DIY: The Fishtail Braid

The braid is back. It’s been spotted on the red carpet during the SAG awards, and hailed as one of spring’s major hair trends by one of our fave beauty blogs, we’re working on perfecting one of most stylish and simple looks – the fishtail braid. It looks tricky, and can take a few tries to get it right, but the beauty of this style is that it looks best a bit undone – meaning you can wear it from the office, to yoga and to drinks after without having to touch a strand. 

Time needed: Ten minutes
Tools:

Dry shampoo 
Hair elastic
Hair spray
Comb
Bobby pin

Step 1: Cleanse. 


Start with hair that hasn’t been washed in a day or more and give ‘er a good spray with your fave brand of dry shampoo for texture. We’re currently obsessed with Cake’s Satin Sugar Hair & Body Refreshing Powder. Not only does it smell amazing, it’s available for darker hues, too. Purchase on Dealuxe and it comes right to your door.
Step 2: Divide.
Part your hair into two large sections, straight down the middle.




Step 3: Cross-over. 
Here’s where it gets a tad tricky – Take a thin strand of hair from the outside of the right section and cross it over to the inside of the left section. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the right section and finishes under the left.


Step 4: Repeat. 
Repeat on the other side.Take a strand from outside the left section over to inside the right section.


Step 4.5: …and repeat some more
Depending on the size of your strands and the thickness of your locks, this make take a bit of time. Patience is key. 


Step 5: Wrap it up.
Put a hair elastic around the bottom (it also looks great to leave a couple inches at the bottom) and take a strand of hair to wrap hair around the elastic. Keep it wrapped with a bobby pin, tucked into the elastic vertically.


Step 6: Spray and Tousle. 


You don’t want your hair to be too picture perfect. A few loose, messy pieces look nice and less high maintenance. Be sure not to make the loose pieces look like 1996 prom hair, though (you know what we’re talking about). 





If you want a video play-by-play, check out this fishtail tutorial by Emily Schman on her blog 

Missed our ballerina bun tutorial? Check it out here.

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Fashion-able: a twist on the traditional hair wrap

Hair accessories have been this summer’s obsession for the style crazed. They’re fun and make us feel a bit like we’re back at camp. Quite a few of us are rocking hair wraps and feather extensions.
However – we’re antsy. We’re ready to stray from the feather norm and find the next trend before it becomes just that. Lara set out on a mission and came up with what we consider the next big coif thing: the braided hair wrap.

It involved finding a decent piece of cloth, a camera and that’s about it. We went to Mokuba, picked up 13 inches of a fuschia turquoise piece of cloth, and got to work. Check it out:

So – how did we do this? Easy as 1-2-3…literally.
Step one:
Take a small section of hair and split into three equal parts.
Step two:
Secure the fabric around one of the parts of hair with a knot.
Step three:
Braid the hair, intertwining the fabric, and finish with a clear hair elastic.
Et voila! A pretty, boho little surprise peeking out from your layers. Easy to put in, easy to take out, and you’ll be wearing it before anyone else. Warning – addictive.

Want one? Come see us on the fourth floor. We charge in smiles and hugs. Bring us cookies and we’ll like you even more. P.S. Don’t come during TIFF. Though we’ll still accept cookies.

Rave: Favourite spring beauty

We love natural beauty, but we do enhance ours with a little mascara, a touch of blush and some lip gloss. Time to time, we want something extra. Here are some of our newest fave beauty picks. 

Nails
Crack up with OPI’s Black Shatter polish. For DIY nail art, simply begin with a base coat and any polish colour of your choice (may we suggest DS Radiance?). 

Start with sleek silver…

Once dry, apply the crackle polish and watch it shatter before your eyes. Seal it with a top coat, and finally, chipped nails you can actually embrace. 
 …and finish with Shatter.

Hair
Seen at Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli and Lacoste, braids are back in a big way. 

Miu Miu does side braids right.

Start with a deep side part, and wear them long and tousled, thin and sleek or braided at your hairline and pulled into a pony. No need to let your hair down, stay casual chic tied up with plaits.

Tight side braid at Lacoste.

Lips
Whether you went through an awkward four year period of braces for straight teeth or are proudly sporting a cool Georgia Mae Jagger gap, we think bold lips are bad-ass. 

Georgia May Jagger rocks red lips.

For a radiant smile, paint lips in bright colours. Wear Warhol-inspired matte fuchsia or pretty, tangy tangerine. Wear your loud pout, and get ready for your 15 minutes of fame. 

Bright lips at Jil Sander

Eyes
While we like seeing our eyes in hues of orange and purples, we sometimes like a heavy hand and black liner. Attach false lashes and apply a thick black layer to your lower lash line (think a reverse Amy Winehouse effect). 

 Giambattista Valli rocks the thick black liner.

Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, and let your eyes shine like a Bruno Mars song.