23/09/2013 § 3 Comments
The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life
Editor’s Note: I’m very pleased to introduce today’s guest speaker! Please meet Erica Whelan, the exceptionally talented hair and makeup artist whose work can be seen everywhere from the runways of New York Fashion Week to the glossy pages of your favorite editorials to some of the most fabulous private clients. Indeed, whenever we catch up, she’s always got several new stories and numerous beauty tricks up her sleeve. She’s my own secret weapon!
If you are not yet familiar with Erica, it is my pleasure to introduce you. For her lesson, I requested she share a simple updo, something everyone should have in their styling arsenal. Good for everything from board meetings to brunch to broadway show, think of this classic chignon as a style soldier of fortune, able to handle any sort of occasion you might throw at it. You might also recognize the guinea pig in the chair…I knew all this hair was good for something.
You will need a teasing comb, boar bristle brush, an elastic ponytail holder, bobby pins, hair pins, texturizer spray and hairspray. Depending on your hair type you may also need a flat iron and smoothing crème.
1) Hair can be clean or slightly dirty (“second day hair”). Get volume in the top section of hair by spraying a dry texturizer spray like Oribe or dry shampoo like Klorane. This will instantly add volume to dry hair. Hold hair straight up and away from head then spray at the root. Wait a few seconds then massage product into your roots. If your hair is curly, you should use a flat iron to straighten and add shine to your hair.
2) Brush hair into a low ponytail. I usually position my ponytail at the occipital bone, which is the bone you can feel at the back of your head. I like to spray my brush with hairspray before I brush the hair into a low ponytail — this trick will help tame flyaways. Your ponytail should be smooth. You can use a dime-sized dollop of smoothing crème and run over your ponytail to remove any frizziness. You can style the front of your hair to your liking. Ex: a few pieces of hair framing your face, a middle or side part, or backcomb the top section for volume — your choice.
3) Once your hair is in a low ponytail, slide the ponytail holder about an inch down. This will give you enough room to split the hair down the center.
4) Split hair down the center then flip the ponytail up. Starting with the ponytail end, begin feeding it through the split. Grab the ponytail with your fingers from underneath and pull it through the split.
5) Give the ponytail a gentle tug so it tightens back up.
6) Use a comb to tease the ponytail. This will create the base for your bun. Tease as much or as little as you like. Remember, the more you tease the bigger the bun. Once you’re done teasing, smooth the underside of the ponytail with your boar bristle brush. This is the side that will be visible so it needs to be smooth.
7) Put the back of your hand on the inside of the ponytail (the teased part of the ponytail) about mid-length. Wrap the ponytail around your hand and tuck the tail into the hole you created when you split your hair down the center in Step 4. Keep tucking until you form a bun.
8) Using bobby pins (medium size for short to medium hair or large size for medium to long hair) secure the bun. I like to use two bobby pins at the top where we tucked the tail into place. Then gently pull apart the bun to make it fuller. Then continue to pin into place.
9) My secret weapon to keeping hair in place is to use a hairnet. Hairnets come in different colors so you can find one that matches your hair color and the mesh is so fine that no one will be able to detect it up close or in photos. Cover bun with hairnet then pin into place using hair pins. Make sure to grab the hair and then the net when you pin. FYI – A hair pin is a u-shaped pin that is lighter than a bobby pin. Bobby pins secure a hairstyle into place where as a hair pin keeps the hair in place once the style has been secured.
10) Final step – spray with hairspray to keep in place and tame any flyaways. All done!
The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life
22/09/2013 § 1 Comment
Dear Claire Dhelens,
As you are a French Voguette (a fashion and accessories editor to be precise), I was primed to be a fan. In fact, I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to identify you among that amazing posse of black-clad, long-limbed ladies that traipse through the Tuileries. I’ll admit that Emmanuelle and Capucine caught my attention first – je suis désolé! But with your American west-themed editorial for the children’s supplement of French Vogue, you’ve got my attention. In fact, you’ve even managed to get me to post pictures of kids on here. No mean feat, let me tell you. This happens virtually never.
With that said, I’ll just allow everyone else to enjoy these lovely photos by Andreas Sjodin, styled by Mme. Dhelens.
22/09/2013 § Leave a comment
J Brand Ace cropped boyfriend jean
Band of Outsiders cropped wool-piqué tuxedo pants
Acne Bit Double hooded cotton-fleece sweatshirt
LPD New York Team Philo t-shirt
J.Crew merino wool turtleneck sweater
A few fall-flavored treats I have been eying lately. While no means an exhaustive list, my taste has definitely been trending toward marled greys, rich leather and wine-colored accents. I’m not sure if I can attribute a discernible, albeit slight, shift in my personal style to a change in my profession, but I’m definitely sensing it. Case in point: where once I would default to a sort of shrunken schoolboy fit, I am now drawn to a boxier and more casually slung aesthetic. You’ll note the lack of any Ralph Lauren in the above and the appearance of Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang. Perhaps New York is finally creeping into my west coast meets east coast vibe. Whatever it is, it has me excited for cooler temps, most definitely.
