Easy Beach Bun

Going to the beach this weekend? Me too. (Hopefully.)

Here’s how you whip up an easy, pretty hairstyle that’s perfect for the sand and the sea…and that leaves you with gorgeous, beachy waves at the end of the day.

Summer Haircare Tips + Brand-New Dove Facebook Tab

Dove just launched a new tab on their Facebook page dedicated to hair care, with lots of summery tips and video tutorials from yours truly (including my top summer hair-care challenges and some of my favorite go-to summer styles).

Citrus Splash

Citrus hues can be tough.

Por ejemplo, I’ve said fifty or sixty times (both here and on Makeup.com) how awesome tangerine lipstick is. And it is. Awesome. But it can also walk the fine line between “lovely” and “cartoonish”; it’s all in what you pair it with.

Same with citrus-hued tops: you can always wear them with, you know, jeans…but…eh. I’ve tried to wear this top a handful of times before (like in our JITH Coney Island segment), and have had trouble finding something that I really love it with.

Until yesterday! Because I love this.

To host a BetterTV segment on pool safety, I wore a lemon-lime top with snow-white jeans and snakeskin heels, and then accessorized with neon bangles and an orange gloss pencil, and felt summery and bright, but still crisp and pulled-together enough for work.

(Speaking of those snow-white jeans: my friend Paige wears them all the time, and when I told her how stressed-out I get whenever I wear white jeans because I constantly worry about destroying them, her advice was “treat them like normal jeans and just wear them. That’s what bleach is for.” I like that.)

Wow, was it humid. There was no way my hair was going to hold a style all day long, so I ended up blowing it out, letting it get a little wavy as the hours passed, and toting along a mini bottle of Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum for touch-ups.

Segment Wardrobe: jeans c/o Sanctuary, Rebecca Taylor top, necklace c/o Ippolita, Nine West heels (see more ways to wear them here), Rebecca Minkoff purse, GANT sunglasses, Mellina & Co. neon bracelets, watch c/o Timex, Lipstick Queen Chinatown Gloss Pencil.

Hamptons Super Saturday, Oh Yes

So I’d heard a lot about Super Saturday in the Hamptons going into it, but I still wasn’t sure what, exactly, to expect.

As it turns out, Super Saturday is paradise. No joke.

I attended on behalf of Dove - which made me a very lucky lady, because tickets are whooooo pricey - and had a ridiculous, crazypants blast of a day.

Let me explain.

Super Saturday is basically a flea market atmosphere, except that all the tables are stacked with pieces from Splendid, Intermix, DKNY, and DVF. Rachel Zoe handpicks her own boutique table.

There are carnival rides and Nintendo game booths for the kids.

A buffet stocked with the most delicious (basic, but delicious) pasta I’ve had in recent memory.

Desserts.

Amazing things like picnic baskets on sale for a fraction of the price that you would ordinarily pay, and as a bonus it all goes to a charity (The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund).

And a braid bar! (That’s me with ‘Do No. 1, a high ponytail braided to the end and then twisted into a topknot.)

Well, not a braid bar exactly - actually a Dove and DailyCandy Great Style Effect bar offering complimentary styling - but with torrential thunderstorms rolling through every so often and such high humidity that you could almost pet the air, the stylists decided to go to town with gorgeous (and rain-proof) updos and mini-braids like the ones pictured on the lovely lady above.

Isn’t that awesome?! (That’s ‘Do No. 2.) The stylists started with Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, then twisted, braided, wrapped and pinned my hair in a beautifully haphazard way, and then finished with Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray.

On me: Sweater c/o Lilly Pulitzer, Sold Denim Lab cutoffs, Kyler Jewelry necklace, Frye Company sandals.

Beat The Heat

Yesterday I ran down to Hudson Street (or, rather, ambled sluggishly - it was a hot one) to film an interview for Dove on summer style solutions for the humid months (check out Five Ways To Style A Silk Scarf For Summer here).

When it’s this hot out, I would really prefer to be sitting six inches away from a full-blast A/C wearing…nothing. Nothing at all.

But since that look doesn’t really fly on-camera (we’re a solid PG-13 rating over here on RG), I went for the next-best thing: breezy, floaty, chiffony-y layers.

The thing about this dress is that because it’s long and strapless, it runs the risk of looking too fancy for the daytime. How I solved that problem: casual accessories (like wooden bracelets and a leather watch), a scarf that covered me up a bit, and flats.

Segment Wardrobe: Maxi dress c/o Dress The Population, GANT sunglasses, Nine West sandals (last year’s), Foley & Corinna bag, Chic Tweak scarf, Hannah Warner coral necklace, Lollipop blue topaz necklace c/o IppolitaJessie Lane bracelets, LyraLoveStar crescent moon ring, watch c/o Timex.

