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Dyeing to change your hair color? Join the club. There’s just something about the sun that makes me crave color, from florescent bright shoes, to bold lips, and sun-kissed hair, theres no better time to blossom into a new style than spring.

Retro Balayage

First seen in Vogue, Balayage, which was taken from the French word meaning “to sweep,” is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent. The coloring technique developed in the 1970’s is modern, chic, and creates depth and dimension thats perfect for some fun in the sun. Loved by Gisele Bundchen and those in the know, Balayage is the hottest way to brighten up your look this season.

Salon Mario RussoTo help me spring forward with a new hair-do, I turned to the talented Gina Mancinone, the general manager at Boston’s finest hair salon, Salon Mario Russo. After a consultation, Gina set me up with an appointment with master stylist Elle Proulx Cohen to cut my hair and “Bostons Best Colorist” John Brosnan, to help me heat things up with a new “do.”

For my hair transformation, I sat down with Elle who cut right to the chase by expertly layering my long locks to help add body and shape to my one dimensional hair. Since thick hair that is weighed down can be shapeless, Elle brought my locks back to life with layers to amp up my style power. “From soft face-framing layers to seamless volumizing ones, adding dimension to your cut while removing unwanted bulk is the perfect way to create a fresh new look” Elle told me.

Zoey & Elle

Next, I was off to see John for my Balayage. As a hair color virgin, I was thankful to be in the hands of a true artist like John who immediately made me feel at ease with his expert advice and warm nature. After a consultation, we decided less was more, so John created a “les reflets du soleil sur les cheveux” (sun-kissed hair) look by applying the Balayage around my face to emphasize movement and create depth. Balayage, which is also called “hair painting,” creates the most natural-looking results because the colorist paints on the highlights by hand. This method of lightening gives the colorist more control–and creates the illuminated highlights everyone wants this time of year.

Best of all?  Balayage is low maintenance, and gives a gorgeous healthy finish that looks nature-enhanced, glossy and luxe. Since healthy hair will never go out of style, John and Elle finished my hair transformation off with a treatment and gloss so my hair felt as beautiful as it looked.

Bottom line? Whether you’re looking to lighten up your hair color or are dying to debut a brand-new shade, spring is the perfect opportunity to make a change and the team at Salon Mario Russo will give you the best head of hair in town. Promise.

Zoey - After

Photographer: Lisa Richov

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With the Winter Solstice upon us this Sunday, the cold is officially here to stay. There are plenty of options for winter layers to satisfy everyone’s taste. Bundle up and stay warm with these trends.

COCOON COATS:

Kate Spade

This is really a time-honored style that’s currently on trend. Go with the classic wool or change it up with novelty yarns such as mélange boucle. 3/4” sleeves are key. This shape fits nicely with the boyfriend & menswear inspired look.  But if you aren’t interested in androgyny, the look is easily feminized with pumps and the right accessories. Just think Audrey Hepburn.

PRINTS:

J.Crew

The popular prints are bold flowers and plaid. Florals are reinvented each season and plaid is a staple for winter, you just don’t always see them as jackets. You can go head to toe in prints this season if you are feeling daring.

TEXTURES:

Elizabeth and James

 

Combining different materials and textures makes for my favorite outfits. It’s even better when they are combined in one piece. My favorite purchase this season is my Vera Wang Faux Leather Sleeve Asymmetrical Down Coat (available online at Nordstrom). I’m very picky about polyurethane, but this is the closest I have seen to replicating genuine leather. The big collar is made of boucle yarns offering warmth and drama. It is a refreshing step away from your typical down jacket.

DRAMATIC COLLARS:

MINK-PINK - Dramatic Collar

This looks plays nicely with all of the trends. It can add an element of surprise to a classic cocoon or push the envelope on a printed jacket. Sherpa collars are intro to the Boho spring 2015 trend.

PARKAS:

Top Shop

This look is everywhere and can be found in a range of price points.  You will see it a lot in the army green color that has been popular for outwear for the last few seasons.  The body colors are dark and basic with a variety of fur collars and hoods.

 

Louis Vuitton’s Folies Pump is the sassiest suede peep toe to grace the runway for fall/winter ’12. With a studded heel and peek-a-boo cutout accompanied by a dazzling bow atop (engraved with an LV of course) The Folies Pump is a product of fierce elegance. The amount of class this pump holds is unreal. These will surely dress up just about any old thing, which is exactly why they’re unanimously place under BUY IT. Need them, want them, love them!

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It’s always exciting when one of our favorite designers comes out with a more affordable collection. And while these less expensive works can often range from lines for Target, Macy’s and H&M, I often feel a bit disappointed at the cheap version of what was once a luxurious piece of art. And please, does adding the word “Target” to our label really make us feel luxurious? (yes, I’m speaking to you, Mulberry for Target).

The B Atwood for Saks debut is to me exactly what these collections are all about. The price points aren’t so low that the quality will suffer, but you’ll definitely feel you can justify that classic Atwood pump you were once on the fence about.

Even better? Often times these “budge- friendly” compilations result in a much less creative version of what was loved about the designer in the first place. Not in (ahem, smart and handsome) Mr. Atwood’s case, though, much to our relief! He’s taken the opportunity to be even more innovative with a cohesive variety of textures, prints and embellishments (think leopard, calf hair and fringe), but while still throwing in some traditional platform pumps to stay true to his aesthetic. I honestly cannot even begin to tell you which shoe is my favorite as the collection as a whole is anything but monotonous. In fact, I think you’ll find there’s a little something for everyone in this high-heeled line-up.
Start pre-ordering HERE (link: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/editorial/brianatwood072611.jsp)
And check them out at Saks this Fall.

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