Hair

Plaits Please!

  • 31st May 2013

From ancient Egyptian braids to Greek Goddess styles to European braid buns, plaits have been around gracing the heads of women (and men) for centuries the world over.

 

 

Braids Valentino Runway

Braids Valentino Runway, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris Collections

 

But for Spring 2013, it’s the side-braid that’s fresh, fun and turning heads everywhere!

 

Rhianna's Braid

Rhianna, Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

The look is not solely confined to the realm of elegant and long, but can be punked-up a bit, courtesy of the one-sided french braid…

 

 

One Sided Braid Harper's Bazaar HK

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

One sided French Braid

Photo Courtesy of: Estetica China

 

 

 

 

According to beautydepartment.com, the perfect side braid begins with the right styling products.  The recommendation:  Redken Rough Paste.  It’s a paste meets a pomade that has just the ideal amount of grit to actually allow the braid to stick.

 

Redken Rough Paste

 

Rough Paste Redken, amazon.com, $13.90

 

 

 

Styling a simple fish-tail side-braid is amazingly easy with these quick pointers from Isabel Guillen, stylist and braiding expert with the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City.   She designed six braided styles for Real Simple magazine, the easiest and most au courant of which, we highlight here.

 

Side Fishtail Braid from realsimple.com

 

Side Fish Tail Braid

Photo Courtesy of: Real Simple Magazine

 

“This braid, which works best with longer hair, needs a bit of texture for hold; if your hair is straight, give it some wave by winding one-inch sections around a curling iron.

Gather your hair to one side in a low ponytail, securing it close to the base of your neck with a clear elastic. Next, create a fishtail braid: Separate the ponytail into two sections. Hold one section; with your other hand, take a narrow strip of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it over to the one in your hand.

Repeat, incorporating hair from one section into the other until you run out of hair; then secure with another clear elastic.

Finally, with a pair of scissors, carefully cut out the top elastic to give the braid a loose, casual look.

For a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers.”

 

 Last Look!

Short history of braids through the ages ending with this season’s side sweeping style

 

Ancient Egyptian Braids

Ancient Egyptian Braids, Photo Courtesy of: lovelyish.com

Navajo Braids

Navajo Braids, Photo Courtesy of: Lovelyish.com

Medieval European Braids

Medieval European Braids, Photo Courtesy of: Lovelyish.com

 

1940s Braids

1940s Braids Photo Courtesy of Instyle UK

1950s Braids

1950s Braids, Photo Courtesy of: Instyle UK

1960s Braids

1960s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK

 

1990s Braids

1990s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK

2000s Braids

2000s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK

 

2013, Photo Courtesy of:  InStyle UK

2013, Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

Pearls are a girl’s best friend?

  • 18th May 2013

This season Chanel celebrated the sentiment of its founder who said, “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls!

 

 

Coco Chanel in her 'ropes of pearls' photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

Coco Chanel in her ‘ropes of pearls’ photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

 

 

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls, Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel Thailand

 

 

Pearls Backstage at Chanel

Pearls Backstage at Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

Chanel necklace embellished with pearls, chanel.com

 

And, of course, everyone has quickly followed suit….Here are some of the best ways to work pearls into your wardrobe.  

 

The Copy Cat!

Everyone is copying Chanel’s ‘oversized’ look….

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace
Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace, zara.com, $30.00

Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace, $29.00

 

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace, neimanmarcus.com, $120.00

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace, garnethill.com, $198.00

 

 

 

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Cuff

Chanel Pearl Cuff, Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest

 

Chanel cuff in transparent resin and metal embellished with glass pearls, chanel.com

 

 

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff.  Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff. Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 

Other ways to wrap the trend around your wrist, fingers and ears….

 

The single pearl is stunning in this ring by Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring 18K Yellow Gold, larissalandinez.com, €700.00

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet,
Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet, stelladot.com, $69.00

Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet, dsw.com, $349.95 (a real steal)

 

 

 

Pearl Fusun Earring Shoplatitude

 

Pearl Fusun Earring, shoplatitude.com, $145.00

 

Unique Pearl Looks

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace

 

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace, bananarepublic.com, $89.50

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace, dsw.com, $300.00

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace, forzieri.com, $235.00

 

Take inspiration from the above to hang your favorite pendant or charm from any real or faux pearls….

 

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

 

Instant Go-To Glamour:

 

Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls Cartier

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls—Cartier

 

 

 

South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings, Mikimoto.

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings—Mikimoto.

