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1930s HAIR TUTORIAL

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Yesterday I shared a lovely 1930s look and today I wanted to share a lil’ tutorial on how to achieve the hair for the look. First of all I want to say that I’m not good with hair…at all. I have super fine and super straight hair that I never knew what to do with. Probably up until a year ago, I hardly even used a blow dryer. I know – not very girlie of me. It wasn’t until recently that I got better at curling my own hair and thank goodness for whoever came out with those top knot sock bun things for truly bad hair days. And thank goodness for super talented hair and makeup friends like Ting who can help me look better than I ever could. I asked Ting to help me with this 1930s dry fingerwave hair tutorial so you all could try this at home too. And since you are probably better than me at doing hair, it’s something totally doable and fun to try.

Thanks to the hubs for the photos and Ting for the tutorial!

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Supplies:
Comb
Paddle brush
3/4″ curling iron (size of barrel depends on hair length)
Large finger wave clips
Hairspray

Step 1: Section the hair
Create a deep side part (either left or right). Section the hair into 3 section, you should have two sections on either side of your head dividing from the your ear forward, and on large section in the back (you can use a comb to section the hair).

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Step 2: Curl the hair
Start with the side of your head with more hair.
Section out individual small sections with about an inch per section.
Start curling each section horizontally (be sure to use a Marcel Curling Iron for better results)

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Spray each section of the hair after you curled each strand.

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Once you get to the top of the head, be sure to use over directing technique to curl the hair.

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Repeat the same steps for the other side of your head.

Step 3: Brush out the curls
Once done curling both sides of the head, gently brush waves from the bottom up with a large paddle brush to set wave pattern.

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Step 4: Pin the Hair and set the wave
Take 6-8 long large hair clips and place each of them at the bottom of each curl to set the wave. Hairspray both sections after pinning.

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Step 5: Curl the back section
Same with step 2 and curl each section horizontally.

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Brush it out and hairspray.

Step 6: Once the back is done, take out all the large pins on the two front section of your head.

Step 7: If you don’t have enough time to set your curls/wave, you can add extra definition to your fingerwave curls by depressing the barrel of your curling iron into the valley of each wave and put it up with your hand in order to create a more defined peak.

And voila! You have a gorgeous dry fingerwave 1930s hairstyle for your next night out!

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Don’t forget to complete your 1930s look with black eyeliner, false lashes and red lips!

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HOLIDAY TABLE SETTING

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The beautiful holiday floral arrangement we created was the perfect centerpiece for our table setting and now here’s the complete look. We added candles, linens and other gold accents to create a gorgeous holiday look. Almost everything on the table was purchased from Target or Crate and Barrel, two places I shop at way too much (just ask the hubs). One of my favorite things about our setup was a DIY project by the husband! He knows how much I love gold and spray painted some used wine bottles to fit the theme.

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DIY HOLIDAY FLOWERS

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Yesterday we hosted a small holiday party for some of our closest friends. With the help of my florist friend, Helen, we created a gorgeous golden holiday table setting. Here Helen shows us an easy guide on how to create a beautiful holiday floral arrangement.

Materials:

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Long rectangular black vase
Oasis Floral Foam
Floral Knife
Gold Spray Paint
Fake Gold Poinsettias
Brake Fern
Israeli Ruscus
Polar Star Roses
White Mini Carnations
White Scabiosa
White Amaryllis
White Hydrangea

Step 1: Prep your materials
Paint the Brake Fern and Ruscus gold to add some color to your arrangement. It is usually better to paint the greens rather than the flowers themselves. Cut the floral foam to fit the size of the container. The foam should be sticking out the top for about an inch. If you have a large container, you can bevel the edges of your foam to use less flowers. Soak your floral foam in a bucket of water for a few minutes.

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Step 2: Add your greens
Add the Brake Fern and Ruscus into your arrangements. Put them against the lip of the container to hide it as well as in the center to break up the flowers a bit. Save some of the greens to add later, after you’ve added your main flowers.

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Step 3: Start with the larger flowers
Modern arrangements do not need to be symmetrical. Add your larger flowers into the arrangement in places they can be noticed. If you have a “main” flower you want to focus on, make sure you put that front and center where it can get all the attention. We added some fake gold poinsettias to give our arrangement a holiday feel. Flowers should be cut at an angle when placed in the floral foam. If you don’t like the placement of your flower, you can always remove it and try again – but remember not to put the flower in the same hole, otherwise it won’t be able to absorb water from the foam.

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Step 4: Fill in the gaps
Start to fill in any open areas your larger flowers left. Keep in mind that the flowers do not all need to be the same height. You can also add some more greens if you’d like at this point.

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Step 5: Maintenance
The arrangement will last longer if you properly maintain it. As long as the floral foam has not dried out completely, you can add water to your vase for the foam to soak up. This will keep your flowers happy.

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In a later blog post today, I will share our completed table setting!