03/09/2013 § 2 Comments
Yep, it’s that time again. Even if you’re not headed to class today, there is an unmistakable sense of change in the air. While summer will always remain my absolute favorite season, there is something fresh about the transition to fall. It’s a clean slate; a new beginning that somehow feels different from the first of the year — perhaps because I always feel justified in refreshing my wardrobe in the spirit of “back to school” shopping.
In keeping with that spirit, today I’ve got some great photos taken by Peter Stackpole at the University of Arizona in 1947 for Life Magazine. Why? First of all, I really shouldn’t have to justify this. Did you miss how awesome these girls are? But more importantly because, yes, even cowgirls go back to school too.
02/09/2013 § Leave a comment
Inspiration from the month of August from my Tumblr. The grey weather today in New York definitely influenced the palette and assortment of images, but it also felt like an appropriate tone for bidding farewell to summer.
30/08/2013 § 2 Comments
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Style Roulette!
One item, two distinct styles.
For our first selection, a pair of Harvey Faircloth lace shorts. Styled by myself, and Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, my good friend and frequent partner in Brimfield and New York Fashion Week hijinks. While we’ve been fast friends since the day we met, and our personal styles do have a few convergence points, I’ve always appreciated Lani’s bold approach to fashion. While I tend to the more classic and relaxed, Lani loves vibrant contrast and drama — as you’ll notice from our very first round of Roulette!
Be sure to hop on over to her site to see her entry.
I envisioned this as a sort of off-duty uniform for long rambles about the city. The kind of late summer afternoon hours that easily slip into evening without you even noticing. As is my wont, I wanted to relax the lace — surprisingly, meditation didn’t work — and thought an easy silk shirt and slip-ons would do the trick. I’m also completely obsessed with all the Mougin & Picard watches for J.Crew, but this Grande Seconde is my absolute favorite.
What’s probably most interesting to note is that while Lani and I refrained from peeking at each other’s selections until we were finished, we both somehow paired the lace with leopard. Odd coincidence or next big thing? I’ll let you be the judge…
From top L-R:
Equipment Signature washed silk shirt in bright white
Harvey Faircloth lace shorts in navy
Mougin & Picard for J.Crew Grande Seconde watch in cream
Gap animal print slip-on sneakers
Clare Vivier Bando tote in cognac
Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer Roxbury Necklace in Violet
18/08/2013 § 1 Comment
In an auspicious turn of interwebby events, I happened upon the work of Guy Catling this week. While I’m loving most everything he’s produced, his vintage B&W photographs collaged with vibrant graphic patterns are my absolute favorite — especially the dapper gentlemen. To view more of Guy Catling’s art, head here.
All artwork by Guy Catling.
17/08/2013 § 1 Comment
Sounding a bit like Beck, The Beach Boys and Vampire Weekend had a baby,* Bigfoot, the most recent album by Santa Monica-based band Cayucas (formerly Oregon Bike Trails) is a sparkling bit of sunshine and has been a perfect August soundtrack. I highly recommend giving it a listen, and if you’re in the New York area, you can catch them at the Knitting Factory on Aug 28!
*Don’t ask me how, I’m not a scientist.
15/08/2013 § 1 Comment
This sweater is kind of like that really hot guy who’s always got a girlfriend — just mercilessly flirts with me whenever I walk by the RRL & Co flagship on West Broadway. Completely shameless. But I know he’s all talk, at least until I decide to put my money where my mouth is. I suppose a little banter never hurt anyone.
If you’re ready to pull the trigger, you can find that amazing sweater here. All I ask is that if you do make it yours, please don’t tell me. Or get me one too. Both would work, but of course I prefer the latter. Everyone wins!
*Do people still say “bills” when referring to $100 or did I just date myself?
14/08/2013 § 2 Comments
I discovered an exciting bit of news today! In an effort to encourage the free exchange of works of art, The Getty has placed online over 4,600 high resolution images of artwork in the museum’s collection as part of their Open Content Program. As long as they are properly attributed (see below), the images are available for anyone to use, publish or modify for any purpose. The collection currently contains a wide range of media, everything from paintings to manuscripts to sculpture, including these amazing pictures taken by Walker Evans in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s.
Search the Open Content images yourself here.
Last but not least, you can see an earlier post about Walker Evans here.
All images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.