Tie-Dye SZN: The Best Pieces to Buy

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF on the beach wearing the POLO RALPH LAUREN Big Fit Tie-Dye Shirt on a lounge chair with a missoni towel, Tie-Dye SZN

Tie-Dye SZN



Outside Lands is over, but my summer of love vibes are still going strong and I am tie-dye obsessed.

While tie-dye is typically associated with hippies and the Grateful Dead, it just so happens to be one of fashion’s current obsessions. After turning up on a number of runways for spring 2019, as well as a few for fall 2019, this trend is here to stay and I AM HERE FOR IT.

Despite what you might think about tie-dye, it’s actually quite versatile, since it comes in a number of color combinations, patterns, and intensities. If you’re more of a “dip your toes into a trend” type of person, I’d say the easiest way to pull off tie-dye is to start with smaller items like socks, shoes or a T-shirt, while keeping everything else pretty basic. A tie-dye T-shirt can easily pair with jeans, trousers or a skirt. You can also go for the reverse, pairing tie-dye bottoms ― one notch bolder than a T-shirt ― with something simple on top.


Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing the tie-dye Palermo Blazer by Lioness

Palermo Blazer (tie-dye) 

KatWalkSF wearing the ASOS DESIGN trapeze maxi dress in black tie dye print

Trapeze Maxi Dress (black tie-dye print)

KatWalkSF wearing the Monki tie dye classic hoodie and skirt in gray.

Tie-dye classic hoodie + skirt in gray


SHOP |Tie-Dye SZN | The Best Pieces to Buy



More from this trend here.

adidas by Missoni | Designer Collaboration

KatWalkSF wearing the adidas by Missoni Ultraboost Clima x Missoni Knit Sneakers

I live for a designer collaboration and the adidas by Missoni is by far one of my favorites for 2019. Remember the Target x Missoni collaboration? I woke up at 4 am for that one!

Adidas released one of its most fashion-centric collections in April and I somehow missed it! The collection is in part a tribute to the late co-founder Ottavio Missoni, who was once a hurdler and even competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Everything is made with Adidas’s Primeknit technology, which is meant to offer ventilation and comfort.

After some major hunting, I found almost everything I wanted from the collection on sale and in my size! I scoured the internet and linked everything that was still in stock below.

Are you shopping the adidas by Missoni collection? Let me know in the comments

Shop the adidas x Missoni on sale on Bandier | extra 50% off all sale items


The Surprise Summer Bonus Sephora Sale Event

The Sephora Sale Event is here and I’m sharing my must-haves.

These are the products I talk about ALL the time. Nothing here is new. There are my ride or dies. Most of them expensive, so don’t sleep on them if you are on the fence! Get them with that discount!


Rouge Sale Dates: August 19 – August 27 for 20% off with code SUMMERSAVE

VIB Sale Dates: August 20 – August 27 for 15% off with code SUMMERSAVE


Olaplex


Olaplex

If you are going to buy anything during the sale make it Olaplex! If you missed out on the Prime Day sale this is your chance to stock up and save. Do NOT sleep on this one.

These products have literally saved my hair! Details on my hair transformation here.

And if you are new to Olaplex I would start with the shampoo and conditioner, followed by the No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme.

I have their newest product the No. 7 Bonding Oil in my cart. The No. 7 Bonding Oil is a first-of-its-kind, highly concentrated, ultra-lightweight, reparative styling oil. The reviews on Sephora.com are extremely positive and frankly, Olaplex can do no wrong in my book.



giorgio armani beauty luminous silk foundation


Giorgio Armani Beauty, Luminous Silk Foundation

It’s $64 (before the discount), the pricetag burns a bit at checkout, but it is 100% worth it.

I had always heard great things about this foundation, but it wasn’t until my photographer, Shannon recommended it that I finally made the purchase and joined TEAM Luminous Silk Foundation.

What makes it so great?

