Street Style Saturday-Psychedelic Summer

Electric Oranges is Carly Sinigoi and Sarah Starling from Brevard County in Florida. It is a pop up style shop filled with vintage, up cycles and modern couture apparel straight from the Sunshine State. Their collection features items that span several decades and their tastes are impeccable and fun.

  

Danielle Gess, Theresa Lanno and Misti Blu Day where the hair and makeup team for this shoot. We got ready at The Big Bang Studio and took this set outside of the studio. Photos are by Misti Blu Photography and of course wardrobe and styling by Electric Oranges. We came together to collaborate on a few ideas. Stay tuned for our Street Style Saturday, which will be dedicated to sharing these delicious shoots as well as including information on how to track down Electric Oranges.

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You can see their next pop up here:

  
October 10th 9am-5pm

Rehab Vintage Revival
Highland Ave, Downtown Eau Gallie
Large variety of vendors

Music Monday – The Village Idiot – IdiOlympics!

We have some exciting news! For the past month we’ve been working with the awesome people at The Village Idiot Pub in Cocoa Village, on a little side project.

On Monday, September 7th, the Village Idiot will be throwing the first ever IdiOlympics! A day of fun events, team competitions, and lots and lots of beer over at the River Front Park in Cocoa Village. If you haven’t signed up yet, get over to the Pub and sign up your team by no later than the 6th then sleep well my friends. It starts at the crack of noon!

Where do we come in?

As we all know, Misti has her fingers on the pulse of the local music scene so with a wave of her magical conductor baton, she has arrange an day of some kickass music. Here is the lineup:

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The Mondo Tikis are a three piece from Cocoa Beach that are fun and flavorful and put on a good time. Jim Pacelt is also part of The Seagullmen and Jon Woodward is in The Wilderness. These guys breathe music so you know the passion is there for the taking. 

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Jacie is just so stinking adorable! She has a great voice and can jam on the guitar in a cute dress. You can buy her music on iTunes! I see this girl going places one day so see her here while you can! 

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The Dull Blades are a duo that have been around for a few years now and just get better and better every time I see them. They sound like a breed of The Strokes and The White Stripes. Raw talent here. Anthony on the drums has always been in the music industry and it is pretty rad seeing him on the other side of the recording booth. 

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Andy Harrington (Heliophonic) is just ridiculously talented. He has played in many bands but lately he has had his solo project, which is mind blowing. I know he is also working on a visual aspect to his man made solo album that I am dying to see. His music is deep and soul whispering. I can’t think how else to describe it. It is a breed of Radiohead and The Pixies if I had to pick. He oozes talent. 

  
Tone Egan is super fun. He is the type of musician you want to just keep in your pocket and hear him sing and play like all the damn time. You will never get sick of it. His voice always reminds me of Cake but he has such versatility and a range of dynamics. I love his shows. They are always coupled with an interesting event which is refreshing here when everything seems to be the same old, same old night life. He tends to shake things up with a crew, such as spinning a wheel or rolling a dice for which musician plays next. Very fun! 

Tone Egan

Jacie Madison

Dull Blades

The Mondo Tikis

Andy Harrington

 
Here are the FAQs of the event:

  
 
Facebook Event Page

Foodie Friday – Oasis Mediterranean Deli & Grill in Cocoa, Florida 

Oasis is right on US1 in Cocoa near the Village.

513 South Cocoa Blvd. 321-433-9991

Salam & Ziad Abudallo are the owners.

I got the falafel pita wrap and he asked me the golden question that wins my heart every time: Do you want that spicy? Of course! It was delicious! I love that you can also purchase some grocery items that you cannot always find at your regular grocery store. I brought it in for the salon staff to try and they are now hooked. The falafel is a great option for vegetarians but they also have lamb and chicken if you don’t want to go meatless. 

  

I brought the other half of my meal to the salon for everyone to try and they were incredibly impressed.

Beautiful Thursday: What to Consider when Choosing an Updo

Weddings, Proms, Homecomings, Social Events…there are so many events that come up where you may be in need of a beautiful coiffed style. Oftentimes, my clients will bring pictures of what they want,which is incredibly helpful and welcomed. However, there are some important factors that many people do not consider ahead of time and are sorely disappointed when “dream hair” does not turn out what they expected.

Here are some important considerations when pulling together a Pinterest look book of option for your stylist.

