Secrets of the Universe: Streicher Sisters x Bobbi Brown

“And now folks, introducing the 4th member of the Streicher Sisters” (crowd goes wild)…or at least that’s how it went in my dream. For months now, all I kept reading about was how these three sisters, Jenn, Kristie, and Ashley Streicher are taking LA by storm via their insane makeup, brow, and hairstyling skills – check out their monthly column on Violet Grey.

Now I know what you’re thinking – yes they are actually sisters, and no the name is not made up (contrary to my husband’s popular belief). They are just that cool. So when I heard my favorite girl band (seriously, would it not make for a killer band name?) would be hosting an event at Nordstrom at The Grove, introducing the launch of Bobbi Brown’s “Secrets of the Universe” – I sweet talked the hubs into watching the munchkin (aka chasing him around The Grove) while I got my fill of girl time.

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Tried & True Beauty: Beachy Waves

The weather here in LA lately has me day-dreaming out my window, wishing I was laying on a towel somewhere along Santa Monica beach. Alas, career and mama duties have me resolved to just playing the part of full-time beach bum via my go-to hairstyle – beachy waves.

I’ve always been a fan of wavy hair – ever since my cooler, older cousins rocked the “body wave” in the 80s (think SJP circa “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun“). As fate would have it, my Italian genes came through and gifted me with a natural wave to play with. These days I’ve been sporting the ever-popular “mob” or “mom lob” (yah, just made that up), and have become an expert at manipulating my hair into thinking it’s having a good hair day.

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Top 5 Pins of the Week: The Nominees for Best Hair Are…

I don’t know about you, but unlike any year before, this awards season I’ve been blown away. Not by the fashion – but the hair, oh the hair! Between J Lawr (who makes growing out a bob make you want to cut a bob, just to grow one out), and Keira Knightley (who has been my hair muse since, well, forever) – I can tell you now folks, it’s gonna be stiff competition come Oscar night.

I’ve narrowed down five of my top picks from this past week’s awards shows, and have recreated the looks on moi-self – click thru the slideshow to see my tips on how to nail each one. Also check out my “American beauty” board on Pinterest to see more contenders, plus weekly beauty inspo 🙂

And the nominees are…

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Tried & True Beauty: No Fuss Hair Essentials

Ever since I was a little girl, when it came to my hair, I always wanted what I didn’t have. In the ’80s I wanted a perm, to look just like my older brother’s girlfriend Kara (I’m still kinda jealous of that perm). When I was on the verge of teendom, all I wanted was to dye my hair – which was out of the question by my very traditional European father. But the most memorable hair moment had to be when I was five, and decided to chop off all my hair exclaiming to my aunt who caught me in the act “don’t tell mom and dad!”…Let’s just say, I went from hair down to my butt, to looking like Dorothy Hamill – needless to say, they noticed.

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