Saturday Morning 8-23-14

Saturday Morning 8-23-14

Ode to thine own self

Today is my 10 year high school reunion and although I’m not attending the celebration, I figured I’d do an up style reminiscent of my teenage years. I was the queen of the twisted dos of the early millennium. I didn’t win best hair my senior year but I did take the “Most Unique” title. Good enough for me, here’s to staying unique and creative with my fashion.

Sincerely,

Ashlee

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Saturday Morning 8-16-14

Saturday Morning 8-16-14

26yr old FKA twigs, is an English “Trip-Hop” singer-songwriter and dancer originally from Gloucestershire and currently based in London.

James Pecis is an editorial hairstylist originally from California, was once a part of the Bumble and Bumble team in New York and now represented by D & V Management both in the states and the top fashion cities in Europe.

These two amazing artists collaborated together for her album cover photo shoot that I used as this Saturday mornings inspiration.

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Saturday Morning 8-9-14

Saturday Morning 8-9-14

Wedding Guest

Hairstylists know that it is rare to just to attend a Wedding without a job to do, especially when it comes family nuptials. I’ve done my fair share of multitasking between being a Wedding party member and the event hairstylist. Today my older brother Gregg Anderson will be Wed to his beautiful fiancee Samantha Afetain (founders of Anderson Marketing Consulting) Not only did they build my website and continue to help manage my business marketing, they let me off the hook from my usual double duty. As simply a wedding guest on their big day my husband and I had extra time to play photo shoot in beautiful San Diego, California.
I picked my up Ark & Co Tropical Vibe Maxi dress on the lower east side of Manhattan at Pixie Market  Since Shannon Hair  recently acquired R and Co hair products my hair is inspired by their look book. A collective of the beauty industry’s top hairstylists (Howard McClarent, Garren of New York, and Thom Priano) came together to curate a brand focused on the culture hairdressing rather then mass retail.

I loved Katherine’s effortless middle part hairstyle in their website look book  I took Garren’s advice in his recent Allure interview  and used Jackpot Styling Cream at the end of my dry hair with my finger tips to create tousled separation. I also used Outer Space hairspray to polish the part line. To achieve my husbands messy side-part pompadour hairstyle I blow dried his hair with Jackpot Styling Cream for volume and then defined it with Aircraft pomade mousse.

Ready to Celebrate!

Sincerely,

Ashlee Norman

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Shiny Belly

Shiny Belly

Briana Cisneros is my “Hair Sister” in the purest of analogies. Shannon Rha, owner of Shannon Hair, could be considered our “Hair Mom” as she was the hardworking/ talented hairstylist that both encouraged us in our choice of profession as well as mentored us in the early years. Bumble and bumble, salon-professional hair-care, could be considered our “Hair Dad” as we’ve both had the title of Bumble and bumble Network educator and traveled annually to take classes at their academy in New York. Although we come from similar backgrounds we have very unique qualities. Our sisterly competitiveness ultimately made us a great education team at Shannon Hair and we learned a lot from one another. It has been inspiring to see Briana become a popular Celebrity and Editorial hairstylist on many a photo shoot and film set from her already successful career behind the chair. I was touching up her color and adding a few extension pieces when she told me about the epic Maternity Photo Shoot she was planning with Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Clarke and Photographer Josh Williams, I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it!  These images truly capture how incredibly gorgeous Briana is, inside and out. Briana and her also artistically talented Composer Hubby Julian Cisneros should be welcoming their baby girl this coming September. I was honored to be a part of this shoot on both a professional and personal level and can’t wait meet mini-Bri!

Oh and the blog is titled “Shiny Belly” because it was bling-blingn’ that day.

Sincerely,

Ashlee Norman

Model: Briana Cisneros

Makeup: Amy Clarke

Photography: Josh Williams

Clothing: Swift Vintage 

Jewelry: Jenny Dayco

Hair: Ashlee Norman 

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Joanna Jones

Joanna Jones

Joanna Alexis Jones,

Moulin Rouge happens to be my favorite movie of all time, so when my Assistant heard that the up and coming theater group For The Record  was going to perform a version of the 2001 film in conjunction with the movie director Baz Luhrmann’s other top love stories, she knew we had to go. This was the first time we saw Joanna Jones perform as Gatsby’s Daisy at the Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz.  She captured our hearts and sent repeated chills through our bodies as she belted out Florence and The Machine’s “Over The Love” (check out this clip!) It was such an amazing experience we went a second time! Next we plan on watching her perform in the new For The Record compilation of movie director Quentin Tarantino films now showing at DBA in Hollywood.

