From the daily archives: "Tuesday, May 7, 2013"

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This is not your average image of a celebrity bride. Normally, the glitz and the glamor, the opulence and the grandeur lead to the ritualistic adherence to ornate and dressy updos, likely adorned with a a million-dollar jeweled headband. But English rose, Kiera Knightley, stood for the girl next door with this magnificently casual wind-blown style, accented with a daisy chain. With more and more brides opting for location weddings, informal get-togethers, and a laid-back approach to their attire for their the big day, Kiera’s wedding ‘do is a harbinger of a more relaxed era of knot-tying. And the best thing about it? It’s so easy to do. For our tips to creating artful tousle, click style notes.

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Cropped shapes look great all year round, but they’re at their best in warmer seasons. In the winter months short cuts get hidden under caps and headbands, but come spring it’s time to shine! Even head-hugging manes suffer from winter dryness, but warm weather means wave and texture. New products, styling techniques, and tweaks to your cut can transition your shape into the new season. If your contemplating a short shape for the first time, this is the perfect opportunity; take a cue from the budding trees and try something fresh. Read the style notes for tips on the season’s trends, styling tips, and product recommendations. –– Laura Martin 

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Last week we told you all about the Met’s Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: From Chaos to Couture. Now, after last night’s big celebrity Gala, stars of stage and screen can be seen getting their punk on. Anne Hathaway got in the mood for an anti-establishment freedom fight with a tough-looking black Valentino vintage gown and bleached blonde locks. The flaxen hue offers a stark contrast to her complexion and brooding brown eye color –– a striking antithesis of her usual soft and pretty looks. Like Hathaway, going blonde can make you look and feel like an entirely new person; it is, however, a big commitment, so it’s important to know your options. For our professional advice on getting fair, golden locks, click style notes.

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Rich violet tones with the juiciness of summer fruit look gorgeous paired with vibrant estival clothing and makeup. Dark tones are not the usual choice for warm weather, but they look great in bright light and are easier to wear against gentle bronzed skin, which is less prone to looking washed out. Lavish saturated hues sparkle in the sunlight and give hair a thick, luscious feeling. Layering graduations of tone in the same family provides a trendy, ombre result. Read on for application tips and formulations. –– Laura Martin 

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