The WS Stylist Series – Part 4: The Engagement Ring Guide

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We’re coming to the end of our Stylist Series and we seem to have saved the best for last, that is if you like big sparkly gorgeous diamonds! So far we’ve shared with you the essentials to getting gorgeous (here and here) and we’ve helped your guy get styled (here), and for this one we’re bringing it back to the most important of the basics, the engagement ring. It might seem kind of counterintuitive to some, wouldn’t the planning bride already have her ring? But the reality is that today’s savvy bride starts planning her big day even before the official “will you”. Couples are taking more time to enjoy one another before the chaos that comes with wedding planning, while still talking about the eventual life step, and more and more grooms-to-be enlist aid in making the big ring purchase. So for you ladies who’ve yet to get the ring, grab your guy and get to reading through our guide to the perfect engagement ring, coming to you from the people who know them best, the diamond experts at Maple Leaf Diamonds.

Mass Appeal. The Most Popular Engagement Ring Shapes.

most popular diamond shapes

1. The Princess Cut.

princess cut

Its name is no coincidence. Dramatic in appearance and yet still elegantly feminine, this shape has been a trending choice for the last several years.

2. The Cushion Cut. This diamond, cut to shine clear and bright, has become the choice stone among top celebrities.  The square cut with rounded corners is slowly surpassing the princess cut for the most purchased diamond shape.

3. The Round Brilliant.

round brilliant

Long standing as the shape of choice for most couples. Its classic beauty is undeniable, and it shines in its  simplicity.

Understanding What’s Right For You. The Personality Match.

Classy, Elegant and Simple? You’ll feel best rocking a traditional solitaire. Sleek and timeless, this is one you will love for a lifetime.

Glitzy and Glamorous?

halo cut diamond

You’ll want to flaunt your glistening ring from afar. Go with a single or double halo, with an emphasized center stone that shines bright.

Artsy and Unique? Popular choices won’t do. Go with an extraordinary cut like the Emerald or Pear to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Trendy and Chic?

halo with pave diamond

A single diamond or halo with a rounded pave shank is both gorgeous and fashionable. This accentuated stone is the most ‘show for your dough’ piece.

Earth Loving and Free Spirited? Rough diamonds give a nice natural, unpolished glow. With no two rough stones alike, you’ll have a truly unique, organic, untouched diamond carefully chosen by your groom.

Above and Beyond

The cardinal, first and most important rule to purchasing an engagement ring is to remember that it’ll always be brilliant because of what it represents. Color, clarity, carat and cut aside, all engagement rings shine bright when purchased with love.

princess cut engagement ring

About Maple Leaf Diamonds

Maple Leaf Diamonds were formed underground over three-billion years ago in Northern Canada, where they lay dormant waiting to be discovered. Today, the pristine Canadian North has become symbolic of the purity and beauty of these natural and untreated Canadian diamonds, which are ranked among the world’s most exquisite and brilliant gems. For the nearest Maple Leaf Diamonds dealer, located across North America, the UK, Ireland and Australia, please visit mapleleafdiamonds.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Boho Beauties – Mini Brown Bottle Favors

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I’m not sure if it’s the delicate pansies, the mix of vibrant colors, or the fact that I adore anything boho, but today’s mini brown bottle favors may now officially be my favorite DIY to date. So much so that I took the liberty to make a few extras, and they now act as this week’s office desk decor. And the most arduous bit to pulling them together was finding the mini bottles, which actually proved to be no more difficult than a 30 minute drive to the local antique market, where I found shelf upon shelf stocked with them. And trust me ladies, it’s worth the trip. These darling favors are certain to get your guests oohing and aahing.

