Feb 26, 2017

[Fashion Column] Invest in Your Hairstyle - All About The Bob Cut

20 Ways to Create Your Own Style Series No.3
Principle 3. Invest in Your Hairstyle

At the end of the day, even when all clothes and makeup come off, your hair still sits on top of your head affecting your overall appearance. Making it THE starting point of your style statement. If you are in your favorite suit, but your hair is not styled appropriately, it will miss the sharp, professional edge. Because your hair frames your entire face, experts call this the ‘Crown’ of your look. Furthermore, the eyes always travel upwards to meet a person’s eye level, and the hair will always be in the periphery of vision field. These are some of the reasons for spending a good buck on your hairstyle.

My female readers, have you ever gone to your hairdresser and asked for a gorgeous hairstyle you picked out from the magazine, only to be refused? I’ve had plenty of those in my lifetime. When I asked why the h not, I would often be told, “Well, because you have told me that you’re not fond with blow drying your hair at home. Remember, you’re a wash and go gal!” Which was a fair call. I towel dry my hair and I’m outta there. Usually. It is true I wouldn’t be able to do my hair like the picture by myself on a daily basis.

Well, this old me, during my training as an image consultant began to amass thousands of hair photos, with the determination that this time, I will get my hair exactly the way I want it! I would be up 2 to 3 nights hunting for the right hair image. Thanks to Google the work paid off. But as I repeated this process, I came to realize an important point. There were only TWO KINDS of HAIRSTYLES!

That’s right. According to my research, a woman’s hairstyle falls largely into just two camps. One is the Bob Cut, the other is the Non-Bob Cut. The previously mentioned gorgeous hair that I wasn’t able to style for myself usually falls into the non-bob. And the hairstyle that I tend to admire on everyday women, like my friends who had good style or peers on my campus or on the streets who do their own hair but look great, those tended to fall into the Bob Hair! Of course, there are celebrities who look drop dead gorgeous in Bob styles, but we’re focusing on us in this column…

Let’s go over some of the merits of a Bob Haircut. First, bob cut is easy to take care of for the everyday woman. Compared to other styles, a bob requires minimal effort and yet has enough of a shape and allows for a variety of styles. Second, a bob is a girl’s best friend. Maybe not so in the Beatle’s era, but a bob cut due to its length, distinguishes us from males, giving us that feminine allure. Third, a bob accommodates to a wide range of face shapes, and it gets updated with the trends so it is unlikely to get boring!

The Bob Hairstyle Gallery

- Classic Bob Bob hairstyle is usually cut somewhere between your ears and your chin. The mood varies where you part your hair and how much of your neckline is exposed.

- Bang Bob Adding a bang to a bob gives an entirely different look. It covers your forehead so your face gets a new shape. A blunt bang gives off that Cleopatra vibe, and a parted bang with less locks can make you look like a Japanese school girl. The bang could be straight hair or wavy, and depending on its length, your eyes become the focal point and creates a relationship with your chin and jawline.

- Layered Bob A short layered bob can give you a fresh youthful charm, and depending on how many layers you go for can create diverse looks. Because the layers are able to complement your facial flaws very well, many Hollywood celebrities have had success with this style. Jennifer Anniston got her fame with The Rachel, which is a layered bob with highlights that came to her chin. I believe it was sensational because the hairdresser could easily adjust the style to enhance the clients’ image!

- Inverted Bob This hairstyle has a longer front and a shorter back. A lot of professional women prefer this cut as it keeps a clean neckline for their suit jackets. This style is also great because even from the side view, the hair looks sleek and styled, and sculptural.

- Asymmetrical Bob This bob has a mismatched left and right length, and the diagonal it creates forms a dynamic and sporty attitude.

- Wavy & Shaggy Bob Karlie Kloss sensationalized the wavy bob and the editorials followed suit. A wavy bob that is more controlled with big body curls can be sophisticated looking but it could also age you. Idol star Taylor Swift prefers the rougher rock-chic shaggy bob, and this style also needs warning, as it can make you look like a lion! It is however, a great style for Adler Identity type called Superiority Seeking.

- Side-swept & Edgy Bob This is a variation on the bang bob, where the bang is much longer and swept away to the side. Victoria Beckham is known to have started with a sharp inverted bob, added layers to it, then style her bang to the side with lots of edgy sharpness and created her own Bob Statement!

- The LOB The long bob has gotten a new nickname, ‘The Lob’ and it is one of the most recent trends on the street and in Tinsel Town! Model Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba, et al have all sported this chic do!

