all the world is a buzz (cut) …

August 13, 2013By stephanie
In case you haven’t noticed, short hair is here to stay …

In the past week, music powerhouse Beyonce went super short and runway powerhouse Coco Rocha took it all off too. Two women known for their beauty went rogue from the traditional long and sexy hair look. Interesting. Now, I wouldn’t say this is the latest trend or craze in beauty and hair – after all – Pink, Tilda Swinton and even Miley Cyrus have done the whole undercut/mohawk style for awhile now. And my favourites, Michelle Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin have been poster pixies for, you know, the “pixie cut” for years. Seriously, short hair is here to stay …

I myself am coming up on my two year anniversary for the “short hair, don’t care” club. One day, I went from waist-length hair to gamine in one fell swoop and faster than I could tweet about it. I haven’t looked back since.

I love my short hair. I miss my long hair from time to time, but I So much so, that it’s gotten a bit shorter (buzzed) on the sides and longer on the top. (And, as I type, I’m currently transitioning my hair into a modernized mohawk, but I still have some hair appointments to keep before the full transition is made.)

But don’t think that short hair is easy, folks.

Yes, there might be less fiddling and faddling but some fiddling and lots of faddling is still required – even when your hair is less than three inches long. Pixie hair is just as much work as princess hair, you know.

Blow-drying is still a big help in creating movement in the hair. (Short hair is cute. Helmet head isn’t.)  Before I blow-dry, I like to use a heat protectant which I spritz and comb through the hair first. Then, on a medium heat setting, I dry the hair, especially swishing the hair back and forth, side to side.

If you wear your hair longer on the top like Michelle Williams or Coco Rocha, large velcro rollers can give you some lift and height, especially if you want to toss the hair over to one side for a deep part. Try using two or three large velcro rollers across the top middle section of your hair. Place the rollers in your hair while damp and either air dry or blast with your blowdryer.  Once dried, release and finger comb into place.

Proper product is always your best friend and you will need some product. I like using waxes or putties for a piece-y look and gel when I want a slick look. The problem with product and short hair is that it’s easy to overdo it. The key is to use a small amount of product and work it from the back of your hair to the front.  This way, you don’t deposit to much product in and  around the bang and crown area where too much gel or wax can look oily and greasy as opposed to chic.

Right now, I don’t feel the need to go long again. In fact, I think my short hair might stay for quite a while longer. There ain’t nothing wrong with that …

Are you a member of the short hair, don’t care club? If so, What are your tips and tricks for keeping your short hair looking sexy?


this just in : what i’m loving right now …

August 1, 2013By stephanie

It’s pretty easy to tell what styles, products, and pieces I’m loving … you just need to follow me on Instagram.

For example, as a die-hard fan of NARS Cosmetics, I took an hour or two … maybe three … to get comfortable in their Bleecker Street boutique during a recent trip to NYC. I walked away with a small haul: three lip pencils and a soft touch eyeshadow pencil plus some freebie treats from their on-location makeup artist, Joey. While I’m swooning over each colour I chose, I’m in love with the red lippy Joey suggested for me: Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. It’s a true Hollywood glam red. It glided on like silk but stuck like crazy glue and didn’t budge through a whole day of wear.

If you don’t find me in my TOMS, then perhaps you might see me parade around town in a pair of Nike Dunk Sky Hi shoes … I own like three pairs. Sporty enough to be comfortable, sexy enough to wear from day to night. Plus, they add height to my vertically challenged disposition. Yessssss …

I love a good piece of jewellery. It doesn’t have to be the finest gold, the prettiest platinum, or the sexiest silver. I meant, that IS nice, but I love pairing my authentic and vintage gold/silver pieces with $5 finds at random boutiques, street vendors, or vending machines. Okay … well … maybe not the last one – but you understand what I am trying to say, yes? I found that eye-catching skulls+wings piece (above) at Drama Queen by the studio – that store has great pieces at reasonable prices and I always find something that will add some edge to a basic outfit.

And to end, I am not me without a really really great purse. I adore them all from big to little, slouchy to structured.  My recent infatuation is with my new Alexa bag by Kooba – with convertible straps I can make it a cross-body, a shoulder bag, a top handle … annnnnddd … a clutch. And with it’s neutral colour that is neither the standard brown, camel, or black, I can pair it with almost anything in my closet, and any style. Now THAT’S an investment piece, right?


StyleList: Jennifer Lawrence

April 4, 2013By stephanie

J-Law is pretty much on fire, isn’t she?

I mean, at the fun age of 22, she is an award winning actress, she’s kissed Bradley Cooper, and well, she’s hot. Her glowing skin, fit physique, and down to earth attitude – what’s not to love?

A very big thank you to Elaine Atkins of Toronto Beauty Reviews for being our guest contributor for this week’s StyleList. Read and follow her blog here.

Here’s Elaine’s top picks for garnering yourself some Jennifer Lawrence style:

Clutch Control (left to right):
Jessica Jenson Envelop Clutch ($178)
Aldo Parshall Clutch ($40)
Ela M.I.L.C.K studded black clutch ($328)

Basic Black (left to right):
Ted Baker London Ranni Dress ($348)
Zara: Combined Studio Blazer ($159.90) + Studio Trouser with Waist Band ($79.90)
Aime Luxury Jolie Dress ($388)

A Step Ahead (left to right):
Zara: High Heel Vamp Shoe ($99.90)