I had the pleasure of seeing my gorgeous friend and client, Alma, over the weekend for cut and color. She asked me for some styling ideas for her shorter hair and I was more than happy to oblige! I showed her a few options to get the hair off her face that are practical enough for the gym and cute enough for a neighborhood barbeque. She was gracious enough to let me snap some pics to share with all of you.
Sometimes a girl’s just gotta get her hair back. A quick messy pony will do the trick for those of us with longer hair but when you are sporting a shorter style like Alma, the solution is not as simple. These three styles are variations on a theme and aim to pin back just the fringe section of your hair. They look just as great with long hairstyles and are fantastic techniques for dressing up a ponytail or bun.
See how I created each of these pretty styles after the jump. Continue reading
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Hey ladies! So many of you have confided in me that you can’t seem to get the hang of the messy ponytail. “Messy” should be easy but in reality, it takes a little practice. But beyond that, it requires a shift in mindset. We are trained to be neat and to look sufficiently undone, you have to undo fight against the urge to be tidy.
First, some tips:
1. Don’t overthink it.
2. Don’t feel self-concious. It’s supposed to be hot mess and no one thinks you’re trying too hard. In fact, no one thinks you are trying at all and that’s the point.
3. Once your ponytail is up, forget all about it. Just leave it alone and own it.
4. Don’t overthink it.
Now watch the video to see how I create a messy ponytail and give it a try. I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create this cute and sassy style.
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A little Korean restaurant recently opened up in my neighborhood and for whatever reason, I ordered the bibimbap. For years, I snobbishly it wrote off as “Korean lite” due to it’s popularity among people who aren’t Korean. But the truth is, bibimbap, or “mixed rice,” is a super delicious Korean dish that offers a completely balanced meal with complex carbs, lots of vegetables, and protein. While on vacation in Massachusetts with my mom, I asked her to make it with me. I took plenty of notes and pictures to share the recipe here on Parlor! Although I’ve provided measurements, each vegetable can be prepared to taste and the dish is easily customized by adding, swapping, or omitting veggies. It takes a little effort but the result is totally worth it and you’ll likely have some veggies left over. It’s a super fun recipe to create with a partner so grab a friend and let’s cook.
The recipe for bibimbap is after the jump. Continue reading
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