Monday, January 31, 2011

6 Weeks Later

Hello Feisty Ladies =)

This is just a quick update of what my hair looks like 6 weeks after my haircut, which put me back to APL. The picture on the right is my hair the day after it was cut. The picture on the left is my hair as of last night (I was pincurling it for bed and just decided to snap this photo).

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It's an imperfect comparison (my hair isn't nearly as straight now as it was the day after it was cut, and I'm not wearing the same clothes, so it's hard to see any true progress). I'm still at APL, but I can see my V-shape is coming back, which means my hair is growing and I'm retaining that length. My bangs are also longer in the front, which is another good sign.

Again, I'm not trying to be length-obsessed or anything, but I am definitely paying more attention to my ends and I still have a goal of making it to BSL in 8 months (I'm about 4 inches away from BSL now, so this should be do-able). I'm washing my hair the end of this week and will be curly from Feb 4th until Feb 25th, at which time I'll straighten my hair again for my friend's wedding (I like having straight hair in California--gotta take advantage of low-humidity weather :)

Looking forward to another length update in February. Here's hoping there's some noticeable retention!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mens Fashion

Fashion changes nearly as a lot as some males alter their bed sheets - a minimum of as soon as each and every six months. It could be tough to help keep up, but do not be concerned; we've checked out the hottest trends in mens fashion for 2011 so you do not need to do it your self. Here you will find some of the style that will become hot trends for mens fashion 2011.
Mens Fashion

Mens Fashion show

Mens Fashion week

FELDER FELDER ♥

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FELDER FELDER was launched by identical twin sisters Annette and Daniela Felder, while still studying at Central Saint Martins in London 2006/2007. They haven’t looked back since.

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Starting with the support of key press and opinion formers, including features in Vogue, Elle, i-D Magazine and The Sunday Times Style, Felder Felder has developed a cult following.

The sisters established a signature style with their feminine rock and roll aesthetic, which was quickly embraced by singers and actresses, including Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Florence and the Machine and Allison Mosshart.


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(above) Fall/Winter 2010

The Felder sisters are intrigued by opposites and combine contrasts in their collections, aiming to achieve the perfect balance in each design.

Their bold, yet modern and sensual aesthetic, has won FELDER FELDER the respected New Gen Award for three consecutive seasons, a nomination for The British Fashion Awards 2008, a celebrity following and the support of the most sought after stores in the World.


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FELDER FELDER is stocked by Liberty and Browns Focus in London, as well as by high end boutiques in Germany, France, Italy, USA, Russia, Australia and Austria.

For Autumn/Winter 2010, the British Fashion Council respectively offered FELDER FELDER an on schedule slot for London Fashion Week. The Felder sisters designed the new uniforms for London’s luxurious restaurant NOBU BERKLEY STREET, which have launched to much success in Autumn of 2009.

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(above) Felder Felder Accessories

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(above) Annette and Daniela Felder

ohhh I absolutely adore their work, the grungy rock'n'roll vibe grabs my attention everytime,

How amazing are the Accessories, YUM

I can't wait to see what these talented Sister bring to the fashion scene this fall.

www.felderfelder.com

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Couture Spring 2011 ♥

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Valentino Spring 2011 couture
"If fashion is about today, then today it's time to go back to elegance," said Pier Paolo Piccioli "Elegance is subversive," he added. "The real subversion is culture.",

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Jean Paul Gaultier couture spring 2011

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Elie Saab Spring 2011 couture

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Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture

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How to Retain Length :: Maintain a Healthy pH

We've done quite a few posts on "How to Retain Length" for a few months now. All of the posts have been helpful (at least for me =) and I've learned a lot about my hair by doing the research. In case you're not familiar with our series, here are the topics we've touched on thus far:
Today I want to talk about what has recently made the MOST difference in how my hair feels and behaves. I have not experienced any breakage since paying attention to this addition to my regimen. My hair doesn't feel dry halfway through the day, and it's smoother and feels a lot healthier. I also have a much more defined curl pattern, and my ends don't look as dry.

I have finally learned the benefits of maintaining a healthy pH!

The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. The scale ranges from 0 to 14. Highly acidic substances have a lower pH, while more basic substances have a higher pH. Water is a neutral substance with a pH of 7 (neutral substances are neither acidic nor basic).

