Calligraphy Cut (part 2)

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I had one more set of photos to showcase my Calligraphy (hair)Cut, and I just had to share them since I couldn’t choose between the photos! As other fashion bloggers will attest to, you have to be completely oblivious to the people around you when you’re shooting photos in wide open locations. “Oh don’t mind me over here…” Totally #worthit to capture the moment (and the haircut).

Want to know more about the Calligraphy Cut? Contact Salon Coccole for an appointment! You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also read more about Calligraphy Cut via their website. My hair was cut and styled by Donna and my girl Shana does my “ombre/balayage with a twist” color; both can be found at  Salon Coccole.

Sorry to say I am late to the #monthlymani party this month because I’ve been so sick 😦 But, the show must go on! And nails must be painted! Here’s my #monthlymani in a #mayflowers pattern.  I used the Caption Art Screens to stamp on a flower print. I’m still finessing the art of nail stamping, but it’s super fun and I definitely recommend trying it if you do your own nails! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her #mayflowers #monthlymani!

Please note, I did not receive financial compensation to post a review of my haircut. I did receive my cut complementary, but per Fashion Huntress standards, the views and opinions are my own! Oh- the outfit! Top: Ann Taylor, Pants: NYDJ, Necklace: Bauble Bar, Shoes: Sam Edelman

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I’m finally getting around to mentioning why I was absent from my blog two weeks ago! My husband and I were in Sedona, thanks to our family friend very generously offering us a week stay there (<3 <3). I didn’t take any fashion photos because let’s be real: it’s hot and you’re outdoors hiking 24/7. I was humbled, amazed, and inspired by this magical place, and can’t wait to go back. Below are some photos from the trip. Until next time, readers! Have a fabulous rest of your week!

Calligraphy Cut (aka hair magic)

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Readers, I was a very awkward adolescent and teenager. I mean, probably the majority of us were. But I really struggled. I hated make-up, doing my hair, I had (and have!) glasses, I had braces, you name it. I was just ….awkward. Despite all this, I had a friend who said we should apply to be receptionists at our local high end salon when we were 16 years old. Apparently this salon had faith that I could be a decent receptionist, and I got the job. I stayed with that same salon  for over 10 years- through my high school years, college, graduate school, and my fellowship program. That experience really changed me and helped shape a part of my identity; it encouraged me to have confidence, embrace differences, embrace creativity, and appreciate my gawkiness. But let’s rewind to my 16 year old self. That’s when I met Donna Gentile. Donna was a senior stylist who worked right in the front of the salon. She was fabulous, always smiling, genuinely caring for her clients, and of course, always offering the BEST styling to her clients. I was in awe.

Okay, so let’s fast forward to today. Donna now owns her own salon- Salon Coccole. I’ve been to salons all over the world, and Salon Coccole remains my most favorite. Donna has watched me grow up over the years; she did my bridal hair, you guys. Is there anyone you place more trust in on your wedding day than your stylist? I think not. My hair was a dream, and my Oscar de la Renta fascinator was the icing on the cake (photo below).
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Okay, I’m gushing. But I’m gushing because Donna is a true role model to me. After all, she’s the ultimate #bosslady. So, when she said she had trained in a new technique to cut hair, I was obviously all in- no questions asked. This brings me to my main point: the new up and coming hair cutting technique called the Calligraphy Cut. Y’all, they don’t use scissors! They use a very fancy Calligraphy Pen which is a hair cutting tool (photos below) that cuts hair at a very specific 21 degree angle. The surface of the ends of your hair become larger, enabling your hair to have more volume. This is a very scientific hair cutting technique and stylists have to be trained and certified to use the tool. In fact, there are only 50 salons in the US right now that are trained to use this tool and technique…and of course, Salon Coccole is one of them. #blessed. This cut leaves your hair feeling light as air…but somehow a million times more full. First time try-er…long time fan.
Below are some pics of this new fabulous cut that I want to tell everyone about because I feel that strongly about it. No, I’m not paid by Calligraphy Cut or Donna to shout this from the rooftops. I’m just thrilled about this hair revolution. I’m never turning back. Don’t take my word for it (I mean, you should, but there’s others who feel this way too), just Google “Calligraphy Cut” and you’ll see what I mean. In the meantime, if you’re lucky enough to live in the Chicagoland area, make the trip to Salon Coccole! The haircut ranges from $70-$110, depending on your stylist. Even though I’m the same nerdy girl on the inside, on the outside, well, let’s just say Donna turned that around for me. As my mom always says, “your hair is your crowing glory.” It’s not really socially acceptable to walk around in a tiara, so I’ll be sporting my fab Calligraphy Cut.

