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The Best Blowout You’ve Ever Gotten?

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I’m on a quest. Ever since blowouts became a thing (or at least, ever since I realized you didn’t need to get your hair cut to get that after-salon look), I’ve been searching for the best blowout. I’ve been to blowout bars a couple of times with great results, and I’ve been to many a local salon for a quick session before a big event. Every time I’ve felt great. But recently, I got a blowout that not only made me feel great, it made me feel PHENOMENAL.

The place? The Red Door in Union Square. An Elizabeth Arden salon and spa, The Red Door recently launched catering to the urban girl on the go (and ahem, a much younger clientele than generally associated with Red Door salons). The quick “express” services mean you can get in the door and out, even easily popping in on your lunch break. 

I met with Sheila for my blowout to try out the salon, and maybe it’s my Midwestern/Southern roots, but I wanted volume. Lots of movement. In other words: go big or go home.

Sheila gave me exactly what I wanted, and then some. I like leaving with a bit of a bigger blowout than what I would typically wear, because my hair tends to fall over a couple of hours–and this is a look I wanted going all night long. The look turned out big, full of body and with some curl at the bottom. I loved it.

I’d love to hear where/when you’ve gotten your best blowout (or haircut!). Leave a comment below!

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Get the Look: Elizabeth Banks at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premiere

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Actress Elizabeth Banks made her mark last night at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere in Los Angeles. mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles shares her tips and techniques for creating Elizabeth’s stunning look.

Inspiration: “Elizabeth’s Versace dress was a serious show stopper. The first thing that ran through my mind when I saw it was ’90′s Supermodel.’ I immediately knew I’d give her a clean, ‘nude’  makeup look, with a sculpted face and focus on her eyes.”

Face & Cheeks: “I prepped Elizabeth’s skin with Yonka Pamplemousse moisturizer to provide the perfect base then I corrected any imperfections with YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat #BR50. Next, I brushed mark Set Things Right Loose Powder in Medium to set her face makeup, followed by mark Just Blushing Powder Blush in Cameo and Darling to warm up her cheeks.  This gave her face definition, but kept the flush very natural and fresh. I finished her face with mark That’s Brilliant Face and Eye Luminizer to make her skin look radiant.”

Eyes: “I created a strong brow by using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel.  This shade is a light blonde, so it’s not too overpowering. Next, I brushed mark I-mark Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Fairy Dust, a soft nude shade, across her eyelids. I used MAC Fluildline in Blacktrack to line very tightly to her eyes.  Underneath Elizabeth’s eyes, I applied a bit of mark I-mark Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Tabac, very softly diffused, so that it gave a hint of darkness but didn’t look like eye shadow. I applied a bit of mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette (in the light colored cream shadow) to her eye lids to catch the light. I added the final touch to her eyes by applying a few coats of mark Scanda-Lash Go-To-Mascara in Blacklash.”

Lips: “I finished her look by using Hourglass Nude Lips #3, a warm nude lip, which kept the focus squarely on her gorgeous blue eyes.”

Music Monday

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Hey folks! I almost missed this one, but luckily there’s a few hours left in the day.

“Youth” – Daughter

“Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities

“Lonesome Dreams” – Lord Huron

“Dust to Dust” – Civil Wars

“17″ – Youth Lagoon

“Only Skin” – The Spring Standards

“I Want You” – The Royalty

“Song for Zula” – Phosphorescent

OPI Rocks Out With New Gwen Stefani Nail Colors!

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I’m a huge Gwen Stefani fan. She is the epitome of cool, and her style is both feminine and bold. So when I heard she was coming out with 7 limited edition nail polishes by OPI for 2014, I was more than excited. I was pumped.

Look, I’ll be the first to admit I’m a sucker for themed lines. Hunger Games cosmetics? Where do I sign up? NFL nail polish? You’re damn straight I’ll be wearing my Bears colors with pride. But this line is a bit more than that: with Gwen never being scared to take fashion risks and use color, it makes total sense to have a nail polish line that celebrates that–where fans and nail polish addicts alike can get those creative juices flowing and show it off by changing up something as simple as their nail color.

“Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann said in a release.

And those elements have been translated into awesome polish. Her signature red lips have been transformed into the nail polish Over & Over A-Gwen, which is available in a boxed set that includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application.

Also available? Love.Angel.Music.Baby.4 in the Morning, which feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey BabyI Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.

More info at OPI.com.

Music Monday

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I’ve sort of dropped the ball on this. Oops! Here’s what I’ve been singing in the shower of late:

“What It Is” – Kodaline

“The Beauty Surrounds” – Houses

“Royals” – Lorde

“Iron Doors” – The Lighthouse and The Whaler

“I’m Gonna Find Another You” – John Mayer

“The Blue Between Us” – The Novel Ideas

“Waiting Lessons” – Air Review

“The Infidel” – The Republic Tigers 

“All” – Blackbirtd Blackbird 

“That is to Say” – Opus Orange ft. Lauren Hillman

“I Want You” – The Royalty

My Thoughts on Eva Chen as EIC of Lucky Magazine

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When Eva Chen was announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of Lucky magazine, my heart skipped a beat. Like many, I incessantly followed Eva’s updates on every medium imaginable: Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, vimeo, and more. I tore out her articles and saved them for reference. And I smiled when she was featured as an expert in, well, anything covering the media or beauty industry.