Weekend Bag Essentials

I don’t go on many weekend trips lately.

We keep meaning to plan one, you see, but for the past few months every time we start trying to get one on the calendar we think, “Oh, but wait: that might be the weekend we’re moving”…except, as it turns out, that weekend never arrives. (Apparently we’re moving “in just a couple of weeks.” I have heard these words before, and will get excited only when the moving van pulls up in front of our apartment building.)

But! I love weekend trips. Especially when they involve long car rides and a generous amount of time spent in the sand.

So in preparation for that day (I’m thinking…August?) when we hit the road bound for Maine or other points North, let’s talk Weekend Bag Essentials!

(This is me packing for my trip to San Francisco.)

THE BAG

Ideally, you’d like a pretty bag, of course…but even more important (to me) is to choose one that’s not so precious that it won’t mind getting tossed into the back of the car with assorted babies and dogs or squeezed under an airplane seat. This Isabella Fiore satchel is the kind of piece that just gets better with a little wear and tear.

THE BEAUTY

Something I’ve discovered over the past year or so: that extra amount of time you spend caring for your hair  is enormously time-saving in the long run, because nourished hair is easy-to-manage hair (this goes for skin, too).

I’m currently in the process of testing out a whole bunch of different Dove shampoos and conditioners, but right now my #1 favorites are the Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo and Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner (the latter has a gold stripe of Nutri-Oils to replenish essential nutrients).

And so these are travel musts…packed into handy little containers, of course.

As for what fills up the remainder of my makeup bag…on vacation, it’s all about keeping things as streamlined and easy, so I stick to the essentials: powder, blush, liquid eyeliner, mascara, clear gloss for day, red lipstick for night. (Click here for my easiest-ever makeup routine.)

Weekend Trip Essentials
Weekend Trip Essentials by ramshackleglam

THE WARDROBE

Basic, basic, basic: blue, white, and splashes of gold. Plus great jewelry, and a scarf for traveling.

Done.

Click through for a full list of products.

WARDROBE:

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IN MY BAG:

Isabella Fiore Weekender Satchel

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner

Baby Mum-Mums, Vegetable Flavor (Banana is better, though)

Happy Baby Organic Food Pouch

Kindle (currently reading: Gone Girl)

Golden Tarot Tarot Cards (for late-night entertainment)

GANT Sunglasses

Sephora Eye Mask

Tory Burch Makeup Case

Vintage earrings

LOFT Sunwash Tee

Makeup Bag: MAC Studio Fix powder, NARS Angelika blush, Elizabeth Arden liquid eyeliner, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, Lipstick Queen Saint Eden red lipstick, Smith’s Rosebud Salve gloss.

 

Best New Beauty Discoveries / Summer 2012

Clockwise from top left:

1. Elizabeth Arden All Over Face Powder Brush ($22). Enormous, soft, and delicious, this is my #1 pick for applying bronzer with a light, even touch.

2. Elizabeth Arden Fragrance-Free Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($19.50). I’ve heard about this “beauty secret” for years, and finally gave it a spin in the fragrance-free form: I leave it by my bed at night and use it on my lips, cuticles, and anywhere else that’s feeling dry, and swipe a little onto my brows in the morning. And yep: lovely stuff (I think it’ll be in even heavier rotation come winter).

3. Orlane Bronzing Pressed Powder ($45). This oversized compact lasts forever and deposits natural, subtle color that easily layers if the super-bronzed look is what you’re after.

4. NARS Blush in Angelika ($28). A recent rediscovery of mine and the blush that I’m now using every day: it’s a bright candy-pink with a little sparkle, and is just gorgeousfor summer (day or night).

5. Elizabeth Arden Liquid Eyeliner ($18). My new must-have for everyday wear: brown during the day, black at night. This felt-tipped pen delivers saturated color but has a fine tip for precise application. (Click here for a Spring Tangerine makeup tutorial featuring brown liquid liner and orange gloss.)

6. Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Genre ($20). Everyone’s in love with the tangerine lip this summer, and this glossy pencil offers a sheer pop of the shade (perfect for the beach).

7. Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Smoothing Cream (at drugstores). Apply this Argan Oil-enriched cream to damp hair, twist into a bun, and let air-dry for loose, frizz-free waves.

8. Essie Nail Polish in Licorice ($8). I’m back to loving short, black, glossy nails.

9. Simple Skincare Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (click here to find a store near you). No soap, no dyes, no perfumes, and delicious at the end of a long, hot day.

10. Pevonia Hydrating Sunscreen ($42). A great, hydrating SPF30 that goes on nice and light - ideal for everyday or for the beach.

