Monthly Archives: January 2013

1920s Glam Hair “How To”

To achieve the 1920’s glam wave I turned to my incredible hairstylist, Ryan Payne, to help me out.  (Ryan was also one of the wonderful contributors to the Holiday Gift Guide.)  My hair has a life of its own and is definitely the dominant one in the relationship, so in order to achieve perfection I knew I would need some guidance.  The tricks to achieving the coveted waves are the proper tools and a lot of hairspray.  After Ryan’s tutorial I now feel confident that I can do this on my own and can’t wait to try it soon!  I also wanted to give a very special thank you to Ryan who completed my look for the Blacktie & Boots Ball, and if you are in need of the most wonderful hair stylist make an appointment with him at Bang Salon in Logan Circle.

Tools

 Curling Wand or Curling Iron

 Hairspray (Ryan recommends Redken Heat Styling Thermo Actif Hot Sets 22)

 Hairs Clips

 Bobby Pins

The tools

The tools

How to:

Heat up curling wand (Ryan recommends a 1 inch barrel, keep in mind the size of the barrel will correspond to the size of the curls).  You can also use a curling iron, but do NOT clamp hair, it will not give you the desired effect!

Part hair, to get the 1920s glam look give yourself an exaggerated side part, this will also help give you a little more volume around your face.

Take a section of hair that is about the same size as the barrel so in this case 1 inch (for looser curls use bigger sections).  Try to make sections as even as possible.

Beginning of the curling process

Make sections as even as possible

Spritz section with hairspray and comb through with your fingers.

Hairspray Hairspray Hairspray

Hairspray Hairspray Hairspray

Start wrapping hair at the root and pull tightly after each wrap.  Make sure to wrap hair all the way to the end, this will ensure smooth ends (this might get a little hot so you might need to wear a curling glove).

Hold hair around wand for a couple of seconds then remove wand and clip curl to your head.

Start curling at the root and work your way down to the ends

Start curling at the root and work your way down to the ends

Repeat until entire head is curled and clipped.  As you get closer to the top of your head don’t start at the root, instead leave a little space.  (PS this totally doubles as an arm work out)

All clipped and ready to go

All clipped and ready to go

Once your entire head is curled and clipped remove clips, starting with the sections curled first.

Gently comb through and pull pieces with your fingers.

**Disclaimer: curls will need time to relax and fall so don’t panic if looks curlier than you initially anticipated!!  This also means you must start the process on the earlier side, how early depends on your hair.**

Very tight curls before they have relaxed

Very tight curls before they have relaxed

About an hour after you have removed all the clips (again this depends on your hair) start to gently comb through curls with your fingers and arrange to one side.

Secure one sided do with a couple of bobby pins.  The trick to concealing the bobby pin is to slide the pin back up into the hair in the opposite direction the hair is going.  This will also ensure a strong hold.

Once you are finished give your do a generous spritz of hairspray and voila, you’re ready!

The finished product

The finished product

 

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Inauguration Weekend

Happy Martin Luther King Day and Inauguration Weekend!  As I put this post together, I am also getting ready for my second Inaugural Ball of the weekend, but I want to be sure to share the fun from Texas’ Blacktie & Boots Ball that I attended on Saturday.  For the Blacktie & Boots Ball I rented my very first dress from Rent the Runway and I am obsessed!  What an awesome idea, and it was absolutely perfect for this occasion and will definitely come in handy during wedding season.  Also for this Ball, my incredible hair dresser, Ryan (who contributed to my gift guide), did my hair in 1920’s Hollywood inspired waves, which went perfectly with my blindingly glitzy Badgley Mischka dress.  Stayed tuned for the hairdo “how to,” which will be up later this week.

Dress: Badgley Mischka, Earrings: Erickson Beamon, Bracelet: LouLou

Dress: Badgley Mischka, Earrings: Erickson Beamon, Bracelet: LouLou

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Grand ole' Texas Entrance

Grand ole’ Texas Entrance

Me & the Rangerettes

Me & the Rangerettes

Teddy made an appearance

Teddy made an appearance

The Rangerettes in action

The Rangerettes in action

the end

The End

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Inauguration News

It’s almost Inauguration Day.  A day the marks new beginnings and a day that in so many ways embodies hope.  Hope that things will be better, that a divided Congress will rise against their differences in the interest of our country, and that progress (which is a very loaded word) will be made.  All of this hope, thankfully, leads to celebration!  This weekend is jam packed with Inaugural Balls that will be attended by the first family, high-level government officials, Congressmen, DC wonks, out of towners, and people simply looking for a good time.  There is so much excitement surrounding this weekend and the biggest question on everyone’s minds is not about politics, but about fashion.  The best-kept secret in Washington right now is who Michelle Obama will be wearing for the official Inaugural Balls and I cannot wait to find out the answer!  Four years ago Michelle donned an incredible Jason Wu gown that catapulted him to fame and solidified her status as a style icon.  The next question on ball attendees’ minds is what to wear!  This weekend in DC is the equivalent to Hollywood’s Red Carpet Award’s Season and everyone wants to be on the best-dressed list!  This past Tuesday, I had the honor of modeling an incredible Tadashi Shoji gown on CBS’s morning news in a Inaugural fashion segment styled by Carine’s Bridal and local fashion bloggers.  Please enjoy the behind the scenes pics from the most glamorous morning of all time (our call time was 4am, yes you read that correctly) and find inspiration in these beautiful gowns and baubles!

