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?

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Shopping Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This week the Accessories Council threw an event for fashion and beauty bloggers at Marchon Eyewear in Manhattan, showcasing products that benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF).   I want to share some of my favourites with you here, but you can find out more about the range of brands and designers participating in the Shop Pink 2011 scheme by visiting the BCRF Facebook Page or following them on Twitter.

Evelyn Lauder is chairperson of the BCRF, and Estee Lauder will give 20% of each purchase of the Elizabeth Hurley Pink Ribbon Collection, to the charity. The Lavish Pink lipstick inside the clutch is a gorgeous shade – I was dying to try it on straight after the evening and loved the colour against my pale skin.

One of favourite cosmetic brands, Bobbi Brown, have created a special edition “Ruban Rose” collection of pink lip colour and bellini high shimmer lip gloss.  It will be available to buy from October 1st for $44, $10 of which goes to the charity

Finally, look good for a cause with Bumble and Bumble.  With sales of their Spray de Mode hairspray, the label will donate to BCRF.  I tried this product with both straightening irons and as a finishing spray for my curly hair this week – the hold was great for both styles

The Accessories Council threw a fun and informative evening for us bloggers at the #ACPinkPinks event (if you are on Twitter, follow the conversation with this hashtag) and the evening was filled with personal stories too.  Our hosts and designers alike talked bravely of how their lives had been personally affected by breast cancer and their involvement with raising awareness of and support for the BCRF.  Amazing people.

I hope, Blog Reader, that during October you will Shop Pink so that BCRF can benefit not just this month but all year round.