13 posts categorized "Beauty"

May 28, 2013

Romantic Retro Ponytail Tutorial

Romantic Retro Ponytail Tutorial seaofshoes.com
A couple of readers emailed me and commented on my Instagram asking for a tutorial for this style, so I put together this step-by-step demonstration that shows you see how I created this look! I hope if this hairstyle strikes your fancy that you find the instructions helpful. I find it to be a quick and easy style and for that reason I am wearing it a lot lately!

Romantic Retro Ponytail Tutorial seaofshoes.com
To start this hairstyle, I set my hair in hot rollers. Curling the hair in the direction that you are going to style later makes the pompadour and faux-victory rolls much easier to form. You could just as easily use a curling wand, I just have always preferred hot rollers! I rolled the bang and crown sections of my hair going backwards and away from my face. I rolled the side sections of hair under and down. Once I released my hair from the hot rollers I combed it smooth with a brush.

Next you would section off the bang portion of your hair. This will become your pompadour. Section off a chunk of hair above your ears to become the faux-victory rolls. (I say faux because these are not the technical 40s victory roll, but a quick and easy alternative that looks just as good, in my opinion) Before you begin to form the pompadour, tease the base of the section and hairspray it liberally. This will give your roll a steady base to nestle into. To make the roll, form a loop at the end of the section by loosely wrapping the strand around two fingers. Hold onto this loop very firmly, and never letting it go, roll the loop towards the base of your head. When you've reached your scalp, carefully pin the roll in place with bobby pins. Repeat this same technique with the victory roll sections. There is no right way to do it, so just keep playing until you find a shape you like! Just remember, hairspray is your best friend here!

Once you've made your pompadour and victory rolls, you can gather the rest of your hair in a low ponytail slightly off to the side. Accessorize it with a flower or ribbon to finish it off!

I hope this guide helps! Please feel free to tweet me or email me if you have any questions, and if you want to show me your version of it, I would love that!

April 28, 2013

Sexy Bedhead: the Ultimate Toolkit

How to get the perfect bedhead hairThe perfectly rumpled undone hair that you see on Kate Moss in almost every editorial is supposed to look the opposite of deliberate, and maybe it is for her. She is Kate Moss after all. In my experience, it takes a little cheating. My just-woke-up hair says something more like 'raised by wolves' and less like 'this is my three day old triple digit blowout'.

With a little help from some products, I can sort it out. I've been doing this look a lot lately and had some requests on a tutorial on Instagram. So, here are a few suggestions that I love to achieve that big sexy bedhead look!

How to get the perfect bedhead hair

How to get the perfect bedhead hair

1. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray If you have the cash to spare, this is the ticket to perfectly gorgeous messy undone hair every time. It builds crazy texture and insane volume. A little goes a long way, I spray at the roots and a little through the length of my hair. I bought my first can a month ago and went ahead and ordered two back-up cans because I would be lost without this.

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo Second day hair is the best hair. Even if you're on your first day and need to cheat, this will get you there. It won't break the bank and gives instant volume and texture!

3. Kevin Murphy Full Again Thickening Lotion Big hair is better hair, and this stuff will make your ponytail FAT. The formula contains rayon particles that attach to the hair shaft to thicken it. It's a miracle product for me, I use a dime sized amount and roughly blow-dry it through my hair for half a minute and then air-dry the rest of the way.

4. Spornette Big Wonder Back combing is the secret to Bardot height. The Big Wonder is a large teasing comb designed just for this. It's cheap, too. Back comb at the crown and a bit at the ends for big hair that is a little messy.

5. Elnett Hair Spray I go a few days between washes, and usually when I am heading out the door I spritz a little Elnett on to hold the shape. After a day or so it really helps the hair memorize shape and gives that good 'dirty' texture.

6. Jumbo Rollers (hot, steam, or velcro) You don't want a 'curl' with this style, just bend and volume. Pop a few jumbo rollers in at your crown, directed away from your face. I do a few random ones on the side as well. If you don't use them, try them, you'll be addicted. It is definitely all about the rollers.

7. Sachajuan Ocean Mist This is by far the best sea spray out there. I mist some on for texture and then mess up my hair with my hands. It's great for prepping hair for a texturized updo as well.

8. Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo My favorite dry shampoo. Not only does it prolong your style, but it gives it a lived-in feel and look too. The lemony scent is nice too.

9. Kevin Murphy Powder Puff I love to shake a little of this in at the roots when I want enormous hair. The texture is a little funny. It is activated when you manipulate the hair with your fingers. So shake, muss, and presto, you have big hair.

How to get the perfect bedhead hair

TAGS: Beauty

March 28, 2013

The Best No-Heat Curls Ever

I am hair-obsessed and love to play around with new styles. The downside to this is that it often times involves using some form of direct heat on your hair. In light of this viral Youtube video, I feel like its an appropriate time to post about the miraculous no-heat styling solution one of my sweet readers reccomended to me a while back. The solution is a little old-school: Caruso Professional Steam Hairsetter.

These are just like hot rollers except instead of using dry heat to set the curl, it is set with steam. They barely get hot at all. My hair does not usually hold curl well, but that is not the case with these. I have tried so many methods of styling my hair without heat and I have not found one that is as practical and fool-proof as this. The best part is that unlike other no-heat curling methods, this only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish!