It was actually my husband who suggested we approach Joanna to collaborate with on a photo shoot. At first I wasn’t sure if such a talented Actress/Singer would be interested in my blog but I was very pleased when she was excited to work with me. When we met for lunch she described her style as girly, classy, and vintage.  So for this shoot we decided to channel Audrey Hepburn and Lana Del Rey and I feel we pulled it off wonderfully!  Joanna was an excellent model and everyone had an amazing time with this shoot, as you can see in the photos.

My favorite thing about these images is how Joanna can palpably express any emotion on her face and yet remain poised and beautiful with every feeling. In addition to her incredible voice, she is a modern day classic Hollywood starlet!

Modeling, of course, was done by  Joanna Jones, Make-up by Natalie Cisneros, Styling by Austin Smith, Clothing provided by Leap in Los Feliz, Hair by yours truly, Assistant Chelsey Earlywine, and photography by my husband NormanC13.  Thank-you to everyone who participated and I hope you enjoy these beautiful photos!

Ashlee Norman.

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Saturday Morning 7-19-14

Saturday Morning 7-19-14

So we have some new additions this week.  Two adopted kittens which we named Charlie and Jake.  Charlie was named after every pet my father-in-law ever named (he named them all Charlie) and Jake was named after my favorite pet growing up, a boxer named Jake Jr. or “JJ”.  Since we have the kittens and I wanted to share them with you, I decided to do an Audrey inspired kitty cat photo shoot!

Enjoy,

Ashlee

PS – Jake is the golden toned and Charlie is the silver.

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Saturday Morning 7-12-14

Saturday Morning 7-12-14

Ninja Beauty

On a double date last night my engineer husband was explaining to my friend’s boyfriend how beauty in a down economy becomes more about the natural look because it’s not financially ostentatious. Boyfriend responds, “it’s like ninja beauty”! Well, I guess that’s how men describe “Boho”. So this Saturday I’m doing a play on “I just woke up and I throw on my man’s dress shirt” aka Ninja Beauty look. It reminds of that “morning after” scene in Top Gun!

Sincerely – Ashlee

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Saturday Morning 7-5-14

Saturday Morning 7-5-14

July 5th 2014, freedom is in the air today!

I always love how this texture in my hair reminds me of the day before. And yesterday was a day worth remembering. This wave makes me think of braiding my wet hair after my 4th of July barbecue and pool party. Friends, family, fun, and fireworks, who could ask for more? I just release the braids in the morning to achieve this free flowing wave. I also added several small unrestrained braids. I am wearing a light and flowing cover that enhances the comfort and ease of this look and makes me want to lay by the pool in the warm evening sun.

Happy Independence Day!

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Saturday Morning 6-28-14

Saturday Morning 6-28-14

Mas Kimono

My husband and I first saw Felix Mas (Spanish painter) ‘s work at a art gallery in La Jolla cove. We feel in love with the powerful imagery of women portrayed in a soft strength. Often the hair seems to be weightless, as if defying gravity, creating effortless shapes that take on a character of their own. Also these whimsical confident females are usually wearing a kimono of some type. The modern kimono is a trending style for spring/summer in a variety of colorful prints. And since I just happened to pick one up at the Down Town LA Fashion District show room sample sales, this Saturday morning I did my best interpretation of this particular Mas painting!

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Saturday Morning 6-14-14

Saturday Morning 6-14-14

Slick Middle Part for Resort Wear 2014: As seen on the runway for Oscar de la Renta

I picked up this  W118 Walter Baker  dress at a sample sale on the lower east side of Manhattan. After researching Resort Wear 2014, I feel like I’m exactly on trend with the cobalt blue, lime green, bright lips, and thick brows! The slick middle part into low bun adds a touch of class to this summer vacay look!

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