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Fashion Week New York Spring Summer 2014 Rebecca Minkoff E-mail
  • Lead makeup artist: Sarah Lucero
  • Lead hairstylist: Jeanie Syfu
  • Lead manicurist: Michelle Saunders
  • Makeup products used: Stila Cosmetics
  • Hair products used: Tresemme
  • Nail products used: Essie

Janelle Monae rocked the house for Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Singing a collection of soulful, yet upbeat tunes with her backup singers and band one would almost forget there’s a fashion show going on.

Rebecca Minkoff showcased her next season’s collection all inspired by the tribal and colorful features of Mexico. Models sported intricate braided hairstyles strongly evoking the image of Frida. Terracotta cheeks, natural eyes and lips with luminous skin grazed each models face as fabrics of silk and cotton flowed effortlessly on their bodies.

Sarah on the makeup looks for Rebecca Minkoff:

Since the collection is inspired by Navajo desert brows needs to be strong. Use a brow pen it’s like liquid liner for your eye brow. Go in the direction that the brow grows and move in short quick strokes. A trick is to hold pen all the way back so that your hand can move swifter.

Lashes are curled, to make eyes look wide like a Navajo girl exploring. If you use mascara before the eyeliner it allows you to expand the lash and see your shape. That last lash you see is where you wing it.

We’re using a red peachy matte shadow all over the eye lid.

Interview with Jeanie:
Jeanie on the look: The look is about strong Mexican women like Frida. Today we’re starting with a deep side part then a straight line from deep side part to ear, separating in three parts and creating fishtail braids then wrapping the three braids together around the top of the head. What are some Spring/Summer hair trends? Hair is about texture, enhance what you have.

What do you see as being a go-to hairstyle for women in the Spring/Summer 2014 season? Braids are easy, they just get better as the day progresses and you have good texture when you take it out.

Michelle on the nail looks for Rebecca Minkoff: Since it is an ethnic inspired collection Dia de los muertos is what they translated on the nail- small skulls on random fingers.


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A collection of fashionable reads for your bookish besties. Recreate your favorite style icon's look with your own twist. 

CHANEL and Her World -  the glorious life of the incomparable Coco Chanel shines again through hundreds of illustrations and the lively prose of Edmonde Charles-Roux, her official biographer and close friend.

Parisian Chic - $24. France's icon of chic shares her personal tips for living with style and charm. She offers specific pointers on how to dress like a Parisian, including how to mix affordable basics with high-fashion touches, and how to accessorize.

AUDREY in Rome - $19. Audrey in Rome:  Assembled by Audrey Hepburn's son Luca Dotti, Audrey in Rome is an intimate collection of almost two hundred candid photographs of the beloved actress and much-imitated style icon during the twenty-year period she made Rome her home.

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The Michael Kors Eau de Parfum Coffret iconset features three 0.17 oz. bottles of Kors signature scents; Signature, Gold, and Gold Rose $38. Perfect for the Kors lover who doesn't want to make a commitment. 

Kors Chain Bracelet Chronograph Watch iconfeatures a gold and tortoise bracelet that adds a touch of sophistication to a sporty watch.

Haven Platform Bootie
4.5" high with a 1" platform = I can walk! iconSexy and understated. Side zipper with gold plate logo on heels. These booties are available in black and cognac (shown). 

Glimore Satchel in Malachite
iconhas an adjustable strap that converts the bag to a hands-free crossbody. Made of leather with gold accents. Measures 13"w x 10.5" high. Originally $358, now $214.  Your new neutral, this color will go with everything in your closet.

The 2013 Buckley London Poppy Collection E-mail

The 2013 Buckley London Poppy Collection Supporting the Royal British Legion

Buckley London was one of the first jewellery brands to work in close partnership with the Royal British Legion to develop a jewelled poppy brooch in support of our Armed Forces past and present, and their families. The new 2013 collection will be available in stores nationwide from October.

The collection includes a range of brooches, cufflinks and a lapel pin. Adrian Buckley who founded Buckley London in 1989, has been a long time supporter of the Royal British Legion and his charitable poppies have raised over £2.5m to date. The 2013 Buckley London Poppy Collection comes in various designs and finishes.

