Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Favorite Instagram Accounts

Instagram has become such a great tool for meeting and working with new creatives for me. I love it. Recently, I've discovered a few accounts that are taking the platform to a new level. These aren't people showing me curated versions of their daily lives (I love that, don't get me wrong), instead they're using the medium for some ingenious collages. See a few of my favorites below:
@bessnyc4 is created by the founder of BESS NYC. It's amazing and by the amount of #regrams it gets from brands and individuals in the collages, I think it's safe to say that most of the fashion industry is a fan.

@kalen_hollomon is run by visual artist Kalen Hollomon who posts his own fashion collages on his namesake instagram account. Ads that could almost pass for the real thing are mixed in alongside people (knowingly?) interacting with magazine clippings.

@arthistorysnap adds hilarious captions to classic art pieces. The two hair references above were a couple of my favorites. I giggled my way through the entire account when I first found it.

@copylab The Chanel eyebrows on an oil painting by ? Genius! By the looks of the image captions, whoever is behind this account really knows their art and fashion references. I'm always looking forward to what new creation will show up in my feed!

Do you have any favorite instagram accounts? Please share!

@bessnyc4, @kalen_hollomon, @arthistorysnap, @copylab

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Supremes

The Supremes.  Great hair. Great style. And great music. Can we all please start wearing wigs? Preferably really voluminous wigs.

images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dreamy Dreamy Hair Color References Part III

The first thing that came to mind when I saw these botanical images by photographer John Grant was how beautiful the same tones would be as hair color. Imagine a powder pink wig with some minimal yellow and golden tones alongside shades of deeper pink. It would look great on someone's real hair too, but my mind immediately goes to models and working with this wig on a beauty or fashion editorial.

What do you think? Would you dye your hair with any of these images as color references? Would you take one of these flowers to your next hair appointment and say you want your hair color like this poppy shade of orange? I think the right colorist could undoubtedly help you pull it off.

See other dreamy hair color references.

All botanical images by John Grant Studios // Charlotte Carey color by Aura Friedman // Natalia Vodianova in Vogue hair by Julien dY's // Soo Joo Park // Pink and Yellow Hair

p.s. While finding photos for this post I realized so many people Photoshop color hair on the internet. They should become hairstylists in real life because some of them have insane color placement!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cut it like Winona Ryder

Don't you want to look like Winona does in this photo? Not only is her hair incredible, her coral-tinted lips and strong brows just complete the look. If the lips and a little brow wizardry isn't enough for you, then here's what you should tell your hairstylist so you can communicate exactly what you love about this cut. Because sometimes, it can feel like you and your hairstylist speak different languages! As always, take this with a grain of salt because I'll be the first to tell you that even when there may be strict parameters or rules to something, there are ALWAYS exceptions.
First of all, this haircut is best for straight hair, or at least it will look most similar to Winona's in this photo if you have straight hair. Thick, medium, or fine hair? No biggie, this cut is for you. Do you like to spend time on blow drying your hair? Well, give that up because this is a total wash and go cut, the less fuss the better.

Ask your stylist for an undercut. This will lay the best if it is undercut, BUT you need a great stylist so they can know what type and amount of undercut to give you with your specific hair texture and head shape. An undercut does NOT always look like this. The length of the rest of your hair should graze your ears and lips. It should have texture too but I avoided putting that on the graphic because sometimes stylists or people misread texture for something that it isn't (i.e. wispy, spikey...). This texture should involve minimal cutting or "texturizing" and just happen naturally or with the help of a little product.

Winona Forever. or Wino Forever?

image via

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SLC Pop-Up Hair Workshop Recap

Online hair tutorials are great, but hairstyling workshops take "do it yourself" hair to another level. I had such a great time hanging out with all the ladies who attended my Pop-Up Hairstyling workshop in Salt Lake City last month. The workshop was held in the beautiful studio of SLC-based floral designer Sarah Winward in downtown Salt Lake. I taught three variations of a soft, ethereal hairstyle (see illustrated tutorial below).

My favorite part of these workshops is when everyone is in the middle of doing their hair and I have the chance to go around helping each person with their hair. The internet is great, and bringing the online off-line is one of my favorite things about it. 

I was so happy to include some of my favorite products in the workshop gift bags alongside a printed illustrated hair tutorial by me and Samantha Hahn.

