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.
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.
To 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.
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.
Photographer: Lisa Richov
Booties have already kicked their way into spring 2013 collections and are slated to pack a statement punch when the season strikes. This booty is versatility to the max. With reasonably unique construction and material that can accent just about any daytime spring look, I can see it worn flawlessly with sundresses, shorts, skinnies. They can be dressed up, dressed down in the city, or rocked by the water in a beach town. The mash up of snakeskin, linen and wood create perfect balance between rock star and beach bum. Cash or check please! I’m BUYing!
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Gather ‘round ladies and gents!
I spy with my little eye a bit of snow in the forecast for this weekend. Actually more like snow, sleet, rain, winter mix, etc. Now take a look in your closet. What are you planning on wearing? Those canvas shoes? Yeah right! The snow boots that have followed you since your mom gave them to you in high school and will probably out live you in the impending apocalypse? Ugh.
While the frightful weather keeps you shacked up and snuggled on the couch watching styleboston, we want to have you all bundled up for when you finally have to shovel… or make the trek out of the house to replenish your supply of Bailey’s for warm beverages.
SO, we’re giving away 15 pairs of Teva boots for men and women fit to kick some Nor’easter booty this winter!
On FRIDAY, we’ll post a question on our Facebook and Twitter that only those who watch the show Saturday @ 11:35PM on CH. 4 or Sunday at 10:00AM on CH. 38 will know the answer to! You have until noon on Sunday to submit your answer right HERE
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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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Images via Raphael Young
There is something for everyone in footwear prodigy Raphael Young’s fall collection. Or, at least, something for everyone who knows how to S-T-R-U-T. Tricky motocross-inspired boots and pointy pin-heeled stilettos are there for the taking, each style complete with Young’s signature geometry play.
And while fashion’s past two seasons have been rife with nineties references, I must applaud Young for taking the road less traveled: this collection isn’t so much Nirvana as it is Kelly Bundy. There’s a humor to the collection that is both welcomed and à propos.
And though I don’t expect EVERYONE to want to wear these with high-waisted acid wash Versace jeans and Benetton crop tops (as I do, obviously), I request that those still sadly hanging on to long-gone eighties references move, quickly, in this direction.
Better start running in those heels if you want to catch up!
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