From the daily archives: "Thursday, March 22, 2012"

From the wreaths of the Greeks to the twenty-first century Gossip Girl revolution, the headband has proved an indispensable accessory to the crowning glory. And now fashion trailblazers like Michelle Williams, Alexa Chung, and Charlize Theron are lifting up the humble headband from casual days at the beach and shopping on Main street to the rarified world of glitzy ceremonies and shows. Whatever you wear them for, there’s two things to remember: One –– use headbands to pull the hair back, keeping it away from the face, creating elegant style, all in a flash. Two –– go for a slimline headband that lies flat against the head –– chunky ornamental details like flowers or bows tend to overpower, and they are so 2002.

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Noting color changes is a lot of fun because hair color can have such a dramatic effect on, not just how we look, but also how we feel. Take Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games star transitioned from a vixen violet brunette into lighter, sun-kissed strands and was able to go from brunette bombshell to blonde girl next door. Typically, it’s the other way round –– blondes are prepossessing, brunettes are earthy and natural. But for Jennifer there is something about the smokey chocolate brown with violet tone that makes it a bold, stand-out style. It makes her eyes pop and it looks so rich. The blonde looks a more natural fit –– notice how she is wearing less makeup with the flaxen; it is an easier match for her complexion. Most of all, it turns her into a clean cut American gal. The subtle multi-dimensional highlighting keeps it warm but light for a soft and casual beach-inspired look. We love it! 

Gorgeous Viva Luxury Blogger, Annabelle Fleur, adds a piquant punch to our day with this ever so sultry look. Simultaneously, her hair looks polished and defined, yet effortlessly carefree. It’s the long and loose layers –– and the lustrous, healthy hair –– that gives this style movement and softness. The separation on the ends, meanwhile, gives the texture and the edge.

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