Wednesday, July 27, 2016

AB FAB FASHION

In celebration of the new Ab Fab, the movie, I look back at some of my favorite fashion shoots with Edina and Patsy.

Out Magazine, August 2016
Photographer Tim Walker


British Vogue, June 2016
Photographer David Bailey



Alexis Bittar campaign, 2012


Absolutely Fabulous for Sport Relief, 2012

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How Adam Bogucki transformed me into a blonde, well sorta

Finding a good colorist is so much harder than finding a good hair stylist -ask any hair obsessed girl. I’ve always struggled, and I’ve had some disastrous experiences including one when I first moved to Chicago. It was so bad I had to go back to London to my old colorist to get it fixed, luckily I already had a trip booked for later that week.
BEFORE
So I’m always scared to try new people but was intrigued when I was invited to Adam Bogucki's new salon Lumination. I’ve heard great things about him and it was time for a color change.
In the past, I've had an ombré look but felt it’s been done to death; I was after a newer and fresher concept. We looked at lots of photos of different hair colors and we discussed what could work including some of the current big hair trends like bronde and Tortoiseshell Hair. What I loved about Adam was his knowledge of upcoming color trends.
One look in particular that I loved was Sandra Bullock's hair in the film Our Brand is Crisis. She had a blonde top layer (which was actually a wig), but the underneath was still dark. We decided to do a version of this as I wasn't so sure I could go that blonde -I know a total wuss.
Another big concern I had was making sure my hair didn’t turn orange as it so often does. Instead of doing balayage, the most popular color technique of painting the highlights, he went old school with foils. Why? Well as Adam explained, "you get a better lift and balayage on dark hair usually turns brassy." For me, that was massively important.
He was TOTALLY right, it’s one of the first times my hair didn’t look orange (and required an additional toner), what a sigh of relief. I LOVED the color; for me, it’s the closest I’ve ever been to blonde. And what this showed me is that blonde does work with my coloring, and I think next time I'll be braver, who knows I might become a real blonde!
To learn more about Adam and Lumination Salon read his Beauty Confessions here.

Lumination Salon, 3355 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 2; 773.456.4415

Monday, July 25, 2016

NEW WORK

Photographer: Peter Kulak
Stylist: Jessica Moazami
Hair and Make Up: Shannon Rodriguez
Model: Val Wood at FACTOR WOMEN Model Management


Sleeveless crepe vest, $495, by DKNY available at Neiman Marcus, 737 N Michigan Ave, 312.642.5900 and neimanmarcus.com

Asymmetrical Print Silk Tunic Dress, $545, by DKNY available at Neiman Marcus, 737 N Michigan Ave, 312.642.5900 and neimanmarcus.com

If you haven't seen DKNY's spring/summer 16 collection than you must! The brand has had a makeover and who's now at them helm? None other than the duo behind Public School, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne. Stop by Neiman Marcus, to see the collection.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Sarah Potempa

Sarah Potempa, a celebrity hair stylist known for creating gorgeous waves has worked with many Hollywood stars including Resse Wetherspoon, Emily Blunt and Halie Seinfeld as well as countless magazine covers and ad campaigns. However, her passion is teaching women how to achieve stunning red carpet hair themselves. In an effort to make one of the most popular and requested looks, the beachy wave, easier to recreate she invented the first rotating curling iron, the Beachwaver (and you can read my review here.) I sat down with Potempa to talk about to talk about some of her favorite things.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Fiona Stiles Color Impact Matte Lip Crayon in Love Lane
Fiona Stiles Color Impact Matte Lip Crayon in Love Lane
YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Justin Timberlake

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?
Chunky heel clogs

FAVORITE DRINK OR COCKTAIL?
Rosé

SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS?
Passionate, creative, hard working

CURRENTLY READING?
The girl on the Train, and I’m super excited for the movie because my client Emily Blunt is starring in it!

LAST APP YOU DOWNLOADED?
VSCO, I love using it to brighten my photos while editing

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
Thailand

YOUR GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT?
The BEACHWAVER S1 and Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioning treatment

Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioning treatment
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Getting to travel and create interesting looks for celebrities that I love

FAVORITE FILM?
The Power of One

THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Tipping Point

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FASHIONABLE INVITES: June

WHO: Space 519
WHAT: First Warehouse Sale
WHERE: Coyle and Herr, 3031 N Rockwell St
WHEN: Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18, 10 am to 4 pm
WHY: 50% to 80% off

Thursday, June 09, 2016

BEAUTY CONFFESIONS: Adam Bogucki

Adam Bogucki is the hairstylist behind Lumination Salon, an intimate one-on-one setting where you not only customize your hair but the whole experience. In the beautifully decorated space, you feel more like a VIP customer in your own a private room rather than in a busy nosy salon. Bogucki is reinventing the salon experience for the everyday customer, having them leave feeling both special and pampered. I sat down with the master stylist to find out his beauty confessions.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Glamglow Mask

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Leonardo Dicaprio

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?
That time I tried guy liner. Uggs on anyone

FAVORITE DRINK?
Hoegaarden Beer


SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS?
Dedicated, passionate, thoughtful

LAST APP YOU DOWNLOADED?
Calm. It's supposed to help me meditate

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
Hawaii. I've been lucky to go 8 times and can't wait to go back

YOUR GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT?
Living proof nourishing oil and plumping mousse

Living Proof Timeless Plumping Mousse $15 and Nourishing Oil $38

FAVORITE DESIGNERS?
Louis Vuitton, DVF, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel

FAVORITE HAIR TREND FOR 2016?
Brazilian Shag for cut and Nude for color

WHAT PAST HAIR TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVIVE?
It wasn't long ago, but the Jennifer Lawrence shortcut. It's my favorite cut to do.


WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO GIVE A HAIR MAKE-OVER?
Katy Perry

WHO’S YOUR HAIR MUSE?
Sarah Jessica Parker

WHO’S THE MOST REQUESTED CELEBRITY HAIR?
Jennifer Anniston

WHERE DO YOU GET YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
Instagram

Lumination Salon, 3355 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 2; 773.456.4415

Monday, June 06, 2016

REAL V DEAL: Burberry v Topshop

REAL Versus DEAL featuring Burberry versus Topshop
REAL: nylon rucksack in khaki green, $1350, Burberry available at fwrd.com
DEAL: nylon sporty backpack, $60, Topshop