From the daily archives: "Tuesday, November 27, 2012"

Thin spiny headbands are everywhere right now. Some are delicate with fine metal points, others combine dark leather with tall spikes for a punk rock feel. This adornment gives edge to any outfit, offsetting frilly blouses and cozy sweaters by providing contrast. Try it with black leather purse and boots to enhance the nirvana of the grungy feel. For our tips for rocking this urban tiara, click style notes. 

Purple hair is a big trend this season; from deep indigo to rich merlot, violet tones are bright and playful but not too over-the-top. This gorgeous, slightly pinkish plum brings a new twist to the trendy hue, with a custom blended, heritage shade. A thick braid at the crown and a deep side part further personalize the look. For professional tips to get a similar shade, click style notes. 

Selena Gomez’s styling goes from strength to strength. She played the fun and flirty child star so well, and now that she is evolving into a young women, her look is going the same way. Here she shows off an elegant low updo, which is a great way to combine the casual and the chic. The opposite –– a high updo –– can appear too forced and too dramatic, especially on such a pretty and radiant young belle. This way, Selena is able to keep hair off the face –– helping to elevate cheekbones and chin in a polished and sophisticated way, while living that magical moment between woman and girl.

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