Color

Yes, a brunette can wear the same updo  as a blonde or ginger but you won’t see the details in pictures. When looking at pictures of updos decide if it’s the shape or the detail that excites you. Typically a picture of a blonde will showcase the beautiful details in the creation where in darker brunette a, it’s all about the shape. Don’t believe me? Look back at old prom pictures and compare the blondes from the brunette a. If the brunette did a style that focused on details the chances are those details, though visible, did not pop like the blonde.

A blonde an brunette. Same style, different results

A blonde an brunette. Same style, different results

Does this mean brunette a can’t have details? Of course not! Just make sure the shape is the wow factor.

Clothing

What are you wearing?

It’s one of the first questions I ask my clients when they sit in my chair. This can be a deciding factor on up, down, vintage or modern. For instance, when wearing a dress with one shoulder and you want an asymmetric updo, which side do you put the heavy side? If your stylist doesn’t know wear the straps are, you may look very heavy on one side. Or, if you chose a bridal gown because you think the back of it is gloriously detailed, you’ll want to make sure you style your hair up to show it off. Keep these factors in mind both when choosing a hairstyle but your dress as well!

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Extensions, Extension, Extensions…

I can do amazing things with hair. Really. But I cannot give you Taylor Swifts hair. She’s got more hair than the average girl so if you want your hair to have that fullness, you may need extensions. Clip ins work. Preferably real hair because the synthetic kind can not have heat on it. Expect the price to be a minimum of $100 to buy those bad boys but on the plus side, you get to keep them!

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She had surprised me on the photoshoot with her hair all cut off….extensions save the day!!!

Veils, Tiaras and Adornments! Oh My!

If a stylist does not know what you are wearing on your head, we cannot make proper space for it in our creation. Even if you are planning on putting a simple clip in your hair, a stylist should do it. Why? Because once we’ve constructed your hairstyle and lacquered it with hairspray you cannot muss with it. Besides, wouldn’t you want there to be no unsightly pins or elastic showing? That’s our job.

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You are not Kim Kardashian. You are : fill in the blank.

When you show me a picture of a celebrity updo, I will take it as inspiration to make the best possible you…not said celebrity.

Why?

Because a kabillion other women are showing that same picture to THEIR stylists. Each client is an individual. My job is to highlight that and make it uniquely and authentically YOU. I mean, why have cookie cutter hair when you can have couture?

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Still some detail in her updo but we focused on how the shape would go with her dress.

Tell us your experiences with getting your hair done and how you felt about it. We want to hear!

Wanderlust Wednesday – Brevard Birds Eye View 

 I am fortunate enough to have great friends and awesome connections. I got to fly in an airplane above the ocean and most of Brevard county. It was breathtaking. I am itching to go again! 
Cocoa Village and 520 view  

 
The Atlantic Ocean

   
Above the sea

 
Dave, the lovely pilot and tour guide. 

   
Taking off!

 
Cocoa, Florida water tower

  

A New Yorker in Florida: Top 5 Things that are Surprising to the NY transplant

In NY, particularly on Long Island, it is very common to hear neighbors and friend defecting to the Sunshine State.

“Geez, I can’t take this cold anymore! And my taxes are, like, 16k on my friggin’ house. I can’t take it! I’m soooo moving to Florida.”

Being a popular vacation destination for my fellow New Yorkers it would seem natural to want to live in the paradise that we visit a couple times a year.

Well, about a year ago, my family and I moved to Florida from Long Island, NY which was not a decision we took lightly. The winters had become too harsh and with the cost of living was going up exponentially, so we decided to cut the cord from our Motherland and become Floridians. Aside from the obvious changes, such as climate, we knew that our lifestyle would be altered drastically but there were a few changes that were surprising to this hardcore New Yorker.

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The speed is much slower.

Yes, this seems obvious but it’s far more jolting than what you imagine. On Long Island at least, there is an ever present urgency to get things done that I wasn’t aware existed in my day to day life until I moved here. Deadlines, schedules, and specific goals were always present which made everything from driving through traffic to grocery shopping a “gotta go, go, go” mindset.

Was I aware of it? Nooooo. When you’re living in a constant state of urgency you really are not aware that the rest of the world doesn’t roll that way. In Florida, it gets done when it gets done. Though I’m sure there’s exceptions,  for the most part, there’s not a whole lot of rushing around to get things done. It took several months to take things down a notch and even then, I’m still “that intense New Yorker”.

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Cookie Cutter Houses and HOA’s. 

