Sunday, 27 May 2012

2012 take on the 20's

The latest in hair, like the front cover of Vogue this month is the elegantly inspired marcel wave which Malcom Edwards re-created beautifully on the gorgeous Kate Moss.

Like all good hairstyles you need a good foundation to be able to re-create and with the right products you can achieve anything! I am a true believer in mousse, yes, you heard, mousse haha (no longer is mousse for 80's inspired perms - thank god i hear you cry!)
This wella volume mousse is amazing!

When your hair is damp (a good towel dry) apply a generous handful of mousse and work it through your whole head and re-apply a good few times to give your hair some substance. It will help hold any blowdry in place but still provide movement. To provide shine and weightless movement I would add a pea sized amount of miracle oil from Schwarzkopf. It is amazing and great value.

To re-create the above look from Junes issue of Vogue you could use Babyliss's large barrelled tongs. Once each section has been tonged, roll the curl up into the scalp and secure flat to the head with a clip. Do this all over your head. Oh, Top Tip, make sure you fix your parting in first and work in a brick formation around that. I'd leave your sections to set for awhile so you could do your make-up or get dressed while waiting on them cooling down. After about 20-30mins depending on the length and thickness of your hair take each clip out and let the hair fall naturally. Don't pull the hair at this stage. Now for the tricky part - you ready? Good! :) Use your fingers as a sectioning comb and slowly seperate each section. Work from the top of your head down but always cupping your hand at the bottom to keep the curl secured at the end.

If you have a Mason Pearson brush nows the time to use it! Same thing with your hands, if you use your Mason to brush out the curl starting from top of head to bottom of curl use soft slow motions with your other hand to smooth through what you are brushing.

Alternatively if you cannot afford a Mason Pearson brush you can pop to your nearest Boots store and purchase a large Denman paddle brush that will also give you the same effect but at a fraction of the price!

You can all try this out at home and see what happens. Practise makes perfect after all. So practise, practise and practise some more. But remember the important word - FUN!
Have fun trying and Enjoy - xo

Monday, 21 May 2012

Are you prepared for Festival Season?

It has been too many years since I myself went to a festival. The last one being Glasonbury. Which was awesome and I discovered I loved the outdoors and camping. So much fun. But just because your slumming it outdoors with no room service or personal washroom doesnt mean you have to let yourself go and look like a tramp doing it, ha ha. Dry Shampoo and baby wipes are great and most cosmetic companies now sell minatures of all their products so your not weighed down with a ruck sack full of crap just in order to look good.

Depending on the weather also you can layer up your look. Weither you prefer the shorts and shirt combo or the flowy dress/skirt cardigan combo, anything seems to go. I personally love the cropped jean hot pants with a plain t and my favourite hunter welly boots. Get yourself a good parker and your good to go :)

.....and like these lovely ladies, a great pair of sunnies and a good hat will always make you look stylish! 

The following link is to ASOS and it has some fab ideas for clothing and how to look good while rocking it out at your favourite festival. Have fun looking around and choosing your favourite outfits and hair accessories. Never forget about your hair ladies - xo

I came across these websites and thought I would add them in so you can have a good noisy around and see what is in style for this summers festivals. Hope you have as much fun as I did. Enjoy - xo

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Vidal Sassoon - A Legend of Hair

If you have read my blog you will know how much I LOVE hair. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved all things hair. To be colouring, cutting and styling hair for a living is incredible.
Best job EVER!!

So Vidal Sassoon has always been a name I heard growing up. From watching TV and seeing celebrities with amazing haircuts to reading my mums magazines and seeing hairdressers copy his signature looks. He always seemed to be ahead of the game. I myself have had a pixie crop and a box bob. Like many other females out there including many a celebrity we probably would not of had these haircuts if Mr Sassoon had never created them, especially the legendary cut on Mia Farrow for the film Rosemary's Baby. I am also a huge Chelsea FC fan and was delighted to come across the image of Vidal Sassoon cutting 1970's legend Peter Osgood's hair.

