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!

 

A Roar at Face of NI 2013!!

SARAH HUGHES

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!!!

 

 

 

 

Style in your 30s….

I always keep a close eye on Jessica Alba’s style as we are very similiar in age (although I’m just a couple of years ahead of her!) so I’m interested to see what she comes up with fashion wise to events.

I never thought of Jessica as an amazing style icon BUT I have to say she is dressing so well recently.

There is a time in one’s life when the craze of cropped tops donned by the likes of Rihanna just isn’t suitable for your age group anymore even though you love the trend.  It’s a sad and poignant reflection which I have reached this year.

However, if I thought my days of looking sexy, fun and on trend were over, I couldn’t be more wrong.  Just look at Jessica Alba … Cool, classy, effortless ….. all spring to mind when I see her.  She is confident yet subtle in her choices and the pops of colour keep the overall looks on trend, fun and modern.

I will definitely continue to check out Jessica’s fashion choices as I would like to mimic some of her styles to echo her uncomplicated and relaxed looks.

Spanx – Not just for celebrities and here’s why!

This is a product that crosses spectrums! Ordinary, everyday women can share and have something very relatable in common with red carpet celebrities!

Whether we live in the hills of Hollywood or in Belfast, women want to look the best they possibly can and to make the most of the shape that they have.  Enter Spanx!!  Who doesn’t want the illusion of shaving off a few inches from their waist, hips and bum???  Especially after those mince and pork pies over Christmas.

Ladies, if they’re good enough for Kim K, Jessica Alba and Beyonce to name but a few, then Spanx is good enough for us!!  Some female celebrities seem to defy the laws of nature when we see them grace the red carpet at movie premieres, but just how real is it??  Famous actresses and music stars have said that they even go as far as wearing two and three pairs of spanx at a time!  Now that’s dedication right there.

Remember girls, Spanx not only takes off inches it also smoothes out your body shape and gives you a sleeker line.  This is really important regardless of your size when wearing a long evening/formal dress.  At belle dress hire, I recommend that everyone wears a pair of spanx when they hire a dress from me because of this very reason.  In fact, you will very soon be able to buy a pair of spanx at belle dress hire for an affordable price when hiring at belle dress hire!

 

 

Jessica Alba: Get a similiar look at belle dress hire …

Jessica Alba wore a stunning dress to the first baby2baby gala in California in early November. Even though parts of America have considerably warmer weather than us, she rocked a beautiful short sleeve, tulle gown. I had to agree with Joan Rivers and the gang on Fashion Police that the dress did need shortened at the bottom but apart from that, this dress is simply gorgeous!

belle dress hire has a fabulous tulle capped sleeve dress available for hire. Although the style of this dress is completely different in terms of the fabric and shape, the top of the dress is exactly the same as Jessica’s. It’s probably hard to see in this photo, but the top of this dress is completely made from nude/gold tulle, with a short sleeve. So elegant, so chic and definitely red carpet worthy ….