Bits & Bobs
A style blog about hair, make-up & fashion
If you haven’t read this refreshingly blunt and funny fashion and beauty blog, please give it a look. As a hairstylist, I found this post (and the subsequent comments) quite interesting and revealing about how women think about short vs. long hair….
Lowlights take Miss Heidi from super-blonde to subtle “bronde.” Color and style by Bri
Pastel perfection: Inspiration of the day is Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola’s gorgeous biopic.
Lowlights for Danielle (a haircolor virgin!) to add depth and dimension. Color cut and style by Bri
Our Royal Apothic hand creams make another great stocking stuffer! And who can resist that pretty packaging?
Our vintage bow ties make the perfect gift for your man (or a very stylish lady)
Come warm up next to our fire! (created by the brilliant Bri)
Are you loathe to wear your same boring cocktail dresses to this year’s soirees? Here are some of the most cutting edge looks sure to make you the center of attention at your event.
Yep, sequins are STILL in this year, woo hoo! Who doesn’t love to sparkle? Keep it fresh with Gatsby-inspired drop-waists or body-conscious minis…
Gruesome as it sounds, oxblood is just a synonym for deep wine red, arguably this season’s hottest color. Rock it at your party in everything from nail polish to heels…
Yup, you heard right: leather. Keep it unexpected in leather tops and dresses.
This fetching, 50’s inspired trend is great for nipping the waist and concealing wider hips, as well as conveying a lady-like sophistication.
For those of you procrastinators, Halloween is Wednesday (yes, that’s right, in TWO days!). If you haven’t yet decided on an innovative, amazing costume for the big day, here are a few ideas snatched from Pinterest. Enjoy…
Katy Perry and Russel Brand
Sauron from LOTR
RIP Steve Jobs…
Toddlers & Tiaras
Beer Can Spartan Warrior
Those of you with spawn, please check out our kid’s/family version of Rad Halloween Costumes for 2012 at Bits & Bobs Bebe…
Our dashing client Chris rocks a fresh, 1920’s-inspired haircut. We at Philosophie are LOVING the trend toward more dapper men’s cuts…
So, as some of you may know, Jenna and I will be traveling to Paris next May for a business trip. In preparation, I have decided to devour anything regarding French style/beauty, starting with a lengthy biography of Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel. My obsession with her began when I saw “CoCo Before Chanel” about a year or so ago (any of you that haven’t seen this little gem starring Audrey Tatou as Chanel—le sigh!—need to rent/stream it immediately). Previously, I had only seen the ubiquitous photos of Chanel as an elderly little spitfire, still rocking her two-tone heels and tweed suits into her seventies.
I was captivated by the young Chanel, as portrayed by Tatou (whom I ADORE—hello, “Amelie”!?). After surviving the most humble (and traumatic) childhood, Chanel, with absolutely no wealth or family connections, managed to rise through the ranks of Paris society, befriending some of the most influential artists and politicians of our time along the way, and beyond, becoming the world-famous fashion icon we know today. She is credited with radically altering women’s dress, inspiring a cultural revolution in the early twenties with her androgynous dress shapes and trousers that exemplified the “flapper” aesthetic.
But beyond Chanel’s obvious genius, her dark beauty and slim figure resonates as a gamine alternative to the voluptuous, fair-haired bombshell aesthetic that still persists today. In “CoCo Before Chanel,” when Gabrielle shocks Paris society by donning men’s trousers to a horserace (a real occurrence) and cutting her hair into an irresistible wavy mop, I was smitten. Chanel innately knew how to balance her cutting-edge androgyny with just the right amount of femininity, a feat that I myself aspire to in my personal style.
More practically (after all, this IS a beauty blog), we can borrow from Chanel by emulating her sassy twenties bob (marcel iron, anyone?), thick, arched eyebrows (all over the runways this fall) and her black and white striped shirts (so French nautical), high waisted trousers, and sheer shift dresses. Parfait!
Meet our new stylist Alexis! She attended the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis for her education. She has worked in Minneapolis, Manhattan & Brooklyn. She enjoys doing special event styles, bridal styles and editorial work.
Call the salon to make an appointment with her!
Brace yourselves: Philosophie Salon and Apothecary (yes, we added the “apothecary” part since we moved to our gorgeous new space) has selected the PERFECT line of fancy makeup to grace our shelves. Julie Hewett Los Angeles is a boutique line of professional cosmetics created by—you guessed it—celebrity make-up artist Julie Hewett. Her experience on period films like Pearl Harbor and The Artist have made her an expert on the art of vintage-style make-up (especially the red lip). Check out this write-up in Refinery 29:
Among the many fabulous products in her line, Julie makes a plethora of reds for every skin tone and style. One of our faves is Belle Noir, which Jenna is rocking here:
These three ladies had a ball at the “lady barbershop” (what we like to call ourselves), and walked out with three different, sexy looks. Color, cut and styles by Jenna and Danielle.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel…Color, cut and style by Mandy.