The Sparkle Poppy (featured above left) comes in both large and small sizes and is hand set with over one hundred sparkling poppy red crystals whilst featuring an elegant leaf with olivine crystals. The Treasured Poppy (featured above right) features a glossy smooth red enamel with jet and clear crystal detailing adding a subtle touch of sophistication.

At least 30% of the retail price will be donated to The Royal British Legion for every product sold. Each poppy is presented in an elegant box for this Remembrance Day in support of the Royal British Legion.

You can purchase the brooches shown here and several other versions at Buckley London.

Hi Strung Designs Fall 2013 Mixed Metals E-mail

Hi Strung Designs Mixed Metals

I prefer simplicity when it comes to fashion, writing, art, food, and a lot more. So much can be said with so little.  So when I received news about the Fall 2013 Mixed Metals Collection by Hi-Strung Designs I was thrilled to share it with Style Envy readers.  The designer behind this clean, edgy, forever-modern collection is Mary Blaire Wolf. She's a self proclaimed 'perfectionist when it comes to quality and craftsmanship," and it shows.  I asked Mary about her inspiration behind this collection, as it is different from her previous work.

"My focus has always been on simplicity in design: easily wearable pieces in deceptively simple styles that catch your eye with their clean lines and beautiful high-quality materials. Every element — from the chain to the gemstones to the clasp and other hardware—is carefully selected to highlight the natural beauty of the materials. With the Mixed Metals Collection, I focused on the playful juxtaposition of color and texture, using only the metals themselves, unadorned by gemstones.

A matte gold vermeil spike dangles from a shiny silver beaded chain. Brushed silver and gold vermeil coin-shaped beads are nestled on a sparkly silver or gold-filled chain. The designs are decidedly modern and just a little edgy, yet they pair beautifully with your existing jewelry, allowing you to add new sparkle to your old favorites."

I love the idea of mixing gemstone pieces with the clean lines of this collection.  Pick a piece mix it up and make it your own.  After all that's what true style is about.

You can find all of the pieces shown on Style Envy and much more at Hi-Strung Designs. Click here to sign up for Hi-Strung Designs updates and you'll receive an email with a coupon for 20% off.


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Ciaté London Chalkboard Manicure E-mail

Ciaté London Chalkboard Manicure

What will your nails say about you? Let your imagination run wild and release your inner child with Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure, the latest nail art innovation allowing you to sketch, doodle and squiggle to your heart’s content.

This whimsical concept was created by Ciaté Founder and Creative Director, Charlotte Knight, and the first of its kind inspired by nostalgic fun and youthful creativity that’s found in using chalk crayons and the unique dusty pastel texture they create. Design, draw and play! Seal in the look with the top coat once you’ve aced your design, or for anything that doesn’t make the grade, simply wash away with water, and play again.

“This kit takes me back to being a little girl,” said Charlotte. “I absolutely love mixing up nail designs and textures, and I was giddy with excitement when creating this particular kit.”

This simple kit contains everything you need to create your favourite designs, including mini liquid chalk pens, Ciaté Chalkboard Paint Pot, and Mattnificent topcoat.

Step-By-Step Guide:

1. Begin with 2 coats of matte black Ciaté Chalkboard Paint Pot, and allow to dry.

2. Once dry, take a mini chalk pen and gently press onto the nail to release the liquid chalk. 3. Ready, set, play! Sketch, doodle and squiggle to your heart’s content (see doodle gallery below for some ideas)

4. If you make a mistake, simply rinse with water and start again!

5. Allow to dry and seal your masterpiece with Ciaté Mattnificent topcoat.

Remove with regular nail polish remover once you’re ready for a new scribbled style. Doodle Inspirations: Channel your inner child and doodle hearts, stars, stripes or smiley faces, or make a statement with words. Be creative, there’s no doodle too silly or too smart. Each kit comes with a Chalkboard Manicure Doodle Gallery to help stir up more fun!

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PUNK: Chaos to Couture E-mail


This year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala took place on Monday, May 6, 2013 in New York, NY. This year’s envelope pushing theme was “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” Beautypress expert hairstylist Anthony Campbell styled Jessica Biel’s hair for the grand event. “We wanted make it look like the sides were almost shaved and the rest of the hair pin straight almost like a sheet of hair and the top slicked,” explains Anthony Campbell. Jessica Biel’s “barely there” make-up is stunning. Nude is one of spring’s biggest trends, from nails to lips and eyes nude adds mystery and depth to the face without actually looking like you’re wearing any make-up. Photo credit: The Wall Group.

