Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Coture 2014

I'm sharing one of my favorite shows from Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014, Ulyana Sergeenko. All of her garments are made in the designer's homeland of Russia and feature hand-beaded fringing, soft, flowing silks & cotton and elegantly detailed craftsmanship.

I absolutely love, love, love her work! The show's music, which was kinda sexy yet eerie was also fantastic. :)
And let's not forget about the hair which was pretty incredible! Orlando Pita designed a beautiful finger wave which then transformed into a braided double bun. You can also see more of Orlando's work on instagram @orlandopitahair

Great job guys!!!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Its Not About Lipstick

Recently an acquaintance and I were discussing helping the homeless where he said something that really grabbed my attention. He said, "... giving woman lipstick is not really helping them." What a powerful statement I thought. I stepped outside of myself for a minute to try and understand his point of view. After some deliberation, I came up with a few insights that maybe helpful to others who feel the understand "the power of lipstick."
 First let me say it's not about lipstick. It's about the love and support that comes before handing over the lipstick that makes the experience. Reminding a woman that she is on this earth for a reason, is the beginning of a transformative experience. You see...most women in shelters come from very difficult backgrounds. Some are escaping physical and mental abuse; some can't afford to pay their rent or buy food and some are crippled with depression combined with a lack of self love.

By having them look in a mirror to examine their face, point out their beautiful hair, cheekbones, eyebrows and lips, it is the first step in a powerful experience, especially for those never heard an encouraging word in their life.
Explaining individuality to a woman who has been beaten for a year (or 20 years) is heart-breaking. When they finally begin to believe in themselves...well, it can bring you to tears.
Now here comes the big moment, handing over the infamous "lipstick." At this point it's more of a magic wand. A wand that brings a smile and embodies a positive, loving experience. A wand that will remind a woman of her individuality and beauty. This lipstick is a small token of love from a stranger.
I hope this was helpful in showing that love and support can come in many forms. So don't judge, just love! :)


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

From Runway To Everyday

 Sometimes we believe the fashion and hairstyles we see on the runways cannot be worn as part of our daily lives. It's true in some instances but not all. I know some of us will love to sport one of these to the office!!
 For Michael Kor's S/S 2014 runway show, under the watchful eye of Orlando Pita, we created a very natural, slept-in-messy bun with a loose fringe. The look perfectly matched the clothes, bringing a modern, sexy feel to his amazing designs.
Here are some tips on achieving this look.

1) Messy hair is key. Don't brush the hair, instead start with hair that's air dried or a couple days old.

2) Think volume at the crown of the head and fringe area.

3)Think texture, texture, texture!!

My model walked in with hair that hadn't been washed a couple of days and there was hairspray in her hair. This was perfect as there was some oil in the hair and the ends had some product build up.

 The only product I needed for this look is Orlando Pita's Revive Boost Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoos were created to remove oils from the scalp, now with amazing technologies they can add texture and volume.

Orlando's version is clear, so no color to worry about about and no annoying residue.
 Plus the price is amazing! 

 When applying the dry shampoo, spray it on the root area (not the scalp).
After spraying the hair, I separated it into sections )no brushing) and curled each piece vertically. 

 The fringe area was also ironed vertically with a light pivot or angle.

After curling each section, I lightly sprayed a little more dry shampoo through her hair.
Then I asked the model to bend over and shake her head, loosening up the ironed curls. To pin the hair in place just twist the entire back in a very informal way and add large bobby pins first, followed by smaller pins. The top was lifted back. I kept the volume in the fringe with hair falling in front of the face.


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