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Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Gowns Arrive!!

More amazing gowns are making their way into the salon, and this week I was super excited to see that some of the newest Jim Hjelm and Paloma Blanca designs have arrived!!

Jim Hjelm,(like many other designers this season), is all about the sassy fitted, trumpet skirt. This bridal powerhouse never fails to please with his incredible aesthetic and genius designs. These two variations give totally different feels with similar silhouettes.

JH8156 is a beautiful, floral organza trumpet skirt with a pleated silk chiffon draped bodice. The back closure is low and super feminine. There is an outrageously fantastic horse hair bow with crystal accents at the natural waist that gives this romantic design a flirty, cool twist.

Finish this look off with Kendra Scott's "Jeanine" earrings in a soft shade of petal, and Toni Federici's fashion forward "Sunflower" bustled veil, and you have a completed, high end bridal style.

JH8161 is a scrumptious silk satin trumpet gown. There is an embroidered floral bodice with the softest finishing touches ever. A thick ivory satin ribbon is added to the natural waist....giving a perfect option for adding an individual touch, such as a colored ribbon for the reception.

Imagine adding the Serendipity "Andreas" belt in black for an additional textural interest and contrast of color. Crazy adorable!!!

Paloma Blanca's newest line has proven to be a huge hit! The shapes and fabrics are flawless as always, and the addition of texture create a fantastic, fashionable collection.

Style 4213 is a one-shoulder knockout of a gown! Not only is it beautiful, but it is structurally so fantastic that it gives a slender shape, AND the ease to boogie all night long. Seriously. The silk shantung pleats are flattering and smooth, and the pop of floral detail on the shoulder is GORGEOUS! The soft cloud hem gives the appearance of walking on air...what could be better?!?!
Soft, side swept hair with a feathery comb and bird cage veil, like "Wysteria" from Toni Federici would be a great way to complete this unbelievable bridal look.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: HANA Air Premiere Hair Dryer

Happy Weekend! :D

It's really here... the last weekend of July!
I still can't quite believe that it's already August next week, it's just really crazy. :O

Anyway, I'm pretty sure you've all heard of Misikko and their fab hair irons before. I had the chance to use the awesome HANA Air Premiere Hair Dryer, and now it's time for me to share what I thought of it with you guys. :)

Before that though, I invite you to check out www.misikko.com - if you are a fan of all things hair-related, then that is the website for you! They have everything from croc irons to salon blow dryers. The quality of their products is amazing, and from my own experience and from what I've heard, they are totally worth the price.

the package from Misikko!!!

Brian from Misikko contacted me and offered me this fabulous hair dryer to review. :)

The shipping is incredibly fast - I instantly got a tracking number, and the package arrived right on schedule.


The first thing that popped into my mind was, "Oh my, this is a huge box for a hair dryer!". I didn't know it had all these goodies included!

Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Daily Shampoo and Conditioner
(with scented roses, both placed inside a tin container)

pamphlet, a rose, a toy monkey, sleep mask, heat proof pouch, ionic hair brush, and two little bags (inside are hand sanitizers and nail files)

HANA Shine Shield Thermal Protectant

I think I'll be doing separate reviews for the thermal protectant, shampoo, and conditioner. :)

HANA Air Premiere Hair Dryer


Italian Design- Sleek design and Unparalleled Performance dries over 60% faster than other salon dryers
Ceramic Tourmaline- Negative Ions protect and seal in moisture + ActiveION technology increases ionic effect
Low EMF- Low emission of EMFs equates to decreased damage to hair
Most Powerful Motor- Motor Design Generates an Equivalent to 2300 Watts of Power
Ergonomic and Balanced- Handle reduces hand fatigue and dryer is gyroscopically balanced
Overall Best Hair Dryer- Highest rated for performance and quality

Adjustable heat: 2 fan speeds, 3 heat settings, and a cold shot
Ceramic Heater: most advanced far infrared ionic heat
Cord: 12'' extra long, ALCI safety plug
Environmentally safe
2 years warranty

Price: $314.99, but it is on sale for $194.99!


I was truly impressed with this hair dryer - I guess it really does live up to its title: "Best Selling Top Rated Hair Dryer".

And I mean, come on, just look at it -- it looks sooooo sleek and professional, right?
Holding it and using it, I can totally feel its super high quality. It is a bit heavy, but I don't mind. It's very quiet, and dries my hair in no time. I have thin hair, so that might be a factor, but I've read reviews saying that it dries thick hair in 15 minutes!

It dries my hair, but doesn't dry it to the point that it's almost fried (I hope that made sense...). Plus, the cold setting really helps a lot.

I really don't have any major complaints as it is really the best hair dryer I've tried thus far.
Okay, let me think... I had a bit of a hard time attaching the concentrator nozzle at first, but then again maybe that's just me, haha! There are instructions though, so do make sure to read those. Another thing is, it's so beautiful, I hate to just leave it lying in a drawer in the bathroom... I always want to put it back in its box. ;)

All in all: I think it's a really good hair dryer, and if drying your hair is an integral part of your routine, I suggest you get the HANA Air Premiere Hair Dryer - you won't be disappointed!


Thanks to Brian from Misikko for the opportunity to try this fabulous hair dryer!
And special thanks to my sister for helping me out with my photos! :D

Have you tried the HANA Air Premiere Hair Dryer before? What did you think of it? Is it something you might want to try?

What brand and model is your current hair dryer? How is it working for you?

I hope all of you are having a fabulous weekend! :D

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