My RI Life: Rock Star Aesthetician And Yogi Mary Colburn

I first met Mary Colburn about five years ago when I started taking a yoga class near my house (that) she was teaching. It only took one class to turn me into a fan. When I told my sister about it and dropped Mary's name, my sister, hand on hip, informed me that Mary was also a rockstar aesthetician in RI. Well, I'd had no idea...One thing I do know is that Mary reminds me a whole lot of actress and Oscar winner Julianne Moore. To find out even more (Get it? Moore and more.) about her 'fabulous RI life', read on.

Food And Restaurants

Thai Orchid in Cranston - They have the best Pad Thai. I order it with shrimp. My favorite. I love this place! Small, intimate and family owned. Lovely people. Great food. BYOB.

Ichiban Korean and Japanese Cuisine in Cranston 

Sonia's Near East Market & Deli - Sonia's has delicious sandwiches. Turkey w/ pesto mayo is fav. Their hummus is to die for. 

Macera's Italian Restaurant - Macera's calamari is THE best. 

Scales & Shells in Newport - Order the Little Necks Roberto and the Lobster Fra Diavolo for two. Love this place in the Summer. 

Matunuck Oyster Bar - I've had excellent swordfish there. And the oysters are incomparable. Straight from their oyster farm. 

Shopping And Style

I have found numerous great buys at T.J. Maxx and Marshallsincluding a Michael Kors down parka that I found at TJ's. Knee length, a very light weight and extremely warm. Only $89. I know they sell elsewhere for around $175. Also my Michael Kors black leather boots that can be worn over the knee. Gorgeous and only $99! I also love my hunter green cross body bag by Co Lab - only $59!!! Nice and big - I have to have a big handbag ; )

All my bedding is from Home Goods...Latest find? Cynthia Rowley queen sz micro fiber sheets for $30! And my Boston Terrier loves every toy I get her from Marshalls & TJ's. 

Always finding great stuff at Ulta and Sephora...I use Bare Minerals foundation and it's available at both places.

Consignment shopping has always been one of my favorite things. Love all the great buys...For instance, the dress I'm wearing to my nephew's wedding next weekend is from Into The Wardrobe in Providence. I found it years ago. It's a timeless classic: a long, black rayon, off the shoulder gown by 'Six Fourteen' (Not even sure if this designer is still around?).

Scenic Spots

Favorite RI Spots - East Beach in Charlestown, Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Newport, and Arcadia State Park in Exeter

Skincare And Beauty

Be healthy and happy as you age... It will show in your face. 
Makeup...Less is more.
Using cosmeceutical products will rejuvenate aging skin.  
Use sunscreen and avoid over exposure to sunlight.
Get enough sleep. 
Drink lots of water. 
Stay active...Exercise, Practice yoga. 
All anti aging.
And eyelash extensions will give you a fresh younger look. [Mary gets her lashes - and hair - done at Salon KG btw.]

I've been a Licensed Medical Aesthetician for 17 yrs...I now work at the Aesthetic Laser Treatment Center under the medical supervision of Dr Michael Coppa. We provide clients with the most sophisticated, safe and effective laser hair removal and medical grade skincare services, like chemical peels (including a 'lunchtime peel'), Botox and dermal fillers. [Mary tells me ALT is also running a hair removal special this month for underarms. Imagine never having to shave again! #CheckItOut] 

Our anti aging skincare products include: 
SkinMedica - Love the Daily Physical Defense spf 30.
Neocutis - Their eye balm is phenomenal.
Revision Skincare - Their Vitamin C lotion 30% is everything!


I've been practicing yoga for 20yrs. Yoga is my saving grace, my lifesaver sanity keeper, and safe space...I've been a yoga teacher for almost 5yrs. I'm currently teaching a class at Lineham School in EWG on Monday nights 7pm.


Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of Mary Colburn, except for the Thai Orchid menu, Scales & Shells frontage, the envelopes and the skincare products. Those are all courtesy of Google Images and Yelp.