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  1. Paris in April

    November 22, 2012 by Jo

    Back in April of this year, I went to visit one of my lovely American friends in Paris. Here are some of my pictures.

    Karen Turman was gracious enough to share her place with me while I was in town. Just check out the view out of my living room window. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Within 10 minutes of getting to her place, we were off to grab a decadent bite to eat. Later that evening, we went out with one of Karen’s classmates, argued in French with the waiter, got drunk, and stumbled home. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better first day.

    The following day, Karen and I headed off to go get our hair layered at Espace Coiffure Paris. Seriously, it was the best hair cut I’ve ever had. Just check out Karen and my sexy layers!!! After an extended afternoon at the hairdressers, we swung by a market, grabbed some veggies, and then headed back to Karen’s fabulous apartment for some home cooking! Alex Dryer whipped up something delish while Fancy Dougherty entertained us with stories. Again, another delightful day in Paris.

    My last full Parisian day was quite the adventure. Alex, Fancy, and I went to the Champagne Region and toured 4 champagne-eries. Needless to say, I was drunk by 11am and loving life. :)

    Here’s a fun little story for ya: In case you didn’t know, the French are very…. French. What does that mean? Let’s take “customer service” as an example. In the States, there is an attitude of “the customer is always right” and will be accommodated in some way, shape, or form. In France, however, that is not the case. We, the group we were on tour with, had our first tour of the Champagne Region all in French. That in it of itself isn’t bad, shocking, or in anyway noteworthy other than the fact that everyone on the tour spoke English, and maybe half spoke some French. Yes, the tour guide knew that. And yes, her boss who was overseeing the tour knew that. And yet….that still wasn’t enough reason to do the tour in English. “What was the reason for that?” you ask. It was because the Tour Guide lady was in training and the boss had to check and see her performance. Yeah…. *sigh* Just as a bonus: Alex and Fancy took turns translating for me, and if the “boss” could hear something was left out, she would explain the details in (perfect) English.

    So. Fucking. French. *smile

    The next morning, Karen took me on a bike riding adventure around the city just moments before leaving for the airport. It was slightly stressful getting a hold of the bikes, but it was soooooooo worth it. To top it off, it was one of the few moments it wasn’t raining; the sun never seemed so glorious as the day I rode around Paris on a grey, city bicycle. :)

    In short, I had a delightful time and I can’t wait to go back. Sure, it was super rainy and Paris is full of French people, but those things only add to the charm of the city. If you’ve been debating about going – go! Watch Midnight in Paris before you go, bring someone you can cuddle with, and wander through the city with your umbrella in tow.

    Note: This is mostly written as tongue in cheek.


  2. Hair Bow

    March 30, 2012 by Jo

    I’ve been wearing mine!!! Have you?

    View from the top:

    Yes, it’s kinda messy, but I had been dancing all night in it!!!

    Want to learn how to do this? Check it out here or here!!!

     

     


  3. Black Swamp Village – making of the video

    March 21, 2012 by Jo

    The Speakeasies Swing Band from Greece just came out with a fabulous new music. Not only is there lindy hop, but there are zombies! Take a look!

    Oh yeah, and Kevin and I are in it as well. :D

    I wasn’t really sure what filming a music video would be like, which meant I was able to walk in with no expectations of “normal”. I think I romanticized what the process was going to be like – and perhaps like most things, the end product is fabulous – but the creating process is time and energy intensive. Regardless of the time commitment, I had a blast. Here are some picture Kevin and I took during the three day we spent on the Speakeasies “Black Swamp” music video.

    The Back Story

    MONDAY

    Kevin and I were supposed to leave Rome at 9am which meant we caught our shuttle around 6:30am. We arrive exhausted to the airport, only to find out our flight had been rescheduled for 9PM. Fucking excellent. The only thing we could think to do was head to the Hilton down the street and see how much money it was going to cost us to nap. Much to our good fortune, I am apparently a Gold Member of the Hilton Honors which allowed us to stay on the executive floor, have free internet for one computer, and access to food in the lounge. So not all bad. We nap most of the day, check out at 6pm, fly to Greece, and arrive at Alex’s house around 2am (instead of 2pm). Luckily (insert sarcasm here), we’ll get to sleep for 4 hours before the video shoot. Yeah! Long of the short of it is: we are exhausted.

    TUESDAY

    It’s still dark out when we leave the house around 6am to drive up into the woods. Even though we are fully clothed, we are still cold. Luckily we’re excited to see what the set is going to look like and that makes everything better. Within moments of our arrival, I have a plastic bag placed around my neck and my makeup is being done by a professional. As the sun rises, my inner zombie awakens (see photos). Kevin snaps pictures of the morning sun warming the sky aaaaaand Scary Jo.

