StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Romance

Easter weekend in Manhattan was a bright and sunny affair – we’re still edging into spring but the temperature on Sunday was quite glorious.  I spent the afternoon in Central Park with a friend and I also caught up on the collections I’m dying to wear this summer.  Petiole is one of these.  I wrote about them back in January – timeless, wearable and romantic garments that make an easy transition from day into night.  For spring 2012 the label have introduced a lovely colour palette of lavender, grass-green, mango and neutrals for their collection of dresses and skirts, shorts and rompers:

My favourite pieces from Petiole are undoubtedly the silk dresses.  They have a wonderful feel on the skin and lovely movement – Petiole use crepe de chine and reverse charmeuse, the latter is often used for lingerie.

Romantic dresses such as these require romantic hair.  I was lucky to work with hair stylist Ashley Maybruck for this shoot, who I met after seeing her styling within the September fashion week presentation for designer Morgan Carper.  Along with styling my hair we talked about hair trends for summer 2012 and Ashley gave me her insider knowledge on curls.  She also provided some tips and hints on how to recreate different looks – her thoughts are below….

Trend #1: Zooey Deschanel Early 60’s look: She is beyond popular right now with her hit TV show New Girl and with her quirky sense of humor and indie retro look this hair style is sure to be popular. I know several people who have gotten bangs because they wanted to achieve this.

How to achieve:
1) let your hair dry naturally and add just a few curls here and there to add texture. Take a 1″ curling iron (the barrel works best at this size) and curl pieces about 1/2 ” – 1″ thick.
3) then use a light spray such as Oribe Superfine Hairspray or for those who are budget conscious try Sebastian Zero Gravity
 Note: For fine hair, before step two use a volumizing product such as Oribe Volumista Mist or Big Sexy Hair So Pumped Volumizing Mist
Trend #2: Shoulder Length Beach Curls: Like Ashley Benson with her look at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, this is also very easy to achieve and is my personal favorite look this season!
 How to achieve:
1) To damp hair add a small amount of mousse such as Tresemme Mousse
2) Blow dry with a brush
3) Take a small section of hair and place the ends at the base of your large curling iron barrel and then wrap the hair up around the barrel until you reach your mid-lengths. Hold the hair for five to 10 seconds and then release the hair by unwinding the strands backwards
4) Style the tips with styling wax such as Eufora Styling Wax or Bumble and Bumble Styling Wax.
5) Sleek down with some shine spray like Redken Shine Spray or with a light hairspray
Trend #3: Long Hair with Romantic Curls: I truly think long hair is going to be the leader next to the Zooey Deschanel look.
 How to achieve:
1) I find it best to let the hair dry naturally to get a slight bounce to the hair
2) With a 1″ curling iron barrel take 1/2″ – 1″ sections of hair and curl backwards (away from the face)
3) Again apply styling wax to the ends, spray down with Shine Spray and finish with a light hairspray.
Some of my other favorite products and tools to use to achieve these looks are:
Babyliss Clipless Tapered Curling IronRusk Shine Spray and TIGI Wax Stick (perfect for fly aways!)

If you would like to find out more about Ashley and her services, visit her website here.  Will you be wearing curls this summer, Blog Reader?

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  1. says

    I tend to veer towards curly styles manly because my hair is naturally curly and they’re much easier than straightening :) I always admire your curls but they are looking particularly lovely in this post, Ashley did an incredible job! I wish I were closer to New York so that I could pay a visit to her salon!

    You look absolutely radiant in the second photo – I have to say, Lydia’s photography for your blog is just another reason why I wish I were in NYC :)

    • says

      Cee if you visit I would love to get us both in a shoot together, that would be such fun! I do love her photography style, also, it helps not to have to battle with my tripod ug.

    • says

      Hi Sally, the dress is from a label called Petiole – they are a NYC based design team and they use silks for their garments. I added a link to their site at the end of the post. Check them out sometime! They just released their spring collection.

  2. says

    Such a beauty you are Sarah! Love that first shot of the hemline of the dress:) So beautiful. Agree with all the comments above. your hair is smashing! Hope you had a great holiday weekend. C

    • says

      I think I could happily streamline my wardrobe to black and white if I was asking to select a ‘capsule’ closet… Do you find you are equally as adventurous with outerwear and intimates? Or that you stick to similar themes with both? I was thinking of this today…

  3. says

    How lucky you are to have glorious weather! It’s suddenly cold and rainy here in UK it’s not fun :( Loving that dress on you, and it always looks fantastic when there’s a bit of wind around too! Thanks for the hair tips, I’ve got thin hair so I’m glad your friend Ashley the hairstylist mentioned what to do with thin hair too! :D

    • says

      Ashley had some great ideas for different hair textures which is not something I think of very often, how this affects the products you need to use. You must let me know if you use any of her recommendations and what you thought! xo

    • says

      Hey – I do love my hair but it is so long right now. I wanted to grow it for a while but I’m thinking of getting a trim soon it take a lot of effort to style. Thank you for stopping by xoxo

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