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Lets Talk about TRANSFORMATIONS

                    I’m convinced there is not a soul alive who doesn’t love a good transformation, they bring inspiration, motivate us and  get our minds working whether we are the ones creating or simply taking awe in someone else’s journey. I say journey because the effort behind such profound change is something that never really ends, it begins with vision, planning, set backs, challenges and does not end with just a finished product, instead it keeps progressing and bettering us and helps us apply our lessons to become our truest selves. In a world full of Instagram, “ before and afters” where we see someones faded and grown out hair magically become more vibrant, brighter, or a completely different color and cut all together, I really see the value in honoring the work that went in between those two photos – and I don’t just mean by double tapping.

 

To say my life has been a whirlwind in this past month is an understatement, so I guess that’s why I have been pondering change so much and have actually been trying to embrace the beautiful side of it. That is not something I did so easily when I had my son, I was happy with the direction of my career and felt like I had really established my footing at work. I was proud of what I was doing everyday. When I stepped away and became a mom my world was ROCKED, so I shifted my focus to a new normal and to figuring out that tiny little boy. I have always kept my hands in hair and continued to work weddings but my days behind the chair were on time out. Fast forward to now and this amazing opportunity in the new home of Darling and Dapper and I am ready to transform into a new version of mother and stylist. I believe with everything I have that creating space in my life for both of those passions will make me a better person and feed the drive I have for this crazy, insane, wonderful, UNIQUE industry. So there it is, I am officially returning to my position behind the chair. I don’t have a word to describe the emotion but lets go with somewhere between elated and terrified. That should cover it.

Now back to those pictures we love to display of our hard work and beautiful outcomes ( which SHOULD be celebrated and SHOULD make us proud!!). This could apply to anything, fitness, interior design, home renovation, anything DIY, baking…anything. I know hair so I will stick to hair, what I appreciate is the person who tells the story of the multiple appointments that lasted 4 hours each, or longer to get a client to her goal. The underlying pigment that had to be battled, the treatments and dedication to the integrity of our clients hair, the nights awake that a stylist formulates in their head or the pep talks from co workers as you call in for back up because you need someone to bounce things off of. Becoming the stylist who shares these details, no matter the platform, shows dedication to growing and learning – it means that you are so determined to better yourself that it just becomes part of who you are and how you speak. My goal is to be more like that.

 

                I want to share some pictures of the progress going on during the build out of the salon because it is so damn exciting for one thing but also because a person’s heart and soul is going into this space and I would like to acknowledge the vision and intention behind the end result. This is going to be a collective space for multiple specialties and just the thought of that is giving me so much life right now. So it may not be pretty yet, but it is meaningful.

                                                                                                                                                             

Come see the AFTER- October 3rd- at our Grand Opening!

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A Home for Collective Artistry

DARLING AND DAPPER

IS MOVING TO HILLTOP THIS SEPTEMBER!!!

I’m so stoked to finally be able to share the news that we are packing our clippers and combs and headed for hilltop.

For our beautiful clients:

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of coming to one of our parties at The Attic at Watermans, then you know we know how to have a good time… so get ready for one amazing Grand Opening.Darling and Dapper, The attic at Watermans, Hair, make up, wedding, hampton roads, 757 hair, party, events, photography, briidal  A giant part of this new beginning is to provide the kind of environment you crave while getting to treat yo’ self.  Somewhere you can kick back and have a good time – an energetic vibe but also embracing the quintessential relaxation and healing. You will be able to pamper and rejuvenate with services like esthetics, acupuncture, massage and hot towel shaves.

For professionals:

Our space will feature so many treasures, we are sticking to our roots with all things bridal, and clinging to our home-like quirky atmosphere.  Our hair services will remain on point and faces will be flawless with our crowned jewel, Face Atelier foundation. Barbering services will be taken to the next level in an area entirely dedicated to fades and straight razor shaves. Hot shave, barber, pamper, lady barber, hampton roads, salon, beard, razor To all of our freelance and contractor friends – we’re offering “Darling Memberships” for hourly and monthly rental of our bridal space. A neutral, professional environment to use for your own clients.

I know, I know…right now your minds are exploding… but there is more.

        In addition to the talent we have to offer now, we have room for two more hair stylists. Your booth rent will include station, chair, shampoo bowls, utilities, washer/dryer, mixing area with shelving, retail shelf and reception area with waiting room and marketing.  We also have four private rooms, two upstairs measuring 18×11 and two down, measuring 10×13. Liz is interested in renting these rooms to anyone in the service industry, whether it be a wedding planner, social media extraordinaire, makeup artist, barber, tattoo artist (yes we are zoned for tattoos!!!), photographer, massage, energy healing, lash extensions… really ANY kind of craftsman who is interested in evolving their artistry and business, specifically by being surrounded by inspired, established and like-minded people.

If any of this strikes your fancy and you are looking to take part in this adventure at 1776 Laskin Rd. Suite 105, then reach out to Liz at DarlingandDapperstudio@gmail.com.