Nicole Richie was literally show stopping. Richie’s matte velvet burgundy lips amplified her silver-gray hair. Beautypress expert Beau Nelson was Nicole Richie’s make-up artist of the evening. With Nicole Richie you see her eyes were kept simple to allow her lips and hair to speak for themselves. This fashionista has caught our attention for all the right reasons, once again. Photo credit: The Wall Group Redken’s Creative Consultant Guido Paulu conceptualized the hairstyles for the 50 living and breathing punks who lined the Met’s staircase as guests entered the gala. These punks set the tone for what was sure to be an unforgettably cool time. “Punk was everywhere when I was in my teens and it’s always been a source of inspiration for me. So when I was asked to style the Gala and create the headpieces for the exhibition, it was an era, and a style, that I already felt close to. I’ve always put a little punk in my work... whether it’s an energy, a feeling, or an actual element of the look.” -Guido, Redken Creative Consultant Photo credit: Kevin Tachman It’s safe to say punk chic is here to stay. Wine stained lips, glowing bronzed skin, leather garments with spikes and studs are for everywhere in between street wear and red carpet ready.

Check out the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

Photo credit: Beautypress

Green Up Your Routine E-mail

Greening up your routine is definitely not a new idea, but there are many ways that you can jump on the bandwagon!

There is a variety of skincare items on the market that are natural and free of harsh chemicals. This is especially great for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin. There are loads of soothing ingredients in these skincare items like green tea, aloe vera, and chamomile that can really calm erupted skin. If you have acne/oily problems look for ingredients like witch hazel or tea tree oil which can really help too!

Makeup usually has some of the most pore clogging ingredients that can do more harm than good. If you have sensitive skin you can choose from a variety of cosmetic brands with products that feature soothing minerals and allow your skin to breathe. They also tend to look more natural on the face which is always a plus if you aim for the "no makeup" makeup look.

Some of the greatest hair care treatments can be made right from your kitchen using simple ingredients that create extraordinary effects.

Fortunately, there are now plenty of green hair care products that offer ready formulas, saving you both time and clean-up in the kitchen. If you suffer from dry/damaged hair look for conditioners that have ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, honey, and other moisturizing things that can perk up your tresses. If you are struggling with limp hair, look for shampoos that have peppermint oil which can really bump up the volume and make your scalp tingle.

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A Shot of Citrine for Spring E-mail

It's bright, a bit neon, and will definitely draw some attention. So what are you waiting for? Introduce a shot of citrine to your spring 2013 style. Just a touch goes a long way. A bag or shoe with a citrine heel or color block is all you need to brighten up a look. Here are a few of my suggestions. A few years ago I bought a Rebecca Minkoff bag on Gilt Groupe that I thought was a soft yellow and gold. When I opened it, it was citrine and gold. I was ready to return it. What was I supposed to wear with a  neon yellow green and gold bag?  Everything.  I still have the bag and love it. Try citrine with navy, gold, camel, white, plum, fuchsia or grey.

The Citrine Shoes

1. Sole Society MARGIE stud pump in Citrine Cuban Sand $49.99. Very Valentino rock stud.

2. GoMax Ashland 21 Taupe and Neon Slingbacks $46.00.  Cap Toe Vegan leather pumps. Neon patent cap toe matches the neon heel. So cute. Available at LULU'S.

3. Dadallina Sandals $160.00. Retro block heel style with a modern twist. These sandals from Joan & David feature T-straps, a cutout design and neon accents. Available at Lord & Taylor.

4. The OUTNET Burak Uyan Leather and python sandals $399 (orginally $1005). These sky-high sandals combine classic python with a punch of neon.


The Citrine Handbags

1. Marcela Open Tote by Elliot Lucca. On my spring wish list. It's a great value for the size and style of the bag. Special online price of $188 (regularly $248).

Measures 14 L x 5.5 W x 16 H, with zippered closure and interior pockets. Available in black, white, chilli, and python prints.

2. Mini Bag in Bitter Citrus $148 at JCrew. This is your go to bag for traveling, bike rides, picnics, anytime you need a cross body bag to hold your essentials. Adjustable shoulder strap.

