While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.
We saw plenty of creative hair accessories on the fall/winter runways, and there’s no better time to experiment with some fun hair bling than at a holiday party. Below is some inspiration from a variety of shows—certainly enough to get you through this season!
Cacharel. (Photo: Imaxtree)
The bright bobby pins used at Cacharel are the perfect, easy accessory to add some color and flair to any hairstyle. Whether you’re pulling your hair back into a ponytail or simply leaving it loose, using a few bright pins like these twisted bobby one from Wet Seal ($6.50) or these eye-catching ones from Jane Tran ($12) to clip your hair behind your ear will help give your style a refined edge.
Kristen Stewart wore a rather risqué ensemble for
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 premiere yesterday. (Photo: ew.com)
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You may have noticed that here at Birchbox, we have a deep, abiding love for all things nails. Which is why nail artist extraordinaire Taryn Multack, a.k.a Miss Ladyfinger, is a great fit as this week’s guest blogger. Multack, who’s spent time working at fashion staples like Oscar de la Renta and W Magazine, uses trends and looks straight from the runway to create gorgeous, imaginative designs for her digits. The most impressive part? She does all of her art while keeping a day job in the fashion world. This week, she teaches us how to make our nails just as fabulous as hers.
Prada’s killer bold stripey collection from last spring reminded us that stripes never look boring, and never go out of style. Stripes are a foolproof way to ease into nail art. You can change the scale, change the color, change direction — so the options are endless. If you’ve had one too many coffees or you just can’t draw a straight line, there’s an easy answer: tape.
For this intermediate tutorial, I was inspired by Rodarte’s spring 2012 collection. Rodarte is, absolutely, one of my favorite labels. The Mulleavy sisters always design a breathtakingly poetic collection (I’m still not over the hair and makeup from the fall collection, btw). This spring, they were inspired by Van Gogh, and while most of the collection consisted of painted party dresses, there were a couple of quirky striped sweaters in the mix, too. To recreate one of those styles, I used Scotch tape, Papaya Punch by China Glaze, Lapiz of Luxury by Essie, and True Blue Instant Artist by Orly.
Click through for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this yourself.
Clockwise top left: Rodarte fall 2011; Armani Prive fall 2011 couture stila eyeshadow in Mimosa, $18, birchbox.com; Donna Karan fall 2011
Now that it’s October, fall is officially in full swing and that means trying out some new trends. One that I am particularly excited about this season is orange eyes, seen on the runways at Rodarte, Armani Prive, and Donna Karan. My take on the look will involve stila’s Mimosa shadow, a hue that’s bright in a distinctly autumn kind of way. I’d pair the shade with a neutral lip and very little other makeup (perhaps a touch of bronzer for some warmth) to ensure that my eyes were the main focus. Given that Halloween is just around the corner (can you believe it!?!), this is an easy way to experiment with pumpkin-y color.
The change in seasons means it’s time to stock on your favorite tea!