How-To: Awesome French Twist

I know, I know: this look (from the Fourth Of July Jordan In The House segment)…well, sort of impossible to recreate. And I’m not gonna lie: I think this is a practice-makes-perfect situation. And extra hands on deck help. But it is definitely doable, so long as you go into it knowing two things:

1) Hairspray is your friend.

2) The key to a great updo is backcombing, because it gives the pins something to hold onto.

Now, let’s talk how to do that ‘do.

1. Prep The Hair

To start with, you spray the roots of your (dry, and preferably not too clean) hair with Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray, and then brush the product down through the ends to distribute it.

Next, separate the top third of your hair and curl it, then pin the curls in place and spray again. You’re going to leave those curls there for awhile, so get used to looking a little funny.

Next step: add some bend to the bottom 2/3 of your hair by curling sections with a 1 3/4” iron.

2. Put In That Body

Tease the sides of your hair (we’ll worry about the top in a minute) by taking sections and holding the ends of the hair while back-combing towards the roots (starting about 2” from the scalp, not all the way down the length of the hair).

3. Do The ‘Do

This is the complicated part, so we took some shots to make it easier to explain.

To make the French twist, start by pulling all your hair off to one side and arranging bobby pins down the center of your head in the crosshatch pattern shown below.

Next, wrap the hair that you’ve pulled off to the side back around the bobby pins, and tuck into place with a few more pins.

See? It’s not as hard as it looks, but an extra set of hands definitely helps.

Last step: adding volume to the top of the hair. Unpin the curls and backcomb the hair (holding the ends and only backcombing 2” away from the scalp)…

…and gently comb the top section back into the twist, using more pins to secure the locks in place. Finish with a generous helping of hairspray.

Thanks so much to Ansley Meredith for the tutorial and the lovely ‘do!

Share Your Style / Daily Candy + Dove Pinterest Contest

This is me (and Kendrick) in the Hamptons, the one time that I managed to make it there in my 31 years (and simultaneously managed to break the beautiful house that we were staying in, which is what’s happening above). It’s extremely fun and glamorous and all those things that you’ve heard it is.

And! I’m going back. I am so excited; extra excited because there’s a chance that I might get to see a few of you while I’m there.

Dove and DailyCandy are partnering up to give you the chance to inspire women with your own hairstyle and to win fabulous prizes, including a spot in a DailyCandy flipbook and trip for you and a friend to Super Saturday in the Hamptons.

To Enter: Send a pic (high quality, horizontal, and at least 380 x 285 pixels) of your hairstyle at its best (simple yet beautifully styled) to greatstyleeffect@dailycandy.com. Your photo should be a solo shot and taken head on.

And: just for entering, you’ll receive a coupon to save on Dove Style+Care products.

Contest ends June 25. Finalists will be revealed on June 28 and showcased on DailyCandy’s Dove® Great Style Effect Pinterest board.

Dove Twitter Party Today At 2PM EST

Dove & Ramshackle Glam are co-hosting a Twitter party today at 2PM EST to chat all things hair and style. (You’ll have the opportunity to win fun prizes, as well.)

Click here to follow me on Twitter, here to follow Dove on Twitter, and use hashtag #dovestyle for all your questions. Can’t wait to say hi!

UPDATE: Congrats to the five winners of a very special Dove gift bag! @egood33, @neiddy_ruiz, @Rustytan, @MARILOLA33, @reinaheather: you’ve officially been DMed.

Dove & DailyCandy DryBar Event

I’ve never been to DryBar before. It is so nice.

Despite said niceness, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to dress like Britney Spears c. 2008. I have no excuse for that one, other than the fact that you really can’t put denim shorts and sparkle stars together in a single item of clothing and not expect me to hand over a credit card.

Anyway, DryBar is lovely. You get a little “menu” of options for blow-out styles (I went for “The Straight Up”: a straightforward blowout with a little volume at the roots and slight bend at the ends, but I saw lots of other girls go for “The Mai-Tai”, which is beachy, loose waves), and you’re out the door in about half an hour, including washing time.

Here’s me getting my blow-out…

…And here’s the finished product.

The Dove products that my stylist used: Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo + Conditioner, Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum when my hair was still damp, and a bit of Style+Care Nourishing Ends Serum to finish off the look.

And this was my view upon leaving DryBar. I mean…really?! Did the weather not get the memo that I had just gotten one of the better blow-outs of my life?

(The style did survive the trip home, though, thanks to the aforementioned anti-frizz products and the fact that a small miracle occurred and I discovered a mini umbrella hidden in the depths of my handbag.)

And this was the scene that I arrived home to. Monsters.

P.S. On June 15 at 2PM, I’ll be hosting a Twitter party with Dove during which I’ll be answering questions and offering up some styling tips and tricks. Stay tuned for more info (and click here to follow RG on Twitter).

 All non-Instagram photos: Amanda Caplin Photography.