Growing up just a couple miles from the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, I never really understood the obsession with so-called “beach waves” until I no longer lived near the beach. Now that I’m in cooler climates and further from summertime excursions to the beach, I rely on trusty hair products to help me achieve that I-just-spent-the-entire-day-in-the-salty-sea-and-my-hair-looks-so-amazing-I’m-not-going-to-bother-washing-it look. From someone who has taken genuine beach waves for granted, trust me when I say these products live up to their hype. And it’s all about the application. For example, Josie Maran’s Bohemian Waves Hair Mist works better if you allow it to dry for a few hours in an updo or spray on slightly damp hair with the help of some scrunching action. Oribe’s Aprés Beach Waves and Shine, my personal favorite, can be applied onto dry hair, sprayed onto set curls or used for extra volume. What about you? What’s your secret to sexy beach hair?
Destructed, raw hems, bleach splatters, overalls, and super straight skinnies . . . the denim experts at Madewell have been working hard over the last year, developing 47 new styles for fall. Relocating their denim headquarters to LA has inspired the creation of a new denim quality that has been refitted with a ton of stretch. Sexy stretch. And after all of that fine tuning, Madewell is launching their online denim bar today – a new virtual shopping experience that includes style stories, denim facts, and free hemming services. Blue jean baby!
Colombian jewelry designer Paula Mendoza has made a name for herself with her signature serpent bracelet, with graduated gold beads coiling up the arm like a rattlesnake’s tail. Her background in sculpture is evident in her designs, where natural and geometric elements are worked into uniquely ergonomic shapes and forms. Her latest collection, rich with gemstones like raw emeralds and onyx, is in one word: sick.
Erica and I are both avid hat collectors, each with a collection large enough that we’re constantly grappling with proper ways to store them. I love the idea of hanging them on the wall as a method of storing and displaying them as art. All you need is a bare wall, in your closet, bedroom or entryway, and few large hooks! Hats have so much personality, why tuck them away?