My Mane Man

An unexpected blessing of being a blogger is the chance to do collaborations with other creative and talented artists. One of these creative souls is Massachusetts born hairstylist Billy Disciullo who is dear to our hearts. Billy is not only a fantastic hairstylist but also a good friend. He has worked alongside and collaborated with my photographer husband Andrew on many projects.

When these two guys decided to pool their talents together to create this photo shoot for me, I was over the moon with excitement. I could not wait to see what Billy would create, and he did not let me down!

Inspired by the up coming Oscars, I felt like Raquel Welch on the red carpet.

This photo shoot was so much fun and full of laughs.

Now, ladies and gentlemen it is with great honor that I get the chance to introduce my Mane man to you! Billy Disciullo .

What is your favorite thing about your job? The beauty of being a hairstylist gives me the freedom to express my artistic & creative side. Every day is new and different. Each day brings different people and different challenges and ideas. I love using the art of hairdressing to tell a story and show off my passion and dedication.

Who inspires you? My mentor John Dellaria inspires me. I was fortunate to work with him for many years.

If you were not a hairstylist, what would you be? Definitely an architect

If you were stranded on an island with only three things, what would it be? My two dogs and my cellphone

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? Kate Moss and Karl Lagerfeld

What is your ideal weekend? Relaxing at home with my dogs,  enjoying a good home cooked meal and watching my favorite movies.

What do you consider the big hair “mistake” women make? Big mistake WRAPPING YOUR HAIR IN A TOWEL!!! PLEASE don’t. The texture of bath towels cause friction and roughs up your hair cuticles, which causes frizzy damaged hair.  That goes right along with under hydrating hair because it makes it feel too soft.

What are your top 3 hair products you would recommend?

  1. Schwarzkopf moisture kick shampoo and spray on leave in moisturizing conditioner.
  2. Olaplex hair treatment. Olaplex is a strengthening product that allows you to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of your hair. It is great for women who have processed or bleach perm hair.
  3. Lastly I would recommend Phyto Actif spray and volumizer. It is a heat activated weightless spray that builds volume when blow drying hair.

What was the best piece of advice you received? Well I received two very good pieces of advice from two different people. One was from someone who I admire said to me “Go with your gut” and I do believe in that. The second was from a good friend who said to me to always “Stay in your own lane”.

Which is your favorite iconic hairstyle? Sixties fashion hair for sure.

If you are looking for a new Spring hair change or maybe just to give your tresses some TLC contact Billy at LuMar-J Salon on 260 Elm St. Somerville (617) 625-1223

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

The Girl in the Yellow Dress

I hope  everyone is enjoying their three day weekend.  We have been enjoying some great weather on the east coast. I can’t believe we are almost transitioning into Spring! I feel like I am ready to take on Spring with this colorful number today.

I fell in love with this dress and color when I saw it at TJ Maxx. Yellow is a shining beacon of happier days and perfect for creating some much needed contrast in a look. The best part of wearing yellow is that you can make it quiet as you want it to be or as bright, loud and obvious as you need it to be.

From eye-popping canary yellow through to spicy saffron yellow, mustard yellow, banana yellow, lemon yellow, school bus yellow and daffodil yellow – with all these beautiful shades of yellows, there is no shortage of options when it comes to finding your perfect little yellow dress.

You can add other pops of color to your yellow dress like I did with this floral shoulder cover up that I also got from TJ Maxx a few years back.

Don’t be afraid of color…embrace it! Mix and match for an endless combination of unique looks this spring! What are your favorite Spring colors?

XoXo

Nikki

Going all out for Valentine’s Day

The most romantic moment of my life was not my wedding day. It is, far and away, the moment my husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day. It was a total surprise. My whole world changed in that moment. The proposal was a movie-style romantic moment, which still takes my breath away when I think about it. So, every year we both excitedly look forward to February 14th. Nothing will top that Valentine’s Day but it does not stop us from going all out for every Valentine’s Day that followed.

Valentine’s Day is my day to pull of the cutest look and it’s the perfect time to wear this gorgeous red tulle skirt that I have been obsessing over.

Tulle skirts are so fun, flirty and whimsical. I paired mine with a black lace top and black lace-up sandals.  If you prefer something edgy throw on a leather jacket.

If red is not your color. Try your favorite shade of pink instead! It will give you that same romantic glow that Valentine’s Day is all about!

With so many color options you can dress them up however you wish making you feel like a modern day princess on your special evening of festivities.

A Valentine’s Day celebration may be as simple as receiving a little heart-shaped card containing the message “Be Mine” or life changing as a marriage proposal. However you choose to celebrate I wish you all much love.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank all of you who follow me and read my blog for all your love and supportive comments and messages.  My little space on the Internet would not be possible without you. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

XoXo

Nikki

Go RED – Monochromatic Magic!!! + Link Up

What a great start to the week!!! Our beloved New England Patriots won the super bowl for the fifth time. It was an incredible  game and definitely one for the history books. I am super excited for today’s post plus I am co-hosting this week’s Red theme with two amazing ladies Michelle Orsi from Michelle’s Pa(i)ge and Ana Luiza  from Northwest Blond! Be sure to join the link-up towards the bottom of my post.

Can you smell it in the air? Yup, it’s here! It’s the season of love and the color red seems synonymous with the month of February. Ladies, now is the perfect time to wear that fire-engine red top that you purchased but could not figure out which color (other than black) to pair it with. Styling your red top this month could not be any easier: Just pair it with a matching red pant, jacket, shoes and some red lipstick and you’re good to go. Wearing one hue from head to toe looks so sophisticated and undeniably posh. Especially RED.

When you keep your overall outfit within the same color hue, the outcome can be just as striking as wearing a bold pattern or vivid color. It is also a great look if you want to draw attention to an awesome new statement necklace or bag.

Wearing one color allows the eye to see an elongated silhouette since there is no blocking of colors. Whether you choose red or a more neutral tone, this style rule is definitely one to follow in as it will not only leave you looking longer, but will have you looking like an instant fashion icon

Many people think monochromatic means wearing exactly the same color head to toe, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be. By adding multiple layers of varied textures of one color adds depth and dimension to an outfit. You can also play around with gradients and wear different shades and tints of the same color.

Step outside of your sartorial comfort zone and pack a punch with head-to-toe color this season. Are you into the monochromatic trend?  If so how do you rock it?

Meet your hosts Michelle Orsi from Michelle’s Pa(i)ge and Ana Luiza from Northwest Blond.

I am so honored that Michelle reached out to me to co-host her Red theme Link Party! I love her style, which she describes as one part classic and one part modern with a pop of color. Ana’s fun and colorful style is effortless and I enjoy reading all their posts!

You can join in the fun by clicking on the Inlinkz below.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine