Saturday Morning 10-4-14

Saturday Morning 10-4-14

The trend on the runway for Paris Fashion Week this recent past Spring/Summer season 2015 seemed to be half up/half down with decorative hair accessories. (As seen at designers Celine, Valentino, Balenciaga, & Miu Miu shows) My version uses a hand made flower hair piece I bought at the Chelsea Market in Manhattan. I completed the look with soft waves achieved by wrapping and twisting sections hair around a 1  1/4 inch curling iron.

Enjoy,

Ashlee

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Saturday Morning 9-27-14

Saturday Morning 9-27-14

Although I only made it to fashion week in New York for Spring/Summer 2015, I’m still following it currently in Paris. I was really inspired by designer Balmain’s runway show for sspfw14! Today I recreated the slicked wet look complete with black and white stripped outfit. I plan on being in Paris this time next year!

Enjoy,

Ashlee

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Saturday Morning 9-13-14

Saturday Morning 9-13-14

Good Morning,

On this, my first day home from New York, I decided to try out one of the styles from the Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion show that I worked.  This is a fun style that was quick to put in and reminds me not only of New York but also of my high school days when I used to style my hair in very unique ways.  Hope you enjoy my recreation of this funky look!

Playfully,

Ashlee
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Catch and Release

Catch and Release

Have you ever had a dream that felt like a fantasy – glorious in your own mind – unrealistic perfection of your own desire. It feels like an ache in your chest – a need that you have to fulfill. Yet like that of a possessive relationship, it can be crushed by desperation. Sometimes the dreams you want most, you have to release for them to survive.

In this photo shoot we tried to capture this very concept of Desire, Despiration, and Release through our Colonial Sea Captain and Mermaid characters. Her allure makes it hard for him not to have her but to possess her means to kill who she truly is. In order for her to maintain her majestic self he must release her from his control.

They say art is an expression of the soul. My art is my hair and through this fashion story I wish to portray how I feel about my professional aspirations.  My faith also tells me that my longing can not be filled through worldly accomplishments. Maybe for me “in order to have your life you have to lose it” means to release my dreams and trust in His plan. The only real choice is to choose to be happy in this life always.

Thank you for letting me share my theatrical side!

Sincerely,

Ashlee

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Saturday Morning 8-30-14

Saturday Morning 8-30-14

Desperation- test test test, practice practice practice. Just try and get better. That’s what this blog is all about, about me getting up at 5am every Saturday morning and styling my hair a different way. Attempting to transcend an inspiration. Today was trying wax to shine up a curl set, as seen on my Hair Hero Howard McLaren’s Instagram, while wearing my new AStars dress. Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Ashlee

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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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