I come from an area where the houses are often unique and personalized. You can have a Tutor home next to a Victorian and down the block a basic Cape. Each of them with their own personality that the family chooses to decorate with. Though there are some areas that have  their unique styles (see Cocoa Village) most areas are developments that have near identical houses with very few adornments to separate one house from another. This is often due to Home Owner Association (HOAs) that keep a certain standard so that property values stay consistent.

At first, this seemed very attractive. When you have lived next to a house that had an obsession with collecting beer and soda cans on the side of the house that left a certain aroma on hot summer days, yeah, an HOA would handle that.

However, as time passed, I can’t help but feel like I have been homogenized and sanitized to the point that I want to throw some funky colored paint on my house, put up a Gothic fence and a coffin mailbox just to stand out a little….or a lot. So get accustomed to accidentally pulling up to your neighbors identical house a few times or find areas that are pre-HOA. image

Photo credit to David Daniels

Photo credit to David Daniels

 

The Beaches are INSANE! 

I grew up on an island so living near the water seems necessary. Granted, I NEVER went to Jones Beach. The endless and expensive  parking lots, the loooong walk to the actual beach (through a smelly dank tunnel), then trying to find a spot that isn’t too close to the overflowing garbage cans….nope. Never appealed to me. Now I live a short trip to Cocoa Beach area. The parking is easy, inexpensive and is within steps of the beach. The walkway onto the beach is like a oasis of exotic plants. Each time I go, I use a different entry and they are all magical. The beach is so CLEAN yet mysteriously, there are no garbage cans in sight….apparently the locals take their beaches seriously. They leave nothing behind or volunteer to clean up regularly. I have gone to the beach about 2 dozen times since moving here a year ago, which is probably more than my entire life on Long Island.

In Florida for a year and I still can't get away from the black.

In Florida for a year and I still can’t get away from the black.

People don’t wear a lot of black.

 I know, it’s cliche but my entire wardrobe was black when I got here. This is partially because I’m a hairstylist and it’s what we wear but it’s also because I’m from Long Island. It’s a staple to our wardrobe and we have no idea how much black you really wear until you are walking around in the blazing sun. It’s a problem that I am working on. I think I have 5 items of clothing that have color now.

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Floridians are crazy friendly. 

Hey, New Yorkers have their own brand of friendly. Typically a little more formal and reserved, and only when absolutely necessary  but, yeah, we’re nice people, damn it! But here, it’s a whole different level of friendliness that, at first, I felt slightly off balanced. For instance, I go for a walk around my neighborhood, anyone who you cross, whether they are mowing their lawn, driving by or even just picking up their mail, they stop what they are doing and either wave or say hello.

No….I mean, EVERYBODY. It’s weird.

My friend came to visit from NY and we went for a walk. Every time we passed someone they said hello. He would stop talking, give them a suspicious look and say “Do you know them? Why are they saying hello?  Do they want something? Maybe we should avert our eyes” .

It’s not that we don’t like friendliness,  it’s just an adjustment. A lovely one but going back to #1, we are an intense breed of people and are typically too busy in our heads to say hello to every person who walks by.

 

I do have some honorable mentions because I can assure you there are more than 5 things that take some getting use to.

The skyline/sky…the sky should have it’s own show. Always changing and just so BIG with nothing impeding it’s view.

Flip Flops. It’s required so get a pedi and get use to your piggy a being free

Publix. One of the greatest grocery stores EVER.

Pop Up Neighborhoods. Just when you think you’ve gotten use to the lay of the land, a new neighborhood was built with a coordinated town square. Weird.

 

Pub Americana 

Pub Americana is a new establishment located in Cocoa Village where Ryan’s Pizza was previously located. It has a large menu with delicious selections and a very relaxing atmosphere and welcoming staff. I loved their goat cheese burger. The drinks were classic with a modern spin. I am very excited to have another place to visit here in the village. 
  
Village Mule: Menage a Trios Vodka, Royal Jamacian Ginger Beer, fresh lime juice and fresh mint. 
  
Margherita Pizzette: Fresh Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic cream sauce.

  
Goat Cheese Burgers: Goat cheese, caramelized onions, provolone and lemon honey aoli. 

  
Mediterranean Dip: Spinach, artichoke, parmigiano, tomatoes and spice.  

  

Bahn Mi: Homemade pulled pork, pickled daikon, pickled carrots, jalapeños, cilantro and sriracha-honey aoili. 

  
Aegean Pizzetta: Kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh arugula, goat cheese, tomatoes and homemade white sauce.

  
Arturo Alici the chef who created the menu. 

  
Napoliana Floridiana: Crabmeat tossed in home early romulade, layered with avocado and mano on a crustino.