From the daily archives: "Tuesday, October 22, 2013"

sandra bullock

For those who aren’t so enthused about excessive beauty styling, myself included, this autumn is tailored to us. Many of the top runway shows for the season –– Versace, Cavalli, Bottega Veneta –– paired their glamorous fashions with undone waves and easy makeup. Now the celebrities are catching on; earlier this month Sandra Bullock embraced the new take on the art of high / low style at the London screening of her film, Gravity. She paired posh makeup (a bright lip and thick lashes), casually styled hair, and a micro mini Stella McCartney dress. And stylists agree, there is nothing more hip than “not doing your hair and wearing an amazing dress.” I’m ready to try out this trend, are you? Click through to style notes and learn how to emulate my favorite look of the season. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

flat irons
Over the weekend I had a birthday party to attend at a swanky bar in the East Village. I threw on my new outfit of waxed leggings and fur vest but I wasn’t feeling my look. The clothes were awesome, but my hair was all wrong. I needed something new and different. Typically, straightening my hair is in my don’t lookbook, but I decided to break my own style rules and go for it. However, I had not flat ironed my locks since 2011, and couldn’t remember all of the proper techniques to get my desired style without excessive damage. So I called my hair stylist and had her walk me through the rules of straightening––a bootcamp in flat ironing. An hour later I was rocking beautiful shiny and sleek tresses and my look was complete. For hair that’s both polished and still healthy, read on to learn essential heat styling rules. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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In hair as in life, balance is key, the best hairstyles blend strong and subdued elements to create visual complexity. Dusky mauve and rose good hues soften the lines of this edgy cut. Disconnected shorter lengths at the sides and back contrast the long textured top and dramatic swooped fringe. The feminine color lends softness to the bold shape for a look that is both pretty and punk. Read on for steps to achieving the look. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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The term fade is usually associated with barbershop classics like the flat-top and the high-and-tight, but this season, fading takes on new dimensions. Tightly cropped edges blend seamlessly into length at sides and top, combining long deconstructed interiors with strictly defined outlines. The look is both rugged and refined, manly and dapper. Read on for steps to achieving the masculine, modern shape. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →