Skincare

Pretty Simple :: French Braid Bun

French braids bring back so many childhood memories… I had hair down my back growing up and I pretty much lived in some kind of braid. I love how sophisticated and “grown up” this updated version of the french braid looks. Once you master this classic braid, you can really have fun by trying it […]

Decoder :: The Best End of Summer Scents

August can leave us ladies in quite a pickle: on one hand, fragrance can be a lovely reprieve from inevitable ripeness of our sweatier, stickier state. On the other, the last thing we need is to overwhelm our senses even more with a too-strong fragrance. As someone who has a love-hate relationship with summer (I […]

Pretty Simple :: The Subtle Shimmer

Don’t you just love it when a new eyeshadow or lipstick completely shakes up your makeup routine? As a makeup artist, even I can get in a product rut. We all need our go-to “five minute face”, but it’s good to try and stay open-minded to new products, too. You never know — you might […]

Decoder :: The Best Bright Lips For Every Skin Tone

Despite the fact that I love makeup and embrace trying new products with possibly too much vigor, I absolutely sympathize with women that shy away from wearing bright lipstick. First of all, poppy lipstick shades undoubtedly make a big statement — one that can make some women uncomfortable if they’re used to neutral makeup looks. […]

Pretty Simple :: Low Twist Chignon

With the temperatures rising (triple digits here in Texas), that means most of us just want our hair up and off our necks!  Martha Lynn here, and I love the idea of this braided updo as an alternative to a plain pony tail. While this look can work with casual daytime clothes, it’s sweet and […]

The Decoder :: Beach Bag Beauty Essentials

In my summerland fantasy, I make like Anne Marie Chadwick (Kate Bosworth’s character in Blue Crush, one of my favorite movies as a teen) and simply brush my teeth before putting on my bikini, grabbing my surfboard, and dashing to the ocean to hang ten. Unfortunately, my reality is a little more complicated (girly?) than that — […]

Camille’s Carry-On Essentials

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a pretty streamlined packer, and the same goes for my “personal item” bag that gets stowed under the airplane seat. The key is to strike that balance between feeling underprepared, and feeling overly laden down with a too-heavy tote (the opposite of a vacation mentality!) I actually used to bring […]

The Decoder :: Summer Skincare 101

It’s the Sophie’s Choice of sun care in our new hyper-informed world: To tan, or not to tan? Of course, we’ve now all had the mantra of no sun, ever drilled into our heads for years now, with the threat of premature aging and cancer looming over our heads like proverbial dark clouds. On the other hand…well, […]

Pretty Simple :: Hair Flower

I think a pretty accessory in your hair can really bring something special to even the most basic style. Martha Lynn here, and this look is no exception: instead of adding an accessory, we created one using her hair! This style is easy to achieve and you don’t have to have hair down to your […]

Pretty Simple :: 5-Minute Sunkissed Skin

I may be a beauty product junkie, but that doesn’t mean I want to camp out in front of the mirror each morning! I think every woman should have a 5-minute routine that makes her feel great and gets her out the door quickly. In the summertime, I’m all about a naturally sun-kissed look that […]

Pretty Simple :: Summer Waves

Summer is officially here and that means it’s time to master that perfectly beach-y mermaid hair we all dream about. Martha Lynn here, and I am so excited to share a technique that will have everyone doing a double take whether you are on the beach or in the boardroom: these are the curls that […]

Pretty Simple :: Camille’s Beauty Essentials

I’ve noticed that among beauty enthusiasts, there seems to be two major camps: those who love nothing more than to try out new products and switch up their makeup look based on their mood, and those who seek out their favorite products in each category and become die-hard loyalists, sticking to their tried-and-true beauty routines […]

Pretty Simple :: Spring into A Big Change

I probably have more clients coming in the door wanting to make a big change in the spring than any other time of year. There’s just something about those first weeks of warmer weather that makes us feel ready to embrace change and freshen up our hair and wardrobe. Whether you’re thinking of making a […]

Pretty Simple :: Effortless High Pony

With the temperatures heating up, it’s time to start thinking about the ponytail, an easy breezy go-to look for summer. Martha Lynn here, and I have all the details for taking your pony to the next level. I think the trick is to make it look a little special while keeping it effortless, so you […]

Pretty Simple :: Rocker Chic

I love a good transformation! We all have our “go to” day-to-day looks, but it’s always fun to transform ourselves by simply upping the glam for a special occasion. Martha Lynn here, with a special SXSW-inspired edition of Pretty Simple: When Lauren walked into my salon, I couldn’t believe she was the same girl I […]

Pretty Simple :: Eye Candy

Bright blues and greens were all over the runways at the NYFW Spring 2014 shows, and I think we will continue to see these oceanic colors all through the summer. Martha Lynn here, and if you are too timid to go full on 80’s with a bold eye shadow combo, a soft shimmer of color […]

Pretty Simple :: Put A Bow On It

Start date night off right with a classic look that is the perfect ode to the sweet romance that ensues on Valentine’s Day. Martha Lynn here, and we’ve got you covered for a timeless Valentine’s Day half-up, half-down style. In my opinion, nothing’s more romantic than cascading curls topped off with a pretty bow. The unexpected combination of […]