Style Edit #Olivia Palermo

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I think like the rest of us, I’m slightly obsessed with Olivia Palermo’s oh-so effortless-ly stylish look.
Her hair, makeup, clothes- LIFE! Leaves me green with envy! I think shes the most pinterest-ed lady of mine at the minute. I like the casual yet polished thrown togetherness she achieves, that, if my bank balance would allow, I would fashion myself on!

Instead what I have done is put together a couple of pieces that are within my budget, kinda!

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BBC HAIR! I’M IN!

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Just a quick post to let you lovely readers of Lady Annie know that my blog and I are featuring on Hair! Yey!!

It’s all a bit exciting, click the like below to read my bio and all about the contest!

L.A.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/hair-contestants.html#section-4

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The Minimalist Hair Care Hoedown

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Although I love all things hair, I am a minimalist, no fuss, no nonsense. My hair is pretty fine but I have a lot of it; if that makes sense, therefore products tend weigh it down. The only problem things can turn into a moisture balancing act, I don’t want dry hair, nor do I want limp greasy hair either. Nonetheless, my quick routine has made me realise their is a hair care god!

Shampoo: Bumble and Bumble Tonic*

My hair gets pretty oily so I was really looking forward to trying Bumble and Bumble’s Tonic. It has my favourite smell Tea Tree in it and it also has a touch of peppermint so you get that ooo! ahhh! tingling scalp feeling in the shower. I’ve found it doesn’t strip my hair but clarifies, leaving it clean and very shiny! Massive thumbs up! The only down-side is you only get 250ml 😦 and I want more!

Conditioner: Bumble and Bumble Let it Shine!*

Every girl craves that shine factor and this little beauty has helped give my lack-lustres locks that added sparkle! Past products have left a weird silky film over my hair; probably the silicone they’ve crammed in, branded it shine when actually its lovely plastic. Eeeeek!  This however gives you the boost without coating your hair with nasties! Thank you Bumble and Bumble, Thank you very much!

After I’ve washed my hair I pop on Moroccanoil; the light version if my hair isn’t feeling too dry. I love the smell and I have seen a huge improvement since incorporated this into my haircare routine. The downside is the hefty price tag! But, I promise you its worth it, I use it every other day and it has lasted about a year! You definitely get you moneys worth. If your purse strings can’t stretch then Lee Stafford’s Argan Oil is an amazing alternative.

The hairs washed, the oils in, next, my fave part, THE TANGLE TEEZER!! I can’t tell you enough how much this has changed my LIFE! Before, my hair was matted, knotty and I’d dread brushing it; pulling knots out with my hands was a daily occurance, oh the horror! Now this combs through a dream, no pulling, no knots, woohoo! So if you haven’t got one already, GO GET ONE NOW! Its a real life changing moment.

L.A.

Shop this…

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Conditioner

Moroccanoil

Tangle Teezer

Hair Post #5 Round 2

Hey ladies!

So I got through to the practical round for BBC3 Hair! YEY!

This is the last round before they choose the final 8 for the programme. They have set 2 challenges, first; an updo which has to include braids/plaits and the second; a basic cutting task, eeeek! CRY!

They literally told me on Wednesday so I’ve been trying to fit practising is around work. So not very much 😦

I thought I’d share my ‘updo’ styles, I’m unsure which one I’ll recreate, as they haven’t given a time frame yet. But views would me much appreciated, please thank you!

As for the cutting task, my mum used to be a hairdresser and squeezed a little crash course in, let’s just say, it’s more than just snippy snip! Hats off to all the hairdressers out there!

And, a big Thanks to my lovely friend, Antonia, who in between nappy changing let me play with her hair!

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Hair Post #4: Hollywood Waves

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This style hair has been emulated by many celebrities and movie stars, including Lana Del Rey, Kim Kardashian, Sienna Miller and Megan Fox. It’s basically a modern twist on a Fifties set; where ladies used to have rollers placed in wet hair and popped under a huge hair dryer! Nowadays this look can easily be created at home. Retro in inspiration yet the outcome is modern!

