THE HAT TRICK

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIN ESS

Turns out the weather outside IS frightful in many parts of the country. Whether you’re blocking sun in Southern California or dodging hail in Wisconsin, hats are a great accessory but you have to know how to wear them! We’ve had a lot of requests for hat hairstyle ideas so I thought we could give you some of those along with some helpful tips. Here we go.

Heavy side parts + short hair: If you’re currently sporting short hair or a heavy side part, try wearing a wide-brim hat set back on your head. If you want to wear a hat with a heavy side part, setting the hat back is recommended so you can see that the heavy side part was intentional. If you wear the hat forward (like in the picture below) it just looks like one side is much heavier than the other. And for you shorties– show that hair. Set the hat back a little, exposing the “bang/fringe area” to show off that cute cropped cut without covering it up. The hat featured here is this wide-brimmed fedora from Nasty Gal.

First Timers: Best thing to do if you’re not sure if you look good in hats is start with something that looks good on nearly everyone– the felt floppy. There’s something so classic about the floppy and felt ones flex to fit pretty much anyone perfectly.  Wear it just below the hairline in the front. I would wear this to the beach or in the snow (as long as your hat is weatherproofed.) The reason I love to tell people to start out with a floppy hat is because you can wear it with pretty, simple, down hair as you normally would and feel completely comfortable. You’re not styling the hair for the hat. You simply pop the hat on top with a favorite outfit and go. Floppy hats look best with boho-inspired outfits, but here we paired this floppy hat from LovelyBird with a black wool cape for a more prim + proper look. Whether you have pin straight, curly or wavy hair, this is an easy go-t0. In this photo, we did our Every Day Waves and brushed them out.

For the pros: Cowboy and rancher-inspired hats can be a little tricky. They sit a little higher on the head than other hats and are more level, so I say take advantage of that lower space in back and make something cute happen! The back of the head doesn’t typically show much with a floppy hat or a fedora because of where the hats are placed and the angles in which they sit. If you’ve nailed the art of braiding put something interesting in the back! Here we paired a classic french braid in a U-shape with this hat from BCBG. You could also do a messy or coiled bun in back with one of these.

Keep it simple: This is my go-to trick for rainy days. I do a simple braid but one of the 3 strands is other braid, so it’s a braid within a braid. I do that and pull out a couple loose pieces around my face, pop a cute hat on and go. If you’re not sure how to do the braid within a braid, we did a post here. It’s great with a fedora. This one is from Anthropologie and is only available in-store.

Anywhere, anytime: There are so many beanies out there. We love the knit, slouchy kind because not only do they keep your ears and head warm, but they’re cuuuute. It’s hard to wear a beanie though. The best way to do it is to put it on your whole head and then pull it back to your ears. Let your “bang/fringe area” pop out and then stop. Now use large bobby pins to secure the knit beanie in place. It should fall over your ears. We love pairing it with natural waves and natural curls. If you have straight hair, give it a little texture so the beanie doesn’t constantly try to slide off. This beanie is from Forever 21 and available in stores.

3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!

Post + Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is a big night! Sealing off one year, and beginning another. It’s your responsibility as a glam goddess to be fully prepared, but how to streamline your essentials from your daily luggage down to your cutest clutch? Well here’s what TBD will have on hand when the ball drops. Perfectly portable in every way!

Paula’s Choice Brighten Up Teeth Whitener: Having a bright, white smile to go with your bold party lip is a must. We adore this on-the-go whitening stick that only takes 20 seconds to a noticeably whiter grill. Oh yeah!

Mini Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray: Whether you’ll be rocking a party bun or a braided crown or just luscious waves, you’ll need a little spritz to keep it all from getting cray. This no-crunch formula from Living Proof is at the top of our list these days.

Palladio Rice Powder Blotting Tissues: No need to carry around a powder compact with these babies. They are not only blotting tissues but they contain rice powder in various shades to match your skin tone. The only thing that will shine will be the confetti!

Sephora Collection Universal Atomizer: This little gadget is a scent saver! Annoyed when your absolute favorite fragrance doesn’t come in a roller ball or travel friendly bottle? This atomizer connects to your full size fragrance and pumps it directly into this portable spritzer. You’ll never fiddle with those spill-able perfume samples again.

