No-Haircut Re-Style for the Holidays

bridget bardot

My hair isn’t the only thing that’s pretty much completely frazzled by December, but  hair is one of the biggest things that can make you look so not pulled together for whatever you’re facing this holiday-season. Brigitte Bardot always seemed to pull off the perfect amount of messy in her stylings, and I’m hoping these tips will help fix the frazzle just enough to resemble some Bardot-chic for this Christmas/New Years without committing to a last-minute-certain-mistake-haircut for a new “self” for the holidays.

Hair Tips for the Holidays

How to Look Expensive

Have I convinced you to be in love with How to Look Expensive yet? That’s where I got all my tips for some easy things to do to your tresses despite traveling, shopping, wrapping, baking, party-hosting, and toasting:

  • Spray a toothbrush with hair spray and brush front and top of hair (tip via Adir Abergel): Smooths fly-aways without making you look like a helmet head with too much hairspray.
  • Add product at the end instead of the beginning of hairstyling (tip via Adir Abergel): This way your hair doesn’t get too weighed down and greasy looking.
  • Use corn starch baby powder as dry shampoo (tip via Creighton Bowman): if you’re traveling for the holidays and don’t have time for your usual routine, this is a great way to keep your “do” looking new.
  • Re-moisturize hair by applying conditioner to dry hair and leaving in for fifteen minutes under a shower cap (tip via Oscar Blandi): don’t have time for a treatment at the salon? Do it yourself with your own conditioner and get shiny, healthy-looking hair for the holidays.

Keeping your blow-dry looking great:

There’s nothing worse than going through the trouble of making your hair look just-out-of-the-salon-fabulous for a party-night and then have it ruined by a steamy shower or a toss-and-turn night. Pomerantz offers these tips for making all that work on your hair worth it:

  1. Wrap your hair in a towel (not a shower cap!) when you shower. The cap lets hot air leak in and turn your sleek tresses into a frizz-mess.
  2. Sleep on a silk pillowcase or wrap your hair in a silk scarf to keep it smooth and static-free.
  3. Use dry shampoo to rid extra oil without having to shower and re-dry.
  4. Flip hair upside down to brush so you don’t flatten your volume.
  5. Don’t fight the blow-dry cycle: when it starts getting messy, add some curl to it or put it up into a sleek up-do or pony-tail.
source: How to look expensive, by Andrea Pomerantz lustig

Hopefully that helps ease the frazzle for your holidays…at least, your hair-frazzle. Pomerantz is quite the guru, and I’m pretty sure she can get you looking like a Bardot-bombshell with these tips. Happy hair-styling!

– <3 A. 

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I celebrated my birthday over this past weekend. Even though I always say that I hate how the weather never cooperates with my dreams of being forced to snuggle inside to hide from the frigid outside, I have to say it’s pretty nice to be able to take the party outdoors even though I’m a November-baby. For once, thanks California.

This year I celebrated pretty casually. A game of croquet that suddenly became a race to who could beat the Birthday Girl the fastest-I lost, a lot –homemade bread and a pasta-dinner made by my wonderful mother, some black and white, pink and mint, brownies and lemon bars, trick-candles (thanks mum), and sharing the day with my favorite people.

party tablescape



owl ornament

homemade bread in five minutes

mirror made of paper

I was showered with love and beautiful things. One thing I thought would be perfect to share with my blog-friends though was my gift from this girl:

how to look expensive by andrea lustig

She lived up to her reputation of impeccable candle scents. Her choice of Calvin Klein’s “Winter Fruit” was pretty spectacular. She also gave me the book How to Look Expensive by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig. The book is packed with info and tips on how to look expensive even if you have a very cheap budget.

How to Look Expensive

Lustig gives the classic “splurge” and “save” suggestions so you can choose where you want to skimp a bit and where you want to spend more. While I was browsing through the makeup section, I kept noticing that a lot of her “save” suggestions were E.L.F. products.

I was kind of surprised actually. I’ve bought E.L.F products before but that’s mostly because I cringe at spending $10 on a new eye-shadow color that I will probably hate anyway so I try it out for $1 instead. According to Lustig though, they actually make pretty good stuff!

Two of her “save” options from E.L.F. really caught my attention:

E.L.F. products

She recommended these two products as a “save” option if you’re looking to try a primer or a highlighter. With all of the new makeup products now, by the time you’ve bought concealer, powder, foundation, primer, highlighter, eye-brightener, and moisturizer, you could have spent a small fortune and only have tackled skin products! According to Lustig though, with the primer you get a nice base to apply your more expensive foundation to, and the illuminator gives your skin some glow instead of covering it with a matte powder all the time.

It wasn’t in the book, but I use some of E.L.F’s brushes as well as their eyelash curler and you seriously cannot beat the price. And, unless you are a bit of a makeup snob, they are also perfectly good utensils. I don’t know about you but I’d much rather spend my cash on something other than a fancy eyeshadow brush.

– <3 A.