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And A Happy New Year

 

You sang the title. I know you did.

Hi there!! I hope everyone had a glorious holiday, I know I did. I also know I have no idea what day it is or what I am doing in this black hole that exists after the holiday euphoria. I digress.

What I am really here to do is to look back on the December frenzy and pay tribute to this beautiful Holiday hair that Amber (@haircrafted_beautybyamber) had fun designing.

 

Here is look number one:

 

upstyle, event hair, modern salon, 757stylist,, stylists supporting stylists, virginia beach, hampton roads, wedding hair, party hairShe started with a teased front and twisted that into a Dutch braid all the way down and secured at the nape with an elastic. Then fluffed the braid out strategically for the slight Christmas tree effect.

Products used:

 Kenra Texture spray

Kenra working spray
Aquage illuminating gelade

 

For her second look:  (my personal fave if anyone is asking)

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She started at the crown with some volume and then pulled alternating sides criss-crossing while working her way down. Fluffing out the twists as she goes. She secured with pins underneath and pieced out the remaining hair for pretty texture. I love the accent piece she chose here!

 

Products used:

Kenra Texture spray 

Kenra design spray

Kenra Shine Spray
Aquage Silkening oil 

Finally, she decided to get super extra here…and I absolutely love it:upstyle, wedding hair, salon, modern salon, darling and dapper, wedding hair, 757 stylist

To achieve this look Amber began with a low ponytail and then started to build volume in the crown, then alternated twists from each side and pulled them out to make the sections more full.

Products used:

Kenra Working spray 

Kenra shine spray
Kenra dry thickening spray

Ambers creativity, energy and passion for hair makes her such a fun stylist to work next to. She is super into continued education and really puts her knowledge to use while using her talents to make people beautiful. So there you have it, now onto 2020 and all of the spectacular things it holds for us. If anyone is looking for me I will be eating kale and moving into the gym…(and doing hair, of course.)

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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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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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SHINE!!!!

If you have followed us over the years, through all of our changes – the big ones and subtle ones – hopefully you have noticed that one thing has remained constant: our drive to build confidence in those we come in contact with.  Of course, we are in beauty industry – we sell hair and makeup and beauty…. But more than that, we do our best to build our clients up from the inside out. We have always believed that true beauty comes from within.  Empowering women to celebrate their beauty and let their confidence shine is what gives us life!  

Being in this industry we are SO fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded vendors.

 A service that has been growing in trend in recent years is boudoir photography (we’ve even seen a couple dude-oir photos shoots!) We want to scream from the rooftop that boudoir photography is for EVERY WOMAN. It can be intimidating…we all look at our bodies and see things that we want to change, things that we wouldn’t normally put in front of a camera. But boudoir isn’t just about taking sexy pictures for your man. It’s about learning to love who you are and finding the strength to say “I am beautiful and my body is amazing”. More and more women are gaining the confidence to get in front of the camera and bare their truth. Confidence is the sexiest characteristic one can hold and working with photographers like Tianna Yentzer of Yours Truly Portraiture make the process easy and so much fun!  When she approached us about working together on this project, we didn’t hesitate to say yes! 

We have worked with Tianna countless times over the passed few years, doing hair and makeup for her boudoir clients and we admire her very much. Her passion for empowering women and helping them break out of their shell to see their true beauty is inspiring! Our team had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with her in September and it was AMAZING. She is such a professional and has this calming, encouraging nature about her. She gave us full freedom with dressing how we wanted to be represented and she guided us through every snap of the lens – never once allowing us to feel uneasy. (a glass of champagne helped too )

 To celebrate everything it means to be a woman, we will be working with Tianna on a very special photography marathon on January 26, 2019!  We are so excited to be providing the hair and makeup for SHINE!

 

Beauty: Head-shot or beauty session. Cost $350. Includes professional hair and makeup, a 30-minute beauty session with Yours Truly Portraiture & seven digitals for download with the rights to print. Additional products & digitals are available for purchase at a 25% discount of our normal pricing.

 

 

 

Boudoir: Cost $475 + taxes. Includes professional hair and makeup, a 45 minute boudoir session with Yours Truly Portraiture, seven digitals for download with the rights to print, and one 8×10 luxe gift print. Additional products & digitals are available for purchase at a 25% discount of our normal pricing. 

 For full details, check out Tianna’s event website here:  The SHINE Event. Space for this intimate event is limited! Fill out the contact form on the Shine event page for any questions. Learn more about Tianna at Your Truly Portraiture

 

We can’t wait to see you shine!!

