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  1. Tie the Perfect Bow

    October 12, 2012 by Jo

    I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve tied a bow and then had a friend retie it. Honestly (*nods head). I’m not even upset by it, just slightly befuddled. Until now (*valiantly thrusts arm into the air)!

    Thank you Modcloth for showing me how to be a better woman (*hint of sarcasm there – did you catch the whiff?)! Favorite part of the video: the awkward shuffle-away at 0:45 sec. Second favorite part: learning to tie a bow.

    Boom!!


  2. Duke and the Beat

    April 25, 2012 by Jo

    My inspiration for the day:

    Enjoy!


  3. Inspiration Weekend – Class Follow Up

    March 7, 2012 by Jo

    Hey Students from Inspiration Weekend,

    Kevin and I had a freaking fantastic time at Inspiration Weekend 2012! Thanks for participating in the workshop and being an awesome group of students. I’ve had a number of people as me about the class material that we weren’t able to get to, so I wanted to follow up with you and direct you to one of the many places you can go for more information. :D

    Whether you’re a beginner or advance dancer, there is a charleston transition for you:

    This lesson, part 6 of 6 on the Advanced Charleston Transitions lesson pack, teaches a fast paced and stylish routine that works you through each of the transitions in this pack. Breakdown includes everything you need to know to tie these movements together plus some bonus tips for understanding how to interpret footwork!

    For Spinning and Turning:

    An in depth explanation of technique and corresponding drills for improving your spinning control and increasing your number of rotations. Footwork, torso torque, arm use and spotting are all addressed.

    If you want even more information, here’s another pack you can check out!

    A few more blast:

    Beginners, here are a set of Intro to Lindy Hop clips that might appeal to you.

    Ladies from the Intermediate Track, some of you asked about swivels – check them out here!

    If dance clips aren’t your sort of thing, but DVDs are (shameless plug), you’re in luck! Kevin and I have 7 new DVDs coming out in the next two weeks that just so happen to cover some of these topics! More on that to come.

    Again, than you to all the students, dancers, and organizers that help support the scene and keep the inspiration flowing!


  4. Day 27 – Mohawk Monday!!

    February 27, 2012 by Jo

    I declare that it is Mohawk Monday!! I am rocking one today. How about you?

    I love them and think everyone should wear one at least once. Here are my favorite mohawk/fauxhawk tutorials:

    Elegant (from Day 21), which is great for medium/long hair.

    Great for shorter hair:

    Great if you have 30 minutes and a friend:

    Yes, this looks rather time consuming, but it’s so pretty! I’m guessing if you have thinner hair, you could instead just make little buns/pin curls up the back and then curl the top to get a similar effect. What do you think?

    The original inspiration:

    Which one is your favorite?


  5. 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!

     


  6. 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

     


  7. 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.

     

     


  8. 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.


  9. 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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  10. Day 20 – Color Bug

    February 20, 2012 by Jo

    This is a tad different than a normally do, but no less fantastic!! I found this entry off of Hair Romance blog (which you should absolutely go and check out) and I thought you should see the review. I’ve seen this at the salon I go to in Pittsburgh and have been meaning to try it. Have you?

    Kevin Murphy Color Bug in Pink

    Ombre hair is the trend that won’t quit.

    First it was natural balayage colour that became a stronger blonde/brunette ombre trend. Then pastel hair was a runway feature at NYFW and now coloured ombre hair has become a mainstream trend since Lauren Conrad dyed her tips.

    Kevin Murphy was ahead of the game when he tinted the beautiful Abbey Lee for this Vogue shoot last year and now he has commercially released his hair pigments. Color Bug is like shadow for your hair, allowing you to get in on the ombre hair trend but without regret.

    Color Bug is available in pink, purple and orange and Kevin Murphy shows you how easy it is to use in this video here.

    Color Bug application – Tip: wear gloves or wash your hands quickly!

    I was so keen to try it I didn’t style my hair for this shoot. My hair is a bit dirty and I found this made it easier to apply the product. If your hair is squeaky clean, I would spray some dry shampoo or texture spray onto your hair first to help the colour stick.

    Ombre hair for one night only!

    You can apply it quite lightly for a washed out colour or keep adding more for a vibrant pink. Gently rub the colour through the ends of your hair for an even finish. I thought it would be harder to apply but it took to my hair really easily. It’s quite opaque so I think it would work in dark hair as easily as it does in Kevin’s how-to video.

    I found the packaging a little awkward to hold and easy to drop. It’s pretty sturdy but it finally broke the third time it hit the bathroom floor. It was a pink explosion. Enough stayed in the container though for me to keep using it.

    Color Bug does exactly what it says on the box. It’s a bit messy but loads of fun and a great way to dip your hair into the ombre trend without a big spend or damage to your hair. Ombre hair for one night only, no regrets.

    Pink ombre hair

    Application tips:

     

    • Second day hair is good for this product. Otherwise try a dry shampoo or texture spray on the ends of your hair.
    • Cover your clothes – wear something old or put a towel over your shoulders.
    • Hold the container carefully. It’s a bit awkward to hold and easy to drop.
    • Layer the product on your hair for a more vibrant colour.
    • Wear gloves, or wash your hands as soon as you finish.
    • Add a little hairspray at the end to help set the colour.
    • Don’t wear white! The colour will come off on your clothes but should wash out.

    Find out where to buy Kevin Murphy’s Color Bug here!!