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Twelve Top Time-Saving Hairstyles

With New York Fashion Week well and truly in motion (taking place form 12-19th February 2015) and so many shows to be watched and parties to be attended, it is always a welcome notion to be served some time-saving beauty tips to help free up some of our valuable time. Therefore, Boon Models (one of the top modeling agencies in Tampa, New York and Washington DC) have put together a list of sure-fire ways to keep looking your best without having to spend hours getting ready. You are welcome!

1. The Classic Messy Pony Tail

One of the most uniquely feminine, stylish ways to wear your hair. All you need to do is backcomb it a bit beforehand, add a little dry shampoo if you have some to hand and then whack it up with a hair elastic. If you want to add even more prettiness to the equation then you could even tie a ribbon the ponytail itself.

2. Basic Beach Waves

Simpler than you might think, all you need to do is plait individual sections of your hair and then run over them with a straightening iron. You’ll be surprised how well the waves hold but make sure you add some hair spray afterwards, or even better, sea salt spray, for a more natural look.

3. The Top Knot

Literally just a case of gathering your hair all in one in your hand, twisting around and bringing it to the top of the head before curling into a bun. The joy of this look is that the messier it looks the better so don’t be afraid of any lumps and bumps that appear.

4. Utilize the Bangs

By this, we mean that if you don’t have the time to dedicate to your overall hair then how about twisting the fringe and pinning in the centre of the scalp. Make sure you start with a center-parting to make this a whole lot easier on yourself.

5. The Side Fishtail Braid

The fishtail plait (or braid) has made a comeback in recent years and is especially popular for stylish young businesswomen. This is mainly due to the fact that it looks remarkably good with a tailored blazer but your options are pretty much endless. It also looks oh-so-chic in the summertime with a tea dress or midi-skirt. Or maybe even just a t-shirt and denim shorts.

6. The Low Braid Bun

Such a great hairstyle if you’re looking for maximum impact with minimal effort. All you need to do is tie your hair up in a very low center ponytail. Then fold the ponytail in on itself and pin up the rest of the hair so that you can’t see any strands hanging down. This style also transcends perfectly from day to night, so takes the heat off worrying about your evening attire.

7. Add a scarf to the mix

This is actually as easy as it sounds. Even if you want to leave your hair down then wrap a thin scarf around your head, tying a bow underneath the hair so the ends are not visible. Otherwise you can experiment a bit further by tying the bow at the top of the head, in a 1940s ‘off-duty burlesque’ style.

8. The Beehive

Be ready to do a bit of backcombing here with this super stylish 60s classic. First of all take a center section of hair from the top of the head and twist around before pinning underneath so that you can’t see the strands of hair. Follow in a similar style as you work your way down the back of the head. This sounds much more complicated than it is but once finished makes for a great evening up-do.

9. The Side Bun

This style adds more of a dramatic twist so be prepared to rock it with a super-stylish outfit. You should start by tying your hair in a ponytail behind one of your ears and then tying your hair in a loose knot. Before you pull tightly add some bobby pins to the edges of the bun so that you’re left with a great texture and size. Hair spray is a definite must for this too, so have it out ready to go before you start styling.

10. Dramatic Side Pony Tail

Perhaps a more modern take on the classic ponytail, the messy side pony is just as easy to achieve and adds a bit more of a dramatic ‘edge’ to the look. You’re going to need to have your best comb or tangle-teezer at the ready for this because the key to the drama is in the backcombing. As we said earlier dry shampoo really helps to add the volume and hold the style so be sure to have this ready to go. Then once you’ve achieved your desired volume gather your hair to the side and tie up with your hair elastic.

11. Style up the Bobby Pins

It’s becoming more and more common to see people making the most of their bobby pins and creating various shapes and textures to make them a focal point. One of the most popular examples of this is the ‘bobby pin triangle’, where you simply gather the top section of the hair and pin it down using three pins and strategically placing them in a triangular shape.

12. The Alice Band

Alongside her amazing preppy style, any of you Gossip Girl fans out there would have been in awe of Blair Waldorf’s hair looking flawless at all times. She was certainly clever about this though seeing as it would have only taken a couple of minutes to strategically place her ‘Alice band’ over her well groomed locks, thus topping off the preppy persona. This really is as simple as it sounds and if you’re feeling daring you can even opt for an embellished headband, which is a style gaining increasing popularity at fashion weeks worldwide.

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With so many different platforms for creativity making their way into the Internet mainstream these days, you could be forgiven for losing track. However, when it comes to fashion and beauty, recent years have spelt the dawning of a new era, with ‘vlogging’ gaining more and more credibility. Therefore, if you are an aspiring make-up artist, hair stylist or fashion guru then you really do need to know what this is all about.

 Here at Boon Models (one of the top up-and-coming modeling agencies in Tampa, New York and DC), we are constantly being alerted to emerging talent, especially in the fashion and beauty sectors. Therefore, we know full well the importance of sharing your skills online and seeing as vlogging ultimately gives your viewers the best insight into your skills and personality (due to the fact they can watch your uploaded video clips on platforms such as Youtube and Vimeo) we think it is one of the best ways to achieve success and outreach in the modern world.

 So, do you think you’ve got what it takes to becoming the next vlogging sensation? We are here to reassure you that you do.

 Creating your own video blog (‘vlog’) is open to anyone that feels that they have a passion for something or have ideas that they are bursting to share. Furthermore, if you’re able to picture yourself as the viewer and envisage what their specific needs might be (i.e. a hair style for a specific party or perhaps appropriate make-up for a wedding) then your entrepreneurial skills are more up to scratch than you might think.

 But don’t you need to possess a certain a set of skills and experience to host your own show online?

