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The LOOK: How to Create the Perfect Top Knot Bun for the Holidays

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Simple yet elegant, the top knot is a modern day classic. Photo: In This Fleeting Moment/Flickr

Are you looking to change your hair from drab to fab this holiday season? Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to create the perfect top knot just in time for that special holiday gathering or party.

1) First, I like to start with texture and shine by spraying the root area with Rene Furterer Naturia spray for clean volume with some texture. Then, from mid- length to ends, use a shine serum or cream.

2) Next, using a flat iron or curl wand to seal in shine while creating texture. My favorite flat irons at the moment are from Sultra, which you can find at Sephora. Then break up by running fingers through your hair.

3) Gather hair up to the top of your head, secure while twisting hand around pony, but do not pull pony through elastic banding using hair pins. Rather, secure different pieces into shape with a chopstick or tail comb lift hair around hairline to soften look. Next, spray lightly with hairspray. I would use the Rene Furterer Vegetal hair spray, which is totally workable.

Final Thoughts

Simple yet elegant, the best thing about this look is that it marries a myriad of looks and is super easy to do. It’s also customizable and is great for casual days or special events. The top knot is a new classic!


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Are you looking to find a memorable gift for that special woman in your life? Why not get her a customizable charm bangle bracelet from Alex and Ani? Bracelets come in either gold or silver, while Alex and Ani offers a nearly endless variety of charms. From spiritual symbols to birthstones, Alex and Ani allows you to pick the charm the best embodies special someone.

Price: $28

Buy it from: Alex and Ani has five retail stores throughout Rhode Island. Click here to find the location nearest you or shop online at alexandani.com.

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Cozy Accessories

Warm her up with a gift of comfort and joy. Check out the vividly hued hats, scarves and gloves at Karol Richardson in Newport. This joyous boutique will find you pondering between eternity scarves and fingerless mitts by Wooden Ships in great crayon colors sure to brighten up her dreary winter day.

Price: $32-$52

Buy it from: Karol Richardson, 24 Washington Sq., Newport

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Whether it's a nightgown for Mom or a sexy bra set for sis, a well-crafted piece of lingerie is an utterly luxurious gift. But don't leave yourself off Santa's list. Let a stunning lace chemise find its way into your shopping bag when you search for girly gifts for others. You will get thanks galore on Christmas Eve!

Price: $28-$198

But it from: Deborah Winthrop Lingerie, 424 Thames St., Newport

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Beautiful Jewelry

Who doesn't want a little bling under the tree on Christmas morning? Flatter her with your best-things-come-in-small-packages sensibility and choose something unique from this lovely little shop. Our suggestion would be a gemstone necklace or ring in their signature lollipop colors. It doesn't have to be fancy; just sweet and adorable.

Price: Beginning at $900

Buy it from: Tiffany Peay Jewelry, 3851 Main Rd., Tiverton Four Corners

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Think outside the perfume box this year and fete her with a special “niche” fragrance that is out of the ordinary. Mignonette carries Caron perfumes from the old world Paris perfume house. If nothing tickles your fancy, splurge on Caron’s beautiful and extravagant powder puff instead.

Price: $40-$85

Buy it from: Mignonette, 301 Wickenden St., Providence

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Skin Indulgences

Farmaesthetics is Rhode Island’s pride and joy as a premier natural skin care line. What we love about it is its greenness, localness, AND sophistication. Show her you understand her needs with their Seasonable Salt Cabinet web special. Make her long winter baths spa-worthy right at home while you take on the kids and their new toys. Or shop their inspiring Newport store and come away with their Big, Beautiful Box of Everything. She may just find a big, beautiful way to thank you!

Price: Bath Salts Gift Set $25; Big Beautiful Box of Everything $275

Buy it from: Farmaesthetics, 114 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

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Fanciful Evening Bags

With New Year’s Eve looming, a darling evening bag is a coveted gift. These are not your mother's bags—most are handmade and textural with velvety fabrics, feathers, and sequins. But if you think an unpretentious bag is the chicest, a black envelope of boiled wool with a little tone-on-tone lace lets her get her Chanel on! It will look gorgeous tucked under her arm for that midnight champagne toast.

Price:  $18-$50  

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Compact Beauties

Each holiday season, venerable cosmetic company, Estée Lauder releases their series of limited edition compacts. This year’s array includes several whimsical versions filled with pressed powder or solid perfume. These miniature works of art look like they came from an elegant art museum shop. They will surely captivate her imagination and she just might be found kissing Santa Claus under the tree after the kids are in bed!

Price: $89-$295

Buy it from: Nordstrom, 6 Providence Place, Providence

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Luxurious Facial Cream

Enter Roses - not the flowering variety but the bare essence of the thirty roses that go into each tube of Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. This lush emulsion has a major cult following and for good reasons: the delicate rose fragrance will delight the senses while the cream protects delicate outer skin against harsh winter weather. She’ll toss it in her bag for those outdoor Kennedy Plaza skating sessions. The entire Hauschka celebrity-endorsed line will be a welcome sight under her tree.

Price: Rose Day Cream $42.95

Buy it from: All That Matters, 315 Main St., Wakefield

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Ultimate Splurge

This gossamer sweater may be the ultimate in plush decadence but what better way to say I love you than to wrap her shoulders in its filaments of sparkly warmth? The neutral grey go-with-anything hue will look party lovely over a winter white dress on New Year’s Eve or with a tank and jeans on the couch before the fire. Wherever you clink your champagne glasses and share that midnight kiss, you’ve given her a piece that will stand the test of time. And isn’t she worth that?

Price: Blissful loveliness for $1,500.

Buy it from: R.G.E., 1775 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick


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