Glamorous Evening Hair Can Be Done at Home!

Whether you are going straight to an event after work and have little time to get changed and ready or want a glamorous evening style without paying a fortune at the salon, look no further than the shiny, side sweep, one shoulder “do”.

From Eva Mendes, Blake Lively and Jessica Alba to Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Beckinsale and Jamie King, it seems everyone is a fan of this hairstyle regardless of hair colour.  However, two things these ladies all have in common is naturally straight/slightly wavy hair and most importantly ……. SHINE.  You need to have both of these in place before attempting this style as well as pair of tongs and some hairspray.

Ok, before I hear you groan that you weren’t blessed with silky, shiny hair, get yourself to the nearest Boots or Superdrug and buy a shine spray or oil.  There are so many variations of products for shine these days, most of which are inexpensive.

A cheap way to create shine without adding product, is to rinse hair in cold water after shampooing and adding conditioner.  Another great way to make your hair as silky as possible to blow dry the hair downwards which keeps the shaft of the hair flat.

This style will take very little time as I said but will depend on the thickness of your hair.  A good way to save time is to tong individual lengths of hair (approx 2/3inches thick) up to the ear and let them sit in ringlets while you apply make up and get dressed.  This allows the ringlets to “drop” very slightly.  Once everything else is in place, run your fingers through the ringlets to form loose curls.  If they are still too tight a curl, lightly brush the curls through with a boar/nylon bristle brush or a simple paddle brush (do not use a comb as this will frizz the hair). Pull and smooth the hair round so it rests on one shoulder and lightly hair spray into place.  Do NOT overload with hairspray, this style is supposed to look soft and have a slight bounce to it.

This is how I did it (blonde on the left)!  Such an easy hairstyle to do and it keeps an evening look fresh and young!

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This particular style really suits a statement ear ring and of course a Belle Dress Hire gown will totally complete the look!

 

Glamour at the Grammys ….

….. Well sort of.  Deeply disappointed by the lack of imagination, creative styling and fashion forward designs at the 2014 Grammys.  This event is always know as the “little bit crazy red carpet event.”  In other words, it’s that one big showbiz event when stars can throw caution to the wind and wear something really different and unique.  Remember Fergie in that vivid orange lace dress with black underwear?

Ok, it may not be your cup of tea but she was going against typical fashion rules in showing her undies and the fact that she chose solid black underwear as well made an additional statement.  Fergie took advantage of the fun side of the Grammys with this look

How I wish some of her peers had also had this idea at the weekend

Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce.  Now I haven’t seen the footage myself but I hear you put on quite a risqué show??!!  That aside.  What the hell????

The hair is SSSSOOOOOO horrendously bad.  There are no words.  AND also, haven’t we seen this dress on multiple stars, in different colours, in sightly different textures of lace about 5 million times over the past good few years????  Come on, this is the most imaginative you could come up with??  Haven’t we seen this on Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Rhianna, oh and even yourself only at a different event in black???!!!!!!  Seriously, so disappointe

I can’t believe I am actually typing this, but you have to check out Paris Hilton!!!!!  Now THIS is a “Grammys” dress.  I’m still in shock that she got this so right.  It fits her perfectly and I love how she has styled the whole look from accessories to hair. Have to also give her credit cos the girl knows how to work a dress!

Have to also say I’m a big fan of updos with evening dresses, so I loved Katy Perry’s hair.  If you have an event coming up consider her look because it will look immaculate the entire night as with enough hair spray and pins it won’t move

I’m still making my way through pics from the night and if anything else jumps out at me I’ll be sure to write another blog but I mean, nothing has stood out at all.  Yes, Taylor Swift looked beautiful, but it was safe.  Stunning absolutely yes she was, but boring so will keep looking for superstar fashion today from the Grammys and will keep you all posted!

 

A Roar at Face of NI 2013!!

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Face of NI 2013 Finalist, Sarah Hughes. Photo kindly supplied by Image 31 Photography.

Face of NI 2013 Finalist, Sarah Hughes came to Belle Dress Hire looking for a dress that would stand out on the catwalk for the evening wear round of the competition which took place at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry last month and I believe she achieved that in this amazing leopard print dress.

This sensational style comes from Paris and is ultimately set off by a red satin trim across the bust and on the lining of the dress.  The small diamante detail at the waist just adds a little extra glamour!  This dress is extremely well shaped so it hugs the figure in all the right places.

Just a few things to remember when wearing animal print of any kind  especially as evening wear ..

1) Do not clash with other animal prints, patterns or clashing colours.

2) Keep accessories to a minimum.  It should be all about the dress!

3) Go for good quality fabric.

Leopard print is sometimes associated with being a little tacky buy hey if it’s good enough for Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez then it’s bloody well good enough for us!!

Finally, and most importantly, wear leopard print with confidence, hold your head high and give a roar if you want to!!!

 

 

 

 

Best Red Carpet Dresses of all time ….

I decided to go back in time for this blog post as there has been so many iconic dresses which appeared on the red carpet over the years.  Remember “that” Halle Berry Oscar dress for example ….

Who could forget the unforgettable Nicole Kidman “yucky yellow” dress which shouldn’t have worked (especially as it’s satin which I personally hate!) but it so did!  Or the backless Hiliary Swank navy blue dream dress as well the funky pairing of purple with turquoise jewelry in which Cameron Diaz dazzled.

And there’s always the personal favourites ….  I just loved Angelina Jolie’s cream with red one shoulder number and her amazing emerald green sequin dresses which she wore at separate Golden Globe Award ceremonies.  Sheer elegance!

You may also have forgotten the beautiful grecian style dress which Jennifer Lopez wore a few years ago to the Oscars, just beautiful …

 

There has been gorgeous dresses on the red carpet this year but I thought we should reflect and pay tribute to styles from a few years back so we could bask in their glory!!

Sequin dresses RULE!

It’s official, even though we aren’t approaching the Xmas party season as yet, it seems that sequin “bling bling” dresses are all the rage on the red carpet at the moment!

Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and Kelly Rowland all stepped out in wear sequin gowns to the recent Billboard Awards event.  They have mixed the textures of sequin and sheer very well and each gone for a completely different shape/style and colour but essentially all three are sequin dresses.

There are a few gorgeous sequin gowns available at Belle Dress Hire that you can snap up for just £70 hire fee ……

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Jennifer Lopez just keeps getting better and better …

She’s always been sexy “Jen from the block”, but recent outfits at events prove that Jennifer Lopez is getting better with age!!  I think Jennifer now knows exactly what shape and style suits her best so she keeps churning out stylish outfit after outfit.  I absolutely LOVE her dress from the Golden Globes.  It’s sexy yet elegant.  By keeping hair and make up very simple, it’s all about the amazing dress.  I just hope I can look this good at her age and after having 2 children!!