Want to know more? Contact Salon Coccole for an appointment! You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also read more about Calligraphy Cut via their website. My hair was cut and styled by Donna and my girl Shana does my “ombre/balayage with a twist” color; both can be found at  Salon Coccole.

bee yourself (Victoria Beckham for Target)

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Is anyone else watching Grace and Frankie? Shout-out to Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for being the most fabulous ladies in television right now, if you ask me! I love love love Jane Fonda’s classic style (and attitude) in the show. In an ode to Ms. Fonda, I’m popping my collared shirt collar and sporting a scarf today…and a ‘don’t take no for an answer’ attitude!

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” -Jane Fonda

Top: Haberdashery x J Crew via thrift ($5)

Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $9)

Scarf: Victoria Beckham for Target ($20)

Scarf ring: Hermes (gift)

Earrings: Kohl’s ($2 marked down from $18)

very victoria (Victoria Beckham for Target)

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I haven’t seen a ton of reviews on the Victoria Beckham line for Target, so I wanted to offer my two cents. First, excellent work Target in prepping. At least in the US, the website seemed to be in better working order and did not crash when I was attempting to order. And while somehow my 5 am wake-up to place my order still meant I didn’t get a dress I had my eye on, I thought the process was a lot better than previous years! Second, the quality is truly as good as you’re going to get at Target and still a lot better quality than other Target items. To be fair, I actually think you get what you pay for and a little more at Target, so that’s not a criticism on my end. I heart Target for life. Lastly, the pieces are truly unique, and pose some interesting styling challenges. I have a couple more pieces to style and post, but here’s my first glance!

Top: Who What Wear for Target (approx $9 marked down from approx $30)

Skirt: Victoria Beckham for Target ($30)

Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)

Interested in checking it out? It’s still available in some stores and online. You can find it at Target.com

NOLA hurrah- part 2

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If you saw the last post, you’ll notice that I basically am going to post the same shoes in every vacation post! While I wear heels most days at work (when I’m really not walking much at all), when walking around on vacation (and when running errands, for example), I absolutely must must must wear comfortable footwear! I’ve suffered from plantar fasciitis a number of times and swear by my Crocs sandals for long distances. If you’ve ever been in the same foot boat, I recommend trying out Crocs. They really have come a long way from their standard clogs to having shoes that pair pretty easily with dresses. And no, I’m not paid by Crocs 🙂 Have a good one, readers!

Dress: Forever 21 (a lot of years ago! But I think around $20)

Denim top: thrifted ($3)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60)

It’s #monthlymani time again! This month we picked a #Aprilshowers theme. I created a cloud theme by sponging color on my nails with a tissue; super easy! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her #Aprilshowers #monthlymani! And join us next month for the #Mayflowers theme!

NOLA hurrah – part 1

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Y’all (southern style), I am overdue for a post! I apologize for the delay; I was on vacation with my hubs and am now back to work and life! Thanks to lots of sunshine and warmth, I managed to snag some great photos and will post them over the course of the next few posts. I miss the sun, food, people, culture, music, and everything else already! But, everything’s not lost, I’ve got the memories and photos to share…

Dress: Voom via Thred Up ($7 retails for $100)

Shoes: Crocs (seriously, magical for walking 10+miles a day)  ($40 marked down from $60)