Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Misikko & Hana Elite Flat Iron Review


The truth? I'm not a hair girl.
Oh, sure, I have my own idea of "perfect" hair- long, straight but bouncy, and blond.
And most of my life since age 12 has been spent in pursuit of this ideal.

But when other girl's were braiding their Barbie's hair I was whacking her head against hard surfaces. I had a bowl cut until I was 12 so the art of hair styling never really took hold.
It doesn't help that my hair is thick, coarse, straight on top but wavy underneath.
In middle school I was teased relentlessly for my "puffy" hair so most of the time it was in a ponytail.

Of course every few months I dutifully get my hair colored and for proms I always had cascades of curls and fresh flowers and chignons but that was always done by professional stylists- on my own I'm useless.

So when John from the family run Misikko offered to send me the Hana Elite ceramic flat iron I was a little skeptical. But when your best friend calls your hair "a lion's mane" you pretty much take all the help you can get.
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It came beautifully packaged with a sample size of the yummy-smelling Hana Shine Shield as well as a rubber iron mat and leather case. I have to admit when I saw it I thought it was going to be too thin for my mane but I was impressed with the many different heat settings. I've had two (cheapie) irons before- one you had to put water in to create the steam that left my hair a tangled wet mess and one ceramic that had two settings: off and the sun. So I was happy to see the many heat settings to choose from!

It heats up fast and has a light so you know the exact moment its ready to go! I separated my hair into four sections and got to work. I was immediately impressed- my straw turned smooth! Now, it took me a long time to do all of my hair but that probably has more to do with my own hair skills than with the Hana. I did each section twice but I probably didn't need to especially if I used a higher temperature setting. I was thrilled with the results.
There was no burning smell, my hair didn't feel heat damaged, and the results lasted for about 36 hours- including partying, humidity, sleeping and a pony tail.

All in all I think the Hana from Misikko is worth the money. Misikko actually sells it for 40% off its suggested retail price and you get loads of extras! Since Misikko is a family-run business their customer service is friendly and excellent. They really want to make their customers happy.
I can't thank them enough for giving me the Hana- its changed my hair personality!



Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shoes I'm Obsessed With...

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The moment I saw these $4150 Manolo Blahnik's in the July Vogue I fell in love!
You don't even need clothing with those shoes- I'd wear them & nothing else!
According to Vogue they're available at Bergdorf's but I couldn't find them!

Of course even if I did find them I couldn't afford to buy them anyway!
So what other shoes am I (realistically) obsessing over?
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They're a little intense but these zebra-printed wedges by Chinese Laundry are actually fairly versatile. The black and white print means that they are neutral enough to go with pretty much any outfit you can think up! And at only $69 you don't have to feel too bad if the love affair doesn't work out.

Now if you love animal prints enough to spend at least $860 you can try to find the much sought-after Alexander Wang Alla wedges...

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But don't hold your breath--they're pretty much sold out everywhere. And by the time you actually find a pair they might be :gasp: so last season.

The other drool-worthy shoes I spotted in Vogue this month are these green Pour La Victoire wedges. I'm not sure how I'd wear them but I do think they're lovely.

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If the green is too intense but you like the style don't worry! They come in a wide variety of colors everything from white to black to yellow.

And for the sensible, comfort-loving girl I am deep down (really deep down)...
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Yep. I'm craving a pair of simple, white canvas Keds.
I know! You think I'm crazy! But they're my three Cs: Crisp, Clean, and Classic.

What shoes are you dreaming of for summer?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happened So Fast

Daydreaming about summer loves lost, nights on the boardwalk, bike rides to the corner candy store, reading library books in a hammock, long beach afternoons...and maybe some Louis Vuitton luggage. For good measure.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Collages


I recently applied for a fashion job in Philly. I don't know how it will turn out but one of the requirements was to submit a mood/inspiration board. I made a bunch of collages and smooshed them together to create a giant one. I know I haven't been posting much...or at all...so I thought I'd share them with you.


Click the thumbnails to check them out!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

A Celebrity Moment: Lea Michelle at the Tony's!


Glee's Lea Michelle looked stunning in this orange-yellow Zac Posen gown last night at the Tony awards!
No matter how many times I see yellows on the red carpet I somehow always find it fresh and pretty.
What do you think?

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Monday, June 7, 2010

A Celebrity Moment: MTV Movie Awards Best Dressed...

You know that I usually hate Scarlett Johansson's style but at last night's red carpet disaster she was definitely the best dressed.

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In Dolce & Gabanna

Is it bad that I actually kinda liked the over-the-top tacky of Katy Perry last night?

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Friday, June 4, 2010

A Model Moment: Gisele by the Charles...


Boston's golden couple is finally back in town!
I know! Everyone thought they had jumped ship to LA for good!
But voila!
Gisele looked casually chic while taking baby Benjamin Brady (and her ancient dog Vida) for a walk along the Charles River the other day!
Maybe the Brady Bunch will actually stay in town for the summer!
....Doubtful!
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