Category Archives: Hair

La Modelo Del Mes

I stumbled across something I thought was pretty sassy the other day called ” La Modelo Del Mes“-in english-” The Model of the Month”.  Basically, a stylist named Shimada Kemp takes “normal” girls (normal meaning not professional models)  here in Madrid and styles them-hair, outfit and makeup, and then takes photos. Kemp says “Each model evokes an energy, an emotion that is used as the inspiration for these photos”.

I think this is a cool idea and the photos are great. I also love that these girls aren’t “real” models but just regular young ladies. Madrid definitely needs some more creativity flowing here like this idea.

Check out the most recent November model, Nicole. I am loving the hairstyle! Check out Shimada’s web for more monthly models!

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Guest Blogger Post: La Boutique Éphémére

I am proud to announce my very first guest post here on Life and Style Madrid.  My fantastic friend Heather Evans and her lovely boyfriend Jesús Hellín found an amazing market of hand-made items, La Boutique Éphémére in Paris, and took some amazing photos and wrote up a summary of it below.  I am so excited to be able to share this with you and a huge thanks to Heather and Jesús for their contribution!  Enjoy!

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Recently in Paris there have been pop up, indoor fashion markets in all the coolest neighborhoods. The most famous (and the most inspiring) is La Boutique Éphémére that assembles the newest & best fashion designers who all hand make their items. For a few days these talented designers get together to display their most recent work. You can find gorgeous, unique pieces from skirts to purses, belts to hair accessories , bowties to watches, each just as cool as the next… not to mention über chic.

Olivia Phélip is one of these designers.  Her line, Jicqy Les Mirettes sells bowties, ties, jewelry and head pieces. How did she become such a talented designer? Olivia was a teacher who had lost her drive and two years ago she decided to take a year off to study and practice music, one of her passions. However, she got a little side tracked and started making jewelry. Next, because her boyfriend started wearing unique ties, she thought it would be cool to get into making them, too. She started with bowties, then ties six months after.  For her first bowtie, she used her grandfather’s vintage Hermés bowtie as an example. She tore it apart, took measurements and, using her thigh as a ‘neck’, learned how to create beautifully handsome, impressive bowties. She also quickly included braided women’s head pieces in her repertoire – good thing!! They are ahhhmazing!

The chains used in some of the jewelry and head pieces are from a fantastic small store that sells pieces to make jewelry. Because her specialty is braided work, she incorporates these delicate chains into intricate braided pieces.

The fabrics she uses are truly unique. She sometimes takes fabrics from a fabric wholesaler in Paris that has the latest materials straight from  the Parisian couture designers (Hermés, Dior, Chanel…) She also collects fabrics from her travels; silks from India, kimonos from Japan, …  each of her pieces is powerful, has a history, depth and couldn’t be more special.

There are two very hip boutiques that currently sell her creations and of course sells online through her website.  She sells at some of these indoor markets as well as doing custom work for weddings, special events, etc.  (Imagine your groom & groomsmen with Jicqy Les Mirettes bowties!)

And check out this  video of Oliva Phélip or follow her on Facebook as well!

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Post by Heather Evans and Photos by Jesús Hellín

Ask Lori: How do I Look Fabulous on the Beach?

Summer is coming!  I can´t wait and in anticipation, I pulled together some fun fabulous looks for my trip to the Canary Islands, since the weather was summery and beautiful there.

The key to beach dressing and looking fabulous is floaty, fun, bright, patterned and of course, keeping it casual.  Floaty dresses, scarves, yellows, pinks, and greens, and even denim can work when done the right way.

Tips: Try to put fun combos together.  Summer is all about that carefree attitude, so don´t take anything too seriously.  Make sure not to look too coiffed or overdone.  Dress up a basic outfit with chunky sunglasses, a bangle, or a hat.  For hair, beachy waves or a messy braid are great.  Blowout: not neccessary!

I hope you enjoy the pics of my friends and I and I hope they provide some inspiration for your summer looks on how to look fabulous on the beach!

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Ask Lori: How to Spice Up a Boring Ponytail?

My hair is quite long now and I am always struggling with trying to think of fun, creative new things I can do to style it.  I´ve always said I wanted my hair long again so I could do more things with it, but I too fall into the ¨braid, ponytail, hair down¨trap of always doing the same things with my hair.

I had a communion on Saturday and I wanted to add a little something to my ponytail without having a full on updo.  I didn´t want it to look like I was trying too hard, so I created an easy twist with just bobby pins, a brush, and a little hairspray to set it.  Here is a step by step to get your hair to look like this:

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Step 2:  Brush out your hair so there are no knots and it´s smooth.

Step 3:  Bring your hair over one shoulder as if you were going to make a low ponytail.  Instead of securing it with a band, twist the hair inward towards your ear.

Step 4:  Once you´ve got it twisted, take a bobby pin and insert in towards the back of the twist. Continue inserting pins in the front and the back until it feels secure.

Step 5:  Spray the crap out of it with hairspray so it holds tight.  Keep an extra bobby pin or two in your purse just in case.

Tips: It´s better to do this on day old hair, meaning you´ve washed it the day before and not just before you are creating the twist.  ¨Dirty¨hair always holds style better.  Also, try to use bobby pins that are the same color as your hair so they are hidden better.  I used blond bobby pins and you can´t really see them at all.

Happy Twisting!

Bobbi Brown Store Opens in Madrid

I am thrilled to announce the opening of the first offical Bobbi Brown store in Madrid.  This New York City brand highlights the importance of enhancing your natural beauty, and just so happens to be one of my favorite brands of makeup.

You can buy all sorts of makeup, brushes, skincare and fragrance at the store.  It´s located in Barrio Salamanca on Calle Lagasca, 32.

Hair Trends: The Ombre Look

The hottest look for hair these days is ombre.  For those of you who don´t know what ombre is, it means 2-3 shades fading into each other.  So basically the top part of your hair  is darker, fading lighter, fading lighter until the ends are a few shades lighter than the roots.

There are actually kits you can buy and salons are now creating this look quite often but I think letting your hightlights or dye job grow up could do the trick, though by the time this happens, ombre hair could be out of style!

This trend isn´t for everyone, and I have selected photos of the celebs I think can pull it off best.

Rachel Bilson seems to pull this look off fabulously! (Photo Credit US Weekly)

Drew Barrymore just looks better and better as time goes on.  I like this look a lot on her. (Photo Credit Ni Chicha ni Limoná)

Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) has been sporting the ombre look on and off for years on SATC.   Of course, all new fashion trends have been on SATC at one more point or another! (Photo Credit MTV)

If you want ombre hair, my advice is to only try this with blond and brown colors.  When you start using red, blue, or getting really severe with black and platinum colors, it starts to get crazy, plus-harder to fix!  Good luck!

Depliar System

This new hair removal system sounds amazing.  Basically, it´s a pain-free easy alternative to laser hair removal that works on all skin types and hair colors.

It´s basically a gel thats put on after a wax, threading or tweezing.  The gel has enzymes that break down hair follicles and kill them.

It takes a year to two years to rid the hair completely but results can be seen after the first session.  This product is currently only available in salons, and not for at home use.

I am sure this product will make its way to Spain but so far it´s only available in select salons in the United States and possibly some other European countries.

It sounds fantastic, doesn´t it? Painless, easy, and works on EVERYONE, which is not the case with laser.

For more info, visit their website:  Depilar System