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Archive for August, 2012

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2012 Wedding Dress and Hairstyle Trends

2012 is going to be a year of ultra-romance and vintage charm when it comes the design trends in every aspect of weddings, including the wedding dress, accessories, hairstyles, wedding cake and more.

In this competitive market, wedding gown designers are becoming more creative in their designs, making a unique gown for just about every bride. We all have our own vision of what the perfect wedding dress looks like, and chances are, with all of the new designs coming into production, you’ll be able to find it!

Here are some of my personal favorite new wedding trends for 2012:


    • Gold accessories are going to be more popular, especially for a fall or winter wedding. Things like gold hair brooches, gold shoes, gold jewelry, and even golden hued wedding gowns. The key to choosing gold accessories with a timeless look, is to choose only one or two that you love. This will keep your look from being too over-the-top.


    • Big layered sheer skirts with lots of interesting details in materials such as chiffon, organza, lace, batiste, crepe, and tulle. Instead of the dress designs you’ve seen in the past using just one material, dress designers are now incorporating many different materials into one dress, making each one unique.


    • I just love the new corset style bodices with lacing down the back. This is a very sexy yet sophisticated style that goes well with a large ball gown skirt. You’ll see a lot of these with intricate detailing using things like beadwork and lace.


    • Vintage inspired wedding gowns with a modern touch. Just choose your favorite era, whether it’s the roaring 1920’s or a dress inspired from the 1950’s, perhaps the dress Marilyn Monroe made famous. I’ve found a vintage inspired wedding to be a lot of fun! This is your one special day, why not make it your own?


    • Detachable bridal belts can add a unique look to any wedding gown, making it easy to customize the wedding dress you’ve chosen. Instead of just the colored sash that we’ve seen on the runways in the past, you now have options in belts that look more like jewelry. They’re stunning!


    • Loose and simple hairstyles. Instead of the up-do that looks like it took many grueling hours, styling tools and hairspray to accomplish, think of a more natural look, with loose waves pinned back low on the head or even off to the side.


    • Large hair accessories, such as a gardenia, sparkling brooch with feathers, or a birdcage veil are becoming more popular, but keep your other accessories to a minimum, and let the hair accessory that you have chosen be the focal point.


  • When you think of a pony tail you might think of a more casual affair, but not if you do it right! Low side pony tails look stunning with a one-shoulder wedding dress. This look works best for brides with long hair. Part your hair off to one side and put lots of loose curls in the pony tail. Choose an accessory to go around the band for that finishing touch.


Just remember, the only opinion that matters is your own. Try to keep your stress levels low and just go with your instincts. Choose the things that you love, and you shouldn’t go wrong.

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How to Color Your Hair Like a Celebrity!

Have you ever noticed how most celebrities tend to change their hair color depending on the event, season and weather? If not, then you’re either not paying attention, or you’re a guy! The good news is that you too can mimic the celebs if you know what you’re doing. Read on for expert tips!

Choosing the Right Color

Whilst the celebrities can probably get away with going for striking new colors, a general rule for us “common folk” is to keep within two to three shades of our own hair color. This not only looks more natural but it can be easier to maintain as well. This rule applies to highlights too.

Of course this begs the question; how do you find the specific hair color which suits you best? Well, there are a couple of methods.

One way is to book an appointment at your local salon to have a color analysis. This obviously is recommended if you can afford the extra salon visit because you’ll get a truly personalized, expert opinion. Plus, due to problems with colors irritating or burning skin or your scalp, many salons will perform a skin test to determine sensitivity and ensure that you are unlikely to react to the hair treatment.

If you don’t want to pay for a professional hair color analysis, you still will be in good shape if you follow a few basic steps. The first step is to determine your own hair color if you don’t already know this. A good tip to remember is that men can often be the best judge of hair color, because they can sometimes be more objective.

Once you have worked out what your natural hair color is, try thinking of shades that are really rich in your mind, but that stick to your own color palette. For example, if your hair is a dark blonde color, but also contains some dark brown and red strands, colors that would work for you would be reds and browns.

I would always recommend trying colors that are slightly darker than your normal shade, and always try colors that are redder than your normal shade (red tones are really popular at the moment). Sometimes just changing by a few shades or tones – as opposed to a complete change – is enough to dramatically liven up your style.

Take time, browse pictures in magazines and be patient, to ensure that you choose the right hair color for you. Picking a new color for your hair should be fun – so ask your friends and enjoy the experience!

How to Color Your Hair

First and foremost, before considering any new color, it’s important to ensure that your hair is in the best condition possible. Thus, use a deep conditioning treatment a few days before you apply the color (either do it yourself or go to the salon). This will help to ensure that the color has the best chance of retaining its vibrancy and remaining in good condition for as long as possible.

In terms of the actual coloring process, you can either go to the salon or do it yourself. In my opinion, it’s worth the expense of going to the salon. As I previously mentioned, most salons will do a color analysis to ensure that the best possible color is chosen, and you can rest assured that the job will be professionally done by a true expert. But if you’re the adventurous type, there are plenty of do-it-yourself hair coloring kits on the market.

If you want to dye it yourself, try some wash-in wash-out formulas before you commit to a permanent color. This way you can be sure of the color and whether it suits you (the usual recommendation is just to go one shade darker each time). Plus, this will give you some much needed practice in terms of actually applying the dye. And no matter what specific formula you get, always follow the instructions on the box precisely.

Keeping the Look

Many people worry about their color fading. Whilst this is inevitable, there is something that you can do about it! If you wash your hair in cool rather than hot water, this can help maintain the color better and for longer. Also, wash your hair less frequently in general, and always use a shampoo that is specially formulated for colored hair. Baby shampoo can also be used as it is less harsh that regular shampoos.

Additionally, avoid burning or drying out your hair. Hence, do not go out in the hot sun for long periods of time, and avoid scorching your locks with the hair straighter, curling iron or blow dryer. If you absolutely must use hair tools, try and keep them on a cooler setting.

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