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Everybody who is anybody will be there.

The Summer Social

 

Who? You! Your friends and family, your bridal party…even your groom.  Anyone who you have a good time with should be there with you. This event is all about the experience.  You’ll get to meet some of the top vendors in coastal Virginia; not only will they show you their skill and devotion to your wedding day- but, they’re there to show you a good time. Planning your wedding should be as stress-free and FUN as possible.

Let these guys show you how it’s done:

Antonia Christianson events (ACE)

Waterford Events

The Women’s Club of Portsmouth

Darling and Dapper

Big Top Entertainment

Chef By Design

Stage Right Lighting

Dragon Studio

Paper Dolls Design

Studio I Do

Boardwalk Entertainment

What? Food, dancing, beauty bar, photo booths, libations, lawn gamesan all-out summertime bash.   

Where? Women’s Club of Portsmouth

               304 Sycamore Rd.

               Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

When?  July 12th, 2019

 Why?     Because you gotta…

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            In addition to all that goodness, our Darlings will be waiting to meet you at our beauty bar for impromptu hair trials, lashes (heart eyes), customizing lip color – because what better time to try something new, or you can always just stop by and get to know some of these incredibly talented and convivial ladies.

       All models will be styled by our fabulous team, including our freshly barbered fellas who will be made dapper by Ms. Darling. By the way, did you know that she is a legit barber who specializes in hot shaves? The epitome of pampering for a guy.

         We can’t wait to get fancy and live it up with all of you!  We will also be launching something brand new that we have to offer to our future brides because, who says pampering has to stop the minute you say I Do?

To purchase tickets please go to:

www.waterfordeventrentals.com and use discount code DARLINGTSS19.

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Girl…Don’t! – How to get the most out of your bridal trial.

Really and truly there are no rules when it comes to your bridal trial, but here are a few things that may make your life easier when choosing your stylist AND your look.

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DON’T: Hold back when talking to your stylist about what has (and hasn’t) worked for you in the past. Insecurities, doubts, and that “take it or leave it” feeling are things we want to help you avoid. Maybe you have had an up style or face of makeup that you absolutely adored previously in a friend’s wedding, or perhaps you’ve been scarred by your 90’s prom hairstyle (complete with butterfly clips, of course)  — either way, tell us all the things! We should discuss things that don’t work for you and don’t enhance your natural beauty as much as they should, and it SHOULD. We are here to show off what your mama gave you, ladies. With all of that being said, be 100% honest about how you feel once we turn you around to face the mirror.  Though it may feel awkward, I promise we as stylists need to hear the cold hard truth. It usually just takes a tweak or two for it to click. Don’t forget, we are on a mission to be as in sync as possible, to help bring your vision to life… handcrafted confidence if you will.

DO: Bring pictures!  Pinterest it up — there does not need to be a theme, pin everything that strikes your fancy.  Combining different techniques can really create something unique to you.

 

DON’T: Be afraid to step out of the box and try something bold!  Whether you go au naturale most days, or rock a full face every time you leave the house…  try and think about taking it to the next level so that you really stand out in your photos.  The reason to amp up the drama for pictures is because professional photographers use a lot of different lighting for certain effects.  The product of a skilled photographer is UH-MAZING, but the types of flash can absolutely dull your makeup, which is why it is important to use professional brands that are made for this type of event.  Also, lashes are EVERYTHING. After smiling for hours on end, the muscles around your eyes will get fatigued — and the lashes (whether dramatic or natural) give the illusion of a more open eye, keeping you from looking bored or sleepy in those fantastic photos.

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DO: Make sure your stylist is using outstanding products they believe in. Our Darling and Dapper artists use Face Atelier to make your complexion perfection.  We offer airbrush as well, but this liquid foundation takes coverage and longevity to the next level. If you are looking to add something new and different for your hair, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, extensions are where it’s at! This is all about you, your comfortably and enhancing your unique glam.

DON’T: Waste any extra money on a brand new skin routine.  Changing things up too much could cause an undesirable effect – from general intolerance to scary allergic reactions. Instead, really hone in on what has been working for you and stay with it. 

 DO: Understand that certain looks may require a few enhancements before coming to see us.  For example – if you love very textured looks and want to enhance those as much as possible, adding some high or lowlights for dimension is a great option. Conditioning and getting regular trims will help keep your hair healthy and shiny. Showing up to your trial with day old dirty hair that has NOT been flat ironed is most preferable. If you can’t help yourself and must wash every day then I recommend not using conditioner and opting for a leave in after your shower.  Also, your makeup artist needs the freshest canvas possible to work on, so this may be as simple as ALWAYS washing off your makeup in the evening, throwing on some moisturizer, and NEVER forgetting sunscreen during the day. 

DON’T: Forget to plan something for that day, whether it is dinner with friends or an engagement session with your photographer, flaunt that look and see how you feel wearing this hair and makeup. This will also help you get an idea on how it will last through your special day and how comfortable you are with everything. You should feel like the most confident version of yourself.