 

All photos by: Tianna Yenzter of Your Truly Portraiture

Visit Tianna’es website to learn more about SHINE here: SHINE

See more of her work on Instagram @yourstrulyportraiture

 

Darling and Dapper staff pictured: Liz Darling, Katlyn Sainz, Sol Whitlock, Amber Dillon, Yowanda Blowe, Sarah Cowell, Anna Koons

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Be Radiant with the 2014 Color of the Year!

If you started to drive a Volvo, suddenly you see Volvos wherever you go.  You didn’t seem to notice them before, but now that you are driving one, you are much more mindful of these particular cars.  The same has rang true for me with Pantone “Color of the Year”.  Let me explain…

…if you were to say the word “Pantone” to me before my husband started art school, I would not know what you were talking about. However, now that I understand what this word means and how it relates to me, I want to share this with so many people.  Pantone is a company that known for it’s Pantone Matching System (PMS) to represent colors to a variety of industries, mainly printing, but we can communicate colors to so many just using their system.  Each color is assigned a different number & there are 1,140 color spots in their system.

In addition to regulate colors between designers all over the world, Pantone will work with designers to forecast “Colors of the Year” which will be reflected in fashion, interior design, textiles, WEDDINGS…all sorts of places.  Last year, the Color of the Year was Emerald, or 17-4651.  Below we feature a sample of 2013’s color:

COTY 13

 

Since we are at the beginning of the new year, we want to fill you all in on Pantone’s newest choice for 2014 which is “Radiant Orchid” or 18-3224.  See this lovely hue below:

Official image 2014 color of the year

 

Now that we have shown you this color, watch, just as you had started to see the car you are currently driving everywhere, you will start to see this color everywhere, too!  Here’s a few pics collected of Radiant Orchid:

COTY Collection

Why is this the “Color of the Year”?  How is this color chosen?  Click here for a video that explains this process.

In addition to the Color of the Year, Pantone also chooses seasonal colors in a Fashion Report for both women and men that will accent the color of the year.  Again, these are all reflected in Fashion Weeks all over the world.  This just goes to show you how color affects each and every branch of the art and design world. Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiserman, explains the Women’s Spring 2014 Fashion Report.

…of course we haven’t forgot our guys!  Here’s the men’s Fashion Report:

 

To read more about Pantone and their wide range of colors, visit their website!   If you enjoyed our blog post, please share it on your favorite social media outlet!

 

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SURF’S UP!!

Team Veil joined up with ECSC360 and had an action packed weekend!  We’re just a few blocks from the oceanfront, so what better way to celebrate ECSC weekend then to set up shop on the beach and keep ladies looking FRESH even on the BEACH!

The events started with four hula hooping hotties getting hair and makeup done at our studio.  They then performed on the main stage for the COLOR ME RAD dance party.  What a cool was for us to spend our day, getting to be super creative and really step out of the box!

Maryellen, one of our team members at the studio made this killer collage with pics from prepping the models for the dance party!

Maryellen, one of our team members at the studio made this killer collage with pics from prepping the models for the dance party!

We ordered a custom paint job on an old surf board from a local artist, Igor’s Custom Signs and Stripes .  Let me tell you, he knocked it out of the park!  What a talented guy.  He made time for us, even though he was rocking out at the tattoo convention the whole weekend before.  (He won 3rd place for best booth BTW!!) He visited our studio, we showed him a few things for inspiration and BOOM! He delivered us a board that was designed FAR beyond our expectations!

Designed and painted by the very talented Igor's Custom Signs and Stripes.

Designed and painted by the very talented Igor’s Custom Signs and Stripes.

The rest of the weekend, we were right on the beach hooking all the dudes and dudettes up with quickie looks….braids, bronzer and lip gloss touch ups….our most popular treat to the crowd was a pop of color in their hair with Kevin Murphy’s COLOR.BUG hair chalk!  We had a line forming in front of our tent!!

Here's some of the kiddos getting a little pep in their step with Kevin Murphy COLOR.BUG!  Check out Morgan, another team member, rocking out at the tent!

Here’s some of the kiddos getting a little pep in their step with Kevin Murphy COLOR.BUG! Check out Morgan, another team member, rocking out at the tent!

The weekend was full of sunshine, team work, smiles and most of all, spreading confidence  to everyone we saw.  This is what Veil Studios is all about and that is why we all love what we do!

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