The Supplies

boho brown bottle vase favor supplies

The How-To

boho brown bottle favors - how to

  • use a mix of bottle shapes
  • alternate your personalized sticker colors
  • stamp an “xo” message onto your paper feathers and attach them to your bottles with twine
  • use a mix of dainty flowers to fill your bottles, using no more than two stems per bottle
  • finish off the look with a pretty display

The Details

boho brown bottle favor - 1 paper feather tag wildflowers boho brown bottle favor - 2 personalized sticker pansies boho brown bottle favor - 3 lavender lavender 2 boho brown bottle favor - 4 twine alstroemeria boho brown bottle favor vases

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips {Plan by Color}: Ravishing Red

Happy Monday! And a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian blog readers! In honor of today’s heartfelt holiday, and as a bit of encouragement to spend your Monday cozying up with the one you love, for our latest installment in our Plan by Color series we’re featuring the most romantic hue in the color spectrum, ravishing red. To be specific, we’re celebrating the many shades in the red color family, and those that best compliment them. From bold burgundy to golden yellow, and everything in between, we highly recommend using this radiant range to infuse breathtaking beauty into your wedding day.

Color Conscious

If red’s not for you, check out one of our other Plan by Color mood boards, Something Blue and Mint Green.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series – Part 3: Grooms Get Styled

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Alright grooms, this one’s just for you! With the next installment in our WS Stylist Series, see the first two features here and here, we figured it’s high time we focus on the man of the hour. Because as important as a bride is on her wedding day, let’s face it, she would be nowhere without her best accessory, her groom. To ensure you look nothing but stylish and sharp while in the spotlight with your bride, we’ve got the top tips for selecting your tailored wedding look straight from the subject matter experts, the stylists at Toronto’s leading menswear store, Gotstyle.

Top 9 Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Suit

1. Don’t Rent. Buy. In order to look your best on the big day, shopping off the rack or made-to-measure suiting is the best way to go. Rented suits are cut for the overall fit of every body type. Sleeves are often too long, waistbands are synched with buckles and sloppy pant hems are pretty much a given. Invest in a suit of your own for your big day that’ll also keep as a long term addition to your wardrobe.

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2. The Perfect Fit. The most important thing to think about when buying a suit for your wedding is fit. Just because it is trimmed with lapels you like or is graced with a ticket pocket doesn’t mean it’s the right look for you. Every body is different. Purchasing a suit that fits your body type is the key to keeping you comfortable and feeling good on your big day.

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3. Let Your Personality Shine. Your wedding is a day you want to present the best version of who you are. Really like the look of a double-breasted suit but haven’t had the opportunity to wear one? Feel more comfortable in trousers and a blazer? Now’s the time to show your personal style. Your wedding attire should be an extension of who you are when you’re at your very best.

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4. Color Conscious. Classic charcoal, crisp navy and breathtaking black are all wonderful options for a wedding suit that can easily work back into your daily wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to go with something bold. Your wedding is a wonderful opportunity to be adventurous. Try a non-traditional color choice such as light grey, burgundy or even electric blue to really get the attention of your family and friends.

5. The Tricks of Tailoring. Once you’ve selected a suit that matches your personality and fits your frame, the final step to perfect fit is alterations. All true gentlemen work with a tailor to tweak any minor adjustment that may be needed to an off the rack suit. Alterations are necessary to perfecting your wedding wear.

6. Detailed Decorations. Accessories are a wonderful way to incorporate your personality or even your wedding theme into your look. Tie bars or rings, lapel pins and suspenders are standout additions, while colored socks or shoelaces have become a wedding staple. For something really special, play with your look throughout the day. Go with a traditional tie during the ceremony and then switch it out for something fun like a patterned bow tie for the reception.

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7. Pattern Play. A wedding is arguably the most festive of occasions and always an opportunity to celebrate. Wearing a printed tie, a shirt with a pattern, or even a whimsical pocket square are simple adjustments that will take your suit from business to pleasure. The more fashion forward groom can go as bold as to wear a printed suit in a windowpane or glen check fabric.

8. Conform to the Code. A simple way to alleviate wedding day wardrobe stress is to dress to the code suggested for your guests. If you’re having a casual summer wedding consider wearing a blazer and trousers or a linen suit without a tie. A cocktail dress code pairs perfectly with a shawl collar jacket and tuxedo pant. By following the dress code you eliminate other wardrobe options that can make selecting a wedding outfit complicated.