Fat and the Moon makes organic herbal body products in northern California. I had never used a shampoo bar before trying theirs and am now in love. You rub your scalp with the bar and massage it throughout your hair. I love that the lathers it creates are completely organic and sulfate-free. Did you know most dry shampoos have aluminum in them? I learned about this from Fat and the Moon - their dry shampoo is all-natural,  aluminum free, and made with lavender and cocoa.

From Me, With Love sent us these great mini cards. They're perfect for quick thank yous and love notes.

There weren't very many organic beauty companies with products I could recommend 5 years ago. I'm so happy that has changed and love seeing brands like One Love Organics developing simple, organic products for skin, body, and hair like the Body Serum they included in our gift bags.

Ban.do does hair accessories well and recently they've proven that they can do way more than hair accessories well. These Carryall Duos were the perfect carrier for all the products the workshop attendees received. I'm always looking for bags to carry all the different items in my hair kit and the big one is perfect for my hair brushes. Wouldn't the small one be perfect for lipsticks?

I love a good salt spray and was very excited to have Captain Blankenship's Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray in the gift bags. We sprayed it on dry hair and scrunched it in to create the perfect texture for the "Ethereal Twists" I taught the students. The Sea Salt Hair Spray is made from organic essential oils of Rose Geranium and Palmarosa, creating a beachy rose scent.

I've written about Spornette hair brushes on this blog before. It's my all-time favorite round brush and I use it all the time. I loved teaching all the ladies at the workshop all the reasons why Spornette round brushes are my favorite. You can see them here.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the workshop and thank you to everyone who helped make this happen! Especially Flor de Luz shop who helped organize the event in Salt Lake City, check out the beautiful handmade dresses in her shop.

Venue: Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Illustrated Hair Tutorial: Samantha Hahn // Gift bags: Ban.do // Sea Salt Spray: Captain Blankenship // Shampoo Bar and Dry Shampoo: Fat and the Moon // Mini Cards: From Me, With Love // Body and Hair Serum: One Love Organics // Round Brush: Spornette

Photos from Instagram @undeclaredkate and @jessabird. More on photos on Instagram under #popuphair.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Botanical Bathroom Beauty Storage

This bathroom has been haunting my Pinterest boards for quite some time now. I think you and I are pretty similar so if you happen to have a bathroom like this or dream of one like I do, might I suggest this mint green and wood storage box for your bobbi pins? Because if we are alike then you probably find your bobbis all over the house so a cute little box for them would be great.

Botanical bathroom via High Snobiety
Green box via Leif Shop (also comes in pink, and violet)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Young Carolina Herrera and Fangirling

I recently watched this interview with Tavi Genivson, you should all watch it or at least listen to it while working. It's so good. It inspired me to analyze the things I "fangirl" over.

We consume media so quickly nowadays, I sometimes feel like I look at blogs and love a photo but then forget it in 10 seconds. Listening to this interview inspired me to look a little deeper into why I like a certain image, art piece, person, artist... Tavi mentioned that it is usually because of emotional associations you relate to the subject which reflects on yourself. Those associations makes that thing you like uniquely special because you like it for different reasons than the anyone else.

This post is about why I fangirl over this image of young Carolina Herrera (which unfortunately I can't find the original source to :( ).

1. Her hair, makeup and clothing reminds me of images of my mom in the 70s. Carolina Herrera's style is iconic and she has built an equally iconic brand and I love that she is Latina like my mom and me. She is Venezuelan-born, my family is Mexican. There is always a sense of Latin pride among Latin Americans.
2.  One of the first big production shoots I worked on was a week-long shoot for Carolina Herrera. I assisted one of my favorite hairstylists on it and while it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun.
3. Her perfect hair. I love taking down a well-done set and brushing it out into the perfect look like hers. The texture is so perfectly moldable and bouncy. You should all try it sometime.
4. The greenery and outdoor furniture remind me of one of the first shoots I worked on while I was still in hair school. I did the hair for a test shoot (a shoot solely for portfolio purposes) with Nicole Hill in one of the most beautiful outdoor gardens I've seen. See the images here.
5. I knew I had seen a ceiling and columns similar to the ones in this image before. Once at a church in Mexico and on my trip to Morocco last year. Wouldn't you love to have a home with a space like that?

Do you ever stop yourself and analyze why you really "like", "repin", or share an image? Do you fangirl over stuff?

images: Carolina Herrera (source not found), mom (personal scan),  CH hot air balloon ad, Elnett ad, Nicole Hill, Morocco (personal)


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