Month: January 2013

Stylish Hair Trends 2013

As we approach the end of the first month of 2013 everyone is asking what are going to be the top trends for hair this year.  There are a lot of experts out there saying many different things but they never know what exactly is going to take off.  They are consistently agreeing on a few trends to take hold and sweep the world.

  1. The pixie cut.  With actresses and singers alike going towards this trend close to the end of 2012 it is no surprise to stylists to see more and more people requesting the short cut.  The cut was extremely popularized by Anne Hathaway who had a lot of exclaim from fans and media alike after she cut off all of her famously long locks for her role in Les Miserables.
    1113-anne_hathaway_pixie_haircut_bd.jpg(Image from: Glamour)
  2. Platinum Blonde.  Another trend that top stylists see become extremely popular is the platinum blonde color.  This color is very bright and light, it almost seems white.  Platinum blonde is a statement hair color and is very hard to achieve especially if you have natural dark hair.  This color won’t be seen on many people but there will be many attempts.  This color trend was made famous last year by actress and singer Miley Cyrus after her drastic cut and color.
    miley-cyrus-sept7(Image from: Ok Magazine)
  3. Braids.  Braids will also be a big trend this year.  It won’t be the big bulky french braids you remember your mom doing to you when you were a kid.  Smaller braids going back into a ponytail or bun are going to be very popular.  Of course, those french braids won’t  be forgotten with movies like The Hunger Games with its main character being a strong woman with long hair that she always braids back the trend will stay around for a while. And Pittsburgh ladies, if your hair isn’t long enough to pull into these types of braids look into getting extensions from LaLa’s Salon in East Liberty.
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  4. Vintage Style.  With a lot of old movies becoming new again in 2013 a lot of the vintage styles are going to be coming back.  Kate Middleton already is giving a nod to the ‘70s with her updated version of the Farrah Flip.  Other styles that could be coming back reflect from the ‘60s in the new The Great Gatsby movie coming out this year.
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  5. Pastels.  We have all seen it. The bright colors in the hair but this year they are going to gain an even bigger hold on hair trends.  The dipped look of just dipping the ends of the hair in pastel or bright colors is going to be very popular.  It is also becoming easier to do without having to go through the dangerous process of bleaching your hair which is why it’s gaining so much popularity.  You can change it all the time and not make it nearly as permanent.Nicki Minaj seen outside Wendy Williams show in New York City
           (Image from: The Glamourous Life)

We have included some pictures of other celebrities already rocking these styles, could you picture yourself in one?

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(Top Row Left to Right Image from: Glamour, Yahoo!, Allure)
(Bottom Row Left to Right Image from: Huffington Post, http://www.graziadaily.co.uk, USAToday)


Engagements & Weddings 2013 Style

Engagement season is in full effect, as thousands of women said “yes” over the holiday. If you’re one of them, congratulations!  Now that there’s a ring on it, it’s time to start planning your special day! Here are some tips to help you get started.

Engagement Party

Getting you family and friends together to share in your happiness and formally announce your engagement is one of the first things that you’ll want to do. These ideas will help you to throw the perfect soiree!

1. Take a break from the ordinary! No need to host a formal party at a ballroom or banquet hall. Meeting your family and close friends at one of your favorite local bar, lounge or restaurant. This is a fun and easy way of sharing your special moment with loved ones.

2. Keep it small. Your engagement party does not have to be the same size of your wedding. Limit your guest list to local family and close friends. If you do not want to invite your guest to the nuptials, chances are they should not be on the engagement party guest list. Keep it simple, small and chic.

3. Do it your way! If you and your fiancée want a theme party, go for it! Have a backyard barbecue, masquerade party, or a luau! No matter what the theme is, just go all out and have fun with it.

The Wedding

Now it’s time for the fun to really start! It’s time to pick WHEN you want to marry the love of your life! It’s time to set a date. When you are starting to mark your calendars, be mindful of the following:

1. Holidays and relatives birthdays. Try to avoid these dates at all cost, your special day should be just that, YOUR special day. You run the risk of exclusion otherwise.

2. Seasons. If you are planning a wedding outdoors or even a destination wedding, be mindful of what can be expected weather-wise and be prepared. You may need to rent a tent, purchase umbrellas for the bridal party, etc.

Venues

If you are planning to have your wedding here in Pittsburgh (and planned by Style & Steel, wink), please find a list of fabulous places in and around the city that will suit your needs. This list includes venues such as the Heinz History Center, the Children’s Museum and Morning Glory Inn and other stunning locations for your wedding.

Yes to the Dress!

Ladies, the moment you have been waiting for! Picking out the perfect dress! Now that it’s 2013 the ‘here comes the bride all dressed in WHITE’ concept is becoming a thing of the past. Now, dresses are more colorful, sexier, and lengths are getting shorter.  Here are some of the latest trends to look out for  (and for more click here):

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Finally, for your bridal party to look fierce, (but certainly not as fierce as you, the bride), here are a couple of looks to consider when choosing the perfect complimentary dresses (find these trends and more by clicking ):

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Happy Planning and  if you need a stylish touch, just contact us!

~ With Style