    Kevin is first up to film. He wanders around at various tempos, takes a knee by the grave, and does more walking. When I’m ready, I sit on a rock in a cape-thing and hold out my hand. You can see in one of the pictures there are lots of people sitting around me making sure my hand “emotes properly” and to check my hair and makeup. :) Finally, we film the ending where I pull back my hood to reveal Scary Jo!

    That’s a wrap (at least for Kevin and me)! It’s about 10:30am and we’re done for the day. Alex takes us to eat crepes and we talk about what direction we’d like to go with the dancing and the who/what/where of choreography.

    WEDNESDAY

    Kevin and I head to the Lindy Hop Greece dance studio to put together choreography for the slow section. After about two hours, we have something we’re happy with. We then move to the group choreography section for the zombies. We thought it would be fun to do a Michael Jackson tribute and to keep it swingin’, so we threw something together, showed it to Alex and Christina, and they liked it! In total, I think we spent about 3.5 hours on choreo.

    After rehearsal, I needed to go shopping and find something to wear for the fast section. I didn’t really have anything I thought would read well on video, so I headed to Zara to try my luck. I found a white polkadot shirt with a peter pan collar and a black skirt with a nice amount of flair :D Perfect.

    Before I went to bed that night, I put my hair in pin curls in hopes that my hair would have some much needed body to it (see photo).

    THURSDAY

    Filming Day! We arrive at Block 33 around 10am and immediately start on hair and makeup. Even though the place was cold, I was charmed by the exposed brick, abandoned-factory sort of look. Kevin helped with set up as a transformed from “blah” to “yeah” (see pictures) and then we were first up to film. While all the dancers and crew looked on, we did 7 takes on the slow. We never hit it perfectly in any one of the takes, but we were close. Then we filmed closeups of our faces as we walked away from each other. At this point, we were hoping that all of the Zombie Dancers were going to be in full makeup, but mostly people had watched Kevin and me slow dance. Hahah…..that’s amusing to me.

    As more zombies are created, I help run through group choreography  with the “humans.” People continued rotating in and out until most knew how to “dance-support” Kevin and me during the flash back sequence. I change and redo my hair, and then did what I could to keep warm. At this point, it’s probably close to 2pm.

    One of the fun/difficult things about shooting was the fog machine. Sometimes there was too much and sometimes the fog would dissipate too quickly. Regardless, it was awesome to work with and I think I’d love to have one for the house :p Something else that was difficult was keeping warm and keeping the energy up. The entire experience was exciting, but filming days are long days. What also elongated the day was that Kevin and I don’t speak Greek, so almost everything needed to be translated. We finally wrap up around 10pm that evening.

    Coolest part: We talked to the director and crew and explained to them the importance of syncing the dancing to the music and they were totally receptive to it! Now, you might say “Well, yes, of course. Why wouldn’t you do that?” but if you look at other videos with dancing in them, you can find examples where the dancing is in rhythm, but not on beat. Seriously, it happens. So, that being said, it was freaking fantastic that we were able to tell the crew what takes we liked best, had opportunities to look at our lines and make some adjustments, and that they were receptive to our feedback. Woohoo!!

    All in all, it was a fabulous experience and I would love to do another one. The days are long, and I can only imagine what it must have been like for the band and crew who had considerably more work than I did. So to all the members of the Speakeasies Swing Band, the crew, and especially to Lindy Hop Greece, thank you from the bottom of our heart for having us.


  4. Februhairy 2012 Review

    March 10, 2012 by Jo

    What a month of hair!! Thank you to all of the people the checked in daily and for the sweet note you sent me.

    Here’s a recap of all the things you saw during this past month!

    WEEK ONE

    Day 1 – Sock Bun 
    Day 2 – Front Swirl (a favorite!!)
    Day 3 – Marilyn Curls 
    Day 4 - Faux Pin Up Bangs
    Day 5 – French Twist
    Day 6 – Edgy French Braid 
    Day 7 – Victory Bun 

    WEEK TWO

    Day 8 – Rihanna Inspired 
    Day 9 - Alternative Braid 
    Day 10 - Pin Curl Updo
    Day 11 - Mermaid Tail Braid
    Day 12 – Quick Twist 
    Day 13 – 1940s Pin Up
    Day 14 – Fun Bun

    WEEK THREE

    Day 15 – Pin Up Bandana - accessory
    Day 16 - Victory Rolls (this is a favorite!)
    Day 17 - Sponge Rollers  
    Day 18 – Vintage Vixon
    Day 19 – Twist and Pin
    Day 20 - Color Bug hair color
    Day 21 – Elegant Fauxhawk

    WEEK FOUR

    Day 22 – Scarf Wrap Tutorial - accessory
    Day 23 – Fishtail Braid
    Day 24 – Roll it Up!
    Day 25 – 1940s Reverse Roll Hairstyle 
    Day 26 – Not Your Average Ponytail 
    Day 27 – Mohawk Monday!
    Day 28 – Milkmaid Braids

    Day 29 – Five Strand Braid


  5. Day 29 – Five Strand Braid

    February 29, 2012 by Jo

    The other week I was in Las Vegas with some friends and Alicia Vance was kind enough to do my hair. Check it out!

