L.A.M.B Spring 2012 RTW

We all know that my love for Gwen Stefani runs deep which is why it should be no surprise how much I looooved her L.A.M.B Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection that debuted in NYC a few days ago.  Here are my top picks below and you can see the full collection here.

L.A.M.B Fall 2010 RTW

Ah, another fashion week.  This is officially the second Fashion Week that I’m missing since I moved to LA and yeah, I’m kinda sad about it.  However, thanks to the wonderful internet, I can still see all the awesomeness that is L.A.M.B’s Fall 2010 ready-to-wear collection.  Gwen has outdone herself once again.  Here are my favorites:


Nailpolish trend update

So there’s lots of exciting nail news as of late- for one, I’m sure you’re all aware of our Gwen Stefani obsession here at QueenoftheQuarterLifeCrisis, so when Gwen’s models showed up wearing white nailpolish we totally freaked out.  Love it.  The models doned Dashing Diva’s “Fleet Week.” Hmmmm, kind of similar to my first nailpolish obsession EVER.

Second, when I saw CHANEL’s newest cult craze, Jade, a minty green color, I was reminded again of my childhood years…I was OBSESSED with the color green and I used to buy every shade of green nailpolish I could find at the supermarket.  Wet ‘n Wild used to make some sicko green shades that I adored.  Memories…


Lead Hair: Antoinette Beenders, Vice President Global Creative Director for Aveda

The Look:

This is a low, sleek ponytail adorned with a textured bouquet of waves; a play of smooth versus rough.  Hair is sleek and groomed on each side of the head and through the ponytail, with a slightly rough, matte finish on top and elegant, textured waves pinned above the pony.  The finished look is chic and contemporary with a bit of attitude.

Q: What was your inspiration for this look? How did you collaborate with the designer to create the look?

A: “Christian and I worked together to create a hair look that reflects the inspiration behind his collection: waves and the ocean, with shimmering silks, silvers, and blues.  I call this look the “wave” because of the back-combed wave that floats atop the ponytail.  Since Christian is a young designer, the hair look is elegant yet very modern.”

Q: How could a woman achieve this look on her own?

A: “This is an elegant, alternative version of the ponytail—beautiful for evening. Using a fine comb, separate the front/top of hair and part it into a horseshoe shaped section on the top of the head.  Tie the rest of hair into a low ponytail.  Rake the front/top of hair back with Aveda Light Elements™ Texturizing Creme, and curl with a curling rod.  Brush through curls and backcomb slightly, then pin teased hair to the base of the ponytail, creating loose, textured waves. Finish look with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray.”   


Get the Look/Step-by-Step:

Step 1: Create a deep side part. Draw a horseshoe-shaped section of hair along the top of the head, from each brow-line. Isolate this section of hair and pin in place with a single-pronged hair clip.

Step 2: Pull the bottom half of hair into a ponytail and secure with a bungee elastic.  Divide ponytail into sections with fingers and spray with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for workable hold. 

Step 3:  Use a flat iron to straighten the ponytail section by section, creating a smooth, sleek finish. 

Step 4:  Unclip the top section of hair and comb it back and over the ponytail.  Sprinkle Aveda Pure Abundance™ Hair Potion and massage into hair to create volume and matte, rough texture.     

Step 5:  Working with the same top section, divide hair into smaller pieces and spray with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray. Wrap each piece of hair around a ceramic Curl Rod, creating spirals, until the entire top section of hair has been curled.   

Step 6:  Brush through spirals, loosening curls into soft waves.  Loosely backcomb waves to create fullness, volume and texture, and shorten the length of hair.  

Step 7:  Pin the sides and ends of wavy hair against the head, close to the base of the ponytail. Hair is sculpted into a voluminous, undulating chignon adorning the ponytail.

Step 8:  Work Aveda Light Elements™ Texturizing Creme into palms. Smooth hair along the sides of the head and above the ears to create a sleekness and shine. 

Step 9: Finish the look with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for shine and hold.




Hair by Sebastian Professional


Costello Tagliapietra’s Spring ’10 beauty look is a seamless combination of elegance, youthfulness, natural beauty and romance. The hair, both feminine and fresh, is loosely inspired by the traditional roll style from the ‘40s with soft curls that sit just above the shoulder.

The Hair Look:

To put a modern twist on a ‘40s staple, Sebastian Professional lead stylist Thomas Dunkin recommends a method of building texture and shape with techniques that keep the hair looking soft, romantic and not too “done.” Finish with an elastic touchable texturizer or flexible shine spray to create a look that’s elegant yet playful. Here’s how to create your own ‘40s inspired faux bob:

1) Apply Sebastian Professional Texturizer to damp hair; distribute evenly throughout.

2) Blow hair out straight with a medium to large-sized round brush.

3) Spray hair with a flexible hairspray for added texture, section hair, curl it with a medium-sized barrel curling iron and set.

4) Take out pins, gently brush out the curls and then roll hair under, section by section, fastening it under at the neck with bobby pins.

5) Apply Microweb Fiber to hands and gently work through the front of the hair to create an imperfect, lived-in effect. Finish by misting with a strong-hold hairspray.