We have a beautiful weekend ahead of us

Keyword: friday, weekend, winery, vineyard, wedding, prom

Seems as if Spring has finally decided to show it’s face.  We’ve had a few rainy days but at least the sun is here and it looks like it is staying through the weekend!


So what are MY plans this beautiful sunny weekend? Well tomorrow I have the pleasure of helping my good friend Dusti work a wedding, then I come home to work on a stunning young lady for her Jr. Prom! Thankfully the sun will still be out when my work day is over as I am looking forward to relaxing with my fiance tomorrow evening and BBQing up some steaks! (got any tips weEATny?!)

Sunday is the day I look most forward to as we are going to Martha Clara Vineyard (our wedding spot!!) with some friends for a wine tasting and a relaxing day sipping some good wine and enjoying the gorgeous weather! We heard the last time we were there that they were getting a bunch of ‘fainting goats’ to add to their little petting farm.  Google it, I am sure you won’t be disappointed!


I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!  Please make sure to send me all your pictures of fabulous hair and makeup, and don’t forget your nails!  I want to see what YOU did this weekend! Jill@westyleny.com

Updos vs. Downdos

Keyword: bridal hair, updo, formal hair, wedding

As a stylist who is booked almost every weekend with weddings I get asked this question a lot- “Which do you prefer: Updos, or downdos?” My answer has always been the same, and always WILL be the same…UPDOS!  There are many reasons for my answer.

For one, it’s a long day! You’re looking at hours upon hours of lasting time. From the time you get ready, walk down the isle, say “I do”, take your photos, have your first dance, cut your cake, and dance on the dance floor you are looking at at least 10-12 hours! It’s almost impossible for your “down in curls” look to last that long. When your hair is placed into an updo, it can last all day. You could even wake up the next morning and most of the time it will still almost look perfect.

Another reason I like updos better; they stay off your face and neck while you’re running around taking photos or while your jumping around the dance floor so you’ll stay much cooler. Less sweat means less of a chance for your hair to droop, and less of a chance of your make-up to drip off.

Some people might say that if you’re doing an outside beach themed wedding, that down and flowy hair is perfect for that.  Okay, but what happens if the wind picks up? Now your beautiful flowy hair is a knotted mess and all stuck to your lipstick. If you get caught in the rain at all, they curls are gonna become a stringy mess. And if its hot or humid out, your hair is gonna droop faster than you can say “I do”.

Now, while these are very practical reasons, my number one reason for choosing an updo over it being down is all about the look.  To me a bride is not a bride with her hair down. There is just an elegance that an updo brings to a bride that wearing it down simply can’t accomplish. An updo can really pull everything together if done right. Hair being down can take away from the dress, the make-up..and can sometimes over power the bride all together. There is also something very Sweet 16-like about a down in curls do. Wearing the hair up can be very sophisticated and very sexy.

I realize there are hair dressers out there that will totally disagree, and there are probably brides out there that wore their hair down and loved it…please remember this is just an opinion. I have seen brides looking beautiful with their hair down…but when asked my opinion, I will always answer “updo”!

Don’t try this at home

Keyword: bun, man bun, mens hair

My worst nightmare is coming true.  Okay, okay, it’s not really my worst nightmare, but it’s still pretty scary. Men are now beginning to sweep their hair up into what is now being called “the man bun.” This amurai look is less than flattering, so if you are a man with long hair…I strongly suggest keeping this look off your list of things to try!

Some are saying it’s quite hipster to rock this look, but my opinion is very different.  To be quite honest, I am not a fan of long hair on men to begin with, so maybe I am just biast!

What will YOU be?

Keyword: halloween, make-up

Only a few more days until Halloween! I hope you have your costumes picked out already. Whether you choose to be a cute little kitten, or a scary flesh eating zombie, the make-up is just as important as the costume itself. Halloween is actually my favorite holiday. To me it is more important than my birthday!  I usually spend between 5-8 hours on my man’s makeup. He is such a good sport!  Last year he was Freddy Kruger and the year before, a head to toe burn victim. I cannot disclose what we will be this year because I always keep it a secret but it’s gonna be good! So now I want my fans to get creative. I want to see what you can come up with. Send us your halloween make-up photos. Maybe I’ll even post my favorites in a later article…how fun would that be? I hope now I’ve inspired some of you to do something more original than just a store bought costume ;)

Muppets and Disney done slick

Keywords: muppets, disney, flud, watches


Disney and Flud present this limited Mickey Mouse edition Exchange with sweeping hour and minute Mickey Mouse hands. Cool and classy, just like Mickey’s personality. Water Resistant to 3 ATM Materials: Stainless steel bezel with enamel finish. Interchangeable silicone straps. Size: 50MM

FLüD Watches did a collab with Disney featuring the Exchange, Re-exchange and Pantone watch models. The collection stays true to the FLüD aesthetics of “simply more” by having a Warhol-esque take on Animal. FLüD took their new holiday watch, the Pantone, and gave Kermit a similar treatment with his own piece, which came out pretty crazy!  Each of The Muppets watches comes with limited edition Muppets branded packaging and laser-engraved case. The watches retail for $60-$95 and are available at fludwatches.com.

I really hope I don’t ruin a good thing by posting this article.  My better half has been buying me FLüD Watches for about 2 years now, randomly on different occasions… and I love every single one of them.  Being a watch guy, I have an outfit hanging in my closet that’ll match almost anything you put on my wrist.   I love the conversations they start,  I love the judgement people draw when seeing some for the first time.   All in all,  I’m just a guy with enough of a Fashion sense to be able to wear almost any watch respectfully.


A clipper for car lovers


Keyword: car, nail clipper


Why not make clipping your nails way more fun? This is certainly a very unique and awesome nail clipper…if I do say so myself. In fact it would make the perfect stocking stuffer for both my dad and my fiance! I wonder what other designs we could come up with for the simple  clipper?…hmmm… This one is cute, clever, and gets the job done!  Find this delux auto car nail clipper at www.revdesign.biz for only $5.44

Iman Shumpert will be involved in this years Dunk Contest, among three other less than known names

Keywords: iman shumpert, knicks, chase budinger, pacers, derrik williams, paul george, rockets, blake griffin

Rookie sensation Iman Shumpert will be participating in the upcoming NBA Dunk Contest during All Star Weekend. The cast features many players that the casual fan has probably never heard of. Paul George of the Pacers, Chase Budinger of the Rockets, and Derrik Williams of the Twovles round out the crew. This is one of the weakest dunk contest cast we have seen in years, Blake Griffin who won it last year has opted against defending his title. With very little effort being put into this, it may be about time the NBA nix the novelty act all together.