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Taylor Shira

@thecosmocactus

830.624.6217

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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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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C. Askew Cuts

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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.

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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
indecision


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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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.

photograoghy, Elizabeth Friske Photography, mother and son

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

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 [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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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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Introducing Darling Unveiled

Behind the Veil started with a passion for making women feel beautiful and confident. In 6 years, we have never steered away from that. Surely, we weren’t the first salon to yearn for women to feel beautiful. But we were the first of OUR kind in the area – a salon focused on brides with a driving desire to make their wedding day effortlessly beautiful. We love what we stand for and the group of likeminded women on our team help us stay true to our zealousness and beliefs always. It’s not always smooth sailing and we would be lying if we said anything to the contrary. In this industry, there is plenty of crazy to go around. Weddings can be full of stress so, if we can be the one constant smile for a bride, we’ve done our job.

The past two years have brought forth more change than any of us could have imagined. Changes ranging from the fixtures on the walls to the faces behind the chairs. Not to mention countless obstacles. Had we known that every change and every choice made would have led us to where we are now, we would have undoubtedly hurried the process along because we have found ourselves on the brink of something amazing. The future is full of the unknown but, it is confidently full of heart, passion, unparalleled talent and a leader who knows no limits. Behind the Veil, in name, might be leaving; however, its core beliefs, enthusiasm, amazing artists and never-ending thirst for success are drilled deep into our roots.

Ladies and gentlemen, Darling & Dapper is here. Are you ready?

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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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