3. Coach Madison Leather Tote in Kiwi $298. I have one in Cognac and use it all the time. It fits comfortably on my shoulder has room for my iPad and so much more. Top zip, interior pockets and zip compartment. Chain accents on strap.

4. Linen Lola Tote in Natural/Citrine by DVF $345. This Diane Von Furstenberg tote can go from the city to the beach. I love the seriousness of the taupe linen paired with citrine and black leather accents. Front flap pocket with logo detail.


EMERALD - Pantone 2013 Color of the Year E-mail

One of the exciting things about fashion is waiting to see which colors make the it list each year. Pantone LLC announced the 2013 color of the year, EMERALD 17-5641. Emerald green represents positive energy, prosperity, balance and harmony. Like the gemstone, the color Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. This hue has been the color of growth, healing, and renewal in many cultures. This lush, classically elegant, color looks equally beautiful in fashion as in does in the home.

Alexander McQueen Dylan Tote iconand Rebecca Minkoff Dylan Tote at Nordstrom, Carolee Lux Jade and Turquoise Bracelet at Saks Fifth Avenue, iconPantone Universe at Sephora, Duo Date Clutch at Lulu*s, and Bond New York Musk Emerald Shooting Star iconat Saks Fifth Avenue.

How will you be wearing Emerald this year?

Herve Leger Pre-Fall 2013 Collection E-mail

Herve Leger Fall 2013Herve Leger is best know for the body-con, bandage dress that shook the fashion world in the 1980's. The sensuous, body sculpting silhouette continues to look fresh and modern today.

In 2007 the brand was reinvented by Max and Lubov Azria as the Herve Leger by Max Azria collection. While still keeping true to the original vision, Herve Leger by Max Azria has infused the collection with new shapes, colors, and textures to reflect the Azria spirit.

The Pre-Fall 2013 collection was inspired by a mix of pop culture from the South West, a bit of rock and roll elements and artistic sensibility.  Expect to see a vibrant color palette of violets and blues complimented with soft neutrals and black.

Ruffle bandage details, studded trim bandages, shadow ombre, hand beading, and engineered jacquard patterns help create sexy, wearable art. New silhouettes include elongated shapes and bustier tops. The Fall 2013 collection can be worn now through fall and long after. There is an evident newness and a variety of silhouette and print updates that will appeal to women of all ages.

I love the long sleeve dresses in bold western surfer style prints (shown left). The perfect balance of cover up with a head-turning pop of leg. 

Visit Herve Leger to see more of the pre-fall 2013 collection.

Claire Desjardins for Anthropologie E-mail

I fell for this clutch the first time I saw it on back in November. As a painter and lover of all things abstract, I wanted it but didn't want to pay $128. On Sunday I went shopping at for a friend's housewarming gift at Anthropolgie. There it was! The canvas and leather clutch with a painting by Canadian artist, Claire Desjardins. It was on sale for $49.99.

I hesitated because I really didn't plan on shopping for myself. As I continued to look around I saw a giant sign - Extra 30% off all SALE items. Since one of my 2013 resolutions is never to pay full price, I bought it for $34.00.

It's bold and fun. Inside there's a side zip compartment and two pockets that can fit a cell phone or business card case. There's a strap of canvas on the inside with the artist's signature.  So glad I waited!

Gift Guide for Handbag Lovers E-mail

We all know her, the woman who who never goes to a party without a clutch or evening bag that's just as fabulous as her outfit. I've put together a few head-turning bags to give or get this holiday season.

1. Marabou Feather Clutch
. This luxe feather clutch (with shoulder chain) has a pave studded closure and is filled with Hollywood glamour. Available at Ann Taylor for $135.

2. Overture by Judith Leiber - Concave Side Rectangle Clutch. Just one great bag from the JL Overture collection. It features iridescent metallic leather with a snake print, a signature bow push lock in multicolor leather. The citrine-quartz color of the push lock is so striking. An investment piece you'll use again and again. Available at Lord & Taylor for $395.

3. Baubled Envelope Pouch - this small sparkle pouch comes in three colors (purple, navy and gold) each featuring a different adornment and contrasting lining. The purple (shown left) comes with a vibrant teal lining. I LOVE the sweetness of this little bag. It's only $28 and available at Anthropologie.

4. Orange Crush on You Clutch as seen in LUCKY. Vegan leather purse with pewter beads, black and white rhinestones over a fold-over front flap. Comes with adjustable strap. You can pre-order yours today at Lulu's and it will ship out by Dec. 20th. Only $40 at LuLu*s.

