From the daily archives: "Thursday, July 18, 2013"

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I’ve never seen Jessica Szhor look as hot as she did at the recent Samsung Hope For Children Gala. The actress stepped out in a softly tousled lob with the sex appeal and the texture to make beauty buzzers go off –– former beau, Ed Westwick, must be drooling. The style frames her face well. The side-swept bangs drift to the brow, drawing attention to her piercing eye color; the soft and pretty waves accent her strong bone structure; and the dark chocolate color features ribbons of caramel that makes her complexion sparkle. I love this smoldering look –– it’s hot and easy to emulate. Click through to style notes to learn how. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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Fairies capture a certain part of the imagination, a desire for freedom and lightness, which may be why they are often pictured with short blonde crops. Pixie cuts in flaxen shades have an ethereal weightlessness, and they look great straight out of the shower. Light hues soften the strong lines of the head-hugging shape, giving this look a flirter, more delicate feeling than its brunette counterpart. To get this whimsical style in a few simple steps, click through to notes. –– Laura Martin 

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Contrasting elements revamp the classic ponytail in this easy, captivating style. The side swept tail is paired with a crisply defined part; smooth roots turn to fluffy, textured ends; looseness over the ears stops short at a tightly coiled band. Volume above and below a cinched center creates an hourglass curve and timeless appeal. The integration of dissimilar elements gives the look a versatile, distinctly American, beauty. The next time you feel like throwing your hair up, try the simple steps in the style notes… –– Laura Martin

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