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9. Master of the Mismatch. The final and perhaps least obvious tip is this, the bride does not wear the same dress as the bridesmaids, nor should the groom have to wear the same look as the groomsmen. Differentiating yourself from your groomsmen can be as simple as choosing a different colored tie or adding a vest, to something as unique as wearing a light blue suit while your groomsmen sport navy. It’s your day. Don’t be shy to stand out and enjoy!

About Gotstyle

With more than eight years of experience helping the men of Toronto find modern, refined looks for every occasion, GOTSTYLE™ has become known as a leading figure in Canadian menswear. They are committed to providing the most inclusive shopping experience, fulfilling every client’s unique requirements in terms of style, tailoring and grooming. Retail locations house edgy, well-edited collections that encompass business, casual, formal and social looks to help make any man a sartorial star.

Last But Not Least

Join us next Friday for the final installment in our Stylist Series, our jewellery feature, showcasing some of the most stunning pieces you’ve ever seen!

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Wedding Tablescape

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As if the name of the Blog wasn’t a dead giveaway, we’re a bit obsessed with featuring all the details that come together to create an incredible wedding day. It’s what we love to showcase and how we shape the content we bring you every DIY Wedding Wednesday, in hopes it inspires you, our lovely readers, to create your own personalized unique events. But we appreciate the big picture is just as important. And actually seeing how the details come together is critical to deciding on whether a look is right for you. So in the spirit of curating content, today we’re combining the Fall focused DIYs from the past four weeks, putting them where they belong, into a fabulous Fall wedding tablescape. And if you love what you see, learning how to get the look is just a click of a link away!

The Big Picture

fall wedding centerpiece

diy bottle vase centerpiece

get the diy bottle vase look here
stylist tip: put the finishing touch to your fall wedding centerpiece by displaying it on a wooden slab.

faux flowers - wooden roses dried japanese lanterns diy gold shimmer bottle vases diy ivory bottle vase fall wedding decor

burlap wreath backdrop

get the diy burlap backdrop look here
stylist tip: play with varying color combos and wreath sizes to personalize this look and make it perfect for your wedding day design.

baby's breath stuffed mini pumpkin

pumpkin decor

stylist tip: incorporate a few white pumpkins into your centerpiece for an added easy and instant decorative touch

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top 10 Fall Wedding Must Haves

top 10 fall wedding accessories

An al fresco affair is a good idea any time of year. The fresh air, the complimentary sunlight, the beauty of the natural surroundings. But arguably Fall, cool winds and all, may just be the best time to take your wedding celebration outdoors. With all its glorious colors, the pre-existing decorative palette is a big bonus. But despite all the natural beauty, you’ll still have to bring some pretties of your own to complete your wedding day look. To help you narrow down the decorative details, here’s our list of the Top 10 Fall Wedding Must Haves.

1. Decorative Minis

2. Wood Details

mini wood slice napkin accent

3. Creative Candlelight

rustic wooden box - table decor

4. Napkin Accents

5. Eco Chic Favors

mini clear glass bottle favors

6. A Touch of Birch

birch print paper straws

7. Leaf Motifs

8. Beautiful Burlap

burlap ring pillow

9. Wooden Displays

10. Craft Twine

craft twine

featured here: craft paper twine

Want More Autumn Items?

For additional seasonally inspired wedding accessories, shop the complete Autumn section of the Weddingstar website. 

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series – Part 2: Makeup Must Dos

stylist series - makeup must dos

Last week we introduced you to our latest Blog feature, The Stylist Series, which set out to give you everything you need to know about the bridal looks featured in the current issue of Weddingstar magazine. We started from the top, literally, with pro tips for seriously gorgeous bridal hair. Today we’re rounding out the beauty breakdown with makeup must dos, the essential tips for recreating the loveliest of bridal looks, ranging from the natural to the dramatic. And they’re coming to you straight from the woman who created them, the talented Toronto based makeup artist Heather Snowie.