5. Sondra Roberts Beaded Minaudiere Box Clutch. A multicolor mix of shimmery beads and sparkling crystals cover an oval box clutch giving it appeal. Drop-in chain strap. The variety of colors make it versatile. Find it at NORDSTROM for $228.

6. Z Spoke Zac Posen Leather & Cork Clutch. An unexpected mix of textures in an unconventional shape. Black leather with gold cork looks effortlessly cool for day or evening. Available at Bloomingdales for $250. icon

Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers E-mail

1. The Fragrance Sampler A 12-piece collection of Sephora’s most popular scents and a stylish beauty bag. This set includes a voucher to fill in and submit at any Sephora store for a full sized bottle of your favorite fragrance from the set. Available at Sephora $50. Available for him too.

2. Stay Gorgeous from Head to Toe by LushUSA. This pretty kit comes with two fragrant floral bath bombs, gentle mimosa and sea salt showers, lemony flutter cuticle butter, Vanilla Dee-lite lotion, and Gorgeous facial moisturizer.  Available at LushUSA for $39.

3. Deco Daze Clutch Brush Set. I love this Art Deco style clutch with matching brushes. It takes makeup application to the next level. A must have for any beauty lover. Clutch comes with long gold chain. SEPHORA COLLECTION Deco Daze Clutch Brush Set $58.

4. Ciaté 'Mini Mani' Set A diary style box filled with a daily dose of mini nail treats, as behind each door lies a very colorful surprise. 17 of Ciaté's bestselling mini Paint Pots. - 4 mini Caviar blends. - 3 exclusive Paint Pot glitter shades. Ciate Mini Mani at Nordstrom icon$58 (a $168 value).

5. Deep Steep Rosemary Mint All-Natural Bath Set. One of my favorite bath time indulgences. Now you can get this 3 piece set that includes bubble bath, body wash, and tingly, minty moisturizer under $30 at FragranceNet. Available in a variety of fragrant combinations.

6. Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura - prestigious Bordeaux palette from the the Mon Shu Girl collection. This limited edition set includes five shadows and a blush. Rich colors selected by Karl Lagerfeld made in the high quality Shu Uemura is known for.  Available at Shu Uemura for $65.

Green Your Beauty: Jolene Hart's Tips on Becoming a "Beauty Foodie" E-mail

Green Your Beauty: Jolene Hart's Tips on Becoming a "Beauty Foodie"

Remember the old saying “you are what you eat?” In the endless pursuit of beauty and wellness, trends are gearing towards returning to naturals and all that is wholesome. It turns out that the key to attaining the highly desired youthful appearance and healthy, radiant skin begins from within. Simply stated, what you put into your body has just as much, if not more direct impact on your looks than topical products.

At a recent Green Your Beauty event in New York City, Jolene Hart, a former beauty editor turned Beauty & Health Coach and founder of Beauty Is Wellness educated fellow beauty enthusiasts on how simple diet and lifestyle changes can address and prevent common beauty concerns like acne and signs of aging. In addition to being the largest organ in your body, your skin is last to receive nutrients and is the first to lose them. Therefore, one should approach food selection process just in the way as choosing a beauty product-- paying close attention to desired ingredients, actives and quality over quantity.

Here are some of Jolene’s tips on how be a “beauty foodie:” “

1. Beige is bad,” is the famous quote of Dr. Jeannette Graf, a leading skin science expert and board-certified dermatologist. Very much like beige can be a no-no in fashion, “beige” foods, such as processed breads and grains have unwelcome health effects as they are virtually stripped of their nutrients and are handled with difficulty by our digestive system. Instead, turn to colorful fruits and vegetables.
2. Don’t forget your greens.
Often discarded and overlooked, greens (kale, spinach, beet greens, swiss chard) are great for balancing the pH of your body, not to mention their high mineral content. A great way to incorporate your daily dose of greens is to go for an all natural green juice or smoothie.
3. Bring on the berries. Not only are they sweet and delicious, especially during this time of year, but berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) are full of antioxidants, and vitamin C, which supports collagen.
4. Lean, (not so mean) protein. Protein-rich fish, chicken, walnuts and almonds are loaded with collagen-boosting nutrients and keratin, which supports strong, healthy hair and nails.
5. Make time for (green) tea. Long honored for its health benefits in the eastern cultures, green tea is also a powerful wrinkle blocker.
6. Detox. Instead of loading up on coffee, try a glass of warm water with lemon to start your day. It will kick-start your digestive enzymes, detox your system and brighten your skin from within.
7. Beat the stress. Stress causes premature aging and unwanted weight retention. If you want to relax, opt for some foods that release stress-busting nutrients into your body: dark chocolate (between 60%-70% cacao), oatmeal and chamomile tea.
8. Shield your skin from within. Red and orange colored beta-carotene-rich foods are packed with vitamin A, which helps protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you are planning to spend some serious time in the sun, try to load up on tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, etc. at least two weeks before hitting the beach. Don't forget your sunblock, either!

