From the daily archives: "Monday, August 15, 2016"

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You know I love a messy side braid just as much as I love tousled waves, so I thought, why not combine the two? But you also know that it takes the right combination of technique and messiness to actually create a perfectly imperfect do. Sure it may look like the cool girl at brunch just effortlessly crafted her hair into that style, but you know better. Even mussy styles take work! You need the right product, technique, practice, and even some luck to create effortless imperfection. But I know you can achieve it! Click through to the notes to learn how to wear your new favorite Sunday brunch style. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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The beauty of brown hair is it’s amazing versatility. An earthy base can either be darkened into a dark chocolate or lightened to a delicious warm honey brown. The current color on trend is the latter, a perfect golden brown hue. We can credit the rise of this color to the Danes, as in the Scandinavian models that are dominating the fashion scene. Examples include everyone from the original cool queen Freja Beha Erichsen whose signature tawny shag is as devil-may-care as her personal style, to rising newcomers like Regitze Christensen and Mathilde Brandi. Will honey brown trump the platinum tresses the Danes are known for? Too early to tell, but click through to the notes to see the sun-kissed brunette manes that  model approved. ––  Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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I love watching the olympics, in large part because of the plethora of female athletes. I’m far from an olympian, but I am definitely more fit than delicate, and it’s inspiring to see other physically strong women. Watching my favorite soccer players, runners, and tumblers gives me a little extra motivation at the gym, reminds me that looking strong does not take away from looking feminine, and gives me plenty of fit-girl beauty inspiration. I’m not the kind of girl who spends a lot of time primping before a workout, but considering that I spend an average of 6-8 hours a week at the gym, I do sometimes get bored with a plain ponytail. My favorite olympians have some awesome and very durable solutions. Click the notes to learn about my favorites. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →