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By: Maddie Poteat

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to see bright colors, dresses and beautiful wavy hair again… Happy Spring, everyone! 
 
If you have been following along on social media, you know we LOVE partnering with local businesses.  Last month we partnered with two local gyms to bring you easy hair and makeup looks you can wear from work to the gym and back (read that post here if you missed it!).  This month we decided to focus on a topic I’m sure most of you will be excited about – Spring Hair and Fashion Trends!
 
When we were thinking about who we wanted to partner with this month we knew it had to be someone who has a pulse on the upcoming fashion trends we will be seeing this Spring.  Bliss Boutique quickly came to mind and after reaching out to Valerie, owner/manager, we knew we had a solid collaboration in the works.
 
I first stepped foot in Bliss Boutique years ago when I was looking for a dress for my high school prom…  Needless to say, I have been a fan of Bliss Boutique for many years!  Since moving to Rockbrook Village, Bliss Boutique has cemented themselves as a go-to store for both on-trend looks and the classic styles we all love.  Read below to see the outfits chosen for the shoot and how we paired them with the makeup and hair trends our stylists are seeing this season!
2019 Spring Hair Trends

2019 Spring Makeup Trends

This season we are seeing a mix of bold looks and more toned-down natural looks.  Glitter seems to be everywhere this Spring but our makeup artists chose to stick to the subtle, natural, no-makeup look for our models.  Paired with a lightly stained pink lip (in different shades), the model’s makeup helped bring a refreshed and energized look to the shoot.

Go-To Makeup Looks:

  • Lightly stained pink lip
  • Subtle smoky eye
  • No-makeup look – Natural, soft makeup in a muted color palette
  • Glitter eye shadow (not shown here)
2019 Makeup Trends - Natural Makeup
Makeup by Ashley Beutler
2019 Makeup Trends - Lipstick
Makeup by Ashley Beutler
2019 Makeup Trends - Natural Look
Makeup by Ashley Beutler

2019 Spring Hair Trends

For the hair, our stylists honed in on easy at-home styles perfect for any occasion this season.  While some of the current Spring trends are more dramatic than the styles we went for this shoot, these hair styles will still turn heads!  One of our stylists, Mikaela Kellog, added a side, french braid to her model.  This look would be perfect for anything outside as it will keep those pesky fly-aways at bay while still giving you a pretty, feminine and polished look.

The other two styles are similar as they both include loose beach waves.  Our stylists achieved these looks by using the Garbo’s Stay Spritz and Shine for both hold and protection.  (Need extra help with those beach waves?  Check out our how-to video we made here!).  While Mikaela kept her model’s hair completely down, Jessica styled her model’s hair by sectioning off the top part and securing it in a messy-ish bun.  I personally love this look as it keeps my hair out of my face while still allowing me to wear part of it down.

Other Spring Hair Trends We Are Seeing:

2019 Hair Trends - Braids
Hair by Mikaela Kellog
2019 Hair Trends - Loose Waves
Hair by Mikaela Kellog
2019 Hair Trends - Beach Waves
Hair by Jessica Wollam

2019 Spring Fashion Trends

Now for the fashion!  When partnering with Bliss Boutique we wanted to emphasize not only the upcoming trends but the wearability of these trends.  If you have ever skimmed through a fashion magazine you know that some styles can be really hard to pull off.  I’ve seen bright, bold colors on models that I would never be able to wear… Or certain types of clothing that my lifestyle just doesn’t call for (example: ball gowns and stilettos).  The styles that Bliss Boutique offers are both trendy and wearable – the perfect combo! 

2019 Spring Fashion Trends - Florals
Floral print tank top paired with Cardigan
2019 Spring Fashion Trends - Off the Shoulder Shirts
Off the shoulder top in dusty blush with feminine lace detail
In addition to the wearability of these pieces, Valerie at Bliss Boutique wanted to emphasize Femininity.  You will see both florals and lace in any form this Spring so she really wanted the outfits to showcase those trends.  She also loves the mix of blues, beiges and dusty rose colors this Spring.  They truly highlight the Femininity feel we were aiming for. 
 
As with every Spring wardrobe, dresses once again are an important piece to fill the closet.  Valerie wanted to showcase a fun and flirty Spring dress during the shoot.  In addition, tank tops are a must for the warm weather days ahead so she chose a tank top with a prominent floral print and loose, feminine flow.  By adding the loose cardigan you can take this look from those hot days to those chilly Spring nights. 
 
Lastly, the off-the-shoulder trend is still in style and we are still loving it!  Valerie chose an off-the-shoulder top that incorporated a pretty, feminine lace in the dusty blush color we love.  
2019 Spring Fashions - Light Blues
Loose, feminine dress is light blue - Bliss Boutique

We hope our re-cap of this month’s collaboration with Bliss Boutique filled you with inspiration for all things beauty this Spring!  There is always so much to remember when it comes to new season trends but don’t worry – if you need help on the hair/makeup side, Garbo’s has you covered.  If you need help on the fashion side, Bliss Boutique can help! 