It’s a lightweight, liquid foundation that delivers buildable coverage and a long-lasting, hydrating glow with a luminous, natural finish <- according to Sephora.com and frankly I couldn’t agree more. I can apply it with my hands, a Beautyblender or a  foundation brush and the finish is always the same. I set it with the Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder and I am good-to-go for my entire day!

Not ready to dive into a $64 foundation today, give the mini version a shot.


Shop the isle of paradise self tanning drops during the Sephora Sale Event


Isle of Paradise, Self Tanning Drops

I’ve been using these self tanning drops in medium all summer and I can not stop singing their praises.

Add one drop in your morning moisturizer, mix up the combo in your hands and apply your moisturizer like normal (don’t forget your neck). Once you are done WASH your hands <- this is a very important step! These drops gradually tan your face and really work. I especially enjoy them during the summer when my body is tan and I do my best to keep my face out of the sun.


charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze & glow contour duo


Charlotte Tilbury, Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo

This is an ABSOLUTE holy grail product for me.

I read once that this product was created by celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for JLo…a couple of years ago.

I am currently on my 5th Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo

This iconic bronzer and highlighter duo has the perfect blend of pearl and golden pigments to sculpt and highlight your features. These universal shades are created from a refined golden base that flatters all skin tones. The sculpt bronzer adds buildable definition along the lower cheek, jawline, and sides of the nose while highlight illuminates the top of cheekbones, bridge of the nose, eye orbital area, and cupid’s bow. Visibly slim, sculpt, shorten, trim, and highlight your features for fabulous, red-carpet-ready facial framework—this highlight bronzer duo is perfect for buildable and subtle coverage.


I didn’t break down every product that I own and love, but I did include something from every category from the Sephora Sale Event below. These are all products that I’ve purchased with my own money and use in my daily makeup, skincare and hair routines.


Beauty: Should you spend $399 on the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer?

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First things first let’s just be real here and talk about how my good friends at Dyson gave me this hair dryer. So NO, I did not spend $399 on the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer.

And can we also take a moment to talk about all the awful things I have done to my hair:

Exhibit A: That one time I thought that My Little Pony hair was appropriate.

Exhibit B: BLUE HAIR. The worst thing I have ever done to my hair.

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Ok, now that we’ve established that I hate my hair let’s chat about this $399 hair dryer. If you are like me every other hair dryer in your life came from Target and was never over $50 – so the thought of dropping almost four hundred dollars on a hair dryer sounds kind of crazy – BUT after spending three wonderful months with this hair dryer,  I would 100% drop $400 of my hard earned dollars on this hair dryer.

WHY?

  • It has intelligent heat control technology, which helps prevent extreme heat damage to protect hair’s natural shine (lord knows I’ve done enough damage on my own).
  • The digital motor is on average six times faster, a third of the weight, and half the size of other hair dryer motors. WHAT does this mean for me? I can dry my hair in 5 minutes, it doesn’t kill my arm and it is oh-so-easy to travel with.
  • 3 magnetic attachments make styling a DREAM. The smoothing nozzle uses smooth, wide air for a sleek finish, while the styling concentrator is for precise styling. The diffuser (not for me) disperses air evenly around curls to gently dry hair and improve definition.
  • It is AWARD WINNING. The Dyson Supersonic is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner and an Allure Reader’s Choice award winner.

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Is this not the most attractive hair dryer you have ever seen?

“If you know anything about me, you know I’m a lover of innovation and new technology, and the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is just that. The motor is much smaller, but still very powerful, so I can dry hair quickly and it feels light in my hand. Plus, the aesthetic is so gorgeous.”—Jen Atkin, Celebrity Hair Stylist 

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Beauty Blogger KatWalkSF reviews the $399 Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Shop the Dyson Supersonic and my holy grail hair products below:

Lee Brock Saved My Hair! Get to Know the Joseph Cozza Salon Color Expert

I walked into the Joseph Cozza Salon at the end of January this year with broken hair and most likely a broken heart…more on my dating life later.

