Taylor Shira



Everybody help me welcome Taylor Shira to our salon! She has been on our wedding team for some time now in between taking care of her ever so precious baby boy, and now the time has come that she has moved in and set up shop inside Darling and Dapper!

You can catch a glimpse of her work on Instagram @thecosmocactus and she is available by appointment.

Taylor is a Texas gal and a self-proclaimed foodie. Some of her favorite things to do with her hubby and sweet baby Jenks are to try new foods and cook up her own dishes, tubing, concert going, painting and making home décor- like when does she sleep. Taking Jenks to Mt. Trashmore and pushing him on the swing fills her mama heart. Football makes her eyes glaze over but will still attend a Superbowl party for the snacks ( my kinda girl!)

So I asked her what kind of client gets her excited behind the chair and I loved her answer- “ My ideal client is someone who teaches me something. Whether it be learning from their hair and how to be a better stylist, or even if they share their wisdom with me about life. I love those deep meaningful conversations that require a lot of soul searching.” Same girl, same. . Making people feel safe and comfortable both behind the chair and in general is super important to her and that comes across the minute you meet her, she is funny and silly and loves to see people laugh. Hanging around her you just feel this sense that she wants the best for you wholeheartedly and is genuinely happy for the good things that happen to you, even if you have just met- its just kind of embodied in who she is and the vibe she carries around.

Curling irons and make up brushes put Taylor on cloud nine. Her style ranges from Boho-romantic to edgy to traditional but between you and I, she admittedly has a hipster flare that I myself will never be cool enough to pull off. When you come and sit in Taylor’s chair, she will be using a range of Kenra and Verb to style; Redken, Pulp Riot and Paul Mitchell for your color needs. This perfectionist will knock your socks off with her fabulous hair and make up skills while providing you with a high quality experience that you deserve. Come check her out!

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Five Element Acupuncture and Wellness

 To book: call/text 757.777.2006 Email: [email protected] Instagram: Kellyobn

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           Everybody meet Kelly! She provides a completely different experience in our studio then anyone else. Maybe you’ve heard of it and have been curious, so here is a little bit of insight to Acupuncture. Being over 5,000 years old, acupuncture (a procedure in which tiny needles, about the width of a hair, are placed just beneath the surface of the skin) is a more traditional way to bring balance to our overall health. The major reason this practice is so unique and powerful is because it addresses all levels of a person- Mind, Body and Spirit. Emotional support is one benefit that patients receive, although originally it was meant to be for maintenance of one’s overall health not just specific symptoms or ailments. That being said, when a person’s energy is balanced, symptoms dissolve or hopefully avoid developing at all. Have no fear, there is little to no sensation- read pain- for most points, so it is actually very relaxing.

As well as acupuncture, Kelly offers:

 Cupping for muscle tension- deeper

Gua Sha for muscle tension- superficial

Reiki for energy balancing

Chakra balancing

Essential oil classes

Zyto scans

All of which help to support health and wellness

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 Now that we have tipped the iceberg on what Kelly has to offer, I’d like to give you a little glimpse of her more personally- she is such a lovely and pleasant person to be around. She seems to wear a smile most times and it is shining with optimism and openness. She has a very down to earth comfortability which makes her easy to be around and trust- I appreciate that in someone in general but especially when they are using tiny needles ?  This brave gal has three kiddos- 8,12 and 14 and was previously working out of a home office before branching out and taking it a step bigger in her new office with us. Running, yoga, paddle boarding, meditation and TRAVELING are all things that make her happy….Japan with her other half was her favorite trip and she wants to return… maybe after Mexico and Italy… can I come?

Come check her out by appointment or at her next essential oil class!

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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 

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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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C. Askew Cuts


Remember all that talk about the fresh, new and exciting? I walk into work the other day and I am greeted by a brand new face with a whole new energy to go along with it. Ced is our newest Barber, he is a go getter with years of experience and a very humble presence.

Send your sons, husbands, grandfathers- whichever dapper fella you would like to pamper, Ced is your guy. We pride ourselves on our work with our amazing brides, but our men need love too ladies.

His hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-7pm. That is until the guys of Virginia Beach realize what they have been missing and he cant help but have to open up his hours. His prices are just as humble as he is at $25 for a classic fade and he does special pricing for seniors and children. Ced will also take care of beards and eyebrows, and specializes in a clean edge for a precision look.


He is one of our several independent creatives and his business thrives on determination, dedication and honest hard work. His business name C. Askew Cuts pays respect to his late great uncle and mentor, which says so much about the passion and meaning behind his entire business model. You can reach him at 757-243-4458 and check out his Instagram @golf_is_life1982.

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Here-Hold My Hairspray.

    They say “if you’re too comfortable, its time to move on.” The same people say that “if you’re
terrified of what’s next, then you’re on the right track.”
Nothing embodies this year better than those sentiments.
Closing down Veil to push the limits and see what New England had to offer was necessary,

and gave me a small taste of just what I was capable of. But being trapped in a 900 sq/ft box
was hard – and not just on me. The whole team felt it at one point or another — bridal trials with
nowhere for them to sit, borrowing each other’s stations, cramming in 12 person bridal parties
WHILE taking regular clients. Our little caterpillar selves grew massive wings that needed room
to stretch.


The idea for this space began a long time ago – always a backburner idea that seemed too far
off. Too scary. Too expensive. But as our lease was coming to an end, and the pressure was
on to make a decision… I did what I normally do (which gives most people, especially Jeramie, a heart attack.)

