "They also need to drink wine made by women."

Featured alongside the wine and women was writer Molly McNearney (whose hubby is Jimmy Kimmel), a Striike fan for years. She shared steps for getting involved with politics on a local level. Her journey started when she woke up the day after 2016 election hoping to introduce her daughter to the first female president. When that didn't happen, she decided, “Instead I will raise her to be an activist. That election ignited a fire in me. I’m a fighter, and so are the women I surround myself with.” 

Other evenings have featured star facialist Melanie Simon and her nano-current device Ziip, and home linen designer Heather Taylor.

After sitting on the sidelines and simply voting, McNearney said, "That’s not OK with me anymore. It’s time to get informed and engaged and protect the things that are important. We can’t really complain if we’re not actively trying to make change." She shared steps for getting started, including learning who your local representatives are and saving their numbers in your phone to call regularly, being charitable (donating more to the candidates you support and organizations that herald causes you’re passionate about) and using your voice.