 

 

The Sunglasses 

 

Dior Pearl Studded Sunglasses

Dior, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

 

Chanel Pearl Sunglasses

Chanel Pearl Glasses. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

Asos Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

Christy Turlington Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Australia

 

The Perfect Clutch:

 

Santi at Liberty Pearl Clutch

Santi Pearl Clutch, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch, lorisshoes.com, $138.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharp Pearl-Studded Clothes

 

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls. Photo courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress, farfetch.com, $1142.7

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer, farfetch.com, $1316.87

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl Embellished Ribbed Wool Top

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl-Embellished Ribbed Wool Top, net-a-porter.com, $675.00

 

 Bejeweled Hair

 

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

“To DIY, place a small bead on to the end of a headpin and thread through a jubo craft-store pearl; use needle nose pliers to wrap the end of the wire around an elastic.  Sound tricky?  Then simply string a piece of dental floss through the pearl and double-knot the ends around the elastic.  Secure with superglue.”  Text taken in entirety from InStyle

 

 

Chanel Pearl Hairband

Chanel Pearl Hairband is stunning. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

The brand that defines them

 

As Mikimoto celebrates its 120th anniversary it also affords the most sophisticated styles

 

MIkimoto Ombre Pearls

Mikimoto Ombre Pearls. Photo Courtesy of: Departures Magazine

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Harrods

 

 

mikimoto.com

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Sandal

 

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Flat Sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $795.00

 

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings.  Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

 

 

Mix the Chanel Fingerless Glove Look with the Penchant for Pearls:

 

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

 

Last Look!

Perhaps the most photographed piece of jewelry this spring…the diamond and freshwater pearl headpiece from the Great Gatsby Ziegfeld Collection at  Tiffany & Co.

 

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

In the Net!

  • 8th May 2013

 “Want to feel like a guest at Kate Middleton’s wedding?” That’s the question ‘Whimzaccessories.com’ asks you when promoting its vintage-inspired ivory mesh headgear.  Whether you are heading to a ladies brunch or an evening cocktail bash, the Spring 2013 runway at Dior helped bring back this veiled look—So, sport it with confidence!

 

 

Dior Mesh Headpiece as worn by Gwenyth Paltrow

Dior Mesh Headpiece as worn by Gwenyth Paltrow, photo courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar

Dior Headpiece as worn in the Spring 2013 runway shows

Dior Headpiece as worn in the Spring 2013 runway shows

 

 

 

Kate Moss wears net headpiece for Vogue Australia

Kate Moss in a net headpiece, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 A few ways to steal this look, (otherwise only available upon special order from Dior)…

 

 

Juliette by Anne-Sophie Coulot
Juliette by Anne-Sophie Coulot

 

 

Juliette by Anne-Sophie Coulot, boticca.com, $220.00

 

Whiteley Fine Mesh Fascinator

 

 

Whiteley Fine Mesh Fascinator, Mocha, johnlewis.com, £40.00

 

 

Armance Anne-Sophie Coulot
Armance Anne-Sophie Coulot

 

Armance Anne-Sophie Coulot, boticca.com, $168.00

 

 

Ivory Mesh and Feather

 

 

Ivory Mesh and Feather, whimzaccessories.com, $20.00

 

Designer Pale Pink Herbaceous Flower Beret Fascinator

 

 

Designer Pale Pink Herbaceous Flower Beret Fascinator, debenhams.com, £95.00

 

 

Tea with the Queen Fascinator

 

Tea with the Queen Fascinator, modcloth.com, $44.99

 

 

Navy Dahlia Cloche Hat by Stephen Jones,

 

Navy Dahlia Cloche Hat by Stephen Jones, debenhams.com, £60.00

 

 

Last Look

 

Philippe Venet Bonnet Harper's Bazaar

Richard Avedon shoots a Philippe Venet bonnet in 1965 for Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

 

à la Mod, Part Deux

  • 18th April 2013

Styling references to the ’60s dominate spring fashion, so we’ll take a quick look at the how to’s in hair, and ways to ‘mod-ify’ any outfit with prime accessories.

 

HairThe sexy, tousled bouffant

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

The first step is always a good volumizing spritz to the hair roots.

Use an oversized round brush to blow-dry hair big and voluminous.

Center-part hair.

Divide the hair on the crown of head into three equal sections.  Two front sections (see picture above) and one back section.

For the back section, use 2-3 inch pieces turn-by-turn and back-comb with a fine-toothed comb.

Using your fingers to gently tousle, pull back the back-combed sections together midway down your head and cinch.  This should have created a little uplift at the crown.   Tease the two front sections to add a touch of volume.  Keep the center part, or arrange as a dramatic side-part. Cinch the two front sections in the back as well and voila!

 

The Shoesa touch of white

 

Vogue White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

There are lots of interpretations of the perfect white boot this spring.  But, Jil Sander’s comes up on top!