Naturally On Trend

high fashion beauty look

Who It’s For: “This one is for the bride looking to blend the carefree look of the great outdoors with a touch of high fashion, straight off the runway.”

To Get This Look: “Consider pastels and neutrals as your go-to shades. Start by bringing a bit of color to the eyes. Here I used a very pale blue on the lids and paired it up with some gorgeous cognac browns of varying intensities in the outer corners and creases. They play off each other beautifully and would work especially well on a brown eyed girl. A neutral pink or peach toned lip makes for the perfect match.  I recommend using a long wearing pencil, like Makeup Forever’s Aqua Lip liners, with lipstick and/or gloss to help keep the look longer.”

Classic Daredevil

classic beauty look

Who It’s For: ”For the bride who wants a classic beauty look but won’t hear of playing it safe.”

To Get This Look: “The classic look demands a clean sophisticated eye, sculpted cheeks and a pouting lip. To up the ante and interest, smokey eyes are a must and blending is key. Start by selecting a palette of colors, in 2-3 different shadow shades. I used pink and plum tones. Begin with the medium tone on the lid of the eye, from lash line to crease, corner to corner. Use the darkest shade in the outer corner and crease of the eye. Lastly use the lightest shade on the brow highlight to lift and open up the eyes.”

True Romantic

romantic bridal look

Who It’s For: “For any bride who just wants to feel pretty. This one is possibly one of my favorite bridal looks. It’s soft where it needs to be and pops when necessary.”

To Get This Look: “Start by understanding what colors work best for you. Maybe it’s an antique gold tone shadow blended with rich browns, or a pearled pink with a cool taupe. Whatever the shades, the goal is to enhance your eyes and make them shine. Give your lips a subtle pop with a berry or coral toned lipstick like MAC’s Fanfare. And finish off the look by giving your upper cheekbones a soft glowy highlight. I recommend using Benefit’s Moon Beam.”

Drama Queen

dramatic beauty look

Who It’s For: ”Not for the faint of heart! This striking look, when perfectly executed, demands attention.”

To Get This Look: “The critical factor behind this look is to maintain balance. Yes you want drama, but you don’t want to look overdone. Start by picking a key feature and go bold with it! For our bride I went heavy on the eyes, contouring them with some dramatic greys. As I worked my way down I eased up on the intensity. The cheeks, above the contour of the cheekbones, got a blend of soft blush tones in pink and peach. The lips received just a touch of color. Another key factor, it’s all about matte finishes for this retro inspired beauty look. But be sure to avoid a dull and flat skin by finishing off with a light dusting of a mineral powder, like MAC’s Mineral Skin Finish.”

Reckless Abandonment

boho beauty look

Who It’s For: “If you consider yourself of the bohemian persuasion, this is your look.”

To Get This Look: “The bohemian inspired bride goes for a softer look of earthy colors, flawless but fresh dewy skin and a hint of color on the lips. For flawless, but not overdone skin, concealer is the star. By finding a great coverage concealer, like MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer, you can use a sheer foundation that allows your skin to radiate. I would recommend applying the foundation first, using a dampened sponge.”

About The Stylist:

Heather Snowie is a professional makeup artist that has been immersed in the world of beauty for over 14 years, with experience in all aspects of makeup from bridal, to fashion, to film and print.

And Now, Something for the Boys.

Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you! Next Friday our series is dedicated to you, with the Top 9 Tips for Selecting Your Suit.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Burlap Wreath Decor

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What’s the number one thing Rustic weddings and the Fall season have in common? Burlap, that’s what! Like peach colored garden roses are to a summer affair, you just can’t have a proper Rustic or Fall wedding without a touch of the textured textile. So in the spirit of the season, and the popularity of one of our favorite wedding themes, for today’s DIY we’re taking arguably the most traditional form of burlap, the decorative wreath, and we’re giving it a colorful twist. From an ombre inspired backdrop to a pop of color chair back, burlap possibilities never looked so bright.