Am I interested to see where Lucky goes from here? You bet. Am I hoping it thrives? Definitely. Am I one of the few left of my generation that loves print? I think so.

But the one thing that continues to baffle me is the focus on Eva as a “digital native,” or the first EIC of “our generation.” True enough, Eva’s attention to social media is inspiring. She’s incredibly gifted at showing a glimpse into the industry, with behind-the-scenes snapshots and nuggets of information. She knows how to connect with users and be candid about her brand experiences, without disparaging any reputation. She’s witty and smart.

But like all current EIC’s of large magazines, her start (and a sizable amount of her focus) has been on a print magazine. She has never held a true, strictly digital position on a masthead. And while she has tons of digital experience, especially thanks to her “special projects” position at Teen Vogue, those have been (from what I can tell) a melding of print and digital components. All which will serve well as Lucky’s EIC, but again, do not completely speak to the first EIC of “our generation.”

Our generation is digital. Our generation is mobile. Our generation is clicking on an article via social, or devouring the latest story on their tablet.

Which leaves me to wonder: Will a digital editor ever make that leap to becoming the head of a brand; of a magazine? And would they want to?

Most digital editors go on to lead brand initiatives solely on the digital side. They become “Directors of Digital” or “Editorial Director of Digital” or something akin. And then… they might leave. Often to head to brands not tied to a print product, but rather, commerce. And that can give them a big increase in their paychecks.

But as EICs increasingly become the “face” of a brand – making TV appearances, schmoozing and getting the name of their brand out there – rather than acting as an “editor” in the traditional sense of the word, it would be an interesting turn to see a digital editor make the leap from a digital director to EIC. For who’s to say that a digital editor wouldn’t know the brand in a more holistic way than say, a print editor?

I’m excited to see what Eva does with Lucky. And I’m even more excited to see her continue to connect with fans on social. But I’m definitely interested to see if (and when) a digital editor gets to jump to the top of the masthead of a magazine that has both a digital and print component – a true EIC of “our generation.”

Would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below!

Music Monday

I want that sweater.

I want that sweater.

Sometimes, blogging takes a backseat to my real life – but that shouldn’t be the case. (Or should it?) Jury’s out, but for now, here are the tracks I’m loving:

“Hands” – Cub Scouts

“Wait for Me” – Motopony

“Young and Dumb” – Chance Waters

“Thorn Castles” – Gardens & Villa

“Trojans” – Atlas Genius

“Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu

Music Monday

Hola friends! Here is what I’m jammin’ to recently:

“Lions & Witches” – tigertown

“New York City” – Among Savages

“Do You Hear” – Cub Scouts

“Falling Away” – Big Scary

“Leave it All Behind” – Saskawatch

“It Beats” – Lightyear

“Sunshine” – Picture Book

“This Won’t End Quietly” – We the Committee

“Thorn Castles” – Gardens & Villas

Get the Look: Emma Stone at The Croods Premiere

I’m so envious of Emma Stone. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s beautiful and she got to play the love interest of Ryan Gosling aka my celebrity crush — TWICE! (She’s now the second person to hold this honor. Christina Ricci was the first. Oh, Devon Sawa…)

Anywho, in my eyes she can pretty much do no wrong. So it’s no surprise I’m totally digging her textured updo at The Croods premiere in New York City. Thankfully, I’ve got the low-down on how to nab this look.

“Emma’s look was fresh and fun, from the bow on her dress to her layered jewelry. I decided to create a textured updo that wasn’t overly serious and had a loose, comfortable feeling,” said Mara Roszak.

Get the look:

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Jim Spellman / WireImage

“I first applied Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse to Emma’s damp hair and rough dried. This helped lock in moisture and ensured a smooth, soft definition to her waves.

“Using a 1” curling iron, I touched up her natural texture, rotating the barrel in the direction of the wave.

“I braided one side back and pinned it in place. On the other, I twisted the hair back, pinned it, and continued twisting and pinning sections until all of her hair was up. I allowed some pieces to fall free and softly frame her face.

“I then sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong on my fingertips and lightly rubbed it into the pieces to separate and create a bit of texture.

“To finish, I sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium all over to ensure a natural-looking hold.”

Music Monday

Sorry guys, I’m back! Here’s some music for the week!

“Gold” – Neon Hitch ft. Tyga

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” – Tame Impala

“The Stable Song” – Gregory Alan Isakov

“The Longer I Run” – Peter Bradley Adams

“This Woman’s Work” – Greg Laswell

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