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Sunday, November 7, 2010


A picture of my mom and dad when they got married, I love my dad's white suit and I always thought it was cute that my mom was taller than my dad!

So this past Saturday I did some hair for a really, really lovely bride and it inspired me to do a post about bridal hair. Sometimes I think it's hard for brides to envision what they want to do with their hair and I would suggest not googling "bridal hair" because chances are what you will get is a bunch of baby's breath, gelled curls, and tiaras. My bride this past weekend,Lila prebooked about three different blowouts a few months before the wedding so we could try some different styles and also see if I was the right stylist for her, she wanted something down, wavy and soft. The first time we did a more seventies wavy style and she got to test it out because she scheduled her appointment before a party that evening so her appointment doubled as wedding practice and it worked for an event she had that night. The second time she came in she decided to try a different style than the first to see which she liked best. This time she brought in a picture and it was actually one I had in a previous blog post of Lara Stone, here is the picture...

We kind of laughed because our bridal inspiration is Lara Stone in what looks kind of like a bra and underwear but it just goes to show that you can look through magazines and on the internet and they don't have to be JUST bridal stuff... we did a few different versions of this picture in our appointments and we finally decided on a version of this that we liked. Lila let me take her pictures to post in the blog (thanks lady!) So here is what we did to recreate this look..

I shampooed Lila's hair with Kevin Murphy's Angel wash and angel rinse, with a little bit of born again so we could get some good volume and shine. I blow dryed a loooot of Kevin Murphy's Anti Gravity in her hair so her style would last all night and for a few days after! I blow dried until her hair was bone dry and then I sectioned her hair into three sections, the whole back section behind the ears and two sections one on each side in front of the ears and parted just about in the middle. I Blew out the top of the hair on each three sections and clipped the sections up so they had volume, then I curled the hair horizontally and transferred to a kevin murphy roller once the hair was really hot. I used a smaller curling iron on the sections in front of the ear and a larger barrel in the back section so her hair would be a bit longer and
flow-y in the back.

After her curls cooled, I took the hair out of the rollers, combed through them with a wide tooth
come comb, ran some easy rider through the ends and then teased the hair out pretty big with a boar bristle brush and then smoothed the hair with the boar bristle brush.

looks pretty crazy right? If you make sure your set is good when you are doing your rollers, the easy rider will bring the curl right back after you have brushed the hair smooth and you will get a realllly pretty soft wave! Don't worry about brushing the curl out. Also make sure the hair has cooled completely before taking the rollers out this is what actually SETS the curl. We brushed and smoothed and applied a little bit of motion lotion to define the curls. Here is Lila with her final look!

We also did some color a few weeks before the wedding, Lila wasn't sure if she wanted to go darker. I thought she should do some highlights to give her hair some dimension and she had a really pretty base color so I suggested some balyage, a highlighting technique where you paint the highlights on instead of using foils or highlighting papers. This is really soft and natural looking and has a really beautiful grow out with no harsh lines. I told Lila if she ends up feeling like it's too light we can always tweak the color to a different tone before the wedding, we ended up doing a honey/caramel tone which she loved and looks really great on her! She was such an awesome low maintenance bride, and it really helped that she knew what she wanted and was willing to try a few different things in a good amount of time before her actual wedding day. That made her actual appointment on the day such a breeze!

Thanks again to Lila, and congratulations to you and Greg!

Friday, November 5, 2010


I am so in love with the hair from Meadham Kirchoff's collection. I want to pull the old cans of Fudge's glitter spray out from my bathroom cabinet until my house smells like aerosol. Since my hair is black I can't really do many fun things with color. Davines makes a really awesome colored conditioner for red hair and when you put it on blonde hair it turns pink, I'm always trying to convince people to let me do it since it washes out. These photos remind me of Princess Lolly from Candyland, Rainbow Bright, Cotton Candy, and Popples. I keep telling Ben that for my birthday I want a popple although I'm not sure what I would do with it once I got it. These also remind me of the part in Charlie and the chocolate factory where Augustus gets stuck in the chocolate river. I want to have a tea party and eat colored macaroons and sip pink champagne and listen to the Strangeloves after looking at these photos. I just love them!


