From the daily archives: "Wednesday, April 10, 2013"

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We adore Michelle Williams’ feminine take on the short shape so, at first, we were perplexed by this avant-garde update. With the likes of Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus rocking similar cuts, the style isn’t that far removed from the everyday, yet it seems more suited to young pop stars than sophisticated movie stars. When, however, we put down our ‘Michelle Williams much look rosily pretty’ agenda it’s easier to see why she went for it. The shaven side fits the asymmetrical trend, and is great for opening her face-frame. Then, with the piece-y, swooping bangs moving across her eye line from short to long, we are practically forced to acknowledge her bewitching eyes, buxom cheeks, luscious lips. Most of all, it helps the girl who will be this summer’s fairytale princess create more of a rebellious, edgy perception of her own personality. For anyone that wants to define their spirit with a vanguard pixie cut, click style notes.

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Big fluffy curls are playful and glamorous, but too much volume can get overwhelming. Keeping roots sleek to balance texture that starts around the cheekbones creates a flattering silhouette that draws attention to the eyes and adds softness to the jaw and shoulders. Drawing on thirties glamour and seventies glitz, similar looks pair well with rich fabrics, gold accessories, and bold lips. Read the style notes for step by step instructions to achieving these flouncy styles. –– Laura Martin 

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In a recent post, we mused over perceptions of blonde and brunette. Soon after, red heads raged: ‘what about us!’ We think the palette deserves special attention. Raven and flaxen hair is found everywhere, reds are rarer, so they are more striking, individual. And reds offer lots of variety. Tones range from blonde to orange to violet, which means creative thinking can get you a one-of-a-kind look. The shades in the collage are some of the sweetest single-tone hues for spring and summer, yet, if the jump to a full head of red hair is too big, try other options, like high or low lights, or subtle ombre effects. For ideas that can put the magic of red into any crowing glory, click style notes.

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British influence has always appealed to us Americans. As fond as we are of our independence, we love British accents, British Pop stars, and British fashion. The 60s are having a big influence on spring fashion, and British reference is a big part. From Bridgette Bardot to Twiggy, we’re seeing lots of looks that reference 60s style icons. Twiggy’s iconic look changed ideas about beauty and her personal style impacted the decade’s idea of fashion. Her short boyish haircut was second in fame only to her signature makeup, and gave her a sexy androgynous look that spoke of youth and freedom. Minimally layered, cropped shapes are on the scene again bringing gamine charm to a whole new generation. Click the style notes for tips on achieving this retro look. –– Laura Martin

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