Friday Favorites–Fall Addition!

Good Morning everyone! This week has flown by, and I cannot believe that it’s Friday already! In Wisconsin, it also feels like the change of the season has flown into high gear and taken us from 70 degree weather to 50 degree weather. Autumn is one of the best times to live in the Midwest because you get to experience a sensory overload–your eyes get to take in all of the magnificent colors, you can breathe in the crisp air, you get to feel the chill of the breeze but feel the sun warming your face–it is by far my favorite season. This week, I’d like to dedicate all of my Friday Favorites to fall.

1) Favorite Fall Makeup Look

2) Favorite Fall Photo

3) ย Favorite Fall Beverage–Caribou Coffee “Apple Blast” (Carmel Apple Cider)

4) Favorite Fall Activity

5) Favorite Fall Trend

6) Favorite Fall Haircolor

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Fall 2012 Trend Report–Fashion

1) White Out

Whoever said that you can’t wear white after Labor Day is seriously biting their tongue this year.

Fall 2012–Derek Lam

Fall 2012–Zang Toi

Fall 2012–Alexander McQueen

Fall 2012–J. Mendel

Fall 2012–Lela Rose

2) Go Big, or Go Home

This season is all about going big. In fact, the bigger the better.

Fall 2012–Over-sized Bag

Fall 2012–Rebecca Taylor

Fall 2012–J Crew

Fall 2012–Winter-ized Maxi Dress

Fall 2012–Honor

Fall 2012–Chloe

3) Goldmember

If you get distracted by shiny things, then this season is going to be rough for you.

Metallic Trend 2012

Fall 2012–Alexandre Vauthier

Fall 2012–Vionnet

Fall 2012–Balmain

Fall 2012–Mara Hoffman

4) Color Blocking

A trend that will make it incredibly easy to get dressed in the morning.

Fall 2012–Diana Von Furstenberg

Fall 2012–BCBG

Fall 2012–Roksanda Ilincic

Fall 2012–Chloe

Fall 2012–Pierre Hardy

5) Homespun

Putting a little lumber jack in your everyday.

Fall 2012–Rodarte

Fall 2012 Trend–Rustic

Fall 2012–Aldo

Fall 2012–Elizabeth and James

Fall 2012–J Crew

6) It’s Electric

So much for traditional–add a pop of neon to any outfit.

Midweek Mani

Good Morning! This week’s mani is from Essie’s “Mirror Metallics” collection which came out for Summer 2012. Luckily, many of the summer trends easily transform to fall this year including metallics like gold and bronze. I love this polish–it goes on really well and it looks like brushed metal once it’s on which is very unique. I only needed two coats of polish, and with Essie, I sometimes feel like I need three for the best coverage. I will definitely be picking up “Good As Gold” and “Blue Rhapsody” after seeing the results from this collection. Enjoy!

 

 

Behind every great man is an even greater hairdresser…

I was talking to some friends today about how sometimes, men just become confused about what actually looks good on them. True, some men are programmed with a natural eye for fashion, but for the others, well…they just need some guidance. As hairdressers, it’s a requirement that you are honest to your guest about their appearance and what will suit them–obviously good tact is needed here, but a good hairdresser can really enhance the beauty that is already there–you want the frame to enhance the photo just as you’d like your hair to enhance your features and personality.

This year, for men, many of the hairstyles that are being seen focus on the truth about what is on your head. It’s about working with your natural texture and embracing it. Most of the haircuts have the same general idea–tight on the sides and natural on the top, or if your texture calls for it–natural all over! Here are some examples:

Undercut--short on sides and back--best for those with naturally straight hair.

 

Undercut--short on sides and back--best on those with a little natural wave.

 

Cropped sides, full top--best with naturally curly hair to add volume. The short sides will allow super easy styling.

 

Slicked back with side part--best for those with naturally straight hair--good for men and women as the "wet" look is very present in fashion right now.

 

A more classic option for the slicked back look.

 

Hair down to there--work a shoulder length cut if your body type and face shape can support it--works excellently if you already have a natural curl or wave to give it some body and movement,

 

All of these looks will work fabulous for men because they don’t require much time to get ready because they are working with what you’ve already got going on–you don’t need to load up on product or use aย blow dryerย or flat iron–just be yourself. Some of the cuts do require more upkeep than a typical haircut–something like the undercut or cropped sides option would require more trips to the salon because you want to keep those sides tight to the head…it would definitely be worth it to look that good though!

Some of these ideas may be extremely out of the box for some guys, but as I always say–go for it! You only live once–why not look fabulous along the way? Enjoy!