DO: Reach out to your stylist to let them know how your style lasted and if there are any changes you would like to make on the day of.

DON’T: Forget your veil or hair pieces, we want to visualize placement before we start and see the finished product at the end.

DO: Bring pictures of that fabulous dress you will be wearing.

DONT: Hesitate to call or email our beloved Bridal Coordinator Anna to get scheduled, we can’t wait to meet you!

Darlinganddapperstudio@gmail.com

757-965-7500

LASTLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO : Make sure that your stylist has the kind of energy you want to have around you on your wedding day. The person you choose to beautify you should listen to your wishes and concerns and be realistic in what they can deliver to you.  You should be at ease in their presence. You deserve to be pampered, feel like a queen and shine your absolute brightest.

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Tessa + Doug | The Oyster Farm

 

~7.7.18~

Let me start by saying that Tessa was a dream… such a beautiful,down to earth woman. Everything with her felt so comfortable from the very beginning. I’m so glad she came to us to schedule a makeup trial – it was a perfect fit!

Her entire bridal party was a blast – so much laughter being shared. Some of that laughter needs to be credited to the fact that Tessa and Doug were using walkie talkies to talk to each other – that was a first for me!

In getting to know Tessa, I learned that she is a school teacher and her husband, Doug, is in the Coast Guard. They have been together for 15 years and, if they couldn’t be any more of a picturesque couple, he proposed two days after Christmas. They spent the holiday with family is Massachusetts and then flew to Florida, where Doug was stationed at the time. He had a Christmas tree set up for her with presents underneath, like Santa had come to visit while they were up North. One of the gifts was a set of Russian nesting dolls and with each doll she opened, there was another word…spelling out the question “Will You Marry Me?” Doug, that was brilliant and unique – the perfect end to the Christmas holiday and a beautiful start to a New Year.

Doug is now stationed on the Eastern Shore so, for the sake of simplicity, that’s where they wanted to have their wedding. They chose The Oyster Farm in Cape Charles, which is a beautiful venue/restaurant/bar located on the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay. Can you blame them? It is seriously the perfect backdrop for a wedding. We have had the privilege to get several brides ready at this venue and we are never disappointed with the accommodations or the scenery.

If we didn’t already think Doug was a cool dude, would you believe that he took care of a lotof the decorating for their wedding?! He built the beautiful wooden arbor for the ceremony, the wooden signs and the window pane seating chart!

 

Let us not get away from the lady of the hour…Tessa was stunning. A true vision. From the flower crown to her gorgeous gown, she was perfection.  Her day was captured by the talented Grant and Deb Photography. Below you will see few of our favorite pictures from the big day!

 

Tessa fell in love with this Allure wedding dress and purchased it from Carbonneau Bridal and Formal Wear in Worcester, MA

 

The beautiful floral arrangements and flower crowns were artfully created by Seagrass Floral Studio, located in Cape Charles. We loooove the colors she used!

 

Doug’s Mom and Aunt’s made and decorated her beautiful cake. The cupcakes were made by Twisted Sisters

 

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This elegant braided style was created by Victoria Smith, who we have had the pleasure of working with before. Check her out here: The Hair Days

 

Cheers to a lifetime of love!

 

Vendors:

Makeup: Anna of Darling & Dapper Studio

Hair: Victoria Smith of The Hair Days

Venue: The Oyster Farm, Cape Charles

Dress: Carbonneau Bridal and Formal Wear, Allure

Flowers: Seagrass Floral Studio

Cake: Family of the Bride and Groom

Cupcakes: Twisted Sisters

Photographer: Grant and Deb Photographers

 

 

 

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Lovely Rita

After shot of our bride, Rita and her mother.

After shot of our bride, Rita and her mother.

Here we are featuring a heartwarming story about Rita, one of our brides from June 22, 2013.  Our bride’s mother AND her future mother in law are both battling breast cancer.  Her fiancé’s mom was too under the weather to attend the pre wedding pampering, but Rita’s mom braved the day with full force!

You see, Rita’s mother has been going through treatment for a little over a year, and has not seen herself with hair, eyebrows or eyelashes in about the same amount of time.  That’s when we come into the picture. Liz Alfier not only took care of our beautiful bride, but was able to give her mom a makeup application that will be in pictures for generations.  The moment that Rita’s mother looked into the mirror after Liz finished her makeup, she cried tears of joy! (good thing we use waterproof EVERYTHING!)

She felt beautiful and confident.  We are all in this industry for that very reason.  We love being a part of such a special milestone in people’s lives.  Let these lady’s story cast inspiration, determination and love into your own lives!

Top: Liz Alfier working her magic!  Bottom Left: Before shot.  Bottom Right: AFTER!

Top: Liz Alfier working her magic! Bottom Left: Before shot. Bottom Right: AFTER!

 
Rita, her new husband and the rest of the family!

Rita, her new husband and the rest of the family!

 

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