Model Peggy Moffitt who was Vidal's life long friend wore his haircuts like a fashion accessory. Just gorgeous everyday all day:)

Here are some images of Vidal at work and his amazing cuts.
Mia Farrows legandary pixie cut

cutting Mary Quants hair

The Box Bob

Five Point Cut

The Quiff Bob

American Vogues Grace Coddington sported this amazing cut and style in the 60's and I love the victory roll tip.

If you click the link below you can see an amazing wee video showing stylist Marco Santini re-creating Vidal Sassoon's Asymmetrical Bob.
Enjoy - xo

Here is the Vogue's tribute to the legend himself Vidal Sassoon.

I hope you enjoyed my little tribute to the man who made my job I do today what it is. For that I say thank you Mr Sassoon for being such an inspiration and having the balls to think outside the box and change the face of hairdressing from the 50's to now.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Met Ball 2012

From frock beauty to frock horror you got to love the style that turned out for the Met Ball this year. Here is a wee run through of my favourites and my shocks of the worst.
Enjoy - xo

One of my personal favourites was Gwyneth Paltrow who looked stunning and flawless in her Prada dress and Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie earrings. Her body is to die for. Her hair was sleek and effortless and complimented the whole look perfectly. 
If you've got it, flaunt it. A big fat juicy 10/10 for her stylist.

I LOVE pockets and if they are in a dress I love them even more. So for me, Sarah Jessica Parker rocking a floral Valentino dress was amazing. The soft curls and natural make-up brought her whole look together and even thought its not everyones cup of tea, I adore it.

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors = AMAZING!!!!!!!
Her hair is just to die for, the modern take of the Marcel Wave suits Jessica so well and the make-up and accessories are all just perfect! I LOVE it! This might actually be my overall favourite from the Met Ball this year.

Now, unfortunately comes the worst dressed and the stylists have let down their stars here.

 Emma Roberts looked stunning in yellow and radiated glamour with her hair and make-up but unfortunately the Escada dress to me, was ill fitting and there is no excuse for such bad wrinkled material in the skirt department. Very sad indeed.

Cameron Diaz is normally flawless and fun and to me this Stella McCartney gown was too old for her and made her look quite matronly. If this dress had of been on Helen Mirren it would of been stunning! Also not a fan of her "something about mary" comeback hairstyle. Sorry, this really was a let down for me.

And this one makes me sad as Beyonce is gorgeous and I always thought could make a bin bag look good but unfortunately this was one of my least favourites. The Givenchy Haute Couture Dress by Riccardo Tisci to me wore her rather than Beyonce wearing it and rocking it. Her simple hair and make-up showed of her amazing beauty and this made me happy, shame her dress didnt fit the bill for me.

If you click the following link you can go and choose your favourite and worst dressed too.

Enjoy - xo

Monday, 7 May 2012

Wedding Beauty

A couple of months ago I was honoured to be asked to create hairstyle's for the beautiful bride-to-be Susan McBride and her bridesmaid Ruth. With Ruth we wanted to create a very soft natural look to compliment her pastel dress and girliness. After a trial we came to agree on a sleek and beautiful hairstyle that would not only compliment Susans dress but show off her antique hairclip and gorgeous veil perfectly. Susan is so naturally beautiful and striking looking not only on the outside but on the inside too and when you see the photos below you will see what I mean.

I got to work with the crazy talented make-up artist Jennifer Ireland again and we had a wee road trip to get to Susan. Fun times as always. The photographer was Richard Watson, I have been lucky enough to work with him before on other weddings and when you see the photos below you will see how amazing he is at capturing moments and making you feel like you're part of the day.

On the morning of her Wedding, Saturday 5th May 2012 the sun shone and we had such a lovely morning in her parents house getting ready. Shelia, Susans mum made us so welcome and fed us up and we got a wee bun to take away with us (so yummy), Jennifer and I ate it on the way home. Susan's son Jack was a complete gentleman and kept us entertained. He was so excited to be apart of his mums big day.

This is definitely the high light of my job. I just love being apart of someones big day and sharing the love - xo

click the links below to see more of Richard and Jennifer's work                              

Susan and Michael, such a beautiful couple. I wish them a wonderful life together xo