 

Jill Sander Half Boots in White/Black

 

Jil Sander Leather Half Boots in White/Beige or White/Blackstylebop.com, $1270.00

 

jill Sander White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

Jil Sander Leather Boots

 

 

Jil Sander Leather Bootsmytheresea.com, € 895.00

 

Jill Sander Leather Calf Boot

Jil Sander Leather Calf Boots, net-a-porter.com, $1250.00

 

White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

Stuart Weitzman Cuffy White Sandal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

Cuffy Sandal, Stuartweitzman.com, $335.00

 

Cuffy Sandal Stuart Weitzman

 

 

 

 

Last LookKey Accessories

 

 

Mod Colorful Sunglasses Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses
Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses

 

 Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses, colette.fr, $210.13

 

Dolce & Gabbana Mod Sunglasses

 

 

Dolcegabbana.com 

 

Black Resin Bangle Wallis UK
Cream Resin Bangle Wallis UK

 

Black (cream) resin bangle, wallis.co.uk, £5.95

 

Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings
Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag

 

Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings,nordstrom.com, $8.00

Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag, farfetch.com, $1894.65

Sur la Tête

  • 6th March 2013

Follow this path to dressed up tresses and chintzy chic chignons!!

 

Head Band Dolce & Gabbana Show

Dolce & Gabbana Runway

Dolce & Gabbana Backstage

Dolce & Gabbana Backstage

 

 

These stunningly ornate headpieces complement any simple up-do or loose waves.  The key is to keep the hair style simple, unfussy and with a wispy, tousled effect.  Like you rolled out of bed and casually reached for your trusty tiara.

 

Maxi Zari Headband

 

Maxi Zari Headband, boticca.com, $137.00

 

Ann Taylor Feather Embellished Headband

 

Ann Taylor Embellished Feather Headband, anntaylor.com, $55.00

 

Milou Embellished Gold-Tone Headband
Eugenia Kim Parker Paper-Flower and Crystal Headband

 

Milou Embellished Gold-Tone Headband, net-a-porter.com, $388.00

Eugenia Kim Parker Paper-Flower and Crystal Headband, net-a-porter.com, $310.00

 

Gallia Bottica
Here Noir There Modcloth

 

 

 

 

Gallia, bottica.com, $358.50

Here Noir There Headband, modcloth.com, $11.99

 

Apt. 9 Crochet Lace Kohls

 

 

Apt. 9 Crochet Lace Headband, kohls.com, $6.00

 

The “Forehead” Headband—

You don’t have to be a tennis champ to pull off this look (perfected by John McEnroe and  Björn Borg in the 70s).

 

January Jones Head Band

January Jones

 

 

Deepa Gurnani Open Chain Headband
Juicy Couture Leather and Chain Headband

Head Chain Ruti Horn

 

Deepa Gurnani Open Link Headband, shopbop.com, $62.00

Leather & Chain Headband, juicycouture.com, $24.99

Headchain, rutihorn.com, $59.00

 

Head Wraps and Scarves Abound

Dolce & Gabbana Scarf

Photo Courtesy of: Dolce & Gabbana

Anthropologie

Photo Courtesy of: Anthropologie

Dolce & Gabbana Head Scarf

Photo Courtesy of: Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

Scarf Tips:

—If using a rectangle scarf, fold it horizontally as often as you prefer, based upon the thickness you desire

—If using a square scarf, you must fold it into a triangle first

Place the scarf on your hairline and knot it in the center of your neck, or side-of-neck based upon preference.  

 

Eugenia Kim Gigi Scarf
Koi Scarf

 

 

Gigi 2, eugeniakim.com, $150.00

Koi Fish Wrap, figue.com, $395.00

 

 

Soft Bands and Head-Wraps 

 

Bottica Silk Brocade Turban Headband

 

Silk Brocade Turban Headband in Cobalt Blue, boticca.com, $64.00

 

Missioni Rainbow Crochet Knit Headband

 

Missioni Rainbow Crochet-Knit Headband, net-a-porter.com, $120.00

 

Bottica Daisy Headband in Gold

 

 

Daisy Headband in Gold, boticca.com, $106.50

 

 

The Tiara-Effect that You CAN Do!

 

Tiara

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

Asos Flower Jeweled Headband
Dauphines of New York Crowning Glory Headband

 

ASOS Jeweled Flower Headband, asos.com, $20.35

Dauphines of New York The Crowning Glory Headband, shopbop.com, $220.00

 

This Secret to An Effortless Updo comes from InStyle magazine:

“We’ve seen stylists use this simple method to whip up a chic chignon in seconds.  First, rough up strands with texturizing spray, then gather hair together as if making a low ponytail.  Fasten an elastic three or four inches from the ends, “then roll hair up and pin the knot in place,” says Redken creative consultant Guido Palau, who crafted updos for Marc by Marc Jacobs.  You can secure it high on the head or low along the nape.”  Colorful hairband, wrap, scarf, tiara is icing on the cake!

 

Photo Courtesy of InStyle

Photo Courtesy of InStyle

 

 

 

Pony Tail 101:

In lieu of an elastic band, try this InStyle tip, cutting elastic straight from a spool and tying it super securely like they do on the runway.

 

Stretchrite Black Spool

 

Stretchrite 144-Yard Black Round Elastic Cord Spool, 144 Yards, amazon.com, $14.49

 

 

 

 

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