I had been working with an oh-so-instagramable salon in Walnut Creek for over a year and while my instagram selfies in the salon were fire, the health of my hair was not. I am not naturally blonde (shocker) however, I have been bleaching and toning my hair with minimal damage for years…so I thought.

Flashback to a week before I walked into the Joseph Cozza Salon when I realized that my hair was breaking…everywhere. Remember the movie, The Little Rascals? I WAS ALFALFA and my breakage was standing straight up in the air!KatWalkSF before look from the Joseph Cozza Salon

Not only was this awful and upsetting, but it was also a week before I was scheduled to fly to New York for Fashion Week! Lucky for me I had already come into the Joseph Cozza Salon for an event and met one of the owners, Blake. I sent him an emergency SAVE MY HAIR message and before I knew it I was sitting in Lee’s chair and my hair was on the road to a healthy recovery.


Meet Lee Brock – Color Expert at The Joseph Cozza Salon

I’ve always loved playing with hair. I loved brushing my mom’s and my grandma’s hair. One
day, when I was 9 years old, I sat in the bathroom with my mom while she colored her
hair with Clairol Nice & Easy Light Auburn. What magic! I was hooked. My grandma taught me
how to set her hair in pin curls because it was becoming difficult for her to do it
herself.

Then she got me doing her perms and color.

In school, I was a theater geek. I loved to sing and perform. Offstage, they always had me do
the hair and makeup. I used to do all my girlfriends’ hair. I loved doing makeovers. In beauty
school they gave used to give me the tough hair coloring clients–they said I had the
knack.

I kept hearing that if I wanted to really get anywhere in the business, I needed to go
through a high-end salon training program. I had a connection with someone at Vidal Sassoon
Salon in Beverly Hills and I got an interview. Two of the toughest years of my life were spent in
that apprenticeship for hair coloring. I stayed with VS for another 5 years, working in London,
Germany and finally San Francisco. From there I went to DiPietro Todd in SF for four years in
SF before coming to Joseph Cozza Salon where I have been for the past 10 years.


Kat (and her damaged hair) From Lee’s Perspective

When I met Kat, I knew instantly that this beautiful bubbly girl would be fun to work with. But I was a little afraid to do her color. Her hair was in rough shape from so much bleaching. She was sent to me at the Joseph Cozza Salon to try to rescue her breaking hair while keeping her silver platinum blonde. Kat makes a stunning blonde and it was worth a try.

At our first session, I immediately clarified Kat’s hair with Malibu C Crystal Gel Normalizer to remove any mineral, metallic, and medication buildup to avoid any further breakage which can occur when lightener or color interacts with these elements hidden in the hair. Next, we did an Olaplex No.1 in-salon treatment to start building the bonds that add strength to the hair structure. The last step of her pretreatment was a Malibu C Miracle Repair Hair Reconstructor to boost protein for structure and Vitamin B5 for elasticity and malleability, all to prevent further breakage.

Then we very carefully touched up her regrowth with lightener but did not lift it as pale as previously done. I strongly suggested Kat wear a softer warmer creamy blonde tone so we wouldn’t have to bleach her hair as much as we would for the silver platinum. We finished with Olaplex No. 2. And of course, she looked gorgeous. I got her on Olaplex home care which–she can attest–has made a huge difference.

Even with all the TLC, when she came back for her next retouch, I could see that her previous hair damage was really too far gone to maintain full bleach-outs any further. We decided to only highlight her regrowth to let some of her darker base grow back in to reestablish substance and density while still keeping her quite blonde. And now you can see that after embracing a bit of ‘root shadow’ her hair is growing back, getting fuller and longer. Root shadow is both on trend and yet classic.


KatWalkSF Q & A


KatWalkSF readers have been following on my hair journey and submitted their questions for Lee.

Feel free to add your question in the comments and we will keep updating this post.


What’s the best at-home hair mask?

I wish there were a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Each head of hair is unique. There is such an assortment of hair conditioners for all hair types from curly hair, dry hair, oily hair, natural hair, colored hair, damaged hair. One of my favorites for ‘all hair textures’ designed specifically for color protection and shine is the Shu Uemura Color Lustre Hair Mask–not too heavy and provides excellent conditioning and beautiful shine.

And currently flying off the shelves at the Joseph Cozza Salon, for cool blondes, is Kerastase Masque Ultra-Violet.

What is the best treatment for super dry colored hair? 

Clarifying the gunk off your hair’s surface will allow any of your favorite conditioners to work much better. See my answer below about the hair myth.

Do silk pillowcases really help?

If your hair is in a delicate state, then, yes, I’m told the reduced friction from silk pillowcases can be a benefit. Personally, I don’t like the feel of silk, too slippery for a pillowcase.

What is the number one mistake people make with their hair?

The first that comes to mind is using rubber bands, especially on wet hair and super-especially on bleached hair. No no NO!

Heat protectant: Do you really need to use it?

That’s a good question.

Debated.

Client feedback says yes, it helps. My fave, an oldie but goodie, is Kerastase Ciment Thermique for fine and highly processed hair. But no amount of protection is going to help if you are constantly frying your hair.

Seriously, I think everyone needs to calm TF down with all the heat styling. K? The optimum temperature of heat styling tools to prevent most damage is 365ºF. The next flat iron I buy will be the ghd® Platinum + which has sophisticated heat regulation, among other benefits. I almost want to ‘accidentally’ break my current flatiron.

How many times do you need to wash your hair per week?

That really depends on your scalp and hair type. Some people with very curly hair use shampoo only once a month. It’s fine to power-rinse your hair instead of shampooing sometimes, or to scrub with your conditioner to cleanse very gently. If you have colored hair, shampoo with cooler water and as seldom as you can stand it. Generally, shampoo twice a week for normal healthy colored hair.

If you could use only one product line for the rest of your life what would it be?

Oh! That’s tough. There’s always so much new stuff coming out!  No single line ticks all the boxes. But particularly for color brilliance and longevity, I could narrow it down to two:  The Malibu C line for its purity and clarifying (which is half the battle) and the Olaplex line for its strengthening and surface care. They are not as “cosmetic” as others, but they address the core issues with maintaining beautiful colored hair which is our primary objective.

What is a hair myth that drives you crazy?

“Dry hair needs moisture!”  This myth is perpetuated by marketing. We all fall into this trap. Moisture is water which is not conditioning at all. Before you can restore “moisture” to your hair you first need to gently remove what’s hiding in your hair that’s causing it to feel dry. Hard water deposits and styling product buildup are usually the causes. That, together with a proper balance of proteins, lipids, and smoothing conditioners, makes the hair feel “moisturized.”

What do you tell clients when they come in with an unrealistic photo of what they want?

Ooh, great question!

Tricky.

I hate telling anyone “no.”  But social media has really set us up with the difficult task of helping clients get a reality check. This is why I always try to have my new referrals come for a consultation before the day of the actual color appointment. That can also give us time to do any required prep work, for example, strand tests or clarifying.

The consultation is first a listening session where I gather information about their lifestyle, hair history, natural hair color (as a child, teen, and adult) and where I hear their wants and needs. Second, it’s an analysis of their hair, their natural coloring (hair, skin, eyes) and what colors they wear best. Most importantly, we need to determine if their current hair can withstand the process and still look beautiful and healthy.

Lastly, I give a breakdown of what they are requesting, to help them understand what their desired result would require in terms of, A) time–how many hours and how many sessions; B) cost, and C) maintenance. At that point, it becomes clear if their expectations are unrealistic for their personal situation. And if that’s the case, I always have suggestions for alternate options.


Book Lee Brock at the Joseph Cozza Salon here or call (415)433-3030

The Salon Floor at the Joseph Cozza Salon


The waiting room at the Joseph Cozza Salon


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