Kate Spade Pearls iPhone Case: Ok, so this isn’t an essential, but how pretty! You’ll have your phone out all night taking selfies, Instagramming, and tweeting your way into 2014, so make sure your phone looks as fabulous as you do!

Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks: These are genius. Seemingly just a q-tip but when bent they release makeup remover into the cotton tips. We can think of about a zillion ways where these would come in handy but removing lipstick and mascara/liner smudges are a few!

Wine Wipes: Planning on forgoing champagne and indulging in some serious red vino? The wine stained teeth and lips aren’t a good look so throw these wine wipes in your bag for quick removal. Bottoms up!

Sole Goddess Anti-Blister Balm: More than likely, when you head out for a NYE night on the town you won’t be wearing sneakers. You’ll be busting out the big girl heels! You’ll need this blister balm. Just trust us.

Lip Combo (an obvious must-have): A long wearing lip color + a lip liner are must-haves in your NYE clutch. Non-negotiable. This year we will be sporting Marc Jacobs Lacquer in Truth or Dare with YSL Lip Liner in Wine. Bold is gold!

All fabulous clutches via Nasty Gal

What are you planning on toting in your clutch this NYE? Let us know in the comments or show us on the gram @TheBeautyDept.

BEAUTY MIXOLOGY

PHOTOS/POST/DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Happy almost New Year, pretty people! Today I’m giving you the recipe for my favorite styling product cocktail in hopes that you’ll use it to get that perfect party hair. This is such a go-to formula for me when I’m working with clients on a shoot. It’s the best way I’ve found to get texture, volume and shine all at once and you don’t even have to touch an aerosol can. The hair still feels touchable and soft but looks much more glam than normal. Below are my favorite combos of matte pastes + serums and instructions on how to use them. Enjoy and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. Start by curling your hair with our everyday waves method.
  2. Now brush everything out. I looooove brushing curls out with the soft Conair detangler.
  3. Mix a pea six dab of paste with 3 drops of serum. Rub it around in your palms until it becomes translucent.
  4. Scrunch it in starting in the middle and working your way down to the bottom.
  5. Now use what’s left on your hands and massage it into your roots.

Best part is you can “rework” the hair all night and it will get bigger, messier and sexier by the minute. Perfect for a midnight makeout sesh. Here are my 2 favorite combos. The top is a little more pricey and sometimes hard to hunt down while the bottom combo is just as wonderful, effective and less expensive!

HOLIDAY HAIR IDEA

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Annnnnd we’re back with another holly jolly hair idea for you party-going pretties. Could be cute for any occasion, to be honest, but particularly sweet for the festivities this time of year. This dutch crown braid is easy to acheive if you know how to dutch braid (aka: inside out braid). Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Start with a little wave in your hair. We used this wand to get perfect waves (bonus… that wand is wayyyy less expensive than most and we love it!) If you already have natural wave, you’re good to go. (Curly girls can do this as well! Just skip by #2)
  2. This is about the amount of wave you should have. Not too perfect, just quick, subtle waves.
  3. Pull half of your hair back where you imagine the braid going and then gently pull some of your fringe/bang area out to soften the look. Better to pull those pieces out now than once you’ve already braided them in!
  4. Start the dutch braid from the part and going down toward your ear. Don’t worry about scalp showing. We’ll take care of that in step 8.
  5. Once you get just above the ear, start doing a regular 3 strand braid.
  6. Make sure you braid it far enough so it will reach the back/middle of your head. For this look, I wanted the hair to go under the occipital bone which is that little bone on the back of your head. Right below it there’s a curve and that’s where you’re going to want to secure this braid, so make sure it reaches there.
  7. Now tie it off using a small clear elastic.
  8. Fatten up the braid by gently pulling it apart. Bulking up the braid will hide any unwanted scalp showing up front.
  9. Do exactly the same thing on the other side.
  10. Pull the braids together to meet in the back. Weave one of the braids through the other one.
  11. Pin it below the occipital bone using a couple of bobby pins.

Voila! Party time, people. Enjoy this half updo and if you wear it out and about we want to SEE IT! Tag us on instagram @thebeautydept!