Category: Hair

BeautyLove the Look: A Whimsical Updo

It all started with my desk mate and fellow blogger, Sienna.

Her long, curly locks were artistically pined up in twisted strands at the top of her head. In the midst of this gorgeous brunette nest, she had pinned a darling bird figurine perched next to two robin’s eggs. Amazing.

Then it was the girl at my favorite coffee shop, who had fashioned several blooming flowers behind her ear with her hair all piled off to the side in quirky but darling manner.

I coined it: The Whimsical Updo.

The thing I love about this hair style is that anything goes. A scrap of your favorite ribbon, an elegant peacock feather, a string of pearls, fresh picked flowers … just pin them on and attain instant “fairy tale princess” status. The more creative and cute, the better.

Let your hair go naturally wavy or add some body and texture with a sea salt spray. Pile randomly on the top of your crown and secure with a mound of bobby pins. Garnish as desired.

 

For inspiration, check out these amazing looks captured by London-based photographer Joanna Kustra. Then check our selection of hair accessories to get started.

BeautyStyle Do or Don’t: Bettie Page Bangs

I’ve always loved the iconic hair of retro pin-up model Bettie Page. Known for her short pixie bangs and curvy brown locks, Bettie’s hair became her unique and edgy style accessory. 

In short, Bettie Page bangs are cut to hit at about mid-forehead and curve up towards the temples of your head.

I’ve noticed this style of bang becoming increasingly popular among hip, fashion forward women. To me, the look carries cool, rockabilly vibes and can really make a girl stand out. At the same time, I would never make the cut myself.

Just a smidge above eyebrow length is about as short as I will go. I just know that a super short bang wouldn’t flatter my face shape. While I admire the cut on a lot of women, it’s still a daring look to pull off.

(Above: Actress Gretchen Mol in The Notorious Bettie Page. Below: Bettie Page)

That being said, I’ve noticed that certain styles manage to capture the essence of the original Bettie Page cut while toning down the extremes to make it more flattering on different face shapes.

Above, I love how Katy Perry’s bangs sit just above the eyebrow and curve just slightly up the sides, not sharply. Designer Maya Luz from this season’s Project Runway sports the same style, keeping the bangs semi-short and mostly strait towards the sides of the head. I’ve been drooling over her hair all season (and rooting her on to win!) For both Katy and Maya, dark straightened locks and bold lipstick give the look a little extra retro boost.

What do you think? Would you make the cut?

FashionA Certified Cinderella

With busy days full of stress and concerns over school, work, relationships or a number of other things, life may seem like anything but a fairy tale.

But let’s remember: Cinderella didn’t always have it easy. She was, after all, forced to live in the attic with a gaggle of mice (albeit cute mice) as her only companions.

Like Cinderella, it takes a little special care to make a girl feel more pampered and pretty. Well, Lulu*s is here as your fairy godmother, offering you some cute, Cinderella inspired finds to help you face whatever life throws at you. Prince optional.

 

A trio of magic is found with the strapless and ruffled Glass Slippers Top, named such as it would go great with a pair of glass slippers. For a more comfy and casual version, try the sparkling Chinese Laundry Northern Lites Smoke Jelly Flat to light up your every step. To top it all off, our With a Twist Headband is nothing short of whimsical.

Now all you need is a sweet ride…

Photo found via Obliteratedheart

BeautyBehind the Scenes: Being Beautyilicious @ CHIKOKO

I recently went to a local (Chico, California) fashion show by a fashion collective named Chikoko. Despite my snobbish fashion thoughts, engrained from a few years in a snobby art school and shaped by extreme fashionista mentors, I came away with a newly founded respect for small town fashion ventures and the women who put them on. I got Josh Mills, one of the photographers at the event, to send me his flickr link and found these backstage pictures which captured a certain fresh beauty and brought out intriguing detail in the clothes that I missed in the chaos and energy of the runway. Here are some of the gorgeous gals and intricate clothes backstage and before the show.

I love the clean face and big hair! Her distressed boyfriend jeans with the relaxed worn leather handbag and booties are just too cute.

The hair stylists created long braids that wrapped around the models heads. The big hair with braids added a lot of romance and texture to the look of the night.

I loved this little mini dress with its soft pink, pieced, and layered look.The model’s tattoos and makeup added a lot of edge to the sweetness of the look.

Here the ever sooooo popular PINK is utilized in both their makeup and clothes. The texture in both outfits is intriguing. On the left, the bright makeup works well to accent the colors of the outfit and of the model’s red hair! On the right, the pieced crocheted dress is dainty and demure without being an understatement.

Keep posted for pictures of the event to come!

BeautyRed Heads Have More Fun

Red hair is as rare as it is beautiful. A vibrant color that always catches the eye, it’s as equally breathtaking in its natural shade as in its artificial versions. Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan on the hit series Mad Men is almost single handedly responsible for making me want to dye my dark brunette locks a vibrant shade of red.

A hair color that requires a lot of upkeep, going red and staying red is a quite a commitment. It’s also crucial to capture the right shade of red for your skin tone, whether it be warm-toned and coppery or on the cool side of the spectrum with purple undertones, etc.

Have any of you lovely ladies gone a daring shade of red? If so, any tips for making it last? Also, please share what you love about being a red head!