Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Little Something For Your Holiday Hair

In Secrets of the Little Black Dress I revealed the perfect accessory for the LBD -- a crystal flute filled with Veuve Clicquot champagne. A perfect pairing and my personal favorite!

And so, if you followed my advice in that article, you have arrived fashionably late to the Holiday cocktail party wearing your perfect LBD. The champagne is chilling in a silver ice bucket while crystal flutes wait impatiently to be filled. It should be a perfect evening! But wait….no, no, no!! Something’s not right!! What have you done with your hair? The perfect LBD demands nothing less than the most elegant and classic of hairdos, the chignon. Just ask Audrey.

The high chignon is the most sophisticated version of the classic chignon.

There is not a hair out of place in this sleek up-do. Get your trigger finger ready on the hairspray for this one. You’ll need it.

If you have finely chiseled features, great cheekbones and beautifully arched eyebrows, this is the Do for you. Oh, and don’t forget the drop dead red lips. Your hair says, “Don’t touch!!” while your lips say, “Please muss!”

The mixed message is utterly intoxicating.

If you prefer to send a slightly softer, though still sophisticated, message to that attractive man in the corner who’s been sending you silent signals with his baby blues all evening, go for a deconstructed a/k/a a messy chignon.

This sweet, girl-next-door, low chignon holds the delicious promise that the slightest touch could make the whole thing come undone and you with it.

Now, what red-blooded man can possibly resist that?

Just as the LBD has her perfect accessory, the chignon has hers.

Nestle a beautiful flower in its folds and you have told the world that you are not only fiercely feminine, but utterly confident, because, my dear, if you wear a flower in your hair you will get noticed and you will love every minute of it.

Bzzz, bzzz, bzzz. “Who is that woman with the flower in her hair? She has such style and grace. Do you know her?”

And that attractive man in the corner who’s been sending you silent signals with his eyes will suddenly find his voice as he walks up to you and says, “I love that flower in your hair.”

You reply with a smile and your eyes meet over a glass of Veuve Clicquot. (Sigh!) Can this be Santa’s gift to you this Christmas? After all, you have been a very good girl.

Mr. Spencer had a dream. With the help of his little daughter, Fatima, he turned his inner city neighborhood into a garden paradise of plants and flowers so that his friends and neighbors and their children could see, smell and touch the beauty that Mother Nature can bestow upon us.

Although Mr. Spencer has passed on, his dream lives on in the artistic hands of his daughter.

In 2009, Fatima Spencer began selling her gorgeous handmade creations from a tiny apartment in Ohio. Today, FlowersFromFatima has become an international business. Each of Fatima’s fabulous hair adornments (combs, sticks, clips, head bands, bridal veils, and more) is fashioned with the love and devotion to detail that embody her Father’s spirit. They are quite simply the most beautiful things you can do for your hair.

And lest you think that you must have long hair to wear a flower, think again!

This picture of my Mother, Isabelle, was taken in the early 1930s when she was a highly sought after model.

The color version of this lipstick ad has long since been lost, but she kept the black and white shot in her portfolio.

My Mother’s innate sense of style was obvious even then. The addition of the flower was her idea.

Wear a beautiful flower from Fatima in your hair to your next Holiday party and be ready to start some buzz.

“Who is that woman with the flower in her hair? What style and grace! Do you know her?”