Friday, October 8, 2010


Sorry for the lack of updates!! Lots of people have been telling me they like the playlist, so soon I will update it and maybe do another one? I just did a shoot for BleachOnline ( with jacqueline fernandez ( and Bekah Dubose from laced with romance ( who also just opened up an awesssomme new store on south first, photographer Ericka Kinke Herod and Dawn Younger-Smith of Boudoir Queen ( Our models Cecilia and Grace were so gorgeous and the clothes were amazing. Dawn's studio is sooo awesome, if you get a chance, check out her video link that gives a little video tour. I love doing these shoots because I get to work with really amazing talented women in Austin and it always just comes together so great, it feels good to work creatively with other people and to get out of the salon every once in awhile. So here are the photos! If you also visit you can see some behind the scenes shots that Jacqueline posted and the products we used. Jacqueline is really amazing, her website is so awesome and she is so talented. Every time I get a call to work with her on something I get super excited because it's always really fun and I know there will be some really great photos from the shoots. It was fun with this shoot because Grace's hair is actually long and I got to sew in an updo so it looks like she has a little short twenties bob. I set her hair with Kevin Murphy rollers and then brushed out the curl and used Easy Rider to make the curls really soft and bouncy. Then I tucked her hair under and used a plastic needle and some linen thread to sew her hair up. I learned this trick when I took some Kevin Murphy classes a while back, I got to train with Kevin himself and I will never forget all of the amazing tricks I learned! His products make everything so simple, it has been really great for my clients in the salon because they can get a runway look all on their own. With Cecilia's hair I set it in the Kevin Murphy rollers as well and then combed it out afterwards with a wide tooth comb, did some back brushing with a boar bristle brush and softened out the wave. Between shots I had her flip her hair over and sprinkled on some of the Kevin Murphy Powder Puff and scrunched in Motion Lotion on her ends and shook her hair out at the roots so she could get lots of volume.

We just got the Kevin Murphy rollers at the salon and I have been obsessed with them for awhile now, so finally you all can buy a set for yourselves! My favorite thing to do is to get ready and do my makeup while my rollers are in my hair. Maybe these pictures and this video will inspire you! I love Anna Karina and my favorite is her hair in A Woman is a Woman and I do believe that she would have used these rollers had they been around then! My favorite combination is to dry a lot of antigravity into the hair so it holds the curl well and gives you lots of volume, then to do old roller sets with lots of volume on top with the big curling iron and once you have curled each section, transfer it to a roller. Be sure once your hair is all rolled to let them cool so the curl stays. While you are cooling you can dance around in your bathroom, spray your favorite perfume, listen to music, curl your eyelashes and sip champagne.

Monday, September 13, 2010

puff the magic powder

I have been a slacker and I haven't updated in so long... sorry! I also wanted to show you some pictures of the new salon in case you haven't been here yet. I hope everyone is enjoying it at Modesty, I LOVE IT! I also wanted to link you to Naomi's blog (one of the owners from Modesty)
I love reading her updates and she has some really great tips.
Also there is a new Kevin Murphy product... the Powder Puff. So great for blowouts and the day after blowouts or just some good fluffing, it builds crazzzzzy volume and I am totally in love with it. It's also in pretty much the cutest packaging I have ever seen. My new favorite combo is some Full.On.Protection and the Powder Puff combined. I mostly use it after I curl the hair and shake on some of the Powder at the roots all over, then I flip the hair upside down shake a little more on and spray some full on protection on the ends and when you flip back you have MASSIVE volume and really awesome texture in your curls. amazinnngg :)



Also, I loove love love this blog, Hannah is trying to start her own lingerie line and has a kickstarter page and is looking for donations, really cute vintage inspired lingerie. Good luck to her on it, here's a link if you are interested in donating.

I am also raising money for the Komen Dallas race for the cure in memory of my mom, grandmother and in honor of my aunt, so if you're interested in donating and would like more info please visit my race page here!