You use them just as you would regular rollers, it is not one bit different. Doesn't take any skill or know-how. If you want Victoria's Secret supermodel hair, it is easy with these! But if you like a retro look, you can do Veronica Lake style just as easily. It all depends on how you set the rollers. I actually got so into roller sets that I ordered sixties and seventies hairstyling books that tell you exactly how to put in the rollers for a variety of looks. Like this. So retro and fun! Tweet me a picture if you try or have tried styles with these!

TAGS: Beauty

January 24, 2013


I loved every part of the Emporio Armani spring 2013 show. Flipping through the detail shots, the leather hair closures caught my eye. How very cool!

TAGS: Beauty

December 05, 2012

Hair Tutorial: The Pin-Up Ponytail

Hair Tutorial: The-Pin-Up-Ponytail

How To Fake A Fuller Ponytail, by Sea of Shoes
1. Section off a triangular chunk of hair in the front before you start. This will make your swirly gig later!

2. Put the top half of your hair up with an elastic, like you are doing a half up half down hairstyle. Make sure its pretty tight.

3. Make a ponytail with the bottom half of your hair, but before you secure it with an elastic, add a section of hair from the top pony to make the ponies look more 'joined together'.

5. Tada! Shake it out and fluff it a bit with a teasing comb. This trick makes your ponytail look MUCH longer!

How To: The Swirl, by Sea of Shoes

1. Take the chunk of hair you sectioned off at the front and start back-combing it section by section. Pull the section of hair firmly upward and press the bristles of a teasing comb down into the roots. A Spornette teasing comb is best for this! It is what I used.

2. Spray generously with a firm hold hairspray. I used Kevin Murphy Session Spray and it was perfect for creating this style. Thank you to Kevin Murphy team for sending it to me!

3. Smooth down the fly-aways created by back-combing but be careful not to break down the back-combing itself. Grab some bobby pins and get ready to do the swirl.

4. Gently twist the section of hair and make a loop at the end of the section as I am showing. Carefully roll this section up on itself, like a cinnamon roll. This may take a few tries. You may find it helpful to use a gel product to keep the section together if you have layers. It took me a little practice!

5. Once you have rolled the section up completely, fasten it into place with sneaky bobby pin placement. Spray it very generously with your hairspray to make sure it stays in place.

Hope you enjoyed and I hope my instructions were coherent! Hope to share more tutorials soon!

November 19, 2012


Tomorrow I've got a hair appointment with the talented (and stylish) Jessica. My head is always swimming with idea those few hours before a hair appointment....maybe I'll go silvery blonde, maybe I'll cut bangs! I usually end up doing a variation of the same. Better safe than sorry. In any case, here are some of the dreams I'm dreaming lately. I'm really into architectural and compact hairstyles recently, but then I love my big Barbie hair too. 


Mikael Schulz for Tush Magazine Summer 2012-006



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1. and 2. by Mikael Schulz for Tush Magazine 3. Gianfranco Ferre Spring 2008 via Style.it 4. Brigitte Bardot via Another Mag 5. Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2007, via Style.com 6. Giles Fall 2012 via Style.com 7. Photo by Vanessa Jackman

TAGS: Beauty

October 09, 2012


My obsession is 'no makeup' make up! It's fresh and innocent, and best of all for lazy girls, it takes about four minutes, tops. I also think it also keeps your look low key and uncontrived. A little smoulder has it's place sometimes, but your natural undone self is perfect too! I've stopped wearing eye makeup and I cannot tell you how liberating it is! I'm talking about the mascara mess--don't you hate getting that off!

Of course, we all like a little help. I've rounded up a few essentials in my arsenal below.



1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream is just awesome, can't believe something so good is so cheap.

2. Dior Addict lip glow a balm that enhances your natural lip color

3. Cream blush in Prime Time from Topshop

4. Make Up Forever Diamond Powder in White Gold 2 (for dabbing on the inner corners of your eyes and your cupids bow)

5. Sachajuan Ocean Mist for adding texture to dry or damp hair...here's my trick: put a few loose curls in your hair with a clampless curling iron, brush them out, and scrunch this in! Very high fashion messy-on-purpose hair!

6. Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel for thicker, more defined brows

7. Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion brings out the curl in fine, straight hair like mine! It's my favorite hair product. Use it on dirty hair for movement and curl definition.

I found an update on no-makeup makeup that I love...I found this picture of the beautiful Fillipa Berg on Free People's blog. I love the gold highlighter under her eyes! Such a lovely alternative to piling on the liner to get your eyes to pop. I think the By Terry cream eyeshadow in Beyond Gold would get you this look perfectly.

June 15, 2012

My Favorite Green Smoothie

My mom and I have been really excited for her new Vitamix blender to arrive, and since it got here we have been smoothie making machines. This is the first recipe we tried, and so far, it is my favorite! I can't believe how energetic I feel after I've had one. I love to see all the greens that are going into the smoothie all layed out on the counter--so many beautiful veggies!

My mom found this recipe--she told me Paula Abdul loves it, so it has to be perfect, obviously.

Green Smoothie from Dr. Oz

1 cup chopped fresh kale
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen spinach
1½ tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
½ avocado
½ banana
½ apple
1 cup coconut water or apple juice, if you prefer it a little bit sweeter
A few drops of stevia for added sweetness (optional)

Serve over ice!

Check out my mom's blog for more of the smoothie recipes we're having! I am getting jealous of her Vitamix, maybe I should get my own...


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