Themed Holiday Party…Where’s Waldo

Every year there are a plethora of holiday themed parties, the most common being ugly sweater and Santa related themes.  This year I had the pleasure of attending a “Where’s Waldo” Christmas party.  Everyone was instructed to take inspiration form the classic Where’s Waldo outfit and make it their own, while the host of the party was coming in the classic Where’s Waldo get-up glasses and all.  You may think…where is the Christmas in Waldo?  But what is basic Christmas other than red and white candy cane strips.

Red “Bombshell” Shoes

I personally was looking for something more holiday literal that looked Waldo.  My vision was a blue sequenced skirt, a nice white blouse, a little red half jacket and some red heals but what I ended up with was much better.  After combing almost every store in the Irvine Spectrum, Charlotte Russe and Reflections ended up completing my ensemble.  I found a blue dress with a white strip in it at Charlotte Russe, one of the last 2 they had and the only one that was in my size! Reflections had the cutes Mary Jane style red velvet red shoes that I couldn’t walk away form, my big $10 purchase.  All topped off with some red earrings and a flowery red ring.  What Where’s Waldo outfit wouldn’t be complete without the classic Waldo beanie?!  I was fortunate to have a friend that knits and made me a special mini version that made my outfit complete.

Hair was a separate component that took a little research.  Wenda, the female Waldo wore what looks to be short shoulder length hair and since mine was long, curly pigtails felt appropriate.  But to balance out my mini hat I needed some volume.  So here are my steps to Wenda hair;

1)      Blow-dry your hair with a light mousse, something flexible.

2)      Part your hair down the middle making two sections.

3)      Take one section and pull up about two inches of hair at a time and tease the section half of the length of the hair your holding.  Do this to the entire section and then repeat to the other side.

4)      Once the sections are teased, begin to smooth the sections down to the amount of volume you would like, preparing to put the rest of the hair in a ponytail.  The rubber band should sit right below your ear.  Do this to both sides, adjusting in a mirror so the volume of both sides match.

5)      Once your pigtails are in I would use a medium size curling iron to curl the ends of your hair with a firm hold hair spray.  I prefer Redken hairspray products.

6)      Do not soften the curls!  You want them to be tight and defined to keep the cute girly feeling.

7)      Add any type of hair bedazzle you would like.



Where’s Waldo is a fun theme that you can do a lot with.  But don’t be fooled, if you have some true Waldo fans you will find Odlaw (evil Waldo) will crash the party!



Glitter Extensions?!

This year hair flair has seemed to be on the rise.  First we saw the return of the hippy head bands with the overly teased top hair…then we were introduced to the feature hair extension… and now we graced with the glitter extension.  Question; are glitter extensions a flattering new addition to an everyday women’s style? or does it breach the kindergarten barrier and we will soon be seeing adult light up sneakers?

Glitter Extensions

I personally think that it all depends on your individual look and style.  Which is the case in most extensions.  For blonds I think its flattering and adds shine to the hair but that’t not the case for red heads and brunettes.  I find with darker colors Glitter Extensions almost look gimmicky…like you should be going to a Vegas party or out for a wild night, not the ever day work attire.

These extensions can be found for a pretty reasonably price on-line and  they are clip in so that makes it much easier for the non hair guru.  The only way to know what your take would be is to try it and let me know!



On-location in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

As an on-location stylist I have the opportunity to meet new people and work in new places all of the time.  This past weekend I had the pleasure of working in Laguna Beach.  I booked a wonderful bride from Canada that was here celebrating her big day with her family.  They rented an incredible house in Laguna Beach on the top a hill that over looked Laguna and parts of Dana Point.  It was a beautiful day for a wedding and the bride and bridesmaid looked amazing…photos to come!

Messy Bun

Pool Side Hair Styles

Taking care of your hair while enjoying the sun is very important but style can’t be thrown out the window either.  After years of experience and looking at a lot of hair styles I have found a few styles that are functional and pool side appealing.

1)      The Side Bun – The great thing about the side bun is that it can be messy cute.  It also shows that you have hair even though it’s pulled back.  While this seems like a funny comment, you would be surprised how boyish slicking your hair straight back can be, and boyish isn’t sexy!


Messy Bun


2)      French Twist – For those who are not really into getting your hair wet, the French Twist is a perfect solution.  It adds a little elegance to a classy bathing suit or you can choose to have hair come out the top for a slightly funkier look.


French Twist


3)      Pigtails (don’t forget the hat!) –  Pigtails are a classic, simple way to look a little younger and keep your hair out of your face.  Be careful, you don’t want to look like your trying to be 15 again!  Try pairing this classic style with a cute hat for a more youthful but sophisticated look




4)      Braids – Any type of braid will work but the French braid you can’t go wrong with.  They are one of the easier braids to do on yourself and even messy they look cute.  A trend that has made its way back on the scene is the headband French braid…a little hippy looking but leave out the forehead band and you will be styling.




I have to say my favorite would be the messy bun.  It’s easy and can be redone throughout the day.  Whatever your preference if you’re not wearing a hat do not forget the sunscreen because scalp burns are no fun!



Take Care of Your Pool Hair


Hair Care

With the weather getting better and Memorial Day weekend around the corner the pool and beach are looking more and more appealing.  What’s not appealing is the damaged hair that comes with playing in the water to much. So here are a few tips that I recommend trying through your summer fun;

1)      Conditioner is your friend! – If you’re going to be spending the day in an out of the water put conditioner in your hair and put it up.   Whether you rock a braid or a bun, a thick coating of conditioner will help protect your hair from chlorine and salt, which dry out your hair.  If you like more of the wet hair down look bring a spray bottle with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner with you.  Use every time before getting in the water to keep your hair moisturized.

2)      Ready… Set… Shampoo! – I know after a long day in the sun and playing in the water taking a shower may be the last think on your mind, but do it!  Hair is very porous so not only are you drying it out all day, if you don’t wash out the hair cuticle and refresh your hair with moisture it’s going to feel dry and brittle.  Washing also helps keeps blonds form looking green and colored hair form looking dull. (I recommend Joico’s KPak Sun Therapy –  http://joico.com/products/haircare/kpak-sun-therapy)

3)      Protective Cap?! – While I would never ware one just because I’m not a professional swimmer they do help reduce the amount of exposure your hair receives.  But let’s be real, you’re more likely not to go in the water then use one!

4)      Don’t be afraid of the scissors! – After a long summer of heat, wind, sand and water don’t be afraid to get a trim and start fresh for the winter.  Taking the ends off will make your hair grow and keep it looking healthy.  Not to mention getting your hair cut keeps you up to date with the current styles!


While caring for your hair this summer is very important, I haven’t ignored my feminine side that wants to look good at the pool too.


“Pool Side Styles” blog coming soon!”


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Feather… Hair Exertions

Hair extensions for the most part have been to aid women in having longer or thicker hair.  Yet over the years people have made extensions a trendy way to add color and now texture to ones hair.  Feathers are the newest addition to the hair extension industry.  With many colors and sizes to choose from you can choose to make a loud statement by wearing Peacock feathers or have a more subtle approach with a feather that matches your current hair color.  Unlike natural looking extensions feather hair extensions can be dramatically less expensive and on some websites you can purchase entire kits to do it yourself.  Obviously when you start requesting real feathers form high end salons you’re looking at hundreds of dollars, but if you’re looking for a quick couple weeks fix, stylist like me can order and put them in faster and for a much cheaper price.