It may be a cliche, but almost everything sounds better with an English accent, especially when draped in beaded gowns and finished with finger waves. Here, our top style takeaways and life lessons learned from Downton Abbey.
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Retro finger waves have been popular for a few years now. Charlize Theron and Megan Fox have both worn them on the red carpet, but it wasn’t until Edith from Downton Abbey started wearing them this season that we really fell for the look. Although authentic finger waves are arduous and time-consuming to attempt (they involve shaping each wave with your fingers), you can fake the same look with less time and effort.
Note: This look is easiest to do if the front layers of your hair are between your chin and shoulders in length.
Click through for the step-by-step photo tutorial:
I don’t know about you, but when the latest installment of Downton Abbey premiered last night I felt like I was awaking after an 11-month slumber. (You may have noticed that our obsession the show didn’t stop while it was off the air. Not even a little.) That theme music! Those elegant credits! Laura Linney’s slightly ill-fitting blouse in the intro!
The upstairs/downstairs gang is all back for Season 3 with the war thankfully behind them and Matthew and Mary prepared to finally cement their will-they-or-won’t-they relationship. Read on for our favorite and not-so-favorite moments of the season opener. Warning: Spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t yet watched the episode, don’t click through!
Editorial intern Hallie, who normally sports flowing locks, embraces her new style.
Ever since we discovered Downton Abbey, our love of early 20th-century British style (the dresses! the accessories! the intricate updos!) has spiraled into a full-blown, DVR-rewinding obsession. From what little we’ve seen of season 3 (which premieres next January on PBS) we’ve already fallen for the finger waved faux bobs that Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil are sporting.
That’s why we turned to the pros to help us create a modern take on the signature flapper look. “This is such a bespoke style that fits all hair types, lengths, and textures,” says stylist Jenevieve Perry of Prieto Select Salon. “It’s perfect for a day out running errands yet can be glammed up for any special event.” Armed with Perry’s instructions, we created this must-try look on our fabulous intern Hallie. Learn how we did it in a few simple steps!
All does not seem to be well in paradise for Lady Mary and Cousin Matthew. (Photo: Styleite.com)
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Happy Friday! The forecast for this weekend says snow, which is a great excuse to cuddle up with your iPad or Kindle and a big mug of hot chocolate. Here are some of this week’s top stories to keep you company.
The editorial team at Birchbox are all huge fans of PBS’ Downton Abbey, the gossipy period drama set in Edwardian England. Compared to all the elaborate clothing (and hats!), the makeup is strikingly minimal. As in no-mascara-allowed-on-set minimal. [BellaSugar]
We loved Zooey Deschanel’s tuxedo nails at the Golden Globes and will definitely be trying this out for our next fancy party. Watch the tutorial for tips! [Bella Sugar]
We all know how effective Botox is at smoothing skin but what about Botox for your hair? A new product promises to smooth the surface of your hair in the same way! [Refinery29]
According to the New York Times, the big trend for 2012 is imperfect makeup and hair. Color us thrilled. That means more snooze time in the AM! [NY Times]
Nail strips aren’t going anywhere, judging by the number of new brands popping up. Fashionista has the latest from UK-based Nail Rock, which takes a cheeky approach to their designs. We’ll skip the vagina (yes, you read that right) pattern but we’re in love with the tribal design. [Fashionista]
Forecast for this weekend says SNOW! In addition to your hat and scarves, invest in a winter-proof moisturizer like VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Lotion.