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Face Time - 10 Minute Beauty Basics E-mail

Photo by Lorraine NuzzoSo many women have told me that they just don't have time in the morning to put on makeup. Some women wake up gorgeous and others feel comfortable au naturel. However, as we age our skin loses brightness, elasticity, even our facial features can change a bit. As you change throughout the years, your skincare and makeup essentials will change too. When I was a teenager I loved bold, sparkly shadows in colors like Blue Roses (a bright fuchsia-blue) and White Lightening (a frosted white with a blue tint). I have come to accept that those days are over, unless it’s Halloween.

I didn’t start wearing foundation or concealer until well into my thirties. I never liked how it felt on my skin. I never liked how it looked on anyone. When I was a little girl I remember my great aunt coming to visit and leaning down to kiss me. Her skin looked spackled and painted. The foundation, several shades lighter than her skin, settled into her lines making her look pale and old. Her face smelled like powder and stale perfume. I’ve since overcome my fear of foundation and have found the right products for me. 

Half the battle is figuring out what your skin needs, which colors/products work best for you, and how to enhance your best features. When you’ve got that down, the rest is easy. Product choice is very personal and depends on your brand preference and budget.  Here's how to create a natural day look you can do in 10-minutes or less.

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The New Sexy - Simple & Strong E-mail

Start with a strong silhouette as your canvas. This leather sheath dress with split neck detail is a modern, go-to piece you can dress up or down. Next define your personal style with a few bold or delicate accessories. I love pieces with interesting shapes or design elements. I styled this leather dress by adding an ankle boot with a futuristic vibe.

A leather dress is a bold statement and your shoes should be equal in impact. I selected the Gianvito Rossi Winged Pumps. They have an extended back and sides that frame your feet and mimic the neck opening in the dress. Made of soft, buttery, suede.

The Federica Rettore Zebu Horn Cuff is made of Zebu horn with 22.35ct of pink Kunzite and 1ct brown diamond, set in 18K rose gold. Stunning, and on my fantasy wishlist.

This geometric evening bag caught my eye in the October 2012 issue of Lucky Magazine. Kotur "Pearse" Gold and Black Minaudiere, available at It looks like it should be in an art museum.

You can find a leather or faux leather dress that fits your budget and create a look all your own.

The Balayage Effect E-mail

I finally made an appointment with my colorist yesterday. I was holding out longer than usual because I liked the way the summer sun brightened the hair around my face. Under the salon lights my hair color looked much lighter, especially my ends which were almost brassy. I intended on having a touch up until my stylist suggested a Balayage (or hair painting).  Balayage is a French coloring technique that was developed in the 1970’s. The color is applied by hand, using a brush, instead of the usual foils. My main color is a warm chestnut reddish brown, with weeks of sun exposure it looked more like a bright new penny. The stylist applied the main color to my root area and used a paintbrush and a backing board to apply the rest of the color in sections throughout my hair. Why is Balayage better than highlights? My hair was already light enough. Using the Balayage technique to paint the darker, richer color on some areas of my hair created a natural low-light effect. Balayage can also be used to create a highlight effect. It added dimension to my overall color. It’s a low maintenance way of getting a natural depth to your hair. I am a big advocate of low maintenance when it comes to certain things like hair and nails. It’s also economical.  You don't get such a solid demarcation line during the regrowth phase and can wait longer between appointments. Fashion models and celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Erin Wasson and Gisele Bundchen are just some of the women embracing this look. Next time you’re due for a color touch up ask your stylist about the Balayage effect.

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