From the daily archives: "Monday, October 20, 2014"

essentials in your purse

If you’re a girl on-the-go shuffling between the office and cocktails, you sometimes have little to no time left for yourself. To top it off, the pressure to look presentable in the workplace and last minute meetings can build on you. Ever wonder how the girls who seem to have it all together do it? The answer is simple really, they pack a few essentials in their handbags to make smooth transitions from boardroom to bar. Click through to style notes to learn the five essential haircare must haves to carry with you, and you’ll be at your stylish best at every hour of the day. –Michelle Rotbart

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A well-cut short shape should be versatile, easy to style, and unique. Ginnifer Goodwin’s is the quintessential example. Whether she wears it sleek or tousled, textured or smooth, her classic shape always looks just right: delicate, feminine, and spunky. Her secret is pairing tapered edges with a textured interior. The clean silhouette contrasts the piecey top, and flirty side swept bangs, for a shape that’s pretty but tailored. Customized details give her classic shape a signature spin. Learn how to get your own customized crop in the style notes. __Laura Martin

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In the twenties it was considered highly fashionable to apply makeup in public. Stylish women didn’t hide in the restroom to powder their nose; they did it on the dance floor or at the dinner table. This trend has a similar impulse; it shows the process of hairstyling, not just the product. Exposed part lines and surface-level bobby pins give these shapes an architectural beauty. Like an impressive building, the structure of these looks is part of what makes them impressive. Learn more about adding architectural influence to your strands in the style notes. –Laura Martin

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Winter white touched with a dash of rosy glow is a a gorgeous, take on pale blonde hair that nods to the pastel trend without looking extreme. Natural hues with unexpected overtones are a big trend this season, giving the girl on the street an office-appropriate variation on the pastel trend. This lovely blonde shade is the perfect example. Control the amount of pigmentation with timing; the formula below will create shades ranging from neutral khaki to pastel lavender, depending on processing. Click the style notes to learn more and get the professional formulation. –Laura Martin

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