A big thank you to those made this month’s collaboration possible:   

Hairstylists: Mikaela Kellog, Jessica Wollam

Makeup Artist: Ashley Beutler

Models: Kelli Welch, Kristine Kruse, Talia Fickel

Fashion and Clothes: Bliss Boutique

Thank you so much for reading!  Stay tuned for our next post where we highlight a very deserving stylist from one of our locations!

Sending love,

Maddie

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

Staying active, being healthy and working hard are all things we believe are beautiful!  We dedicated last month to fitness as we know March can be the breaking point for many people… It’s still cold out, the days are not much longer than they used to be and we are all itching for warmer weather.  Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration to get us back on track so that is exactly what we aimed to provide!

By partnering with two local businesses in Omaha and Elkhorn, we were able to showcase different types of workouts and the amazing ladies who do them.  Sweating, working hard and staying active isn’t always pretty but what makes us strong and powerful also makes us beautiful!  Read below for a quick recap of the businesses we partnered with, the looks we showcased and the products we recommend when you are busy staying active! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles on Workout Models

Barre Code 

Our first partnership of the month was with Barre Code and Athleta at Village Pointe in West Omaha.  If you have never done a Barre class before you have never felt your legs and arms burn like this…  The workouts consist of cardio and strength training but the overall emphasis is on positivity and female empowerment.  

When styling this shoot, we went with styles that could be easily transitioned from work to workout.  Many of the classes Barre Code offers are over the lunchtime hour so busy professionals are popping in during their lunch break.  With no time to fix their hair and makeup after the workout, we made sure our looks could easily transition from one activity to the next.

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Braids
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Braid
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyles we went for our Barre Code athletes can easily be replicated at home.   The idea behind these looks was to keep the hair out of the face but provide a style that was easy enough to do at home and cute enough to wear to work (or anywhere else you are heading to that day!).

The double dutch braid in the first picture can be accomplished by crossing each of the three strands UNDER one another.  Just think about how you normal braid your hair and pull the strands the opposite way.  By doing this you are taking a normal braid style and mixing it up just a tad.  And by wrapping a small strand of hair around your elastic you take the look to another level! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Four Braided Buns Close Up
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Blush
Hair by Leslie Johnson, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyle you see in the first picture above may seem complicated but it is actually four individual ponies braided and then fashioned into buns.  Not only is this look extremely easy but it will also keep all those fly-away hairs in place as you transition from one barre move to the next.

As for products used to maintain these styles, Garbo’s Freshen Up Dry Shampoo is the answer.  Throw the small can in your gym back and give your hair and scalp a quick spritz after class.  The dry shampoo will absorb the oils while re-securing your hair back in place.  The best part is this dry shampoo smells amazing so you don’t have to worry about any bad smells lingering once you get back to the office! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Thin Eyeliner
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Up Half Down
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe.

To achieve the makeup looks for this shoot, we used Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture.  This light foundation will both protect the skin and hide your imperfections all while feeling light and airy.  By using products that were light and wouldn’t clog the pores, we ensured our models looked and felt beautiful while working out.

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Concealer
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Smoky Eye
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Crossfit Elkhorn

The other local business we partnered with this month was CrossFit Elkhorn.  A CrossFit class is a bit different than a barre class.  Focusing on power, speed, and athleticism, CrossFit is a much heavier workout.  CrossFit Elkhorn (CFE) is located a bit further west than Village Pointe – on 204th street in Elkhorn, NE.  With a membership of over 200 members, this gym is truly making its mark on the small town of Elkhorn.  With an all-inclusive atmosphere, CFE stands out among other CrossFit gyms in town.  Everyone is an athlete at CFE – no matter where you are on your fitness journey the trainers will help you reach your goals!  

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Makeup styles for Crossfit Athletes
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - French Braids
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Although CrossFit does differ from a Barre workout our approach to the hair and makeup for this shoot didn’t change too much.  Keeping the hair out of the face was priority number one.  Amber Klebba (@amberklebbapro) styled the first look by adding braids to the typical ponytail.  The tension in the braids along the hairline keeps the baby hairs, bangs and layers locked into place throughout your workout! 

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Bun
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Two Low Buns
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Another look we styled originated from a messy bun.  Grabbing your hair and throwing it on the top of your head may seem like the best workout style but unfortunately, buns easily fall out.  Add in a few powerful CrossFit moves and your once perfect top-knot is now resting on your shoulders…  Therefore, we added in an additional elastic, a few bobby pins and a quick spritz of hair spray to keep this one in place!

The next look we styled also included braids as they truly are a great way to keep your hair out of your face while you workout!  We added two buns to this version to make it stand out a bit!

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup Idea
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Red Lipstick
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Our goal this month was to inspire you to keep pushing through.  Whether you gained inspiration from the strong women at Barre Code or the powerful women at CrossFit Elkhorn, we just hope these styles were enough to get you back on your feet!

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Finishing Powder
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Highlighter
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

A HUGE thank you to those who helped make this collaboration possible – the hairstylists and makeup artists who volunteered their time,  Bonnie Eisenhart, her beautiful Barre Code Team, Justin and Lindsey Carraher and their amazing CrossFit Elkhorn Team!

Thanks so much for reading and make sure you stay tuned as we are working on a few Springtime posts that I’m sure you’ll love!

Sending love,

Maddie