My Pantene Commercial: Behind the Scenes (Part Three)


Part one here. Part two here.

Let’s just rename this post to The Swish. Isn’t that what it’s all about? The infamous hair swish.

You guys, I did a lot of swishing. A LOT OF SWISHING. Like, approximately 3 hours of non-stop swishing. Here’s how it went down. I stood on a specific spot in my mangy cargo pants, listened to the director yell, “1, 2, 3, ACTION”, and then turned my head from one shoulder to the other. The hairstylist would come over, re-brush my hair, make sure everything was in place, and I would wait for the director’s cue again. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, RINSE AND REPEAT. (I actually had to visit a physical therapist a few days after the shoot from the world’s worst crick in my neck. It was like mini-whiplash. No, it was, wait for it…SWISHLASH. Man, the occupational hazards of starring in a hair commercial…tough stuff.)

There is definitely a science to the perfect swish – start with the chin down, raise your chin as you’re swishing across and then back down, but let’s talk about the waterfall. I think this is the number one question I’ve been asked regarding the commercial. What’s up with the hair commercial waterfall? You know the one, where the hair looks like it’s rippling downward towards the ends? The waterfall actually is created using a this long, flexible metal ruler type thingy. (Highly scientific, I know.) Basically you bend it into a U shape,  place it underneath your hair and the slowly push it out and in, creating that waterfall effect in commercials. I think most of my commercial was the swish from side-to-side look, but hey, now you know how the waterfall is made! The more you know.

After swishing for most of the morning, we started shooting a few of the speaking parts. Now, THAT will get your heart pounding. Imagine the same “1,2,3, ACTION” directed at you, with what seemed to be a billion people standing around watching your delivery like a hawk. To add a little more pressure, to make sure it was perfectly quiet, they would yell the usual “quiet on the set!” and then cut the power to the A/C or anything that was making any sort of noise. You guys, you could hear a pin drop in that room. Perfectly still, and everyone waiting for you to deliver your lines. I get a little goose-bumpy just thinking about it – it was SO COOL. I loved every minute.

Here are some shots from that part of the day.

After a few hours, we took a lunch break and then it was back to the trailer for even MORE hairstyling. (If I had to estimate how many times my hair was touched during the 15-hour shoot, I would confidently say at least 15,000 times.) More on my afternoon on the set coming to you next week, and by the way, thanks for reading and being so supportive. It’s so fun being able to tell this story to you all!

Read the Finale here.


Three Ways to Wear a Deep Side Part


We’re in the thick of deep side part mania right now, so I figured I would put together a Style United tutorial on the easiest ways to wear one. These three styles build upon each other, so you can wear one or all. The first hairstyle is a modern take on the Veronica Lake look using rollers (I used steam rollers), the second is a quick braid across the front hairline, and the third is a messy side chignon. Hope you like!


Have You Heard of Spaghetti Eddie?


I’m not really one for the children’s music genre, and although I’ve been asked to help spread the word about differing children’s albums in the past, today is the first time I’ve felt compelled to write about one.

You all, Spaghetti Eddie will rock you like a hurricane.

(Yeah, I might be going a little overboard with that statement. How about it’s quirky, adorable, catchy, and my kids totally dig it.)

More here.


My Favorite Camera Bags


Last week, I sold my Canon XSi camera and my Canon Vixia camcorder (on my Facebook page, of all places!) and bought a Canon T3i. This excites me on so many levels, but mainly because I can now use one piece of equipment to shoot photos AND shoot my video tutorials. Hallelujah! The T3i shoots in full HD and has a swivel LCD, which allows me to see myself while filming. (This is enormously helpful, especially for hair and makeup tutorials.)

In the midst of the Facebook haggling (you people drive a hard bargain), I ended up throwing in my current camera bag (#5 above) with my camera. Do you know what that means? That means my brand new camera is sitting completely naked on my desk right now. Just waiting for some little hellion to get their grubby hands on it. Help!

Needless to say, I’ve been in full camera bag shopping mode over the past few days, and I’d thought I share some of my favorites. As you can see, I’m drawn to relatively simple shapes – I’m not one for pleats, embellishments or anything overtly girly. I’m on the lookout for a smaller bag, so I’m leaning towards #6 or #8, but I’m not ready to call off the search just yet.

1. Epiphanie Lyric – Love the golden yellow shade.

2. The SLR Sloop – Stripes. Need I say more?

3. Kelly Moore Kelly Boy Bag – I’m definitely drawn to this bag, but I think it’s a little too big for me.

4. Border Stripe Camera Strap – Cutest camera strap ever. The price? Not so cute.

5. Ona Any Bag Camera Insert – This cool insert makes any bag a camera bag. (This is the one I just sold with my camera. Why? Not sure.)

6. Camera Day Pack – Love the plum color and the smaller size. This could be the one, folks.

7. The Monaco Satchel – Blue and white chic!

8. Kelly Moore Posey 2 – Ohhhhh, this one comes in really good colors. How do you choose just one?

Thoughts? Do you have a favorite camera bag? I want to make sure I’ve seen it all before signing on the dotted line.