With the temperatures still heating up, why not try a few new hairstyles that will keep you feeling and looking cool all season long! Braids have become all the rage, but steer clear of being too traditional or going the pigtail route, a la Pippy Longstocking. I love braids and sported carefree waves & trendy braids most the summer. Braids are not just for summer anymore, and here are a few styles I plan to take into fall.
Kelsy Osterman, a stylist fromCutler Salongave me some great examples on how to recreate these trendy, easy to whip up styles.
Half crown: This style is super simple to do and very versatile. You can dress it down for a day time event such as a BBQ, or for a hot date at night. Create one classic three strand braid on both sides of your head starting on the sides of the nape of your neck. Tie with an elastic that is close in shade to your hair color. Bring both braids up over your ears and around the front of your head. Attach and secure with bobby pins tucking the ends of the braids (the non-braided part) under to conceal it.
Braided bun: This is a great way to create a beautiful and simple updo that is different from the traditional bun. Simply put your hair in a ponytail where you would like the shape to be. Make sure to use hair spray to slick down any fly-aways. Create 2 or 3 classic or fishtail braids and secure them with an elastic. Pull them apart to create more width and texture, and for more of a messy feel. The final step is to create your shape out the braids and pin. You can get really creative with this! If you have fine hair, purchase extensions that match your hair and simply braid and pin to your ponytail base and wrap around like you would with your real hair.
My favorite is Nicole’s below. I have tried something similar to this with my short hair, but can’t find any photos(sad face). Tell me which braid style you like the best?
Runner Up: Central 214 Brunch: This delicious brunch menu will impress any in or out-of-town guests. Their’s a ” Make Your Own Bloody Mary” for $3. You can also enjoy a nice variety of dishes from the breakfast and lunch menus, plus special brunch selections like the Pork Jowl and Farm Egg with Homestead Grit Cake
We visited the Central Market in Dallas and the variety of hatch chile products was astonishing. This weekend the store is offering a variety of demos and live cooking events throughout the store. We spotted: Hatch Chile chips, salsa, burgers, cheese and the list goes on.
We also found the most delicious Olympic cookies at the bakery counter along with gorgeous painted flower cookies. These are perfect to keep the little ones in your life busy or for watching the closing ceremonies this weekend.
Hello guys, Ann Taylor is having a great sale. According to the staff they haven’t done an additional percentage off since May. I spotted belts for $14.99, capri’s in yellow, lime, and pink for ONLY $19.99 and shoes as low as $29.99. Everything in the store is an additional 30 % off until Sunday.. So I would hurry if I were you.
Hello ladies and gents. What a fashionable weeks it’s been already.. Look at this cool photo below from a FNO press conference in Vancouver. I love that I have fans all over the world… It’s so inspiring.. Wish we could have been there, but maybe next year.
The winner of our contest is Tarryn please email us for instructions at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to encourage everyone to purchase a fabulous dress from Katydidcollection. We received the dress for a review, but bought more in many colors. We are also very honest and would totally tell you if we hated a product. These views are the opinions o DFW Bites of Style Founder Brandy Voirin and Staff Only. And if anyone is in the DFW area, don’t forget to come to FNO in Southlake Texas- this is where we will be and Brandy will be co hosting some of the festivities along with blogging of the event. More FNO inspirations and party ideas coming soon…Prize must be claimed with in 2 weeks
Hopefully you are all following DFW Bites of Style on Facebook.Today we offered a swag giveaway to our Facebook Followers. It is already over. I kept wondering why we didn’t have 100 likes, so I figured a little swag might entice you guys.
A few weeks ago I spoke about my NYC delivery and here’s one of the prizes… First I Love this designer so much. My heart melts when I think of him. He makes the most amazing dresses, swimwear, and eyewear in the world.. The package he sent came at the perfect time.. I was having a really rough day like we all have sometimes.. Although some of you ” liked” our page just for the swag I would hope you will continue to follow this page.. Along with great giveaways it is my hope to bring you great fashion , food, and beauty tips along with behind-the-scenes knowledge from my life in fashion… I love discovering fashion and food in the DFW and beyond. I hope you will continue to enjoying this journey through my eyes.
Designer Carmen Marc Valvounderstands many, many, things. Mr. Valvo understands fabrics, and the way they flow over the female figure. He understands that a young heart might reside in a mature body.I found myself enrolled in the school of the master with him explaining to me secrets about craftsmanship and fabrications. He is also very handsome too. My time with Carmen was cut too short.