The Core Supplies

burlap wreath decor - supplies

Look #1 – Ombre Inspired Burlap Backdrop

diy burlap wreath backdrop

To Get This Look:

  • Use five wreaths, three large and two small.
  • For the large, spray paint one cranberry, one ivory and leave one as it comes, in vintage pink.
  • For the small, spray paint both antique gold.
  • Make sure to spray paint in a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, and cover your work space with a drop cloth. And remember your painter’s mask. Spray paint in quick and even spurts, keeping your can approximately 10 inches from the wreaths. Avoid a heavy application as the spray paint will pool. But don’t worry about a perfect application. An imperfect finish lends itself to the rustic look.
  • As a finishing touch, tuck a few stems of water picked white lisianthus into your top wreath.
  • For a larger backdrop, increase the number of wreaths and keep with a mix of sizes and colors.

The Details

diy cranberry burlap wreath lisianthus cranberry burlap vintage pink burlap wreath diy cream burlap wreath cream colored burlap diy antique gold burlap wreath antique gold burlap

Look #2 – Centerpiece Detail

Give a simple cylinder vase centerpiece a decorative boost by using a burlap wreath as your base. Finish off the Fall look with some dried leaves.

burlap wreath centerpiece rustic centerpiece detail- burlap wreath

Look #3 – Cranberry Chair Charm

Mark your bride and groom chairs with a pop of color. Tie on a couple of cranberry colored burlap wreaths with some twine for the right Rustic touch.

burlap wreath chair back bride and groom burlap chair back twine diy cranberry burlap

The Big Picture

The last few weeks have seen several DIYs dedicated to Fall. Come back for a visit next week when we pull them all together to show you what your big picture could look like.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Trends

pantone's spring 2015 color trends

The Fall season may just have started but with the recent wrap of New York Fashion Week and Pantone’s subsequent Spring 2015 color report, we can’t help but have Spring on our minds. The color forecast, best described by Pantone when titling the Top 10 Women’s Colors “An Eclectic, Ethereal Mix”, is trending to bring with it strong romantic notions of the simple, and the best, things in life. Tapping into a calming blend of the warm and the cool, Spring’s palette encourages some well deserved me time, a break to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us. With its lead color Aquamarine, slow and steady days by the waterfront call out with an invitation to visit. Needless-to-say, with this type of forecast, Spring is shaping up to be a beautiful time to get married!

And because wedding trends don’t fall far from the fashion trend tree, we’re taking this bit of seasonal color inspiration that Pantone has infused us with and we’re turning it into our Top 10 Picks for the best ways to incorporate Spring’s hottest hues into your wedding day. So for all you Springtime brides, here’s your chance to nail down the details. Happy Planning!

lace parasol

sun kissed
featured here: antiqued battenburg lace parasol

vintage blue key

vintage blues
featured here: vintage inspired distressed key hook

silver mercury votive holder

unpredictable beauty
featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder

vintage favor box

the pleasure of rare finds
featured here: vintage favor boxes

pink burlap wreath

pink comforts
featured here: ruffled burlap wreath

fabric flower backdrop

just imagine
featured here: custom backdrop made with ruffled fabric flowers and burlap runners

blown glass lamp

pretty possibilities
featured here: blown glass lamp votive holder used as a vase

blown glass globe with petals

natural neutrals
featured here: blown glass globe filled with preserved petals in white

Color Obsessed

If you love what you see but want more for your Spring 2015 wedding, shop the Weddingstar website by color to view all your palette perfect options.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series: The Best of Bridal Hair

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Today we’re talking hair. Great hair. Scratch that, amazing hair. But before we get there, a bit of background notes for you as an intro to our latest Blog series.

In this year’s “new look” issue of Weddingstar magazine you will find loads of inspiration for the most trending wedding designs, along with direct access to the products that will get you the look. What you won’t find however are the details behind the bridal styles featured on the “brides” and “grooms” that graced the pages. Considering how swoon worthy the looks pulled together by our beauty and style contributors are, we figured it only fair to arm you with all you need to know to make the looks yours. And so was born the idea for this series. We’re calling it the Weddingstar Stylist Series and we’re running it every Friday for the next four weeks.