Thanks a lot everyone, see you soon lovelies!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


So when I come home from work my feet are usually pretty tired and I like to hang around listen to music, do nothing, browse the internet and read people's blogs. I constantly find myself coming up with new ideas or new projects I can try and often get ahead of myself wanting to start some new project and run with it. Recently Ben and I learned how to screen print, made t shirts with our drawings and sold them. We spent a few weeks getting them ready and have been selling them at the Grand, I have been wanting to do this for a long time and I feel so accomplished having done it, I also am coming up with some more ideas for new t shirts that are in the works. I have also been reading up on succulents and made a fairly successful arrangement of my own, which is my new current obsession. I want to find pictures of other people's arrangements and go to nurseries and learn about all the different plants and different ways to take care of them. The point of all of this is I come up with an idea and I just want to know everything about it. When I have days off my boyfriend and I recently discovered that we are shop-aholics. Lately I find myself not spending a lot of money, but mostly just browsing because there are so many things that catch my eye that inspire me. Ben probably wants to roll his eyes everytime we drive past Room Service, because no matter what I always say "stop! let's go to room service, plllleaaasssee!!" I want to look at every single thing inside that store and I want to take everything with me when I leave. Today I have just been thinking about all the great things in Austin there are to do to take up a girl's time, especially when you are like me and hate to sit still and want to see EVERYTHING. So here are a few of my favorite things... :)


I love these ladies, they rework vintage dresses and they are all sooo adorable. I miss working at PINK with Emily when she sold her dresses at the shop, there was nothing better than to come into work when she was hanging all of her new dresses, I think the girls at the salon would buy her out before the customers could. They are now being sold at Pangea 2210 S. 1st St.

These are the owners, Emily and Megan both in VV LUTZ dresses.



Stephanie is such a sweetheart and all of the shoots she does are so awesome,visit her website and go to her ebay store, you will pretty much want to buy everything, you will also want to play dress up after looking at her editorials.

This is Stephanie I had to use one of her wedding photos because who doesn't think this is the most amazing wedding dress and style ever?

Some editorial photos...


I feel so lucky to have met Jacqueline Fernandez, she is a makeup artist here in Austin who also does and about a million other things, it is such a treat to run into her and she is always working on a new project, check out her website for tips, how-to's, and lots and lots of inspiration.


1700 1/2 S.congress (entrance on Milton St.) or

I almost have to stay away from this store because everytime I go in, I am bound to find something I absolutely need to have. They just opened up a men's store with the most awesome t shirts ever! Ben found an Iron Maiden shirt he had been searching for since he was twelve!! I found a Bart Simpson tee that is super thin that I pretty much want to live in. We left the store and put on our tees in the car! They also do set design and party styling.

The Proto Ladies at the predators premiere party that they styled

ProtoMan! Go buy your boyfriend a new tee and then steal it from him :)


More of the proto ladies at their annual vintage fashion show, the fashion freakout




Tuesday, May 25, 2010


So it's been awhile since I have updated this, sorry! I have been super busy at work, but it's been awesome. This morning I taught a balayage class at work which was really fun and I just wanted to share a little bit about it... a lot of my clients want really low maintenance color, but still want to stay blonde. This creates a bit of a dilemma when your natural hair color is super dark and you want to be blonde and not have to come back to the salon to highlight every 6 or 8 weeks or so. What I would suggest is that we do balayage. It's a technique where the highlights are painted on and not foiled and it has a really nice natural growout. It is a more root-y look which helps while hair is growing out so you don't have such a solid line. This is a picture of my model Sarah Evans (She's also one of the owners of Prototype, check out their website or facebook it's an awesome store!! or

We do a base color on Sarah to lighten it up a bit and then balayage right on top. It just looks really natural and I love the worn in feel to it. It's great to do if you were super blonde when you were little and your blondes pop out in the summer time but you want to give them an extra nudge.
There are a lot of different variations. You can do super dark roots and light ends, you can do a caramel or honey color on brown hair, you can do a really natural honey blonde... and tons and tons more... here are a few examples of some different variations...

Hopefully this has helped you in choosing what type of highlights are best for you! Now that it's getting to be summertime this is a good way to lighten up!

Here's a little video I made from the photo shoot we did... I originally used it as an entry for the Kevin Murphy contest, but I was only allowed to upload one video, be sure to check out my other video and vote if you get a chance too, thanks! Here's the link...

See you all at the salon soon!!


913 W Mary St