I could have spoken to him all day. We laughed, spoke of Italian food and of great American designers. He understands what women want. I bought my first Carmen Marc Valvo creation this summer ,and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life in his dresses. I feel like a modern-day queen in his clothing.. Along with being a kind and generous men he also enjoys the simple things in life. He recently told me his happiest moments are spent gardening, and spending time in NYC with his life partner. Here’s to the man who continues to make me melt Mr. Carmen Marc Valvo and his signature creations.
Mr. Valvo’s team generously sent me a few selections of sunglasses for a giveaway. The other pair will be given away next month. The winner may pick either pair and they are both very hot. Winner will be announced Friday and sorry the contest is closed. Product will be delivered in 2 to 5 weeks
Carmen Marc Valvo Summer Collection Sunglasses
Question: Not necessary for the giveaway, but please tell me a few things you are thankful for today?
For me it’s the relationship I have with my son Sebastian. Everyday when he tells me he loves me and looks at me with his brown eyes I just continue to melt.. There are too many people to mention, but he is at the top of my list. I truly believe we should cherish the ones we love and not material things.. I am thankful for my relationships, job, and family.. I am so blessed and pray I never take this life for granted.
The Farm House Freshproduct line has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and countless magazines including Redbook, Elle, and InStyle. One whiff of their vanilla scented products, and you’ll want to dig in with a spoon. This companies line of products claim to have the freshest ingredients on the farm and I am a believer. I was worried the Honey Hazel Glazewould be sticky and messy, instead it reminded me of the honey without all the mess. My favorite product is the Fluffy Bunny Creamwhich is Paraben & Sulfate free. Most of their products also get the Vegan seal of approval and make great gifts for love ones. I found this amazing product line at the ZaSpa at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas, but you can purchase this line straight from their website. If you happen to live in Dallas or Houston just ask the spa receptionist for a few samples of the Farm House Fresh line.
Katy Messersmith first arrived on the fashion scene in 2002 quite by accident. While volunteering at a women’s prenatal clinic in Africa, her life took a dramatic turn.
Her luggage was lost and she was soon collaborating with local seamstresses. She launched an apparel business in one room of her house nine years ago. Soon, it took over the entire house and the garage, so she rented an apartment and moved out. Her designs are youthful, and edgy with vibrant colors. My favorite dress from the summer collection is the Zig Zag Halter Maxi dress.
The light weight dresses are made from the highest quality of fabrics, and flatter every figure. The dresses are perfect for traveling, shopping, or even a night on the town. The lifestyle brand includes children’s apparel, women’s and men’s clothing, and small accessories. The label is sold in more than 10,000 boutiques across the nation and at a price that fits into every fashionistas budget. Katy Messersmith also gives back in big ways through organizations like Dress for Success Dallas, and designing Power Pink tee shirts for breast cancer
Abi Ferrin, Dallas TexasFavorite Item: Nicki 5 -Ways Dress $258Where to Buy: Nordstrom, The Ritz Carlton Spa Dallas, Stanley Korshak, Malouf’s in Southlake, and online at Abi Ferrin
My stylist at Stanley Korshak introduced me to designerAbi Ferrin two years ago, and her easy breezy style of dressing. She’s a role model; who won a fashion contest, and turned her dreams into reality. It sounds like a fairy tale, but I am sure it involved lot’s of hard work. I now proudly own three of her dresses, and couldn’t imagine my life without them. I could post pictures of myself photographed in her lovely dress many times, but I want bore you with any of those
. I will just say every time I wear her dresses people often think I am wearing a brand new dress. Her collection is more expensive than the brands above, but totally worth the investment.
The collection features form flattering dresses, tops, skirts, and pants, all made using the finest fabrications. They are lightweight and never seem to wrinkle. Her motto, Fashion with Freedom and Purpose, is the driving force behind her brand. Abi Ferrin started the Freedom Project whichempowers and employs women rescued from the sex trade in Nepal by incorporating their hand-made buttons into her designs. We salute you Abi Ferrin for changing the world one outfit at a time.
One lucky winner will receive a KatyDidCollection Maxi Dress. Click HERE to see your options. I live in her zig zag halter maxi dress and get tons of compliments all the time. Most dresses come in size small to extra-large and below are three of my favorites. These are three of the five dresses available for the giveaway. The coupon is not valid.
Here’s how you win:
1. Comment on this post and let us know which Made in America product is your favorite?