4am delirium

4am delirium

In the make up chair

In the make up chair

Tadashi in the CBS newsroom pit

Tadashi in the CBS newsroom pit

The ultimate screen shot

The ultimate screen shot

Special thanks to Carine’s Bridal, District Sparkle, A Diva State of Mind, The Finesse Life, DC Funemployment, Whitney Stringer PR, Hair by Giselle and the CBS news team for making such a fabulous morning possible!

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Best Dressed of the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Finally, awards season has arrived! Between the red carpet and the big show, it’s definitely a toss up for what I enjoy most.  This season these A-listers brought their A-game, delivering high glitz and drama on the red carpet, with high slits, red, black, sequins and cleavage stealing the show.

Amanda Seyfried in GIvenchy

Amanda Seyfried in GIvenchy

Claire Danes in Versace

Claire Danes in Versace

Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli

Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Julianna Margulies in Emilio Pucci

Julianna Margulies in Emilio Pucci

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Katharine McPhee in Theyskens Theory

Katharine McPhee in Theyskens Theory

Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan

Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan

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Oversized Sweater: The Winter Uniform

Don’t let this warm week trick you!  It is still winter and we are in store for another cold front (hopefully the warmth will last through the Inauguration though).  So my solution to braving the chilly winter winds is the oversized sweater.  If you haven’t embraced it already, it is time!  Remember the cozier the better, but always keep your frame in mind.  Regardless of the size, the sweater should always be flattering.  And if you don’t want to invest in this super cozy garment, which I highly suggest you do, you can always borrow or steal one from a boyfriend, friend, brother, hubby or any man in your life.

You can't go wrong with super skinny pants and an extra oversized top!  I'm also loving the flat pointed boots and Lennon glasses.

You can’t go wrong with super skinny pants and an extra oversized top! I’m also loving the pointed boots and Lennon glasses.

Photo courtesy of theyallhateus

Nothing like a little color to brighten your day!

Nothing like a little color to brighten your day!

Photo courtesy of misszeit.tumblr

Love the pewter pleats and the unexpected pairing that is executed perfectly!

Love the pewter pleats and the unexpected pairing that is executed perfectly!

Photo courtesy of carolinesmode

Super cozy and fashion forward, this wide brimmed hat helps elevate the look.

Super cozy and fashion forward, this wide brimmed hat helps elevate the look.

Photo courtesy of lookbook.nu

Obsessed with the monochromatic fur stole

Obsessed with the monochromatic fur stole

Photo courtesy of misszeit.tumblr

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Oversized Sweater: The Winter Uniform

This winter I am living in my super cozy oversized sweaters.  The secret to finding the perfect oversized sweater is gender bending and shopping in the men’s department.  As you’ve seen from previous posts, I am a huge proponent of menswear for women.  Oversized doesn’t mean overpowering, which is something you must keep in mind when shopping in the men’s department.  The key to successfully pulling off men’s clothing is proportion and respecting your body.  I tend to pair oversized with tight allowing you to still show off your figure, while also emphasizing the oversized article.  When shopping for your oversized garment remember that the piece must be large enough to achieve the desired effect, but not so large that you drown in it.  Keep in mind you don’t have to buy a men’s sweater to find oversized, but it is my go to.  So please embrace my winter uniform and get cozy and fabulous at the same time, who ever thought those two words would be in the same sentence.

Sweater: J. Crew, last season (similar found here), Pants: Tripp NYC (found here), Scarf: Zara (found here), Boots: J. Crew, old (similar found here), Bag: Alexander Wang (found here)

Sweater: J. Crew, last season (similar found here and here), Pants: Tripp NYC (found here), Scarf: Zara (similar found here), Boots: J. Crew, old (similar found here), Bag: Alexander Wang (found here)

Another key to beating the chilly winds are oversized scarves.

Another key to beating the chilly winds are oversized scarves.

Proportion is crucial when wearing menswear.

Pairing the white sweater with a printed camo pant brings a little more excitement to the ensemble.

Caught in the wind mid spin.

Caught in the wind mid spin.

My new fav, you will be seeing a lot of this bag!

My new fav, you will be seeing a lot of this bag!

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