Bob or Non-Bob, it is now time to create our Very Own Bob Statement!
Have a stylish week my readers!

From thawing Seoul, Jessica Ahn

Feb 9, 2017

What To Wear This Valentine's Day 2017 - Two Styles in Starlet & Sophisticate

Hi readers!
Here are my two recommendations for this February 14th~
Remember that men are born visual creatures...
Choose a red dress that compliments your skintone (warm/cool), and make sure that it shows off your waistline well. And a little skin. Not too much but enough to make him remember your femininity and perhaps vulnerability... 

This outfit is in part inspired by the YSL Fragrance *Parisienne* 
I tested this a week ago at the Hanoi Airport and it is a lovely chic fragrance.
The Starlet outfit is a perfect mix of an *urban young lady meets Gamine* feel~ 
The dress has a deep V neckline which is sexy with added black bows that makes the outfit totally unique. Keep your hair well coiffed in a casual romantic mood with a half up-do hair in curls.
For makeup, use shimmery glowy powders to give that rising star look~

Punch up the color palette with a satin bow clutch, perfect for any evening. Later you can wear it with your tuxedo style boyfriend jackets on weekends~~ ^_^
Shoes can be peep toe kitten heel sandals to round out your romantic dinner look. Keep your jewelry simple in gold and in keeping with your color palette. 

This outfit for Valentine's Day Dinner Date was inspired by the YSL Fragrance Black Opium. I was looking for a more grown up perfume to wear with my floral dresses and this one turned out to be my top choice. =.) So this outfit is overall cosmopolitan and perfect for a fresh vibrant woman. 

First, her dress is red but with spaghetti straps that instantly screams *sexy and alluring* to a man. The waistline is lightly ruched and it even has crossover on the hem, revealing a bit of your thigh. So, all in all, it will be a very memorable image for your man. 

Hair is a natural but glamorous style with the upper part of the head kept slightly flat compared to the lower half of the hair being full-bodied curls. You want your hair to look coiffed and not beachy! The hair here is really important because it will frame your torso. 

Makeup is a red carpet type full on look, with precision given to laying down a flawless foundation and concealor base. If you feel like you are spending half on hour just on your base makeup, you're doing it right. Do not go overboard with your shimmers and highlights here; keep those well controlled just for defining your bone structure. This makeup look should feel like a fresh update of the 50s makeup but with a slightly more natural looking groomed eyebrows.

The shoes are the sexiest heels you can handle... Be sure to practice walking in them if you usually wear lower heels. Study your posture because if you slump this dress will not look right... ^^

Keep the clutch in a simple design and color. The jewelry needs one accent like a chunky bracelet as you are exposing quite a lot of your bare arms. Simple dangling earrings look great for a dinner date look. And every time you tilt your head a little bit, your eaarings will do some of the flirting FOR you!!

OK ladies. I sincerely hope you will have a magnificent evening out with your Dream Guy!
Bonne chance!

Love & Giggles,
Jessica FlatShoenista 

Street Style Outfit with a Cute It Bag - Trending Seoul Street Fashion

Hi all ~~
Here is a Polyvore, showcasing some of the best trend items in Seoul right now.

#1. Top left corner, this type of bag is hotly in trend right now.
I love how this cute yet versatile *bow-buckle-bag* can be matched well with any of your outfits. Formal, casual, and in between~ 
#2. Metallic Pleated Skirts
Pleated skirts have been a trend for a while now, but this past and current season, it has come updated in shiny coated material to jazz up your outfits~ 

Great item that can be matched easily with a wide range of tops and jackets! And with its longish length, it will span a wide range of seasons and weather! 

#3. Graphic Tshirts and Hoodies Are In! 
As you can see in the examples above, graphic tees instantly expresses a certain mood and spritzes up your wardrobe! As seen on the left, it can be coordinated with a fitted denim jacket for a pretty casual look. Or you can funk it up with a louder, bold graphic tee! Easy! 

#4. Sneakers on Trend
Since the bag, the skirt, and tees all have interesting elements, keep your footwear minimal and functional. Here, the colors have been minimalized to snow white and ivory white to inject a light, airy, Spring mood. 

#5. Jewelry 
Likewise, keep jewelry simple and within the color range to create harmony with other items.

Hope this inspires you to create your own February Trendy Outfit!
Keep fit~
Valentine's Day is coming!

Jessica FlatShoenista with The Diamond-Self Image Consulting.

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