Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gisele BĂĽndchen’s Iconic Waves

August 19, 2014 | Heather

“I grew up in a household of six girls. That’s a lot of hair to deal with. My mother, tasked with caring for all our tangles, tried to make it easy on herself by cutting everyone’s hair short. Somehow, though, I managed to run off during those group haircuts and was able to keep mine long. It’s been that way pretty much ever since.

My oldest sister was big into at-home, DIY highlights; she used to rinse her hair with chamomile tea to lighten it up. By copying her, I learned to perfect golden highlights of my own. You know, I’m Brazilian. I love the summer, the surf, that whole beachy look.

While people today know me for my waves, I wasn’t always into them. As a kid I wanted straight hair so badly. On one of my first modeling jobs in Brazil, the stylists straightened my hair for the shoot, and, completely obsessed with the sleek look, I kept it that way for my debutante ball that night. Now I see photos from the event and cringe. I looked like I was trying so hard, not like myself.

When I moved to New York at 16 to model, I got back into wearing my hair natural. But it was the mid-nineties, and waves weren’t exactly in style. There was an androgynous thing happening in fashion: Girls had these serious, conceptual, very cool-looking haircuts. As I started to work more, I noticed how models had to change their hair a lot—different cuts, new colors, really radical stuff. But I pushed to use wigs on shoots instead of giving in to cuts. Like recently on the Balenciaga shoot—I loved doing this campaign because I could transform myself without really cutting my hair. It was cool to see myself like that, but, personally, I’ve always liked having long hair. And, I’ll be honest, it gives me confidence. In my 20 years as a model, I tried only a couple of drastic hair changes: I once dyed it dark, and another time I cut it shoulder-length. For the most part everyone on set and backstage at shows left it with loose, natural waves—and over time it just became my thing.

Then at some point wavy hair became super popular. It first struck me when one of my sisters went to a salon and asked for a loose, wavy effect. The stylist, without knowing she was my sister, referred to the look as the Gisele BĂĽndchen. I thought that was pretty hilarious.

Since I’ve become a mom, wearing my hair naturally wavy is still the most practical option for me. Plus, I’ve never had a lot of patience for sitting around in a salon. I don’t get my hair done that often, so I pack those little hair-conditioning ampoules from Pantene to keep my hair healthy between shoots. They’re small and easy to carry; that’s how I avoid wonky hair days when I’m away from my regular routine.

It’s still funny to me how I used to want straight hair. I’ve learned a lot during my years in the modeling business, but at the end of the day, wavy is just more me.” ~Gisele BĂĽndchen

How to get Gisele’s perfect waves:
“While I love my natural waves, I’m also a fan of the curling iron. The key is to keep the look imperfect.” Here are the steps:

1. Blow out hair first, then wrap sections around an iron, focusing the curl at the ends, below ear height.

2. Mist hair with a light styling spray. [Try Pantene Pro-V Stylers Flexible Hold Hairspray, $5, target.com]

3. Now loosen the strands with your fingers and give your head a good shake. This helps soften the curls and gives you a lighter, less “done” look.

Author: Simone Kitchens
Photo by Cedric Buchet/Art Partner

Kourtney Kardashian Stylishly Covers Her Baby Bump In….Horizontal Stripes

August 18, 2014 | Heather

Shop Kourtney’s Outfit: Lovers + Friends Crop Top, Lovers + Friends Pencil Skirt, Gianvito Rossi Pointed Toe Pump, Celine Phantom Bag

Just when we thought her maternity wardrobe couldn’t possibly get any more stylish, Kourtney Kardashian continued her winning streak with another great look. Yesterday, the oldest member of the Kardashian clan stepped out with her sister Khloé Kardashian in the Hamptons, N.Y., while filming their Keeping Up With the Kardashians spinoff show Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons, and she looked très chic.