The ideal pH for our hair and scalp resides between 4 and 4.5 (acidic). However most shampoos and conditioners are higher on the pH scale. As you can see from the above chart, soapy water has a pH of 12. Baking soda, which many of you may use to clarify your hair (I used to use it earlier in my HHJ) also has a high pH of 8.

Substances with higher pH readings (bases) raise the cuticles of the hair, making our strands more susceptible to damage. When our cuticles are raised, our strands may also appear rough and dry.


Strands with raised cuticles lose moisture more easily, which leads to dryness and breakage. However, you can counteract the damage that basic hair products cause to your hair by following your wash/conditioning with an acidic rinse. This will seal the cuticles, allowing your strands to retain moisture and keep from drying out!

Many of you know that I have loved my ACV rinses for making my hair feel better. However I have recently started using aloe vera juice instead (thanks to Kimmaytube), and the results are AMAZING! Aloe vera juice has a pH of 4, which is perfect! And because there's no smell, I don't have to rinse the aloe vera juice out of my hair with water (which just raises the pH all over again). After watching this other video from Kimmaytube, I have been much more attentive to the products I put in my hair and the order in which I apply them. I have definitely seen a difference in my hair--it is so much more manageable, and I have a much more defined "curl pattern," which you all know is no easy task for my hair!

I'm not at the point (yet) where I'm itching to buy pH strips and test everything I own, but it's good to be aware of the chemical make-up of the products you use in your hair. It's made a difference for me, and it may make a world of difference for your length retention too! To get started, try this leave-in recipe from Kimmaytube--you can modify it to include any the moisturizer/oils you currently use:

  • 2 tablespoons Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk (or 2 tablespoons of YOUR preferred leave-in)
  • 2 tablespoons of (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5
  • 2 teaspoons of Castor Oil
  • Kimmaytube's recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil, but jojoba causes breakouts on my skin, so I do without it!
Let me know if you've tried this or decide to try it. Remember to put the leave-in on top of wet hair to get your cuticles closed!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Editorial Love ♥

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Gangs of New York

Magazine: Vogue US February 2011
Models: Julia Saner, Anna de Rijk, Frida Gustavsson, Monika Jagaciak, Kate Somers, Julia Hafstrom, Julia Johansen, Luisa Bianchin, Chantal Stafford-Abobott, Donna Loos, Gwen Loos, Patricia van der Vilet, Mirte Maas, Nimue Smit, Arizona Muse, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Kendra Spears, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Ajak Deng, Arlenis Sosa Peña, Chanel Iman, Anais Mali, Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez, Jana Knauerova, Hannah Holman, Britt Maren, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Kasia Struss, So Young Kang, Hyoni Kang, Tao Okamoto, Fei Fei Sun, Ming Xi
Photographer: Mario Testino
Stylist: Grace Coddington


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organza suit pant ♥

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Love much ?!?
stolen girlfriends club organza suit pant.

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Ann-Sofie Back for Topshop ♥

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Black tulle trim top, £45



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Grey sweat top with cream tulle trim, £55, Black tulle leggings with ruffle trim, £35


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Cream oversize t-shirt with tulle trim, £45

Couture Spring 2011 ♥

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Chanel Spring 2011 Couture

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Fashion Blizzard


This dress struck me the moment I saw it. The combination of pale peach, icy blue, a ruffled skirt and draped, cowl neckline is just fantastic. And it would be perfect New England party wear on a day like this one, when we are getting still another snowstorm. (What number is this anyway? Eight? The snowdrifts are like ten feet tall as it is. My sister and I had to go and shave some of them down so that we could see out of the driveway. It's a good thing I like snow. :)

Back to the fashion... this "winter wonderland" of a creation - from Christian Dior's Spring 2011 Couture Collection - is just dreamy. I wish I could put it on, slip into a massive fur coat, and go to the theater. Mmm...

 

These other two gowns just had to be included. I love their icy colors, millions of layers of tulle, and clear 1950s inspiration. The blue one is very similar in design to the famous Givency gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, and the yellow is a prom or homecoming dream. I love the hat, gloves,  and shoes... and even the hair and makeup. Vintage deliciousness.

What would you like to be wearing in today's snowstorm? :)

-Amanda

Images: Style.com