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  • Writer's pictureAnn Krause

If you know me, you know that I always love to make a hairstyle just a bit more special by adding an accessory (or two)! Recently, I splurged on a few great finds and I want to share with you the ways I am wearing them.

Normally I don't go for the crazy popular trends. When I see something everywhere it just feels too easy.... like it's the obvious choice. That didn't stop me from adding these pearl-snap-barrettes to my collection. Full disclosure; the style & functionality is exactly the same as a smaller, un-adorned version that my mom wore when she was in high school and let me borrow sometimes when I was a girl. So I guess you could say that these bring back fond memories. When a beloved old trend comes back, improved 100% you can count me in!

As soon as I got these, I had to experiment with the various side sweeping options they are known for.

The well done messy bun. I hear that there's a lot of women who doubt their messy bun skills. My first bit of advice is to not over think it. It's supposed to be messy, and it can definitely be asymmetrical. If you still feel like taking it up a notch add 2 of these pearl clips, big earrings and a bold lip for a look that will transition perfectly from the beach to your favorite rooftop.

This might be my favorite headband. Ever. I love how the way we wear headbands right now is just so relaxed and effortless. This one is made of an intense pink velvet. I think it is perfect with a t-shirt, skinny jeans, and heels. I expect to carry this into holiday season paired with a deep purple sweater. Who thought a headband could make you feel glamorous even when your hair is just "eh".

Too Glam to give a damn. Ladies! This is the kind of style we grow our hair out for! A twisty braid-do makes the perfect backdrop for a fun barrette like this one, and the combination is sure to get attention.

*All of my accessories were purchased from ASOS and I have linked them below in order of appearance. Enjoy!

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  • Writer's pictureAnn Krause

When photographer Rachel Mae approached me with her vision for her styled shoot at Company 251, I knew instantly that we had to be a part of it! What I love most about working on a project like this is the opportunity to create some beautiful additions to our portfolios that can serve as inspiration for our future Brides and at the same time show off our talents and our style.

I hope you enjoy these images from our photo shoot as much as we enjoyed creating them for you!

All the Details

So much beauty here that I can't limit this post to strictly hair/makeup/fashion!

The Preparation

Agnieszka's thick blonde hair and flawless complexion made the perfect canvas for Michelle and I to carry out hair and makeup vision.

The First Look

What a handsome couple are these two?!

The Bridal Portraits

Just look at this detail as Agnieszka spins!

The New Family Portraits

Kashmir the basenji got to join in on the festivities wearing a custom wreath of greenery!

Parting Glances

The Contributors

Venue: Company 251

Event Production/Design: Lionhearted Events

Photography: Rachel Mae Photography

Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Ann Krause

Flowers: Youth and Yarrow

Gown: Edith Elan

Bride: Agnieszka Barnak

Groom: Wojtek Wojcik

& Kashmir the Basenji

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  • Writer's pictureAnn Krause

Lately, it seems that many of my regular guests have been making drastic changes to their hair styles. Perhaps it's the new season that is inspiring this trend, but whatever the cause- I'm loving it! If you have found yourself on the fence, perhaps considering a new look but not certain if it's going to work for you, let me say right now that you don't need to be scared.

Today, I am sharing 5 simple questions to ask yourself before you make the leap, so you can walk out of the salon wearing your new style with confidence.

1. How will my daily routine change?

With any change, it is likely that the way you style and care for your hair will change a bit. It is your hairstylist's job to make sure that you are comfortable and able to recreate your style at home. Personally, I like to check in about a week after any major change to make sure that it's all going well. If you've never had bangs before, it's only natural that getting them to lay just right will take some getting used to.

2. Will my new cut give me more/less options?

It's important to think about the versatility of your new style compared to your current one. For example, I recently gave my guest, Liz, a layered bob that allows her to blow it out smooth, wear it naturally curly, and also add in beachy waves with her curling iron. This was a huge selling point for her.

3. Have I recently experienced a major life event?

Someone (a man) once told me to never give a woman a drastic change after a breakup. While I am not going to say that I agree with this advice to a T, I believe that it is important to not make any kind of rash decision in reaction to a traumatic event.

After taking some time for self care, and healing, a makeover can provide a boost of confidence as you transition into a new phase in life. Shedding inches of hair can feel quite liberating as you are letting go of something in your life that is not serving you.

On a positive note, I have had a handful of my Brides go for a bob/long bob hair cut following the wedding. This change is usually one that they have been thinking about for months, and they love the fuller and healthier hair that it gives them!

4. Will this new style compliment my life style?

Knowing how your salon visit frequency will change is key. If you are used to having your hair cut every 3 months, and you are considering a pixie cut that requires an appointment every 4 weeks to avoid looking sloppy, we need to make sure that this change will fit into your life style.

Whatever look you land on also needs to work with your workouts. Speaking for myself, I won't wear short bangs or any length that I cannot braid. Otherwise, my hair will drive me crazy when I'm riding my bike.

5. How long have I thought about this change?

Lastly, I like to make sure that any considerable change is well thought out (not something a coworker mentioned 4 hours before your appointment). If you know me at all, you know that I am a planner. I am not saying that everyone needs to be thinking about a style for this long, but as my general rule of thumb I advise that if you have found yourself thinking about it for at least 1 month you are ready to go for it!

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