Sequin Saturdays #3

December 20, 2014 ·

Mixing glam with casual is always the way to go… Especially if you are unsure of the dress code! Stay warm this holiday season in a sequin sweater and add some statement shoes for an extra fun pop! We love this bag by GiGi New York… It pulls the purple and gold all together! What are you wearing this holiday season? Tag us on instagram with the #sequinsaturday.

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Sultry Hair How To

December 15, 2014 ·

Big Thanks to Latest-Hairstyles for featuring our latest tutorial! Learn how to do this knotted side braid, a perfect quick and casual style for the holiday rush!

1. Create a large diagonal forward section of hair behind your ear.

2. Split the section into three equal subsections. Apply a bit of pomade to your hand (about half the size of a dime) and smooth out each section. This will help make a smooth, clean braid. Begin braiding (a basic, three-strand braid) this section, keeping medium tension on the braid. You do not want this braid too tight or too loose.

3. Braid almost all the way down to the ends of your hair, leaving one to two inches left below where you stop the braid.

4. Take two of the sections and combine them to make one larger section (you will now only have two sections, one small and one large).

5. Take the smaller section and carefully slide it up the braid.

6. Keep sliding the smaller section up to the top of the braid.

7. Now slide the section back down to create a looser “s” pattern braid.

8. Wrap the snake braid around the back of your head and pin in place. Spray with a medium hold hairspray to add extra hold and tame any flyaways.

*TIP* Lift a small section of hair up and pin your snake braid below it. Drop the hair down so that it conceals where you pinned the braid in place.

Read the whole story, and see more tutorials like this at Latest-Hairstyles.com!

 

 

Sequin Saturday #2: Flawless Holiday Style

December 13, 2014 ·

It’s amazing the things you can do with separates, and if you find a fun sequin set like this one from H&M, Holiday outfit ideas are endless! Here is an easy day to night look you should try this season.

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Keeping it simple with black shoes, bag, skinnies and a jacket is a must when wearing a statement top! Adding gold accents, like a belt, hardware on a bag and some jewelry, complements the look nicely. Keep your hair in loose waves for an effortless chic style, that transitions nicely into a messy teased pony for later!

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Photos by Erin Mcginn

Glossier

If you haven’t heard of Glossier yet, you’re really missing out. From Emily Weiss and her team at Into the Gloss, come the beauty brand that is redefining beautiful. “Skin is in” is their motto, and they do not deviate this, carrying only a few products right now geared to leave you looking dewy and fresh. The Phase 1 kit features a soothing face mist, priming moisturizer, skin perfecting tint and an all purpose balm cleverly named “balmdotcom”.

I found out about Glossier via their instagram account that grew remarkably quickly accumulating 35K followers in just two months! Glossier has a huge focus on packaging and presentation, sending instagram worthy stickers to decorate their minimalist pink and white packaging with. So many people have fallen in love with this concept and the unique products they sell which has helped them made a major splash on social media.

I recently purchased the Phase 1 Kit and have started using the products religiously… Once I finish them up, I will get back with reveiws! In the meantime, make sure to follow Glossier on Instagram and follow along with their latest releases. They just released a new product, silver and gold foil eyeliners, perfect for holiday parties.

Thats all for now! Check back tomorrow for Sequin Saturday!

Sequin Saturdays with Erin McGinn

December 6, 2014 ·

I’m excited to show you all how to incorporate sequins into your wardrobe this holiday season. For our first Sequin Saturday we have created this day to night look with the help of these amazing finds.  Your daytime look should be kept simple, fresh, and sleek with blown out hair,  a pair of flats, and casual bottoms – a pair of slacks or jeans…What do you think?

Holiday Style

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Daytime: Alice and Olivia Sequin Sweater / Pants Gap -past season- similar / Shoes- Sam Edelman- similar / Bow Bracelet – Kiel James Patrick / Ring & Bracelet-  Chloe and Isabel by Steph / Earrings Vintage - similar

 

The day time look  is both fun and casual, and have a “Newport Nautical” touch with the help of this Kiel James Patrick bow bracelet; this look would be perfect for a downtown stroll, cookie swap, or coffee date. I also love the look of the chambray-style stripe pants, and the idea of rocking these in the wintertime! These were an unexpected find at the Gap in Newport one day last Spring!

Oh, and about these shoes. These Sam Edelman flats have seen better days but I am too in love to part with them just yet! These babies a TjMaxx steal a few years back and they are SO comfortable.

To style my hair for this daytime look I prepped my hair wet with Schwarzkopf Oil Potion this really helps to be able to comb through my hair too. I then applied  Bumble + Bumble Styling Lotion, and sectioned my hair off to blow dry it  with this mid sized round brush from Ulta. Pay special attention to the ends to round and smooth it in towards the face. To finish the style I cock-tailed  Schwarzkopf Osis 4-play and again a bit of the  Schwarzkopf Oil Potion only on the ends of your hair never going past the midshaft. Just stay on the ends and start underneath in the back of your hair that way by the time you work you way to the front you have less product on your hands.

To transition your look for the evening, start by waving the hair, throw on a pair of high heels, a fabulous skirt, and your ready for a night on the town!Sequin Style holiday styleSequin Saturday 2014-12-06_0008Fur Skirt

I have been using Joico Shampoo for red hair lately to enhance my color. I am not sure if I am impressed by it or not, and I’m not sure it has enough pigment to help enhance my color inbetween me  coloring it myself?!

For this makeup look (my skin was quite dry this day), I prepped my skin several times by moisturizing with First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Face Cream (also try the Dual Repair Kit) and priming with Hourglass Mineral Veil . My Foundation was applied with a wet Beauty blender sponge which really helped to move the product around on my face. I used Armani Silk Foundation; I mix a a drop of the color #2 into #4.

On this day, I skipped the bronzer and opted for a cheek tint from my new favorite line, Josie Maran – eeeek I love her stuff! I used her Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Honeymoon Honey. I dabbed this on my cheeks and lips. The color is very very sheer which makes it very easy to put on. It is also a buildable product so you can keep applying more to get the perfect amount of color that you want on your face. Also, the texture is amazing – it reminds me of jello…and actually, I could have put a tad bit more on!Josie Maran coconut cheek color

 

 

 

 

Nighttime: Alice and Olivia Sequin Sweater / Nasty Gal Fur Skirt / Anthropologie Belt/ Elizabeth and James Booties Similar / Bracelet Chloe and Isabel by Steph / Earrings Vintage-similar / Shoes, Sweater both purchased at TjMaxx

This look has the perfect balance of both class and edge.  With Nasty Gals fur real skirt, a sequin top , Suede Booties, and the perfect amount of sparkle and curls can take your look to another level for those late night outings and holiday parties. You can even add a bright pop for your lip to add a bit more fun to the entire look. To amp up my look, I waved my hair with the 1.25 Sedu Iron, taking big sections to create a very effortless wave in my hair (there is a tutorial below) which helps to dress up a look.  I then added a different color blush,  Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil Limitless PinkI chose this because it helps to hydrate and nourish your skin during New England cold and dry weather, making it appear younger and healthier. This oil is applied to both your lips and cheeks. You must try this product, I promise you will love it! Right now Sephora has mini trial duo pack  here.

 

 

Sequin Style

After you learn how to wave your hair by watching our tutorial below. I flipped my head over and sprayed it with Bumble and Bumble thickening Dryspun Finishing Spray 

which helped to add some fullness.  Lastly  jtake a small piece on one side of your head and pull it back loosely and pin in place shown in the picture below.Fur Skirt

One Last look at the two looks side by side

Day to Night Holiday Style

 

Want to learn how to wave your hair? Check out our Loose Wave Hairstyle tutorial! (for this Nightime look I used in these photos I used the  1.25 Sedu Iron)

Photography by Erin McGinn