For the outing, the expectant star managed to achieve the impossible—successfully pulling off horizontal stripes in the form of an adorable Lovers + Friends long-sleeve crop top and pencil skirt. Kardashian paired the layered form-fitting pieces with a bright yellow handbag, pointed nude heels, and a selection of gold jewels. All in all, it was a fresh take on your usual maternity wear. Stripes have never looked better!

-Kelsey Glein

Favorite Celebrity Look of the Week

August 17, 2014 | Heather

“Sin City” star Jessica Alba leaves the Trump SoHo hotel in my Favorite Celebrity Look of the Week!

Shop Jessica’s Outfit: The Kooples Jacket , Saint Laurent Clutch , Diane von Furstenberg Bianca Pumps, 3×1 Skinny Jeans

Ashley Greene’s New Favorite Bucket Bag

August 15, 2014 | Heather

Whether your style is more biker or bohemian, there is a bucket bag out there for you. It’s the “it”  handbag for Fall, and these Ashley Greene’s is one of my favorites.

Shop Ashley’s Elizabeth and James Bag Here

Shop Ashley’s Cute Level 99 Cutoffs Here

As Seen On Screen: Sofia Vergara’s Turquoise Earrings in Chef?

August 13, 2014 | Heather

“I keep seeing the ads for Sofia Vergara’s new movie “Chef” and I’m loving the earrings she’s wearing!” – Trish

It’s the first thing we noticed when we saw the Chef posters, too! Her character has on Ippolita turquoise cascade earrings, Sophia’s exact earrings are available HERE.

You Asked For It! Can I Buy Victoria Beckham’s Met Ball Gown?

August 13, 2014 | Heather

“What are the chances the dress she wore to the Met Ball is available to purchase? I think I want to get married in it!” – Melanie

Do it! It’s such a beautiful design and at $4,480, this strapless white column from Victoria’s line isn’t all that insanely expensive for a wedding gown.

Found It! Cameron Diaz’s Perforated Tote

August 13, 2014 | Heather

Cameron Diaz’s fan favorite ChloĂ© “Baylee” satchel certainly is amazing and offers endless options!

Shop Cameron’s Exact Bag HERE!

Steal Her Style: Kristin Cavallari

August 13, 2014 | Heather

I’m head over heels for this look of the week! Kristin Cavallari runs around town with an outfit that’s cool and comfy, perfect for August’s fluctuating temps. Kristin is wearing her Myne Fiona Plaid Top that she first purchased in 2009. To recreate this look, start with this light and airy plaid top and then layer on your favorite white jeans, sandals, and bag. When the temps begin to dip, swap the sandals for a pair of booties and layer a leather jacket over your shirt. This look of the week will look great for weeks and weeks to come!

Get Kristin’s Look For Less:

Old Navy Women’s Plaid Chiffon Shirt

Frame Denim ‘Le Color Rip’ Skinny Jeans

Topshop ‘Horizon’ Leather Sandal

BP. Saffiano Satchel

Kylie Jenner Out On the Town Style

August 13, 2014 | Heather

On Kylie:

Nicholas Bonded Slit White Dress in Milk
Tom Ford Grace Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Moschino Silicone Iphone 5/5s Case Letters Red Zoom
Ann Demeulemeester Double-Zip Ankle Boots
Fendi Buggies Keychain
Celine Nano Bag
Chanel Belt

Best Blogger Look: Neutral Territory

August 12, 2014 | Heather

Free People Coat, Ella Moss Top, Free People Faux Leather Pants, Vince Loafers, Givenchy Bag

When it doubt about what to wear, always lean back on your neutrals. A classic combination of black and camel will be forever chic and timeless. Since we pretty much wear coats and jackets year round in SF, I picked up this Free People one knowing how much use I’d get out of it. It’s more like a heavy sweater than coat and is so cozy that I keep reaching for it when I get cold in our apartment. I am also obsessed with my new Givenchy bag thanks to Luisaviaroma- it’s the perfect shape, color, style, everything for fall! I’ve always loved the Givenchy Antigona bag and this three-toned version is extra special.

To see more of Julia’s outfit photos, click here