Which brings us back to the beginning, starting with hair, amazing hair, with styling tips for our favorite looks of 2014, direct from the person responsible, the insanely talented Sylvie Prud’Homme of The Loft Toronto.

Vintage

bridal hair inspiration - vintage

Behind the Look: “When I started planning the “Vintage” look for Weddingstar, I decided I wanted to channel something other than the Old Hollywood Waves from the 1940′s. I thought we’d bring it back with less movie star flare and more royal grace. Sweeping the hair up and off the face and neck, we gave the shoulders and clavicle some serious presence. The end result, pure elegance, with a touch of sexy.”

To Get This Look: “When speaking to your stylist,  request a low bun or chignon, and ask her/him to incorporate volume into the crown and around your face. The full chignon must be balanced to achieve that “antique” look. I always have Kerastase Couture Styling V.I.P. (Volume in Powder) on hand when working with any upstyle that requires lift, movement and hold.”

Wanderlust

bridal hair inspiration - wanderlust

Behind the Look: “We all know that a Wanderlust bride is not concerned about a big “to-do” wedding, so why would she have a fussy bridal hairdo?  Our globe-trotter wants easy-peasy. But just because she wants something simple doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Soft, flirty curls are the perfect way to accentuate a girly, carefree gown. A centre part for loose curls adds a sense of the bohemian and a certain playfulness.”

To Get This Look: “Be sure to remind your hairstylist that this is in fact your wedding day. Even though you may be walking down the aisle with a less traditional hairstyle, you want to ensure that it’s executed flawlessly. Shine and hold are key. Finishing this look with Kerastase Gloss Appeal will add brilliance and reliability.”

Woodland

bridal hair inspiration - woodland

Behind the Look: “Who doesn’t love an outdoor wedding? The birds are singing, the leaves are rustling, and the sun is warming your face as you walk down the moss bedded aisle.  When planning your alfresco wedding, remember that your beauty look needs to follow the same path. Just like the forest, your hair needs to tell a tale of textures.”

To Get This Look: “With braids and large buns being such a common request with brides, a modern take can set you apart from the rest. I added some texture by using a crimping technique around the frame of the face, avoiding a smooth surface. Crimping may seem a little dated, but subtly used it can actually work to add multiple layers of interest to the hair. I always finish my bridal looks with a finishing spray to ensure that there is still movement but that the upstyle will last as long as my bride needs it to. I suggest Kerastase Lacqure Noire, which is a strong hold spray with added shine, allowing a bride to remain in her spotlight.”

Rustic Chic

bridal hair inspiration - rustic chic

Behind the Look: “How would I relive my wedding day? In a barn, a bourbon cocktail in hand, feeling like a rustic Cinderella, pre-Prince Charming, marrying the shy farm hand instead. Not that I’ve given it much thought! To me, curls were a given for our Rustic Burlap Chic look. I wanted to evoke the 1920′s farm girl. She had to have tightly wound hair that would blow in the wind as a gust went by. She had to be delicate and youthful. Untroubled, but aware.”

To Get This Look: ”If your hair is naturally textured, have your stylist smooth out your roots to create a fresher style and diffuse your natural locks by applying a curl enhancing product to your length and ends. I recommend Kerastase Curl Fever, which launches in November 2014. If your stands are naturally straight, good news is you’re a blank canvas. Ask your stylist to work from scratch to recreate this look.”

About The Stylist

Sylvie Prud’Homme is a Master Stylist and artist for the Kerastase Canadian Artistic Team. Her excellence in upstyles and session styling has earned her the reputation as the hairstylist to see. She owns her own salon, The Loft Toronto, in the trendy heart of Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

To Be Continued…

Join us next Friday for the next installment of our Stylist Series, Makeup Must Dos.

xoxo.

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