What you need…

  • Curling wand like these.
  • Sectioning grips
  • Hair spray
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Heat Protector

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This style hair has been emulated by many movie star, including Lana Del Rey, Sienne Miller and Megan Fox. It’s basically a modern twist on a Fifties set; where ladies used to have rollers placed in wet hair and they would let them dry under a huge hair dryer! Nowadays this look can easily be created at home, retro in inspiration, the outcome is modern.

What you need?

  • Curling wand like these.
  • Sectioning grips
  • Hair spray
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Heat Protector

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  • Create a side parting from around where you eyebrow arches, then section your hair into four sections. Two at the front, two at the back.
  • Start at your back sections; take you curling wand and wrap and twist your hair; around one inch thick by one inch wide, towards the face.
  • Hold each sections of hair around wand until you can feel the heat off your hair. Then release and carefully grip with a small sectioning grip.
  • Repeat this until all hair is done.
  • The most important part is that you leave your hair to cool. Maybe do your makeup at this point.

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  • Remove all grips and brush curls out, leaving large waves.
  • For extra staying power and if you have patience you can use a finger wave technique and grip the troughs of the waves, see pic above.

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  • I tend to tuck one side behind my ear and clip into place and then brush my fringe section over.
  • I spritz with a bit of hair spray to finish and shine spray on the peaks of the waves.
  • Finally, pop your soft bristled brush in your bag, I find the more your brush, the better it looks!

Check these YouTube videos out for more help…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrgKOIDvhDY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK19_tkkL6Y

BBC 3 HAIR: My Audition!

Hey Ladies,

Sorry for the lack of blogging this week… I’m here to explain…

So last Sunday I was reading Company magazine and came across an advert from BBC3. They were recruiting hair enthusiast that were not qualified hairdressers; intrigued, I read through the application and decided to apply.

The next thing I know, I’m on the phone to a lovely lady, who asked me all sorts of questions, from, what’s you signature style? To how did you get into hair and what is a Mason Pearson? (Actually knew that one! Is a brush, yey!).

Our conversation ended after about 30 mins; like an interview, they said they would let me know how I got on by the end of the day. For some reason, I felt a little nervous; hair is my hobby and I was getting judged on my past time that I share with fellow bloggers, friends and family….

It got to late afternoon and my phone rang… Would I like to come and audition for a ‘bake off’ style hair programme?

JEEEEEBERS!

So I trotted down from little ol’ Yorkshire, luckily I wasn’t working….
My bestie lives in London had managed to get the day off too and off we went to BBC Studios. Flustered and delirious, I’d had to prepare 3 hair styles and take pictures I between night shifts! Stress!!

Once in, everyone was super amazing and really nice, they explained that I’d done well to get this far, only 50 were chosen from 500. The audition was 15 mins and if they liked you, you got sent to do some filming. Surprisingly, I got chosen for the filming round! Where again they asked lots of hair related questions, whilst on camera.

By no means am I a hairdresser/pro, so I answered honestly throughout, I’m your everyday girl that loves hair; it has to be wearable, accessible and un-intimidating.

So these are the photos I took in… Let me know your thoughts…I get to know on Monday if I’m through to the next round, which I believe is a ‘hands on’ challenge! eeeek!

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Hair Post #3

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Had a little play with my my hair, for a change. I decided to incorporate the S-wave plait into this pretty side chignon.

To learn how to create a s-wave plait check this video out…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZKkcL3CmTg&list=PL9CA2F663BB174E43&index=2

1. I split my hair into 3 sections, 2 at the front, one at the back.

2. Start S-wave at one of front section and carry this around and pin to hold plait whilst you…

3. Start at the opposite side and do exactly the same.

4. Then join both front sections and begin to s-wave plait them into one.

5. Wrap them into a bun and bobby pin into place.