 Not necessarily. All you truly need is a down-to-earth personality that viewers can relate to. This doesn’t mean that you’ll need to have hosted a television show before by any means. You just need to allow your passion to shine through and manifest itself in some really well thought out, easy to follow instructions that people can follow on your chosen subject. Imagine you are their best friend sitting there with them, helping them to get ready for an event or party and you’re on the right track.

 How do you get started with making the videos?

 There are a vast range of ways that you can get started when you’re putting together your vlogging channel, ranging all the way from your webcam (for the slightly less professional/laid back approach) to a professional digital SLR camera set up with proper background and lighting. This obviously all depends on your situation in life but our main tip for you – especially if you are sharing hair and make-up tips – is to try and light the room well enough so that viewers can see exactly what you’re doing. Otherwise the whole point of your show is fairly redundant.

 Once you start to progress a bit further there are further editing options available to you, such as Final Cut Pro, but again, if you choose to start out doing one shot takes then that is your prerogative.

 As far as uploading and starting your channel is concerned, we would highly recommended established platforms such as previously mentioned YouTube and Vimeo. You can personalize these channels fairly easily and have the reassurance that they guarantee a certain amount of traffic already. However, if you have the resources to start up your own website, this is no bad thing. In fact, this may work in your favor if you have a catchy title and unique selling point and even go as far as to make you stand out from your counterparts.

 Taking all of these points into consideration, we must underline that you shouldn’t put yourself under too much pressure from the outset because your approach to your videos will inevitably grow and develop if you listen to the valued feedback that you will obtain from your followers.

 So how do I share this with people and gain the necessary feedback to make improvements?

 This almost seems like such an obvious question in this day and age but just to be sure to remember: Social Media, Social Media, Social Media… Shall we say it again? SOCIAL MEDIA.

 Basically, if you don’t have them already, you need to get yourself a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest and Vines account pronto. You should also be mindful to match the names of these as closely as possible to yourself and your chosen field i.e ‘Amy’s Make-Up’ (as generic as that is, it gets across the point simply and effectively).

 As we’ve previously stated in social media articles, these tools are absolutely essential to your development as a vlogger and without them you are putting yourself under unnecessary strain and way behind other vloggers who are uploading tweets, Facebook updates, pins and Vine clips more than ten times a day. Commitment is definitely the word here and we would advise any up and coming vloggers out there to adopt this approach from the outset.

 In terms of feedback, keep an eye on your comments section and responses to tweets and other social media outlets. There could be some really valuable feedback there for you to take on board. However, always bare in mind that sometimes bad feedback isn’t worth noting if it has come from an ‘Internet troll’ or someone who is putting unnecessary hate out there into the world. They are probably just jealous so don’t give them the time of day by responding to them. In the words of Taylor Swift: ‘The haters gona hate’ and you can just leave them to it whilst you flourish in your up and coming vlogging career.

 How should I go about choosing topics for my vlogs / videos?

 This really isn’t something we can specifically advise on, apart from to say that you should try and hone in on a unique point that you think needs addressing – that can’t be found easily elsewhere. For example, is there a gap in the market in any particular style of applying make-up or hair styling? Exclusivity (in terms of subject matter) is definitely a great way in, but not necessarily a deal breaker if you have found a way to share your passion for your subject in a way that is appealing to others.

 Our main advice to you is to follow your heart. Any of you out there have the potential to be great vloggers and as long as you follow this basic platform of advice nailed, then you will have the potential to do amazing things and watch your followers grow into the thousands.

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In case you hadn’t heard the buzz all over Hollywood – and the rest of the world for that matter – Kate Hudson is trying her hand at sportswear designing and has consequently co-founded new brand ‘Fabletics’. And taking into consideration that she is not only on of the most naturally beautiful, but one of the most well-toned and fit women in the world it makes a whole lot of sense when you think about it. At the age of 35, I would even go as far as to say that Kate looks like she’s getting younger by the minute due to her great approach to health and lifestyle. Furthermore, here at Boon Models (one of the top up-and-coming modeling agencies in Tampa, DC and NYC ) we are always fans of a well-thought-out celebrity endorsement, especially if it’s going to get us in the mood to hit the gym.

 

Never has this ‘gym-spiration’ been more prevalent than the recently released photos of Kate Hudson gallivanting around LA with her close friends Erin and Sara Connor working on the ‘Fabletics’ promotional material that will hit our screens imminently. The fact that she has decided to use her friends to model the brand, rather than bringing in models she doesn’t know, is Kate Hudson all over. It’s not very often that an actress as beautiful as Kate can portray herself as totally unintimidating and down to earth, but she certainly has it nailed, especially when you see her having a an amazing time with her gal-pals. Consequently, we love her all the more. Even though there is the unmistakeable fact that Erin and Sara Connor (step-sisters to Gigi and Bella Hadid) are toned to perfection, which coincidentally works out quite well for Kate in terms of making the products look good!

 

So what exactly is it that makes ‘Fabletics’ so unique as a sportswear brand? Kate claims that there is a gap in the market for great outfits for working out that are affordable and stylish, hence her decision to co-found the brand. A good point for sure. She also goes as far as to say that she wants to create a network of strong independent women that form the ‘Fabletics’ community, so also a bit of a feminist spin on it there which we love.

 

The garments themselves consist mainly of delicately shaped cropped tops that evidently support a range of different bust sizes without having to come across too harsh with big adjustable straps. Another notable quality of the ‘Fabletics’ collection are the leggings – that come in a varying array of lengths – and their on-point variation of patterns that are so popular in the fashion world right now. Kate, we hope there’s a lot more where this came from.