    Freaking amazing, right?!

    Check out more of her stuff on www.bellabraids.com or email her at alicia@bellabraids.com to set up an appointment to look fantastic!!


  6. Day 26 – Knot Your Average Pony

    February 26, 2012 by Jo

    Yes I am sampling heavily from The Beauty Department, but they have so much great stuff!! Just check out this spiffy way of spicy up your pony tail.

    photo: angela+ithyle/thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

    Some days you just don’t wanna. For those days, we made you this! Seems like we’ve been seeing pictures of this lovely look everywhere. It’s definitely an easy, gorgeous spring/summer ‘do. Here’s how to get this very uncomplicated knotted ponytail:

    TOOLS:

    -light holding styling mousse
    -comb
    -small clear elastic
    -large bobbypin

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1) Apply a light holding styling mousse all over from roots to ends for texture and seperation. Hair can be damp or dry. (If it’s dry, be sure it’s a light holding mousse or you could end up with a strong holding mess.)

    2) Separate the hair over your shoulder into two pieces. The piece from the back should come forward and down (see photo).

    3,4) Using your girl scout skills, tie hair into a simple knot.

    5.) Secure the two ends together using a clear elastic. Once it’s in there, slide it up underneath the knot to conceal it.

    6) I like to throw a bobby pin in there for extra security.

    7) Back comb the ponytail a little for texture and then comb through it with your fingers to settle it.

    Tip: Once the steps are complete, tug on it and mess it up a bit. This look is better when it’s a little disheveled!

     


  7. Day 25 – 1940′s Reverse Rolls Hairstyle

    February 25, 2012 by Jo

    If you have short hair, then this is the 1940′s Reverse Rolls Hairstyle tutorial for you!

    See the following tutorials for styles utilizing this type of roll:

    My first Victory Roll tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COg4eiEFAJE

    Pearl Frush Inspired Victory Roll Pin Up Style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfZwxAfbTYI

    Up-do with Victory Rolls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt32JTRt-vw

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    Music:
    The Ray Collins Hot Club-Bechstein Stomp

     


  8. Day 23 – Fishtail Braid

    February 23, 2012 by Jo

    Another great hair tip from The Beauty Department! You know what, this actually makes me feel like I could do this. For some reason, I’ve been under the impression that a fishtail braid was harder than the rest. Silly me!

    The hardest thing about doing a fishtail braid on yourself is getting it started. In this video, I’m giving you one of my favorite secret tricks… start with a clear elastic then cut it out at the end. By starting with a clear elastic at the top, you never have to worry about holding 4 confusing pieces together to get your braid going. You can just go straight into it!

    Tools: 2 clear elastics, scissors, patience.

    Steps:

    For a smoother braid, brush your hair out first. For a messier braid, leave the natural texture and separate the hair with your fingers.
    Create a ponytail using a clear elastic.
    Split the ponytail into two separate pieces.
    Take a piece from the first side and pass it to the 2nd side.
    Next take a piece from the 2nd side and pass it back to the 1st side.
    Once you’ve finished your braid, go in with your scissors and CAREFULLY cut the clear elastic at the top.
    Optional: gently pull on the pieces to loosen it up if you wish!
    When you’re fishtail braiding, don’t think too hard! You’re simply making X’s. Also, remember that when you take the little piece from one side and pass it to the other side, you don’t need to keep track of it.

     

     


  9. Day 22 – Scarf Wrap Tutorial

    February 22, 2012 by Jo

    You have two minutes? Well good! That means you can learn how to wrap a scarf around you head and still look awesome!

    Boom! I’m all over this.

    And here are two more for funsies!


    This takes longer, but again, you just watch and learn.


  10. Day 21 – Elegant Fauxhawk

    February 21, 2012 by Jo

    Thanks Joanna for sharing this with me!! I love it, love it, love it!

    If you’re short on time, but want to see the highlights, check out:

    This is quite a pretty look. I can see how this could be edgy, but also rather elegant if dressed up. I love it. It’s simple and totally doable. Clearly, getting the proportions is important, otherwise the technique is pretty straight forward.

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