Spring 15: Bohemian Plaits

On the heels of #NYFW, and the cusp of spring, the streets and web are buzzing with hair and fashion trends for next season. One of our favorite looks for spring 2015 is the revamped undone braid, a la Mara Hoffman, Michael Kors, and Vera Wang. From waterfalls, to deconstructed fishtails, to chain-inspired braids, here are some gorgeous bohemian plaits for spring! Bonus: these braided styles are perfect to transition from winter because they won’t get ruined under your hat!

1. Undone Fishtail

(Mara Hoffman Spring 15 via PopSugar)

Get this look here! Courtesy of TRESemmé Style Studio

2. Bohemian Braid

(Michael Kors Spring 15 via style.com)

style.com reports: “This morning at Michael Kors, Orlando Pita complemented the feminine, floral patterns and classic A-line silhouettes with an “earthy, messy” texture he initially unveiled two seasons ago. Before pulling strands into a low plait at the shoulders, he added extensions to models without length or piece-y layers, then misted all over with dry shampoo from his eponymous line. For additional grip and body, he shook Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It powder onto strands and added a bit of bend with a curling iron where needed before braiding and securing with clear elastic. To lend the look a windblown effect, he pulled a few strands out in front.”

3. Chain Braid

(via Fashion Times)

Not as hard as it looks! Bonus: works better on dirty hair. Get the tutorial here!

4. Accent Viking Braid

(via style.com)

This one’s easy! Tie off a few small braids at different layers. Rough up the braids a bit with your fingers for a more rock and roll vibe!

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Pastel Hues for Spring 2015

Don’t get us wrong, we love winter in New York City. There’s something about the cold air that makes the bustle just a little sexier – leather boots, lattes, Fashion Week. But at some point, between dry skin and short days, we’ve decided that it’s official – we’re ready for spring.

Luckily, warmer (and longer) days are right around the corner (Daylight Savings Time begins March 8th). In anticipation, we’ve collected some of our favorite pastel hair-inspiration looks for spring. Enjoy!

(via Mademoiselle Sue’s)

(via Kawaii Panda Unicorn)

(via The Fashion Medley)

(via Ally Likes)

(via Gallery Hip)

Dirty Girls: Our Favorite Look from NYFW 2015

Of all the amazing hair & make-up trends we’ve seen out of this season’s #NYFW (artful liners, bold lips, modern chignons, stocking caps, etc.), we must pay tribute to our favorite runway look of 2015 – dirty, greasy, matted, Riot Grrrl hair reminiscent of Patti Smith and Kathleen Hanna stomping down the runway. Here are our favorite Dirty Girl styles of 2015:

1. Zac Posen 2015

Zac Posen 2015

This ‘wet’ look is a less shower-inspired than it is greasy.

(via The Gloss)

2. Alexander Wang 2015

Alexander Wang 2015

Alexander Wang epitomized goth couture this season with stringy, dirty-looking hair.

(via New York Magazine)

3. Thakoon

Thakoon 2015

A bit of a softer look – oily roots with loose ends, Thakoon presents a more romantic version of this trend.

(via Style Bistro)

4. Badgley Mishka

Badgley Mischka 2015

Punk rock Little Mermaid – this seapunk trend is an edgier approach to spring hues.

(via Fashionising)

5. Rodarte 2015

Rodarte 2015

Ok, not quite a dirty hair look, but we think these pierced eyebrows are Riot Grrrl approved.

(via E Online)

Want to create a street-ready, wearable version of this trend? Stylist William Schaedler recommends oils and tacky creams at the root to create texture. The finer the hair, the less product you can use. Remember, you can always add product so start with a small amount! From there, you can decide how much product you need in order to achieve the perfect Dirty Girl look. Row A tip: To really play up this trend, William suggests flat ironing the root and middle of the hair, and leaving the ends more natural.

Try Keihl’s Creative Cream Wax (get it here) and Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum (here) to get this look. If you’re feeling exotic, try Tulsi Hair Oil instead. Bonus: it makes your hair grow!

Valentine’s Day 2015 Nail Art

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve all got one thing on our mind: our cuticles. It’s much easier not to care about being packed into your third favorite restaurant, ordering from an over-priced pre fixe menu while pretending not to notice the woman crying next to you when your nails look so cute! Check out our favorite looks for this Valentine’s Day 2015:

1. Polka Dots & Hearts

Cute, flirty, classic.

(via Popsugar)

2. XOXO

Bonus points for studs.

(via Seventeen)

3. Valentine’s Day Blues

Just like the hearts you used to draw on your notebook!

(via Designs Mag)

4. The Mauve Minimalist

For the understated romantic.

(via Designs Mag)

5. L-O-V-E

Love is a game, right?

(via One Nail to Rule Them All)

6. Sweetheart Nails

Soft, sweet and cute!

(via Californails)

Row A ‘How It Works’ Video Shoot!

Last Saturday, we teamed up with brilliant artists Toru Sakamishi (make-up), William Schaedler (hair) and Alex DePinto (camera) to shoot a ‘How It Works’ video for our website in order to show our clients how easy it is for even the busiest woman to look chic with Row A. Check out our favorite behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot below, and be on the lookout for our new video!

Morning hair & make-up!
Morning hair & make-up!
We're basically obsessed with Toru's kit
We’re basically obsessed with Toru’s kit
Behind-the-scenes superhero!
Behind-the-scenes superhero!
Crew's all here! CEO/Director Simone Banos chats with William and Filippa
Crew’s all here! CEO/Director Simone Banos chats with William and Filippa
Model Filippa gets a touch up between shots
Model Filippa gets a touch up between shots

Blizzard-Inspired Cocktails

Ok, so maybe the snow in NYC didn’t quite live up to the hype. But, it is the first real snowday of 2015 and we think you should celebrate anyway. Here are some snow-themed cocktails to help you bring some blizzard into your martini glass. Everything’s closed anyway, right?

1. Snowball Martini

This gorgeous drink features whipped cream vodka, cotton candy and lemon juice. Sweet, strong and just a little bit tart, this cocktail is truly fit for an Ice Queen. Get the full recipe here.

(via Tasty Kitchen)

2. Blizzard Cocktail

This cozy cousin of Irish coffee is perfect for cuddling up to watch the snowfall (or Netflix) because what’s a snowday for if not drinking in your pajamas? This adult twist on hot chocolate includes hazelnut liquor and Grand Marnier Whipped Cream to warm your heart and soul. Get the recipe.

(via Martha Stewart)

3. The Coco Snowball

A tropical twist on the Snowball Martini, this cocktail features vanilla and coconut flavors with coconut flake “snowflakes.” Crank up the heat, grab a pair of sunglasses and get the recipe here.

(via The Breakers)

4. Winter Wonderland Martini

The combination of white chocolate liqueur and vanilla vodka makes this creamy cocktail as indulgent as dessert! Channel your inner snowbunny with this cute concoction and get the recipe here.

(via Single Minded Women)

So grab your mixer, a girlfriend and two Row A stylists for a boozy, beautiful snowday.