Hairstylist, Darling and Dapper, 757 hair. hampton roads hairstylistI closed my eyes, jumped off the proverbial cliff, and Mcguyver’d kick-ass wings

on the way down. Some call it crazy, some call it faith – I call it paramount. Without risk, there
are no rewards.
Admittedly, there were a few times I questioned my sanity. I even questioned my support
system’s sanity as they cheered me on. But that’s what you do when you love each other. At
the opening last Thursday, my friend asked “Weren’t you scared? All this space and all this  rent…”
Um, yeah. Hell yeah, actually. However, just like Kevin Costner did, I knew that if I built it, they
would come. While I’m still looking for another stylist or two, I have to say we are off to a damn
fine start.
Brooke: Milk and Honey Bride
Kelly: Acupuncture
Anita: Massage/Yoga/Reiki
Cheryl: Stylist
Amber: Stylist


A pretty fine start, indeed. For the first time, in a long time, I feel content. Thank you to all who
came out on Thursday, and super special thank you’s to:

Chanda Chann; Triumph realty – for bringing this gem to my attention
Jay Santiago; Floors and More – for making all of my construction dreams come to life
Sam Welty- for all of your incredible artistic abilities
Katherine Hallberg Design- a perfect flower cave, fit for unicorns
Sarah; Stumpy Thumb- succulents and flowers and plants, oh my
Mike Brite; Brite Minds Design- I love a good sticker, and cling, and 12-foot window covering
Sherwin Williams Hilltop- we’re all best friends now. Thank you for putting up with me and my

Amber and Anna – for keeping the business running, and making sure I had daily cookies
Lyric and River- for being excited for me, and not holding my absence against me
Brooke, Kelly, Anita – for taking the leap with me, and joining this crazy family
My Family- supporting my grandiose ideas, and listening to me bitch as I bring them to life
The Darling and Dapper Team- without you, I’d just be a stylist, kickin’ it by myself. YOU make
all this possible.

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Chef by Design- all of the delicious snacks on Thursday
Express Valet- because of you, nobody had to park at Whole Foods. Thank you for that
DJ West- absolutely killed it. We must do more together soon
Misty- for helping me remember that I should probably have a photographer, and then knocking
it out of the park
Incredible Edibles- gelato perfection
Boardwalk Photobooth- not only being here Thursday BUT allowing Betty to have a home here
Stage Right Lighting- always creating the perfect mood (and making sure everyone in a 30-mile
radius knew where to find us)
Jeramie- I’m still waiting to wake up from this fantastic dream. You are everything. xo PS wear
suspenders more often. 😉

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                    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.

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Photo by Elizabeth Friske Photograpghy

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



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 [email protected]

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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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Foundation sent from the Heavens

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!

[email protected]


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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All of the butterflies

                                                                                                       Darling and Dapper, Stylist, hair, bridal, Virginia Beach, salon

To start things off properly, I would like to introduce myself as the new voice of all that is happening at Darling and Dapper. My name is Cheryl McGowan.

Darling and Dapper, having been recently reinvented, is a thriving and tight knit family that I have been a part of for the past six years. I must be honest in saying that this is a brand-new venture for me. I have literally jumped out of an airplane, given birth and do hair for beautiful women on the biggest day of their lives… BUT, as challenging as those things are – I will tell you that as I am writing this lil’ old blog, I am a mixture of emotion. THRILLED outweighs most of them, so here I am.

THE Miss Darling and I go way back, to a time where I was washing hair and sweeping floors. Life has changed quite a bit since then, I have a husband that I adore, two children who have my heart and tons of experience with HAIR (something I am so proud of). In preparation to put some of my thoughts on paper, I have been asking myself “what it is about doing event/bridal hair that I love so much?” I began to think back to the variety of people I met through my grueling apprenticeship, my terrifying years as a new stylist and my overall eleven years behind the chair. Every single time, it goes back to the connections I have made with people. I never would have gotten the chance to meet so many of them otherwise. Even if I had met them before they graced my chair – we all know it’s is an entirely different relationship between hairstylist and client. We get the dish, we know the ups and the downs of your lives – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I wouldn’t have it any other way because that is REAL.

It’s no wonder that being a part of a bride’s most anticipated and emotional days is so special to me. It is paramount to both the bride and myself that we are on the same page and share a similar vision for her look.  I get to see the creativity and planning all come together for that couple, and feel the love and adoration between friends and family. Not to mention handcraft a look that will be professionally photographed and remembered forever. No pressure, right?

I LOVE it. Bring on all of the beautiful.

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I was on a family vacation this past week, and my sister in law showed up with long thick extensions, down to the middle of her back (oh, you like my hair? Gee thanks. Just bought it). There was no way I was letting that hair go without at least getting one style done. Since long and textured looks are hard to accomplish without extensions- ( I highly recommend clip ins for very detailed and textured looks)- or someone who is naturally blessed with that kind of hair, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to execute this design:

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I used:
Kenra Dry Texture Spray
Big Sexy Powder Play
And Aquage Finishing Spray

The week we had at the beach was killer and gave me some time to think about what I truly want to accomplish with this platform. I hope that my passion for connecting with people gets to flourish. I’ll be sharing the work of the wonderful talented ladies I get to work with, products I can’t live without, tips, pretty things, events and all the happenings of Darling and Dapper… there is a TON in the works so please stay tuned.

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